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Hideous corpus

Body horror is discomfiting in any medium, but it’s arguably at its most effective in videogames. This is, after all, a medium where these grisly violations and unnatural mutations occur to someone we’re controlling – or even inhabiting. Think of the squirm-inducing moment when Dead Space: Extraction fully lives up to its subtitle by having you mimic a sawing motion with the Wii Remote to hack off your own arm. Or Resident Evil Village, which takes the idea to almost farcical extremes given how frequently terrible things occur to Ethan Winters’ poor hands.

Few creators have such extensive experience with the theme as the man who wrote and directed the Siren games and the original Silent Hill. Slitterhead, the debut production from Keiichiro Toyama’s new studio, Bokeh, features grotesque monsters disguised as humans, their faces and bodies opening up to reveal their ghastly occupants.

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