I love October.
I get to watch World Series baseball, and mainstream media always begins to give a crap about horror for 31 days leading up to fun-sized Snickers orgy we call Halloween.
This year the artform known as video games are dropping what appears to be some new hotness on us in the form of Alien:Isolation and The Evil Within.
Let's be clear. Alien has had some terrible gaming translations. The only really excellent titles I can think of are Aliens: Infestation on 3DS, and Alien 3 for the Sega Genesis (although I was too young back then for good taste) so a replay might not hold up well. Isolation looks like it could be a survival horror gem however, and I'm holding out hope it'll give me the Xenomorph terror fix I've been craving.
The Evil Within sees survival horror godfather Shinji Mikami (he made Resident Evil) jumping back into the fray with an apparently hardcore, limited resources style of game. This one I'm cautiously optimistic about, because initial impressions were mixed and said it was treading more into the "psychological horror" realm. I'm fine with that since I was one of the twenty jerks who actually enjoyed Alan Wake. It seems to have some interesting concepts so hopefully they will pan out.
Look for reviews of both games this October, and hopefully I can look back on this post wistfully singing the praises of both titles. Meanwhile, enjoy these trailers that aren't for kids.
The Evil Within