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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on October 31, 2001   |   Episode 22 (Show Archive)  

   
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#10 Night Trap Alright, so it's not exactly scary, but the acting sure is. Here we have Dana Plato (from Diff'rent Strokes) doing her best to make zombie vampires scary, and though she fails miserably, you have to admit that there's more than a few times you cringe do to dialog and acting. It's a horror game that fails as a horror game, but did scary things to the game industry. #9 Dino Crisis Dino Crisis is no Resident Evil, but this Jurassic rip-off does offer up some scares and screams. The writing in the game also is pretty damn scary, though at least nobody is the "master of unlocking". Dino Crisis is a bit short, but the first time through you will shocked at what puts your hair on end. #8 House of the Dead 2 Sure it's a shooting game, but there are some pretty damn big surprises the first time you go through. House of the Dead 2 isn't scary in the traditional sense, but late at night, with a friend, at least somebody can hear you scream. Sega looks to be on a roll, what with the release of Typing of the Dead and House of the Dead 3 next year, seems like one of these days the people will realize that the place is just haunted. #7 Resident Evil: Nemesis Sure it's a shooting game, but there are some pretty damn big surprises the first time you go through. House of the Dead 2 isn't scary in the traditional sense, but late at night, with a friend, at least somebody can hear you scream. Sega looks to be on a roll, what with the release of Typing of the Dead and House of the Dead 3 next year, seems like one of these days the people will realize that the place is just haunted. #6 Devil May Cry It has Grimm Reapers with scissors, it has marionettes, it has old people, and it has a battle in heaven and hell. Devil May Cry is all of that, and still remains freaky as hell! The music plays a major part with sounds of wind and the barely audible sounds of classic horror playing somewhere DEEP in the castle. It's not scary in the same way Resident Evil is, but that shouldn't take anything away for this classic game. #5 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Never before had I seen a video game quite like Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen. Sure there had been adventure games before it, but none of them had ever been presented in quite this way. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen had a narrative unlike any game of its kind, and the 17th century literature prose was unbelievable. Like a good horror novel, Legacy of Kain had surprises after every turn. #4 Silent Hill Some complain that Silent Hill isn't scary based on it's pacing, but for those who did get the horror in Silent Hill, it's a type of freaky you'll never forget. Like I said, the pacing in Silent Hill is a little slow and meandering, but I suppose it's like the Blair Witch Project, you're either going to be scared shitless, or simply dismiss it. Regardless of what you thought of this game, Silent Hill shared the bejesus out of me. #3 Alone in the Dark Series Before Resident Evil, before Silent Hill, heck, even before the Scream movies, there was Alone in the Dark. Sure the first two were nothing more than adventure games with rudimentary graphics, when Alone in the Dark tried to scare you it did it's job, extremely well. Be it big mansions, hedge mazes, or pirate ships, there's very little in the Alone in the Dark series that WASN'T scary!! #2 Resident Evil 2 Though the first Resident Evil was pretty damn scary (in a time when nothing was scary) its sequel will really put the fear in you. Just about every bad guy found in previous Resident Evils are here, plus a few that are way scarier than anything found in a Nightmare on Elm Street movie (hmm, maybe that's a bad analogy). Capcom was able to scare you just about every step of the way, something that's not very easy to do anymore. #1 Silent Hill 2 Like Resident Evil 2 before it, Silent Hill 2 hits its stride by fleshing out an already great story. Some may argue that it's just a remake of the original (it is, but it's not), but nobody can argue it's creepiness. Characters like nothing you've ever seen before, an unlikely hero, and best of all, a story like no other. For a good night of frights and scares Silent Hill 2 takes the cake as the freakiest game of all time. What, Me Worry? What does a Defunct Halloween sound like? Well, for our first Halloween Defunct Games is ready to provide you with all sorts of ghoulish thrills. What are we talking about? Well, just look at what we have for you today ...
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