Saturday, January 1, 2000

Survival Horror

Survival Horror: Survival horror refers to a sub-genre of action-adventure video games which draws heavily upon the conventions of horror. The player/character is vulnerable and under-armed, which puts emphasis on puzzle-solving and evasion, rather than combat. Survival Horror games commonly challenge the player to manage their inventory and ration scarce resources such as ammunition. Another major theme throughout the genre is that of isolation. 

Typically, these games contain relatively few non-player characters and, as a result, frequently tell much of their story second-hand through the use of journals, texts, or audio logs. While many action games feature lone protagonists versus swarms of enemies in a suspenseful environment, survival horror games are distinct from otherwise horror-themed action games. Rather, they de-emphasize combat in favor of challenges such as hiding or running from enemies and solving puzzles. Still, it is not unusual for survival horror games to draw upon elements from first-person shooters, action-adventure games, or even role-playing games. "Survival horror is different from typical game genres in that it is not defined strictly by specific mechanics, but subject matter, tone, pacing, and design philosophy." (i.e; Alone in the Dark, Fatal Frame, Resident Evil, Silent Hill).


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