As one of the few remaining survival horror franchises, Silent Hill hasn't fared too well over the years. Part of the problem lies with Konami's generous handing out of the IP since The Room back in 2004. Since then, three different studios have developed installments in the franchise (four, if you include the upcoming Book of Memories). After a few failed attempts at reinvigorating the series, Vatra Games finally came close to bringing Silent Hill back to its roots with Downpour. It was a fantastic game that reintroduced the foggy town while changing things up a bit. If you're a horror fan, this is a game you really shouldn't miss.
Binary Domain caught many of us by surprise when it released earlier this year and ended up being great. Its lack of commercial success was in part thanks to SEGA's inability to adequately promote their games, and that's too bad because this is a genuinely fun squad shooter. I'm a big fan of anything that revolves around creatures rebelling against their creators—a theme that's used brilliantly in works like Mass Effect and Battlestar Gallactica—and Binary Domain does it well, even if the story and characters could've used more work.
I'm sure these games are doing well what with the legions of The Walking Dead fans that are out there and the critical acclaim the series has received so far, but I still feel this is going to be overlooked by many gamers. Visually, it's not very attractive, but when it comes to Telltale games, it's really all about the characters and story. The most recent episode took everything to an intensely dark place that will have you thinking about it long after the credits have started rolling. It's a great game, and I recommend it to anyone who's searching for something a bit more mature and thought-provoking than the typical video game faire.
The Darkness was one of the most underrated games of 2007, and despite a significantly stronger marketing push, The Darkness II didn't fare as well as it deserved to. It's a stunningly beautiful game with an art style that makes it look like you're playing a graphic novel come to life. The combat is superb (two words: "quad-wielding"), and the story, while not as strong as the original, is still fantastic.
Date: July 17, 2012
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