Alone in the Dark, Callisto Protocol, Decarnation… 6 horror games to remember from Gamescom 2022

Game News Alone in the Dark, Callisto Protocol, Decarnation… 6 horror games to remember from Gamescom 2022

If you want to be scared, sweating from your back, uncomfortable or even bouncing in your seat, rejoice: the next few months are under the banner of video game horror. Our 3 days at Gamescom was really a chance to dig up some pearls of the genre. Ready for the big thrill?

The horror game is good, thanks for this. To be honest, this is one of the most represented genres at Gamescom 2022, with many interesting titles and above all very different from each other. Yes, there is a lot of horror in space (thanks Callisto Protocol et al) and we won’t complain if the quality is there. But besides, there are many projects with a more atmospheric atmosphere, sometimes in 2D, sometimes in 3D, but from which there are always good things to get. Here are 6 awesome games that caught our attention.

We start with the one that is most talked about, but we don’t know yet. And yet, we really want to play this “re-imagination” of a title that laid the foundations of survival-horror in the early 90’s. Developed by Piece Interactive in Sweden and directed / written by the screenwriter of the excellent SOMA and Amnesia, Alone in the Dark is a project that is clearly heading in the right direction. The developers really wanted to make an atmospheric game first and foremost, with old-school gameplay, but still in line with the demands of players in 2022. Lots of exploration, puzzles that fit the line well in the story and tense battles you need to know how. avoid if necessary: ​​3 important aspects for such production. For the rest, we will find an old haunted mansion in the 1930s, in the heart of Louisiana and, just for that, we want to dive into it.

Here is undoubtedly the most “indie” game in this terrible selection, but also the one that makes you feel the most uncomfortable. A product 100% made in France, Decarnation was developed by Atelier QDB studio and published by Shiro Games, a company that recently enjoyed great success with Dune Spice Wars and Wartales. We are away here mostly from management, for a 3D narrative game that seems to borrow from David Lynch than Silent Hill, with even a hint of Junji Ito. Let’s follow the story of Gloria, a cabaret dancer who has to face her demons and whose reality gradually turns into a dream. Don’t be fooled by its seemingly beautiful design, which recalls the JRPGs of the 90s: Decarnation always presents us with nightmarish visions, based on deformed monsters, melted faces and evil doubles. The game is meant to be very accessible, once again very narrative, with some mini games and infiltration stages to spice it up. It is clear that its universe and its history should make all its toxic charm.

A big sensation at the Summer Game Fest in June, Callisto Procotol is the Dead Space of 2022, a title that mixes horror, sci-fi and action, created by the alumni of Visceral Games. The game appeared a little more at Gamescom, with a few minutes of gameplay video broadcast on Opening Night Live and an “extended version” was shown to the press, which did not add much, however. . What is certain is that the knobs for gore and flashy – but effective – the game are pushed to 11. The battles against the most dirty creatures that can mutate before our eyes are a unique that violence and it will be difficult to make more visceral and wild. The “trails of a ship plagued by evil” atmosphere works well and the game seems to skillfully limit the jump-scare, which is quite systematic in Dead Space. In short, it smells like necrotic flesh and it’s coming out on December 2nd on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series.

Horror games that deal with the traumas of war are few and far between if they take as context the 1st World War and that has a German soldier there. This is the case of Ad Infinitum, the first game from the Berlin studio Hekate and for which we have a fairly complete demo. Here we are in a pure juice of psychological horror and we feel the influence of titles like Layers of Fear or Amnesia. But Ad Infinitum managed to dig its own ditch, with a beautiful realization, a heavy atmosphere and a desire for realism, using the particular tools of the time and the most accurate historical reconstruction possible. There are also some good ideas, including guarding and lightening the roaming creatures so they don’t move. Be careful, therefore, if you turn away from them… The design of some monsters seen is very successful, looking at the side of Silent Hill with a more organic side and the puzzles seem fair, not too easy or you are very good. difficult. In short, an awesome game to watch out for, which should be released next year.

Of the kind of film adaptations we never saw coming, this one is out there. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you may remember “Clowns Tueurs Venus d’Ailleurs” (title here) which featured… extraterrestrial clowns who kill people. Ultra bis cinema, even Z, but remains in the memories of some teenagers to the point of becoming an obscure cult. And it is an unexpected return that we witness here, from the developers of Friday the 13th. So we start an asymmetrical multiplayer game, where 7 people have to survive against 3 killer clowns, by any means necessary. Depending on the type chosen, clowns can use invisible motorcycles, popcorn bazookas or dog balloons that are able to detect the position of people. Yes, it’s pretty silly, but the game mechanics seem surprisingly solid. The game should be released next year, with a long beta phase that is good.

We end this selection with a good old retro-FPS, whose terrifying aspects will speak to you more if you played Blood in the mid-90s. The cult is in the same vein, with a sticky atmosphere and “deep end of the United States” that would make for a great pixelated Stephen King. But here, forget the slow pace, the narration and the puzzles, above all you have to escape the road, to tear the heads with the shotgun and to shoot, the bomb bombs. As minimalist as it is in terms of production (it’s a game made by one person), Cultic knows how to set its atmosphere at the right time, especially when a whole bunch of body hanging from the ceiling starts to move and a killer comes crazy armed. with a chainsaw. Good old B series knocking out FPS sensations like 1996. We don’t need more hype. Also note that a demo is available on Steam.

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