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    Amnesia: Collection – Xbox One Review

    Amnesia Collection Review The Mommy Gamers Xbox Mike Robles

    Any horror fan will tell you that there are very few great survival horror games out there. Indie development has over saturated the market with cheap imitations and games rely on nothing but jump scares and tired tactics.

    It’s often said, “If you want something done right, you have got to do it yourself.” I think that after seeing so many copycats and subpar products, that Frictional Games said “NO MORE!” and decided to remaster what is hailed as classic horror – Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

    Now I will come right out and admit that I never played any of the Amnesia games. Mainly because I have never really PC gamed and when I finally bought a beefy machine back in 2007, I bought a Mac for video editing. So games were sparse. I have, however, heard of Amnesia games and know that it’s favored amongst many horror fans for its gameplay. While it didn’t invent the survival horror genre, it did some things that made these games stand out and deliver some truly terrifying experiences.

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Almost 10 years later Xbox One users finally can play the Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it’s DLC – Justine, and the sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. After hearing so much about these games I was excited to finally give them a try and wooooooooo was I not ready for this.

    I’m not going to focus much on the stories of the games because they are all little strange and each game can offer multiple endings depending on the players’ actions. What I am going to focus on is the gameplay as well as how the looks and feels on the Xbox One.

    Almost looks relaxing…

    The nice thing about the Amnesia games is that they aren’t all connected. So you have the option to play whichever game you’d like. In each game, players take on the role of a protagonist with (surprise) Amnesia. From there they must solve puzzles and avoid monsters to keep their sanity while also trying to piece together parts of their own story. Unlike other survival horror games, these games are built on puzzle solving and running away. A unique aspect is that fact that player characters slowly start to lose their minds by entering dark places or looking at monsters. It is such a well-done game mechanic that at times I was left with a feeling of unease.

    The controls are decent. For being such an old game (and previously ported to the PS4) the controls hold up. There are a few times when the controls get a little clunky but not everything can be perfect. While the game does all it can to update the visuals, they still aren’t quite up to the level that you would come to expect on an Xbox One (or Xbox One X) console.

    When it comes down to it, the Amnesia: Collection is an absolute must-have for any horror fans. You’re getting some amazing games at one hell of a price. The games aren’t tremendously long and you can see where more recent games gained their inspiration from. 

    Lose your mind and dive deep into the world of Amnesia. You’ll be glad you did.

    The author was provided a code for review purposes.

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    Carrie’s Favorite Scary Movies

    Today is Halloween and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite horror films. I was raised on horror films, and am literally named after the Stephen King novel, so horror is very important to me. There are many different types of horror films, and all of them have place in my heart. The list below, however, are my top favorites across all the genres. These are listed in no particular order.

    1) Fright Night

    Fright Night has been one of my favorite movies since its release in 1985. Written and directed by Tom Holland (Thinner), Fright Night was a story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf with a twist. Charley Brewster is a normal teenage boy with an obsessed for old horror films. When a stranger moves in next door, he begins to connect the odd behaviors of his new neighbor with a series of disappearances in the area. Charley eventually comes to the conclusion that a vampire has moved in next door to him. He has a hard time convincing anyone of what he believes, but eventually they all are forced to listen. Fright Night stars William Ragsdale, (Herman’s Head), Amanda Bearse (Married with Children), and Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play).

    2) Halloween

    The original Halloween is hard to beat in terms of classic horror films. It really redefined the entire genre, and was the beginning of the slasher craze. All of the Halloween movies (with the exception of 3.. we don’t talk about 3… too many roaches.. can not handle) are great in their own rights. However, the first is by far the best out of the series. It is the only one that truly scares me. The second Halloween was also great, but still not quite the same standard as the first. Directed by John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China), Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens), Donald Pleasance (Escape from New York), and P.J. Soles (Carrie).

    3) Evil Dead 2

    All of the Evil Dead movies are fun, but Evil Dead 2 is by far my favorite in the franchise. Evil Dead was true horror, Army of Darkness was comedy, and Evil Dead 2 was the perfect blend of the two. It was scary while still being funny and ridiculous. I tend to think of Evil Dead 2 as the “porridge that Goldilocks ate” as far as how perfectly it blends horror with comedy. If you haven’t seen any of the movies in the series, go ahead and start with this one. You’ll thank me. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Evil Dead 2 stars Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess).

    4) Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is an oldie but a goodie. The movie revolves around a group of old men who realize that a secret they’ve held for 50 years has come back to haunt them… literally. This was one of the first ghost movies I ever saw, and it is still one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t regret spending time on it. The cast alone is enough to make it worth it. Ghost Story stars Fred Astaire (Funny Face), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Little Caeser), and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact).

    5) The Exorcist

    The only movie that every truly scared me was The Exorcist. I think my real fear of this movie came from my extreme fear of demonic possession when I was little. I suffer from sleep paralysis, but when you’re 5 years old, it’s as close to what you can imagine being possessed is like. Because of this, I had a serious fear growing up of being possessed. I know, I know, it’s super silly, but it doesn’t change how it was for me at the time. Even still, despite being terrified by this movie, it has always been among my favorites. It’s like riding a roller coaster, you’re terrified when you’re on it, but you can’t wait to go again. The Exorcist stars Max von Sydow (Strange Brew), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar), and Linda Blair (Supernatural).

    These movies are just my top five of all time, but there are so many more worth looking into. Fright Night 2, Shutter (the original Thai version), Let the Right One In, Ringu, Silent Hill, and Nightmare on Elm Street are all great examples of some more of my favorite horror films. What are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, on our Twitter, and on our Facebook page!

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    Layers of Fear

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    Finding myself without a date on Valentine’s Day, I decided that playing a horror game would be better than sitting around watching chick flicks and guzzling wine. Enlisting the aid of my teenage son to assist me through this M for Mature rated game…because I am a responsible parent, we braced ourselves for what we hoped would be an enjoyable and unsettling experience. Layers of Fear rose to the challenge and left us literally screaming for more.

    Layers of Fear is a psychedelic horror game that allows players to get inside the mind of an insane painter. In an effort to ensure that our community shared in the fun, I Twitch streamed my adventures through the halls of an ever-changing Victorian-era mansion. We survived, and this playlist is the result of many hours of terror, laughs and a whole lot of fun.

     


    While I believe that the more than four hours of gameplay speaks for itself I do want to wrap this post up nicely and say that I would absolutely reccomend this game to anyone who loves horror games. There are multiple endings, 18 Steam achievements and lots of items to collect that I missed on my first run through, making the replayability factor pretty great.

    For more future adventures in gaming, make sure to follow The Mommy Gamers on Twitch here: twitch.tv/themommygamers  You can set it up to notify you when we go live so that you never miss out on any of the fun. We are also housing some of these videos on our YouTube channel along with our library of book reviews, podcast episodes, unboxings, and other entertaining random content. We’d love it if you’d subscribe to our channel! youtube.com/user/TheMommyGamers

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    Neverending Nightmares Kickstarter Project

    Neverending Nightmares

    What does it look like when you take your greatest fears and turn them into reality? Neverending Nightmares. Matt Gilgenbach has taken his real life battles with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and turned them into a psychological horror game. A game that IGN claimed was one of the top PAX indie games to check out, and a game that needs a little more help from you!

    We couldn’t possibly explain the game nearly as well as Matt Gilgenbach, so we’ll just post this video and let him do the talking.


    Here’s the game trailer:


    The art in Neverending Nightmares is influenced by the famous illustrator Edward Gorey.

    You can check out the Kickstarter project by clicking here.

    With only two days left and nearly $27,000 ten hours and less than $5,000 to reach their goal, they need all the social media reach we can offer them. So please help out by sharing the link to the Kickstarter, and by supporting their project if you are able. Thank you, and make sure to tell them The Mommy Gamers sent you!

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