Movies can be a challenge to make compelling games out of, but there is a reason why horror movies, more often than not, do make great games. Tension, atmosphere, and jump scares are all fun ingredients for any game, and 1996’s smash hit Scream is brewing with all of these wonderful elements.
Classmates are murdered one by one, but who is the killer behind the mask? With the popularity of horror movies and games, and the recently critically acclaimed Until Dawn, Scream would make for an absolutely killer time. Keeping your friends alive and unmasking the killer will keep you busy as you try to discover their motive and how it relates back to you.
What would separate Scream from other horror games available is how self-aware the story can be. The game can address horror gaming conventions and subvert them at every turn. The characters would understand that they are trapped inside of a horror game and be aware of the rules of how to survive such a game. Think back to Conker’s Bad Fur Day and how Conker was aware that someone was pushing buttons to control him, and now mix that with horror elements. Depending on who you ask, quick time events are either loved or disparaged, and it’s that kind of gameplay mechanic that Scream can toy around with and even poke a bit of friendly fun at. Players will be laughing as much as they are screaming.
This kind of game would fit right at home with Quantic Dream, a developer known for bringing forth the cinematic qualities of movies into their gameplay, producing games such as Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human.