Last week I was interviewed for Mage: The Podcast with my collaborators on a table top RPG book that we wrote together. It is called Gods and Monsters and it’s a compendium for the World of Darkness books. I was brought in to write the pieces on African/loa/voodoo creatures and deities. It was such an honor to be in on this project and I’m really happy with the results. Please take a listen to our interview and if you play the book, please let me know what you thought!
Surprising, some people gloss over the fact that the Metroid series has its roots in sci-fi horror. Yes, in spite of the series owing a lot of its influence to the Alien series, most people still see the series as more sci-fi adventure, which is fair (given that this is Nintendo, after all). Yet with Super Metroid, a landmark title that celebrates its 25th anniversary today, horror still has a very real presence with the game, despite its more action-oriented leanings.
All these years later, Jaws still endures as one of the all-time great horror movies, and Toy Fair (which doesn’t even actually kick off until tomorrow) has been pretty Jaws-heavy this year with Funko’s reveal of an entire upcoming wave of vinyl toys based on the 1975 classic. Announced by Gizmodo tonight, an official Jaws board game is also swimming our way!
One of the best horror games around is Dark Souls. It’s tense, frightful, laden with gothic imagery, and punishing in a way that is often mistaken for ‘difficulty.’ But at some point in every Dark Souls fan’s life, they’re just not scared any more.
If you’re running around naked with a giant hammer fighting bosses, there’s a decent chance you don’t find the game scary anymore. You’ve moved beyond timid caution into mastery — maybe even mockery. That’s not a fault of the game — actually, what makes Souls fans so rabid in their praise for the series is that FromSoftware accounts for and accommodates this.
Sadly, many other horror games don’t have the robust gameplay to accommodate this transition. That’s why you need to look at multiplayer horror games if you’re trying to find something you can return to over and over for your healthy dose of stress relief. Here are some of the best to take a look at.
There are few places we’d rather celebrate the creepiest, most wonderful time of the year than at our favorite school for witches and wizards, and this October we’ll really be able to get into the spooky spirit with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. The mobile game will honor our favorite haunted holiday with special content dedicated to the Dark Arts and Halloween.
Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games announced players will get to battle the darker side of the magical world as part of a month long celebration. Students will “delve into an unfolding investigation of their brother’s disappearance, leading them to the mysteries of the Cursed Vaults.” Year Three students will also have to face boggarts, while Year Fours explore the Forbidden Forest, all while “the Dark Arts are present amidst the safety of classes and celebrations at the venerable school.”