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20 Games to play this Halloween - from the Portingteam
Feel free to discuss you favourite horror, or Halloween themed game below.
1916 is an independent horror "avoidance" game. In the same vein as the hit indie game Slender, 1916 has the player trekking through a dangerous environment, with a possible game over screen lurking around every corner. You play as an apparently German soldier who finds himself in a corpse filled trench in the middle of World War I. Your sole mission: to find the latter. As you set off, you begin to realize that this isn't your standard maze puzzler; because something is hunting you, something...prehistoric...
Alan Wake: http://portingteam.c...7202-alan-wake/
Alan Wake is a best-selling psychological thriller author but has been suffering from a two-year stretch of writer's block. He and his wife Alice travel to the Washington state mountain town of Bright Falls for a short vacation on the advice of Alice and his friend and agent Barry Wheeler. On their arrival, Alan retrieves the keys and map to their rented cabin, unaware the woman supplying the keys wasn't the landlord. Alan and Alice arrive at a cabin on an island in the middle of Cauldron Lake. As they unpack, Alan finds that Alice arranged this trip to try to break his writer's block, scheduling him to see a Bright Falls psychologist named Dr. Hartman and leaving a typewriter in the cabin for him. Alan is infuriated and takes a short walk, but runs back when Alice cries for help. He returns to the cabin just as Alice is being dragged into the lake's waters by a mysterious force.
Bioshock 2: http://portingteam.c...247-bioshock-2/
Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. Players step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture, the Big Daddy, as they travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and their own survival.
Castlevania the Bloodletting: http://portingteam.c...e-bloodletting/
846, just two years after the man-wolf Cornell defeated Count Dracula the countryside basked in peace and prosperity. The darkness of the land had been lifted and all was well. But on a beautiful easter evening as the people of the land celebrated, a shadow loomed in the distance. It brought forth madness and chaos and the evil in men's hearts returned. Harker Belmont, the son of Richter Belmont and the heir to the Vampire Killer returned home to find the village in flames and the evil servants of Dracula endlessly slaughtering the villagers. In the distance, he saw Dracula's castle. Knowing the tribulations he was about to face, he set out for the castle with only his whip and courage. Harker prayed for the guidance of God and the power of his father Richter, of which whom died ten years earlier, to seal Dracula away for eternity. All the while, a lone question lingered in his mind. Why is Dracula alive and who resurrected him?
Chasm The Rift: http://portingteam.c...chasm-the-rift/
The player takes on the role of an unnamed Marine whose mission is to stop the so-called Time Strikers, mutant beings invading different time epochs, from taking over the earth. On this mission, he visits places ranging from military bases in the present to Pharaonic tombs in ancient Egypt. All of the levels involve dark corridors, often like that of catacombs and crypts.
Costume Quest: http://portingteam.c...-costume-quest/
The game takes place on Halloween. Fraternal twin siblings Reynold and Wren are new in their neighbourhood and are asked by their mom to use their trick-or-treating to make new friends in the neighbourhood. The player at this point chooses which sibling to play as. The two dress in their costumes, with the non-playable character dressing as a piece of candy corn and the playable character dressing as a robot. A monster with a sweet tooth sees the non-playable sibling, and kidnaps him or her. The player character must now save their sibling in time and be home before curfew.
The game begins when Laura Harris is contacted by Los Angeles police, receiving a disturbing message: her father, Dr. Richter Harris, has gone on a mass murdering spree and barricaded himself in the hospital. Laura rushes to the scene of the crime, desperate to find an explanation for the well-respected doctor's actions. Upon entering the hospital, she is so horrified at the murdered bodies lying about the halls that she covers her eyes. When she uncovers them again, she finds herself in an unknown dark castle....
Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers: http://portingteam.c...of-the-fathers/
The game follows Gabriel as he follows the police investigation into a spate of killings which apparently have voodoo overtones. Gabriel is hoping to use the investigation as the basis of a new novel, but as the days of the case progress, he is drawn much deeper into a mystery which links the murder spree to the underworld of voodoo myth and practice, and towards a beautiful and mysterious New Orleans socialite. He also draws links between the case and a horrific recurring nightmare which has plagued him all of his life. Gabriel comes into contact with a lost relative in Germany who informs him of his family's heritage. Gabriel finds he has inherited the mantle of SchattenjÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤ger (in English, literally "shadow hunter"), a sort of modern day Inquisitor, and that only by embracing his calling can he overcome the curse which has almost wiped out the SchattenjÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤ger line and is the cause of both his nightmares and the Voodoo Murders.
Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island: http://portingteam.c...f-vooju-island/
The game follows the exploits of the game's three main protagonists, Papa Doc, Jane Starling, and Blue Belly, as they try to stop the resurrection of a demon god, which is orchestrated by Papa Doc's treacherous wife aided by the pirate crew of Greenbeard and an army of zombies. After she captures the pirate king Flint and knocks out the three protagonists, the three find themselves cursed with their souls separated from their bodies.
Halloween Harry: http://portingteam.c...alloween-harry/
The cartoon-style game features agent Halloween Harry, who has to save the world from aliens that want to take over control of Earth by turning its population into green-skinned zombies. Some of the enemies reference Aliens, Gremlins, and Elvis Presley. Harry is helped by controller Diane, who gives him information via a video link.
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: http://portingteam.c...-i-must-scream/
The game's story is a set in the world where an evil computer named AM that has destroyed all of humanity except for five people, who he has been keeping alive and torturing for the past 109 years. Each survivor has a fatal flaw in its character, and in an attempt to crush their spirits, AM has constructed a metaphorical adventure for each that preys upon their weaknesses. To succeed in the game, the player must make choices to prove that humans are better than machines, because they have the ability to redeem themselves. Woven into the fabric of the story are ethical dilemmas dealing with issues such as insanity, rape, paranoia and genocide.
Manhunt 2: http://portingteam.c...7675-manhunt-2/
During a severe thunderstorm, the security systems at the Dixmor Asylum for the Criminally Insane momentarily go offline, opening the cell doors throughout the facility, resulting in the populace wandering freely through the corridors. Two such inmates are Daniel Lamb (voiced by Ptolemy Slocum) and Leo Kasper (Holter Graham). Daniel is disoriented and partly amnesiac, unable to remember how or why he came to Dixmor. Under Leo's guidance, they escape the facility and make their way to the ruins of Daniel's old home. Inside, Daniel recovers medication which Leo says he left there for himself in the event of his forgetting the past. The medication helps to clear his head somewhat, and he begins to remember fragments of his former life. He and Leo then set out to unravel the secrets of Daniel's past, all the while pursued by bounty hunters and agents of a mysterious organization called "The Project".
The Stranger reluctantly teams up with a half-vampire Spookhouse agent named Svetlana Lupescu to retrieve a powerful artifact from a remote vampire-occupied castle in Germany. This chapter features a large number of different enemies, including ghouls, werewolves, and vampires. Different enemies have different weaknesses, creating a greater variety of gameplay.
Resident Evil IV: http://portingteam.c...-4-biohazard-4/
The story of Resident Evil 4 follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the President's daughter, who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters, and reunites with the mysterious spy Ada Wong.
Originally owned by James T. Blackwood in 1963, the house is passed to Christopher Milton after Mr. Blackwood is accused of murdering his wife. A couple of days later, Mr. Blackwood dies of a sudden heart attack though some in the town rumor he might have committed suicide. The police decide to close the case seeing there is no further evidence left. Shortly after acquiring the house, Milton inexplicably disappears in 1970 leaving no visible trace.
The player assumes the role of the house's next inhabitant, Michael Arthate, an author seeking seclusion to work on his next book. He moves in only to find that the house still echoes its horrible past quite literally as scratches are heard all around, particularly in the basement and fireplaces, and soon becomes more interested in researching the house's history than his writing.
Silent Hill 3: http://portingteam.c...-silent-hill-3/
At the beginning of the game, Heather awakens at a shopping mall. Before she can leave the mall, Douglas Cartland confronts her, claiming to have information about her birth. Heather evades him and discovers that the mall is mostly abandoned except for monsters. She encounters Claudia, who hints about Heather's fate. Heather finds herself in the Otherworld version of the mall â€” monster-filled and decaying â€” and is eventually restored back to the original shopping mall where she encounters Douglas, who confesses that Claudia had hired him to find her. Heather leaves the mall and resolves to take the subway home. Having arrived at her residence, Heather discovers that her father has been killed by a monster under Claudia's orders, who tells her that she will be waiting for her in Silent Hill and leaves.
System Shock: http://portingteam.c...8-system-shock/
System Shock was Looking Glass' 1994 entry into the first person sci-fi / horror genre, set aboard the fictional Citadel research and mining space station , in 2072 . The player is a computer hacker charged with attempting to remotely access files concerning Citadel space station, which is owned by the Trioptimum Corporation. The hacker is taken to Citadel and brought before Edward Diego, a greedy Tri-Optimum executive who offers to drop all charges against the hacker in exchange for a secret hack job on SHODAN , the Artificial Intelligence that controls the station.
The Crooked Man: http://portingteam.c...he-crooked-man/
David Hoover decides to move into a new apartment during a rough time in his life. After some odd occurrences, he decides to ask about the room's former owner, but learns little. So he sets off in search of him, strangely compelled to know more about this man...
The Suffering (Prison is Hell): http://portingteam.c...prison-is-hell/
The player controls Torque, a man who has been sent to Abbott State Penitentiary on Carnate Island, Maryland. Torque has been convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his ex-wife and two children, although he claims to have blacked out at the time this happened and cannot remember anything. The night Torque arrives, there is a powerful earthquake, which releases an army of monsters upon the facility. Torque's cell door breaks and he is freed from captivity. Starting from his cell, Torque traverses the prison in an attempt to escape Carnate Island alive.
Vampire Masquerade Redemption: http://portingteam.c...ade-redemption/
In the game's storyline, the protagonist Christof Romuald falls in love with Anezka, a nun who tends his wounds after he suffers an arrow wound in battle. At the insistence of the Archbishop of the city, Christof, not fully recovered, ventures into the Bonn silver mines (near Prague) to kill Ahzra The Unliving, a twisted Tzimisce Vampire. His glorious return to Prague doesn't go unnoticed by the local Vampire leaders, and soon he is "embraced" (turned into a Vampire) by Ecaterina The Wise, leader of the Brujah clan, to boost the ranks of Vampires in preparation for a brewing battle between Vampire clans. Having been made one of the undead, the passionate crusader has to realize that he deviated from his religious mission long ago; being only a mundane soldier, he was easy prey for the Vampires to be either killed or embraced. His rebellious nature, however, urges him to find a way to redeem his soul, perhaps by regaining his mortal state. But before long, in a move designed to torment Christof (in retaliation for dispatching Ahzra), the nun is kidnapped and turned into a ghoul, a servitor to Vampires addicted to Vampire blood. This changes Christof's part in the course of events, since he is now being wracked with guilt as he feels his affection towards Anezka led her down a path of sin. Christof swears to face the Vampires who took her and restore her Humanity.