I think it’s interesting to know Adventure Games, were used to try and creep players out. Starting with Mystery House, back in 1980. A slew of other games like it came out, The Count, Haunted House, Sweet Home. Most of it was before our time, or either forgotten, or never heard of.
But scary? Maybe, I couldn’t really tell you. In this point in time, most likely not, because gamers have been privileged to visualize, and experience far worse. For my personal experience, which was a great one, happened in 1996. I had just turned 6, yep I was playing horrible things at the time.
1996 gamers got it’s first taste of something that was dubbed “Survival Horror” by Capcom. Resident Evil, (easily one of my favorite series) brought something new, terrifying, and just plain crazy. I think the majority that played it back in that time would agree, it was scary, but also exciting.
A few years later I got an even bigger surprise, as well as everyone else. In 1999 we all got Silent Hill, another wonderful series. Things went from there, a ton of other survival horror games came out. Some failed, others succeeded, it was good for the most part, I loved every bit of it.
In fact a lot of people will say or consider from 1996 to the early 2000’s to be the golden age of Survival horror. With series and games like:
- Resident Evil
- Silent Hill
- Clock Tower
- Fatal Frame
Everything was great, fans of the genera, was getting more than we’d hoped for. And plenty of titles to go through, all bringing something different than what the last one did, or was trying to. Some had great story’s with really interesting characters, while other brought a more creepy atmosphere, sound and music.
I don’t think anyone who started with the genera was really complaining much. But then things started to change, which was unwelcome in my book. 2005 started it all, Resident Evil 4 was released. Capcom was now trying to “Redefine” Survival Horror, or at least tried. Now I loved RE4, it’s actually one of my favorite games.
At the time the changes seemed great, and it was nice to play in a different way. What followed wasn’t so great. Silent Hill followed, as well as many other games, now we have “Action Horror”. It’s not a bad thing, we’ve seen great series like Dead Space pop up, and become a great hit.
In reality I want, and I think gaming needs Survival Horror back. Having a Survival Horror game here then an Action Horror there, wouldn’t be so bad. I haven’t loved a Resident Evil since 4, and a Silent Hill since 3. Both series have declined to a point, that is honestly laughable. RE6 was so messed up I didn’t know what to think, although Leon’s story did bring back memories here and there.
Recently we have seen some nice little gems like Amnesia, Outlast, and others that do more than guns blazing. I want something to scare me, like Silent Hill. I can’t be scared, when I got a million health packs, 50 guns, and nukes for bullets. Lol I may exaggerating that a little, but that’s how I feel, when I play Dead Space or Left 4 Dead.
Horror can survive, with an action and survival setting. I think developers would be surprised, if they actually tried. Think of the original Resident Evil or Silent Hill just being announced to come out this winter for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Now imagine the games, playing the same, just looking better. Did that put a smile on your face? It did mine.
I am excited though to see how The Evil Within does, Shinji Mikami promises to bring it back to Survival Horror roots (Lets hope others follow). What do you all think? Are you happy with the Horror Games we see now? Or would you like to see some good ol Survival Horror like we once known?