Vidjagame Apocalypse 186 – Horror Shoot-‘Em-Ups

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As our month of spookiness continues, Heidi Kemps joins us to tackle one of our most bizarre subjects yet: SHMUPs (or shoot-’em-ups, or arcade-style shooting games) that ventured beyond familiar sci-fi trappings to confront something much darker than aliens and enemy fleets. We then touch on Eagle Flight and Return to Arkham, get speculative about Red Dead Redemption 2, mourn the loss of United Front Games, and look at the horror movies you’d like to see get turned into games.

Question of the Week

What’s the creepiest thing that happened to you while you were playing a game?

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11 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 186 – Horror Shoot-‘Em-Ups

  1. Forgot to say this last week.

    I would rather have a show with a bit of choppy audio than no show at all. It’s certainly not the end of the world!

    1. Agreed, as long as we get a heads-up, I’ve rarely heard a podcast that was too terrible to listen to, and sometimes even when we’re warned it ends up sounding just fine anyway.

  2. From my experience with Return to Arkham (as in, about 80% done Asylum) it’s a decent graphical upgrade, and the gameplay has been left entirely intact. The only glitch I encountered is a couple of grapple ledges not loading their textures, but I was still able to climb and stand on them as if they were there. Can’t speak for City, but hopefully the quality is about the same. Having all the DLC and a visual boost is cool, but I’d sort of only recommend it if you love these games, or if you hadn’t played them before. Otherwise, if you just played through them once or twice, you don’t really need this.

  3. I think Mikel would actually really enjot the show Supernatural, especially the character Bobby, give the first two seasons a watch.

  4. QOTW: Maybe this doesn’t qualify as creepy as much as it does unnerving but games that have water levels that you can drown in will always give me fucking anxiety. Hiedi mentioned Ecco the Dolphin, a hard as balls game that legitimately creeped me out with its foreboding atmosphere and strange music.. But I can also remember playing Spider-Man /X-Men Arcade’s Revenge as a little kid and trying to keep Storm from drowning on that stupid ass water level. As you can imagine I wasn’t very good at this game either. Trying to navigate the level while watching my air bubbles and avoiding enemies always made my heart race and my palms sweat. The building tension in the music didn’t help either. Even today the sound of Storm drowning still makes me uncomfortable..

  5. y’all need to watch the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. second ep, directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane director, was a terrifying homage to the future of horror games. with plenty of horror game nods, mostly too subtle for non fans to notice.

  6. As someone who loves the Arkham series a lot, and has 100%ed Asylum and City multiple times, I’m really not a fan of Origins. The plot is decent, most of the voice acting is pretty good (outside of Batman himself), and the graphics were a decent touch up on City’s. However, in terms of gameplay, the fundamental rhythm of the combat is screwed up – milliseconds of timing is off and that really fucks up how the game is played. Beyond that, there aren’t any meaningful additions to gameplay mechanics, and the few gadgets they add screw up the game a little, ESPECIALLY the electroshock gauntlets that make it unnecessary to do anything in combat but spam the punch button. Beyond that, the side missions are boring, a lot of the villain choices are lame (fucking Copperhead, REALLY?) and the game retreads things from the prior two (like MORE Mad Hatter hallucinations).

    While it would have perhaps been nice to have a less screwed up version of the game, and one that avoided bugs from the original’s release, I don’t feel bad about not getting ARKHAM ORIGINS in the RETURN TO ARKHAM collection.

  7. QOTW: back when i was still living in the frozen tundra of northern Alberta, i was home alone one night playing dead island all the lights were off and because i lived in the country it was dead silent except for the tv. I had only been playing for an about an hour so the game was still creepy and the sudden zombie pop ups would freak me out, when suddenly i hear this super loud mixture of growls and barks, i jumped good few feet off my bed freaked out what the hell could this be it sounds to loud to the tv and if it is what the hell is this monster enemy, found out 5 min later it was just my dogs outside and right under my window fighting over a bone.

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