Spooptober: Dr. Reid’s Hammy Lines in Vampyr

Overall, Dontnod Entertainment’s Vampyr is a decently spooky game. To begin with, the entire game is steeped in an atmosphere of hopelessness bordering on fatalism thanks to the Spanish Flu epidemic. Once the supernatural elements come to light and we learn more about the true nature of the situation, everything takes on a much more…

Spooptober: Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Rare’s Grabbed by the Ghoulies didn’t make many waves when it was first released on the Xbox in October 2003. The game received middling reviews and, at most, was deemed good but not great. I recall seeing the game box in the stores, thinking “eh, looks dumb,” and moving onto belatedly drool over American McGee’s…

Spooptober: The Pumpkin House

Out in the corner of Fallout 76’s West Virginia map, right on a small stretch of Highway 66, is a most unusual sight. Well, could be that it’s not all that unusual for this time of year, but considering that it’s a year-round “attraction” in the game, it stands out a bit more than most….

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: Control’s Haunted Refrigerator

There’s a lot of unsettling things to be found in Remedy’s sci-fi thriller game: Control. The main enemy is a “resonance-based” life form that takes over minds. There’s also an otherworldly mold that invariably turns people into its zombified thralls. Oh, and let’s not forget the living building governed by extra-dimensional creatures who may or…

Spooptober: World of Goo

Thirteen years ago, on October 13 (how spooky!), 2008, a game was unleashed upon the world that caused quite the stir. It was unlike any game any before it. Except…well…this little game called Lemmings that also rippled the game waters considerably back in 1991. But, the game I’m speaking on is World of Goo, an…

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: The Brain Tumbler Experiment

Despite being a generally light-hearted adventure, Psychonauts has some genuinely scary moments. For me some of the most memorable are the Nightmare creatures and the Nightmare Prison in Milla’s mind. From their loud whispers to their revolting appearance, everything to do with these things makes me shiver involuntarily. Other things though, things like The Brain…

Spooptober: Gregg the Grim Reaper

Food for thought: if one were the world’s best Conker’s Bad Fur Day player, it is possible that one might never, ever meet Gregg the Grim Reaper in his “home,” as it were. Given that I am not the best, let alone a sufficiently-okay player of Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Gregg’s is a face I…

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,…