Showing posts with label Psychological Horror. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psychological Horror. Show all posts

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Alan Wake is Back on Steam

Alan Wake has returned to online storefronts after resolving big licensing issue that forced the game to suspend sales.

Developer Remedy Entertainment’s critically acclaimed action-adventure title Alan Wake from 2010 has become a topic of discussion long after the announcement of a live-action TV series based on the game was made back in last month.

Earlier the game was removed from all available online marketplaces because of a licensing issue and after an absence for more than a year now, it is back again on popular digital storefronts like GOG.com, Humble Store and Steam.

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Alan Wake is Back on Steam

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In May 2017, the developers faced a problem with the usage of licensed music rights that needed renegotiating and until they could, the game couldn't be on sale. So, before taking the game down, they offered a 90% discount for the title on Steam.

It was really an unfortunate event for the psycho-thriller adventure from Remedy; however they never had to take down the standalone spin-off game Alan Wake's American Nightmare from the digital shelf because of those music rights again.

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In a recent Tweet, Remedy Entertainment has confirmed the news and thanked their publisher Microsoft Studios to reach out for solving this problem.



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If you have never played this atmospheric adventure-horror title before or even missed that super-sale a year ago, then you should give it a try now that it is back and on top of that, Alan Wake is heavily discounted again for the occasion of Halloween.

While the original game is currently on sale for only $1.40 on Steam, you can also own the Collector's Edition for the best price of $1.64 only before November 1. If you are looking for the Xbox 360 version, then it would be a bummer to tell you that the game is still not available on Xbox Marketplace yet.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds Dead Island: Riptide, Outlast and More

Spook yourself with a bit of Halloween terror with games like Dead Island: Riptide, Outlast and more in Xbox Game Pass.

We are only weeks away from Halloween and even Michael Myers is coming back this year to start his killing spree once again. To celebrate this holiday, Xbox Game Pass has arranged a creepy event and added four new games to the catalog today.

So, whether you head to theaters to see the new Halloween movie or stay at home with your Xbox One console for some hardcore gaming night, you've got it covered either way. We suggest you keep playing until you need to take a break and then go see the movie. Sounds like a plan?

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Dead Island: Riptide, Outlast and More

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You like getting mobbed up by flesh-eating zombies? How about an outbreak in the middle of a distant island? Don't worry, it is done. Want to get the taste of a different type of survival horror? That can be arranged as well without any hassle.

Even when you are done playing these titles and stand victorious over jump scares and goosebumps they throw at you, there are 100 more great games that come up with your Xbox Game Pass subscription to give you distinctive taste from other genres.

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Dead Island: Riptide on Xbox Game Pass

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Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition
The most common genre is horror these days is a scenario where player fights hordes of zombies to survive and Dead Island: Riptide is all that on an island. Riptide is a continuation of the first Dead Island game and all four survivors are back.

A new survivor joins the band of original four protagonists on the island overrun by zombies. Since Dead Island 2 has been stuck in development hell for so long, Riptide is our only substitute for a sequel despite some mixed reaction from fans. The Definitive Edition offers you all the content and more but will not be available in Germany.

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Hello Neighbor on Xbox Game Pass

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Hello Neighbor
Next up, you just moved in by side of a paranoid neighbor who acts mysteriously and apparently has something hidden in his basement that got your interest in discovering what it really is and the only way to do it is by breaking into his house.

That sounds too easy than it actually is because you have to go through a series of puzzles to get there and have to make sure that your neighbor doesn't notice you breaking in. The game has an advanced AI that always learns from you to counter your every move.

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Observer on Xbox Game Pass

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Observer
Instead of raiding old, spooky residents or being chased by crazy monsters to rip you off, Observer works the horror about technology and culture. If that sounds weird already, then how about the idea of your deepest fears being hacked?

Players take the role of Daniel Lazarski who is a detective from Poland in 2084, who gets into people's mind to interrogate and uses augmented vision to look into the surroundings of that person to gather evidence for seeking truth from their fearful experiences.

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Outlast on Xbox Game Pass

Outlast
This one is a survival horror title that explores the journey of investigative journalist Miles Upshur in a psychiatric hospital as he tries to uncover secrets of the shady Murkoff Corporation and ended up in a mess, which is more than what he bargained for.

His first step to insanity begins in a ground full of mutilated corpses, then running into a hulking figure that wants to toss him around and many other rogues who want him dead. By the time Miles will discover what the freak-show is going on, it would be too late for him.

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Thanks to your precious Xbox Game Pass membership, you have some great servings of horror games on your list and have a steady dose of spook to keep you satisfied. Now run, hide or face your fears up close, it's all up to you that how you wish to be scared s**tless.

If you are still feeling a little left behind on the horror dose on Halloween night then feel free to check out the Halloween Collection including titles like Dead Rising 3, Deadlight, Resident Evil, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and State of Decay 2 to conquer your fears.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

Showrunner Pete Calloway joins on board for developing a live-action TV series on Alan Wake franchise.

Video game movies have a rough history of failing to please a larger audience or even dedicated fans. So, adapting the story to a small scale for television is a less risky venture.

With every other successful games are being adapted into TV series for Netflix or other major channels, atmospheric adventure-horror title Alan Wake is announced to be made into a live-action series for television, which is confirmed today by developer studio Remedy Entertainment and Contradiction Films.

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Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

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Sam Lake, who originally conceived the plot for the game will be serving as executive producer while Peter Calloway (Cloak & Dagger, Legion) will join him on board as showrunner. A number of studios are interested to pick up the pitch and they want to start shooting by October.

Despite having popularity among fans and selling over 4.5 million copies, the game never got a true sequel it deserved but there was a short standalone release titled Alan Wake's American Nightmare, which came out in 2012.



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Tomas Harlan, a member of Contradiction Films had to say the following about the show during this announcement.

Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game. That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by The Twilight Zone,’ Secret Window, Hitchcock, Northern Exposure and a lot of U.S. television. We plan to work closely with Sam on this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.

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Alan Wake is an action-adventure game with horror elements that came out on PC and Xbox 360 platform in 2010. The game followed the story of best-selling author Alan Wake who has been suffering from a writer's block for some time and to get rid of it, he takes a vacation tour with his wife Alice to a small town in Washington.

Things started to go awry as his wife gets abducted by mysterious forces and he starts experiencing events from his last novel that he has no memory of writing.

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Alongside the titular character, his friend Barry Wheeler, wife Alice and Sheriff Sarah Breaker may also appear on the show. The episodic nature of the title is what inspired the studio to get involved in the television project.

How it unfolded the psychological thriller aspects to players are the same way, the creators are willing to approach the show. The game’s creator, Sam Lake said in 2015 that he has big plans in mind regarding the game aside from a sequel and probably this is what he meant.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

Publisher Konami has taken down the fan-made Silent Hills P.T Remake by a 17-year-old game developer.

In an attempt to reinvent Silent Hills franchise, video game publisher studio Konami roped in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) for a collaboration. They came up with P.T. or "Playable Teaser" in 2014 but then suddenly got scrapped even before Kojima left the company. For long it stayed on PlayStation store but was pulled from there in 2015. However, it still existed in places and one recent form was a latest PC port by a dedicated fan.

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Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

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A 17-year-old game developer going by the name Qimsar has taken over a herculean task of doing a complete remake of the first-person psychological horror for PC. He self-taught himself to do it by using Unreal Engine 4 and have done a commendable job making a port of the game for PC, so that players who have missed out the opportunity to play P.T. on first place can still enjoy it. His attempt of recreating one of the scariest gaming moments in history met with positive response too.

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However, as he was offering this downloadable build to everyone for free on GameJolt, Qimsar expressed concerned over the possibilities of Konami wanting to take it down anytime like any other fan-made games and the bell is finally rung. After his version of the remake gets coverage on social media and gaming sites, his project got the boot and is permanently removed when Konami reached out to him regarding the matter. This doesn't make sense as there are plenty of P.T. remakes still out there.

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Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro

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On GameJolt, Qimsar has detailed the entire phone conversation he had with one of the company representative before taking down the game and they were apparently very nice about the whole thing. Although his game had to be taken down for legal issues but the company stuffs were really impressed seeing his effort. So, they tried to make up for his endeavors by offering him an internship at Konami, which is super cool for him or anyone you know.

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Silent Hill series from the 90's had been a staple for horror-fans but after Silent Hill 2, the latter titles were not able to bring back the nightmarish charm it had. Considering P.T. was downloaded over 1,000,000 times, they could've gone with it with their eyes closed. Before the original "Playable Teaser" went to development hell, actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) was involved with it as well. Currently, he and director del Toro are involved in Kojima's upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Silent Hills P.T Remake for PC by Fan

Thanks to a dedicated fan, first-person psychological horror game Silent Hills "Playable Teaser" is being remade and available to play for free!

Before video game legend Hideo Kojima got busy with upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding, he was involved in creating a "playable teaser" for Silent Hills alongside film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water), which got cancelled eventually. P.T. demo was removed from PlayStation Store upon Kojima's departure from Konami. If you haven't gotten that in time, there were no hope for you to have it but apparently, now you can.

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Silent Hills P.T Remade for PC by Fan

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A 17-year-old developer Qimsar is currently working on building a complete remake of the game for PC, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy this cult classic. Of course, it is still on alpha state, the demo looks pretty scary as it should. He also added a shout out to a recently deceased sensational rapper in the very beginning. Qimsar added disconnected movement style, quick changes in camera angles and the hallway that keeps creating loops as it redecorates itself.

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Take a brief look at the current state of P.T. remake below by Unreal Engine 4. Although it is in early stages, his work has managed to garner positive feedback for recreating one of the scariest moments of gaming history.




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He made quite an impressive progress with the project that is sure to please many P.T. fans. His works and titanic efforts are being appreciated in Reddit threads by community. With brief experience with the Unreal Engine, he has worked hard for about 140 hours to build it up while self-teaching himself many aspects as well. A downloadable build is currently available on GameJolt for free a port of P.T. If anyone is interested to try it out, they can feel free to go ahead and have a shot.

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The demo is now in v0.9, using almost all of the original assets but still far from complete. You will notice that there are no animations, some textures are missing and most importantly, no save feature is added to it yet. So expect nothing more than a simple play-testing until the debugging is complete. To get this port finished, he does need help from some animators to complete his work. Considering how much little experience this young developer had before starting the project, his achievement is quite baffling.

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The Crying Fetus

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Qimsar is very much aware that like any other fan-made games, the developers can takedown his project anytime if they want. However, he has stated that if Konami hits it with a copyright strike, he will personally upload the game to anyone who wants to take a spin while he keeps updating it. The original Playable Teaser dubbed as "7780s Studio" and had actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) involved with the project from beginning until it was scrapped.