The Halloween season is a great time not only to watch spooky movies, but also to play spooky video games, and there are plenty to choose from. We’re going to recommend some of the best horror games to try out before the scary season is over.
Many games will be excluded from the list for space reasons, but the following is a great sample of the horror genre in video games.
“Five nights at Freddy’s”
Even though this game can easily be considered one of the simpler games on the list, the premise is fantastic and the game lends itself to some really good scares and a confusing overall experience. You play as a security guard who spends the night in a pizzeria like Chuck E. Cheese. It features spooky animatronics that come to life and the player wins by surviving the night – a task becomes more and more difficult as the week progresses, hence the title’s five nights.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” is easily one of the best games to play at night on the biggest screen possible. The player is seated in a security room and must switch between the different cameras in order to catch the moving animatronics.
At first it gets very repetitive and the first night almost nothing happens. But as the nights progress the animatronics move faster and as you cycle through the different cameras they start to appear in different places – sometimes looking directly into the camera in the creepiest ways. as they try to kill you. While many people think the game is overrated, its entertaining and horrific aspects contribute to the popularity of the game.
“Resident Evil 2”
Both versions of these games will always be one of the best horror games ever. It was really terrifying to play on Nintendo 64 back then and recently it got remade for the latest generation of gaming consoles and PCs. It was a great remaster that added more depth to the story and changed the mechanics of the Resident Evil series, allowing players to move and shoot at the same time instead of standing still.
The remastered version found a way to reinvent the iconic transitions between rooms. What was once a cutscene of a door that spooked open is now the door that opens in real time when the player interacts with it. The way a player presses the analog stick determines how much the door opens. This is a great way to build up some suspense because you never really know what’s on the other side, and that suspense lends itself to some really good jumps that lead to paranoia of walking through Raccoon Town. riddled with zombies.
This creation from Visceral Games is another game that easily lands a top spot in the best horror games ever made. After discovering a strange artifact on another planet, the power of a deep space mining vessel is completely extinguished. This is when the player steps in. As Engineer Isaac Clarke, the player is tasked with exploring the ship to understand what exactly happened. The result is an ultra-violent and genuinely fun game in which Clarke battles reanimated and disfigured corpses.
The player is given a bunch of great tools for an optimal kill and goes through the game fighting creatures that have nightmares – like something out of a David Cronenberg movie – while trying to solve the mystery of what s ‘passed on the ship. There are three games in the series and all of them are worth playing before the series returns in a recently announced remake.
“Friday the 13th: the game”
Last, but not least, is a personal favorite, “Friday the 13th: The Game”. This is a multiplayer online game, ideal for playing with friends and strangers. The principle is quite simple: either become the camp monitors or Jason Voorhees.
As advisers the game can be won by escaping, while as Jason the game ends when you kill all of the advisers.
It’s a really fun game that has the advisers working together as a team or completely stabbing everyone and working like a lone wolf in an attempt to escape the map and become victorious. Gaming is best if players have access to microphones, which makes it an ideal situation for communicating with each other. There are several advisors and versions of Jason to choose from, each specifically suited to certain playstyles.
Playing as Jason is by far the most stressful part of the game, but once the controls are mastered it becomes a lot of fun hunting down every advisor in the game. The game also features some really fantastic cut scenes for specialist killings including Jason. hitting one of the advisers on the head, tearing his head off, piercing a hole in his chest or even ripping off his limbs with brute force. It’s easily one of the funniest and most brutal horror games to play with friends.