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Best Linux horror game (DRM free)
Rooster 4 Sep, 2019

Hi penguins. I'm looking for a good scary atmospheric horror game available DRM-free, natively on Linux (I currently don't have Wifi at home, so I need to download it to my laptop and then copy to my PC).

I'm not very knowledgable in this genre, so what are your thoughts? What is the scariest game on Linux in your opinion?

Hamish 4 Sep, 2019

Obviously everything from Frictional Games works on Linux and is DRM free. There are also games like Outlast, Among the Sleep, and Doorways. A friend of mine really recommended Darkwood to me as well.

I myself also maintain Linux binaries of the Chzo Mythos games if you want to go old school:
https://icculus.org/~hamish/chzo/

I am not the best person to say which is scariest though. I love Penumbra, but more for the plot and aesthetic.

Liam Dawe 4 Sep, 2019

Outlast is seriously intense, do try it.

WorMzy 4 Sep, 2019

Layers of Fear was the last properly scary game I've played.

There's the Amnesia games (Dark Descent, Machine for Pigs), but I consider those more exploration with mandatory stealth sections rather than horror. I've not played the Penumbra games, and only played the start of Soma, so I can't comment on those.

Rooster 5 Sep, 2019

Quoting: WorMzyLayers of Fear was the last properly scary game I've played.

There's the Amnesia games (Dark Descent, Machine for Pigs), but I consider those more exploration with mandatory stealth sections rather than horror. I've not played the Penumbra games, and only played the start of Soma, so I can't comment on those.

It's interesting to see Layers of Fear compared positively to Amnesia, usually it is the other way around. So for scary atmosphere, would you say Layers of Fear is better? From the footage I've seen, it seemed as in the formula in Layers of Fear is usually: You get locked in a room until you find something specific. Scary thing happens. Then you find something else, another change to the room, another scary thing. Than the game either lets you out of the room or jumpscares you. Is that incorrect?

I assume Amnesia is better in terms of story and mystery.

Flabb 5 Sep, 2019

I don't play horror games a lot, but I can certainly recommend games made by Frictional. I have really enjoyed the story and atmosphere of "Amnesia: The Dark Descent", and now I'm enjoying SOMA.

As for comparison with "Layers of Fear" - personally I prefer Amnesia. I think it's pretty scary because of scary Lovecraft-style story, dark environments and the feel of danger while hiding from the gatherers, while LoF... For me it felt like simple jumpscare roller coaster. The jumpscares can frighten at times, sure, but in comparison with games by Frictional it feels bland.

Rooster 5 Sep, 2019

Quoting: FlabbI don't play horror games a lot, but I can certainly recommend games made by Frictional. I have really enjoyed the story and atmosphere of "Amnesia: The Dark Descent", and now I'm enjoying SOMA.

As for comparison with "Layers of Fear" - personally I prefer Amnesia. I think it's pretty scary because of scary Lovecraft-style story, dark environments and the feel of danger while hiding from the gatherers, while LoF... For me it felt like simple jumpscare roller coaster. The jumpscares can frighten at times, sure, but in comparison with games by Frictional it feels bland.

And how is SOMA compared to Amnesia? From what I heard, it is more thought-provoking scary than atmospheric scary like Amnesia.

Flabb 5 Sep, 2019

Quoting: RoosterAnd how is SOMA compared to Amnesia? From what I heard, it is more thought-provoking scary than atmospheric scary like Amnesia.

What you heard is pretty correct. SOMA is less about dark atmosphere and scary environments and more about mysterious story. However, it also has horror sequences, they are just more rare compared to Amnesia and Penumbra.

HadBabits 5 Sep, 2019

Quoting: RoosterAnd how is SOMA compared to Amnesia? From what I heard, it is more thought-provoking scary than atmospheric scary like Amnesia.

For me Amnesia was like: I'MMA BOUT 2 DIE OH FUCK FUCK FUUUCK *Endless running*

Whereas Soma left me more like: Oh fuck, I'm going to do die one day... I'm gonna go take a walk.

If you like horror for the adrenaline of the chase, I'd go with Amnesia. If your looking for horror that will follow you after you close the game, I'd go with Soma :)

(Soma has chase bits too, but they're the weakest part of the game imo)

razing32 6 Sep, 2019

Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: FlabbI don't play horror games a lot, but I can certainly recommend games made by Frictional. I have really enjoyed the story and atmosphere of "Amnesia: The Dark Descent", and now I'm enjoying SOMA.

As for comparison with "Layers of Fear" - personally I prefer Amnesia. I think it's pretty scary because of scary Lovecraft-style story, dark environments and the feel of danger while hiding from the gatherers, while LoF... For me it felt like simple jumpscare roller coaster. The jumpscares can frighten at times, sure, but in comparison with games by Frictional it feels bland.

And how is SOMA compared to Amnesia? From what I heard, it is more thought-provoking scary than atmospheric scary like Amnesia.

I agree with the oher sentiments here.
Amnesia is your classical horror , being surrounded and chased by monsters.
SOMA is more existential horror. What does it mean to be and ceaseing to be. What is conciousness , what are "you" ?
(can't say more without spoiling)

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