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Pumpkin Awards - Day #5: The Final Picks

October 30, 2009


Welcome to the final part of our week filled with scary games where we pick out the spookiest titles to grace our PCs and grand them our coveted Pumpkin Award fro 2009. Today, classic horror and the final selection...


Ghost of the Past Award - Best Classic Horror
WINNER: SYSTEM SHOCK 2


Of all the creepy classics, none of freaked me out just like System Shock 2. Taking place on 2114 on a starship taken over by a rogue AI, this game created by Irrational games uses monstrosities, creepy audio tapes and the ships ambiance to create a frightening experience. The old demo is still available to those that dare try it out.

Runner-up: DOOM, Clive Barker's Undying, 7th Guest


Pants-Changing Award - Most Startling Game
WINNER: F.E.A.R.


This was not an easy pick; the most startling game had many different contenders for the win. But the one game that everybody selected in their list was F.E.A.R., so something about that creepy little bitch Alma floating across a hallway and fizzling lights spiked even the strongest FP Editor's heart rate. Check out the demo!

Runner-up: Call of Cthulhu, DOOM 3, Dead Space, Condemned 2






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Posted by Ferret at 10:12 AM PDT
Edited on: October 30, 2009 2:17 PM PDT
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Pumpkin Awards - Day #4: Scary Chairs

October 29, 2009


And Part #4 is here, the last part just around the creepy corner for our wicked Pumpkin Awards for 2009, where us editors eat your halloween candy and pick the scariest games of past and present. Today, demons and unexpected scares...

Crooked Horn Award - Best Demon Game
WINNER: DOOM 3


DOOM is a name that will live in infamy for years to come, and it's third iteration seriously upped the ante in the world of demon scares. From the treacherously floating cacodemon to the heart-pounding running from a cyberdemon DOOM 3 is a banquet of horny horror. Check out the DOOM 3 demo on FilePlanet and get a taste of the action.

Runner-up: Alone in the Dark, Classic DOOM, Jericho


Haunted Furniture Award - Unexpectedly Scary Game
WINNER: HELLO KITTY ONLINE


Sometimes it's not the game itself that's scary, but the obsession behind the game - and such is the case with the Hello Kitty phenomenon. From candy, wallets, purses and bullet shaped back massagers the hallmark kitten has taken a world by cutesy storm. I ask you then, how is Hello Kitty Online not a scary homage to that insanity.

Runner-up: Catch the Sperm 2, The Typing of the Dead


ON FRIDAY: It's all over...





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Posted by Ferret at 3:47 PM PDT
Edited on: October 29, 2009 5:06 PM PDT
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Pumpkin Awards - Day #3: Haunted Treasure

October 28, 2009


On to Part #3 of FilePlanet's spooktacular Pumpkin Awards for 2009 where the FilePlanet editors give credit to some of the scariest games of the past and present. Today, cranium-crunching prowess and little known titles are revealed...


Hidden Spook Award - Least Known Game
WINNER: THE WHITE CHAMBER


The White Chamber is a cool anime-style free game created by Studio Trophis. Using 24-bit graphics and hand drawn cut-scenes a lot of blood and care went into its creation, and I'll bet you a ghoul spleen you've never even heard of it. You can download it and play it now on FilePlanet, also check out the runner-up titles.

Runner-up: The Path, Cottage of Doom


Cranium Crunch Award - Best Zombie Game
WINNER: LEFT 4 DEAD


Zombies are the hot topic lately, and the games list including zombies has grown exponentially throughout the years, but Left 4 Dead brings the head-exploding genre home with its intricate level design and cooperative survival gameplay. And remember, for those of you who have over-played the many standard levels, we've just released our own list of outstanding user-made campaigns.

Runner-up: Resident Evil, Dead Rising, Zombies Ate My Neighbors


ON THURSDAY: Demons and unexpected scares...





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Pumpkin Awards - Day #2: Unlikely Heroes

October 27, 2009


Welcome to Part #2 of FilePlanet's spooktacular Pumpkin Awards for 2009 where the FilePlanet editors give credit to some of the scariest games of the past and present. Today, unlikely heroes fighting zombies and which game has the spookiest specter?

Yellow Hamster Award - Most Unlikely Hero
WINNER: PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES


Typically when zombies are present, it's time to find the nearest ammo store and get locked and loaded - however with the Plants in Plants vs. Zombies this is hardly necessary as you mearly plant row by row of brain-defending plants. Who couldn't agree that a cornstalk is an unlikely hero? Oh, and now some awesome gardening news - get Plants vs. Zombies FREE if you subscribe to FilePlanet today!

Runner-up: Jericho (Arnold Leach)


White Sheet Award - Scariest Paranormal Game
WINNER: F.E.A.R.


Nothing is more frightening then murderous children, and Alma is queen of that gaming category. F.E.A.R. has a dark blend of limb-shattering action mixed with moments of fright that make your skin crawl. Check out the F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. 2 Demos to get a taste, also available for purchase on Direct2Drive.

Runner-up: Fatal Frame Series, Ghostbusters, Clive Barker's Undying


ON WEDNESDAY: Brain-munching will ensue...





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Posted by Ferret at 1:02 PM PDT
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Pumpkin Awards - Day #1: Cities & Spaceships

October 26, 2009


Welcome to FilePlanet's spooktacular Pumpkin Awards for 2009 where the FilePlanet editors take a moment to stop checking blackened hallways for "paranormal activity", and each day this week give credit to some of the scariest games of the past and present. Today, sinister cities and infested spaceships...

Bloody Brick Award - Most Unwelcoming City
WINNER: SILENT HILL


A most disturbing piece of real-estate inhabited with distorted nurses, Pyramid Head and blood-splatter bunny suits - the only thing likely to be raised in Silent Hill is Hell itself. Based around the series of the same name, Silent Hill is notorious for making even those with stronger constitutions jump a little. You can get a taste with several demos on FilePlanet including Silent Hill 3 and Silent Hill 4.

Runner-up: BioShock (Rapture), Fatal Frame II (Haunted Village).


Haunted Airlock Award - Scariest Sci-Fi Game
WINNER: DEAD SPACE


An alien infestation not for the squeamish, Isaac Clarke battles slice by bloody slice aboard the mining ship USG Ishimura. A recent contender in the arena having launched only October last year, Dead Space and it's over the shoulder perspective and terrifying Necromorphs easily take the award. If you haven't played this one yet, be sure to check out the Lullaby Trailer. It's availble for purchase on Direct2Drive!

Runner-up: System Shock 2, DOOM 3.


ON TUESDAY: The most unlikely horror hero and scariest paranormal game...





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Posted by Ferret at 3:02 PM PDT
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