10 Things Every Horror Game Needs To Be Good: Page 7 of 10

10 Things Every Horror Game Needs To Be Good
Find out why we love our favorite horror games


4. Tension

If a player is comfortable and confident as they play a horror game then this game has failed to be scary. But if a game creates enough tension the player will constantly be on edge.

Video games create tension in players through mental or emotional strain. This tension can be created in tons of ways. A game might have low resources, like heath and ammo, but is crammed with tons of dangers.

Think you’re safe up there from all those zombies?

Players will need to constantly search the game’s environment for supplies putting themselves at risk. It’s a tough call when deciding to open a door that might lead you to items you desperately need or a monster you’ll need to spend your last bullets on.

Perhaps a game will make players dump items due to limited inventory space. It’s not easy deciding if you should drop weapons, ammo, health items, or a key item by mistake. Forget about too few save points, one bad move and you’ll lose hours of progress. This is what nightmares are made of.

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