Help Me Form a Survival Horror Plan

In a previous blog, I said that my New Year Resolution was to overcome my fear of Horror movies and Survival Horror games. Since then, I’ve watched Child’s Play and then got lazy but I now I’ve got a couple of movies lined up to watch and see if I can get through them. On the game front, however, it hasn’t gone so well.

clip_image002I tried to play Condemned: Criminal Origins but I became too scared to finish the second level. I got through the first somewhat easy but it all fell apart in level 2. Since then, I haven’t tried to conquer this fear so I’m looking for some help for a game plan as to how to conquer my fear.

What I’m thinking of doing is setting up a list of steps and work my way towards scarier and scarier games. This may take a while but I’ve also decided that I don’t need to complete the games, only reach a point where I’m relatively at ease playing them for a considerable amount of time. Maybe an hour or two.

I’ve made my own list and it’s rather long but that’s on purpose. I’m expecting this list to change and be increased and decreased and for some titles to be added and deleted. So here it is:

1. Dino Crisis

2. Doom 3

3. F.E.A.R. 1, 2 or 3

4. Resident Evil 4

5. Condemned: Criminal Origins and Condemned 2: Bloodshot

6. Parasite Eve 1 & 2

7. Resident Evil 1, 2, 3 and Code Veronica

8. Clock Tower 1, 2 or 3

9. Deadly Premonition

10. Eternal Darkness

11. Fatal Frame 1, 2 or 3

12. Dead Space 1 and 2

13. Silent Hill 3, 4, Origins and Shattered Memories

14. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

15. Silent Hill 2

clip_image004The only thing that will be constant is the last game. On the movie front, The Exorcist is the final step. On the games front, Silent Hill 2 is the final step. Everything is up for debate. Some games I didn’t put on the list because I don’t have the console or something else preventing me from getting the game. I’ll try to get each game by renting or borrowing or (last resort) emulation.

Some steps have multiple games and that’s due to that step being a major one due to me already knowing I’m scared of that series of games (Resident Evil, Dead Space) or sometimes just not knowing which is less scary. Remember: the point isn’t necessarily for me to complete the games. Just to reach a point wher I can play it in a relaxed state.

clip_image006Whether or not, I complete the game will depend on if I like it. Example: I’ve heard good things about Resident Evil 4 so it’s likely I’ll enjoy it (if I can relax) but I’ll probably not finish Clock Tower, as the reviews for those games haven’t been too kind.

So thoughts? I’d really like to have some opinions and get some help with this. Because of my fear, I’m depriving myself of some really good games. I’d also like to hear from anyone who might have already conquered their fear and have some first hand experience.

To be clear: I’m not looking for the best games in the genre but the scariest. Quality isn’t a concern as long as the game is functional. So Amy would be out. These games are listed in what I think is an order from least scary to most scary. Unless I’m wrong. That’s what you guys are for. So come on! Help a gamer out!


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