A REALLY long rant about horror games.
I haven't seen much horror games actually put you through something. In this day an age there should be something more, something with real horror and not just scares. A first person perspective of a guy or girl tortured. Sitting there getting cut, flashes of deaths of family members, drowning tactics, rodents, insects, all while tied down. Finally getting a chance to escape. Idk. I'm just tired of all these jump scares, where's the psychological horror? Where's the mind games? Where's the game that's so horrifying people actually think it should be banned(or don't but it because it's too scary. Kinda like how Dark Souls has less fans than it could have because it's too hard of a game). Gut wrenching disgust. We're in the modern age people.
Not even that horror game with the camera guy stuck in the building is scary. I don't even remember the game's name, that's how unmemorable it is. It's got good graphics fo' shure, but it's not scary.
Amnesia? Fuck off. Slender? Are people really scared or just pretending. SCP? Shit. Five Nights at Freddy's? Why is this still a thing???
I want a game that first builds love for characters, you experience his or her life. You get girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse. You have children, and get to spend so many cherish-able memories with your loved ones and friends. Some game that really makes you feel for the character, makes an beautiful story of a happy life. Then TEARS it apart. Throwing you in something like the pits of hell. Something that makes you cry because it's not only terrifying that you lost your loved ones, it's sad. Blood stains, guts, brains and wastes. Something that drags you into hell. Something that makes you nauseous. Like Saw level stuff, but even that movie there isn't much character development in my opinion. In anime I get attached to the characters, you know that feel when you watch any show that's really good, you start to love the character. Something like that.
Just in horror games today you're just thrown there with little to no information about your character. Who are you? What is your life? What have you been doing? Even the character development some horror games try to do as the story progresses is pretty bad. They don't make me feel that much for a character. It doesn't even have to be a good life, it could be that the protagonist suffered even before the hell started. Led a terrible life of what is less than mediocracy. He then proceeds to "lose his mind". Near the end starts smiling because he believes this is much more enjoyable life than his previous one, the one filled with nothing, alive but not living. IDK I'm not some game developer. Gosh They need to step up their game, come onnnn. It's fucking 2015, we're reaching 2016. Enough of this cheap bullshit that's not even scary.
I haven't had a nightmare because of a game(or movies too actually) in EVER. Make a game that makes you have such a bad dream, you cry, not just shouting or waking up sweating. You're crying. That's intense. People only do that when something terrible happens in real life. Horror games need to reach that level. Maybe I'm thinking too cruelly, but I'm just tired of the cliche jump scare horror game.
Actually on one last note, a game WITHOUT a happy ending would be super.