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Oh, the Horror [at E3]

video games.
Several significant horror titles will be rolled out either late, late this year, or sometime in 2015 (though probably later in some cases). So, in the interest of our interests, we decided to discuss the games that most intrigue us from this year’s E3.
What is considered horror is changing and becoming more elastic and malleable, which probably benefits the genre. Remember when horror games consisted of Resident Evil and Silent Hill…and pretty much nothing else? You may quibble with the definition of ‘horror’ below, but all of the games have some bloody, horrific or exploitation vibe, so each and every one counts, in our book. Alien: Isolation
Creative Assembly / SEGA
PS4, PS3, XB1, 360, PC
October 7, 2014
What Makes It Cool: Seriously? This might be the first good Alien(s) game since, well, the 90s? Creative Assembly has the chops to pull it off, even if their resume of Total War games seems to be a little different in scope and tone. And the idea is kick-ass. The game revolves around a single Alien, hunting you down like a Glad0S designed by H.R. Giger without all the witty monologuing.
Bloodborne
From Software
TBA
Early 2015
What Makes It Cool: People use the words Dark Souls to describe this zombie-ish game, so that’s got to excite the fraction faction of people who enjoy being tormented by gameplay. Still, the game was once known as Project Beast, so that has got to account for something, doesn’t it? It looks fantastic: dark and grimy – with zombie dogs! – so some gameplay footage will give us a better idea of what we can look forward to in terms of actually moving around and killing things. Can’t wait.
Corpse Party
XSEED
PC
TBA
What Makes It Cool: Corpse Party is not a new IP, though since I, Tyler, do not have a PS Vita, I’ve been unlucky in terms of getting my hands on this game. I’m not exactly sure if it is the sequel or just a PC port – the IGN page only lists the PC as the target platform – but a survival horror adventure game with the name Corpse Party has to be worth a shot, at least in my book.
Dead Island 2
Deep Silver
PS4, XB1, PC
Spring 2015
What Makes It Cool: The first Dead Island was a janky, messy wonderful game, and even despite that annoying opening song – Who do ya voodoo, indeed – Dead Island managed to make first-person melee combat in a FallOut style game somewhat intriguing and fun. Let’s hope Deep Silver can sidestep the problems with Dead Island: Riptide (whatever those were; no one seemed to play it but Drew) and make an entry that blends the open world fun of a Far Cry game with the RPG elements of FallOut.
Dead Rising 3 DLC: Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha
Capcom
XB1
Available Now
What Makes It Cool: I’ve only ever played the teensiest bit, but both Dead Rising 3 and its over-the-top, bananas-y DLC make a trip into this universe seem worthwhile. You can dress like Chun-Li or Ryu from Street Fighter (or any number of Capcom characters) and compete with up to three other people in a co-op brawler the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Streets of Rage (or Streets of Rage 2!). Also, giant nazi zombie shooting lasers. Probably should have started with that. Guess I buried my lead.
Doom 4
id Software
PS4, XB1, PC
TBD
What Makes It Cool: To see where the DOOM franchise actually stands. Because of the numerous problems reportedly going on at id right now, people are starting to murmur DOOM and Duke Nuke Em in the same sentence, and though DOOM 4 is no DNForever, there’s a chance the world might have moved on from monster-in-the-closet corridor shooters like this one. Sadly, I have to say, because the early DOOM games are some of my favorites. HOWEVER, if B.J. Blaskowicz and Wolfenstein can make such a market comeback, then so can good ole whatshisface from DOOM.
Evil Within, The
Bethesda
PS4, PS3, XB1, 360, PC
October 21, 2014
What Makes It Cool: Shinji Mikami. The dude who basically invented survival horror (Resident Evil) and helped nurture some of the best Japanese voices in the industry – Goichi Suda (Shadows of the Damned) and Hideki Kamiya (Devil May Cry) – he’s coming back with a game he deems to be “pure survival horror.” It is a departure from the action-oriented horror games of the last few years, which he considers to be departures from the virtues of survival horror experiences. The game is about a detective who has to survive a world filled with monsters that look like they were designed by Clive Barker. Also, there’s one more thing to consider: The Evil Within may be Mikami’s Swan Song, since he has hinted at retirement over the last few years.
Evolve
2K
PS4, XB1, PC
October 21, 2014
What Makes It Cool: The team behind Left 4 Dead is in charge of Evolve. It’s a four-on-one multiplayer shooter set in space, in which a team of hardass alien hunters square off against a single, monstrous alien. You can choose to play as one of four classes – assault, support, medic, and trapper (to find the monster) – or the alien itself. A few alien types exist – including the Kraken! – each with specific abilities, and if the player can survive long enough to evolve (level up), then it’s bad news for the alien hunters. Seems to be a must-buy for anyone with a next-gen console this fall.
Grave
Broken Window Studios
XB1, PC, Mac, Linux
TBD 
What Makes It Cool: Grave is cool because it is a survival game with a dynamic world that changes each and every night as players try to survive in an unforgiving desert world. 
H1Z1
Sony Online Entertainment
PS4, PC
TBD
What Makes It Cool:  
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Devolver Digital
PS4, PS3, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux
3rd Quarter 2014 
What Makes It Cool:  
Inside
Microsoft
XB1
Early 2015
What Makes It Cool:  
Last of Us, The
Naughty Dog
PS4
July 29, 2014
What Makes It Cool: Everything that made the initial version of The Last Of Us cool now with better graphics.  TLOU wasn’t a breakthrough in terms of advancing technology or the stealth gameplay but it did manage to mix the feeling of loss and desperation into a near flawless play experience.
 
Let it Die
Grasshopper Manufacture
PS4
TBA 2015
What Makes It Cool:  
Mortal Kombat X
Netherrealm / Warner Bros.
PS4, XB1, PC
TBA
What Makes It Cool:  I’ve been a die hard Mortal Kombat ever since my days of playing the original at the arcade in high school (yes, I’m old).  There’s just something so satisfying about hearing Scorpion yell “get over here”!!  I loved the last incarnation on the PS3 so if they build on the game mechanics of that, I don’t see why I wouldn’t love this game as well.
Order: 1886, The
Sony
PS4
February 20, 2015
What Makes It Cool: 
Sunset OverDrive
Microsoft
XB1
October 28, 2014
What Makes It Cool: 
 
White Night
Osome Studio
PC Mac Steam
2014 
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