We’re well into the spookiest month of the year, closing in on the day where kids get to run around in costumes getting candy and parents get to take their share of the candy to “make sure it’s safe”. Truly, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year!
And, as the sun goes down and the temperature drops, many of you may be looking for creepy stuff to spend your evenings with. Sure, there’s plenty of frightening podcasts you can listen to, and there’s no shortage of horror movies to give you nightmares (if you don’t have Shudder, what are you even doing?!) but what about video games?
While there’s a fine collection of horror games out there, it can be really hard to find the good ones. That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite horror games!
Friday the 13th: The Game
Illfonic’s Friday the 13th: The Game is about as close to living out a slasher movie as you can get. Playing as either Jason Voorhees or a Crystal Lake teen, you’ll have a blast playing this one. You can play online with friends or strangers, or you can choose offline play where you can hone your Jason skills.
Friday the 13th: The Game plays quick, and with the huge variety of kills that Jason has, it can be endlessly fun. Playing as the Crystal Lake teens is also a lot of fun, running from Jason and trying to get out alive leads to a lot of accelerated heartrates! If you’re not a fan of slashers, this game may not be for you.
Capturing the feeling of a haunting in a video game can be really hard. In a movie, it’s pretty easy to pull off – you do the creepy music and the editing and whatnot, but with a game the developer doesn’t have as much control.
Add in that most games need a fighting component to keep the player involved, and the horror aspect tends to become secondary to the action. Fatal Frame doesn’t have that problem.
Set in an abandoned mansion, you play (mostly) Miku Hinasaki, a girl looking for her brother. With only a camera to keep you safe from the ghosts in the mansion, you must discover the dark secrets hidden within.
Fatal Frame was released in 2001, but still stands out as one of the best horror games of all time.
Layers of Fear
This first-person puzzler has you taking on the role of a painter looking to complete his masterpiece. As you work on your art and explore the Victorian mansion you live in, you begin to have hallucinations; flashbacks to some of your less great moments in life.
We don’t want to give away too much of the mystery that developer Bloober Team created, but we can promise you that Layers of Fear has plenty of spooks and frights, as well as a totally engrossing story to keep you going.
They say that in space, no one can hear you scream. Well, your neighbors will almost certainly hear you scream as you play Dead Space, the creepiest sci-fi horror story since Alien. You play as the last surviving member of a mining ship that has been overtaken by some seriously freaky aliens. These aliens have taken over the bodies of your dead crewmembers and now all they want to do is kill you.
Dead Space is able to pull off jump scare unlike any other game out there. Seriously, there are moments where the game gets so intense, I had to put it down and just walk away for a few minutes. It’s also a pretty gruesome game, so maybe keep it away from the kids!
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The Resident Evil series is easily the best-known horror game franchise, and while there have been plenty of other games that have tried to take the horror game crown, RE7: Biohazard smacked them all down.
In this first-person creeper, you play as Ethan Winters, a man looking for his missing wife. The search brings you in contact with the Baker family, a group of nasty jerks who give the Sawyer family from Texas Chain Saw Massacre a run for their money. Using Ethan’s limited fighting skills as well as some old fashion sneaking, you’ll need to survive some seriously frightening moments.
The best way to play Resident Evil: Biohazard is through the PSVR. In the VR format, you will be totally immersed in the game. Just be sure you can find your way back!
What are your favorite horror games? Let us know in the comments!