Ready to Get Scared?
The horror genre has been an abundant and present force in the world of gaming, with virtual environments wonderfully immersive and scary (in a good way), if done correctly. Unfortunately, in the ocean of horror games, you can choose from, there are many bad titles that can distract you from the best spooky and terrifying games. This is a sad fate for horror developers that put a lot of effort into an unnerving atmosphere and story so you can scare yourself to your heart’s content.
Fortunately, we have a list of the best horror games that are guaranteed to give you a fright! We should bring to your attention that the list compiled today is not only of the latest horror games but also includes some of the greatest classics. If you are looking to test your virtual courage and potentially your sleep schedule, you’ve come to the right place.
Layers of Fear
We start with a disturbing, yet easy title to handle for any gamer. Although this feels somewhat like a walking simulator, this masterfully constructed title takes you through an artist’s hell, where he is tortured by the guilt and memories of the sacrifices he has made for his art. We suggest waiting till nighttime and playing as it will undoubtedly heighten the atmosphere of the game. Each level in this game is essentially an episode that uncovers another layer of the artists’ descent into madness. This thrilling title has puzzles to uncover the entire mystery and continue through the story. It’s a game that requires very little commitment and can be completed in one sitting, but the story and atmosphere is an excellent starting place for you to begin to understand what a good title should feel like.
You all are surely no strangers to horror movies like the Alien series. Alien: Isolation is a part of the Alien movies universe and places you directly in the atmosphere and environment that made Alien a scary experience.
You take control of a solo survivor upon a space station, which itself creates a disturbing atmosphere. In this game any sound that was not you mean hide! Running away might help you for a short while, and you can fight only if you have the right tools, which are very rare as you navigate through this massive vessel. The reason for hiding? You are constantly being stalked by a Xenomorph. Yes, the iconic creature from the Alien universe is on board this ship and it has one thing in mind: you! It should be mentioned that the interactions with the alien are completely unpredictable since the developers did not script the actions. This gives this game an incredible amount of replay value as you fight to survive and uncover the secrets aboard, while constantly checking the heartbeat detector to make sure that you are truly alone.
The Amnesia Series
All the games made by the Frictional developers are horror titles that the horror genre connoisseurs will approve of. Their games have a certain horror feel about them, and a particular terror atmosphere that no one can recreate quite as Frictional Games can.
The focus today is going to be on Amnesia: Rebirth. This latest addition to the series is now available on even more platforms than the first time, giving full console support to their Amnesia series. After the success of Rebirth, it prompted the developer to continue the console support for other titles, including SOMA. Fans of The Dark Descent are sure to love Rebirth as Frictional are not changing their recipe for horror, merely improving upon it with each new release. Their twist this time is the controllable protagonist is a pregnant woman, which ups the vulnerability tenfold when considering the horrors you will be forced to escape.
Left For Dead 2
Old but gold. The simplest way to put this title is timeless. If you have not picked it up, call up a friend, and more than likely, they have this legendary game. Get ready to fire up and tear through hordes of zombies and other zombie creatures. The game is simple yet satisfying, and considering how long it has been around, it can run on any PC with the added benefit of mods. There is an infinite supply of mods that keep this over a decade-old game fresh and exciting. Not much else can be said, as it’s a straightforward zombie shooter with fun physics, guns, items, and a whole lot of time-killing ability. Despite how old it is, this game still manages to not feel boring and can easily be a nostalgic trip worth enjoying this October.
Sticking with the notion that you are safer in numbers, this game is sure to have you and your buddies ready to get out of your own home. Phasmophobia is an online psychological horror game for up to four players. You must make use of all ghost hunting equipment available to you so that you can gather data on a haunting in a house. It is crucial not to forget anything, as a single mistake can be the difference between survival and death. Your task is simple, identify the type of paranormal entity that is plaguing the environment and record the data you collect in your notebook. You get monetary bonuses based on speed and accuracy of identification. Make sure to keep quiet when an entity is present because they can hear you, and the entities will capitalize on your fear. With the almost permadeath mechanism, when you are mutilated by an entity you lose the equipment you brought with you. There is the added benefit of proximity voice chat and virtual reality support. Phasmophobia is the only game you and your friends need if you want to scare your socks off you!