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Games have a habit of starring relatable and good-natured characters. But once in a while, games treat players with gameplay that lets their inner demon thrive. You might tend toward the bloodless path, but with these titles, it is in your best interest to become a monster. Pull on your hockey mask, flex your claws, and prepare for a whole lot of blood; it’s time to have some fun.
10. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
In Troika Games’ vampire role-playing game, players must balance their thirst for blood with maintaining the secrecy of the underground vampire society known as The Masquerade. Gameplay challenges players to find the middle ground between playing as a vampire and clinging to humanity. This balance leads players down a sinister path. Spare humans and you might find yourself at odds with your supporters, or even risk breaking the masquerade. Kill the humans and you might be rewarded in another way. If you feel bad, don’t drain a bum dry. Just make sure you’re not seen. You have to clean up the mess.
9. Haunting Starring Polterguy
In this game, players work to scare a family, possessing innocuous pieces of furniture with monstrous qualities. Sofas have terrible mouths. Arms reach out of closets. Players have to time their actions, making sure the family sees each of Polterguy’s frights. Succeed in scaring the family and they will leave. It’s like Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, but unlike the film, once they move to another house the haunting starts again – which begs the question: What did the family do to deserve a lifetime of torture?
8. Alien Versus Predator
Whether you’re scurrying across the ceiling as an alien or stalking your prey as a predator, humans have never been so outmatched. In Alien versus Predator, players can choose from three different single-player campaigns: marines, aliens, and predators. Each campaign prepares players for the real challenge of multiplayer. Dash across the shadows as an alien and watch as marines lose their nerve, unloading their clips into the dark. Track enemies heat as a predator and eliminate them while they’re separated. Alien versus Predator realizes the thrill of hunting and the terror of being hunted.
7. Stubbs The Zombie
This quirky video game answers the age old question: What would it be like to be an undead Humphrey Bogart? The premise is unique – somewhere between a film noir classic and a '50's Sci-Fi horror flick. Star as a zombie in a fedora, eat brains, and build a horde. This game was easy to put on the back burner. Something about Stubbs the Zombie was disturbing. Maybe it was the cover art of Stubbs chowing down on some poor sod’s cranium. You can check out some zombie fun in our replay here.
6. Destroy All Humans
Destroy All Humans turns a gaming convention on its head; you play as an alien invading Earth. The game has a classic '50's Sci-Fi setting, complete with the mischievous little green space men. The first level tasks players with communicating with a farmer’s cows. Gameplay included using telekinesis, jetpacks, UFOs, and a probe gun. This is the only game on the list that lets you send hundreds of townsfolk screaming for the hills clutching their butts. It doesn’t get old. Check out another replay for Destroy All Humans, and see the probe gun in action. Turns out tormenting humanity from the alien’s perspective is always entertaining.
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