1996 was a reasonably vital 12 months for horror. Not solely did Resident Evil burst onto the scene to thrust horror video games into the limelight, however Wes Craven’s meta-slasher Scream exploded onto cinema screens and adjusted the face of horror. I’m positive that, like me, there have been just a few horror followers whose actual horror awakening got here throughout these previous couple of years of the earlier century when each franchises dominated their respective mediums.
Regardless of these two specific large bangs being in shut proximity, there’s been way more crossover for Resident Evil into movie than there was for Scream into video video games, however that hasn’t stopped ol’ Ghostface from calling up publishers to seem in a sport or two over the previous 26 years.
Nonetheless to at the present time, nevertheless, there’s remarkably no official Scream online game obtainable to legally buy. In truth, there wasn’t a Scream sport or Ghostface look in any respect in any online game till 2011. This, the one official sport to be made in regards to the franchise, was a tie-in cellular sport for the discharge of Scream 4, and used the gameplay mechanics of in style cellphone hit Fruit Ninja. This isometric romp noticed you choose up the Ghostface mantle to slay unsuspecting younger issues in opposition to the clock with a swipe of the display screen representing a knife slash.
Intentional or not, it appears precisely just like the sort of tacky tie-in you’d anticipate from the movie’s personal in-universe Stab franchise. The sport, sadly, vanished from cellular shops after some time, consigning this specific little bit of Scream media to the forgotten recordsdata.
Scream resurfaced within the online game world in 2017 when information of a tie-in demo venture by HorrorGameDev was revealed to be within the works for the twentieth anniversary of Scream 3, resulting in a full sport launch in time for the twenty fifth anniversary of the Scream franchise. It was going to mix the world of the tv sequence with that of the movies, and concerned a storyline the place sequence heroine Sidney Prescott was killed off. For no matter cause, HorrorGameDev stepped away from the venture, and it didn’t find yourself taking place.
Nonetheless, it did start a small sport impressed by that premise that was launched on itch.io by Stefano Cagnani in 2021, so there was not less than some sort of (unofficial) Scream sport for the twenty fifth anniversary.
After that, Ghostface did make a few important appearances in different video video games. In 2019 the killer joined the ranks of asymmetrical multiplayer horror sport Lifeless By Daylight, which in suitably meta vogue, meant Ghostface might doubtlessly homicide Halloween’s Laurie Strode. Weirdly, because of licensing purple tape, it’s not canonically the Ghostface of Scream, quite a copycat dwelling in Florida.
Lastly, for Halloween of 2021, we did get an official Ghostface look in a online game, voiced by Roger Jackson himself. That sport? Name of Responsibility: Black Ops Chilly Warfare (and Warzone). Sure, Ghostface has now modernized its schtick by harassing victims on-line over Xbox Reside.
1 / 4 of a century on, and horror is in a wholesome place the place video games could be fabricated from its film icons with relative freedom. There’s an Evil Lifeless sport on the horizon that features 30 plus years of characters in its roster. Gun Media has introduced Jason Voorhees to life (solely to be massacred by the best killer of all; authorized battles) on PC and consoles, and can quickly do the identical for Leatherface within the upcoming Texas Chain Noticed sport, so maybe we may even see the murder-weary residents of Woodsboro represented in digital kind but.
The potential templates for such a sport are already there within the likes of Till Daybreak, Lifeless by Daylight and Amongst Us, so what are we ready for? A cellphone name?