Per Game Informer, the popular DayZ game has a new browser version. DayZ players know that zombies are only part of the problem facing survivors of the apocalypse, but not everyone has played the game. Bohemia Interactive has released a free new browser game that provides a taste of that experience while offering a new perspective on survival. MiniDayZ is a 2D, top-down game that you can play here. You won’t mingle with other players (which, as DayZ veterans know, isn’t necessarily a bad thing), but you will have to battle the undead as well as your own basic human needs.
The highly anticipated Dead Island Escape has just been released for PS4 and Xbox360. Although the first two in the series Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide did well,speculation is that this installment won’t be as good as the first two. We’re playing the Xbox360 version now and we’ll have a review for you shortly.
The Witcher games have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.
There are currently two games available across multiple platforms, and a third is slated for release on February 24, 2015.
Synopsis: Traveling near the edge of the Black Forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass—which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.
Written by Eisner.
On Feb. 25th, players will receive two free DLC packs (downloadable content) for the Temerian Armor set for Geralt and his horse, and a cosmetic set of beard and hairstyles for Geralt.
Moving forward, developer CD Projekt Red plans to release two new free pieces of DLC each week, eventually reaching 16 DLC items in total. The second week of DLC consists of a new quest, and an alternative look for Yennefer of Vengerberg. The DLC works for all versions of the game.
Last week Atari released a trailer for Alone in the Dark: Illumination and the pre-order information for the latest installment of the franchise.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination will be available on Steam for $29.99. As the latest installment of the long-running Alone in the Dark® franchise, Alone in the Dark: Illumination is a third-person action-horror game that brings interesting new twists and gameplay including the power of illumination, 4-player cooperative multiplayer mode, and a unique cast of characters featuring descendants of the original Alone in the Dark heroes. Players can choose between the four playable heroes, each armed with an individual set of special abilities and weapons.
The Wolf Among Us has finally been released for Android through the Google Play Store after spending four months on the Amazon Appstore. The Wolf Amoung Us is a five-part (Episodes 2-5 can be purchased in-app) from the creators of The Walking Dead, winner of over 90 Game of the Year awards. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series (DC Comics/Vertigo) by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.• Based on the Eisner Award-winning Fables comic book series• Now, it’s not only WHAT you choose to do that will affect your story, but WHEN you choose to do it• A mature and gritty take on characters from fairytales, legends and folklore who have escaped into our world• A perfect place to begin your Fables journey, even if you’ve not read the comics; this game is set before the events seen in the first issue.
Dying Light is an action survival horror game presented in first-person perspective. The game is set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, you roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created. At night, hunter becomes prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression – but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their hives to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn. Dying Light is the first game based on the Chrome Engine 6 – the latest revolutionary incarnation of Techland’s proprietary technology. Built from the ground up with next-generation consoles and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in mind, it delivers a new level of visual quality, special effects, and dynamic weather conditions, maintaining unparalleled efficiency at the same time.Dying Light will only arrive on the following platforms – the PC, Sony PS4 and Xbox One.
As the year draws to a close, gaming mags everywhere are listing their favorite games. Here are the games making the list from Recombu.
9. Knock-Knock (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)
It’s tough to describe Knock-Knock in a paragraph (so why not check out our full review) but this 2D platform-style game basically has you creeping around your ever-expanding house, turning on lights and running and hiding from nightmarish creatures until the blissful arrival of dawn. It’s a bit baffling at times, but the sinister soundtrack and unique gameplay make it worth a look.
8. Hellraid: The Escape (iOS/Android)
This horror adventure game has you escaping a trap-filled dungeon by solving puzzles and generally using your wits. The full 3D visuals are suitably grimy and the addition of evil beasties makes for some nicely tense moments.
7. Papa Sangre II (iOS/Android)
Imagination is a key part of horror (that’s why the best movies and games don’t just throw the monster at you straight away), and in survival horror game Papa Sangre II, the entire thing plays out in your head. With no real visuals to speak of, you instead have to stick in some earphones and rely on noise alone to guide you through each level. It’s an intriguing concept that works well, with plenty of tension as you negotiate a bizarre underworld, although it can get bloody tricky.
6. Home (iOS)
Waking up in an unfamiliar house is unsettling at the best of times (normally the result of too many shandies and an inadvisable pull) but even worse when you stumble across a dead body in an adjoining room. We won’t say much more: the less you read about Home before playing, the better. It’s a slow-burning experience, and we use that word because the gaming part of it is quite limited – you essentially guide your pixellated character left and right through the dark, brooding environments and occasionally solve a simple puzzle. But while gameplay is limited, the atmosphere and open-ended story make it worth a play through.
5. Slender (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)
There are now precisely five gazillion Slender games across all three platforms, so take your pick which one you want to play. They’re all much of a muchness, but you still can’t beat the sheer, pant-filling terror of turning around to find lanky ol’ creepy-drawers skulking in the corner.
4. The Wolf Among Us (iOS/Android)
Telltale Games is the king of the interactive movie adventure game, which is basically what The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead are. Based on a comic book, The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game spread over five episodes that focuses on a community of ‘fables’, fantastical creatures led by the Big Bad Wolf, who have taken up residence in New York and are living in disguise amongst us human folk. As long as you don’t mind constant quicktime events, the story is both dark and gripping enough to drive you through all five episodes back-to-back.
3. The Walking Dead (iOS/Android)
The Walking Dead has just finished its second season on iOS and Android, and while some episodes are better than others, there’s no denying it’s a tense and memorable affair. It’s also ridiculously bleak, just like the telly show, so don’t touch it if you’ve had a rubbish week and you’re feeling a little down in the dumps.
2. Resident Evil 4: Platinum (iOS)
Surely this game doesn’t need any description for horror fans? It may be packed full of action, but there are still plenty of truly horrific moments in the fourth Resident Evil, now available for iPhone and iPad. From being chased through creepy villages by chainsaw-wielding maniacs to skulking around in sinister laboratories, we probably had to change our pants a dozen times in all. And then there’s the most evil midget in videogame history…
1. Year Walk (iOS)
We still get chills when we think of Year Walk, an original and serious mind-f**k of a game. Again, try not to read too much before you play, as going in blind makes it an even more disturbing experience. However, some of the imagery – and a couple of unexpected jump scares – should stick with you long afterwards.
Coming to PlayStation Oct.21st is The Evil Within. Survival Horror fans have been waiting a long time for Shinji Mikami to create a game in the spirit of the original Resident Evil titles. We don’t know yet whether The Evil Within will scratch that itch, but its latest trailer does promise that the game will kill you (frequently). In a new gameplay trailer, we get to see some of the perils and puzzles facing players. As you might also expect, there is more than a little blood splashed about as Sebastian tries to stay alive and solve puzzles. Unlike his work on the Resident Evil series, Mikami has mixed in a substantial amount of psychological.
Name: The Evil Within
Platform- PlayStation3 Developer- Tango Gameworks Publisher- Bethesda Softworks Genre- Action Release Date- 10/21/2014
Alright Alien Isolation players, here you go. Now you can unlock Oculus Rift. Reports on Reddit and NeoGAF have offered the following easy tutorial on how to get Oculus going in Alien: Isolation on PC:
Go to the game’s DATA folder, and open the ENGINE_SETTINGS.XML file in Notepad, track down the stereo options and change them to:< Setting name="Stereo Mode" >< Quality name="Rift" precedence="4" />< Quality name="Off" precedence="4" />< /Setting>
Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
Release Date: October 7, 2014
RP-M+ for Rating Pending, Targeting a Rating of Mature or Above:
Developer: Creative Assembly
Asylum Jam has a novel concept. In the world of horror video games, it’s set out to remove the negative image of mental illness. Based on that principal alone they should receive a lot of credit. Everywhere you look the word asylum is attached to images of raving psychotics and nightmarish images. These Images are the ones that put mental health facilities in a bad light. But not at Asylum Jam. Asylum Jam is a 48 hour game jam set for the spooky month of October, taking place from October 31st to November 2nd 2014. The purpose of this jam is for individuals or teams to create a horror game on any platform or of any type that simply follow the following stipulation, inspired by Ian Mahar’s article ‘Nobody Wins When Horror Games Stigmatize Mental Illness’
1.) You should not use asylums, psychiatric institutes, medical professionals or violent/antipathic/’insane’ patients as settings or triggers.
This jam is to show that you can still create a great horror experience without using inaccurate stereotypes of those who suffer from mental illness, or the institutions that support them in diagnosis and recovery.
In an interview with The Escapist, Asylum Jam organizer Lucy Morris said the game jam is designed to encourage people to explore horror outside of harmful, overdone tropes. The aim is to diversify ideas in horror. Morris hasn’t seen a huge change in the games industry concerning mental health stereotypes in horror since last year, but she thinks Asylum Jam effectively challenged people to think of new ideas.
“I think the impact of the jam was at a much more personal level to the participants in particular, but if anything the jam last year really did bring a lot of attention in general to the topic, which is more than I could’ve hoped for,” Morris said. Last year’s jam had 385 participants and 60 submitted games.
Most horror games rely on tropes about mental health, where characters are classified as “crazy” or “insane,” or games are supposed to be scary because they take place in an asylum. One negative example Morris points to is Outlast, a survival horror game set in a psychiatric hospital with homicidal patients.
Despite this, Asylum Jam’s purpose isn’t to say games with stereotypes of mental health are bad games. Morris explains Asylum Jam is “a positive way to explore outside of tired, harmful tropes and to expand on horror – which is such a big place for us to explore with the rise of VR, especially.” Continue reading “Asylum Jam creative challenge” »