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Hot Topic Weekend Part 1: Scariest Moment in a Video Game

Resident Evil 7 – even scarier in VR (Photo: Capcom)

Readers describe the most terrifying scenes they’ve experienced in a video game, from Condemned: Criminal Origins to Day Gone.

Since it’s Halloween this weekend, we wanted to know which game scared you the most. Although there has been the condition that you cannot mention the dogs jumping out the window in Resident Evil 1 – though a number of people did.

Ultimately, several different moments from Resident Evil were mentioned, especially the regenerators of Resident Evil 4, as well as classics such as Silent Hill and Project Zero 2.

Prohibited subject
The game that immediately comes to my mind is the original Resident Evil 3 and the feeling of fear that waits for it to happen and the blind panic that sets in whenever Nemesis appears! When I was 13, I played it every time! I think that was watered down a lot in the remake and its appearances felt pretty scripted, which made it a lot less threatening.

The other game that comes to mind is Resident Evil 7 and the whole house in the early parts of the game while being stalked by the Baker family, especially in VR! I’m a huge horror fan, but for me I tend to find games do better with fear due to a greater sense of immersion. Like the first time you get caught by zombie hands in Resident Evil 2 or zombie dogs bark through your windows.

You really jump because you weren’t expecting them, most of the time in the movies the scares are so telegraphed you can see them coming a mile and a half away!
Rickandrolla (PSN ID)

CG: Did you just mention the dogs through the window of Resident Evil 1?

Turn-based horror
I like inventive horror films because they have an interesting concept for me. Almost always at the end of the movie I’m bored because the concept has been explained. Horror games give me something different and it’s usually a feeling of endless dread and I can’t really afford to play it unless I take turns with a friend.

But saying that I jumped in fear several times while playing my latest purchase: Days Gone. I’m quietly minding my own business when a wolf pops up out of nowhere and starts biting me. Gets me every time, much to my wife’s amusement.

From the depths of horror
I remember being really disturbed by the Shalebridge Cradle level of Thief: Deadly Shadows. It’s been a while since I’ve played it, but the combination of lighting, architecture, and sound effects, not to mention its history, all combined to create an incredibly unsettling atmosphere. The whole game had a somewhat stifling and claustrophobic feel, if I remember correctly.

Also, Subnautica: the fear of what may lurk in the depths of the ocean was sometimes extremely uncomfortable and some encounters… terrifying!

In general, I think the interactive and immersive quality of video games is well suited to evoking fear.
Mark Fitz

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Three essentials
The scariest thing I’ve ever done intentionally to scare you is played through Resident Evil 7 in VR.

There were times when I put the headphones on and stood on the loading screen in the trailer and decided I couldn’t do it.

There is one area where you go looking for a key or something on a kid’s skeleton where the music totally freaked me out to the point that I dared not move for ages and then it was almost a race blindly.

Before playing I had to verify that I was the only person in my house and a few times when I was guaranteed that the only person there I heard something through headphones that I would have I swore to be somewhere in my house and had to go look in every room to make sure before I could continue.
I downloaded all the DLC, but the discomfort of playing it kept me from playing it all. Yes, it’s a scary game and in a way that no movie or book can ever replicate.

Original Paranormal Activity is a movie that I found scary, but when I mentioned this to other people they said it never affected them and in book terms try to read the HG Wells’ War of the Worlds original on a wet winter day without it feeling somewhat spooky. But since none of them are as interactive as video games, especially VR, the impact is nowhere near as frightening. Anyone who has tried Resident Evil 7 or the various demos in my house has found it scary.

VR horror games have huge potential, but for this to work you need decent graphics, quality sound, and decent writing. So far, getting them all in one place has been a problem.
Steve p

Original fear
Condemned: Criminal Origins on Xbox 360 is by far the video game that scares me the most.

There are so many parts that I could choose as ‘scary’ moments, like towards the start of the game when you open a locker and a half-alive person / body stumbles upon you. Or in the department store with the models, every once in a while you would turn around and they would “move” and follow / surround you. In fact, they still scare me to this day.

But apart from the highlights, the game was just scary. You really had to dare to move forward, without knowing what was going to follow. The fight also had a difficulty level, fighting with deranged people yelling at you. Often by hearing them, or seeing them fleetingly, well before you fight with them, which added to the suspense of the sequel. What I remember as the final boss fight, ripping off the pieces of metal from the killer was both bloody and intense – and really scary.

In terms of comparison with other media, I think the games are a lot scarier. At least when you watch a movie you don’t have to “do” anything, it happens anyway and you can look away.

When you play the game, you are in it. You have to act, react and watch. I had to tackle Condemned in small segments because it was so intense, whereas a movie you would tend to finish.
o MrKray x (gamertag)
PS: Condemned 2’s multiplayer is also the scariest multiplayer game I’ve played. Being tracked down by other real people in these atmospheric environments, while also collecting coolers with heads inside, which the killers had hidden, filled with organic scares was terrifying. As is your futility as a “hunted” team.

Always scary
Afraid of a game? Resident Evil 4’s regenerators still chill my blood even after all these years and countless games.

CG: You want to try them out in VR.

No dogs allowed
As for this weekend’s hot topic for most scary games, for me a couple comes to mind
and no, Resident Evil is not it!

Silent Hill – I remember playing this when it came out and wasn’t sure what to expect. But I never forget the section where you are in school and I remember you went to the bathroom and I heard a little girl cry but it looked so real it scared the…. loose my control! Hand me over after that.

FEAR – I played it a few years ago and I never forget to walk around really well and the all-white girl, who looked like the girl from The Ring, appeared out of nowhere and disappeared again.

Aliens vs. Predator 1 & 2 on PC – for me Alien Vs. Predator is so scary and more intense when you’re being chased down a dark hallway by aliens.

Finally, for a newer game, and this may sound strange to some, but I’ll explain why.

Terminator: Resistance on PC – Now, yes, it was poorly drafted, but for me, I loved it. What I found clever is that the Terminators will hunt you down and, yes, kill you. I remember in the game being spotted by a Terminator, rushing into a building and hiding. What happens next is the Terminator breaks down the door and stalks you and when he finds you, just to add insult to injury, he chokes you to death with his hands. For me it was really intense and scary as hell.

So here are my four that come to mind that really scare you and, guess what, no dogs jumping out of windows!

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