Let’s Talk About Sally Face

It’s been awhile since I posted a video game related content else than my usual monthly series Games to Revisit. For some reason, games posts don’t do well on my blog like my usual content and it’s disheartening sometimes because I enjoy talking about games.

I came across Sally Face when the first episode was released and because I didn’t like episodic games, I overlooked it. I bought it eventually when episode two and three were released and I feel I should talk about it.

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Delve into a dark adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face and a mysterious past. In the first episode, Strange Neighbors, Sally Face and his father move into an apartment filled with odd tenants and an unfortunate crime scene. Little did they know what misfortune still awaits…

Sally Face is a horror point-and-click adventure game that follows a blue haired boy called Sal. Now I’ll admit I first thought Sal was a girl because of the hair style and also thinking Sally was his actual name not a given nickname as the game later on reveals. I had to google and research his condition while playing the game so I would understand the whole story of his condition, my interests grew about this game when it started infusing metal illness along with supernatural events because I believe there’s a fine line between those two and how your mind bleed such thoughts into your reality.

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Moving on with gameplay, it’s not exactly complicated since it’s a point-and-click type of game but it has some puzzles that made me feel stupid at times. The game wants you to understand the story by throwing you back and forth between the past when the events actually happened and the future where you ask yourself how did this happen. Like I said before I don’t like episodic games because I don’t like waiting for the next episode when it’s not scheduled and it takes a long time, it takes away the suspense you experienced in the previous episode but I can’t blame the developer for this.

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The game is definitely creepy and disturbing which I personally admire of how it’s portrayed through the drawing basically. I would compare it to Fran Bow when it comes to dealing with the main character mentality and the disturbing visions, so if you enjoyed that game you’ll love this one for sure.

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Underrated Horror Games You Might Have Missed Over The Years

Over the years, we’ve received plenty of great and not so great horror games. The great ones have usually gone on to give us (and our favorite Let’s Players) heart attacks, but every now and then, one of these great scares slip through the cracks into obscurity to be forgotten. With that said and with a pumpkin spice latte in hand (it’s that season after all), we’ve gathered a list of creepy horror games you might’ve never heard of, or overlooked over the years.

1. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009)

The Silent Hill games are known as some of the most iconic horror classics in the video games industry. While some of the games of this franchise are well-known, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories didn’t get that much love. The concept of the game is quite different than the usual Silent Hill games that fans expect, as it focuses more on combat evasion and creates your personal fears in the game. Initially released for the Wii in 2009, this stellar entry in the series ended up being severely overlooked.

2. Neverending Nightmares (2014)

A unique experience with pencil hand drawn graphics, Neverending Nightmares explores the depths of a depressed and insane mind, which was actually inspired by the lead designer’s own struggle with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. The game was released on Steam in 2014 after a successful kickstarter campaign and then later it got released on the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita.

3. Siren (2003)

If you are a fan of Japanese horror movies, this game is definitely for you. Siren sets you in a creepy atmosphere filled with zombified people and dark rituals to resurrect a god. Yeah…that escalated quickly. It was released back in 2003 on the Playstation 2 and re-released as a remake for Playstation 3 with the title Siren: Blood Curse. So that’s twice now that this game has slipped under the radar. Maybe third time’s the charm after all?

4. Claire (2013)

So you probably think that games can only terrify you if they’re in a 3D world, right? Wrong! Don’t underestimate the power of 2D games because Claire is one of the most underrated and frightening indie games ever created. It takes the psychological horror genre to a new level and it also has few similarities to Lone Survivor. The story follows Claire, the main character as the name implies, throughout her life from childhood to adulthood. It explores her life along with the darkness that comes from being raised in broken home. The game was released on Steam in 2013 and recently for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita in August.

5. Obscure (2005)

Five stereotypical high school students discover a dark secret hidden within their school and it involves the teachers, and of course, the principal. The main characters consist of a shy reporter, a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd and a stoner – already you can see the promises of a great teen slasher movie. The game has few similarities to Resident Evil in terms of combat and combining items, but is different and terrifying enough in its own way. It was released for the Playstation 2 and Xbox on 2005.

Halloween is over and gone, but the great thing about horror games is that they’re a blast to play any time of the year. The next big horror release will be Resident Evil VII in just a couple months, so definitely check out these hidden gems. We hope this list of games will help scratch that itch until then.

Have you played these games before? What is your favorite horror game of all times?

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Games to Revisit in August

I didn’t think much about today’s post because I’ve been thinking about replaying this game for the longest time but didn’t have the time to. This game is my all time favorite, because of it I got into the Japanese culture and got introduced to the Japanese music.

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Fatal Frame II is set in the fictional Minakami (皆神) region of Japan. The region is home to Minakami Village (“All God’s Village”), an abandoned town where the majority of the game takes place. The player learns that Minakami Village was host to the “Crimson Sacrifice Ritual”, the failure of which caused the settlement to vanish—thus earning it the name “The Lost Village”. In the game’s present, there is an urban legend about the Lost Village, where people who become lost in the Minakami forest will become trapped forever in the village.

I absolutely love this game, it’s my forever favorite. I wrote a post about it last year, I had fun writing that. I was deeply invested in this game for months, I remember beating it over 20 times just to unlock the outfits. This game was the first one from the series I tried and from it I bought the first and third part.

I love the storyline, I’ve always been interested in Japanese folklore stories specially ghost related. What I like about this game is that it doesn’t rely on traditional jumpscares for the horror element which makes it unique in my opinion.

I highly recommend trying this game if you want a unique horror experience with a rich story.

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The Time We Created an Ouija Board

So I wanted to post this during Halloween season but it totally slipped my mind and now I decided to just throw it out there.

I grew up with my cousin being my bestie ever since we were babies, we used to cry to our parents just so they would take us to meet up.

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We used to have slumber parties every once in awhile in each other’s houses and that time it was in my place. We were four girls by that time, me and my sister, she and her sister and I remember I was 16 or 15. We decided to try something for fun which was an Ouija board because back then everyone was talking about it. Now we didn’t have an actual board, we created one with a piece of paper and a coin. We wrote all that letters and everything else basically, think of it as the arab version of it … clearly cheap one.

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One of us kept her index finger lightly on this coin and glide it over the letters of this paper, we took turns in keeping our finger. We can easily fake this but for some reason we were too terrified of this .. game as we called it.

We started talking to a ghost/demon/entity whatever you want to call it and it revealed that his name was Asad (which means Lion in Arabic) and we were asking random questions for fun. Anyway by the end we decided to stop and we were about to close the gate or whatever it’s called, the coin spelled “Kill” and we totally freaked out and left the room with that piece of paper and coin.

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Basically we noped the f@#$ out of that room and didn’t enter it till the next day. We decided to burn the paper because we were so convinced that some weird things has started to happen in that room like random knocking on the closet door at night, was because of this paper. Honestly I think we were just scaring ourselves because when you think about something as if it’s the cause of this, you won’t get any other excuse else than that.

The gist of the story, I realized I didn’t have that sensitivity to paranormal activities from this issue because others would be seeing, hearing and feeling things happening around them .. except for me. Ghosts hate me …

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Emotions You Go Through While Playing Rule Of Rose

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If you came across this masterpiece of a game, you’ll either hate it or love it. Rule of Rose was released back in 2006 on PS2 and falls into the horror category but adding the psychological element into it. To be honest I was confused the whole time I was playing it, not to mention the set of emotions you go through as you progress in the game. Let us explore the phases this game creates in your mind.

*This post include spoilers

Interested

So the game begins with a creepy song and shows few cutscenes, and makes you interested in the story, who is who ? What happened ? Where is this ? The song gives you goosebumps if you focus on the lyrics then later it builds up to violin themed track with a danger vibe to it.

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Then it gets random as the game starts showing you different locations and parts from stories which are handwritten with creepy drawings in them. While you try to chain newspaper clippings info with these stories, you stay confused on why in the world these kids want to make your life a living hell.

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Rage

Trying to make peace with your mind because you got sort of lost but too proud to admit it, holding back the rage of the random attacks the main character Jennifer has to deal with creatures named Imps which are basically children with disfigured faces but with variations as you progress in the game. Then you reach that rage stage when you slowly realize how bad Jennifer actually attacks, to sum it up just swinging forks while she dabs that you would accept the fact that she just deserves to die and you could swing a spoon way better than her. Jennifer honey, you are an adult and they are children for the love of god …

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Grossed Out

So you try so hard not to hate on these kids then you reach the breaking point that the children in this game aren’t just messed up, they are pure evil. Their punishments take one of the worst form of bullying and will make you feel disgusted.

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Eventually you’ll be shouting WTF to everything this game reveals as you analyze the meaning of the children story books, from the sexual implied mermaid story, passing to animal abuse scenes of the bloody bag as they beat it, to the violence of how everyone died and how the whole game ended.

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Have you played this game ? How did it make you feel ?

What I Learned From Fatal Frame

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Fatal Frame series has been my favorite franchise since I started gaming on PS2, I started with Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly and I got so obsessed with it that I beat it almost 30 times with various difficulty levels and unlocked most of the bonus outfits and missions. Later on I found Fatal Frame 1 and then Fatal Frame 3 was released and from there I got the name Rei. I got irritated when Fatal Frame 4 was released on Wii and without localization but thankfully I found the fan translation of it and played it on Dolphin Emulator, but as for Fatal Frame 5, I didn’t try it yet but I’m planning to buy Wii U just to play it.

Since I played this series way too much, here’s some things I learned:

  • If you hear creepy sounds just follow it. I think almost all horror games or even movies has this stupid concept, why would you go check something that can potentially kill you ? I mean why not, might find a ghost looking like Napstablook from Undertale blasting awesome music or even making you a sandwich. tumblr_mjxalmWQVg1qh3pwno1_500
  • Any white lining like an exposure effect in a picture, is a ghost. Who stated that ghosts are white ? Really I genuinely want to know. But anyway after taking way too many pictures in Fatal Frame, ghosts will show up as an effect and a filter as the ones we use in apps to edit photos.
  • Abandoned houses, let’s go in. Apparently it’s not illegal to enter a stranger’s house if it looks abandoned and too old, probably filled with insects … Not ghosts. turned into sae fatal frame 2
  • Any flashlight you find in the middle of the road, will have batteries. Flashlights … Flashlights everywhere … With working batteries for sure Duracell.
  • Children laughing are way too scary. I hated kids mostly because of videogames like Fatal Frame and also Rule of Rose. When I hear a child laugh, it’s seriously more scary than a psychopath serial killer laugh. tumblr_lqyp7c21UP1qcbftgo1_500
  • You’ll understand the whole story from diaries. Dead people will write their diary apparently so someone somehow will find it and read it… Even as ghosts, they’ll still write entries.
  • Puzzles are completely normal. Ghosts have so much time that they created puzzles all over the area and it’s completely normal. They have to make sure you are smart enough to progress, right ? And on the previous point I stated, hints are always found in these diaries.

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So these are the things I learned from Fatal Frame which I can think of at the moment, if you got more to add I would love to hear your opinions.