Wednesday, February 5, 2014

You don't scare me. Yet.

I was unable to actually play Outlast last night because the Playstation store decided that the upper midwest was not a support region. Cheap shot warning: there may be nothing worth buying in the Xbox One store at the moment but at least I have never been unable to get to it. Connection issues with Xbox Live are few and far between. The Playstation Network cannot boast the same reliability, at least not yet. I never complained before because I wasn't paying for it, something that has just recently changed.

It has been a while since a game has actually frightened me.

Silent Hill was scary because I did not know what I was getting into. Silent Hill 2 was scary enough to give me nightmares. Silent Hill 3, not so much apart from the bathroom scene, and not a single one since has done more than give me momentary chills.

Fatal Frame and, even more so, Fatal Frame 2, were mind numbing. Then there was a big gap, and then there was Amnesia. Amnesia was really, really scary. A Machine for Pigs was decidedly not.

Suffice to say, I am ready, but I am also dubious of Outlast. Reviews mentioned that after the first few hours the game falls into a pattern: if it looks like something might jump out at you, something will jump out at you. Constant jump scares quickly lose their power. Amnesia and Silent Hill 2 worked because there were long periods of time in which nothing happened. The games built tension, not reflexes.

Regardless, it will be nice to use my PS4 again.


  1. Condemned 2 has some pretty good scary moments, should be extremely cheap if your interested

  2. Thanks, I forgot about that one! I did play it, I think. That had the undead bear and hobo torture chamber in the basement of a school, right?