With co-op action game "Remnant of the Ashes" maintaining its position at the top of the Steam chart, the stylish Lynchian sci-fi "Control" lands high on Humble following its August 27 debut, where "Friday the 13th" and "Dead by Daylight" are also resurgent; "Slender - New Hope" continues the horror theme as a free download on Itch.io.
Praised for its distinctive visual style and blend of "Star Wars"-style powers with an otherworldly, Lovecraftian threat, "Control" has players assume the identity of a secret agency's newest director, while a supernatural breach manifests throughout the imposing building.
Having launched as a 12-month exclusive for the Epic Game Store, it doesn't feature on Steam's chart for now, but pops up on the Humble Store, which is an authorized reseller of EGS game keys.
Also on Humble, where a Spooky Horror Sale ran over the past week, one-versus-many online survival horrors "Friday the 13th" and "Dead by Daylight" enjoyed a resurgence.
While the former is based on the 1980 slasher movie of the same name (and several of the franchise's dozen other films), in which hockey-masked Jason Vorhees terrorizes a summer camp, the latter was made independent of any particular horror film and has managed to tie up deals with a number of them as a result.
Thanks to those post-release updates, "Dead by Daylight" players with extra money to spend can play as, or flee from, any number of iconic antagonists, from Freddie ("Nightmare on Elm Street") and Leatherface ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") to a Demogorgon from "Stranger Things" in a September 2019 update.
Itch.io's most popular download, the free "Slender - New Hope," continues the horror theme, this time looking to 2012 success "Slender: The Eight Pages" and the urban legend spook Slender Man for inspiration.
Graphical updates, better AI, a larger environment to roam around in, plus plans to implement local and online multiplayer are among its improvements to the classic "Eight Pages" formula.
Next week sees the release of "eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020," action game "Gears 5," survival MMO "Greedfall," and the well-hyped "Borderlands 3" which, like "Control," is to be an Epic Games Store exclusive at launch.
1. Remnant from the Ashes
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Valve Index VR Kit
4. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
5. Counter-Strike: GO - Starladder Berlin 2019 tournament pack
*Steam chart based on revenue rather than units.
Humble Store (humblebundle.com/store)
1. Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition
3. Friday the 13th: The Game
4. Dead by Daylight
5. Grand Theft Auto V
Itch.io Top Games (itch.io)
1. Slender - New Hope
3. The Krusty Cellar
4. Ghost of Tomorrow
Data recorded Monday September 2, 2019