Halloween is a special time of year when many people celebrate all that is terrifying and horrible. As with other entertainment mediums gaming has its fair share of horror games and frightening characters. Some games are specifically intended to frighten the player as a core experience, where others have unnerving elements purely by happenstance. Some of these occurrences take the form of jump scares in a specific scene or even an entire level in an otherwise tame story.
This week in the run up to Halloween 2015, we will be mentioning six of our favorite enemies in video games that make us turn and run in fear.
The Ghosts at New Londo Ruins (Dark Souls)
First time I got cursed in Dark Souls certainly was the last; I equipped myself with the Cursebite Ring (with increases my Curse resistance by 400%), and became incredibly more cautious of curse-inducing enemies because I never-ever wanted to go back for the cure found in the ghost-infested Ruins of New Londo.
More than just being creepier than anything else in the game, they’re a real annoyance. They swarm in numbers, corner you preventing easy escape, ambush you when you think you are safe, and extend their arms through walls, floors, and ceiling so you have no surefire sanctuary. I died more than a few times in there.
If that weren’t enough, there’s the female version of these ghosts which emits a scary scream the moment you get close to her. Fortunately there are not many of them around, but I needed to keep in mind anytime I was getting close to one of them or the scream would freak me out and I’ll end up jumping on my seat.