Halloween is only a few hours away and in celebration of the spooky holiday, the powers that be at Steam have launched a Halloween Sale. Dozens of games are currently featured in the sale that runs through November 1st, each and every title featuring bumps in the night and haunted thrills. Of all the games featured in this year’s Halloween Sale, five titles stand out among the rest as the perfect games to get you in the Halloween spirit; from the spectrally spooky to the downright strange, these titles are the best of the Halloween Sale.
Cthulhu Saves the World:
Cthulhu Saves the World is by no means a horror experience. In fact, the game is more of a genre-bending love letter to H.P. Lovecraft’s Old God that takes the form of a traditional RPG experience.
What Cthulhu Saves the World lacks in horror, it makes up for with charm; packed with witty dialogue and spunky characters. The game’s decidedly old school features may take some getting used to for PC gamers who don’t traditionally get to experience classic ‘console-centric’ type RPGs, but at the remarkably cheap $.99 price tag (which comes bundles with the similarly hilarious Breath of Death VII), Cthulhu Saves the World is a great way to prepare for the mountains of sugar-induced madness that Halloween brings with it.
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream:
One of the most brilliantly written video games of all time, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is not for the faint of heart. Despite it’s point and click sensibilities, IHNMaIMS can and will keep players up all night thinking about the game’s events.
Based off of Harlan Ellison’s short story of the same name, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream tells the tale of five humans kept alive for 109 years of constant torture from a sentinent super computer named AM. AM presents the five survivors with individual quests, which the player must complete in order to advance to the game’s gripping finale.
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream deals with unbelievably mature themes and presents a horrific vision of a future with absolutely no hope. In an era where technology is becoming more integrated into our lives than ever before, the tale of AM and the horrific punishments the rogue AI enacts for no reason other than it can is one that continually resonates and sends shivers down players’ spines.
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut:
The greatest game that most people don’t particularly like, Deadly Premonition, recently got a director’s cut release and has finally found its way onto the PC.
A wonderfully bizarre and creepy tale from Swery65, Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut is a polarizing experience that if given the chance, truly stands out from any other game on the market.
The tale of Special Agent Francis York Morgan and his journey to Greenvale to investigate a strange killing never bothers to start out slowly. From the game’s very early moments, Deadly Premonition makes it abundantly clear that it is not afraid to be weird. This weirdness, however, combined with the game’s brialliantly campy writing and off-beat characters make for an unforgettable video game experience.
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut blends the best elements of absurdism, horror, and even slice-of-life simulation to create a game that simply cannot be passed over.
Ice-Pick Lodge has an unbelievable knack for creating terrifically creepy video games. From their first release, Pathologic to this year’s Knock-Knock, Ice-Pick Lodge continually shows how adept they are at getting under people’s skin – and The Void is no different.
The Void is a hauntingly atmospheric experience that places players in the role of a recently deceased soul, who manages to hold onto his last shred of humanity before passing on to a final death. He finds himself on the brink of the Void, a place even more terrifying than Purgatory, where Color is all that matters.
Confusing premise aside, The Void immediately immerses players and wraps them up into the game’s strange tale. The game’s blend of philosophical themes, downright stange landscapes and mind-bending story are the perfect way to get players into the mood for a haunted holiday.
Since its release in September, Outlast has taken the horror world by storm. Outlast packs more scares and thrills than many other games on the market and features some of the most terrifying level design and enemies in recent memory.
Outlast places players in the shoes of a freelance journalist who attempts to investigate an asylum. As things tend to go in horror games, the asylum is in shambles and the player finds the corpses of the building’s staff littered along the floor. It quickly becomes apparent that in Outlast, something very wrong has happened in the Mount Massive asylum
As the game progresses, Outlast does everything in its power to bring the player to the very brink of sheer terror. The asylum’s halls are a dangerous place – especially for the unarmed – and quick thinking becomes the key to survival. Perhaps the scariest game in recent memory, Outlast’s horrific journey is one that is best experienced first hand.
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