Horror games: Are We in a Golden Age?
Horror games have become increasingly popular in recent years. Developers use a variety of techniques to make horror games scary, including making the player feel powerless, using jump scares, and incorporating multiplayer features. VR could be used to make even scarier horror games in the future. The BBC published an interesting article that made us think about the new age of horror and what makes these games so good?
Horror games are one of the most popular genres of video games. They offer players a chance to experience fear and suspense in a safe environment. But seriously, what makes horror games so scary?
One of the most common techniques used in horror games is to make the player feel powerless. This can be done by limiting the player’s resources, such as ammunition or health, or by putting the player in situations where they are unable to fight back. For example, in the game Resident Evil, the player is often trapped in enclosed spaces with zombies and other monsters. This can create a sense of claustrophobia and helplessness.
Another common technique is to use jump scares. Jump scares are sudden moments of fright, such as a loud noise or a monster appearing on the screen. Jump scares can be very effective at making players jump, but they can also be predictable and repetitive.
Multiplayer horror games can be even more scary than single-player games. This is because players have to work together to survive, which can lead to communication breakdowns and arguments. Additionally, multiplayer horror games often feature betrayal mechanics, where one player can turn on the other players. This can create a sense of distrust and paranoia, which can make the game even more terrifying.
VR horror games are a new and exciting genre of horror games. VR horror games allow players to experience the game world from a first-person perspective, which can make the game much more immersive and scary. For example, in the game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, players can use a VR headset to explore the Baker Mansion. This can be a very unsettling experience, as players feel like they are actually in the mansion with the Bakers.
Horror games are a popular genre of video games for a reason. They offer players a chance to experience fear and suspense in a safe environment. Developers use a variety of techniques to make horror games scary, including making the player feel powerless, using jump scares, and incorporating multiplayer features. VR could be used to make even scarier horror games in the future.
Here’s hoping the Silent Hill 2 remake is as good as we hope!
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