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(Imbibe Magazine)   In honor of Halloween, let's look at the scariest haunted house in video games: the Shalebridge Cradle from Thief: Deadly Shadows   (aggrogate.com) divider line 71
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2010-10-30 04:47:47 PM
Love love love the Thief series.

That level especially. And the fact that you are, in essence, robbing the cradle.
 
2010-10-30 05:03:54 PM
Never played it, but I've heard from others that that level is pants-wettingly frightening.
 
2010-10-30 06:56:44 PM
gza.gameriot.com

Disagrees
 
2010-10-30 07:39:34 PM
The 7th Guest took place in a pretty frightening haunted house. At least I remember it being scary, I wonder how it holds up nowadays.
 
2010-10-30 07:44:16 PM
Thief was an epic series.
It really reminds you of how good games used to be.
 
2010-10-30 07:52:45 PM
The first Fatal Frame pops into mind as well.
 
2010-10-30 07:53:21 PM
Solid-black videos sure are terrifying. I think I saw some inky blue sky in there... maybe.
 
2010-10-30 07:53:41 PM
The Haunted Cathedral in Thief 1 was scarier.

And for an almost constantly scary game - Clive Barker's Undying.
 
2010-10-30 07:53:50 PM
www.splotchy.com
Not impressed.
 
2010-10-30 07:58:07 PM
Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Brennenburg Castle, which is the whole game from start to finish. Scariest game ever, hands-down.
 
2010-10-30 07:58:40 PM
Undying was awesome. Thou the longer it went on, the less sense it made. By then end it was about as convoluted as silent hill. Your little supernatural power was one of the coolest gimmicks id ever seen back in the day.

I wish clive barker would do more work lately. Games or movies. Jericho might have bombed but I thought it was quirky enough to warrant a playthrough.
 
2010-10-30 08:11:05 PM
Jamesac68: Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Brennenburg Castle, which is the whole game from start to finish. Scariest game ever, hands-down.

Check out the Penumbra series, made by the same company. Just straight out farked up. Haven't gotten to Amnesia yet, but I definitely like the no weapons approach*, will have to check it out.

(* went stealth in Thief games and Deus Ex, much more fun than Rambo approach)
 
2010-10-30 08:13:05 PM
Invisible Pedestrian: Jamesac68: Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Brennenburg Castle, which is the whole game from start to finish. Scariest game ever, hands-down.

Check out the Penumbra series, made by the same company. Just straight out farked up. Haven't gotten to Amnesia yet, but I definitely like the no weapons approach*, will have to check it out.

(* went stealth in Thief games and Deus Ex, much more fun than Rambo approach)


*chuckle* I never finished Penumbra, couldn't figure out where to go after a while, but I do remember it scaring the piss out of me.
 
2010-10-30 08:18:40 PM
"We don't go to Ravenholme anymore".

Creepiest level evar.
 
2010-10-30 08:40:32 PM
nothing freaked me out more than the static coming through the radio during the first silent hill game.

/or was it the second? can't remember
 
2010-10-30 08:42:47 PM
I started playing this level at night, and had to stop the game and wait until the next day to start it, I was freaked out so much.
 
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2010-10-30 08:47:15 PM
Oceanside hotel from VtM: Bloodlines is fairly good at creeping you out until you remember you're a badass vampire.

Don't look into the tumbler.
 
2010-10-30 08:49:27 PM
Awesome series. Creepy level, partly because they understood how to quietly ratchet up the tension. Took me forever to get anywhere the first time I played through it, what with all the tiptoeing and nervously peeking around corners.
 
2010-10-30 09:07:04 PM
Not really a gamer here, but even watching those walk-throughs was pretty unsettling. Great atmosphere and the underlying sense of dread is really effectively achieved.

That said, Papyrus as the game font? Really? It'd be creepier if they hadn't chosen that.
 
2010-10-30 09:08:58 PM
I loved that game and the thief series in particular.
 
2010-10-30 09:09:19 PM
Whoa I had no idea this game is on Steam. Buying this shiat right now.
 
2010-10-30 09:16:59 PM
Panty Sniffer: Not impressed.

Curse you!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2010-10-30 09:19:46 PM
The greatest level in any video game ever, in an otherwise "decent" video game. I keep Thief 3 around, just to revisit the cradle.
 
2010-10-30 09:30:47 PM
Lord Summerisle: "We don't go to Ravenholme anymore".

Creepiest level evar.


Even though the Ravenholm level was good, I keep thinking there's something missing. Even though I jumped every now and then, I never had that idea of "I want to get out of here now" that I got in some other horror games.

F.E.A.R. was a good horror game, the first one. They seemed to focus more on the action elements in the second one, but the first one is one of a few examples of how a horror game should be.
 
2010-10-30 09:42:49 PM
I never even played the third Thief games. The first two were mind-blowingly awesome, I guess I was worried the third would be a step down.
 
2010-10-30 09:45:09 PM
Ask: Oceanside hotel from VtM: Bloodlines is fairly good at creeping you out until you remember you're a badass vampire.


haha so true
 
2010-10-30 09:58:03 PM
I'm a wuss.
My brother-in-law got me the first Thief for my birthday. I'm horrible with 1st person shooters.
The 1st level was fun. Then when a corpse rose to its feet in the flooded mine level out of the corner of my "eye" I said fark this shiat and went back to worms 2.

That said, I'm going to watch these videos.
 
2010-10-30 10:03:58 PM
I used to have to get my younger brother to beat the ghost houses in Mario. Hey, fark you, those were scary.
 
2010-10-30 10:08:17 PM
Shalebridge Cradle was one of the scariest levels I've ever played. Lots of little details in the level let you fill in the backstory while you're playing it. I love how some of the zombies affect the lighting in your area as they get closer. This adds a whole new level of urgency to your lockpicking, since you can't take your attention away from the lock to see if the zombie has spotted you.

Here's a really good article one it. (big pdf, 6 megs)
 
2010-10-30 10:08:33 PM
MrEricSir: I never even played the third Thief games. The first two were mind-blowingly awesome, I guess I was worried the third would be a step down.

The third is worth it for that level alone. Trust me. Get it and don't watch the walkthroughs...your mind will be blown.
 
2010-10-30 10:40:16 PM
Jamesac68: Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Brennenburg Castle, which is the whole game from start to finish. Scariest game ever, hands-down.

Agreed! Amnesia was terrifying! I loved every minute of it! I can't wait to see what Frictional does next.
 
2010-10-30 10:40:57 PM
MrEricSir

I never even played the third Thief games. The first two were mind-blowingly awesome, I guess I was worried the third would be a step down.

It doesn't have the open levels, due to it being forced onto consoles that didn't have the processor power/memory to handle it. It also doesn't have rope arrows, one of my favorite things in the Thief series. But given its limitations they did a pretty good job.
 
2010-10-30 10:54:13 PM
Give me some more ammo damnit!

www.gamechoiceclub.com

/psycho shiat
 
2010-10-30 11:15:07 PM
+1 for Amnesia. Seriously, that game is farking terrifying. It's on sale for less than $15 on Steam too!

Even Yahtzee gave it a thumbs up. Here's a good Let's Play of it for anyone that wants to see more: Link (new window)
 
2010-10-30 11:24:45 PM
Absolutely love the Thief games, glad i'm not alone! #4 is in the works as well..

That level was indeed terrifying but the Crypt in the beginning of Thief 1 still gives me shivers.
 
2010-10-30 11:40:38 PM
Ask: Oceanside hotel from VtM: Bloodlines is fairly good at creeping you out until you remember you're a badass vampire.

Oh hell yes, that level, and that game in general, was awesome. That bit where you visit the filming studio with those weird monsters for the first time was also pretty creepy.

Played and loved Thief 2, could never get Thief 3: Deadly Shadows to work on my computer. Something to do with the save game system, it kept on putting saves in the wrong folder or something. Anyone know if this was ever patched?
 
2010-10-30 11:45:40 PM
t0.gstatic.com
 
2010-10-31 12:14:15 AM
Seth'n'Spectrum:
Played and loved Thief 2, could never get Thief 3: Deadly Shadows to work on my computer. Something to do with the save game system, it kept on putting saves in the wrong folder or something. Anyone know if this was ever patched?


There is a patch for the game, and I haven't heard of anyone having this problem recently. Some people have had problems getting it to run on multicore processors, as it was originally designed for single core CPUs. There are fixes for those who have problems with this, though. (It ran fine on my 4 core cpu)
 
2010-10-31 12:15:17 AM
Will people ever stop mentioning this level? I mean yes, it was pretty good and atmospheric, but I've run though this level launching fire arrows at all the mannequins while bunny hopping on expert more times than I can remember and it wasn't very scary to begin with.
 
2010-10-31 12:34:33 AM
I'd have voted for the Estate of Unrest in EQ.

/hag to zone!
 
2010-10-31 12:48:07 AM
I hated that farking house. Only game I have ever had to get up and walk away from for a few moments because I was freaking myself out so badly.

Silent Hill had a few close seconds, but nothing, to me, was worse than that farking house.

Gah...I had almost completely repressed the memories, too...
 
2010-10-31 12:49:16 AM
Oceanside Hotel in VtM.

Up until that point you were a badass Vampire. Then you find out that ghosts don't care, and the game pulls out almost every creepy trick in the book to scare you senseless. What an awesome way to make you scared.

(The werewolf level was scary too, gave a great feeling of being hunted, especially when you think "I'll hide in the house, it can't get me in there", and then it proceeds to break through walls and windows to make you a tasty snack.)

The best part about both levels is that it makes you feel powerless, and something bigger/stronger holds all the cards. That is true fear.
 
2010-10-31 12:53:27 AM
in the words of Frank Barone y'all are a bunch of Nancy boys. If you truly want to get freaked out than get The Suffering on Xbox it will blow your mind it wasn't a big commercial success but it was definitely a very underrated game.
 
2010-10-31 01:02:37 AM
tiiger: Oceanside Hotel in VtM.

Up until that point you were a badass Vampire. Then you find out that ghosts don't care, and the game pulls out almost every creepy trick in the book to scare you senseless. What an awesome way to make you scared.

(The werewolf level was scary too, gave a great feeling of being hunted, especially when you think "I'll hide in the house, it can't get me in there", and then it proceeds to break through walls and windows to make you a tasty snack.)

The best part about both levels is that it makes you feel powerless, and something bigger/stronger holds all the cards. That is true fear.


VtM is awesome all around. I though that Grouts Mansion was freakier than Oceanside Hotel. Mainly because of the escaped mental patients.

And speaking of, I just bought Batman: Arkham Asylum. Damn awesome game. The atmosphere is great. The stealth levels are freakin awesome. It perfectly portrays Batman.
 
2010-10-31 01:05:06 AM
luckybastard:

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I could never figure out what to do when I entered the room with that damned dog.

kick pumpkin
 
2010-10-31 01:12:33 AM
2chris2: There is a patch for the game, and I haven't heard of anyone having this problem recently. Some people have had problems getting it to run on multicore processors, as it was originally designed for single core CPUs. There are fixes for those who have problems with this, though. (It ran fine on my 4 core cpu)

If I remember correctly, it was some srt of XP -> Vista compatibility bug or design flaw. Now that I have 7, I'll give it another reinstall, see what happens. T:DS was one of my mostly eagerly awaited games of the first part of the decade and was completely bummed that my new rig couldn't play it :(

They really need to resurrect Thief and Garrett.
 
2010-10-31 01:29:23 AM
Missklieoh: Jamesac68: Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Brennenburg Castle, which is the whole game from start to finish. Scariest game ever, hands-down.

Agreed! Amnesia was terrifying! I loved every minute of it! I can't wait to see what Frictional does next.


I just started playing that after hearing nothing but rave reviews. Made it down into the wine cellar before I pooped myself from fright.
 
2010-10-31 02:00:48 AM
Bart's Department store. That is all.
 
2010-10-31 03:37:36 AM
tiiger: Oceanside Hotel in VtM.

Up until that point you were a badass Vampire. Then you find out that ghosts don't care, and the game pulls out almost every creepy trick in the book to scare you senseless. What an awesome way to make you scared.

(The werewolf level was scary too, gave a great feeling of being hunted, especially when you think "I'll hide in the house, it can't get me in there", and then it proceeds to break through walls and windows to make you a tasty snack.)

The best part about both levels is that it makes you feel powerless, and something bigger/stronger holds all the cards. That is true fear.


Yes, I used to love playing that game in a completely blacked out room. The zombie house downtown used to keep me on edge as well.
 
2010-10-31 03:39:59 AM
When I was 10 the mansion in Nibelheim in Final Fantasy VII scared the living shiat out of me.
 
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