The Most Tense And Stressful Games Ever Made
Video games aren’t just entertaining; they can also be quite stressful. From moral dilemmas in Heavy Rain to trying to escape an alien planet in Subnautica, these titles will surely get your blood pumping.
BonusFinder conducted a recent experiment using 14 gamers with heart rate monitors to assess which video games were the most stressful. Here’s what they found:
1. The Walking Dead: Season 2
The Walking Dead: Season 2 is Telltale’s second episodic game series and one of the most stress-inducing experiences you will ever play. Set over a year after the events of Season 1, Clementine (young girl orphaned by zombie apocalypse), returns searching for safety in an increasingly perilous world.
Even though its plot may take a backseat in this installment, the story remains an engaging experience. Its characters are truly engaging and the fact that your decisions often seem likely to impact them at any moment creates some highly suspenseful gameplay.
As before, action sequences consist largely of quick-time events in which mashing buttons or matching on-screen directional prompts to avoid zombies or bandits can make or break your survival. While these sequences add a lot of variety to gameplay, they may become monotonous over time.
Compared to its predecessor, The Walking Dead: Season Two strips away more complex puzzles and fetch quests in favor of pure forward momentum. While this can be good in most instances, it can sometimes result in unexpected character actions being performed that you don’t understand why they are doing. Still firmly grounded as a video game experience but now with enhanced tension levels.
Though there have been some minor glitches, The Walking Dead: Season 2 remains an impressive narrative adventure gaming effort. Though not quite as impressive as its groundbreaking predecessor, Robert Kirkman’s post-apocalyptic world remains enjoyable for anyone who enjoyed its initial installment. What matters most here is not losing sight of its core values: ordinary people being thrust into extraordinary circumstances where hard decisions must be made quickly. Not about killing more or mastering stylish attacks but instead what characters and decisions you decide upon doing during these situations.
2. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Rush of Blood is an exclusive virtual reality spin-off game from Until Dawn that gives players an eerie and terrifying experience. Set within one of the game’s original characters’ troubled mind, Rush of Blood turns you into an arcade shooter. PSVR users will get to experience this terrifying ride through hell featuring decrepit lodges, crumbling prisons, reanimated corpses that come back to life, creepy crawlies that will leave them screaming in horror, as well as terrifying spider-like creepies who will make their presence known!
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is an impressive example of how virtual reality can create an unforgettable horror experience. While not entirely new in terms of gameplay, its immersive environment and fast-paced action sets it apart from other light gun shooters. Furthermore, this game provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate all that PlayStation VR can do!
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is easy to pick up and play, yet can become repetitive after two hours. But thanks to frequent collectibles, optional side passages, end-of-level letter grades, responsive controls and motion-based movement; you won’t want to put it down!
Not for everyone, but those looking for an entertaining horror experience should definitely give Until Dawn: Rush of Blood a try. While not the greatest horror game ever created, this title offers great fun while showing the power of imagination.
From Software’s Dark Souls series (Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls III), Bloodborne continues its signature difficult gameplay by pushing the envelope even further in terms of difficulty. An unforgiving game that requires split-second reflexes while maneuvering your character through a terrifying world filled with armies of unforgiving enemies – Bloodborne is truly unforgiving in this regard!
As one of the most intense games ever created, Zombicide offers an apocalyptic nightmare full of monstrous monsters and terrifying environments that will send chills down your spine. But don’t be fooled into thinking just monsters will drive up tension; time pressure means responding quickly enough to enemy attacks or your chances of survival may diminish dramatically.
Bloodborne is designed for solo play, but you may find yourself wanting a co-operative experience if you wish. Like Souls series games, Bloodborne features both co-op and competitive gameplay modes with players being able to summon each other for assistance when faced with more complex battles.
Not so fast: like other aspects of Bloodborne, multiplayer requires skill, trial-and-error and sheer courage in order to succeed at Bloodborne. Even though its design may seem harsh or punishing at times, Bloodborne still feels rewarding when you manage to beat an especially difficult boss or group of enemies.
At its heart lies an exceptional game: one that stands apart from everything else available today. This particular title runs counter to current commercial trends by subverting perceived wisdom that modern games must hold players’ hands and present rules explicitly right from the beginning. Instead, this title offers an immersive world to explore with NPC conversations and descriptions of items found within its expansive inventory; an intense yet rewarding experience which is perfect for solo gamers or pair play alike! For anyone able to overcome fear and test themselves this is a must play!
4. Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 is not for the faint-hearted; its unforgiving gameplay exudes an air of masochism, forcing players to continuously prove their mettle against an army of relentless enemies with little regard for player skills. But in spite of its difficulty, Dark Souls 3 also knows how to give its players moments of victory; providing an instant rush of dopamine whenever they overcome an obstacle and level up.
Technically, this game is as impressive as ever, featuring an innovative animation system with engaging combat and stunning vistas reminiscent of other video games in its genre. All the signature elements remain; summoning, invasions and covenants all work well while bloodstains and messages from other players offer useful guidance as to where players should head next.
Dark Souls 3 stands out in particular by excelling at world building and storytelling, providing unprecedented levels of implicit information reminiscent of past games – most noticeably in its boss fights which pay homage to classic battles from Dark Souls 1 and 2. This can be found throughout its narrative journey; particularly noticeable are its subtly engaging boss fights reminiscent of past fights found throughout Dark Souls 1. This can especially be found during battles where many classic Dark Souls 1 or 2 bosses return as variants on classic fights from Dark Souls 2 from previous games’ boss battles from previous games that pay homage to past fights from Dark Souls 1. Its subtlety stands out when it comes to world building and storytelling compared to previous entries in terms of implicit information provided. In turn, this game truly shines in terms of world building and storytelling, with unrivalled levels of implicit information provided through implicit information that draws heavily upon themes found throughout previous installments’ boss fights which often feature variations from past installments (such as Dark Souls 1) fights made famous through several classic boss fights from Dark Souls 1. 2. This feature becomes apparent during boss fights, where many riffs from past titles are present with many variations from Dark Souls 1. 2. This makes an impressive statement about Dark Souls 2.
So they usually invoke both wonder and spectacle: for instance, the Curse-rotted Greatwood moans in pain as it’s cut down by an axe wielded by an enormous red warrior; Pontiff Sulyvahn engages in battle on a cathedral roof where his silver and gold blades clash against pews and lecterns, his swings seemingly embodying divine powers a la divine weapons of warfare.
Although sometimes heavy-handed, these callbacks cannot be denied for adding an unforgettable Souls experience. While not as innovative or unique as its predecessor, Dark Souls 2 still feels like an appropriate sequel rather than trying desperately to appease an angry fanbase. Overall, this game encapsulates how Dark Souls should be played: with a story that pulls you down before picking you back up again for an unnerved, yet unforgettable adventure.