The Top 10 Horror Games of this Generation
By Hamza Khan 26 Aug, 19
Horror is one of the most loved genres in today’s industry, whether it’s movies, shows or games. If we talk about games specifically, the gaming industry has produced some spectacular and engaging games that deliver a hell of an experience. In case you’re new to it, or maybe just curious, and want help in picking out the best ones; we’ve created a list that features a diverse variety of horror games ranging from third person shooting to first person survival and even open world horrors that are full of zombies, ghosts, and what not. So let’s have a look at this generation’s best horror games that may have kept you up all night or will do very soon.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was developed and published by Capcom in January 2017 on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Resident Evil 7 got so much attention because it turned around the whole gameplay experience of resident evil series, being the first game to be played as First Person perception. You play as Ethan Carter who travels to an abandoned house after searching for his wife who’s been missing for years sends him a message for help, later to be abducted by the Bakers family. You run around the haunted house solving puzzles, shooting dark-matter-creatures and watching video tapes. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has a very interesting gameplay and story-line which gets the players hooked up for hours. A must play title for horror fanatics.
Outlast 2 was developed and published by Red Barrels in April 2017 on PC, Xbox One and PS4. It is a sequel and a successor to the Outlast published in 2013. You play this game as a news reporter who is on his way to an investigation with his wife, as their helicopter gets stuck by some mysterious lighting he finds himself on an island. You go through different terrains and explore haunting sides of the island while being pursued by one or more extremely horrifying antagonist. You run, hide or die, there’s no other choice you have. Also, did we tell you that in this horrifying immersive psychological adventure, you keep having flashbacks of yourself in middle of a school getting chased by a vicious nightmare? Yeah well, good luck…
Alien: Isolation was developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega in 2014 for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Alien: Isolation is based on the famous Sci-Fi horror movie series “Alien”. In Alien: Isolation you pay as Ripley, an astronaut, who whilst on a mission, finds herself on a seemingly abandoned spaceship, and she explores throughout the horrifying yet very beautifully constructed environment. She realizes that she’s not alone and has to get out. Alien: Isolation has a very fantastic story-line with many plot twists, but not enough to make it confusing or over stretched. No side quests or extra missions, you just need to try and get out of the spaceship alive.
The Evil Within
Evil Within was developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks in 2014 for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One and Ps4. Evil Within is a 3rd person horror survival action title which goes on with a very smooth and linear gameplay, starts from a mental asylum to a forest and to god-knows-where else. Evil Within is a bit challenging because of the inventory management, so every bullet has a price. It features a variety of totally different environments and enemies who are sometimes a bit hard to kill, yet very interesting. Unfortunately, its sequel: "Evil Within 2" failed to top it as it was more of an open world horror survival which made the story and gameplay lose its authenticity.
Dying Light was developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2015 for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Dying Light is a phenomenal open world horror survival game which takes place in a post zombie apocalyptic world. You can create a really wide range of weapons by combining various materials and objects, from an electric knife to a burning sword and a lot of others. What makes this game stand out is the story and the open world itself, the whole map is very interactive and interesting to explore. The time of the day affects your experience. The story is very well written and the characters really bond themselves to you and you have to save them all at any cost.
Doki Doki Literature Club
Doki Doki Literature Club is a Free-to-Play game developed by Team Salvato in 2017 only for PC. As this game looks like yet another Japanese dating simulator, believe us, it’s not. This is one of those games that’d make you question your choices about everything, as you proceed through the game, it not only starts affecting the characters as you play and interact with, but also starts affecting you as well. Doki Doki Literature is a very well written psychological horror graphic novel which you surely don’t want to miss out unless you get disturbed easily. The game has multiple endings, so if you have played it do let us know which one you got!
Until Dawn was developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2015 for PS4 only. Until Dawn is an Interactive Drama in which you play as not one or two, but eight characters who are stuck on Mountain Blackwood. Having a butterfly effect in the gameplay, meaning that whatever choice you make will effect something at some point, if not instantly. Until Dawn has hundreds of ending based on the critical decisions you make during the gameplay. Oh and there are some psycho creatures trying to kill you the whole time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 2 Remake was developed and published by Capcom in 2019 for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Resident Evil 2 Remake (as the name suggests) is the remake of the original Resident Evil 2 from 1998 and currently the latest game in the Resident Evil series. It is a 3rd person horror shooter, featuring all-time favorite characters, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. The story is completely the same as the original game but the graphics and the gameplay are totally breathtaking. Whether it’s the reflections or blood dripping from the zombies you have beheaded. It is an absolute must play for all the Resident Evil fans.
Prey developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks for PC, Xbox One and PS4 in 2017. It’s an open world-first person shooter and horror survival game with stealth elements and inventory management as well, and very weird shape shifting alien who’d jump at you when you least expect them to do so. After all you’re on their space station strolling around like it’s yours. Explore the huge station and sometimes the space as well while doubting and fearing chairs as if they’ll kill you, funny right? Not when you play it with the headphones because Prey has amazing sound engineering that is bound to give you nightmares.
Bendy and The Ink Machine
Bendy and The Ink Machine was developed and published by Kindly Beast, initially started releasing in 2017 but the episodes came out one by one till October 2018 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Bendy and The Ink Machine doesn’t win over by gore and creepy looking aliens but by its environment and a very frightening antagonist. It’s very cartoonish and sets a very horrid environment which makes you feel like you’re being watched the whole time. The story unfolds as you play through these psychologically disturbing yet interesting gameplay.
As this list concludes we know we have missed out a lot of good horror titles that have been recently released or announced, but this list included all the games that have been completely released, and have been played through to be reviewed.
Do you see your favorite game mentioned here? Or do you know about any excellent horror game that we have missed out? Let us know in the comments below!