Resident Evil VII: Biohazard Review
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard pulls well-worn riffs and familiar tropes from classic horror games, film and literature and doesn't entirely escape trafficking in cliche, but it still tells a compelling, suspenseful, creepy story that's both terrifying and hard to look away from.
Slayaway Camp Review
While it would’ve been nice to see some additional kills and hear some additional lines of dialogue from the narrator, it still works for what it is. Slayaway Camp is one of the best homages to classic slasher films and should be an easy buy for any horror buff looking to pass the time.
Five Nights at Freddy's 2
The game’s downfall is the forsaking of its predecessor’s main elements of dread in favor of resorting to cheap jump-scares with the over-saturation of old animatronics and the music box preventing you from being able to change your actions more. If you’re confident in your reflexes and can learn a single pattern, the game’s illusion is over. And what is left after that?
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
While the game isn't very long (my finished playtime was around seven hours) the game does a good job of not overstaying its welcome. You are presented with a compelling story that only keeps driving you forward to the end and makes you never want to put down your controller until the final cut scene. While I wouldn't necessarily call this a horror game, I had an unsettling feeling of dread while I played. You spend the entire game alone and mostly silent, which leaves you so tense that even something like the narration kicking in is enough to make you jump. The game also takes some very strange turns that are too incredible to spoil. With the exception of the mines being slower and more frustrating and disconnected than the rest of the game, the only thing you'd want out of Ethan Carter is more story and a few more mechanics to keep you coming back for more.
Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition
If you haven’t played Resident Evil 4, it’s still absolutely worth playing. It’s a definite classic that stands along with the likes of Half Life 2 as one of the best games of its generation. Even today it’s still a fantastic action title despite some outdated shooting mechanics. The tension, pacing, and variety are matched by only a few titles, and it remains the gold standard for third person action games. Having played this game now on four different platforms at least over a dozen times, I can say that despite a few issues, this is the definitive version of Resident Evil 4, and remains one of the best action titles money can buy.