“Games where the Sun Don’t Shine” is a completely random, arbitrary, and pointless list of games that give off a dark and/or depressing vibe. What better way, after all, to celebrate the season of Spring?
And here’s the big kahuna. Granted, I haven’t played many “scary” games in my life, but Dead Space is without question the most frightening interactive experience I’ve had. And when I say that, it’s a compliment.
Dead Space, to me, is kinda like what would happen if you took the Metroid Prime series and injected it with some first-rate horror elements. Like Metroid Prime, it maintains an masterfully oppressive, isolated sci-fi atmosphere. But while Metroid Prime’s intent is to convey a sort of haunting beauty through its world, the intent of Dead Space is to make you fear for your life at every corner, corridor, and elevator. And, it pulls this off with terrifying effectiveness. Graphical presentation, sound design, and the utter hopelessness of the premise itself combine to make this one game you’d be better off playing with company.
Oh, and just for consistency’s sake: the sun definitely does not shine in deep space.
Dead Space is the scariest game I’ve ever played by far, and one of the most atmospheric. Definitely an easy choice as my #1 pick.
And that concludes my list of Games where the Sun Don’t Shine. While I don’t expect you to feel enlightened, informed, or even entertained, it was definitely… a list. And for what it’s worth, I personally guarantee that each and every one of the games I’ve listed here are worth your time and money. That is, as long as you’re not looking for anything light-hearted. Check out Ethos’ Sunshine Games for that.