Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Top 3 Scariest Video Game Enemies

Ok, so after rambling about Final Fantasy Bosses for a bit, here are my top 3 Scariest Video Game Enemies of all time!!

Ok so Number 3 is The Butcher from Silent Hill Origins!
What not Pyramid Head? The other humanoid to appear in the Silent Hill games and the movie? No, he did not scare me like this guy did... Why?
Well you kind of expect this stuff in a Silent Hill game, you know, strange twisted creatures conjured up by an evil little girl trying to kill you. But when you walk into the local Family Butcher's you don't expect to see this:
The ferocity of the killing made me afraid, very afraid that he would turn his rusted old butcher's knife on me. Seriously, when I saw this guy I had to put down the game for about a week while I plucked up the courage to head back into Silent Hill. I am a wimp I know!

But anyway, when I finally picked the game back up and decided to take the Butcher on. It turned out that I didn't have to, not for a while anyway. The really scary thing about the Butcher was that he was always around, but you always managed to miss him.

Like when you get to peep through a hole at the room you were just in and he is just standing there, waiting for you, obviously on your trail. That's when you freak out and run away from the room in terror, because he might just be around the next corner...
Oh God!! Not you again!!

And speaking of Silent Hill...

My Second Scariest Video Game Enemy is: The Otherworld from Silent Hill.
So you might think that the other world can't be an enemy, but I hate it and love it just like any other enemy in a game. You might even say then, that it's actually Alessa who is the enemy, but I disagree.
The enemy in this entire game series is the otherworld. I played through the first game when I was about 13 and it had to be night time with all the lights turned off. Why I did this to myself, I don't know. All I know is that the otherworld scared the crap out of me.

Especially in Origins, where you have to actually choose to go there, by touching a mirror and entering the twisted, formidable world.
The atmospherics in the game has always been a draw for me, the soundtrack and just sheer creepiness of the series appeals to me because I love scaring myself!! Having to choose to go into that bloodstained and rusted world was hard for me, in my head I was screaming "Don't do it!". But it has to be done to progress in the story.
Bosses aside, the otherworld in Silent Hill is a much more scary place than the mist covered normal world, where you actually feel safer...
...Even if there is creepy stuff like this lying around.

So anyway, that was number 2!! Now for the most terrifying enemy I have ever seen in a game...

The Regenerator from Resident Evil 4!!
Yeah, this guy. Urghhh!! It's not only that he looks terrifying...
...Scratch that, Shit your self scary!! Or the fact that he smiles as he walks toward you...
...Or his tentacle thingies that come out!! Arrghhh he's too close!!!
Even the fact that once he is down, he regenerates isn't the scary part. It's how he moves. For example, you shoot his arms and legs off an he is just a torso with a head lying on the floor. He doesn't just lie there until his limbs grow back, he actually jumps towards you from the neck!! It's the most disgusting movement I have ever seen an enemy make in a game and for this reason I haven't completed the game as I can't stand playing this section!
Just no!!

This is the only game that has defeated me with it's scares. But after writing about all these scary games so much, I kinda feel like playing Resi 4 again... Thanks for reading!

10 Scariest Video Game Enemies: Part Two

If you read Part One of my list, then you will see that my list of scary enemies in games is quite unexpected and not what everyone would choose.

This is because of my own personal experiences with games and not just based on what looks scary or is intended to be, for example: Deadspace is a truly terrifying game, but none of the enemies stood out to me particularly and thus didn't make the list.

Anyway let's continue... No. 7: Seymour from Final Fantasy X.
People reading this might think, wait, he's not scary! And it certainly doesn't seem that way at first, he welcomes you into his home and even offers an invitation of marriage to the beautiful Yuna...
...Who is the main character's love interest in the game. This annoyed me at first because Tidus is supposed to get with Yuna right?? But anyway Seymour is a really scary guy, and not because he has this:
The Aeon Anima, who can take out close to 1000 enemies, just by thinking it. But because of his apocalyptic ethics which are so atrocious that when I first played this game I thought, are you for real?? (I later realised that he wasn't real, he was just a video game character). In order to save the world, according to Seymour, he should become this:
Which is Sin, the ultimate enemy in Spira and then proceed to make sure that no living thing is left on the planet, just so that there will be no more suffering! How twisted can you get? Oh and there's also the unrelenting battles that he loves getting into with you, including this one:
Which is a really annoying battle where Seymour transforms into Seymour Flux and casts Total Annihilation on your whole party, leaving everyone with 1HP. This battle constantly scared the shit out of me while trying to heal myself from 1HP with items that would kill you because he cast Zombie on your ass!! (Which makes all healing items give you damage)

Anyway, some people might not have found that scary but surely the next one:

No. 6: Slender Man from Slender
It's easy to see from this screenshot why he is so damn scary. You spend most of the game running around looking at this:
Empty, dark forest with no real features or landmarks to tell exactly where you're going. It's a very eerie game where the anticipation of seeing Slender Man is the best thing about the game, because it makes you jumpy after a while of collecting notes and not actually seeing him. Check out some of the Slender reaction Videos on Youtube and you might just want to give this game a go!

Ok, onto something different... No.5 The T-Rex from Tomb Raider.
This guy scared everyone the first time they played this game! He suddenly appears from around the corner, massive and hungry with panic inducing music hammering away in the background!! Oh and you need the shotgun to kill this guy!! Lara's graceful jumping acrobatics don't really help her out at this part of the game when you are just trying not to get stomped on or eaten and then accidentally jumping into the ravenous creature!! The good old days...

No. 4: Chainsaw Zombies from Resident Evil 4!!
Aw, he doesn't look that scary!! Well that's because you can see him!! When you first encounter this fiend you have about 5 seconds to react to the sound of the chainsaw before this happens:
And after trying that section a few times, you work out how to get around him but spend the rest of the game listening out for a chainsaw and thinking Oh Shit! everytime you hear it, because if you are fighting off a horde of zombies and can't turn around to look for the chainsaw wielding madman, chances are you are already too late and get insta-killed by having your head sawn off!!

Read Part Three for the Top 3 Scariest Video Game Enemies!

10 Scariest Video Game Enemies: Part One

So I just read a Cracked article about the 10 Scariest Video Game Enemies and I didn't agree with the list. Now I know this is only because of the writer's (Cyriaque Lamar) own experience with playing games, but I felt strongly enough to write my own list, cus I can! So now, I am going to give you my list of the most terrifying experiences I have had in games.

And the list starts with No.10: The Fake President Boss in Final Fantasy 8!!
Yeah, this guy.

Now, you might not think that this guy looks very scary and alot like American President George Bush, I'm guessing this is who they modelled him on. But after a very tedious section of the game where you have to jump from train to train, avoiding guards and certain death...
...You finally get into the train to 'negotiate' with the President in this scene right here:
And other than that fact that his attack is to gnaw on your head, he doesn't seem too hard to kill or that scary! And then this happens...
Arrggh! He transformed into some dripping sewer monster who is now ten times stronger and ten times more disgusting to look at! This probably scared me so much because I wasn't expecting it at the time and I was about 10 when I played it!

Anyway, now we are onto No. 9: Nemesis from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
You can probably see why he is scary... But it's not just the fact that he is a hideously mutated Zombie, or that he is about 20 times stronger than a regular zombie that makes him so scary. It's that he never gives up on killing you...
The first time you encounter him is in front of the police station and at this point you can choose to fight the monster or run into the police station. When I first played this section I was so scared I couldn't decide what to do and after about 10 seconds, the options box vanishes and you are left to defend yourself. Again I was in my early teens when I played this and it's not like normal zombies are scary enough (they are), but they just had to throw in this ridiculously overpowered dude to slow you down!
Anyway, if you were left to fight for your life outside the police station you eventually got the guy down by relentlessly pummelling him with your hard earned and precious ammo. STARS!!! Phew, you think as you head into the police station ready to ransack the place for more ammo. You wander around taking out a few zombies here and there, feeling quite safe now that all the drama is over... Wait? What did I just hear downstairs??
Oh shit!! Not this guy again!! You think as you frantically get chased out of the police station by a guy who loves leather almost as much as Marilyn Manson. Needless to say, this hulking beast chases you throughout the game, the whole game!! Even when you think you have finally finished him off, he suddenly makes an appearance again and you actually get bored of shooting him after a while.

I felt a little bad for him when he ends up like this near the end of the game:
Well, this is what happens when you create an unstoppable monster that routinely finds himself riddled with bullets and losing limbs, only to grow them back in strange and disgusting ways.

I sighed a sigh of relief when I shot that final bullet into the pulsing mush that was his brain, just for the fact that he wouldn't suffer any more...

Ok then now we are at No. 8: Enderman from Minecraft
This innocent looking guy is probably the scariest enemy in Minecraft. Why? Because of his behaviour! He doesn't just rush at you like the mindless Creepers, Skeletons or Spiders that are also trying to kill you in the game. Oh no, he mocks you as he attempts to steal your soul and your building materials!

Let me explain... You're casually trying to build yourself a nice little house and maybe doing a bit of farming, minding your own business, when you glance over into the distance and spot a little black shape not moving. Oh crap you think, I've spotted him now! You try and look away or run back towards the safety of your house, but you have seen him now, and he won't leave you alone. Because when you glance back at where he was, he suddenly pops into view closer than before and that's when you hear him!
The little freak, doesn't move when you look at him but when you turn away, he can pop up anywhere in the area that you are, ready to beat you to death with that block that he always seems to be carrying! The sounds are scary enough to freak you out in this game without this sneaky little shadow man taking advantage of your blind spots!
Oh well, you can always hide out until morning where the sunlight will eventually finish him off! Bye bye little Enderman!!

Read Part Two for more unexpected frights!