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Wii horror games

by Ack Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:02 pm

Hey guys, Racket reached out to me recently about Wii horror games. As a result, I've begun researching games that are horror and horror-related (ie., games that use horror trappings or references in some way but are not expressly based around instilling fear in the player). Unfortunately, there are quite a few games that I'm not familiar enough with to judge whether they belong in either category or do not qualify at all, so I thought I'd reach out to the Wii fans here about those games which I have no experience with.

For those of you who know your way around this library, I'd love to get your thoughts.

FULL HORROR
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
Ju-on: The Grudge
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero
Calling
Obscure: The Aftermath
Escape from Bug Island
Alone in the Dark
Cursed Mountain
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop
Dead Space: Extraction
Haunted House
Ikenie no Yoru
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles


HORROR RELATED
Attack of the Movies 3D
Baroque
Castlevania Judgment
Deadly Creatures
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Ghosbusters: The Video Game
Goosebumps HorrorLand
Gremlins Gizmo
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
The House of the Dead: Overkill
I Spy Spooky Mansion
Imabikisō
Jaws: Ultimate Predator
Manhunt 2
Monster Lab
OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers
Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp
Scooby-Doo! First Frights


NEEDS RESEARCH
Beastly
Bleach: Shattered Blade
Bleach: Versus Crusade
Casper's Scare School: Spooky Sports Day
Coraline
Enclave: Shadows of Twilight
Gegege no Kitarō: Youkai Daiundoukai
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Monster High
Pandora's Tower
Soul Eater: Monotone Princess
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Re: Wii horror games

by alienjesus Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:54 pm

I can’t add a lot here, but I don’t think disaster: day of crisis belongs anywhere near a horror list. It’s just a big dumb action movie in tone, not at all horrifying, spooky, scary or otherwise
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Re: Wii horror games

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:01 pm

Haunted House is a cool game, but it’s not pure horror by any means.

Also, Pandora’s Tower probably isn’t a horror game, but it is a totally awesome, incredibly tense, frequently disturbing experience. (Basically, what 3D Castlevania games should have been.). Highly, highly recommended.
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Re: Wii horror games

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:01 pm

Double post for some reason...oh well...put Haunted House as “horror related”.
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Re: Wii horror games

by Michi Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:53 pm

Here's a couple I don't see that could fall into the Horror-Related category:

Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse - This is a game aimed at kids, so the scary factor is minimal at best. But the story does involve a witch that curses a castle and everyone in it by trapping them into mirrors. To save them the player must traverse the castle, find items and solve puzzles. Like I said, very horror-lite. But it does have an evil witch in it.

A better candidate might be:

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor - This is another point-and-click, seek-and-find adventure, much like Isabella. But this one has the benefit of being set in a much creepier location and involves ghosts trying to impede your progress. It's another one aimed at the younger crowd, so the horror is again minimal, but much higher than Isabella.
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Re: Wii horror games

by isiolia Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:09 pm

Under the Needs Research...

While I haven't played the games, if you're at all familiar with the Bleach or Soul Eater IPs from the manga or anime, I'm not sure they'd really qualify as horror. Thematically, sure, basically grim reapers of a sort cleansing souls...but the general result is giving them a constant stream of things to fight and get stronger, as shounen manga tends to.
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Re: Wii horror games

by samsonlonghair Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:58 am

Yo, I’m a Wii player and a Sega arcade maniac at heart. Let me tell you about playing House of the Dead games on Wii.

House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Some games give you exactly what they promise. This game compilation is a practically perfect port of the classic arcade games on the Wii. Nothing more, and nothing less.

The player uses the Wii Remote instead of a light gun. The benefit of the Wii remote is that the player does not need a CRT television set. You can use one if you want, but the gunplay works just as well on an LCD screen. The Wii remote works perfectly for this role. The aiming is smooth and reliable. The player can also utilize an accessory such as the Wii Zapper, the Nyko Perfect shot, or the Resident Evil Magnum Blaster. These accessories don’t really change the game much; they just change how the player grips their gun.

If you want some old school, zombie-killing, light gun action on your modern flat screen display, then House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return is for you. On the other hand, if you want bonus features, a concept art gallery, and interviews with the production team... then tough luck. The player can unlock an extra hard mode in House of the Dead 3. That’s about it. This package is purely the two games ported with great controls. You gotta be in it for killing zombies, not for bonus features.

House of the Dead Overkill
If there was ever an ultimate “love it or hate it” game, then it’s surely House of the Dead Overkill. This game is a perfect send up of B horror movies. If the earlier House of the Dead games were unintentionally corny, then Overkill leans on the cornball schlock all the way. The “grind house” styling lends an amazing atmosphere to HotD Overkill. The characters feel exactly like stock characters from a drive-in double feature. The game even has bad film grain on some of the more intense moments.

Once again, the player uses the Wii Remote in place of a light gun. Again, no CRT is necessary. The same optional accessories work here. I prefer the Nyko Perfect shot. It doesn’t change how the Wii remote functions; it just feels good in my hand. If you just want to play with the plain Wii controller, then that’s fine too.

House of the Dead Overkill is the best kind of garbage. It’s funny, gross, wildly offensive, and oddly charming. I give this game my highest recommendation. Please send the kids to bed before you start playing this blatantly vulgar masterpiece of low-brow gaming!
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