Happy New Year’s everyone! I am sure my dedicated and loving fans will understand why I didn’t get this post done yesterday!
It was really hard to even start this post because I got a new game as a gift and have been completely consumed by it. Since Christmas is over, I have more time on my hands for my hobbies — playing video games is one of my favourite ways to relieve stress and just relax, honestly — my favourite being reading, of course.
I mentioned before that I was working on a cross-stitching project as a gift, it turned out wonderfully and now I have that time back to work on other projects – and even better, play some new video games! Wanna see my hard work? Check out my mushroom pillows:
My biggest cross-stitching project yet: two pillows featuring a chanterelle and a hedgehog mushroom with the Latin names written underneath in cursive.
But back to the games. I wanted to recommend three of my favourite spooky video games for you, my lovely readers, to try out.
This was the new game I just got – produced by Klei, which is an independent game studio located in Vancouver, Canada – Don’t Starve Together is the standalone multiplayer expansion of the original, Don’t Starve. It’s a survival/wilderness game done in third person. The gothic art and design is pretty cool and I love that you start with nothing and slowly build a home, supplies, and weapons. The map is designed randomly so each time it’s different, giving a unique play-through each time. I also really like that no matter how far I’ve explored (I’ve only made it to 17 days so far so don’t know how far the map can really go), there is no end to the new areas I can find.
The game works on a night/day system with creepy murderous monsters coming out at night. If you don’t have a campfire, you’ll quickly be eradicated! Alongside health and hunger stats, your character has a sanity meter that will have to be replenished or you will start to hallucinate. Overall, it’s a lovely and gripping game.
This game comes from Red Hook and is another game that has some really cool art. Darkest Dungeon features some heavily gothic themes in a rogue-like turn-based RPG. While you descend into the dungeons beneath your ancestral home, you’ll have to watch out for the psychological stresses of adventuring. You command a team of adventurers – you’re in charge of recruiting and training your companions as they help you face the evil that resides in the depths. You’ll encounter monsters, traps, and the ever encroaching darkness while your team could suffer a wide array of ailments like stress, famine, and disease. Using your plunders, you can also build and upgrade the hamlet nearby to strengthen your adventurers and help them cure whatever might be afflicting them.
It can be a pretty challenging game but it’s easy to get lost in the adventure!
This one is a classic for sure – it was released in 2010 by Frictional Games and now has a sequel: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. I’ve played both but the second one was neither scary nor particularly exciting so I’d only recommend the first one. In the original Amnesia, you play as Daniel (this one is first person) who has – buh buh BUH – amnesia! Surprise surprise!
In this game, you explore an old and spooky castle, trying to regain your memories as found through documents and flashbacks. You are also being stalked by a savage creature called the Shadow, so you have to run and hide a lot. Running out of light and hiding in the dark also means damaging your psyche so your sanity meter goes down, causing you to hear things and hallucinate. The game has a lot of puzzles and quests where you have to repair things by finding the missing bits and bringing them all back to one place enabling you to continue your journey deeper into the castle.
Overall, the chase scenes and atmosphere of this games makes it pretty creepy!
Until next Sunday, readers, stay spooked!
x P.L. McMillan