It’s been a few years since I discovered I’m no longer afraid of horror games and have been consuming them non-stop. Right now, I have Clock Tower 3, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Xbox version), and Escape from Bug Island (don’t ask) sitting on my desk, waiting to be filed away and then played. I’ve dug into the depths of horror video games and found the sticky but sweet delicacies at the bottom.
It’s very hard to define what makes a “cult classic.” It’s difficult to really nail down a clear definition, so depending on your perspective, some of these might not fit. However, one criterion that I did stick to is that the game must be over 10 years old. A lot of great horror games have been released in the past decade (especially indie titles), but I don’t think you can call something a cult classic when the loyalty of its fanbase is still unproven, and it’s not even old enough to be called “classic.”
Nevertheless, here are my picks for the best cult classic horror games. These aren’t in any particular order.
Rule of Rose was launched unloved into the world near the end of the PS2’s lifespan. Its combat is butt, it’s thematically outside what was popular in horror at the time, and, to top it off, it was subject to a huge, unfounded controversy based on what a few people imagined they saw in the opening cutscene. Or maybe they made it all up since this was 2006, and accusing video games of corrupting youth was a trendy thing to do.
Anyway, did I mention the combat is butt? I know that sluggish, unwieldy combat in survival horror is something of a hallmark for the genre, but Rule of Rose goes beyond that with horrendous collision detection. It is not fun to play.
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