It all started with a simple concept: What if the horror legends that haunt our nightmares faced off in an arena, going machete-to-chainsaw with one another in a bloody battle for supremacy? The team at Huracan Studios brought the idea to life, arguably better than New Line Cinema did with 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason, with a roster of 13 horror greats in Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen.
When it comes to sports, no matter which it is, when you’re looking for a team to root for, you don’t go solely based off of its win/loss record. Sure, it’s always nice to back a winner, but if that team is missing the core values of what the world of sports should be about, the fun of rooting for them can die out quick. Just as important as talent is the team’s integrity and ability to respect one another and rival players, two qualities that seem to be dwindling throughout the world as a whole.
The dim beam of your flashlight is barely enough to illuminate your way through the darkened mansion. Floorboards creak and the walls whisper a haunting song as you and your ill-equipped squad search for an escape from the living nightmare. As with the horror movies we've grown so used to watching, everything starts off quiet—that is until you cross paths with that first deadly ghoul that sets the tone for your haunted adventure.
Nature can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be molded into whatever we want it to be, even if that means twisting it into disturbing imagery. The towering emerald canopies of a forest can be both magnificent and nightmarish. Do the shadows they cast hide terrors or cause unease to those they fall on? Is there a danger hidden within them, something rooted in the rotten core of Mother Nature? We can explore our surrounding environs in a myriad of ways, but it’s through horror that the team behind Alder’s Blood aimed to view the natural world.
Ah, love. Even gamers can recognize the joys of finding that special someone. Heck, some of us even find that spark in our greatest online adversaries. In fact, it was the wise Solid Snake that one said: “I believe at any time, any place, people can fall in love with each other.”
I had never felt so out of place in a game before. I mostly stomp ineffectively around Call of Duty maps and waste space on MMORPG servers, but when it came to the Monster Hunter series, I might as well have just thrown the remote on the floor and hoped for the best. I’ve read the elder scrolls, been a part of so many final fantasy’s, and romped in more than my fair share of fallout, but when it comes to RPGs, the Monster Hunter series has always been the one I awkwardly stumbled through.