August 3rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Games |

Slender

by M.I.K.

Slender is a free pyschological/survival horror indie game by Mark J Hadley, based on the internet urban legend of the ‘Slender Man’, a supernatural creature, fond of kidnapping children and usually depicted as a tall, thin figure, dressed in a black suit and tie, with a completely featureless face and elongated arms, (and sometimes also has tentacly things sprouting out of his back).

The origins of the story can be traced back to a thread titled ‘Create Paranormal Images’, started on the Something Awful forums back in 2009. Since then, there’s been a whole load of mock documentaries, fan art and yes, videogames. A variation of the character has even popped up in Minecraft.

If you want to know more about the phenomena, simply search for “slender man”. The internet’s crammed with stuff relating to it.

Slender, the game is a relatively simple affair. In fact, I find it very reminiscent of the 30 year old 3D Monster Maze on the ZX81, with Slender Man taking the place of the Tyrannosaur, and the maze replaced with dark woodland. However, do not let this lull you into a false sense of security. Despite appearances, 3D Monster Maze is still an incredibly tense game when you sit down to play it. Slender, too, may have a simple premise, but it’s also scary as hell. Seriously.

The aim of the game is to collect 8 pages, while avoiding contact with The Slender Man. Even looking directly at him is a bad idea. Instructions are included with the game itself and the controls are fairly simple.

I’ve lived in the countryside most my life. I’ve been around a lot of woods and foresty places. I’ve sometimes wandered around them when it’s been dark. I’ve then often wondered what the flip I’m doing there. This game captures the feel of that perfectly.

You can download the game from the official site here or this fansite, which has more information.

You may also want to check out some of the numerous YouTube videos showing people, (mostly grown men), screaming like little girls while playing this.

Best played in the dark, at night, when you’re alone, (if you want to scare the poo out of yourself, that is).

 

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April 25th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Games |

The Walking Dead Game Trailer

by Ghastly McNasty

Telltale Games today released an all-new trailer focusing in on the story of ‘A New Day,’ the first episode of The Walking Dead games series based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series.

Players will be able to experience the first episode of the summer-long adventure horror series, which arrived today* for download on PlayStation®Network, PC and Mac, and will release very soon on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360.

Episode one, ‘A New Day’ and the following four episodes deliver an experience tailored by the decisions that each player makes, leading to multiple paths through the story. Players take on the role of Lee Everett, a man convicted of murder, now given newfound freedom and a chance at redemption in a world devastated by the undead. Intense life or death situations will force the player to explore the darker sides of human nature, and they will meet familiar characters and visit locations from the world created by Robert Kirkman, foreshadowing the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead comics. The first episode will sell for 400 Microsoft® Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, $4.99 on PlayStation Network and on PC and Mac as a season pass covering all five episodes for $24.99 from the Telltale Online Store and other digital distribution outlets.

Telltale would like to remind fans that they can purchase the game for PC or Mac via their Telltale Online Store and via Valve’s Steam service, as well as other digital distribution services.

Telltale plans to release The Walking Dead for Apple’s iOS platform later this summer.

The Walking Dead is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead comic books, visit www.skybound.com.

 

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May 7th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Games |

Mortal Kombat Finishing Moves

by Ghastly McNasty

The Mortal Kombat series of video games has just released its 9th edition of the game which has shot to the top of the gaming charts. Mortal Kombat is a finger bashing fight game that stands apart from its competitors thanks to its extreme gore fatality scenes. Just check out the videos below.

No wonder this game was banned in Australia. Finish Him!

 

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April 26th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Games |

Left 4 Dead

by Ghastly McNasty

I bought this game a few months ago and although I no longer play it as much as I did, it is certainly worth a mention on this site. I’ll try not to gush about it too much as I can do about things that get me excited.

Left 4 Dead is a survival horror first person shooter game available for the Xbox360 or the PC. Made by Valve, the people behind Half Life 2, this very simple game is quite possibly the best horror game ever made. If you own a PC or Xbox then I recommend that you go out now and buy it.

It is like sombody reached in to my head and made my ideal Zombie holocaust game.

The game begins with a 5 minute intro movie that will scare your pants clean off and will have your blood pumping from the adrenaline rush. From then on the game involves sneaking round buildings and streets trying not to awake any zombie hordes. Obviously is you never met any zombies the game would be poor, so when you do accidently set of a car alarm and the zombies attack, the game becomes a frenzy of blasting as many zombs as possible as they pour out of holes in the ceilings or burst through doors in their hundreds. Not only is this completely terrifying, but it’s also an absolute hoot!

The zombies are a slow moving Romero type bunch, until startled, when they suddenly become enraged and come out you 28 Days Later style. Brilliant! There are also specialist zombies which are harder to kill and this adds a bit of variation to the game.

The graphics aren’t amazing but do the trick. The key to this game lies in the addictive gameplay and the online 4 player story modes. It really is a game that needs to be played with other humans to get the full benefit.

Back from the Depths Rating:
Thoroughly entertaining this game is a must for any fan of the Zombie genre. 10/10

If you still need persuading to buy this wonderful game then just check the intro movie below.

 

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