Halloween is only a few days away and that means you’re likely to come across some special themed events while playing some of your favorite online games like New World or World of Warcraft. If you’re looking for a more genuine experience, however, you’ll probably want to play some actual horror games in order to make the holiday truly memorable.
With that in mind, we’ve picked some of the scariest and most disturbing horror games around that you might want to play or perhaps relive again this Halloween. It’s worth mentioning that we’ve excluded most hybrid games that focus a lot on action or RPG elements like Bioshock or the Souls series. While very good, these titles are unlikely to give you a good scare. The following 10 games, on the other hand, will definitely give you the heebie-jeebies.
First Encounter Assault Recon, or F.E.A.R. for short, is a survival horror FPS launched in 2005 by Monolith Productions and Sierra Entertainment. The game revolves around supernatural phenomena and features a little girl known as Alma as its main antagonist. Admittedly, the character is highly reminiscent of Samara from The Ring so not all that original. However, the story itself is very different. Taking on the paranormal entity will not be a simple task but luckily for you, this horror game allows you to play as a badass Point Man how has a few superhuman powers of his own to even things out a bit.
2. The Suffering
The Suffering is a third-person psychological horror launched in 2004 by Midway Games and Surreal Software. Some might see this one as more of an action game than a traditional horror title. But it all depends on how you look at it. While it does rely on a lot of jump scares and making the player feel like an action hero, The Suffering also features some of the most disturbing and twisted enemies found in horror games. In addition, the story is chock-full of dark moments that come to life in a major way thanks to the top-notch voice acting found throughout the game.
Outlast is a first-person survival horror launched in 2013 by Red Barrels. At this point, the game might be best known as a popular choice for a lot of “Let’s Players” on Youtube and Twitch. But don’t let that keep you away from this title. Outlast is definitely far better and scarier if you play it alone in a dark room instead of simply watching other people play it and yelling incomprehensibly every couple of minutes. If you manage to beat the main game, you may want to look into the Whistleblower DLC. And then you’ll probably want to check out the sequel, Outlast 2.
4. Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2 is a third-person survival horror launched in 2001 by Konami. Ideally, you would probably want to play the entire series if you’re looking to get your fill of horror games for the rest of the year in one go. Since that’s probably not an option, though, you may want to just go directly for the second installment.
Often regarded as the best entry in the series, Silent Hill 2 has a lot to offer even after more than a decade. And is still one of the greatest horror games ever made. Sure, the graphics look a bit dated by today’s standards. But if you’re the type of gamer that focuses on the gameplay above everything else, the visuals shouldn’t bother you too much.
Soma (often stylized as SOMA) is a first-person sci-fi survival horror launched in 2015 by Frictional Games. Frictional Games is the same company that made Amnesia. And you’ll find that the two horror games are quite similar in some regards. Particularly in terms of the gameplay, which lacks any sort of combat. In terms of its setting, however, Soma is very reminiscent of Bioshock but features even more disturbing themes. Needless to say, that’s a pretty good combination of styles.
6. Alan Wake (Remastered)
Alan Wake is a third-person psychological horror/action-adventure launched in 2010 by Remedy Games and Microsoft Game Studios. And re-released recently as Alan Wake Remastered. While it’s not nearly as gory or disturbing as some of the other entries on this list, Alan Wake’s physiological elements and suspense are likely to give you at least a couple of nightmares this Halloween.
Similar to other titles developed by Remedy, Alan Wake feels just as much like a movie as it does a video game. Unlike Control or Quantum Break, however, this time you can feel like the star of your very own horror flick.
7. Dead Space
Dead Space is a sci-fi third-person shooter survival horror launched in 2008 by Visceral Games and EA. This one I’d recommend, in particular, if you’re looking for huge amounts of gore and violence coupled with impressive visuals and a disturbing storyline. In short, Dead Space has it all and is a must-play for anyone who enjoys horror games.
Even though we’re only mentioning the original on this list, the sequel is just as good. And possibly even more unsettling. Meanwhile, the third installment makes for a great co-op experience. Alternatively, you could always wait until next year when the remake drops.
8. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4, also known as Biohazard 4, is a third-person survival horror launched in 2005 by Capcom. This is another instance where you would probably want to play the whole series. But if you only have time for one, I’d go either for RE 4, RE 7 or Resident Evil Village.
If you’re familiar with any of the movies that were based on this franchise you already know what to expect in terms of the game’s zombie-infested world. Having said that, the games are far superior to the movies and feature entirely different characters, for the most part. Make sure to grab one of the aforementioned titles this Halloween if you liked the movies.
9. Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation is a sci-fi first-person survival horror/action-adventure launched in 2014 by Creative Assembly and Sega. It’s no secret that there have been plenty of bad Alien games over the years and only a handful of good ones. Well, this is part of the second category and is arguably the best one so far. In terms of gameplay, Alien: Isolation differs a lot from other entries because it focuses more on avoiding and outsmarting enemies instead of simply shooting them.
In addition to humans and androids, the game only features one xenomorph that hunts the player. However, anyone who has played Alien: Isolation knows that this single enemy is more than enough to give you the willies. Especially when combined with the claustrophobic atmosphere.
10. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first-person survival horror launched in 2010 by Frictional Games. While most horror games like to rely on jump scares and disturbing imagery, Amnesia manages to invoke true feelings of dread by placing players in situations where they feel completely helpless while they slowly start to descent into madness.
Indeed, The Dark Descent is a very fitting subtitle for this game. Amnesia is quite possibly a correct representation of what it would be like to actually go insane while being chased by monsters inside a haunted castle. Definitely not for the squeamish but a great pick if you’re looking to stare darkness in the eye this Halloween. Also recommend checking out the Justine DLC and the sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The most recent entry, Amnesia Rebirth, is decent but can’t really hold a candle to the original.
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This article was originally published on geeksnack.com on October 28th, 2016 before the site was taken down the following year. The piece was edited and updated to reflect certain events that have occurred in the meantime that are relevant to the titles discussed above.
I’m a classic jack-of-all-trades author who loves to write about most topics, though gaming has always been my strong suit. That said, I definitely won’t turn down the chance to cover some juicy news involving superhero movies, Stephen King novels or space travel. Or robots. Or space-traveling superhero robots disguised as Stephen King.