With the end of Summer comes the early preparations for the scariest day of the year, Halloween. My fiancee is a huge Halloween fan and goes all out every year to decorate her garage and scare all the kids in the neighborhood. While she enjoys scaring, she doesn’t enjoy being scared, which got me thinking about the scariest games I’ve ever played. Here are the top scariest games to play in preparation for Halloween.
Keep in mind, there are a 12930827480542 number of horror games out there and I simply haven’t played every single one. So this is just my list and I absolutely encourage you to comment below or holler at me on Twitter and Facebook and tell me some of the scariest games you’ve ever played.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
I honestly don’t remember the last time I was this stressed out playing a video game. Resident Evil 7 is one of the scariest, most stressful games I’ve ever played. The developers use of a limited field of vision in the first-person perspective, dramatic timing, as well as storytelling, really redefine the Resident Evil franchise and makes for an absolutely terrifying game. Not to mention the claustrophobic setting of being in a small room with a crazy psychopath in constant pursuit of your. If you’re looking for an absolutely terrifying game to play this Halloween, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is for you. If you haven’t done so yet, you can check out my review of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Oh yes, I do remember the last time I was THAT stressed out playing a game. This game is about walking an infinite maze, knowing a giant killer monster is constantly in pursuit of you and going to burst through a wall at any moment. That monster is Nemesis and this was one of those games that had your anxiety levels high to going into each new area because you new Nemesis was there you just didn’t know where or when he would appear. If the game still holds up to this day, I would absolutely recommend taking on Nemesis this Halloween.
Bendy And The Ink Machine
Bendy and the Ink Machine does a great job of blending cartoon and horror. Its atmospheric setting has you thinking there’s something waiting for your around every corner. Think of, what if Disney made a horror movie? Bendy and the Ink Machine is just that. I can put money on seeing a lot of Bendy costumes this Halloween. So if you’re looking for costume ideas and a scary game to play this Halloween, Bendy and the Ink Machine is a great game. You can check out my reviews of Bendy and the Ink Machine if you haven’t read them already.
Deadspace is a survival horror game published by EA. Have you ever met a Necromorph? Well if you play Deadscape, you’ll be introduced to one! Or maybe you’ll meet one in your deepest darkest nightmares because it’s a creature that can only come from the deepest, darkest parts of the human imagination. Aside from the nightmarish creatures, the atmosphere of the game really sets the scene. From a lack of HUD making you feel utterly alone to blood-spattered walls lost limbs, Deadspace is a perfect gory game for you to play alone in a dark room this Halloween.
The Evil Within
The Evil Within is Bethesda’s nightmarish horror game with a pretty decent story. Where the game really shines is with it’s claustrophobic level design that will have you spooked by your own shadow. The creatures in this game really make it terrifying. They are intelligent, fast and look like something from your nightmares. It’s an ever-shifting game that will keep you on your toes and your hairs on end. A perfect game to play if you want to feel spooked this Halloween.
Outlast will make you jump out of your chair! As you journey through an Asylum, you’re defenseless against the mental patients that inhabit your surroundings with only the ability to run and hide. One tool at your disposal is a night-vision camera that allows you to see in the darkness of your surroundings for as long as you have battery power. This adds an element of, “do I really want to turn on my camera and see where that breathing noise is coming from?”. Outlast could be the perfect Halloween game for your if the most tense hide and seek game of your life.
Alien: Isolation is the Xenomorph stalking game based on the Alien-franchise movies. A lot like Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, you never know when and you never know where, but you’re very aware that there is a Xenomorph after you and it will reveal itself eventually, inevitably and multiple times. It’s a cat and mouse game where you play as the mouse. However, the scariest part of the game might be the soulless “Working Joes” that are in constant, silent pursuit of your saying things like “I will find you, you know.” *Shivers*. It’s the perfect creepy game to play this Halloween.
Until Dawn, created by Supermassive Games, is an ultimate throwback to classic horror movies. The game features 8 attractive people looking to party it up in a cabin out in the woods (haven’t I seen this movie?), and do everything they can to make it as easy as possible for any slasher nearby looking to, well, slash (sex in weird places, bathing with headphones on). Cliches aside, Until Dawn finds its scares within tense, dark moments, consequential storytelling and misdirection. It’s creepy environments build a world where you constantly feel like you’re being watched. So if you’re looking for consequences this Halloween, Until Dawn could be for you.
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2 is regarded as one of the best horror games of all time. It’s a game that rivaled the Resident Evil games at the height of their horrific rule. Where Resident Evil focused on jump-scares, Silent Hill focused on eerie environments and psychological terrors that created some of the most terrifying situations in gaming history. If you’re into games where the deeper you go, the worse it gets, Silent Hill 2 might be the perfect game for you this Halloween.
What’s great about P.T. is that it isn’t even a game! P.T. was a “Playable Trailer” for Hideo Kojimas unreleased Silent Hill game. Here’s how scary this “TRAILER” is. I haven’t even played the game. Instead, I watched a Youtuber play it while I sat with three friends, all of us hiding behind some pillows we found, in anticipation of whatever horror came next. On top of that, the game takes place in 4 hallways that simply keep going around in a circle. It’s brilliantly designed in it’s use of familiarity to catch each player off guard. If you’re lucky enough to own P.T. or has a friend that still happens to have it on their Playstation, absolutely check this one out this Halloween.
Bioshock is one of my favorite games and actually inspired me to start making my own games. Why? Bioshock is a beautiful blend of storytelling, action, and of course, horror. From taking on the crazy surgeon in the medical wing to the mannequins who change position whenever you look away from them to the enemy splicers in general. Throw in the terrifying atmosphere of Rapture, a villain like Andrew Ryan and the Big Daddy and you have yourself a pretty scary game. Bioshock is definitely a must when it comes to scary games this Halloween.
So that’s it! Those are some of the scariest games you can play this Halloween. What are some of the scariest games you’ve ever played? Comment below and hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!