Spooptober: Creepy Villagers in Animal Crossing

As most of us know, Animal Crossing is a cute and relaxing life sim where you decorate your cute little house, befriend cute animal villagers, buy cute clothes, and do all manner of other cute things.  Being such a cute and adorable game, nothing ever weird or scary ever happens at all.  For example, there…

Spooptober: Rayman’s Undead Grannies

In a franchise that features zombie chickens, it should be no surprise that the Rayman games are a good source for finding a delightful balance of spooky and quirky.  One recurring location is the Land of the Livid Dead, though it is very different in its two main iterations.  In Rayman 3, the Land of…

Spooptober: Ni no Kuni’s Spoopiest Familiars

Seeing as Ni no Kuni is a colorful and child-friendly RPG, it makes sense that even the spookier elements aren’t going to be particularly scary.  In a fashion quite similar to Pokemon, throughout the game, every normal enemy can potentially be captured and used to aid you in battle.  Seeing as I’ve always been a…

Spooptober: Smoky Progg and Waterwraith

For the Duck’s first foray into spoopiness, I shall be discussing some of the spookier aspects of a series near and dear to my heart, Pikmin.  Frankly, Pikmin is a perfect example of spoopiness because it manages to exude a mixture of both cute and horrifying all at once!  Sure, the Pikmin themselves are adorable,…

Uncanny Accounts: Escaping a Curse in What Remains of Edith Finch

Venerating deceased loved ones is a tradition that dates practically to humanity’s beginnings. From creating simple family shrines to erecting monumental monuments, the act of marking the passing of those we once held dear is an important part of the grieving process. So once it became clear in What Remains of Edith Finch that its…

Uncanny Accounts: Poltergeists and Red Lyrium in Dragon Age II

In the Dragon Age series, “lyrium” is a mysterious mined substance that plays a large role throughout the games. Regular lyrium, in its raw, turquoise blue form, is extremely volatile to nearly all races, and it can only be safely extracted by dwarves of the mining caste. Processed lyrium, however, is used (delicately, though sometime…

Join us this month for “Uncanny Accounts”

Here at Virtual Bastion, we love the fall and everything that comes with it, including the spooky aura of October. Traditionally, we’ve used this month to share with you our own stories about scary games, haunting moments in games, games that make things go bump in the night! Though 2020 has been challenging, our October…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #129

Up this week: Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 2019) – This week only, some spoooooky levels to celebrate this spoooooky time of year! Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (PS4, 2018) – enjoy more fiery fun from this second game on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Wii, 2009) – tackling the further adventures of…

SCP: Containment Breach – A Unique Horror Experience

The horror genre is fairly sparse in the Duck’s household, so as I pondered the topic of my final Spooktober post, I had very few options available to me.  It then occurred to me that I have never written about the spooky PC game, SCP: Containment Breach, a truly unique horror experience!  So let’s rectify…

Why I Love Luigi’s Mansion

As you may already know, for the month of October, we’re going to be covering spooky games.  While the Duck enjoys things of the spooky variety, if this post concerning Half Life 2’s Ravenholm is anything to go by, I like my spooky on the mild end of the spectrum.  (Unlike my salsa.  Make it…