I hate ‘top ten’ lists. I think they’re worthless articles that promote clickbaiting and I wouldn’t write one. In a completely unrelated topic, here’s a list of horror games I’m very excited for (and you should be too) in 2014.
Let’s not kid ourselves, the horror genre is fantastic, and it’s the rise of the independent developer that has the genre so successful right now. While big companies refuse to splash millions of dollars to fund games that aim to make you pee your pants, the same effect can be accomplished by a tiny dev team with the right skill. Yes, 2014 will be a magnificent year for horror games, so let’s look at some potential standouts.
Setting the bar high from the start, Routine looks absolutely phenomenal. A FPS survival horror set on an abandoned Moon base, what sets Routine apart is it’s roguelike elements: no HUD, no health bar, one life, a perfect mixture to concoct terror or frustration (most likely both). Yes, Routine is far from a routine horror game (had to be done), and not only does the open ended structure and non scripted sequences look and feel genuinely scary, but it looks fantastic for an indie game (the UDK engine at work here). Not to mention the Oculus Rift support which is sure to bump up the immersion and scare factor to a cool 100. Hopefully the randomness element to Routine won’t turn the experience into a dumb luck scenario, something that plagues many roguelike games. The team at Lunar Software (last I checked were comprised of 4, yes, 4 people) should be congratulating themselves for stirring up hype and possibly creating a brilliant new IP. Let’s see if they can execute the final product to an appropriate degree.