From Lovecraftian horrors and covering retail shifts to unexplored and post-apocalyptic lands, here are a few horror and sci-fi games to play this weekend.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened asks the nerve-racking question: what would happen if people could summon the Lovecraftian legend Cthulu? Set in 1882 after a series of mysterious disappearances, a young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson set out to solve the case. However, they soon discover a dangerous Cthulu-worshipping sect and unexplainable phenomena beyond Sherlock’s comprehension. On the verge of madness, the duo must stop the sect or face unimaginable consequences.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is now available on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
From the creators of The Backrooms 1998 and Trenches comes the sci-fi psychological horror game The Voidness. Players take on the role of a space specialist, Francesca Lee, who’s been sent to study a void on a newly discovered planet. Soon after she arrives, the dark and gloom-filled void is not what anyone could have predicted. Equipped with a LIDAR scanner and scanning turrets, players must scan their environments to see through the dark. However, the space team is not the only inhabitant in the dark. A terrifying enemy that can listen to your breathing roams the voidness.
The Voidness is available for Early Release on Steam.
Meet Your Maker
Behaviour Interactive‘s Meet Your Maker is a first-person building-and-raiding game set on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Players take on the role of the living experiment, the Custodian of the Chimera, as a last resort to save the planet. Custodians must build and fortify outposts to extract and protect their Genmat materials or raid other trap and guard-filled outposts to scavenge Genmat.
Meet Your Maker is available on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and for PC.
Rewind or Die
Rewind or Die shows every retail worker’s worst fear: having to cover your coworker’s shift at work. After dealing with irate customers, your boss, and (trying) to keep the VHS store clean, there’s still creepy phone calls and the stranger watching you through the window to deal with. Oh, there’s also a serial killer in the area.
Aza Game Studios’ Reef Light Conundrum is what happens when 90s VHS found footage movies meet urban exploration sims. Players set out to explore an abandoned fishing trawler ship where 50 years prior, its passengers died under mysterious circumstances. Using your camera, you must uncover the paranormal and uncover the secrets left in the decay.
Reef Light Conundrum is available for PC on itch.io.
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