The chill is in the air. The calendar just flipped to October. And Halloween is right around the corner. So you know what that means! It’s spooky time! And what better way to celebrate than getting cozy and popping in a terrifying game to enjoy? This is my third year putting together this list and this one might just be my favorite. You can thank the very tall Lady Dimitrescu for that. If you don’t see your favorite horror video games on this list, be sure to check out parts one and two. Without further ado – let’s go scared!
Resident Evil Village
If you didn’t think I would start this list off with what has been my favorite horror game of the year – you thought wrong. Of course, the Lady Dimitrescu show … or otherwise known as Capcom’s Resident Evil Village, was going to kick this list off! The events of this installment pick up a few years after Ethan and Mia narrowly make it out of the Baker’s house alive. But things are never good for poor Ethan and when Mia is killed and his daughter is kidnapped, he needs to head off to kick ass and take names.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
Supermassive Games’ second installment to their horror series, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, can be quite terrifying. After a bus full of college students and their professor crashes in the dead of night, the group finds themselves trapped in the town of Little Hope. But things are never what they appear and as you try and push through until daylight, you are forced to face your past – across multiple lifetimes. This game is perfect for playing alone or alongside friends for a perfect spooky night in.
The Shattering from Super Sexy Software is a first-person psychological horror game where not everything is what it appears to be. When John awakens and remembers nothing, he goes down a path of unlocking his truly nightmarish past. But what is real and what is his own mind trying to protect him? This game is story-driven and while it doesn’t use jump scares to keep you on your toes, it can be truly terrifying. Think of being lulled into that false sense of security and then having it all ripped from you. That is how I felt playing this and I know you are going to love it as I did.
If you have been lucky enough to procure yourself a PS5, then I highly suggest checking out Returnal from developer Housemarque. This is a third-person shooter where Selene finds herself trapped in a time loop while scooting the planet Atropos. With each death, the world around Selene changes and she faces off against creatures pulled from the pages of H.P. Lovecraft. And if that wasn’t enough to terrify you, the narrative and atmosphere sure will. We really think this is going to be a spooky game you will really enjoy.
Returnal is available now for the PS5.
In one of my other favorite horror games from this year comes Bloober Team’s The Medium. When Marianne receives an ominous phone call from someone claiming to know her secret, she travels to the mystery and abandoned Niwa Resort. This game includes all of the typical things you find in horror games – big scary monster, mysterious backstory, scary old building. But this is so much more. Marianne’s psychic ability is shown in a way that splits the screens and has you traveling between two worlds to solve puzzles and progress the story.
In Sound Mind
The youngest addition to the horror video games list is We Create Stuff’s In Sound Mind. It is an imaginative first-person psychological horror with a mix of puzzles, boss fights and exploration. It’s almost as if they had a checklist of all the iconic horror elements needed when creating this game! This game is one hell of a ride with incredible visuals and a soundtrack to match it. It has something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t let the fact that it’s brand new deter you. Now is the perfect time to dive into this new game!
Left 4 Dead 2
When you think of horror, it’s hard not to think about Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2. Where would any of us be without Bill! Set in the zombie apocalypse, this highly beloved sequel to Left 4 Dead gives us four new survivors to control and even more zombies to fight! They really stepped it up with the complexity of their characters and story. Plus, the best part is you don’t have to suffer … I mean … enjoy this game alone! The co-op experience is amazing and perfect for a spooky game night with friends who have zombies on the brain.
Left 4 Dead 2 is availble on PC through Steam.
At Dead of Night
Ever visit a creepy hotel and find out the only person working there has a split personality and is going to stalk you while you’re trying to uncover their even creepier past? No? Same. Totally same. But you can experience this for yourself with Baggy Cat’s At Dead of Night. This part horror game and part horror film will have you sneaking through halls and searching the hotel rooms. You also get the chance to talk to the dead in order to piece together clues to unlock Jimmy’s darkest secret. This isn’t a game for the faint and does feature some pretty mature storylines.
At Dead of Night is availble now on PC through Steam.
When the name of the game is GTFO, then you know it’s going to be good. 10 Chambers Collective hardcore horror survival game is one of those games that will have you terrified by what’s in it and how hard it can be. You and up to three other players (and we highly suggest doing this with friends) are prisoners in a complex underground prison filled with monsters and people and a whole lot of ammo. Players will need to work together to clear floors and complete tasks without getting a chunk of them ripped out!
GTFO is availble now for PC through Steam.
We are ending this horror video games list with another title from my favorite franchise, the original Resident Evil. Why not spend the spooky season with one of the games that started it all? If you’ve been living under a rock, here is a quick synopsis. After Chris and Jill’s fellow S.T.A.R.S. members go silent on a mission into the woods surrounding Raccoon City, their team heads out to investigate. This leads them to Spencer Mansion where they uncover horrors even your nightmares couldn’t create. They will need to pull out all the stops in order to survive.
Resident Evil was remastered for PC through Steam and is availble now!
This article was originally published on 9/30/21.