Just because October has passed us by doesn’t mean we have to give up horror games! And what better way to celebrate the shorter days and colder nights of November than a haunting Japanese video game and a pitch black foreign stout?
Fade to Black
Among the many styles of darker brews, the foreign stout is recognized as a stronger variant of traditional Irish dry stout. The higher alcohol and hopping rates of foreign stouts were originally intended to help the beer survive the long seafaring journey to the colonies (hence the alternative name of export stout).
Despite this ocean-crossing nomenclature, Fade to Black is a foreign stout that comes from the Left Hand Brewing Company in landlocked Colorado. This seasonal brew opens with the smokey sweetness of burnt tips barbecue. This savory start perfectly complements the rich body of molasses drizzled over buckwheat pancakes. On every sip of this delicious brew, there is an inviting nose of smoked almonds and dark roast coffee grounds. No wonder it won so many awards.
Sneaking in for a last minute Halloween release, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a particularly spooky game centered around exploring a rather spirit-infested Japanese town.
Over the course of the game, players control the two main characters, Yui and Haru. Our story begins with these two schoolgirls returning home in the evening after a summer fireworks festival. However, something is stalking the girls in the woods near their houses, resulting in their separation and the disappearance of Yui. As the story progresses, the player perspective switches between the abducted Yui, searching her environments for clues to her predicament, and the scared-yet-steadfast Haru, who is investigating her town after dark for her friend.
The world of Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is equal parts beautiful and terrifying. The rich colors and gorgeous visuals of this mountainside town encourage exploration, while the surreal and sometimes grotesque spirits within the town create sense of apprehension as Haru searches for Yui. Combined with the creepy childish scribbles of the inventory screen and maps, Midnight Shadows is a fantastic survival horror game that stands out from the more combat-focused titles on modern consoles. Plus, you can get Midnight Shadows and its predecessor in a neat little package (provided you play on PC).
Are there any spooky video games still haunting your backlog? What about dark beers that you are eager to sample in the colder months? Let us know in the comments!
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