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Will Survival Horror Die in 2014?

Will Survival Horror Die in 2014?

Written Monday, April 28, 2014 By Lee Bradley
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The next six months could make or break survival horror. Once huge, it’s a genre that's been neglected and abused in recent years, considered undesirable by publishers clamouring after the “Call of Duty generation”. Gamers want to feel badass not vulnerable, goes the logic. It's a belief that's left survival horror on life support.

In this climate, Dead Space, Dead Rising and Resident Evil have become more action-oriented, golden age stalwarts like Fatal Frame and Silent Hill have either disappeared or lost relevance, and a distinct lack of newcomers have arrived to fill the gaps - aside from some highly regarded indie PC and digital releases. Yet 2014 marks a turning point.

Before the end of the year, survival horror threatens to return to the mainstream in a big way, with two huge console releases; Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within. If these two games succeed, we may see a revival of the once great genre. If they fail, it could ensure that triple-A survival horror is forced back into the shadows.

Alien: Isolation carries high expectations. The demo shown to press was utterly terrifying - featuring an unarmed protagonist creeping around a atmospheric space station, hunted by a single xenomoprh. There were no guns whatsoever. Even running was frequently punished by death. It encapsulated everything great about survival horror.

Thankfully, The Creative Assembly is also making the right noises about Alien: Isolation’s combat sections, relieving fears that they may descend into Colonial Marines-style bombast. "At no point are we giving you huge plasma rifles and M56 smart guns,” says Lead Game Designer Gary Napper. “It's all about that survival horror scrounging.”

It would be more fitting if The Evil Within ushered in a revival, considering the game’s creator. Shinji Mikami’s Resident Evil spearheaded the genre all the way back in 1996 and the legendary figure is considered the father of survival horror. So who better to orchestrate its resurrection?

The signs are good and early previews have been predominantly positive. Touted as a “return to pure survival horror”, The Evil Within promises limited resources and plentiful scares, the cornerstones of the genre. Even the name of the game skirts as close as possible to Resident Evil without rousing the ire of Capcom’s lawyers.

Ironically, it was Shinji Mikami that initiated survival horror’s move towards action, following the poor sales of 2002’s Resident Evil remake for GameCube. “Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4” says Mikami. “Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”

Resident Evil 4 is a classic, the high point in the series. But it set the genre on a path that lead survival horror to virtual extinction on console, all because of sales. And that’s the key point. Survival horror games have diminished in recent years because publishers have lost faith in their ability to sell.

In a blog post last year, former Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski summed up the prevailing mood. "Generally speaking, the scarier a game is the less empowered a player feels,” he said. “Controls are often clunky on purpose, and the pacing is quite different from an action movie. In the $60 disc-based market horror doesn't fly - it's the ultimate 'campaign rental' that's played for two days and traded in.”

Bleszinski suggested that survival horror will only rise again when digital releases take over fully. It's an opinion that's backed up by the success of downloadable titles like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Outlast, State of Decay, Day Z - and looks to continue with SOMA and Grave. But to regain the position survival horror once held, it needs to be on discs in shops and at the top of the charts.

The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation don’t just have to be good then, they have to sell. If these two great horror hopes can shift enough copies, then publishers will be falling over themselves to repeat the trick. And then the revival can truly begin. But if they fail to sell it could be the final nail in the coffin of triple-A survival horror, the death of a genre.

Thankfully, there’s one rather large recent precedent that proves such success is possible, with over 6 million sales and 200 game of the year awards to its name. It’s called The Last of Us. Naughty Dog’s runaway hit isn’t quite a traditional old-school survival horror experience, but with resource scavenging and some truly terrifying sequences, it’s a brilliant modern interpretation.

So the stage is set. Exciting games are on the way, the talent’s in place and there’s proof that the genre’s still popular enough to shift big numbers. Digital-only survival horror is secure, but the genre’s future at triple-A production levels hangs in the balance. Let’s hope 2014 sees survival horror rise from its grave, because the alternative is truly terrifying.





 
 

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Comment #1 by JHaletweets
Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 08:20:23 PM
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Survival horror as a genre will never die. Triple-A publishers' approach to it may falter and potentially die off, but to say it's going to be gone in a few years is borderline insane. Games like Resident Evil, Dead Space, and Alien games all suffered from the same problem. Publishers saw the success of these games, and pumped millions into sequels that, ironically needed to appeal to the masses, and sacrificed their roots.

Survival horror is, and always will be a niche genre, and the more money that gets put into a project, the more of a return these publishers will need to see. The risk is obviously greater, so they try to water down the final product to the most luke-warm, milktoast, appeal-to-all-audiences game they can get away with and still label it as "survival horror".

It has never worked for them, hence why they turned to the annualized sequel approach. But the genre will be better off in the hands of smaller studios and indie developers who understand this process.


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Comment #2 by tincann
Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 10:21:39 PM
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I agree that The Genre will never die.

That's question is quite moronic. It's like asking another dumb question like "Will the FPS Genre die in 2014?". It's not going to happen.



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Comment #3 by Fozki Razormaid
Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 11:12:30 PM
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silent hill 1-3 and resi 0-3 are my faves

maybe RE on gamecube sold little
because it was not on ps2 and xbox aswell


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Comment #4 by Miikesmama
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 01:59:36 AM
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@ #1 #2

You just could have read the last paragraph: "Digital-only survival horror is secure, but the genre’s future at triple-A production levels hangs in the balance."

So there you have it. It's not about "Survival Horror", it's about survival horror made as AAA-games by major developers, productions like the whole Resident Evil series, Dead Space series, Silent Hill series, Fear, Condemned,... all big titles by big companies.

Furthermore, to say Survival Horror is niche is just incorrect. Well, it may be today, it sure as hell wasn't on PS One times. Games, no matter what genre, used to challenge gamers! They punished you for your mistakes, they were a huge bright "You CAN'T"! Today 99% of games are power fantasies! Games like GTA, Watchdogs, AC etc etc let you do whatever you want, they are "You Can"! The times have changed...


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Comment #5 by Maw N Paw
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 11:34:56 AM
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I remember when you were punished by a swift death for incorrectly timing your jump on Super Mario Bros...

To be honest, video games are easier than they were back on the NES days. More and more people are being interested in gaming and as a result, a wider variety of gamer has come from this in my opinion.

My children enjoy Temple Run.


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Comment #6 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 01:19:02 PM
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see the res evil remake never sold well but i think thats because it was a gamecube only game, i loved that game way better than the original if that was even possible, res evil 4 for me was also awsome, then it went down hill as it had more action, if you want an action/horror you need the perfect mix, res evil 4, dead space 1 and 2 all had this
if you want pure horror then i think the market it still there for it you just need a way to make the game replayable over and over again, i've done the early res evils a few times each because they had that special something


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Comment #7 by RDrules
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 01:41:33 PM
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why do you make it seem like only the AAA market matters... survival horror is doing better than ever in the indie market right now and quite frankly thats where it should stay because AAA devs just cant make good games out of it.


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Comment #8 by Jaws as Crowns
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 05:51:01 PM
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AAA games can't make survival horror work because they need to make the big budget back they put into the game and horror really isn't that big a seller in the mainstream. I'm still looking forward to evil within but I know what to expect. Horror can be fun.


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Comment #9 by Miikesmama
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 06:36:37 PM
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#8: RE, Silent Hill, Dead Space 1+2, The Last of Us...all AAA titles, all big sellers by mainstream companies! Your quote "AAA games can't make survival horror work because they need to make the big budget back they put into the game and horror really isn't that big a seller in the mainstream"

makes no sense. At all...


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Comment #10 by Jaws as Crowns
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 10:52:33 PM
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#9 i mean they have to make these big expansive set pieces with unrelenting action, QTEs, high caliber graphics and all that. Stuff that has to sacrafice a legit horror experience to attract the mainstream gamers. RE is a good example straying more into a generic TPS with every iteration meandering along with its competition when it once innovated, leading the pack with RE4 and yet RE5 is the best selling entry. those games you listed latest iterations all tanked btw with the exception of TLOU but my point still stands.


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Comment #11 by Miikesmama
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 06:53:23 AM
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Hmm, yes but it was big money that started that franchises in the first place. And yeah, for every "Godfather" there's a "Godfather 3", I personally feel RE 4 (while a great game) is not Survival Horror anymore, it's way too comedic and funny for that (Salazar anyone?). Had HUGE set pieces as well. RE 1 all the way!

If they make it that far, I guarantee that you'll find turds even in the "Slender", "Outlast" or "Amnesia" franchises.

All in all I just don't believe in what you wrote, that big companies CAN'T make Survival Horror work, while there are two games on the horizon that could proof you wrong. Also, Horror movies were huge in the last years (Hostel, Saw, Paranormal Activity), so there is an audience, don't know why they there shouldn't be for Horror games on consoles...

On another note, I wonder if the makers of Outlast, Slender etc. would say all their hard work paid off financially, I mean in the end no one, even the indiest of Indie developers, is making games just for fun.


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Comment #12 by RDrules
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 01:04:03 PM
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@11 i disagree there, AAA devs cant make them anymore, they can make horror games but not survival horror but its not the mechanics in AAA or the budgets stopping them.... you could easily make a big budget survival horror, its the business model itself essentially what it comes down to is you cant create a sense of a struggle for survival when on the other hand your trying to sell those people all sorts of crap.


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Comment #13 by Miikesmama
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 02:46:27 PM
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Well, well see when Alien Isolation comes out, could be the purest form of Survival Horror in years...


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Comment #14 by AlbertZero
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 04:38:51 PM
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I'm betting in Dreadout, an indie survival horror.


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Comment #15 by SDMF TrueBlue
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 08:46:09 PM
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I would love to see RE, Dead Space, and Silent Hill return to their roots. The only GOOD major survival horror game this gen was Dead Space.


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Comment #16 by eeeen
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 08:49:27 PM
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I sure hope it is not going to die.... and don't think it will. By FAR my favorite genre.

Say what you will about DeadSpace3, the overall experience was badass.... TRUE, was not survival horror, but was a badass game. I've put over 5 playthroughs into EACH DeadSpace game, including ds3. Everything negative about DS3 I can confidently blame EA for, not Visceral Games. I love DeadSpace, despite the big steps away from the isolated horror I loved in the first place.

I want to play scarier games though, I want to give my money to companies who make scary games.


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Comment #17 by eeeen
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 08:52:51 PM
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Stop spending so much money on high dollar cut scenes and multiplayer development in "survival horror games"


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Comment #18 by Evo Kazz
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 09:45:58 PM
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Silly article, seems a little random to me, maybe I am on my own here but survival horror dying? The 360 had some amazing horror games, and yes, certain series messed up, but we had some truly awesome games I thought from the genre.


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Comment #19 by HiDD3n XBA
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 10:01:04 PM
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Its just getting started baby haha!


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Comment #20 by anonymous ferret
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 10:49:10 PM
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Great read & article.

Actually feel inspired a little and fully support these 2 games. I'm getting hyped for Alien for sure, as a big Alien fan, but definitely I think as a gaming community we need to support survival horror and not let it die out.

Survival horror games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill were a big part of my teenage years and gaming back on the Playstation. Plus it's about time there was a decent Alien game so I'm all for it.


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Comment #21 by AchievementWh0re1
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 02:29:33 AM
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I wouldn't mind a remake of the original Bioshock and Dead Space for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


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Comment #22 by AchievementWh0re1
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 02:32:57 AM
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Just realize the date and time stamp on my previous comment is 5 hours ahead of my local time lol (9:39 PM US central time). Guess it's set to UK time.


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Comment #23 by HareJordan23
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 02:34:57 AM
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Still waiting for Resident Evil 1,2,3 in High Def


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Comment #24 by Mockingbird
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 10:03:39 AM
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Don't give me hd packs! just give me a regulare resident evil 0-4/code veronica x pack, fatal frame 1-3, and a regular silent hill 1-4 pack.


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Comment #25 by thenewpeter
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 10:40:06 AM
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I have to disagree with everyone saying AAA devs can't make survival horror games anymore, we've been shown by capcom that they can. Resident Evil Revelations, while still having some action oriented elements, was made with survival horror in mind and done decently well, if they continue down that path, then we'll see them creating some pretty good survival horror games, it was by no means a great survival horror game, but it was the right way to start to return to the genre.

The main problem why people are saying this is because those companies are under the delusion that the genre doesn't sell, so take no interest in hiring the right type of people for the job for anything 'horror' related. Survival horror will never die, it has a spot in the market that will always be there, having people who want those types of games.

@10, I'll take it you never played the resident evil remake? The graphics in that game where gorgeous, they still outshine some games in the end of the last generation.


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Comment #26 by Jaws as Crowns
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 05:58:09 PM
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@25 yeah I played it. I don't see what the graphics have to do with anything. And it even says in the article the game didn't still that well even though they had the legendary Creator of the series on board for it so


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Comment #27 by Jaws as Crowns
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 06:03:09 PM
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And yeah RE Rev was the best of both worlds and yet is still severely underrated.


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Comment #28 by thenewpeter
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 06:39:03 PM
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@26, I mentioned the graphics because you said the graphics where a sacrifice in you're other comment, that was the only reason it was revenant, lol.


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Comment #29 by TwiK999
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 07:52:35 PM
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I think the difference between AAA titles like Dead Space and Indie titles like Amnesia, is that the developers have completely different states of mind. Triple A developers may tend to focus on how they can make a good horror game that will sell. Indie developers are usually very small and they do obviously want to stimulate sales, but they do this by focusing on the core values of a horror game, which is the experience, atmosphere and impact the game has on the player. FrictionalGames did this and now they are pretty damn successful. Just look at Dead Space 3. It was pretty bad compared to the first two. They obviously developed it and published it because they knew it would sell, purely because of the brand. Dead Space 3 was far from a good survival horror game IMO.

*Incoming hate...


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Comment #30 by Jaws as Crowns
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 08:41:55 PM
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@28 fair enough.


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Comment #31 by LickableLemons7
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 09:24:06 PM
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AAA survival horror games will live on. But I want to say that their future success is more dependant on the publisher rather than the developer. Same can be said for any other game of any other genre. Publishers can restrict developers greatly...

I'm glad this article brought attention to Grave and Soma. But that isn't to say that indie games have their fair share of problems. I like backing games on kickstarter. However development of indie games can take a while. Small development teams, perhaps there can be a lack of focus. Money can be an issue.


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Comment #32 by OldTymer72
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 07:40:34 AM
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resi remake and resi zero on the gamecube was some of the best games ive played - i cant wait for the evil within and alien. Gimme those and top it of with a triple-a state of decay game - athankyou!


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Comment #33 by Mr Richard Head
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 07:47:30 AM
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@29
Youre not wrong, deadspace 3 was shit compared to the first two, they even toned down the gore aswell as killing the horror element! I dont know what they were thinking! The first two are brilliant, two of favourite games.

We need more survival horror! Theyre some of the best games to play. Most games are just point shoot move foward with no real challenge nowadays.. shame really.
Alien isolation and evil within both look like they have massive potential, ill be on them for sure!


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Comment #34 by segagamer
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 08:23:44 AM
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The reason why Silent Hill and Project Zero died off was because the games gradually got worse.

Whilst I enjoyed Silent Hill Homecoming, at no point was I ever lacking in Ammo, or get stuck by a puzzle. I have yet to try SH: Downpour, but from what I heard from fans of the franchise, it's not worth playing.

Project Zero was amazing, until PZ2 came and introduced a companion, sabotaging the lonely feeling you originally had. PZ3 went PS2 exclusive (so lower sales) and the rest were JP Nintendo only after the purchase (so even lower sales).

The survival horror genre is most certainly not dying, as evident by Amnesia. Just the quality of the survival horror games are dying. I'll keep my eye on The Evil Within and Alien, but I have this horrible feeling that they'll just end up being like Dead Space, which was nothing more than an annoyingly dark third person shooter.


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Comment #35 by the ferenczy
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 10:50:14 AM
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The Last of Us gets it right. It's difficult without feeling cheap. The controls are responsive, not clunky. If they use it as a model going forward, the genre will make a comeback.


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Comment #36 by MeltingBalloons
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 11:41:59 AM
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@34 SH: Downpour is very mediocre indeed, unfortunately. I'd love to get my hands on the Silent Hill HD Collection at some stage.

I'm looking forward to The Evil Within immensely, and have been for a while now. Also anticipating Slender: The Arrival for XBLA this month!

Survival Horror won't be dying any time soon, and it can become stronger again, but the quality has to return to what it once was; The Last of Us definitely steered it in the right direction. I'm waiting to see what The Evil Within will do, though.


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Comment #37 by bluHatter
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 04:51:49 PM
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Next gen VR devices such as the Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus, if they succeed, will provide a giant shot in the arm for survival horror. It has become a popular genre with these devices, simply because scares are much easier to generate, and feel much more real. A quick playthrough of the 3 level Affected demo saw me screaming and tearing the headset off in (real) panic. I've never played a survival horror game before that gave me that sort of adrenaline rush.

If next-gen VR succeeds, I think survival horror will be around for a long time to come.


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Comment #38 by UnleashTheWolf
Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 09:47:48 PM
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No, survival horror will not die in 2014.


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Comment #39 by fivebyfive200
Saturday, May 03, 2014 @ 11:27:19 AM
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Sadly there is a new breed of gamer that wants every game to be like mindless shooter. If they are not gunning down people in first 1 minute of gameplay they move onto another game. You give them limited ammo and a flight or fight experience and they can't handle it, they get angry, they smash the controller because they don't have the skill or brains to play a survival horror game. They just want to gun enemies down with hundreds of rounds of ammo. Dead space 3 was dumbed down for the gamer that only plays call of duty/battlefield. They played the game, made a "lol" noise as they "shotty many bad guys" they tossed the game away when they got bored and looked for the next game to play as a "shoota"

survival horror is not dead, its just being made by indie companies as AAA publishers are clueless idiots who expect £500 million in sales in a month. I hope The Evil Within shows SH can be done on a AAA budget


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Comment #40 by Luis Ownz
Saturday, May 03, 2014 @ 03:13:33 PM
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The Evil Within will either be a flop or the revival of survival horror. Not putting much hope into Alien because that one seems like it'll go Dead Space more than anything. Speaking of Dead Space, first two games were so great. Is 3 really as mediocre as everyone says?


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Comment #41 by darkmikasonfire
Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 01:57:56 AM
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I hope that they bring back Dead Space and tell all those CoD people to go suck an egg. I want them to bring back the feelings from the first game, so fucking creepy LOVED IT.

@40: even on the hardest difficulty there wasn't much fear involved in it, it had lots of wide open places, things rarely popped out at you, minimal creepy music or noises. Everything was just rushing you instead and from the open, it was bullet sponge city, not much more. It was a decent game, but it wasn't much of a Dead Space game. Should have been Space Cowboy.



It'll be interesting to see what they do with Isolation, I think I'll buy it, EVERY Alien game has been attached to preditors and they've all being fighting shooters/tacticle shooters, I'm interested in seeing something different in that area finally. Should be awesome.


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Comment #42 by Destro
Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 04:07:11 AM
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Seriously the part about the resident evil remake made me clinge. Rebirth was one of the best, if not the best maybe only second to code veronica in the franchise. It didn't sell well because of that poor decision to make it an exclusive for a kiddie consol... Im sorry but the Game Cube would had die in 2 years if Nintendo themselves didn't public exclusive games that please a lot the peoples(mario, zelda, metroid etc) If you where not fan of Nintendo titles, you hardly had any reason to buy this consol. How many times i heard "on ps2 and xbox" ... So much that i got tired of it, i got those 2 consols and abandoned my game cube... until the release of RE4 where it had a new short life, but once the game was done i sold it...

Poor decisions where the reason Resident Evil turned into an action game, thats it... RE4 is far from the peak of the franchise, its actually my less apreciated game... stupid story, nothing to do with RE beside having Leon and Ada...

In any case, i like survival horror but to a degree... i think RE succeeded well for me because it manage to have enough suvival yet still plenty of firearms and action(thinking RE2 and 3 for exemple). On the other hand i never got into silent hill's tortured stories or hand to hand combat... RE was simple yet effective... characters where top notch.

I hope it return one day. On the other hand i don't feel i will like alien isolation at all, and the evil whitin i dunno... gonna have to check.


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Comment #43 by jleek1992xx
Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 10:56:12 AM
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Resident Evil 4 is an all time classic and will always be.


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Comment #44 by fivebyfive200
Monday, May 05, 2014 @ 05:51:04 PM
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Reaction to Alien: isolation will be interesting, as its not like the usual FPS that the masses demand. I know a lot will hate it as they don't have the usual arsenal of weapons to gun down waves of enemies. To be honest, they can go back to the usual "dude-bro" games. Games are in danger of becoming a samey cloned experienced.


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Comment #45 by jleek1992xx
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 10:24:32 AM
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Also just to add Resident Evil 5 is another all time classic. (:


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Comment #46 by jleek1992xx
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 10:26:31 AM
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The Evil Within I'm 50/50 about.


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Comment #47 by Harry Leonard Bishop
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 04:36:24 PM
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The Survival Horror genre will not die out so easily IMO. There have been many known games from the genre.

Resident Evil
Dino Crisis
Ju-On (Wii only, but still)

Above is just a few examples. I'm curious about Alien: Isolation, being a fan of the Alien series.


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Comment #48 by UnleashTheWolf
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 05:16:12 PM
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Erm, I'm pretty sure dino crisis isn't a survival horror


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Comment #49 by fivebyfive200
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 07:45:32 PM
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the first Dino Crisis is survival horror (its the ps1 res evil with raptors) Never played the 2nd game and the third was cack


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Comment #50 by HD Pwny
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 12:06:11 AM
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Resident Evil 4 is my favorite game of all time.
I really would hate to see survival horror die out. I know they weren't survival horror, but even though, Resident Evil 5 and 6 were really good. Silent Hill Downpour was one of my favorite games when it released.
I hope Isolation and Evil Within can do it though, got both preordered and will hopefully pick each up day one.
And my hopes are way to high with maybe Outlast coming to Xbox One and 360. Now THAT would make me happy.


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Comment #51 by R1Pt3h5Y5T3m
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 04:50:15 AM
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Great article


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Comment #52 by OptimusPrime987
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 07:28:09 AM
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First rule of a survival horror game: don't make it co-op while resi 5 & dead space 3 were decent games it was nothing compared to dead space 1&2 in terms of shit your pants scary


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Comment #53 by Luis Ownz
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 09:45:32 PM
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Resi 5 was probably the only time co-op in Resident Evil was fun


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Comment #54 by HareJordan23
Thursday, May 08, 2014 @ 05:17:24 AM
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I don't understand why so many people bash the newer Resident Evils. We cant have fixed birds view camera in new gen systems.

Proves true that majority of people don't like change.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every Resident Evil game I have played up to and including Resident Evil 6.

I do not like the incorporation of versus/multiplayer achievements.


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Comment #55 by fivebyfive200
Thursday, May 08, 2014 @ 07:36:47 PM
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Not having "fixed birds view camera" is nothing to do with why people didn't like res 5 and 6. Its already been mentioned what has happened to survival horror and has led to its decline over the years. Change is good when it improves the game and not turn into another shooter for the ADD generation


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Comment #56 by MoldyClay87
Friday, May 09, 2014 @ 07:02:03 AM
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Survival horror still exists, but it's not really on consoles anymore. It's primarily through indie developers or Steam/PC centric guys with tiny chances of hitting digital services on the consoles.

I mean, we could easily see a new Silent Hill at E3. Konami has no big games coming up except for MGS5, and it's been 2 years since Downpour came out.

Additionally, Nintendo & Koei-Tecmo JUST announced a new Fatal Frame game (as well as a Japanese film, a novelization and a comic/manga).

Survival horror is a zombie, but it's still there.


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Comment #58 by Astoundiin
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 08:03:58 AM
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Resident Evil series is my kind of Survival Horror Game, I just wish it would go back to the roots, with the camera angles and suspenseful door openings to a different area, I miss those kind of things. I would Love to play New RE games that are like 1,2,3 and code V.


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Comment #59 by MV Agusta 1078R
Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 06:55:36 AM
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Shame there wasn't at least a Fatal Frame HD Collection. Crimson Butterfly was one of the scariest games I ever played along with the first Dino Crisis.

Revelations was the first RE game in a while to get back on track.

Everyone only remembers Aliens: Colonial Marines or multiplayer in AvP but the Marine campaign in Aliens vs Predator has plenty of parts that will make you shat yourself.

Konami should do a remake of the first Silent Hill like Capcom did with RE1. Their HD Collection didn't have 1 in it either.


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Comment #60 by Soulvanish
Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 08:51:46 AM
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Love the genre! I've been kinda hungry for these in the last few years, but Revelations pleasantly surprised me.

Looking forward to Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within!


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Comment #61 by killerofmen
Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 06:33:00 PM
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I hope not,i'd rather see more survival horror games than see endless cod clones and yearly football games.


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Comment #62 by fvkasm2x
Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 12:11:36 AM
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These games are either really good or really bad. Not a lot of in between, so it's tough to make a go of it with their titles.

Most FPS can get away with being mediocre.


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Comment #63 by Astrex
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 @ 01:22:32 PM
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yes


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Comment #64 by xPSxCentsayz
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 @ 06:08:59 PM
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love this work /agreed #CapcomkilledRE...they said the market for survival horror is not big enough...and there logic is the COD owned market is big enough...the problem is us old gamers are a dying breed...making games used to be a art form..back when it was all about connecting with the player..and as a player you could feel the love of those who worked on that game had for what they created.NOWDAYS Its no longer about love for games or the player its all about profit
#Massproduced


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Comment #65 by HellCombat
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 @ 08:57:39 PM
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hi


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Comment #66 by Onyx Destiny
Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 04:30:43 PM
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Love Love Love this genre. Just hope for some decent titles in the near future.


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Comment #67 by IIIII LOS IIIII
Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 08:53:15 PM
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I realy cant wait for this one because i know this is not like stupid Like Resident Evil 6 And you will realy taste Fear YEAH this game is one of the Best Forever


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Comment #68 by Riley Escobar
Friday, June 06, 2014 @ 07:06:49 PM
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Survival horror has always been my favorite genre, here's hoping that there is a future for it.


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Friday, June 06, 2014 @ 10:32:09 PM
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Comment #70 by Plasmateardrop9
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 09:40:37 PM
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I think they need to make more console horror games, but that's just me. As far as I'm concerned the horror genre has seeped out of Consoles and on to the PC where people can make their own game and other reasons


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Comment #71 by Lewie B I ReQ
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 07:17:44 PM
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i find it really annoying that survival horror turned into action based on resident evil remake sales. if they put that game on ps2 it would of sold a hell of a lot more but no it was on gamecube and i never had a gamecube back then so i never got to play it.
id love a hd port of the game id snap that straight up


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Comment #72 by SlappyMeals
Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 08:42:04 PM
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I really hope that these games are both scary and successful. The focus on action in most "survival-horror" games has become really boring, and taken away from the experience in my opinion. Both Aliens and TEW look great, but I'm holding off on buying them until people give me their opinions.


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Comment #73 by NoriYuki Sato
Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 04:58:28 PM
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I actually covered this topic back in 2013 and again in February of this year...Just saying, this article was a bit behind in the times as of April 28th...


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Comment #74 by TRU x BATMAN
Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 01:23:42 AM
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I personally think Survival Horror will never die, it might take a nice vacation though. Until some of these game developers get there heads out of there asses & make something genuinely scary with a good storyline.


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