2017's most promising horror games – our personal picks

Gare – Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:25 PM
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2017 is the year of horror… is what I was about to say, but honestly, isn’t every year like that, sort of? ‘Tis one of life’s big constants: horror games were, are, and will always be – with zombies, ghosts, and everything in-between. Which is exactly why we’ve decided to take a quick look at this year’s repertoire and pick our favorites – the games that seem the most promising, if you will. We’ll venture into old, creaky houses, underwater prisons, and even the depths of hell, for those preferring warmer climates. We’ll channel our inner Lovecraft fanboys, climbing the mountains of madness (maybe), becoming vampires and chasing our unsuspecting victims; while in other games, it’s us who will be chased around by crazed cultists. And yes… there will be zombies as well. Because of course.

So without further ado – here are the games that will surely haunt us in 2017.

Resident Evil 7 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

We start off January with Resident Evil 7: the latest addition to the popular survival horror series aims to return to its roots and focus a bit more on horror, and less on explosions. We’ve tried the demo ourselves and came to the conclusion that this RE – ironically enough – feels a lot more like P.T. / Silent Hills than a classic entry in the franchise.

Call of Cthulhu (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

We have a new Lovecraft game on the horizon: Cyanide Studios (the team behind the recently announced Werewolf: The Apocalypse adaptation) is handling the development of an official Call of Cthulhu video game. A new trailer came out just recently, so do give it a look.

Conarium (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

The aforementioned CoC game isn’t the end of our virtual adventures in Lovecraft’s nightmarish world, however: there’s also Conarium to consider, a game that aims to adapt the popular Lovercaft short story “At the Mountains of Madness”. With a Q1 2017 release window and an atmospheric trailer, we expect big things from this one.

Outlast 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

While the sequel to acclaimed spookfest Outlast was planned for a 2016 release, there’s been a bit of a delay, so now it looks like we’ll only be chased around by crazy people sometime in early 2017. We tested the demo ourselves and had a grand old time doing so – aside from its silly, “shout in your face” jump scares, Outlast 2 is packed with atmosphere and style.

Agony (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

The development of hellish survival horror Agony seems to be coming along well – the game ended 2016 with a successful Kickstarter campaign, and impressed gamers with its grotesque, spectacular visual presentation. Whether or not our soul can escape the clutches of Hell will be decided in the second quarter of 2017.

Pathologic remake (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

2005’s Russian survival horror Pathologic is getting the remake treatment, and while the game was originally slated for a 2016 release, it now looks like we’ll only be solving the mystery of the town ravaged by the “Sand Plague” in the fall of 2017.

2Dark (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Frédérick Raynal, the creator of Alone in the Dark is back with a new project, and one that we did briefly talk about last year. Well, the game is obviously not coming out in 2016 anymore, but should be available sometime this year. 2Dark will have you infiltrate the hideouts of various dangerous serial killers in an attempt to find and rescue the children they’ve kidnapped.

Vampyr (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Last year, we were given a brief glimpse at Dontnod’s (Life is Strange) new vampire-themed action-RPG Vampyr, and were quite intrigued by its premise: you play as a doctor-turned-vampire who struggles with keeping a balance between his duty to save lives… and his constant bloodlust. The title looks both beautiful and atmospheric, though the pre-alpha video we’ve been shown appeared somewhat rough around the edges in the combat department. Still, we’re overall quite excited about this title.

Little Nightmares (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Little Nightmares, a game hoping to make us face our childhood fears, will be launching on April 28 this year, taking place in an underwater, dollhouse-like prison.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

I suppose there’s no horror list without some zombies showing up along the way, so here’s Telltale’s The Walking Dead – the third season, subtitled A New Frontier, is expected to launch its third episode sometime this year following the releases of episodes 1 and 2 last December.

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