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Until Dawn Review - A night to remember

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Horror games, interactive drama, PS4 games, Until Dawn

Until Dawn Review - A night to remember

Horror games aren't usually meant to be 'fun' or known for being 'a laugh'. Scrambling around in the shadows for ammo in The Evil Within, or managing a tiny inventory in Resident Evil can be harrowing and stressful experiences. And then there's the nerve-shredding trauma of Bloodborne.

But what about horror movies? Beyond the blood and gore, we're waiting for inevitable scare lurking around the corner to make us jump out of our skins and then laugh it off with friends. Until Dawn is the gaming equivalent of that horror movie experience and it's been well worth the wait.

Until Dawn Review - A night to remember

Before horror cinema became obsessed with low-budget, haunted house, night-vision camcorder borefests and the gorno genre fetishised the violence with series like Paranormal Activity or Saw respectively, horror films were generally based around hapless teens fleeing supernatural forces or maniacs with machetes. Until Dawn is all about that teen slasher style and runs the genre's favourite tropes through a Heavy Rain filter with those all-important player choices affecting multiple lead characters who can die permanently. Supermassive's game borrows intelligently from other games and films, as even the scares you might predict still threaten to send you scurrying behind the sofa.

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COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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DLC, EA, funcom, Horror games, MMORPGs, PC games, Puzzle games, The Secret World

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.

Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.

Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.

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Funcom release teaser for single-player horror experience The Park

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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funcom, Horror games, PC games, Teaser, The Park, The Secret World

Funcom release teaser for single-player horror experience The Park

'The Secret World' themed title coming this October

Funcom are primarily known for their online experiences such as Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and The Secret World, but today they have released a teaser trailer for a brand new single player experience. The Park, which according to Red Thread Games' Ragnar Tornquist is planted in The Secret World universe, looks to feature a character named Lorraine and "the most terrifying nightmare of her life" at a theme park. The images shown in the teaser should look rather familiar to players of The Secret World, especially for visitors of The Savage Coast. You can judge for yourself by hitting the jump.

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Until Dawn's best preorder yet is £31.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Horror games, interactive drama, PS4 games, Until Dawn

Until Dawn's best preorder yet is £31.99

A careful bit of discount code stacking saves you a mighty £8 on the price of Sony's upcoming horror title, Until Dawn. Use the codes below (enter them separately) to pay just £31.99. Act fast, as the site could remove the code stacking at any time if it's a mistake.

Until Dawn has been coming for years. Originally a PS3 Move title, the game has ditched the motion controller for DualShock 4 support on the PS4. It's looking like a lot of fun too. This spin on the slasher horror movie has a bunch of teens trying to escape a masked murderer in what looks like Scream meets Heavy Rain. It's set to be a bit of a quick-time-event fest, but with choices leading to possible perma-deaths of characters, replay value could high. Want to know more? Then check out Jon's Until Dawn hands-on preview and keep an eye out for our full review in August.

Thanks to nunn.

Until Dawn finally dated for PS4

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Horror games, PS4 games, Supermassive Games, Until Dawn

Until Dawn finally dated for PS4

Until Dawn, the PS4 exclusive interactive horror experience, has finally got a firm release date after several years of delays.

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ZombiU is back down to £4.95 - and one of the best survival horror games in years

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU is back down to £4.95 - and one of the best survival horror games in years

ZombiU is back down to £4.95, a great deal yet a slightly sad state of affairs for one of the best survival horror games in years. It's hardcore, dedicated and brave; a game that isn't afraid to hit you with isolation, silence, permadeath and impossible odds as you explore a disturbingly quiet London. So many reviewers decided to critique it as an action game. We didn't.

"ZombiU terrifies and terrorises its players with every trick in the book, and a fair few new ones courtesy of the WiiU hardware. Though an emotionally draining and occasionally awkward affair, Ubisoft's brave hardcore proposition proves that big publishers can still deliver true survival horror."

Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Horror games, Konami, Silent Hills

Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

Bad news for horror fans over the weekend as we discover that Silent Hills has been caught in the crossfire between Konami and Kojima. According to actor Norman Reedus and director Guillermo Del Toro, the project has now been cancelled outright or shelved indefinitely, with everyone involved now drifting in the wind.

Konami has confirmed that Reedus has been cut loose, but still haven't officially confirmed or denied whether Silent Hills is dead in the water. Considering that they're removing interactive teaser PT from PSN this week, though, we reckon the gun is pretty much smoking at this point.

It's a damn shame too, because we (and gamers in general) were rather looking forward to this exciting collaboration. The three of us have put our heads together in an effort to process the situation -- so here's what we made of it.

Brendan

Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

With all the talk of Kojima being pushed out the Konami doors after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is complete, it comes as no surprise to hear that Silent Hills is dead. Konami haven't officially said the game is cancelled, but they have expired their contract with actor Norman Reedus and Guillermo del Toro has been quoted as saying Silent Hills is "not gonna happen." Konami have said they will continue to work on the Silent Hill series, but they make no mention of their intentions with Silent Hills in a Q&A with Eurogamer.

With the P.T. teaser demo being pulled from PSN this week, it looks like Konami are clearing house, like the project never happened. To be honest, we don't really know how far along the game's development was and we understand it would be a different experience than the P.T. demo. Fans are understandably disappointed though as the demo was one of the most well-received horror experiences in gaming for years.

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Download P.T. now or lose it forever - Konami are taking it off PSN

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Hideo Kojima, Horror games, Konami, P.T., PS4 games

P.T., the interactive demo and teaser for Silent Hills, is generally hailed as one of the most terrifying and atmospheric experiences to hit consoles in years. Don't take our word for it: that's our ex-senior editor cacking himself while playing it in the video above.

It's currently free to download, but not for much longer. Konami will be removing PT from PSN this Wednesday, so if you want to check it out, download it now or lose it forever.

Click here to grab it from the EU PlayStation Store.

Sadly it appears that Silent Hills has been cancelled, too, following the recent spat between Konami and Kojima. We'll bring you all the details so far very soon.

Alien Isolation (AKA locker weeping simulator 2014) is only £7.99, bargain

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, PC games

Alien Isolation (AKA locker weeping simulator 2014) is only £7.99, bargain

Missed last week's ridiculously cheap Alien deals? Here's another one: Alien: Isolation is just £7.99 on PC this weekend!

Use the Facebook voucher code for the extra saving: click on the widget at the top of the store page, 'Like' them on Facebook and follow the instructions to claim your voucher.

"Go into space," they said. "See the universe," they said. Now you can spend a bargain £7.99 to weep huddled in a locker while soiling yourself, then die.

"Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played," Matt wrote in our Alien Isolation review. "It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks."

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition now £7.50 on PC, play a classic at 60fps

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, PC games, Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition now £7.50 on PC, play a classic at 60fps

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition is only £7.50 on GamersGate.

Apparently it's a decent remaster that includes higher resolutions and 60fps visuals, plus the bonus Separate Ways content.

Get The Evil Within: GAME Limited Edition from just £10.00 today (PC & PS3)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, PC games, PS3 games, The Evil Within

Get The Evil Within: GAME Limited Edition from just £10.00 today (PC & PS3)

GAME have slashed the price of their exclusive The Evil Within limited edition on PC and PS3 today, which includes digital and physical swag.

Thanks to markt91 @ HUKD for posting the PC deal!

Grab the Alien: Isolation Nostromo Steelbook Edition for £13.70 on Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, Xbox 360 games

Grab the Alien: Isolation Nostromo Steelbook Edition for £13.70 on Xbox 360

Fancy getting into one of the scariest games of recent years on Xbox 360? The Alien: Isolation Nostromo Steelbook Edition is now just £13.70.

It's a great deal for the Nostromo Edition, let alone the steelbook! Many thanks to bargain76 @ HUKD, who lives up to their username.

Click here to read our Alien Isolation review and bookmark our games deals page for more savings!

ZombiU is the most under-appreciated game of this generation, discover why for £5.95

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU is the most under-appreciated game of this generation, discover why for £5.95

That's right. I said it. ZombiU is the most underrated game of this generation and it's a crying shame that so many people ignored it.

Or worse, didn't even attempt to understand it. See, ZombiU is probably the most hardcore, dedicated and bravest survival horror game of the last few years; a game that isn't afraid to hit you with isolation, silence, permadeath and impossible odds, a game where you'll die and die and kill your former selves and huddle in a corner desperately checking your inventory on the GamePad and oh God oh God it's eating me.

The horror, you see. It's the horror. Pure horror, not some half-breed genre hybrid, yet so many reviewers decided to critique it as an action game. We didn't.

"ZombiU terrifies and terrorises its players with every trick in the book, and a fair few new ones courtesy of the WiiU hardware. Though an emotionally draining and occasionally awkward affair, Ubisoft's brave hardcore proposition proves that big publishers can still deliver true survival horror."

You can now get ZombiU for just £5.95. If you own a Wii U and like horror games, it's probably about time. Thanks preparationiskey!

Deadly Premonition: cult classic or overrated mess? Find out for yourself for £1.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, game keys, Horror games, PC games

Deadly Premonition: cult classic or overrated mess? Find out for yourself for £1.99

Deadly Premonition tells one of the best videogame stories of all time, an uncanny and kooky supernatural detective thriller that's like Twin Peaks meets Silent Hill. However, it's also a mechanical mess and a graphical disaster.

Personally I adore Deadly Premonition, and firmly argue that it's one of the best games of the decade -- not in a 'so bad it's good' kind of way, but legitimately great -- but my senior editor used to Skype me every time I wrote an article about it to moan about the visuals and controls. Philistine. No three people can agree on whether it's brilliant or awful, but for £1.99, there's no better time to find out for yourself.

This is a value-added Director's Cut, no less, and you can read our Deadly Premonition review for my take. A great spot by idx11 at HUKD!

Alien: Isolation is now ridiculously cheap at £8.37 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, PC games

Alien: Isolation is now ridiculously cheap at £8.37 on PC

Alien: Isolation just £8.37 on PC this weekend!

Use voucher code H3U5TZ-9726D1-JIPSHC.

Go into space, they said. See the universe, they said. Now you can spend a bargain £8.37 to weep huddled in a locker while soiling yourself. A tip of the cap to HoboHouseParty @ HUKD!

"Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played," Matt wrote in our Alien Isolation review. "It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks."

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 complete season now £17.99 on PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, PS4 games, Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 complete season now £17.99 on PS4

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 complete season now only £17.99 on PS4.

Save £2 using PSN voucher code L5MFCEP358.

We were slightly concerned about whether Capcom would go off the rails with Resident Evil Revelations 2, seeing as the 3DS' hardware limitations had as much to do with the satisfying old-school gameplay as any purposeful design decision. However, it seems to be off to a flying start.

"The game itself is solid Resident Evil fare though. The locations change throughout the episode (no faffing around one mansion for hours here), and the forest scene in particular is as chilling as the series gets. Faithful fans will love it." - Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 1 - Penal Colony Review

"Episode 2 has some of the best moments I've experienced in the whole Resident Evil franchise. If Capcom can maintain this intensity and not give in to all out action (easy on the Assault rifle, Barry), they may be about to bring the series back to its prime." - Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 - Contemplation Review

Boo! Five Nights At Freddy's 3 out now

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Five Nights At Freddy's 3, Horror games, PC games

Boo! Five Nights At Freddy's 3 out now

Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed it's doors, the events that took place there have become nothing more than a rumor and a childhood memory, but the owners of Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction are determined to revive the legend and make the experience as authentic as possible for patrons, going to great lengths to find anything that might have survived decades of neglect and ruin.

At first there were only empty shells, a hand, a hook, an old paper-plate doll, but then a remarkable discovery was made... the attraction now has one animatronic.

That's the setup of Five Nights At Freddy's 3, which quietly released on Steam last night. We can expect the anticipated sequel to deliver jump scares, tension and deeply unsettling lore, which is either a magnificently convoluted tale or a masterful example of making it up as you go along and letting players fill on the gaps. Either way, though

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is getting PC splitscreen co-op after false advertising scandal

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Horror games, PC games, Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is getting PC splitscreen co-op after false advertising scandal

Resident Evil Revelations 2's PC version caused a bit of a stink at launch. Plenty of players were excited to get involved with the game's much-vaunted splitscreen co-op, but were then disappointed to learn that Capcom lied and multiplayer was never on the table.

Thankfully, Capcom have now seen the error of their ways and are patching it in after all.

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In space, no-one can hear you buy Alien Isolation for £12.80 on PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, PC games

In space, no-one can hear you buy Alien Isolation for £12.80 on PC

Alien: Isolation just £12.80 on PC this weekend!

Make sure to use Green Man Gaming voucher code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM for the extra saving!

"Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played," Matt wrote in our Alien Isolation review. "It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks." £12.80 is a bargain.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 complete season only £15 on PC - for 24 hours only

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Horror games, PC games, Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil Revelations 2 complete season only £15 on PC - for 24 hours only

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is out this week - and you can buy it for only £15 on PC today only!

Use voucher code 25OFFR-ESEVIL-REVEL2 for the 25% discount - thanks, Gooner!

The first reviews for Resident Evil Revelations 2 have released today, and they're largely positive, though of course they're only for the first episode since the game is releasing in weekly chunks! If you want to buy the whole lot, though, you can pick up the entire season for just £15, which is a bit of a steal.