Best Horror Video Game of all time… IMHO.

How do you rate the best of a subjective genre? By personal opinion, of course, and for me, I’m rating my best on gameplay, and most of all, the story. I am a writer after all, well, doing my best at practicing it anyway.

For the scariest, like, wanna throw the controller away type of fear, you can’t beat OUTLAST. It’s a first person game, using darkness, flashlights with low batteries, and an eerie atmosphere to freak you the ‘f’ out. And it does it well. But is the story awesome? It’s ok.

You also may have heard of the Friday the 13th game as well. It is a multiplayer game, where you spawn as either Jason (predator) or a camp counsellor (prey). Jason tries to kill all the counsellors as they try to activate, and or build their means of escaping the map. Hella fun, and as an avid F13 fan, I absolutely love this game, but once again, the story? It’s ok.

The preceding games are just an example of some of these types of games. They are survival horror. Resident Evil has been doing these games for years and they are not new.

In 2013, yeah, seven years ago, a Playstation exclusive game was released. The Last of Us. Man. This is a game. It is third person game, but still manages to immerse you deep into the story. And the opening? Your teenage daughter dying in your arms at the beginning of a world-ending pandemic? Need I say more? Ok. I will then.

Of course, the father, Joel, becomes hardened, angry, and afraid to care for anyone. He makes his living smuggling items, and working on the dangerous outskirts of the small, stand-alone communities. And then along comes Ellie. A teenage girl who needs to be escorted far away. Joel doesn’t know why, only that the job pays very well.

They begin their long journey together, and of course he doesn’t want to like her, but he ends up dong just that. Now, none of this is really storytelling originality for sure, and I won’t say that it is. but the ending, man, I still think about it.

SPOILERS: Turns out Ellie is immune to this plague. She carries antibodies that could be used to develop a vaccine. She knows the process of removing these antibodies will kill her because it has to be harvested from her brain. Joel doesn’t know this until the very end when she is about to be operated on. And although Ellie is willing to sacrifice herself, Joel is not willing to sacrifice her. While she is out, getting ready to be operated on, Joel kills everyone, the surgeons, the staff, and takes her away.

The game ends with her asking him what happened. He tells her before they got in too deep, they realized they wouldn’t be able to create a vaccine, that it had all failed. Suspicious, she asks him if he is telling her the truth. He tells her yes, of course he is. He swears on it.

That is one hell of an ending. Joel couldn’t care less about the rest of the world. He only cared about Ellie, and what losing her would mean to him. Love it. If you like survival horror and an excellent story, get this game. It was a Playstation exclusive and it sold 17 million copies. It’s not on Xbox, not on PC, only on Sony and it sold that many… yeah. So good.

John Hunt is the best selling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off the Grid. His newest book, Murder Run, is available now on Amazon. Click the link below to get your copy today.

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Horror Art in Pastel by Chantal Laura Handley… amazing, plus another Murder Run review!

This is hand drawn with pastels. Incredible. I dabble in drawing, and sometimes I pull something off and sometimes, not so much, but this, this artist hits it out of the park!

I mean, look at that! And you can order the prints to decorate your walls, coffee table, or writing desk. So cool. Or as a gift for that horror lover you know.

Visit her site for more pics… you won’t be disappointed.

https://www.chantallaurahandley.com/

Nicki’s review of Murder Run from Goodreads:

Adrenaline pumping, action packed, not stop thriller with such a surprise ending. WOW this story had me from the first chapter. Excellent!

So far, Murder Run has 26 ratings and a 4.12 star average. If you, or someone you know loves horror, you should be reading Murder Run.

My Review of Mike’s Book Reviews of his Top Ten Horror Books…

Reviews are essentially opinions, or reasons why you like or dislike something. Unless the review is based upon an objective measurement, then the review is subjective.

Book reviews, for the most part, are subjective. So, really, the reason why you like or dislike something isn’t wrong. Your reason is your reason and the events of your life and how you see the world can impact your view on your likes and dislikes which is unique to you.

I stumbled upon this horror book review and I liked it. I liked the reasoning behind the decision as to why he placed each book in his top ten category. I think you’ll like it too, if you like horror, and I’ll link the video down below. Now, on to the list.

In tenth spot, RING by Koji Suzuki, the book the movie series was based upon. Now, I have to admit, I have never read this book and I intend to rectify that immediately. I have no comment on this choice as of now, but that will change.

In ninth, JAWS by Peter Benchley. Once again, this list is subjective. I did not like this book. At all. To me, it read like a weird love story with a vicious shark as a backdrop. I was hugely disappointed with this book. That could be because I saw JAWS before I read the book and the movie, well, the movie is a masterpiece.

In eighth, I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson. I love, love this book. If you like horror, or really, any book exceptionally well-written, then READ THIS BOOK! Ridiculously influential, and just a powerful, emotional read. Get on it!

In seventh, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, by Shirley Jackson. Mike cites the writing style as a big reason he enjoyed this book. I agree. Well written, great story, but top-ten on my horror list? I would have to say no. But a great book nonetheless.

In sixth, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, by Anne Rice. Holy cow, this is a great book. This book inspired a whole new world of vampire fiction, some good, some not so good. I don’t really feel sorry for immortal beings whining about how they can’t be loved or that they are monsters, and why oh why can’t people just understand them! This is before that trend of sparkling, crying, murderers. Anne Rice paints a haunting, dark, and vicious tale of vampires. I was enthralled by this book. Hell, I still am.

In fifth, THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE, by H.P Lovecraft. I have read many H.P Lovecraft stories. But not this one. Mike says it’s a great read so I feel compelled to read it.

In fourth, PET SEMETARY by Stephen King. Man, a great book. This is the dark Stephen King. The no-happy-endings Stephen King. It reminded me of the stark, cruel darkness of THE RUNNING MAN. I loved that short tale, too.

In third, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, by Ray Bradbury. Ok, I know he’s Canadian and so am I, but that has nothing to do with what I think about his work; he was a huge talent. Monumental, in fact. His work, his narrative is smooth, like that first sip of your favourite IPA. Love it.

In second, DRACULA, by Bram Stoker. Of course. That’s all I have to say. Of course.

In first, IT, by Stephen King. And if any book by Stephen King should be in your top ten, it is definitely this one. My personal favourite is THE SHINING. That one and IT are truly the only two books that ever raised the hair on my arms. Mike comments on this in his video, about how after a certain age, books don’t really scare you, which I thought was very accurate. These two books, in my opinion, are the exceptions.

These are great books to have on a list (except for JAWS IMO). They are all well-written and influential in their own way, and if they aren’t right now, they will be classics. I would be interested in contemporary horror that Mike likes. We seem to have similar tastes. Does he like Adam Cesare? Jack Ketchum? Or maybe not so contemporary, but a fun writer, such as Richard Laymon? He probably has answered this in one of his videos. I’ll be sure to check more out.

Here’s the video. It’s worth your time.

John Hunt is the bestselling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off The Grid. His newest novel, Murder Run, is now also available on Amazon. Link is below.