If you’ve nearly emptied your bank account to pay for the materials required to make your completely authentic xenomorph costume for Halloween, but still fancy grabbing some appropriately themed games, then not to worry - Valve has you covered.
And by has you covered, I mean that Valve wants to bleed that bank account dry with the Steam Halloween Sale. Lock up that wallet.
With 21 pages of discounted sales, I’m not going to be listing them all, but I've found a few choice spooky games to keep you feeling uneasy this Halloween. And they’re dead cheap.
With 21 pages of discounted sales, I’m not going to be listing them all, but here are a few choice spooky games to keep you feeling uneasy this Halloween. And they’re dead cheap.
Murdered: Soul Suspect - £6.24/$12.49
I love Murdered: Soul Suspect. It’s a slightly embarrassing love, though. A hokey story about a recently deceased cop who is still cut up about his wife’s death, it jumps between noir caricatures and sentimental claptrap. It’s a guilty pleasure, like enjoying something rubbish like Manos: Hands of Fate, but it’s better than that, because Soul Suspect has some clever spectral tricks up its sleeve. This is probably only a recommendation for anyone that thinks a game that merges Ghost, The Ghost Whisperer and Seven sounds brilliant.
Sanitarium - £4.19/$5.99
New to Steam, but old to the world, Sanitarium is a disquieting adventure game set in an impossible Asylum. Players step into the shoes of the victim of a car accident, thrust into a disturbing realm, with nothing but questions. Don’t expect jump scares and cheesy Halloween spookiness, Sanitarium thrives on weirdness, and wrongness pervades its scenes. If you’re a fan of Planescape: Torment, then this is its horror equivalent.
Amnesia Collection - £6.12/$8.74
Both Amnesia games might be a bit much for frail nerves. First-person horror survival games where calm and good hiding spots are the only weapons, these are games that will make your palms not so much damp, but properly dripping. The atmosphere will be your greatest enemy, thick with tension, constantly whittling away your sanity and resolve. Have fun!
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - £3.74/$4.99
There isn’t a season where I wouldn’t recommend Bloodlines. Despite requiring some fiddling thanks to the fact that it was thoroughly broken - thank goodness for modders - Bloodlines is still one of the best RPGs you could hope to spend time with. It’s the world and its often deceitful, desperate, but brilliantly written characters that will make it worth your time. It’s in our 20 best RPGs on PC list, too.
The Walking Dead - £4.74/$6.24
What is Halloween without miserable, harrowing stories about people trying to survive an apocalyptic zombie outbreak? Rubbish, that’s what it is. Telltale’s The Walking Dead will make you feel like shit, but you’ll probably love it anyway, for the well realised characters, for the gut-wrenching decisions and for the satisfaction that comes from occasionally bludgeoning a zombie.
What would you lovely lot recommend for some Halloween gaming?