This year, fans of horror-themed video games have something to be excited about. Demons, monsters, vampires, and zombies are coming your way in 5 new releases that have caused a stir because of their extraordinary depictions of supernatural scenarios.
Scheduled Release Date: March 30, 2018 – now delayed
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Agony is a first-person survival horror game that takes you to Hell. You enter the game by dropping into Hell as a fallen soul. After your fiery landing, you get to interact with demons and other tormented souls as you search for a way out. According to Agony’s official website, there is “only one way to escape from Hell, and it will require a meeting of the mystical Red Goddess.” She supposedly helped to create Hell and probably knows where the exit is.
From a visual perspective, the graphics of the game are stunning and disturbing. The hellish world of Agony is reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno.
The content of the game is intensely disturbing too. Hell would not be Hell without sinful acts, but Madmind Studio, the developer of Agony, went a little too far. In a recent Kickstarter update, Madmind Studio admits that it had to tone down some of the “gore, vulgar language, sexualized violence, sex, and nudity” in order to achieve a 16+ or 18+ age rating for the game.
In the same Kickstarter update, Madmind Studio announced that Agony will not be released on March 30th. The studio did not name a new release date.
Here is a look at the Red Goddess and some slightly censored hot naked demons:
Scheduled Release Date for Part 1: 2018
Scorn is another first-person horror game that takes you on a nightmarish, otherworldly adventure. Like Agony, the graphics of Scorn are impressive. You will encounter bizarre creatures in a surrealistic universe that seems to be inspired by the biomechanical artwork of renowned Swiss painter H.R. Giger.
For the most part, Scorn incorporates some rather common game play features. Some of these features listed on the game’s official website include “a maze-like structure” for each region and a “theme (story), puzzles and characters” for every location. Besides solving puzzles, players will have the opportunity to “acquire different skill sets, weapons, various items.”
One noticeably different feature of Scorn, however, is that there are no cut scenes. While some players may welcome this, it also means that the players of Scorn have to pay extra attention to what is going on around them. Scorn’s official website warns players that “the game won’t show you any sympathy if you miss something important on your uneasy travels.”
Ebb Software, the developer of Scorn, plans to release the game in two parts. The first part is scheduled for release in 2018, but it has not set a release date for the second part. The game will be available only for Windows PC.
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
Scheduled Release Date: Early 2018
Plaforms: PS4, XboxOne, PC
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror stories will probably enjoy this RPG-based game published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Cyanide Studios. In a 2017 interview, the lead designer of Call of Cthulhu, Jean-Marc Gueney, states that the game is “not only a faithful adaptation of the Lovecraft universe, it is also the official adaptation of the pen-and-paper RPG by Chaosium.”
The interview also provides a good summary of Call of Cthulhu’s storyline:
The game, which takes inspiration from the horrors penned by H.P. Lovecraft, follows the private detective, Edward Pierce, who is tasked with solving the mystery behind the death of an entire family on Darkwater Island. Here he discovers a deep and interwoven network of cultists and unspeakable horrors, among other terrifying things.
Available for pre-order: June 5, 2018
Platforms: PS4, XboxOne, PC
In this action RPG game developed by DontNod, you take on the role of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a surgeon and researcher who lives in 1918 London. Dr. Reid’s life takes a dramatic turn for the worse after a stranger attacks him on the street and turns him into a vampire.
As Dr. Reid, you will face several challenges. You will have to decide who you will feed on in order to survive, which poses a variety of moral dilemmas. According to Vampyr’s official website, you will also have to “evolve your arsenal of supernatural vampire abilities” in order to defend yourself against “foes both human and supernatural.” These foes include “vampire hunters, undead Skals and other monstrosities.”
Vampyr is available for pre-order on June 5, 2018. If you pre-order, you will also receive a bonus DLC called The Hunters Heirlooms. More details about this special offer are posted on Vampyr’s official website.
Scheduled Release Date: 3rd Q 2018
Platforms: PS4, XboxOne, PC (Steam, Windows 10)
What makes Daymare: 1998 stand out from other zombie shooter games set for release this year is its “old school” approach. This third-person survival horror game developed by Invader Studios has a retro 90’s feel.
But don’t think that the game is being created with 90’s technology. Daymare: 1998 has high-quality realistic graphics thanks to some of the latest gaming development tools, including Unreal Engine 4 and iClone Facial Mocap. In a recent video, Michele Glannone, a Invader Studios PR representative, states that the iClone Facial Mocap has allowed the studio “to significantly improve the quality of our custom characters’ facial animations.”
Along with possessing realistic “facial animations,” the custom-made zombies of Daymare: 1998 shuffle and crawl toward you with lifelike movements as you make your way through a well-crafted but dark and decaying urban setting. According to the Invader Studio’s website, other features of the game include an “immersive atmosphere” and “hardcore survival mechanics.”