Mikami: Survival/Horror Games "Leaning Too Heavily On Action"
It's something fans of the genre have been saying for years.
And maybe that's why we're seeing the resurgence of the true survival/horror genre, the one that relies on thrills and chills rather than gore and action.
In the latest Weekly Famitsu issue (as translated by Kotaku), Japanese legends Hideo Kojima and Shinji Mikami sat down to talk about the state of survival/horror entertainment. First, Mikami said Kojima "is the game creator representative of Japan" and "I truly admire him," while the Metal Gear Solid creator repaid the compliment by saying, "Mr. Mikami fights to make the games he wants to make. I believe he is one of Japan's few real 'creators.'"
Well, Mikami is responsible for the trailblazing Resident Evil, so that's a fair assessment. Afterward, Mikami was asked what he thinks about the current state of horror games:
"Looking at current survival horror games as entertainment, I feel they lean too heavily on action."
As for his new game, The Evil Within:
"I thought that I wanted to make a game that would stand up on both the fear as horror and on the enjoyment as a game."
Don't forget that Kojima is currently working on his own horror project, Silent Hills, and he has teamed up with film director Guillermo del Toro for that endeavor. These two are knee-deep in the horror genre these days, and considering their histories and successes, followers of that category should be very encouraged.
10/3/2014 11:30:29 AM Ben Dutka