Todays best horror games
With Halloween approaching, now is the perfect time to brush up on some horror with our horror game reviews. Luckily, the past decade delivered a surge of quality spooky games. The genre has gone through its up and downs, but it’s also had its share of novelties. We’ve seen a swelling of combat-free first-person horror experiences, psychological terrors that tackle existential themes, and multiplayer horror influenced by slasher films.
Article adapted from GameInformer by Elise Favis
Best Jump Scares
Resident Evil 7
Platform: PS4, XB1, PC | Collector’s Edition
As one of the most revered and longstanding horror-game franchises. Resident Evil’s newest entry was met with big expectations. While continuing many series traditions, it successfully sets itself apart with a first person perspective, a southern setting, and the ability to play in VR. Resident Evil 7 excels in its brooding atmosphere, tense boss fights, and skin crawling jump scares such as a chainsaw wielding enemy appearing without warning, or hundreds of tiny spiders falling onto your arms.
Dead by Daylight [Special Edition]
Platform: PS4, XB1, PC
Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game that has one player as the killer and four other who attempt to stay alive. The victims search around a map for generators to power the exits. If they manage to power them all up, they can escape – unless the killer stops them. The disfigured murderer stalking the victims can set bear traps and even become invisible, making them incredibly powerful. Dead by Daylight is largely a game of quick thinking to outsmart your deadly opponent.
Story Driven Spooks
Taking heavy influence from the 80’s slasher film genre. Until Dawn is about a group of teens who face unimaginable terrors while staying at a cabin in the woods. As the kids get split up and killed off, you get to play as each teen in separate sequences, making the experience feel like an interactive horror movie. Your story unfolds uniquely depending on your choices, and certain decisions have a butterfly effect, creating unexpected consequences down the line. Who lives and dies depends on you, making this a thrilling ride best played with a group of friends.
Hide and Seek
Platform: PS4, XB1, PC, PS3, XB360
This entry in the Alien series, developed by Creative Assembly, takes a different approach. Rather than just shooting and killing enemies, a lot of your time is spent avoiding enemies in a game of hide and seek. Playing as Amanda Ripley, who is in search of her mother, you explore a claustrophobic space station while being stalked by an intimidating predator. While the story falls flat, the scares and terrors found on this station make up for it, by creating an immense amount of apprehension
The Evil Within Limited Edition
The renowned Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami at the reins, The Evil Within has a solid foundation based on its director’s past works. It re-imagines the core elements of what made Resident Evil 4 brilliant. The game contains the satisfying third-person gunplay, leaves players with limited resources to amp up anxiety, and hosts a fantastically haunting atmosphere. Even kits heavy influence from Resident Evil 4, The Evil Within still manages to set itself apart with its increased difficulty. Despite a lack luster story, The Evil Within makes you face one fright after the next with few breathers in-between, and messes with your head by using psychological terrors. It’s a harrowing but entertaining thrill ride that you don’t want to miss, especially with The Evil Within 2 out this month.
Blood and Gore
Dead Rising 4
Platform: XB1, PC
Capcom’s Dead Rising series has always excelled at balancing humour and horror. The latest entry, Dead Rising 4, is no exception – especially when it comes to gore. Playing as Frank West, you reduce zombies to piles of flesh in creative ways, such as shredding them apart with a motorcycle with chain saws attached to it, or shooting a fireworks crossbow to make them explode in a colourful mess. Dead Rising 4 is outrageously gory, which makes for an entertaining experience not for the faint of heart.
The Last of Us Remastered
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is one of the last generations best titles, and for good reason. Set in post-apocalypse America, you play as Joel, who guides a young girl named Elie through the zombie-infested country full of disease and death. What makes The Last of Us stand out is that instead of focusing on the end of civilisation, it delves into relationships and overcoming trauma in the face of disaster. With a slew of different zombie mutations that seek you out differently, such as the aggressive clickers and the oversized bloaters, you rarely feel safe during your journey.
Platform: PS4, XB1, PC
Little Nightmares will make your skin crawl and give you an itch inside your stomach. As the story unfolds it will keep you guessing and even beyond the ending it will still leave you with plenty to piece together. You’re encouraged to draw your own conclusions on the horrifying, confusing events you’ve witnessed inside The Maw.
If you want a dark, intoxicating adventure then Little Nightmares is perfect for you. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the genre it’s a great game which will offer you around 5 hours of play. Everything feels well-rounded and polished which gives you the impression a lot of time has been spent perfecting this game.
It’s also reasonably priced which is another great reason to pick up a copy. The Collector’s Edition is also available and includes a 10cm Six figure, soundtrack, stickers and poster. Full review by Niall O’Brien here
Platform: PS4, XB1, PC
This open world zombie game from Techland combines parkour, combat, and an immersive story as you run across rooftops to escape the undead. While Dying Light is a thrilling single-player experience, it’s even more fun with friends. You can complete both campaign and side missions together, all the while attempting to survive the night. In Dying Light, strength is found in numbers, and some difficult areas can become more approachable or conquerable in a group.