I truly can’t believe I haven’t posted anything Halloween related here on the blog yet. It’s a favorite holiday of mine for so many reasons, but this year it feels as though it really snuck up on me. The exciting news is that though I’ve been slacking here, I did manage to put together a fun little post for my first ever guest blog entry over at Gabriella’s Nerdette At Large! In it I discussed some of my Halloween traditions, including my favorite films and television shows to watch. Give it a read here!
In addition, I do want to talk spooky video games! Now, my list here is probably going to be pretty tame compared to most as I just don’t have a lot of experience playing horror games. But I do think these are some fun games with Halloween vibes that a wide audience can enjoy.
First, two of my favorite Nancy Drew games. These are mystery point and click adventures packed with puzzles and the occasional scares. The two titles I most recommend for Halloween gaming are Shadow at the Water’s Edge and Ghost of Thornton Hall, both (as you may have guessed) ghost stories with a twist. They also happen to be two of my favorite Nancy Drew games in general, so don’t think my recommendation ends with October!
Next, the classic roleplaying game Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. This game is just such a delight to play and watch unfold, plus it’s such a rich portrayal of vampire society beyond what we often get in fiction. These vampires are somewhere between the brooding of Angel, the sparkles of Edward and the horror of Dracula. It’s a must play for fans of the bloodsucking genre. The haunted hotel level in this game especially packs the scares!
I recently started playing Bioshock for the very first time (I know) and just from what I have encountered so far I gotta include it in this list. It definitely delivers on spooky vibes.
Next up, being a huge fan of Telltale Games in general, I can’t leave out one of their best: The Walking Dead Game. Both seasons 1 and 2 of this game are available to play and highly recommended if you love a good story and maybe haven’t suffered enough at the hands of the game’s television counterpart. The characters in it are just as compelling, and here you get to be the one making all those heart-wrenching life or death decisions!
These next two I haven’t actually played myself (not for lack of wanting, but for lack of a console), however I still wanted to include them because I did watch the entirety on youtube and the stories could not be better. Until Dawn is a horror survival game about a group of friends during their annual getaway to a lodge. I’m sure you can guess that it doesn’t play out as planned. It also boasts an amazing cast including my favorite, award winning Rami Malek.
Since I mentioned The Walking Dead, it only seems right I also include The Last of Us which is by many standards a masterpiece of gaming. Again, I wasn’t able to play this myself but watched the entirety and can say it is definitely worthy of all the praise it’s gotten. It you want a chill down your spine just spend a bit of time with the “clickers” in this one.
Finally, if you’re looking for something fun and fitting to play with your friends this Halloween, I’d encourage you to check out Dead by Daylight if you haven’t! It’s an asymmetric survival horror, meaning one person plays as the killer and goes after all the others who are trying to escape the area. The developers have even released a special Halloween DLC where your killer can be Michael Myers himself!
Do you plan to do any gaming this Halloween? Share in the comments if you try any of these, or if you have a favorite I should be checking out!