Gamer's Thumb: Upcoming horror game pushes the terror envelope

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

J.R. has a collection of the "Resident Evil" games and is looking forward to a new horror game.

J.R. has a collection of the "Resident Evil" games and is looking forward to a new horror game.   JR Ortega for The Victoria Advocate

Nostalgia hits me full force when I think about the video games I played growing up.

I've heard people say - and often - that kids needs to go outside and enjoy the world, make memories, friends.

Well, I played outside often, and I had a pretty decent-size group of friends, and though we formed our own stories, I also have my video games.

My fondest memory is still the first time I even played "Resident Evil Director's Cut" for the PlayStation.

I was a sixth-grader, and as congratulations for surviving my first year of junior high, my mom decided to buy it for me.

"Resident Evil" is Capcom's start of the now decadeslong series of video games - it's all about zombies, with a plot so wonderfully thick it's still as popular now as it was then.

I remember my first time sitting down and handling the game, the feeling of dread that overcame me - that awe over how much reality was in this video game. (It was the turn of the side-scrolling games to 3-D.)

This memory recently resurfaced when I browsed some of the upcoming games to be released this year.

One of the biggest horror genre games is for Xbox One, "The Evil Within."

The game will also be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The story revolves around Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners who are in the middle of investigating a gruesome mass murder. During the investigation, they encounter an evil force, and after witnessing the death of some of his comrades, he is knocked unconscious, coming into a deranged world of nightmarish creatures, where he is forced to fight to live.

Bethesda is behind the project, and they have a great track work, having done magnificent work with "The Elder Scrolls" series.

The director of the project, Shinji Mikami, was also behind the creation of "Resident Evil."

Looking at the trailer, it's clear the creators are really pushing the terror envelope with the game's high tension and morbid gore.

So it comes full circle, right?

This new game is first-person shooter, which I'm very picky about, but I can guarantee you, I'll give it a try.

While I know games like this may not appeal to everyone, I do know one thing - memories are formed.

It's nice to see Mikami begin a new endeavor in this popular genre.

Here's to forming memories for generations to come.

The game is expected to be released Aug. 26 with more than enough time to get it for Halloween, and it is much anticipated in the gaming community.

Until then, sweet dreams.



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