At 27 minutes and 10 seconds, I describe a piece of music used in Shadow Man. The piece of music is uses in the Playrooms area of the game, and the music itself is gruesome. If the following sound effects could upset or trigger you at all:
Flesh being torn apart
The sound of blood splattering on the floor
This discussion then becomes the main discussion topic of the rest of the podcast.
As this is a spooptober episode, it’s all about spooky/scary games. So please feel free to skip this one if you could possibly be triggered by those topics.
We jump straight into gamer confessions for Squidgey and myself. As a reminder from the previous episode:
The B’s confessions were related to him having only recently completed a small number of Resident Evil games
G’s were about the number of Bioware RPGs he’s completed
My gamer confession is about how I made my Dad think that I’d died whilst playing Alien vs Predator on the Jaguar.
It has everything: horror elements, Biblical references (even though Legion is a bit-part character in The Bible), the music, the characters, and the story are practically perfect.
Seriously if you have a chance to play this game, do it. But take a moment to really take in what’s happening in the game rather than run through the game.
For the folks who want to hear the music that’s played during the playrooms, here’s an embedded player from the OST:
G then tells us that both F.E.A.R and Spec Ops: The Line would be his choices for favourite spoopy games.
His description of Spec Ops: The Line contains major spoilers for the game, so if you haven’t played it and don’t want the story spoiled, then please skip over his discussion on it
I would skip to 41:20
G then brings up The Last of Us, and we talk about how none of us have managed to finish that game yet.
Seriously, Naughty Dog are absolutely brilliant at telling a story. Which is one of the reasons why none of us have managed to finish it.
And G then reminds us that Phantasmagoria exists, which leads to Squidgey teaching me the word:
The B then sets us off discussion Alien: Isolation and just how wonderfully faithful to Ridley Scott’s classic space horror movie it really is. And Squidgey drops a knowledge bomb about how one specific cinema owner had removed the chest burster scene from the film in order to keep his bathrooms clean.
Oh, and The B has only made it into the third or forth stage in the game. Which isn’t that surprising, really. And Suidgey wants to play it on super hard mode: in that it monitors the microphone on your Kinect/PS camera:
if you make too much noise [when playing] the Xenomorph will find you faster
The B then talks about Dead Space 3 and just how terrible it was
I mean, you have to kill a planet?!
the story, setting, atmosphere, and everything that made Dead Space 3 good were completely removed from from the 3rd game in the series.
Squidgey then tells us how the OG Silent Hill is one of his favourite spoopy games, and I drop a little knowledge on just why Silent Hill has the fog
although, I’m sure that most folks know why it’s ever present in the outdoor scenes by now
Squidgey then says that he loves to play Diablo III with The Unforgiving by Within Temptation providing the background music. He also reminds me that I used to play Alien3 on the Mega Drive
And I talk about Eternal Darkness on the GameCube and how the game is designed to make you, the player, lose it. In much the same way that Batman: Arkham Asylum “crashes” part way through the game, Eternal Darkness has effects which represent the psychological effects that the scary events have on the main character.
Squidgey then talks us through some of the things which happen in the Resident Evil 7 DLC: Zoe’s Escape. Which leads us into a discussion about Resident Evil 7 and how it managed to bring Survival Horror back to a series of games that had very quickly become an Action game series.
And G reminds us of the amazing VR game Duck Season. We discuss the game, and some of the points in the story of the game. If you’re at all interested, here’s a Game Theory video on it that we would all recommend watching: