GOTY 2016 | Number 6 — Layers of Fear
Looking back at my list from 2014, I actually gave the top spot on my list to a demo. This Playable Teaser, or P.T. if you will, featured some innovative ideas about horror games that left me reeling when the full game was eventually cancelled. A few games have attempted to live up to the promise of what Silent Hills was going for and the best among them thus far is Layers of Fear. Taking the similar concept of traversing similar areas and applying its own brand of mind-bending visuals, Layers of Fear is full of the right kinds of scares.
Storytelling is a tricky thing to do in a horror game, especially when most of it involves some reading. Layers of Fear manages to tell an unnerving story, while keeping the scares fairly frequent. All of this contributes to the excellent pacing found within this standout horror title. As you progress through the ever-changing halls of the house, it manages to keep you constantly on edge as you quickly learning that nowhere is safe from a scare. This tension feels earned as the variety and obscurity of the scares in Layers of Fear kept it spooking me from beginning to end. If I turn around right now, Layers of Fear is likely to be lurking as my number six in my top ten games of 2016.