The temperature has dropped, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and October has become an entire personality trait. And everyone knows what that means – spooky time! And like every year before this, we have the best way to celebrate the change of seasons. So, grab your comfy clothes, a warm blanket (clearly to use to hide), and a horror video game to dive into. This is my fourth year putting together this list, and every year it gets better and better. If you don’t see your favorite horror video games on this list, check out parts one, two and three. But, let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s get spooked!

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Them and Us

This year’s first horror video game is Tendo Games’ Them and Us. It is a classic survival horror game that sets its focus on atmosphere and player immersion. The further players explore this strange, unending nightmare, the more they uncover Alice’s past. It’s a perfect spooky game as we head into the Halloween season. For fans of Resident Evil, Silent Hill and other retro-themed survival horror games, this will be a great game to enjoy.

Them and Us can be found on PC here.

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard

If you thought we would make it through a list of horror video games without mentioning something from my favorite franchise, you were wrong. This year, we are all about Resident Evil VII: Biohazard. After a few less scary games within the franchise, this addition brings us back to Capcom‘s roots of horror and genuine terror. Plus, it introduces us to the mysterious Ethan Winters and opens up the door to Resident Evil Village.

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard can be played on PC through Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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The Quarry

Do you love 2K Games and Supermassive Games? Then you absolutely need to check out their interactive horror drama, The Quarry. Players follow nine camp counselors who are just trying to survive the night. Every choice has an impact on how the game plays out, allowing for so many different ways for the game to play out. If you have already played it, now is a great time to dive back in and check out all the unfollowed paths you might have missed or try to make it out with everyone alive.

The Quarry is available on PC through Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

World of Horror

Not every horror game needs to be a rich narrative experience. World of Horror by panstasz and Ysbryd Games is the perfect example of a horror game with a twist. In this 1-bit love letter to Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft, players will work through a rogue-lite-style game with turn-based combat and very, very unforgiving choices. With the plethora of options that can be made, replaying this story over and over is a terrifyingly good experience.

World of Horror is available with early access on PC through Steam.

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The Mortuary Assistant

I really love when game descriptions for horror video games are short, sweet and to the point. And that is exactly what DarkStone Digital and DreadXP have for The Mortuary Assistant. It reads, “Alone with the dead… Embalm corpses, banish demons, save your soul.” And that is exactly what you do. But the real charm here is the job simulation mixed with jump scares and the story they are slowly building as the game progresses. What I didn’t expect was to find one of my favorite horror games of the year.

The Mortuary Assistant is playable on PC through Steam.

Poppy Playtime

Are you a fan of games like Five Nights at Freddy’s? Then MOB Games’ Poppy Playtime will be right up your alley. It is a dark thriller title that will have players solving horror-filled puzzles while trying to survive inside an abandoned toy factory packed to the brim with vengeful toys. The goal is to use the GrabPack to hack electrical circuits and explore the mysterious facility without getting caught.

Poppy Playtime is available on PC through Steam.

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MADiSON

Shifting back to the psychological horror video games brings us to BLOODIOUS GAMES’ MADiSON. This first-person survival game will have you on the edge of your seat while trying hard not to pee your pants. With the help of your trust instant camera, players will connect the human world with the beyond. Through them, you will need to solve puzzles, explore your surroundings and, most importantly – survive.

MADiSON is playable on PC through Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

Supermassive Games knows how to make good horror video games, and The Dark Pictures Anthology series is proof of that. In the latest installment, House of Ashes, players explore a buried Sumerian temple containing a nest of unearthly creatures. The story follows a group of Special Forces who are hunting for weapons of mass destruction. To survive the night, they must forge a brotherhood with their enemies from the world above. Honestly, this is one of the best installments into the franchise thus far.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is available on PC through Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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The Suicide of Rachel Foster

Sometimes it isn’t the jump scares and scary monsters that make horror video games genuinely fantastic. Sometimes the ominous mystery sets a tone sure to make you so uncomfortable it’s terrifying. That made me fall in love with ONE-O-ONE Games and Daedalic Entertainment’s The Suicide of Rachel Foster. The story is packed with secrets that Nicole will uncover while trying to survive with the help of the mysterious FEMA agent Irving.

The Suicide of Rachel Foster is available on PC through Steam, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.

Call of Cthulhu

This year’s final horror video game is Cyanide Studio and Focus Entertainment‘s Call of Cthulhu. The story is set in 1924, like all good Lovecraft-inspired stories, and follows PI Pierce, who investigates the tragic death of the Hawkins family. What he didn’t expect was to be plunged into a world of creeping madness and cosmic horror. The story includes cryptic clues,  shadow figures and pure terror of the otherwordly. So, clearly, it is one of our absolute favorite games.

Call of Cthulhu is available on PC through Steam, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.

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