Thanks to the intrinsic interactivity this genre offers, horror is particularly fit for video games. Watching something frightening in a film is one thing, but its completely another thing to feel like you’ve experienced it first hand.
In the last decade or so, scary games have had a bit of a revival, thanks to titles like Dead Space and Outlast that placed a renewed focus on creating scares and suspense.
As graphic technology keeps evolving, so does the potential for even scarier gaming experiences. There are a variety of games that will scare the pants off you, but if you’re searching for the best scary video games, these are the top 5.
Both Outlast and Outlast II are excellent video games. The player in both versions, like most survival games, has no arms and must view the world through a video camera, paying homage to the cults classic Blair Witch.
Despite the first game having an over-the-top plot involving a psychological ward and an MK Ultra cover-up, its sequel only improved the storyline through a helicopter crash survivor and his search to save his wife from a sinister backwood cult.
With an upcoming VR experience on the way, which is The Outlast Trials, now is the perfect time to plunge into these immersive found-footage works of art.
Left undervalued and overlooked, Get Even is a plot staple of survival horror gaming. Throughout the playthrough, the game uses a massive amount of jump scares.
They are used in such a way as to invoke the story’s central idea: contradictory memories and memory difficulties. It’s obvious from the very beginning of the game that not everything that Cole Black perceives is true on face value.
A phone with different perspectives is given to the player, such as infrared and surface tracking, and also a silenced pistol. As players delve deeper into Cole Black’s memories, they start unravelling the darker complexities and frightening realities surrounding his story.
Although it may have been launched back in 2017, Get Even still boasts video game horror with an original storyline and eternal concepts about how our decisions eventually shape who we are.
Moons of Madness
Moons of Madness is the ideal combination of SOMA and Event Horizon for those cosmic horror fans.
The Rock Pocket and Dreamloop Games created a masterpiece of immersive Lovecraftian horror, sending players as a troubled astronaut named Shane Newehart to the Crimson World.
The plot takes place in Funcom’s The Secret World fictional universe, with the previous game’s Orochi Group playing a significant role in Moons of Madness.
Though IGN may have given it a low 5/10 review score, this experience of cosmic horror is still deserving of the many long hours of ever-descending misery it delivers so eloquently.
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home is an unsettling horror adventure reimagined by Thai folklore, using myths and legends as its driving mode of suspense. The story is tracking Tim on a search to find his wife, who unexpectedly disappeared after a startling revelation.
As Tim plunges more in-depth into the mysteries that afflicted his wife alike, he will also become entangled and abandoned in a twisted web of angry ghosts.
Home Sweet Home is often ignored, mostly because of its indie status, but that’s actually what makes it so unique. The infused bit of Thai mystery makes the experience broader.
The only drawback to the game is that the playtime is relatively limited. Still, a horror masterpiece has been produced by the Yggdrazil Group, one that has prompted a sequel, which is sadly only available on Steam.
Inside is meant for young audiences, but with the injection of puzzle platforming, it still reveals upon the horror experience.
In Inside, players in a dystopian world control a young boy, solving puzzles to advance through the different levels and areas involved with this limbo-like environment.
The expertly designed horror puzzle game by Playdead is a well-rounded project that has paid off, gaining not only recognition but a range of theories about the essence of its plot.
Who is that boy? Where exactly does he move to or from? The open-ended aspect of the narrative of Inside only amplifies the experience.
Most of the games above are pure walking simulators with little gameplay. Having told some of the most compelling stories in video gaming, scary video games still does not always share the limelight with big AAA titles, but tthey’re coming close.