Scream Calibration

Welcome to Scream Calibration, a series that explores and celebrates horror in video games. From AAA to lone indie developers, there are so many cool, thought-provoking experiences out there, and we want to share our love and excitement for them with you.

  • Dredge


    Given its fishing/horror premise and the reductive headlines it has inspired, it’d be easy for someone who has never played Dredge before to dismiss it as nothing more than a gimmick. Yes, it’s a…

  • Anatomy


    Are you at home right now? If you are, look around at the walls that surround you. How often do you think about them? About their purpose? About what you’ve experienced within them? How…

  • The Callisto Protocol

    The Callisto Protocol

    What counts as a horror game is often contentious, with purists imposing rigid definitions to the genre that ultimately exclude meaningful experiences. Perhaps I’ll change my mind as this series progresses, but games like…

  • An Interview with Resident Evil Novelization Author, S.D. Perry

    An Interview with Resident Evil Novelization Author, S.D. Perry

    In 1996, Capcom’s Shinji Mikami released his genre defining survival horror game Resident Evil to the world. It quickly became a best seller and its success laid the groundwork for sequels, remakes, spinoffs, live-action…

  • FAITH: The Unholy Trinity

    FAITH: The Unholy Trinity

    Clearly inspired by The Exorcist and other films of the era, FAITH: The Unholy Trilogy’s story follows the life of a priest suffering a crisis of faith after participating in a tragically botched exorcism.…

  • Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami

    In a 2015 interview with Dave Portner for Interview Magazine, John Carpenter, esteemed director of film classics like Halloween, The Thing, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness, said “Horror is a reaction;…

  • Halo: Combat Evolved

    Halo: Combat Evolved

    The 6th generation of consoles officially kicked off in 2000 with the release of the PlayStation 2, but it wasn’t until the following year that horror gamers would feel the generational leap in their…

  • Tormented Souls

    Tormented Souls

    Tormented Souls is an admirable, if not derivative, throwback to survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. It may not be as seminal as Lone Survivor, but it has a firm understanding…

  • Lone Survivor

    Lone Survivor

    Between its narrative, music, and general atmosphere, Lone Survivor wears its Silent Hill 2 inspiration on its sleeve. As you roam the game’s decaying streets and halls, you may come to consider, as I…