Is it me or are people getting disappointed with the survival horror games these days? Have people stopped being scared of anything these days or something? I'm begining to wonder if they're getting rid of survival horror or something if that's the case.
Part of the "horror" to "survival horror" is dealing with the unknown. Usually by the third game or so of dealing with the same "formerly-unknown" enemies people aren't finding it too "horror-ful" and the people in that situation either know how to deal with it and are prepared (like Isaac Clarke in Dead Space, or Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy in resident Evil) or the player has the accumulated experience of how to deal with it and the game loses a significant portion of its "horror" aspect.
Combine innovations to control schemes - such as being able to actually aim a gun or melee weapon - and the "survival" aspect also starts to decline, as thirteen bullets / plasma cutter rounds / whatever else you shoot can all be vital headshots / limb decapitations, as opposed to how they were done in older Resident Evil and Silent Hill games (relying on a "critical" on the gun to instantly kill the enemy, or do more damage.)
So... it's not that people don't like them. It's how do you scare someone with zombies when they're a zombie-killing master?" Games like Amnesia still sell well, and while Dead Space 2 still had some elements of "survival horror" that made it shine in the beginning, you can't very well have every single protagonist start out bound in a straitjacket or otherwise stripped of all offensive abilities if he knows how to handle himself in that particular crisis. It's be Metroid Syndrome all over again, where the player in every Metroid game starts out with either full power and loses it shortly after starting the game, or for other story reasons has only basic abilities / powers. In every Metroid game, you know that within 10 minutes of starting, you will have only a basic cannon on your arm, the ability to jump like a small child, and if you're lucky, the ability to turn into a ball - for whatever reason, you will have only that.
Is it me or are people getting disappointed with the survival horror games these days?
there arent many good ps3 survival horror games in the first place though.
bad dead space 1+2+3, crap resident evil 5+6, nothin scary about them operation raccoon s****y, only scary part is how bad the game itself is amy, didnt buy, demo sucked ass
good siren blood curse, great demo, felt like survival horror, never got to try the full game sadly silent hill downpour, not to scary, lot of jump scares, but a really good game --- DmC's story mode in 8 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flH8MZo-4jw