I was nominated by the lovely Akari Kekse to answer 10 horror related questions! These tags are always so much fun to do! I've altered them a little bit to fit the theme of video games, because I know more about them. Anyway, let's get to it!
1.) WHAT'S THE FIRST HORROR GAME YOU PLAYED?
I suppose that depends on how technical you want to be. There was this game called Shivers, a point-and-click adventure game that had a ridiculous amount of puzzles in it. Some people categorize it as horror, and other's don't. But being 4 or 5-years-old when I played it for my first time, it was pretty scary at certain points. Even if the ixupi (demons) were cartoon-y.
2.) FAVORITE HORROR GAME?
Easy! My favorite horror game (and second favorite game - ever) is undoubtedly Silent Hill 2! To me, it was everything that the first Silent Hill was, but even better! Though it didn't make me jump or scream, it had a story I'll never forget.
3.) FAVORITE SUB-GENRE?
I guess this answer will explain why Silent Hill 2 was my previous choice. I love psychological horror. I don't think I'll be able to explain it any better than Julian Gerdes (a Moviepilot staff member) did when he said:
I love films that explore the darker corners of the human psyche because these are demons that actually exist in society. For me, films are always more gravitating when I'm able to relate them to my own human experience. When that happens with horror films I feel that it makes for a more authentic and deeper impacting brands of terror.
4.) LAST HORROR GAME TO SCARE YOU?
Oh man, definitely P.T. I know it wasn't even a full game, but... just the thought of finishing it gives me anxiety. It's the only one I've never been able to pick up just because it freaked me out. Ugh, just trying to find an appropriate GIF was enough to hold me for another month. Check, please!
5.) FAVORITE VILLAIN?
Though it's not my favorite series, Resident Evil has a fantastic villain! Albert Wesker is easily one of the best villains out there, and not just from a horror perspective. Watching him grow over the span of the games was really awesome. Especially since the first game I played was arguably the worst game out there at the time (Resident Evil 5), I saw what he ended up becoming, and then got back to his origins and learn his story. (A peculiar order, I know, but at least I wasn't disappointed with the latest installment this way!)
6.) UPCOMING HORROR GAME YOU'RE EXCITED FOR?
Dang. This is actually really hard for me to say. I'm equal parts excited for Allison Road and Ashen Falls, because both have Silent Hill vibes, but they're different. Allison Road feels a lot like P.T., while Ashen Falls feels like the early Silent Hill games I know and love. There's just no way that I can pick between the two!
7.) FAVORITE ON-SCREEN KILL/DEATH?
My favorite death isn't very gory, or horrifying. It's actually pretty sad. When I experienced it for the first time, I didn't even know what to do with myself. I just sort of put down the controller and had a moment of silence for the character from the first Silent Hill game...
You can watch Lisa's death scene here. (No making fun of the poor voice acting!)
8.) FAVORITE HORROR SERIES OR FRANCHISE?
I bet you'd never guess it's Silent Hill! But just to give a different answer, if I had to pick a second favorite, it'd probably be Fatal Frame. It has its flaws, sure. But I kind of have a soft spot for it, since it's the first survival-horror game I ever picked up. And we mustn't forget Sae's laughter! It's enough to give me chills every single time, and is easily one of the best cinematic sequences in the series.
9.) FAVORITE HORROR DEVELOPER?
Outside of Team Silent, it's hard to say. I'd probably have to side with Frictional Games, who developed Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and the Penumbra series. Now they're working on a game called SOMA, which should be good!
10.) WORST HORROR GAME YOU'VE PLAYED?
You know how I frequently mentioned Silent Hill in a positive light? Well, hold onto your butts! I was thoroughly disappointed with Silent Hill: Downpour. My faith was wavering once I played Silent Hill 4: The Room, but was temporarily restored when playing Homecoming. I know that's an unpopular opinion, but my biggest beef with any game is terrible controls, and I feel like Homecoming was one of the better ones in that regard.
You could have an incredible story, but if the controls are awful enough to make me feel like I have the maneuverability of an elephant trying to hit an enemy that can attack as fast as the trap-jaw ant... just forget it. And it's a shame, because I was really intrigued by the story and environment in Downpour.
That concludes my list!
What did you think? Agree, or disagree? Let me know! If you dislike Silent Hill, my opinion won't change of you... much. (Kidding!)