Past Cure is a third-person action thriller developed by Phantom 8, an indie studio based in Germany. The game’s protagonist is Ian, an elite soldier who for many years was subjected to horrifying human trials and locked away in a dark prison somewhere in Europe. Upon escaping, he seeks revenge on the people responsible.
The experiments granted Ian the powers of time manipulation and astral projection, but the price was his sanity: his madness grows every time he uses his supernatural abilities. Thus the gameplay of Past Cure takes place in two opposing worlds – the real one, where the focus is combat, and the nightmare world with survival horror and puzzle solving.
The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror game developed by Japanese studio Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. It picks up three years after the events in the first instalmment, with the protagonist Sebastian Castellanos forced to partner with Mobius and re-enter the nightmarish world of STEM to save his believed-to-be-dead daughter, Lily.
According to Bethesda, the sequel offers a more flexible pacing, allowing the players to explore as much – or as little – as they like before delving back into the main storyline. Besides the usual assortment of creepy enemies, Sebastian will also have to contend with his own personal demons, as well as sadistic humans who would use STEM to satisfy their depraved urges.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-adventure and psychological horror game developed by Ninja Theory. It is self-funded by the studio, and is described as an “independent AAA” title. Hellblade is expected to offer around 7 to 9 hours of gameplay.
The game is steeped in Celtic and Norse mythology, and follows the titular character, Senua, on her haunting and perilous journey into a hellish underworld to fight for the soul of her dead lover.
Little Nightmares is a puzzle-platformer made by independent developer Tarsier Studios. The game follows Six, a little girl in an oversized yellow raincoat, who is trapped in a mysterious and gloomy prison called The Maw. Armed with nothing but her wits and a lighter, Six has to evade the Maw’s monstrous residents, and make her way to the outside world.
Published by Bandai Namco, Little Nightmares will be out on current-gen consoles and PC (via Steam and GOG.com).
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom for current-gen consoles and Windows. The PS4 version includes full PlayStation VR support. In a departure from the previous games in the series, Resident Evil 7 is played in first-person “Isolated View” perspective.
The game follows a new protagonist, a civilian named Ethan whose search for his missing wife leads him to a decrepit plantation mansion in Louisiana. Resident Evil 7 is said to return to the roots of the series, with less action and a bigger focus on survival horror, exploration, and puzzles.
Dead Rising 4 is an upcoming zombie brawler developed by Capcom and published by Microsoft for Xbox One and Windows 10. Set in an open world, the game once again stars the badass photojournalist Frank West. It picks up a year after the events in Dead Rising 3, and also takes place in Willamette, Colorado during the holiday season.
The game is said to have a huge array of weapons and vehicles to combat the horde with. New features include a larger, seamless 4-player co-op, new and more dangerous types of zombies, and powered exosuits which allow Frank to deliver devastating melee attacks.
Dying Light is a first-person action / survival horror title developed by Techland, the makers of Dead Island. Like its predecessor, the game is also centered around a zombie apocalypse, but there are numerous changes as well. For one, Dying Light takes place in a slum city, and gives the players the ability to traverse it easily using parkour-style jumping and running. The day and night cycle is a core gameplay element, with the infected becoming stronger and faster in the dark. The idea is to scavenge for supplies during the day, and find shelter before the nightfall, when the truly dangerous monsters come out to play. Even the best player-crafted weapons and traps might not be enough to kill enemies like the fearsome Night Hunter.
The Last of Us is an upcoming survival horror / action game set in a post-apocalyptic United States. Twenty years ago, a mutated parasitic fungus infected and killed millions, essentially turning them into zombies. Most of remaining survivors live in quarantined areas under the harsh rule of US military. Joel (the playable character) escapes one of these areas, taking a 14-year-old Ellie (AI companion) with him as a favor to a dying friend. Outside the quarantine zone, they will face not only the Infected, but other Survivors as well. Furthermore, the military also seems intent on hunting Joel and Ellie down.
Dead Island Riptide is an upcoming action / survival horror game with RPG elements. It is developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver. The game picks up immediately after the events of the original, and allows the players to import their heroes or start off fresh. Dead Island Riptide adds a dynamic weather system, more powerful weapons, new enemies, and numerous improvements and fixes.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is an upcoming first person shooter game based on the popular Alien movie series. It is developed by Gearbox Software and published by Sega. The game takes place after the events in Alien 3, and puts the players into the shoes of Corporal Christopher Winter whose team is tasked with investigating spaceship U.S.S. Sulaco and rescuing any survivors.
Dead Space 3, the sequel to the popular survival horror series, takes Isaac Clarke to the snowy planet of Tau Volantis, which is believed to hold the key to ending the Necromorph infestation. The gaame can be played in single player or online co-op mode, with the second player controlling John Carver, a hardened soldier and Isaac’s reluctant partner.
RE6 is the newest Resident Evil installment that takes place in 2013, more than 14 years after the Raccoon City incident. The game features both Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield as playable characters. The third protagonist is Jake Muller – a mercenary and the son of Albert Wesker. The characters start out in the United States, China, and Eastern Europe, respectively, but eventually all three storylines converge in China. According to the devs, that is where most of the action is going to take place.
Resident Evil 6 plays like a third-person shooter with an over-the-shoulder camera. The game finally allows the players to move while shooting. It is also possible to dodge to the sides and take cover behind objects. The game includes splitscreen and online co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer.
Silent Hill: Downpour is the eighth installment in the series. It is developed by a Czech studio, Vatra Games, and published by Konami. The game’s plot is unrelated to its predecessors, and centers around Murphy Pendleton – a convict who escaped when the bus transporting him crashed.
According to game producer Tomm Hulett, SH: Downpour takes place to the south-east of Toluca lake, a region that wasn’t explored in the previous Silent Hill titles. Unlike the previous installment, the game has a combat element, although Murphy is only be able to carry a single firearm and melee weapon. The weapons also deteriorate with usage.
Similarly to the previous installments, the game features multiple endings and involves puzzles, monster fights, and exploration. It’s also worth mentioning that Downpour is the first Silent Hill game to support stereoscopic 3D.
Darkness II is an upcoming sequel to the gothic first-person shooter, based on a comic book series of the same name. The plot of the game picks up two years after the events in the original, with Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family. After an attempt on his life, Jackie cannot contain the Darkness anymore and sets out on a merciless hunt for his attackers.
New in Darkness II is Quad-Wielding, which allows you to use your Demon Arms while firing two weapons at the same time (you know, because dual wielding just isn’t cool enough). More brutal executions are included, such as promisingly-named “Wishbone” and “Anaconda”. The visual style of the game has also changed, with cel-shaded textures resulting in a more comic-book-like look (scroll down to the trailer to see a preview).
Dead Island is a first-person, open-world survival RPG, highly anticipated by zombie fans. The game will take place in a fictional Banoi island near Papua New Guinea. The players will start in a five-star hotel, Royal Palms Resort, where a zombie outbreak suddenly takes place.
Dead Island is going to offer four named playable characters, each with their own skill tree and upgradeable abilities. Performing an action – such as swinging a weapon or sprinting – will consume stamina, which is regenerated as you rest. The game will have a large number of ranged and melee weapons, many of which you will be able to modify and improve. These customizations will range from hammering a few nails into a baseball bat for increased damage, to more complex weapon mods.
Catherine is an adult video game that combines puzzle platformer gameplay with a story full of erotic and horror elements. It is developed and published by a Japanese company Atlus, with cinematic scenes done by Studio 4°C.
The protagonist of the game is Vincent, a 32-year-old office worker who finds himself torn between two beautiful women. The first is his long-term girlfriend Katherine (shown on the Xbox 360 cover), and the other is a mysterious young Catherine (featured on the PS3 cover) who seduced Vincent after meeting him in a bar. After spending a night with the latter, the main character starts having nightmares in which he has to fight for his life.
What do you get when you combine the talents of Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil)? The answer is Shadows of the Damned, a twisted third-person shooter for consoles that takes place in the underworld.
The protagonist of the game is Garcia Hotspur, a badass demon hunter clad in a leather jacket and armed with an array of unusual weapons – like a handgun called “Big Boner” (I kid you not). Garcia’s hot girlfriend Paula was kidnapped by demons from hell, so now he has to travel to the City of the Damned and rescue her from the clutches of the demon king Fleming.
Shadows of the Damned features a punk-rock theme with dark and macabre environments, outlandish humor and creative monster designs. The soundtrack by the British gothic punk band, the Damned, and video game composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) also contributes to the thrilling atmosphere of the game.
Alice: Madness Returns is an upcoming multiplatform action-adventure game from Spicy Horse studio with game designer American McGee. It will be released in June this year for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms.
The sequel picks up 11 years after the events of the first game. Alice is living in the gloomy Victorian London, still haunted by nightmarish hallucinations that interfere with reality. She seeks refuge in the Wonderland, but finds it warped by her own insanity. If Alice is to save herself from the madness, she has to use her Vorpal Blade and an array of other crazy weapons to defeat twisted enemies and recall the repressed memories of her past.
Dead Space 2 is an upcoming sequel to the third-person shooter / horror game series developed by Visceral Games and published by EA. It will be released for all three major gaming platforms on January 25th, 2011 simultaneously. The game has a single-player and several multiplayer modes.
Players will once again take control of the spaceship engineer Isaac Clarke. Three years have passed since the events of the first game, and Clarke is being held in a mental ward on a massive space city called “the Sprawl” located on the remains of Saturn’s satellite Titan. The game starts with a Necromorph outbreak on the station and Clarke being released from the asylum to kick some ass.
Dead Space 2 has new gameplay elements like zero-g environments, as well as even more creative and brutal ways of Necromorph destruction. Impale and pin them to the wall with the new Javelin Gun, and follow up with electrocution or blow the abominations into space. Make sure to hit the emergency shutter button to close the breach before you get ejected as well.