I could be really into horror games if not for one tiny little thing: they don't scare me. I mean, they don't scare me the way they are supposed to do, scare the pants off of me. The unconvincing atmosphere, excessive blood and gore, commonplace plot twists that you foresaw hours before: all that has been plaguing the genre for year.
Perhaps, the only horror game that did make me bite on my nails was Call of Cthulhu I played through about four years ago. Back then, it was so scary to play it that I even put a piece of cloth into my mouth not to wake up my dorm room-mates with my shouts. This game would brutally snatch your on your wrist, pour over the the rot-smelling breath of a fishy looking monster, and throw you splatter into face in the places you'd least expect it.
Now I have exactly the same irrational feeling of terror and fear when I launch Lone Survivor. This 2011 game was, perhaps, the major discovery of the last year year for me. Well, I would definitely award it as the Best Game of 2011 (or even maybe the Best Horror Game Ever). The 2D retro-stylized story is virtually the quintessence of the Silent Hill-ish psycho horror, when you take fright of shadows on the wall or strange noises in the dark corners of a threateningly looking house.
In Lone Survivor, you play as the eponymous lone survivor of a devastating epidemy who hopes he is not lone after all. After waking up in the surreal yet real world of blood-chilling creatures who were human, You (that's how the game protagonist is referred to in the game community) embarks upon looking for other people. The gameplay is no spoonfeeding action cake we are offered in the latest Resident Evil titles. Juts like in the good old days, our primary goal is literally to survive and, if possible, stay sane. You hast to search for food, sleep, entertain himself with his favourite comic books… All in all, he tries to lead a halfway normal life in a totally abnormal world. His mind can fall to pieces any moment, as You creeps past another Thin Man (an infected human). And what's worse, he can't even make out what's real and what's not. And the further You comes, the creepier it becomes…
Please, don't be greedy and get this game. It costs lousy ten bucks, and instead you get the best game of 2011.