Are you trying to find a way to experience adrenaline without being in danger in reality? Why not try out the scary world of horror video games? Whether you’re afraid of zombies or werewolves, there are plenty of spooky games to try.
If you’re brand new to this game genre and don’t know where to start, get ready for the biggest scare of your life because here we’ve compiled a list of the top seven horror video games.
Until Dawn (2015)
Eight friends trapped together in a remote mountain retreat realise that they are not alone. Overcome with fear, they must fight if they hope to make it through the night safe and sound.
Play as each of the eight characters and experience fear like never before. Every decision you make in your terrifying quest for answers could mean the difference between life and death, but for whom? Only your actions will decide who survives until dawn. This game is available to buy on Amazon for Playstation 4.
“Visually and story-wise compelling” – AusGamers
“Fans of the genre will feel right at home, as Until Dawn certainly delivers it perfectly” – Twinfinite
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a 2017 survival horror game, developed and published by Capcom. The player controls Ethan Winters, who searches for his long-lost wife on an abandoned plantation occupied by an infected family, solving puzzles and battling enemies.
Resident Evil is a series, known for its complex and often downright silly story. Few of the games in the series are direct sequels and most of them can be played as such without knowing much about the broader story or universe. But it certainly helps to know what’s going on. This game is available on Steam or as a Playstation 4 version on Amazon.
“The best Resident Evil game in ten years” 10/10 – Destructoid
“This is absolutely a buy” – ACG
Alien: Isolation (2014)
When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday, but she never did. Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been found.
Amanda arrives at the Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance but is confronted by an unknown threat. Join a terrifying quest for survival as you navigate through the labyrinthine maze of Sevastopol Station. The game is available on Steam or on Amazon for Playstation 4.
“The game the Alien series always deserved” 93% – PCGAMER
“An absolute triumph in every department” 9/10 – Games TM
The Quarry (2022)
The Quarry is a survival horror interactive video game where the player takes control of nine different teenagers who have to survive the night. The player has to make different decisions that can change the development of the characters, the plot and the relationships between the different characters. All nine playable characters can die before the end of the game and each of them has 10-12 different potential ways of dying.
Supermassive Games, the studio behind Until Dawn, created this game, so you can be sure that they know how to make genuinely entertaining and truly terrifying games that will make you jump more than once. This video game is also available for purchase on Steam or on Amazon.
“A fantastic horror game” 9/10 – GameSpot
“Will keep you glued in suspense” 8.5/10 – GameInformer
Dead Space (2008)
After finding a strange object on a distant planet, a huge deep-sea mining ship goes dark. Isaac Clarke, an engineer, sets out on a maintenance trip when he finds the crew of the ship brutally murdered and infected with an alien plague. Now Isaac is separated, trapped in a desperate fight for survival.
Whatever you do, stay vigilant. Everything happens in real-time. This means that any action gives the monsters the perfect opportunity to attack. The worst is yet to come, and it’s up to you to figure out what really happened. This game is available for purchase on GOG.COM or Steam.
“This is a highly recommended game for sci-fi and survival horror fans” – PTGamers
“This is the best I’ve experienced” – Gaming Age
In the remote mountains of Colorado, a long-abandoned mental hospital awaits you. Although it has only lately been reopened, the facility has long been run in complete secrecy. Freelance journalist, Maillie Upshur breaks into the facility. What he discovers straddles a frightening line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape is the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.
“Easily one of the scariest games I’ve ever played” 9,5/10 – Bloody Disgusting
“ Outlast is the perfect nightmare. …it’s absolutely petrifying. I love it” 4,5/5 – Joystiq
Five Nights at Freddy’s (2014)
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror video game in which you must survive five nights at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza from the dangers of animatronic characters. As the night shift security guard, you have to keep track of the animatronic characters’ movements using the restaurant’s security cameras and avoid being caught by the terrifying puppets. The game ends if you get caught. It is available for purchase on Steam.
“Entertaining, engaging and addictive; once Five Nights at Freddy’s gets its paws on you, it’s hard to let go” – DarkStation
“Simple design that’s devilishly clever at fooling your mind” – PC Gamer