With Halloween just days away, we wanted to do something special for our readers. That is why we put together this quick list of our 5 favorite horror games to get you in the Halloween spirit!
Think a different game is worthy of making this list? Leave it in the comments below!
5. Resident Evil 5
The improved co-op abilities of Resident Evil 5 helped push this game to the next level of Survival Horror and First Person Shooters. While the storyline doesn’t seem to vary much from prior games, specifically when dealing with Wesker, the fact that the gameplay is at a constant fast pace makes this worthy of the #5 spot on our list.
4. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Unlike its’ name, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is not a game we can easily forget. A sense of dread floods your every thought and waking moment as you dive into this game blinded by the darkness. There are no weapons to be found, no saving grace besides the dim lantern that can be used sparingly to keep what lies beyond the silence of the night at bay. Amnesia perfectly captures the desperate feeling of being helpless and alone, defenseless and hunted.. And that is why it is our #4 choice!
3. Dead Space
When I found out that a good friend of mine helped compose a majority of the in game sound effects and music, I knew that this game was going to send chills up my spine. And sure enough, it did!
This game combined the action and exploration elements from Resident Evil 4 with the classic tension and dread of Alien, all while making it feel like something entirely new. Like Resident Evil, it gave us the experience of feeling confined, and often gave us that all too familiar ‘Something bad is going to happen very soon’ feeling. Additionally, the confined feeling from being on a ship sailing straight to our dooms gave us this sense that at any moment, it could possibly be ripped apart and our player would be ripped apart into the deep voids of space.
2. The Evil Within
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a horror game grace the genre that wasn’t a Resident Evil reboot, and with the recent release of ‘The Evil Within’ we had to see what all the hype was about.
With gameplay running just shy of a full 24 hours, you are sure to be left entertained, exhausted, and slightly traumatized. The game opens on an investigation of what appears to be a multiple homicide at Beacon Mental Hospital in its fictional Krimson City, before you realize things are not as they seem (no pun intended). Even with being a bit rough around the edges, this game is beautifully designed and twists horror cliches to create a terrifying new game experience.
1. Silent Hill
And finally, in the #1 spot is Silent Hill. While the image above reflects Silent Hill Homecoming, we’d like to take this moment to appreciate the entire Silent Hill Franchise. Every game has been uniquely crafted in such a way that it carries the legacy of what Survival Horror truly is, without tarnishing its’ reputation.
Silent Hill 2 bears an overwhelming sense of dread from its bleak beginning to its bittersweet end. The fog creates a claustrophobic feeling that destabilized me like never before. It’s so thick that you can’t see more than 10 feet. And it is one of the games that truly has struck fear out of game. On a foggy day, I now get this sense that something is amiss, and lurking just beyond the mist.