Horror games are a lot of fun, and with Halloween right around the corner, there’s no better time to get into some of gaming’s most terrifying titles.
The following is a roundup of several different horror games that vary in tone and graphic content; all of them are worth giving a go and all of them are worth getting scared over this Halloween.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
This one’s a classic. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first-person horror game infamous for its terrifying content. From horrifically deformed monsters to tricky puzzles, this game produces no shortage of things to whimper at.
What’s more, the player has no means of self-defense other than running or hiding, making Amnesia as hardcore a survival horror game as it gets. The title’s available on PC and PS4, and it runs well on both platforms.
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Players who like a spooky vibe but aren’t up for the viscera of first-person survival horror should consider Stasis. Released by South African developer The Brotherhood, Stasis is an old-fashioned isometric adventure game about a man who wakes up on an abandoned spaceship.
Stasis doesn’t pack the difficulty or survival challenges of a first-person horror game, but don’t be fooled; there are still plenty of spooky sights in Stasis. Sometimes the puzzles get a little too opaque, but most times the game paces itself at a deliciously creepy clip. Check it out on PC or Mac OS.
Outlast is Amnesia turned up to 11 and a pants-soiling flight for survival through an old insane asylum. Monsters abound, darkness prevails, and all players can do is hope that the night vision on their video camera doesn’t run out of batteries.
Like Amnesia, Outlast isn’t for the faint of heart, but adrenaline junkies and horror enthusiasts cannot afford to miss it. This one’s available across all gaming platforms.
Visceral’s third-person horror shooter turns 10 years old next fall, so be a little proactive this Halloween and try Dead Space this year. Dead Space is generally regarded as one of the best big-budget horror games of the last decade, and rightly so.
Player characters have to use engineering tools to hack the limbs off of alien zombies, all while surviving aboard a derelict mining vessel. Dead Space is available on Steam and is backwards compatible on the Xbox One.
The last few years have seen a proliferation of great horror games, but these four are great places for new fans to start. Alternatively, inveterate horror fans who dare to call themselves such without having played these games need to get on it ASAP. Happy hunting, and happy Halloween!