When it comes to horror games, I have a love for them by how much I fear what’s around every corner, but I can never put it down. Even though Dead Space is one of my favorite franchises, Bioshock scared the piss right out of me. Whether it was splicers running around or I was just trying to avoid a Big Daddy, it left me terrified, and I loved it. An experience that never held back the punches when it comes embodying fear while still being able to keep my eyes locked to the TV.
Although I was equipped with more than enough ways to bring down any of these villains in Bioshock, I couldn’t help but feel vulnerable. The dim lighting, the distant screams, and the uncertainty that was rooted in every move left me dying to find a way out of Rapture. These factors may be hard to swallow if you’re not looking to soil yourself, but Bioshock keeps you wanting more, even if your bladder is already empty.
Rapture, itself, is able turn a couple light-hearted individuals away from it. The noir-esque influence Rapture has adds that extra level of heavy-hearted fear to the game. Not that it’s bad enough already having to navigate through it, but with tunes you’d expect from ‘50s playing, it’s hard to restrain the hairs on your head from sticking up.
I can remember running around trying to kill the Big Daddies and being freaked out by the Little Sisters. I get that they help during the storyline, but seriously, Little Sisters touched me in a twisted way, and I wanted to help them, it just was hard to get past those vacant eyes.
The bottom line is if you haven’t played Bioshock yet and want to get some serious thrills from a game, play Bioshock this Halloween. It delivers enough scarring memories to deem it disturbing while also guiding us through a remarkable experience. Bioshock will haunt your dreams as you venture through hell and back, and what better day to do that than this Halloween.