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Added by astro_man23 on 3 Apr 2010 03:41
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PS1 Horror Games List

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There's something here to please just about every fan of the genre, from point-and-click graphic adventures to first-person shooters to text-based Japanese "sound novels". The categories I've used are pretty arbitrary since many games have elements from several different designs and others are hard to describe. But that's one of the appeals of horror games if you ask me.

Most Overlooked IMO: Silverload, Juggernaut, Necronomicon, ...いる!, Overblood, Enigma, Mizzurna Falls, 夕闇通り探検隊 (or Season of Twilight, among other titles), Terracon, Yakata Nightmare Project, LSD, Echo Night 2

Note: I couldn't find a translation for most, if not all, of the Japanese games on this list, so I went ahead and translated the titles myself. I am not Japanese, but I have some understanding of the language. If there's something just stupidly wrong with a translation, you can leave a comment.
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Sound Novel

A genre that never left the shores of Japan, the sound novel can be described as a sort of visual Choose Your Own Adventure story set to the backdrop of various screens and songs. You progress through the story by reading the screens and making decisions along the way.
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Point-and-click adventures go back at least as far as the NES, with the seminal game Uninvited. There are two basic forms of point-and-click games on this list: games like Clock Tower, in which you have 3rd-person control over a character in a 2D or 3D world; and games like Silverload, in which you play the game in 1st-person perspective and explore the environments screen-by-screen.
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Basically, what I consider classic "survival horror." These are games where the focus is less on action and more on other elements, say for instance, puzzles, mood and atmosphere, or story.
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Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jun 20 17:50
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at May 16 20:56
Silent Hill 1 was a masterpiece, Resident Evil 1-3 are all classics, Dino Crisis 1 was underated imo, and Koudelka is a hidden gem that almost nobody played. I also enjoyed AITD The New Nightmare. Even though it wasn't the greatest survival horror game it had great atmosphere.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 9 19:42
"It's an interesting feature of the horror "genre" that it can be designed in so many diverse ways, from point-and-click to RPG. In this sense, "horror" is sort of a super-genre, capable of taking on virtually any kind of game design."

I think horror is a theme not a genre. Some people claim that Baroque is an RPG but I can´t be sure because I never play myself.

Great list anyway. I hope to get more time to play most of them.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Oct 17 18:52
I find sound novels incredible interesting. Too bad they were only distributed in Japan. There are so many rare titles here!
Posted: 8 months, 4 weeks ago at Aug 2 20:36
Galerians my all-time favorite horror game.
Posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago at Mar 2 18:18
All those weird and ''unplayable'' games like sound novels have mostly the best CD covers i have ever seen (many japanese games across genres have better covers than western ones in general),but the game itself is horrible because it is not a game actualy. But interesting list of horror games indeed and it is a shame the most games i want to play never came to western countries. I still hope in some fan translations. My most desired games from the list are: Mizzurna Falls (being translated),Aconcagua,Darkseed 2,Baroque and Echo Night 2 (already translated).
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