For Halloween this year, I decided to play through a classic PC game and one of the pioneers of the survival horror genre, Infogrames' Alone in the Dark. Of course, I didn't get around to actually posting it until November 1, but c'est la vie.
Alone in the Dark keyed in many of the genre's recognizable tropes - fixed camera angles with pre-rendered backgrounds, tank controls, epistolary storytelling, and an emphasis on puzzles and avoiding combat rather than fighting everything in your way (partly because of scarce weaponry and partly because some monsters cannot be killed at all). The game was a big hit at the time, especially in Asian countries, and in fact would inspire several other franchises that would become big hits in their own right. Probably the most prominent of these is Resident Evil, which at the time of this writing is Capcom's top-selling franchise (although recent entries have steered away from survival horror and become much more action-based than anything).
Played on the CD version of the game, which adds in some rather hokey voice acting and replaces the MIDI music with much higher quality Redbook audio tracks.