With the recent news of an official, licenced Friday the 13th on its way, and the relatively recent resurgence in horror-based video games like the rather good Until Dawn, I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing more in the way of cinematic horror games on our consoles and computers.
There are a great many horror icons that have been ignored in video games. Sure, there are some great games from the genre that actually utilise classic horror legends – with Alien: Isolation working as a shining example. What could have been a mindless action shooter (Yes, I’m looking at you, Aliens: Colonial Marines and yes, I’m judging) was instead a tense survival horror, showing real respect for Giger’s terrifying, terribly phallic Xenomorph.
We’ll soon see Friday the 13th’s Jason slashing up teenagers, and there has been a terrible Nightmare on Elm Street game – but very, very little else. Yeah, there was s Saw game, and an Army of Darkness one – but the less said the better, really.
I’m very much like to see something based on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or even something around Child’s Play. Most of all, I think we the advances in graphics technology and game storytelling, it’s time to bring back the idea of a Nightmare on Elm Street where you play as the disfigured slasher and use awesome dream powers to creatively tear teenagers to bits.
The horror genre is alive and well, but could do with a little synergy from Hollywood. What licensed horror legends would you like to see in a video game?
Last Updated: October 30, 2015