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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!

Interview – Vera Chimera (Cosplayer)

Following on from naming her as the Japandaman Cosplayer Of The Month, we now have our interview with Vera Chimera which she kindly agreed to. Vera’s done some stunning  cosplays from Tracer (Overwatch), Ada Wong (Resident Evil), Black Cat (Marvel), Katrina (League of Legends), Tifa (Final Fantasy) plus a whole swagload more!


Japandaman: When did you first discover cosplay & what inspired you to start cosplaying yourself?

Vera Chimera: Every time I answer this question, I’m reminded how long I’ve been cosplaying, and how much more I still have to learn haha!

I’ve been cosplaying for around 10 years now. Probably over the last 5 years I’ve tried to step thins up and learn new skills. Originally I began cosplaying to escape a not-so-nice reality, but these days I cosplay simply for the fun and exploration of self-identity.

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Photo by Lark Visuals

J: Which of your cosplays is your favourite & why?

VC: My current favourite is Tracer from Overwatch, It took me a couple of months to pull her together, learning how to wire my own LEDs and understand the functionality of the suit. Wearing her gave me the opportunity to compose some really awesome photoshoots with friends, and even score several gigs with Blizzard Australia which were a real blast! I have plans for the future to create her Slipstream skin, now that I’ve literally worn the original costume to death.

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Pic by Lark Visuals

Another favourite is Championship Riven from League of Legends. Took only 3 weeks to make and I learnt so much about armour and prop construction. I’ve worn her at Gamestart in Singapore and several local cons. She’s also currently retired from excessive damage. I go all-out in photoshoots, even if the end result doesn’t work.

J: Is there something you’re planning on making in the future that you’re really excited about?

VC: Honestly I am the worst when it comes to sticking to one cosplay idea! I have all these sick ideas, then a new game/skin will come out and I ditch everything! However these days I’ve tried to slow down and choose costumes I know I’ll suit AND make in time. PROJECT Katarina and genderbend Reaper are my two upcoming costumes, and have already started putting the budgets together. I have a bajillion other things I’m excited about but want to wait it out to see if it’s just a phase. Really should get Jessica Rabbit done, as well… It’s my most requested cosplay idea haha!

J: How do you find the Sydney Cosplay scene? Are people supportive of your work?

VC: The Sydney cosplay scene is great. Like every group there have been hiccups here and there, but these days the waters are smooth. I think it all has to do with age and personal life experiences that eventually mould us. Australia has an abundance of talented cosplayers that the world needs to discover. We’re all very supportive of each other and cheer on our champions.

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Pic by Beethy Photography

J: Who is your cosplay idol?

VC: I have two idols: Lightning Cosplay and Maul Cosplay. Extremely talented cosplayers who perfectly transform into their character of choice. Lightning also has some fantastic tutorials on armour and crop construction.

J: Your cosplays are so intricate, how long does it take you to put one together?

VC: It all depends on 2 things: spare time and level of energy. Sometimes I can pop out a costume within a few days, other times it can take a few months! Back in the day it was easier since I had a casual job; I could shoot out several costumes in 1 year. Now that I have a full time job and am saving for a house, I’ve been a bit constrained. I hope to set up a schedule to work around though, as I’m getting the itch to make more and more haha!

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Pic by TiMarsh Digital Imaging

J: What is your all time favourite anime or game?

VC: Anime: It’s hard to choose. Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, Ergo Proxy, and One Punch Man are my top contenders. Sadly I don’t watch much anime these days as the Western comics and series have kidnapped me. Game: currently it’s Overwatch, But Halo, Deus Ex: HR, Abe’s Oddysee, Planetside 2, and Injustice are my top faves.

J: What draws you to a character? Personality, design?

VC: A bit of both. I like a costume that’s a mix of both fabric and armour, and try to work with some LEDs here and there. I also like to pick out characters that’s spunky or sensual, but need to keep in mind if they will suit me physically.

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Pic by Lark Design and Photography

J: Is there a type of character you enjoy doing?

VC: I like strong, spunky, sexy, and charismatic characters who are iconic in their own way. I mainly aim for the “strong” trope, since my natural bitch-face works very well for photoshoots. Less work, great results, haha!

J: Do you have a Favourite convention in Australia or overseas?

VC: Sydney: Gotta say Supanova. I’ve been attending for many years and it’s still as fun as ever. Overseas: Gamestart Asia is fantastic, as is Blizzcon. Travelling to Singapore and America introduced me to a new kind of cosplay talent. Very inspiring!

Vera, thank you for your time! Everyone at Japandaman really appreciates you taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us! We wish you all the best in the future!

Resident Evil 20th Anniversary PS4 Edition

The Resident Evil series is my 2nd all-time favourite gaming series, right behind Metal Gear Solid. Capcom have just shown off these special limited edition PS4 units which look amazing! They were recently announced  by Sony on the Playstation Blog to mark the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil or Biohazard as it’s known in Japan.

The PS4 models will have one of two art designs. The first being artwork showcasing the 20th anniversary while the other will feature artwork from Biohazard Umbrella Corps. Both designs will be available in either black or white 500GB PS4 consoles. There will be a 1TB version as well but that one will only be shipping in black, no white variation has been announced as yet.

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As well as being incredible looking units on the outside, the consoles will also feature special packaging artwork and a unique menu theme to match.

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The units will be hitting Japan on June 23rd, the same release day for Umbrella Corps. The good news is that in the West, we’ll be getting the game on June 21st for both PC and PS4.

PS. Don’t know what Umbrella Corps is? Here’s a trailer for you.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 First Look

Great update from Capcom today with the release of the first full trailer for Resident Evil Revelations 2. This game had scares a plenty on the 3DS and then the Wii U and was also a gorgeous looking game. Want to know if the sequel continues that high standard? Watch the trailer below and then tell us what you think!

The game will be launching in Japan sometime early 2015. It’ll be showing up on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. No mention of a Nintendo console which is a shame.

TGS ’14 Update: Capcom Shows Off Lineup

Here’s another massive prolific developer from Japan recently revealing their impressive lineup for the forthcoming Tokyo Game Show.

  • Monster Hunter 4G
  • Biohazard Revelations 2
  • Biohazard HD Remaster
  • Gaist Crusher God
  • Kiniki No Magna
  • Bakumatsu Rock Ultra Soul
  • The Great Ace Attorney

That’s all they’ve announced so far and yes, they’re all handheld games which I’m a fan of but until more is known, here’s a live action trailer for Biohazard Revelations 2.

The Evil Within Debuts New Japan Trailer

Shinji Mikami, known as the father of the survival horror genre for his work on Resident Evil, has another game in the works that is sure to scare a few people. Known as The Evil Within outside of Japan and Psycho Break in Japan, this game has its fair share of grotesque sights that will have the hair on the back of your neck prickling.

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But don’t just take our word for it, here’s the newly released trailer which will keep you up at night.

New Resident Evil Revelation smartphone accessories now available

Looking to add some new apparel to your Resident Evil stash and love to stock up on anything Resident Evil related? You can now nab some unique collectibles in Japan for your smartphone, tablet and more

First up we have a ring made by manufacturer, Garni. The ring carries an engraving of the steering from the ship seen in Resident Evil Revelations. You can pick it up for ¥42,000 as well as a pendant with a similar design for ¥28,350 (images can be seen below).

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You can also pick up a hard case for a 7 inch tablet for ¥3,680 and a soft sleeve version for ¥3,980.

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Tablet soft sleeve

 

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Tablet hard case

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Revelations t shirt – BSAA logo

Catch all this merchandise plus more at Capcom’s online store.

Resident Evil Revelations features trailer for Wii U

Capcom have unveiled a new trailer for the Wii U version of the ex-3DS exclusive title, Resident Evil: Revelations. The trailer was put together to show off the Wii U specific functions of the game prior to its release.

One of the cooler features is that the Wii Gamepad will support off-TV play freeing up the television for the non fan, as well as incorporating Miiverse support. Watch out for the game when it releases across North America on May 21st and Europe on May 24th for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.

Dragon Ash scores release for Biohazard Revelations

Biohazard Revelations was a critical success so with this in mind Capcom made the decision to port the game to Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

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A game this big needs an equally big song to promote and it was announced recently that J-Rock group, Dragon Ash, will be releasing a song for the Biohazard Revelations Unveiled Edition. The track to be used is called, “Trigger” and will be released on May 29th. The song has been written specially for the game and has been described as having a hard sound with a sense of speed.

Have a look at the PV below.