Every year video game come and go and we’ll get another Madden game or Call of Duty, but my bread and butter is none other than the survival horror/thriller genre because of its haunting and lasting appeal. Survival horror games might seem appropriate for mainly Halloween time, but the truth is that they can also be major contenders for Game of the Year and this year we got some great games worthy of the nomination of Survival Horror/Thriller GOTY. The nominees are:
F.3.A.R. (F.E.A.R. 3)
Dead Space 2
Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D.
What happened to you Resident Evil? You had such a great bunch of games and then you released Resident Evil 5 and it all went downhill from there. Now with Mercenaries getting mixed reviews, I wonder if they’ll bounce back and show us what Capcom is capable of doing.
2011 Survival Horror/Thriller Game of the Year
-Dead Space 2-
What can I say about Dead Space 2 that hasn’t been said already? Well for starters I can say that it has blown away the competition of the horror/thriller genre for the past year and has even surpassed the quality and likability of the original Dead Space.
It’s pretty impressive to see any horror video game beat the sophomore slump and Dead Space 2 has joined the ranks of outstanding sequels such as Resident Evil 2, Silent Hill 2, Doom 2 and Fatal Frame 2: Dead Space raised the stakes by including a personal touch on Isaac Clarke with his very own voice, some of the most disturbing scenes in any video game (I’m talking about the eyeball scene…if you played it: you can’t un-see it) and some of the best boss fights this side of the Ishimura. So if you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and pick up Dead Space 2 because it’s always fun to scare yourself silly and that’s why it’s my pick for Game of the Year Horror/Thriller.
Honorable Mention: Amnesia The Dark Descent.
Ok, some of you are wondering why Amnesia The Dark Descent didn’t win and it’s mostly because of a technicality. Amnesia would have won hands down but the game was actually released on Steam back in 2010 and released in retail in 2011. However, Amnesia will still go down as one of the best survival horror games of all time and there is no statute of limitations on greatness.