13 Games of Halloween Day 3 – Pinball Fantasies

On the third day of Halloween,
our Dark Lord Cthulhu brought unto us
A table full of fun.

Today is a little bit of fun. After playing Resident Evil 3 and Silent Hill you might be a little jittery. So today why not play what I consider an Amiga classic.

Pinball Fantasies.

I hear you cry “Tis but a trick.This game is not a Halloween title!” however one table could be considered a good one. And that table is Stones N’ Bones as it fits the Halloween theme brilliantly. With a haunted castle, ghosts and assortment of other cartoon horror characters. the table also offers a fair amount of challenge.

It would be fair to say that I love this title. It is one of the best examples of a Pinball sim I have come across. That why I feel this should be the third game of Halloween. And I also offer a friendly challenge to see who can get the highest score between now and Halloween. I am going to start a thread and I want people to post screenshots of their high scores. Or even leave them in the comments section bellow.

The game is available for the Amiga (OCS/ECS and AGA), CD32, DOS, Atari Jaguar, SNES, iOS devices and finally the PSP. So grab a copy on join in the fun.

-CritAnime

13 Games of Halloween Day 2 – Silent Hill

On the second day of Halloween,
our Dark Lord Cthulhu brought unto us
A man searching for his daughter.

If the Resident Evil series is about delivering it’s scares through shock tactics then Silent Hill is about been subtle and ramping the suspense up before delivering it’s scares. Something that the game seems to be able to do all too well.

You are Harry Mason, a 32 year old writer, who is taking his daughter, Cheryl, for a holiday at the sleepy vacation resort of Silent Hill. While traveling to Silent Hill, Harry swerves to narrowly miss a young gril on the road. Resulting in him crashing his car. After regaining conciousness he discovers his daughter is missing. Thus starting his journey through the town of Silent Hill.

I like Silent Hill because it is a bold departure from what we had seen with Resident Evil. The way the horror works is more to my liking as it makes your brain go into overdrive about what’s potentially coming rather than just having stuff jump out at you. The protagonist feels more human and becomes tired easily after running, as seen when he pants and puffs after sprinting. He also has no weapons training and it shows in the way he handles a weapon and again makes him feel more human and just a regular person in a very abnormal situation. The story evolves slowly and gradually builds up pace towards the end. And the actions you take throughout the game dictate the ending you will receive.

That’s why I recommend Silent Hill as your second game of Halloween. Just remember it’s only a game.

13 Games of Halloween Day 1 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

On the first day of Halloween,
our Dark Lord Cthulhu brought unto us
A city full of zombies.

When talking about the PlayStation entries of the Resident Evil series most people instantly recall Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. However Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (also called Biohazard 3: Last Escape in Japan) is a fine game in its own right and is often missed by people.

Taking place 24 hours before and 2 days after the events of Resident Evil 2, you play the role of Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape from the zombie infested Racoon City. As you progress through the game you encounter locations already seen in Resident Evil 2, such as the police station, and also locations exclusive to Resident Evil 3. You also meet a host of other characters including fellow STARS member Brad Vickers, who gets turned into a zombie early on in the game which ties into the zombie you meet in Resident Evil 2 in front of the police station, and the members of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service.

Resident Evil 3 takes a slower approach to its story telling. Paying more attention to filling in the plot gaps found in Resident Evil 2. Also, while still employing some of the same scare tactics seen in earlier games, it incorporates a more suspense driven form of terror in the shape of the improved tyrant Nemesis. Who stalks you throughout the game. The game also includes a minigame titled “The Mercenaries – Operation: Mad Jackal” which allows you to play as one of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service members and unlock extra items for the main game.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is my favourite out of the early games. It just feels a more rounded and polished game compared to the first two. Also the writing seems to have taken drastic steps towards been more understandable. But this could have something to do with it not been written by the same team that did the first two.

So with that I recommend Resident Evil 3: Nemesis as your first game of Halloween. If you hear a bump in the night then it’s probably not Nemesis after you.