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Top 10 Scariest Video Games

Halloween is upon us and we at Japandaman thought we’d get into the spirit by showcasing a list of the top 10 scariest horror games. A lot of thought went into this and no doubt you’ll have your own thoughts and favourites which we’d love to hear about. Maybe we’ll give them a go and see how long we can last playing them in the dark…

In no particular order, our list starts with…

10. Alan Wake

With the eerie, not of place Twin Peaks-esque setting, this game hit that nerve in your body that unsettles you from the word go. It’s not so much that it’s a game full of gore and horror but what it does do it substitute those factors for something that is more disturbing and mildly uncomfortable. It’s a game that does it well and has inspired other games since then.

9. F.E.A.R.

This is one game that came out of nowhere and scared the crap out of many gamers. With it’s weird dreamlike states and illusions caused by Alma, the little girl that is creepy soley by existing. The first person view, watching things happening when there’s no one else in view, makes the hairs on the back of your stand up and has you looking over your shoulder. A true classic even today.

8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

This is Nintendo Gamecube game has a special place in my heart. With it’s unique time travelling levels and the use of the cleverly implement Sanity Meter, you can never tell if what you’re looking at is real or just in your head. Once the Sanity Meter kicks in, you can expect things to happen like the volume on your TV adjust itself, the Gamecube itself crashing or even in-game power ups not working like they’re supposed to. But…are these things really happening or is it all in your head?

7. Until Dawn

One of the newer titles in this list landed on the PS4 in grand style with it’s incredible visuals, recognisable actors, stunning locales and brilliant storytelling. With the characters in the game all trying to survive with a maniac on the loose, the cabin and dark, snow filled environment make the perfect setting for many jumps and yelps. You can’t help but develop to have feelings for your favourite characters while you learn to detest others. And the sharp design of the game sees the decisions you make while talking to your in-between levels psychiatrist come back to haunt you later in the game. Is any decision you make in the game truly the right one?

6. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

No list would be complete without a mention of the Fatal Frame series and Crimson Butterfly truly had us shook during the playthrough. Using an ancient camera as your only defence seems like a foolish weapon but when you weigh it up against the spooky spectres which can be beaten by it, you quickly learn that the camera is your best friend. With a storyline involving two sisters, guilt and loss, it sets the scene for one of the most disturbing entries in the series. If you get the chance, play the Wii U entry, Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water, another worthy entry.

5. Outlast

Outlast ticks all the boxes for a truly scary experience. Asylum, check. Dark environments, check. Enemies bigger than life, check. Little to no weapons, check. Employing a first person perspective, this is one game that throws you right into the action and early on you see that you’re up against insurmountable odds. With scary enemies (mouths sewn shut) and terrifying men (wearing someone’s skin), this is one game that will stay with you after the credits roll.

4. Resident Evil 4

Another game that hit the Nintendo Gamecube and ripped the survival horror franchise right open. With main protagonist, Leon Kennedy sent into a wooded area with weird religious characters, all the while fighting his way through with limited ammo while trying to find the daughter of the USA, it’s a scarily brilliant game. And even after you find her, the scares don’t stop there as you basically have to head to the extraction zone while also trying to protect her, Ashley. She’s not the brightest girl which makes for some extremely tense moments in the game. The re-release on the Wii and again the PS4 opened up the experience to a new audience and if you haven’t played it yet, we strongly urge you to. This is a true classic, ageless game.

3. Resident Evil 1

With it’s claustrophobic mansion setting, extremely limited save opportunities and ammo, fighting off zombies, zombie dogs and other assorted nasties was never more scary or creepy when this game hit up the PS1. It introduced gamers around the world to the concept of Survival Horror and started a series that has had more ups than downs. The STARS team need your help to rescue their missing members, can you find them before you get eaten alive?

2. P.T.

This demo which was to be a new Silent Hill new game has been shelved but this demo from Hideo Kojima and film maker, Guillermo Del Toro, brought a truly unique experience to Playstation. How they manage to effectively take one hallway, place it on repeat and offer a new experience each time you walk through it is truly astonishing and quite a unique experience. It isn’t what you see that makes it scary but rather what you don’t see and what keeps you guessing around each corner. It has jumps, thrills, puzzles and more. Truly a shame that it’s only a teaser.

1. Silent Hill 2

Another series that needs to be mentioned is Silent Hill and in particular Silent Hill 2. Set in a town covered in a perpetual mist with a radio that begins to spew out static any time an enemy is near will play on your nerves. Because you can’t see them until they’re usually on top of you, the static noise will often have you walking in the opposite direction, too scared to confront what awaits you in the dark. You control James Sunderland who receives a note from his dead wife and of course has to investigate. However at every turn, he has to battle his inner demons as he finds himself swimming in a pool of regret, guilt and fears. A truly atmospheric experience.

What do you say? Do you agree, disagree, have your own list? We’d love to hear about them, let us know!

Top Ten Scary Anime’s For Halloween

It’s that scary time of year again…it’s HALLOWEEN TIME!! This looks like a great time to take a look back at some of the scariest anime’s ever, cuddle and snuggle up and get your freak on with these classics! And warning…SPOILERS IN THE TRAILERS!!!

  1. Another

https://youtu.be/Xcl8o9l0ZpE

2. Corpse Party

3. Hellsing

4. Tokyo Ghoul

https://youtu.be/nBHVxwEVQKI

5. When They Cry

6. Elfen Lied

7. Ghost Stories

8. Parasyte

https://youtu.be/IZE6u885b3Y

9. Shiki

10. Ghost Hunt

Sadako Vs Kayako TV Spot

You can keep Freddy Vs. Jason, here’s a crossover collaboration that I can’t wait to see. The Ring series crossing with Ju-On (The Grudge) and creating “Sadako Vs. Kayako”.

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The movie hits Japanese cinema yesterday but a new TV spot came out yesterday to promote the movie and add an element of fun to a very strong horror theme. In the spot, Kayako and Sadako duke it out over which flavour of popcorn is the better. Kayako loves onion flavoured while Sadako loves hers garama masala-flavoured popcorn. So who wins?

Watch the spot below!

And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the “Sadako Vs. Kayako” trailer as well:

Live Action Fatal Frame Movie Release Teaser Trailer

Most gamers will be familiar with the ultra creepy and spooky game series, Fatal Frame. These games involve you armed alone with a spirit camera capturing some very scary spirits and ghosts. Clearly a studio in Japan thought that it would make a great live action movie called Zero with the announcement that a teaser trailer has just been released.

Kadokawa Pictures has been tasked with bringing it to the big screen with directorial responsibilities being handled by Mari Asato, no stranger to the genre with Ju-On: Black GhostRing of Curse under his belt. Enough talk though, roll the teaser trailer!

The film hits Japan on September 26, 2014.

Horror Comedy Manga Receives Anime Treatment

Fans of quirky manga, Pupipoh!, will be pleased to hear that an anime adaptation has been green lit. Pupipoh! is a different manga in that it straddles the comedy/horror line so the anime version should be quite interesting once it enters production. The anime will be airing on the TV Tokyo network, currently scheduled for a December 20th debut.

Pupipoh

For those of you in the dark and in need of some schooling, the plot of the manga revolves around a fifth grade female student, Wakaba Himeji, who discovers she has a spiritual power in that it allows her to see things that are invisible to other people. It’s because of this ability that she finds herself as an outcast and at odds with her family and school peers. Everything changes when one day, on the side of the road she encounters a strange creature, pink in colour, chanting “Pupipoh!” After that day, everything changes in her life as she goes about her daily routine with her new pink friend.