If you’re like me, you don’t have any specific plans for Halloween. Not sure what your excuse is, but mine is that all my friends are scattered at different colleges. So what is a person like me to do besides give out Halloween candy and post a “forever alone” post on social media? The easy answer is that you turn to your movies and games. That’s my plan at least, and if you need a little help, allow me to point you to share some of my ideas.Most people would immediately turn to survival horror games, such as Silent Hill or Resident Evil. Those are the more traditional picks which I’m sure every list would contain. This list, however, is going for some more unorthodox picks. Likewise, I’m omitting the very obvious choices, going for a more out of the box approach. In case your wondering, very few of these games are particularly scary.
For those looking for something different, hopefully these will fit the bill for you.
Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon
The most terrifying game you’ll ever play, hands down (*insert sarcasm*).
As a Mario game, this game has a low entry level and high accessibility. The best way to describe it to anyone who somehow doesn’t know this game is that it blends Resident Evil with Mario (or Luigi in this case). The controls are weird, but it’s fairly quick to get used to. It’s a fun little game that packs a good amount of hours worth of fun. And fear not, you don’t have to play the first game to understand this one.
It’s easy to see why this is a Halloween game. What’s Halloween without a haunted house, some ghosts, and some ghostbusters. The game has beautiful scenery that’s both Gothic and cartoonish. Clearly I would advise a second game to go with it, but this is a good quick title to pick up and play between runs to the door.
The Last of Us
Technically survival horror and technically action adventure, this is a good time of year to play/replay/start The Last of Us. To those who haven’t played it, I promise you won’t regret giving this game a try. This is my favorite game of all-time. With its masterful storytelling and its tight gameplay, this can act as your horror film and your game. There’s a stealth approach to almost every situation and gritty third-person gunplay with some melee thrown in.
I’ve been looking for an opportunity to replay this game, and I figure this on a big screen and surround sound will be excellent. Why on Halloween? The answer, zombies. Yeah I know they’re really called infected, but who cares. The point is, those things are horrifying to get caught by. That and the story is shocking in several scenes. You can certainly get your scare on with The Last of Us, and have fun doing it.
This one is a guilty pleasure for me personally. Naughty Bear is definetely a notorious game, but a fun one when playing in short spurts. It’s an objective-based slasher action-adventure where you play an outcast teddy bear on an island of anthropomorphic teddy bears. Because the residents are pricks, your goal is to bring pain, suffering and death to your neighbors. It’s worth trying if that sounds interesting at all.
It’s a fitting Halloween game for its slasher homages. You gain points for scaring all the bears and driving them to the point of insanity, and can even do it dressed as Freddy Kruger or Jason Vorhees. The cover of the Gold Edition even channels Kill Bill. It’s arcady fun that is at least a rental.
An underrated third-person shooter, Dark Sector follows a CIA agent who gets infected with the “Technocyte virus” in his right arm after level one. From there, he has access to the main weapon of the game, a triblade, boomerang weapon called the Glaive. The Glaive is deadly as well as helpful. With it you solve puzzles, retrieve distant items, and (above all) decapitate enemies.
It’s dark and gothic atmosphere makes it a fantastic candidate for your Halloween repertoire. I don’t remember it being too frightening, but I never finished the game, so who knows. All I know is it’s a great time and an underrated gem. And if you’re a fan of Warframe, this game is apparently cannon to that.
Batman Arkham Asylum
You know them. You love them. It’s Batman Arkham! For those living under a rock, the Arkham games are some of the best Batman games ever made. An action-adventure button-masher with some elements of stealth, puzzle-solving and exploration. For this list I’ll refer mainly to the first game in the series. City seems like an anytime kind of game. Origins borders more on being a Christmas game. And while Knight takes place on Halloween, it doesn’t really feel like a Halloween game.
Arkham Asylum certainly does feel Halloweeny. I’ve come to realize that psycopaths are the scariest things on earth, and Asylum really focuses on that. Sure it’s not horrifying, but it’s scary to think about and fun to punch in the face as Batman. This one is an absolute recommendation.
Which one? All of them! Castlevania is an awesome series (unless it’s on N64 or Wii). My highest recommendation has to the original Castlevania itself from the NES. I also liked Super Castlevania, Dracula X and Symphony of the Night. I also hear the first Lords of Shadow was good, too.
Every Halloween staple is here: zombies, vampires, mummies, reapers, Medusa, Frankenstein, and the list goes on. This one is so Halloweeny, I bet you are already playing it for the occasion. If not, get on it! You’d be missing out if you didn’t just try one.
Hopefully this list helps you find some games to play. The moral of the story is that there are a ton of games to play outside the traditional survival horror mold. No disrespect to those games, because I love Silent and Hill and Resident Evil. I just want to share some game ideas you probably never considered before.
Enjoy your Halloween gamer-style! Let me know in the comments some of your favorite games to play this time of year.
I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!