Halloween is a time of year when we delight in all things spooky and scary, and what better way to embrace the spirit of the season than by diving into some of the greatest horror video games of all time? Over the years, the gaming industry has given us some truly chilling experiences, from heart-pounding survival horror to psychological mind-benders. These games have been so popular that many of them have been remastered, remade and even turned into blockbuster movie franchises.
In this article, we’ll be counting down the top 10 greatest horror video games ever created, perfect for a bone-chilling Halloween gaming session.
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017):
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard incredible first-person perspective title has a terrifying narrative set in a dilapidated Louisiana mansion. It’s a fresh and frightening take on the Resident Evil franchise and for extra spooky atmosphere play it in virtual reality.
- PT (Playable Teaser, 2014):
Though technically a teaser for a canceled game, PT left an indelible mark on the horror genre. Created by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, it offers an unforgettable and terrifying experience with a looping corridor and eerie encounters.
- The Quarry (2022):
The Quarry is an interactive drama horror video game. Players assume control of nine teenage counsellors who must survive their last night at Hackett’s Quarry summer camp amongst supernatural creatures and violent locals.
- Resident Evil 2 (1998/2019):
Both the original 1998 release and the 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2 are masterpieces in their own right. They offer a spine-chilling reimagining of the Raccoon City outbreak, blending elements of survival horror and intense action.
- Five Night’s at Freddy’s (2014):
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a 2014 point-and-click survival horror series developed and published by Scott Cawthon. Set in a family pizzeria, the player takes on the role of Mike Schmidt, a night security guard
it’s also the latest to be turned into a film based on the game
- Dead Space (2008):
Dead Space is a blend of sci-fi and horror, providing an immersive experience in the eerie, abandoned mining ship, the USG Ishimura. The game’s emphasis on strategic dismemberment and grotesque alien creatures make it a standout entry in the genre. The trailer bellow is from the remake that brings jaw-dropping visual fidelity and suspenseful atmospheric audio, as well as new gameplay content and improvements while staying faithful to the original game’s thrilling vision.
- Outlast (2013):
Outlast throws players into the heart of a dilapidated insane asylum, where they must rely on their night-vision camera to uncover the darkness within. With a constant sense of dread and impending doom, this game is not for the faint of heart.
- Alan Wake (2010):
Alan Wake is a psychological horror game that thrusts players into the mind of a best-selling author who must confront the supernatural forces that plague a small town. The game’s compelling narrative and use of light as a weapon against darkness make it a standout in the horror genre. The remastered version is brilliantly handled and the sequel is out for Halloween!
- Resident Evil 4 (2005):
Resident Evil 4 redefined the survival horror genre with its over-the-shoulder perspective and intense action. This game combines horror and action seamlessly, placing players in a terrifying rural village filled with grotesque creatures. Another title that is worth playing in VR to get an even more immersive experience.
- Silent Hill 2 (2001):
Silent Hill 2, an absolute masterpiece of psychological horror, tops our list. Its foggy, eerie atmosphere, coupled with disturbing creatures and a narrative that delves deep into the human psyche, make it a timeless classic that still haunts players to this day.
These top 10 horror video games have consistently thrilled and terrified players over the years, making them the perfect choice for a spine-tingling Halloween gaming experience. Whether you prefer psychological horror, jump scares, or survival horror, there’s something on this list to suit your taste. So, grab your controller, turn down the lights, and get ready for a night of terror as you delve into the greatest horror video games ever created. Happy Halloween gaming!