I’ll admit it: I have a huge soft spot for survival horror games. When done right, they easily make their way to the top of my favorites list, and I’ve played a ridiculous number over the years.
However, one of the scariest moments in recent memory came from a title that isn’t your typical survival horror game. I am referring to Metro 2033, or to be more specific, the Librarian level.
If you’ve played 2033, then just the mentioning Librarian might be enough make you shiver. For me it was such a tense sequence that I was literally shaking as I ran from cubby hole to cubby hole, trying to avoid the creature’s wrath.
At the time I didn’t know that the beast could be felled or tricked it into not attacking me, which made it all the more intimidating. The sweat would begin to pour the moment I took a wrong turn or had to figure out how to progress to the next safe zone. Meanwhile, the sound of the Librarian just out of sight, loomed ever present, reminding me that there might be safe zones but that my safety was in fact not guaranteed.
It was such an effective segment that it stands out to this day, years after I played Metro, as a fond memory of a tense sequence done right. There are plenty of nailbiting moments in that game to be sure, but none of them, have really put the fear of FEAR in me.
These days I take the “Shh-ing” of Librarians very seriously.