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Games I Play on Halloween: A Spooktacular Round Table

The Pixlbit Staff shares some of their favorite games that go bump in the night.

Costume Quest

Frightening monsters, unnerving ghosts, and scares around every corner. You’ll get absolutely none of these things with Costume Quest. No, Double Fine’s first downloadable title instead delivers an undeniably charming quest based around the childhood ritual of trick-or-treating. Dressing up in different costumes, going from house to house, and earning as much candy as you can are the cornerstones of the game.

Of course, things are made complicated by menacing monsters from Repugia. The evil creatures have snatched up your twin sibling and you must employ the help of your friends to take on the dark forces head on. Simple RPG battles help make up the other half of the game, along with a few fetch quests to build out your arsenal of costumes, all of which will change your powers in battle.

Though it’s easy to turn to the old horror standbys for Halloween, Costume Quest allows you to revisit your childhood and relive some of the joys associated with the age-old tradition of trick-or-treating.

Resident Evil

There are few games that are able to create the unavoidably creepy ambiance that Resident Evil provides. Every trip down every hallway will leave you on edge, waiting for something to jump out and get you. Sometimes it’ll be a zombie lurking in the shadows, other times a dog viciously pursuing you in a courtyard, and in some instances, some hideous abomination out to f*ck up your day.

The original was creepy enough, but when it was remade on the GameCube it reached a whole new level. The brand new, crisp graphics made it all seem that much more real, and oh my god, the red zombies, OH MY GOD. Better make sure you burn every zombie you kill, or they WILL chase your ass DOWN.

Understandably, this title isn’t quite as readily available, but if you haven’t had a chance to toss it into your Wii or GameCube yet, there’s never been a better time. Of course, you can always get your zombie fix with the superb Resident Evil 4 on any of the current gen systems.

- Nick DiMola

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Jason Ross Senior Editor

10/30/2011 at 08:41 PM

For the record, I'm gonna make my game a live PlayBit tomorrow night! Spooky scary!


10/30/2011 at 10:41 PM

Ya'll should post each of your names for your individual picks!

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

10/30/2011 at 10:43 PM

We actually did :) It's easy to miss, but you'll see the table of contents for the piece on the right hand side that has each of our names.

Nick DiMola Director

10/30/2011 at 10:44 PM

Just to make it easier, I went ahead and ended each segment with the author's name :)

Chessa DiMola Assistant Director

10/31/2011 at 11:12 AM

All these segments are making me even more impatient to get my night of spooky gaming going. Funny enough, I'll play through video games creepy enough to give someone nightmares, but I refuse to watch horror movies. Anyone else like that?


10/31/2011 at 02:36 PM

im surprised nobody mentioned system shock 2

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

10/31/2011 at 02:50 PM

That's a good one. Lots of games that I wanted to give love to, including Undead Nightmare and Dead Rising, but there is always next year!


10/31/2011 at 04:09 PM

I started getting into the Halloween spirit right at the beginning of October. I did another playthrough of the original Deadspace and loved it just like I did back when it came out.

Lol, after that I started a playthrough of Deadly Premonition, I laugh even mentioning it. It's the first time I've ever played some of the game, I bought it off Amazon a few weeks ago. Instead of being creeped out I was just laughing the whole time at the dialogue, cut scenes, and music. I was turning my head to the side, confused, trying to figure out just what the hell was going on lol. It's hard to play mechanically, and incredibly time consuming, but I'm kinda fascinated by it and it makes me laugh even thinking about what I've seen in the game so far. It's so f*cking weird.

Princess Toadstool

10/31/2011 at 09:41 PM

I really enjoyed Condemned. Kudos!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/31/2011 at 10:13 PM

Another game that I think is perfect for Halloween is Super Metroid. That game has always instilled in me such a sense of isolation and foreboding.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

11/01/2011 at 05:52 PM

Earthbound was another game we left off the list, but it fits pretty well, given the town of Threed.

Kathrine Theidy Staff Alumnus

11/02/2011 at 10:34 PM

This is why I should check my email...

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