As Halloween approaches, we’re all getting in the mood to be spooked – either by our own doing or by some help from our friends on the other side. If you’re new to this side of gaming (the horror side), welcome! As a form of initiation, you most certainly have to put your headphones on and sit in the dark to play these games to get the full experience.
We’ve curated a list of quality horror games for you to try out, because we feel the need to be afraid of something other than the real world. No mentions of games such as Outlast and Resident Evil here, because we know everyone’s probably tired of hearing about those games anyway. So, here we go!
You’ve probably heard of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and if you haven’t, then you might want to pick up a copy of that game before trying your hand on this one. You would either be scarred and never want to pick up another game from Frictional Games ever again, or scarred and can’t help but go back to the game several times to get a rush.
Amnesia: Rebirth was just newly released in time for Halloween for its long time horror fans. The story follows Tasi as she survived a plane crash in the desert and now must find her friends through the ancient tombs and caves. Players would have to use and find light sources as they go through the dimly lit game solving puzzles. There are also monsters and grotesque hallucinations that provide jumpscares when everything is completely dark and fear takes over Tasi.
As usual for a Frictional Games made game, there are no combat systems and all players can do is run and hide. Amnesia: Rebirth is now available on Windows and PlayStation 4. So remember to get your PlayStation Gift Cards ready, cause this game is definitely worth the hype!
With big names like Pewdiepie, Markiplier and various other Twitch streamers playing the game, everyone has placed their eyes upon Phasmophobia. This is a recently released co-op game of up to four players on a somewhat serious paranormal investigation. The game easily switches from a simple fooling around joke with your friends situation to a terrifying survival horror show.
Players will navigate haunted farms, houses and even a school completely equipped with some state of the art paranormal investigating tools. The goal is to capture evidence of supernatural entities by luring them out of hiding through whatever means. This is where it gets fun, almost like a party game jest towards real life paranormal investigators as players can taunt ghosts, watch their friends get haunted through a live feed, even die and become a ghost that follows their own team around.
Get the hype? The game sounds like a really fun time with friends, excluding the spooky stuff. The game is currently only available on Windows, but we hope that it’s creators would bring it to other platforms soon!
In anticipation for the release of Little Nightmares 2 arriving in February of 2021, you might as well grab a copy of the first game that started it all. This is also for the Tim Burton fans out there, this game is known to have Tim Burton-esque graphics with its dark and gloomy design. Not to mention that this game has received numerous awards for its sound design, graphics and visuals – you will be captivated.
Little Nightmares is a horror puzzle platformer that follows Six who is trapped in a remote location called the Maw, which is mostly underwater. Naturally, islands mostly submerged underwater would be home to questionable creatures that are without a doubt hungry. Not to mention some creepy characters like a long armed, blind janitor and a mysterious Geisha-looking Lady that tries to kidnap players to be placed in cages for them to do unspeakable things to.
As players escape the hands of these creepy looking characters, they’ll wander through eerie looking environments and it seems that everyone is out to catch them and eat them. The game is out now on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Stadia if you’re looking for something to make you feel on edge.
A science fiction survival horror game, Dead Space has spawned off a series of sequels, spin offs, a comic and even an animated film. The game has gone on to receive numerous awards and was even dubbed as one of the greatest games of all time, so if that doesn’t make you want to try it out, perhaps nothing will.
Players will play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer that is sent to an uncommunicative spaceship with a rescue team to find out that the ship is now overrun by monsters that used to be its crew. These monsters known as Necromorphs vary in abilities and can adopt new tactics when wounded such as regenerating new limbs or birthing new monsters to fight. Did we also mention that these Necromorphs can only be killed by severing their limbs? Specific weapons would have to be created to do so.
Dead Space is available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. We advise you to play this first game before moving on to the sequels so you could get the full storyline experience in order.
This is for all you horror fans that are obsessed with stories and enjoy story based adventures. The best way to describe this game is that it is similar to a slasher horror movie where a group of people stay in a remote house in the mountains and get murdered.. Oops. Probably said too much there.
The interesting thing about Until Dawn is that each character is driven by the player’s choice. There are several story progressions and multiple endings which all depends on your choice. The game can also be played multiplayer style by passing the controller to another player for specific characters. The story revolves around a group of friends who went for a winter getaway at a ski lodge in the mountains, where two of their friends disappeared from a year before.
Until Dawn is currently only available on the PlayStation 4, but we hope that will change in the future.
Layers of Fear
Now this is a rather uniquely disturbing game, a psychological horror by Bloober Team and Aspyr. It may seem like a boring, harmless game of a painter trying to finish his one true masterpiece, but that’s how the game gets you.
Layers of Fear follows a painter trying to complete his masterpiece as he looks for things around his run down mansion to make paint with. As he goes along, his dark past is seemingly revealed. Players will have to complete puzzles in dimly lit, messy environments. Certain objects will trigger some dialogue flashbacks and further uncover the painter’s past. The game does not need monsters and creepy creatures to scare you, the scary factor lies in the environment and how everything surrounding the player is designed.
The game is available on Linux, Microsoft Windows, MacOS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. When you’re done with the first one, you can try out Layers of Fear 2!
In The End
You’ve reached the end! Hopefully you have a lot of traumatising fun with these games. If you don’t think you can take it, make sure to bring a friend along and get spooked together. Happy Hallows-Eve!