We're only two months in, but 2012 is already shaping up to be the best year ever to be a horror fan. We've had a deluge of horror games that have come out so far, including Amy, Alan Wake (PC), Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and Resident Evil: Revelations. There's still plenty to look forward to over the coming weeks as we prepare for another wave of zombies, horror, and gore that's waiting for us in March. The unofficial month of horror has four major horror releases, including Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and three Silent Hill titles. To celebrate, we've compiled a list of ten sequels we'd very much like to see.
After how well Dead Island sold, a sequel is all but confirmed. It might not have lived up to the astronomically high expectations set by its unforgettable debut trailer, but the fun combat, addictive multiplayer, and deep RPG elements helped this post-apocalyptic zombie game stand apart from the rest. So long as they iron out the bugs, give us more interesting characters, and deliver a tighter story, I'm sure fans will be foaming at the mouth to get their hands on a follow-up. Oh, and please, no more bad music. "Who Do You Voodoo" ranks up there with Duke Nukem Forever in the pantheon of bad decisions made by well-meaning game developers.
I'll just say it. Condemned is one of the scariest game franchises out there right now. While Condemned 2 might've leaned a little on the bizarre side story-wise, its ending set up the basis for an intriguing threequel. The series has always flown under the radars of most gamers, despite the original being a launch title for the Xbox 360 and the very solid reviews both games have received. Should a third game ever see the light of day, I can only hope they give us more memorable moments like Condemned 2's cabin in the woods chapter. If you haven't played the game before, that chapter will almost definitely transform you into a sobbing mess of a human being.
Valve is obviously very busy with DOTA 2 and hopefully Half-Life 3, and might even be tinkering with the idea of entering the hardware market. Since it's been awhile since we've had any serious Left 4 Dead news, though, I think it's about time we hear something. The original games still have DLC on the way, though in true Valve fashion, we have no idea when the content will arrive. There's a very good chance it's still a ways off.
If March is the month of Silent Hill, then February could be considered the month of Alan Wake. PC gamers finally had the chance to check out the original game and its two expansions, and with American Nightmare still fresh in everyone's minds, the possibility of a true Alan Wake sequel is more than a little exciting. Remedy owns the IP, and they've expressed great amount of interest in keeping it alive and kicking. I can only hope this means we'll get more American Nightmare-eque bite-sized games, and/or a full Alan Wake sequel.
I'm going to go ahead and take a leap by predicting that the F.E.A.R series will again borrow Hollywood's fondness for stylizing their titles and will be called F.E.4.R. There you go, Warner Bros., I've taken care of the hard part. Now all you have to do is give us a game. In case you missed it—and judging by its sales I'm thinking a majority of you did miss it—F.3.A.R. was a pretty great game. It can only loosely be considered a horror game since a majority of the scares, atmosphere, and dread that permeated the previous games has been all but removed, but the multiplayer is fantastic and the co-op is a lot of fun as well. It definitely helped that John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) oversaw the cinematic direction. If a fourth game happens, I only ask that we bring it a little more closely to the series' horror roots.