Halloween is rapidly approaching so get your consoles ready for the ghoulish festivities by snagging some spooky games.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
Ghostbusters video games have a long history of poor quality experiences but this remaster is here to change that ill fate.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game originally debuted for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii back in 2009 and it was a triumph in Ghostbusting video games. Thankfully, 10 years later, this remaster is here to show a new generation of gamers how busting makes you feel good. You play as a new recruit who joins Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore on their adventures busting ghosts across New York City. The visuals aren't exactly realistic but they're fantastic and the voice cast consists of the actual original actors from the film. Meanwhile, the gameplay involves trapping ghosts in intricate and often chaotic battles as well as searching for ghosts in a spooky first-person perspective. The result is a top-notch gaming experience that alternates between edge-of-your-seat eeriness and action-packed excitement. Needless to say, I highly recommend playing this on Halloween and it's great for the whole family.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the best game based on the franchise and this remaster makes playing it more enjoyable than ever.Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered gameplay video →
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip Review PlayStation 4 ★★☆☆☆
Speaking of video games inspired by movies with Bill Murray in them, here's a twin-stick adaptation of Zombieland: Double Tap.
Where do I start with this one? In the PlayStation 3 era, there were countless zombie-inhabited twin-stick shooters and most of them were pretty fun while a few became instant classics such as Dead Nation. So, when I started playing Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip, I was instantly transported back to that time period. However, it's definitely on the disappointing side of the equation with basic and uninspired gameplay, laughable enemies, and stages that feel like they go on forever. On the plus side, you can play cooperatively with up to 4 players and the selection of weapons and grenades adds some variety to the gameplay. I also enjoyed that you can use the environment to kill zombies in some stages. Overall, it's a subpar shooter and the dialogue is downright unfunny and cringeworthy.
With countless superior zombie twin-stick shooters out there, Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip feels like a cheap movie tie-in.Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip gameplay video →
Stela Review Xbox One ★★★★☆
On the indie side of things, Stela is a straight-up frightening 2D adventure stealth game so get ready to be terrified.
Stela is a difficult game to describe. You basically wake up in a strange place then climb out of a hole only to find yourself in a crumbling village that's overtaken by beetles. Then, you fall down a hill and see monstrosities lumbering about a barren landscape that you must sneak past or they will kill you. The gameplay involves running, jumping, solving light puzzles, and stealth yet what Stela does best is provide the perfect nightmare atmosphere. The music absolutely blew my mind while the sound effects are so spot-on for a chilling horror experience that I was on the edge of my seat as I played. Plus, the subtle carefully crafted visuals are gorgeous yet ominous enough to remain consistently chilling. Out of all the games on this list, this is the one that I recommend most although it is rather short.
When it comes to indie horror games, very few illustrate a living nightmare as well as Stela does.Stela gameplay video →
Carly and the Reaperman Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
You don't see many co-op PlayStation VR games and Carly and the Reaperman is definitely one of the best.
On a more family-friendly note, Carly and the Reaperman has you or a friend play as a cute green-haired lady named Carly while another person controls Reaperman while wearing the PlayStation VR headset. Carly's gameplay essentially involves 3D platforming while the Reaperman must place platforms so Carly can traverse through stages and navigate past hazards. The campaign is chock full of variety and you'll find yourself having to communicate at many parts such as when the Reaperman can see paths that Carly can't so you have to guide her with your words. Doing that made me very nervous but it's great fun all around. Finally, the attention to detail is fantastic and you can even see the Reaperman's mouth move whenever that player talks. I can't wait to see what the developers make next!
Carly and the Reaperman is quite possibly the best co-op VR experience yet. I highly recommend playing it this Halloween season.Carly and the Reaperman gameplay video →
Worse Than Death Review Switch ★★★★☆
Benjamin Rivers is best known for his scary 2D adventure game Home and here we have a chilling new title along the same lines.
Worse Than Death has you play as Holly who's attending her high school reunion. After chatting with her good friend and a few other folks, it becomes apparent that something mysterious is afoot involving a deceased classmate. Soon into the story, she comes across a mutilated corpse and is then haunted by ghost-like entities that roam the halls of the school. The gameplay involves solving tricky puzzles while remaining stealthy enough to sneak past the ghoulish beings. Anyway, the dialogue is engaging and the comic-style visuals are beautiful so it's a constantly immersive tale that'll keep you guessing from start to finish. My only complaint is that it's initially quite difficult to gauge when to move past the enemies but once you get to grips with that, it's one rewarding and unsettling game.
Those who prefer narrative gaming experiences will absolutely love their time with the eerie and engaging Worse Than Death.Worse Than Death gameplay video → Home: Postmortem Edition Review
Felix the Reaper Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
Halloween games don't always have to be scary so here's one that's quite silly albeit with plenty of dark humour.
Felix the Reaper has you control a dancing carefree harvester of souls. You basically move him along a grid and he can only traverse squares that are covered in shade. Thankfully, you can rotate the sun's position which lets you manipulate the stages so that Felix can walk across more shadowy areas. He also has the ability to carry and place objects and utilize a vast assortment of stage-specific gimmicks in order to make his way to the goal where he triggers a chain of events that usually kills an unsuspecting target. As a result, the humour is rather dark but I thought it was hilarious. Anyway, the main drawback is that most puzzles require unintuitive steps so you'll find yourself pushing the hint button frequently which makes some puzzles feel unsatisfying and tedious. It has a nifty premise, though.
Solving puzzles in Felix the Reaper can be rewarding but with so many abstruse solutions, many of them are hard to enjoy.Felix the Reaper gameplay video →
Lost Castle Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Here we have a cooperative roguelike dungeon crawler but does it offer enjoyable gameplay? Sharpen your blade and let's find out!
Each run in Lost Castle has you starting from a castle's prison then you work through a variety of stages in the hopes of restoring Castle Harwood from its demonic infestation. The core gameplay is similar to an average beat 'em up and there are plenty of permanent unlockables as well as loads of temporary items and weapons that make each run easier. The coolest part about it is that you can play with up to 4 local or online players which makes the otherwise mediocre gameplay much more enjoyable. The boss fights are satisfying to master, the environments are unique, and the amount of skills, items, and weapons will keep you coming back for more.
Even though Lost Castle features simple and typical gameplay, its multiplayer implementation and variety make it worthwhile.Lost Castle gameplay video →
Rest in Pieces Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Sometimes, simple gaming formulas can be impressively addictive and Rest in Pieces is a good example of that.
Rest in Pieces has you control a porcelain figure that's attached to a string which constantly propels you forward into the screen. Meanwhile, a nefarious being looms at the end such as a clown or a creepy giant spider. The gameplay merely has you navigate your porcelain figure left and right through elaborate topography while avoiding smashing into walls. Whenever you reach certain distances, you earn points and there are also collectibles along the way that you can use to unlock more figures and stages. Making it further and further can be rewarding stuff for sure but there's no denying just how simple the overall gameplay is so it gets old pretty quick.
Rest in Pieces offers a genuinely creepy atmosphere and its simple gameplay is rather enjoyable yet it lacks lasting appeal.Rest in Pieces gameplay video →