A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

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Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires and other monster boggiewoggies. Halloween is a great time to get into the scarier movies and games to give yourself a good fright.

Posted by Henley on Oct 31st, 2009

Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires and other monster boggiewoggies. Halloween is a great time to get into the scarier movies and games to give yourself a good fright. Last year on ModDB I created a video for the top ten voted spooky mods by our community, it had some interesting results to say the least with the popular but not always scary mods took the cherry. This year we will do something a little different, I have compiled a list of singleplayer mods (because we all know being alone in the dark really sets the mood) for different engines that you should check out if you want to get your spook on.

Mistake -1 (Half-Life)

Mistake -1 is the prequel to 'Mistake' and tells the story of Steve Rick, a patient from the Andrew Parker asylum, who harbors a dark secret. A very spooky mod that uses the Goldsource engine very well. Creepy lighting and visual map changes creates something very unique and exciting.


Hollow Moon (Unreal Tournament 2004)

You arrive to the moon research station to work as heavy machinery engineer. From now on you are on your own. Created as more of an experiment for different means of showing audio-visual styles Hollow Moon boasts no environmental sounds, but what is produced is a thick atmosphere that few games or mods can come close too.


Paranoia (Half-Life)

You will play the role of a Russian officer of the secret service. Your first impressions are that this mission will be just like any other, but you really have no idea what nightmares future events have in store for you. Paranoia is one of the very best mods to come out of Half-Life for both engine expansion and content. A must download!


Curse Episodes (Half-Life 2)

Curse episodes is an Egyptian themed action/horror/puzzle/exploration FPS where the further you creep into the world of Curse the harder and more frightening the entire experience gets, its up to you how you want to play. A very unique and very amazing mod worthy of your attention and bandwidth!


Dear Esther (Half-Life 2)

A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. If you want a very spooky interactive ghost story Dear Esther should be the mod for you, highly recommended by all the staff here on ModDB.


There are hundreds more mods and games out there that will help create a fantastic Halloween experience for you all, these are just some of the truly stand out mods that deserve to be the major source of your ghostly ahhs and eeiies. Hope you have a very frighting Halloween!

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Nawwx
Nawwx Oct 31 2009, 7:26am says:

holy ****! the curse video was awesome :P

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Shadow85
Shadow85 Oct 31 2009, 8:19am buried:

(buried)

We have very little # of horror mods out there, And no 1 is even making A good chiller mod. This Mod Halloween is going to a Dead end with a small list of Horror mods.

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Otreum
Otreum Oct 31 2009, 5:11pm replied:

They failed to mention 2 mods that are finally coming out.
Out of Hell mod for UT2004 will be released VERY SHORTLY! It was being made over 5 years by one man, and is done....finally.

Dead Before Dawn Campaign for Left 4 Dead is also ready for release, however there were some upload problems so it's been delayed by an 1-3 hours as it needs re-uploading -_-...

While Dead Before Dawn isn't going to be scary, I reckon that Out of Hell might get the abs tensened.

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TKAzA
TKAzA Nov 1 2009, 1:08am replied:

Released mods where listed, not up and comming.

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li Oct 31 2009, 7:29am says:

He he, excellent selection for a day like this. Paranoia and Hollow Moon are great mods I tried by myself. I need to check out the other ones.

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cW#Ravenblood
cW#Ravenblood Oct 31 2009, 7:48am says:

thats aw3s0m3

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Oct 31 2009, 8:30am says:

Awesome list. Think this fits better than last years popularity contest :)

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP Oct 31 2009, 8:49am says:

Wtf! The site has gone to hell!?! lol

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AlekZanDer
AlekZanDer Oct 31 2009, 9:53am says:

Where is AoMDC?

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson Oct 31 2009, 10:06am replied:

Agreed, fantastic mod.

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FootBallHead
FootBallHead Oct 31 2009, 10:03am says:

All of those looked awesome! Too bad I don't have Unreal Tournament. Congrats to Dear Esther for getting on the list. I loved that one!

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Oct 31 2009, 11:37am says:

I have to download Dear Esther and Hollow Moon...

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Elementalist
Elementalist Oct 31 2009, 11:59am replied:

Ditto. Doing so now.

+2 votes     reply to comment
nubblecakes
nubblecakes Oct 31 2009, 12:33pm says:

It's a shame there's nothing really new to show off. Same old stuff. They're all pretty damn good mods though.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Elementalist
Elementalist Oct 31 2009, 12:43pm says:

Don't forget Out of Hell which in theory should be released tonight!

Moddb.com

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Dremth
Dremth Oct 31 2009, 3:32pm replied:

Wow, I've never heard of that mod until now, but the trailer and screenshots look amazing. Let's hope it really does get released today!

+3 votes     reply to comment
CSargeP
CSargeP Oct 31 2009, 12:47pm says:

Out of all of these Paranoia is my favorite and I'm going to play through it again today!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Oct 31 2009, 1:20pm says:

Awesome mods! The scarey-est is Mistake -1 but PARANOIA is awesome!

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Guessmyname
Guessmyname Oct 31 2009, 1:56pm says:

No Nightmare House: Remake? For shame!

(All the other listed mods are awesome btw. Getting Mistake -1 now)

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fitzroy_doll
fitzroy_doll Oct 31 2009, 4:10pm replied:

The Nightmare House mods (Source and Goldsource) were excellent.

+2 votes     reply to comment
TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Oct 31 2009, 2:18pm says: Online

anyone else consider it strange that the "horror/suspense" games/engines have nothing listed (and I looked, there really aren't any horror/suspense SP games for the other engines!)?

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medve
medve Oct 31 2009, 3:34pm says:

the last two mods are not scarry, but really good mods. why dont u guys rewrite the old "the scariest mods" article with the polls.

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gregfriis
gregfriis Oct 31 2009, 4:25pm says:

I also agree that Afraid of Monsters should be on this list. That was the scariest game I've ever played. -_-

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Otreum
Otreum Oct 31 2009, 7:48pm replied:

Amen to that, I think it was only scary though because it was always dark, and the monsters were really erratic in their movement, but hell it WORKED and a scary game is a good game in my eyes, no matter how they create the fear :)

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Danboe
Danboe Oct 31 2009, 8:39pm replied:

Perhaps it's because it's been featured several times, and they want to feature something newer/unfeatured. Perhaps.
AoM is still great stuff though, highly recommended!

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Henley
Henley Oct 31 2009, 10:11pm replied:

Hit the nail on the head.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson Nov 1 2009, 12:42am replied:

disagree, all of these mods have been around and discussed multiple times... as well as AoMDC but still.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Elementalist
Elementalist Oct 31 2009, 9:18pm replied:

Apparently it's only for Half-Life 1? :/ That's a shame, I don't have HL1.

+2 votes     reply to comment
migmax
migmax Nov 2 2009, 10:23am says:

The curse looks amasinge, just hit the mummies and they fly away!!
Gonna make it a try!

+2 votes     reply to comment
laserpanda
laserpanda Nov 6 2009, 6:12am says:

YES

I had been looking for Hollow Moon.

Couldn't find it because I was sure it was a source mod *facepalm*

+2 votes     reply to comment
Wakkaboom
Wakkaboom Nov 7 2009, 3:48am says:

Paranoia scared me to hell. Good choice of Mods.

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