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Horror and Shmups?

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Horror and Shmups?

Postby Zero-2 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:51 pm

Does anyone think it's possible to make a horror shmup?

I don't mean a shmup with a horror-themed art design like Deathsmiles, but a shmup with actual horror elements.
Is it possible to make a shmup that can create strong foreboding feelings and a deep sense of dread?

As far as I've seen, I don't think something like that has been done before.
It would be pretty interesting to see if the two could mesh together well!

Any thoughts?
(Also, if there is such a game like this, please tell me!)

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Re: Horror and Shmups?

Postby spookgoblin » Wed May 14, 2014 3:56 pm

Arguably what renders a horror game effective or otherwise is its ability to immerse the player. Shmups, which are traditionally action oriented, are therefore not the ripest of candidates since they tend to focus on the skill required to maneuver and gun your way through hordes of enemies. I'm not saying it's impossible, but there would definitely be a number of elements at work which could undermine the sort of engagement one would need to create a truly "effective" horror title. I'm thinking mostly of run and gun or scrolling shmups, of course, in which a third person perspective is deliberately adopted. Even something as basic as having a third person view can distance the player from empathizing--although there are plenty of examples in which this potential setback has been overcome such as in Clock Tower (1995).

If someone manages to accomplish the task, I would be overjoyed to see the results!

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Re: Horror and Shmups?

Postby RedCoatVernac » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:19 am

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Re: Horror and Shmups?

Postby lzardo » Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:52 am

Philosoma was a great Horror themed shmup and one of my all times favorite shooters.

But, as mentioned, no horror gameplay elements, just the plot and setting.

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