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Posted: Jul 9th 2008 9:03AM organiclockwork said

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I'd say it's highly unlikely that a survival horror MMO would work. While the article touched on some of the things used to make players feel afraid - horrible controls, bad camera angles, clunky, unreliable combat - there is one important part to survival horror that makes it so scary: You're alone. There's a reason most survival horror games are single player. Sure, it's possible to make a multiplayer horror game, as the upcoming Left4Dead seems to be trying to prove, but even then, it's four people against an army of undead. Making an MMO horror game...well, when you have a small army of people to fight beside, and you're always within a /whisper's reach of company, help, reassurance, what have you, it's not quite as frightening. That's just my two cents.

Posted: Jul 9th 2008 8:55PM aboutblank77 said

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oh ho ho, who said the game had to have a '/whisper' command?

It's this kind of thinking that makes all mmos the same. A survival horror game would certainly not work if it was wow with zombies.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2008 11:13AM oneiroi said

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I think to do this you would need to mix some of the elements of games like Diablo (creepy creatures, dark atmosphere, hack and slash), and then more carefully controlled "instances" for a limited number of people. That way you could insert some cut scenes and have random things happen to you in the instance to frighten you.

Posted: Jul 9th 2008 12:40PM (Unverified) said

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While I don't think you could easily get that isolated, alone feel that many have, I do think it could work. Any type of game could work as an MMO, if done right. It's all a matter of the execution, and it's in that that so many fail. There are a ton of great ideas out there, just few are executed properly.

So it could work, if done right. But can any one do it right is the bigger question. I think most aren't creative enough, too lazy, and inept to do it right.

Posted: Jul 9th 2008 1:00PM Ergonomic Cat said

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Uh, hello?

ZOMBIES!

The survival horror MMO would be survivors vs zombies. There's nothing that could be bad about it.

I could spend 8 hours a day 7 days a week headshotting zombies, and I'm pretty sure it would never get old. ;)

Posted: Jul 10th 2008 9:28PM (Unverified) said

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Absolutely! And to be honest this type of MMO is long overdue...
There could be an endless amount scenarios in which this could take place and at any time past present or future. (zombies, vampires, plagues, nuclear holocaust, etc.)

Ultimately, the MMO would most likely be heavy in the PVE department, but there could be interfighting between surviving factions.


Also (personnaly, i think) this type of MMO wouldn 't have to be scary to be a success... It would just have to be really dark and maybe a little hopeless.

Posted: Jul 11th 2008 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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I think it could work. You could easily get a feeling of isolation if done like Guild Wars where you are alone in the world, only seeing players you have brought with you or those you meet at "refugee camps" throughout the world.

Adding a greater risk to death would also increase the sense of tension. WoW has little penalty for death so you arent afraid to try something over your head. But if dying had a greater consequence you would be "afraid" to take risks.

Posted: Jul 12th 2008 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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Err... one of these is already in the works. http://www.exanimusthegame.com/

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