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22, 10, 2020 | The G FUEL Team | comments(0)

31 Awesome Video Games That Will Get You Into The Halloween Spirit

It’s that time of the year where many of us start living our spookiest lives. It’s finally getting darker sooner, the leaves have started to change, and Halloween is just around the corner. So, naturally, we need to scare ourselves as much as possible.

There are many ways to do this: haunted houses, horror movies, scary stories, hilarious jump scare pranks on your friends and family, and more.

However for many of us, we want to just curl up with our PC or gaming console of choice and play something so immersive we can’t sleep for days. So, to help you with that lifestyle choice, we here at G FUEL have given you a mix of the 31 best horror and non-horror video games that will get you into the Halloween spirit. Some will even scare the socks right off of you.

31. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons Halloween items and costumes.Digital Spy

Ok don’t leave just yet, Animal Crossing isn’t scary, I get it. However, if you need a lovely little break from fear but still want cute Halloween time, Animal Crossing is doing its Halloween event all month. It is adorable. 

You can grow pumpkins, build scarecrows, and even find costume designs to dress up for actual Halloween. You can buy candy to give out when Halloween arrives on October 31st, after 5 PM. Neighbors will gather in the plaza, which will be adorned with an array of Halloween decorations.

You’ll also receive a visit from a mysterious guest, Jack, the “czar of Halloween.” By giving Jack lollipops and candy, you’ll earn spooky in-game rewards. Be sure to save some candy for your neighbors too, or you might get pranked!

This is just a fun way to celebrate if you aren’t into things that are too spooky.

30. BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre

Big Drunk Satanic Massacre (BDSM).GameSpace

Big Drunk Satanic Massacre is basically a shooter with strong RPG elements - basically DOOM light. It’s Bullet Hell, literally. The game itself takes place in Hell where the main hero, Big Lou, who is the son of the most supreme evil … you know, Satan. According to the game’s description, Lou’s goal is “to find booze and rescue the hottest Mistress from the clutches of a fat clown.”  You are trying to save Hell.

While the game isn't the scariest, it has those perfect little elements of the gothic horror that will keep you playing. The game consists of levels/chapters representing different areas of Hell. You’ll get to fight through the hellish “Big Wack fast food café,” the “Skeleton Slums,” the “Red Light District,” and more. You’ll have to  survive the onslaught to get to and kill that level’s specific boss. Each boss represents a unique multistage fight, and it is pretty challenging.

This may go without saying, but from the title, you should know this game is not for kids. 

29. Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11Entertainment Weekly/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

This game isn't a horror game, in particular. However, the gore effects in Mortal Kombat 11 are second to none. NetherRealms has outdone themselves once again, even after the upgrades MK9 and MKX had. The characters and fighters all have some amazing costumes, and some are downright freaky. Finishers and their famous fatalities are bloodier than ever.

While the main game has been around for years and gone through amazingly violent enhancements, MK11’s new addition, Krushing Blows, are special critical hits that activate automatically to give you maximum gore. There’s so much to love about this mechanic. It’s super satisfying to see an otherwise-normal punch cause a complete bone explosion inside your opponent’s body.

Every character has a Krushing Blow tied to their uppercut and other various moves that will activate if it hits as a counter, or if it punishes a missed high attack. While uppercuts typically cannot be used as combo starters, if it happens to be a Krushing Blow uppercut, it will launch the opponent high up into the air and open them up to a substantial follow-up juggle without costing any meter. Whether you use Krushing Blows as juggling opportunities or not, the zoom in, slow motion gore is enough to make you wince. The other great part about Mortal Kombat 11 is they are still adding DLC fighters.

Read more:

15 Best Mortal Kombat 11 Characters To Annihilate Your Enemies

28. Vampyr

Vampyr.My News Desk

Vampyr is an ambiance game that isn’t as spooky as it could have been, but it definitely has some fun battle sequences. Most of the game is walking, talking, and solving mysteries. This is just scary Scooby-Doo without a big dog.

OK, it’s not like Scooby-Doo at all. But the fun of seducing (with evil vampire magic) the citizens of London and suffering the consequences of quenching your terrible thirst sets up some big choices and story mishaps. So you need to be careful. The blood and effects are gorey enough to keep you coming back for more.

Vampyr is a slow burn of an RPG, taking its time to ramp up its intriguing blend of science and the supernatural in a gloomy version of London. It’s more about the atmosphere and action than it is about being jump-at-you scary.

27. Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus.Bloody Disgusting

To me, Metro Exodus, is inherently spooky, even if that wasn’t their original intention. I spent most of the game under a blanket and carefully creeping around corners … even though it is about exploration.

The furiously paced combat is pretty thrilling, especially when you start modding your guns, transforming puny revolvers into unconventional weapons of mass carnage. But whether you're fighting mutants or humans, the AI is never particularly sharp or reactive. And constantly scrabbling for ammo can be a chore.

The guns feel great. I love how you can strip enemy weapons and attach the scavenged parts to your own at a workbench. The novelty of shooting hordes of crustaceans, bandits, and mutants never really wore off for me. Making me a tense bundle of nerves, especially when bullets can be hard to come by.

The one thing this game really made me realize is that I don’t ever want to spend Halloween in a post-apocalyptic Russia.

26. Carrion

Rock, Paper, Shotgun

If John Carpenter could have made a video game, it would be Carrion. The game is a Metroidvania in concept, but the one-scoop-of-G FUEL-version of it, because this game is action-packed.

You move the monster throughout the base, seeking simply to get outside, growing larger by absorbing biomass. Which means … eating people. Then distributing that biomass into holes in the wall to spread through the laboratory. Doing so opens up new paths and crucial progress doors that lead to new areas, and is also surprisingly gross and fun.

The gore of this indie game makes it both hilarious and disturbing. The monster, which you control, can scare enemies by growing, knocking out vents to distract them, then grabbing them with tentacles when they aren’t looking. These combat scenarios get harder as time goes on, but Carrion stops short of ever making them frustrating for a patient player. It is definitely worth your time.

25. Little Nightmares

PlayStation

Little Nightmares feels exactly like its title, but in a fantastic way. The story is simple enough. A little girl named Six, dressed in a yellow raincoat, awakens from a dream of a woman resembling a geisha. Armed with only a lighter, she sneaks through the bowels of the Maw, a massive iron vessel designed for much larger inhabitants.

The atmosphere, music, and visuals are so well crafted that the fear it induces feels deep-rooted. It brings a full repertoire of child nightmares. While it needs some work as a platformer, it absolutely nails the horror end of things.

24. Outlast / Outlast 2

Outlast.
Games Radar

Both games are pretty even as far as trying to determine where on the list they go, but Outlast 1 and 2 are definitely horrifying. Your sight is limited and through a night vision camera that has a certain battery life.

Outlast is a first-person survival horror video game that revolves around a freelance investigative journalist, Miles Upshur. Miles decides to investigate a remote psychiatric hospital named Mount Massive Asylum, located deep in the mountains of Colorado. Not spooky at all, right?

You would be wrong. This game feels way too real at times. Traversing the darkness and the people that scream constantly. The chasing … so much chasing after you. I still get nightmares.

23.  Doki Doki Literature Club

Doki Doki Literature Club
Bloody Disgusting

DDLC looks like your typical anime VN from the outside. However, there is so much more to it. The story follows a male high school student who joins the school's literature club and interacts with its four female members. The game features a mostly linear story, with some alternative scenes and endings depending on the choices the player makes.

However, there is so much more to it. The game becomes this metafictional psychological horror game that extensively breaks the fourth wall. So yes, while sometimes you will find yourself clicking through endless amounts of boring, flirty conversation about poetry, the twists of horror are 100% worth your time.

22. Alan WakeAlan Wake

GameSpot

Alan Wake was probably scarier to me than it was to a lot of other people because any story that takes place in the forest usually has my radar peaked. The story follows best-selling thriller novelist Alan Wake as he tries to uncover the mystery behind his wife's disappearance during a vacation in the small fictional town in Washington. All while experiencing events from the plot in his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, that seems to be coming to life.

To attack monsters in this game, you need to hit them with a light source and shoot at them. Most games that have a flimsy flashlight mechanic know how to build suspense, and Alan Wake is no exception. You need to be able to use that flashlight against the monsters that traverse the scenes. But, much like ammo, batteries are hard to come by, so you need to play it safe, which adds to the tension.

This game also calls to many pop culture writing/movies such as Steven King’s The Shining, the Twilight Zone, and even Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and quite a few others. Can you find them all?

21. SOMA

SOMA video gameBloody Disgusting

Underwater developments have their own particular sense of dread. Thousands of leagues under the sea, trapped with no escape, noises of the deep creatures, and the creaky sounds of the facility under thousands of pounds of pressure. SOMA plays with all of these elements like a finely tuned orchestra.

You play Simon Jarrett, who survives a car accident, but sustains severe brain damage and cranial bleeding. Due to his injuries, Simon somehow agrees to undergo an experimental brain scan. During the scan, Simon blacks out, and then regains consciousness on Site Upsilon of PATHOS-II, an apparently-abandoned submarine research center. The game is you trying to figure out how you got there, and more importantly, how to escape as you are chased by monsters. The fear is real.

20. Resident Evil 3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 RemakeDigital Spy

The fear factor in RE3 Remake is only taken down a few notches if you are drinking G FUEL Nemesis Tea Flavor. Otherwise you're doomed to travel around Raccoon City on your own during a zombie apocalypse. 

You’ll be in control of the ever famous, former Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) member Jill Valentine. She is being attacked in her apartment by an Umbrella-created intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis, who attempts to kill her and all remaining members of S.T.A.R.S.

The game is trying to survive while The Nemesis continues to hunt you down. The atmosphere leaves you playing tense through most of the game. However, now there are some amazing mods that take the scares down a bit, including Mega Man, Shrek, Isabelle, and even Thomas the Tank Engine. Wait … maybe that still is kind of scary.

19.  Until Dawn

Until Dawn

PlayStation

I think the one thing that really adds to the fear barometer in Until Dawn is the realness factor. The gorey violence and the choices you make brings your mind to a dark place. You feel like you are the reason for their demise, and so brings you to this stage of existential dread.

The game features a butterfly effect system. The choices you make do change the entire game. These range from small decisions like picking up a book to moral choices that involve the fates of other characters. Some decisions are even timed, making the choices that much more demanding. Certain choices may unlock a new sequence of events and cause unforeseen consequences. These choices also influence the story's tone and relationships between characters.

All eight characters may die by the end of the story, and they are some brutal death scenes, depending on the player's decisions. Deaths are actually permanent; there is a very strict auto-save system that prevents players from reloading a previously saved file. This makes it impossible to revert choices with unfavorable outcomes. The only way to change the player's choice is to restart the game. Until Dawn has hundreds of endings, but the gore and dread will last forever.

18. Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2Game Informer

 

Imagine someone tries to scare you and succeeds, then three years later tries to pull the exact same stunt and still succeeds! That’s exactly how I would describe Dead Space and Dead Space 2. DS2 is nearly the same with a few new baddies and guns to keep you playing. By no means is DS2 bad in any way. I knew the scares coming a mile away and, yet, I was still thoroughly creeped out.

The game’s narrative, graphics, atmosphere, horror, portrayal of violence, sound design, musical score, gameplay, art direction, and voice acting are all an improvement over its predecessor, but they’re also too similar to the original in all its structure. So some of that fun was sucked out into space.

While Dead Space 2 is still a wonderful and amazing game, it will never be as good as the first one. However, it will always be miles ahead of the third game.

17. Bloodborne

BloodborneDaily Dot

While not inherently scary, Bloodborne will absolutely get you in the Halloween spirit. Bloodborne follows the player's character, a Hunter, through the decrepit Gothic, Victorian era–inspired city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants are afflicted with a blood-borne disease. Attempting to find the source of the plague, the player's character unravels the city's mysteries while fighting beasts and cosmic beings.

I enjoyed this more than Dark Souls. Ok wait, put down your torches and pitchforks for a second. Let me explain. The game is inspired by the literary works of authors H. P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, as well as the architectural design of real world locations in places such as Romania and other places. Which gives it this other worldly feel that somehow seems based in ours. While the game is tough, I can follow the story way better than any of the Dark Souls games. The atmosphere is way spookier, and I love the dual-wielding weapon idea.

If you couldn't get into Dark Souls, I think Bloodborne may be the entrance into the brutally hard action game genre for you.

16. Darq

DarqSteam

This whole psychological horror game takes place in someone’s nightmare. It’s a game that is mostly black and white visuals and puzzles that bend the laws of physics. Yet, Darq has that “beauty in horror” feel to it.

The game consists mostly of puzzles, but it tries to give you some horror elements. You are there to help Lloyd navigate his nightmares. It does a pretty decent job in the unnerving department for sure. Darq isn't a long game, but it will entertain you without a doubt. It can be baffling at times, but it is still a unique, beautiful game. It is a wonderful taste of surrealism rarely seen in horror games.

15. The Last of Us

The Last of UsDestructoid

If you haven’t played The Last of Us, then you need to play it as soon as you're done reading this article. I promise you are in for a treat. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. While you can use a wide variety of weapons, the overall feeling of a looming threat is littered throughout the campaign.

You fight off zombies, fellow people, beasts, and everyone’s least favorite (because they are terrifying) clickers (who hunt only through sound). The Last of Us does an amazing job on atmosphere, sound design, and music to keep you seriously creeped out. 

The action feels like it's do-or-die, which keeps the suspense up at 10 the whole time. There are also some simple puzzle mechanics and a good level up system that requires you to scavenge for spare parts. Overall, you won't be able to sleep for a while because of the clickers. They still give me nightmares.

14. F. E. A. R.

First Encounter Assault Recon (FEAR)Steam

They say there is nothing creepier than little kids in horror movies. Well that pretty much transfers to games just as easily. F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) is a survival horror first-person shooter that revolves around a supernatural phenomenon, where you must uncover the secrets of a paranormal menace in the form of a young girl, Alma. And Alma has freaky ghost powers.

The design of F.E.A.R. is heavily influenced by Japanese horror. The design team attempted to keep the psychology of the encounter in the player's mind at all times. It tries to kind of "get under your skin and in your mind,, as opposed to the "in your face 'monsters jumping out of closest' approach" that many games try to do.

The sound design is another thing that really makes F.E.A.R. a blast to play. The sound engineers use random equipment to create horrifying sound effects, including dragging metal across different surfaces and recording pump sounds. Maybe if I was a construction worker this game wouldn’t be as scary.

13. Silent Hill 

Silent HillKMUW

This one on the list may be very difficult to get and play, but it 100% belongs here. Silent Hill was a different kind of horror game, especially for it’s time  in the weird early polygon stages of games. But instead of ignoring the faults in creation, they made sure that the atmosphere made up for it. They added dark areas and lots of fog. This sent the players' imagination in a wild mess of fear. You never were quite sure what was waiting for you.

With four different endings, you always have to keep in mind how you handle certain options in the game. Of course, there are also some puzzles to figure out, much in the same vein of Resident Evil. Filled with small corridors and spooky foggy streets. Silent Hill was its own type of terrifying. 

12. The Evil Within

The Evil WithinSteam

The thing that got me the most in The Evil Within was the chance to hide. Any horror game that lets me hide as a mechanic always makes the scenes tense and terrible. The game centers on Sebastian as he is pulled through a world full of nightmarish locations and horrid creatures.

Played in a third-person perspective, fighting and running from nightmare-like enemies, using guns and melee weapons, progressing through the levels, avoiding traps, using stealth, and finding collectables basically make up the core of the game. While this is all rather generic things to add to a game, The Evil Within’s unreliable character makes for a really creepy atmosphere and some great spoopy moments.

While you have weapons, the fighting mechanics aren’t always the best. Hiding is really your best option most of the time (except where you can't help it). However, as I stated, hiding only makes it creepier.

11. Dead Space

Dead SpaceTrusted Reviews

Sometimes older games let us down when we go back to them, and sometimes they still play as amazing as you remember them. Dead Space is one of those latter horror games. While, yes, some of the jump scares are not as great as the first time playing, it’s amazing what you forget, and it can still scare the bejeezus out of you. 

Borrowing from Alien and other sci-fi classics such as Event Horizon, the 2008 release put players in the role of Isaac Clarke, an engineer trapped on a dying and drifting spacecraft. Soon Isaac finds out the ship isn't as empty as it seems. You discover a strange alien artifact has transformed everyone on board into hideous, flesh-eating creatures, each more disgusting than the last, known as Necromorphs.

Dead Space crafts a horrifying experience by limiting the player short on ammo (in the harder modes at least). He rarely knows what's going on in the continually shifting story, and all he wants to do is find his lost love. However, thanks to the music and gruesome sounds made by the creatures, you’re more likely to faint from terror first.

So much of the disturbing atmosphere is built on what you hear, and the amazing sound design uses audio to fashion an entire deadly space. Get it?

10. Alien: Isolation

Alien IsolationEurogamer

If hiding in The Evil Within was creepy, hiding in Alien is even more of a traumatic experience. This is a game of incredible details, where a thick atmosphere adds muscle to simple gameplay ideas. You try your best to survive this creaking, doomed space station with all its ruined walkways and steam-hissing passages.

90% of what makes this game terrifying is that the Alien is a free-roaming AI creation, which means it learns as you play. The Alien will become wise to tactics that might have helped you before. Evasion is your only real option, and you will absolutely think to yourself, “Is this thing mocking me?” as it strolls slowly past the locker where you're hiding, pauses, and then comes back for another look.

If your blood pressure doesn’t become a new roller coaster at Six Flags while playing this, then you are seriously hardcore.

9. Hunt: Showdown

Hunt ShowdownGame Reactor

I would think that most people don’t consider most multiplayer games to have that scary element because at least you’re playing with someone. Normally, I would agree. However, with Hunt: Showdown, there’s a creepy factor that shakes down to your bones. This battle royale-esque game has some pretty disturbing elements. But even for a multiplayer, we dare you to try playing it in the dark solo with a chunky pair of headphones and watch how often you twitch at every little bit of audio in the game.

There are monsters almost around every bend, so not only do you have to survive them, you also need to survive the other players. The audio design in this game is designed to make you question nearly everything.

Did something just move or is it actually the wind? Was that a pig squeal or a monster screech? 

Hunt: Showdown’s creatures really add the horror element here, but with this old world Southern Gothic charm, mystical powers, and twisted designs. Look out! A woman with a severely broken neck who shoots out poisonous bugs!

8. PacifyPacify

Steam

Pacify is another one of those games that scare you half to death with sound design alone. The game basically takes place in a weird old house. You’ll hear the creaks of doors opening and closing throughout the house, the wind moving through the house, and random items falling over, which immediately builds tension.

It only gets worse as the little girl who is chasing you the whole time gets even remotely close to you. You will start to hear her small feet pattering against the floor, as she shuffles towards you. There are also all these little creepy dolls everywhere that always seem out of place and don’t help your mindset as you look through the house.

Also there is no music, so the atmosphere is made by the noises in the house alone. The one thing that really makes you jump is when our little antagonist goes “super demon mode.” She screams and almost moans in agony, and it doesn’t seem to matter where in the house you are. You’ll hear it. Great, now she’s hunting for you with far more speed than when she was just shuffling around. Good luck!

7. Dead by Daylight

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While this game only has random moments of real dread, Dead By Daylight is probably the most fun to play on this list (besides maybe Animal Crossing). This game is definitely ready for Halloween. Their DLC’s have more horror characters than you can shake a flashlight at. They have Freddy, Micheal Meyers, Ghost Face, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and many more.

You and three other survivors have to try to restore five generators and escape the killer that is hunting you, who is also played by another player. The game is fast-paced and action-packed. The truly scary part of DBD is when you are being chased and start relieving yourself in your pants while spouting a bunch of curse words. 

They also always have a fun event for Halloween that will get you new costumes for your characters. So, don’t miss out!

6. Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2Bloody Disgusting

It is very rare when a sequel outshines an original. Silent Hill 2 is one such example that makes the first game look boring. There are so many things that make SH2 dark, brilliant, and horrific.

First off … the fog. Silent Hill 2 was created on a console (PS2) with a relatively limited draw distance, so instead of rendering the whole town as far as the eye can see, technical limits forced the developers to blanket it with a murky shroud of mist. Despite knowing that the fog still plays an intrical part of a spooky setting, no one knows what could be in the fog. Fear of the Unknown.

Second, the game starts off in a bathroom with James looking at himself in a mirror. From there, you don't know which James you are following the rest of the game. It could be this mirror world, unreliable James. Or it could be the real James who is clearly having a tough day in a place where everyone is trying to kill him. Are you in his nightmare or a town full of monsters? Either way, this makes for world building that is less than credible and eerie.

Lastly, there is Maria. She's the pivot on which the game seems unbalanced. She is the physical manifestation of James' dreams; the woman he always wished Mary (his deceased wife) was. Her constant disappearing and reappearing act keeps the player disoriented, while the threat of the unkillable Pyramid Head keeps them on edge.

Pyramid Head is the real scary threat here. He's the physical manifestation of James' guilt with washboard abs.

5. Blasphemous

BlasphemousBloody Disgusting

Blasphemous is a 2D Metroidvania set in a Catholic-themed apocalypse, and like seemingly every second game released now, has a clear Dark Souls inspiration. With its beautiful and gory pixel art style, oppressively moody soundtrack, and grotesquely tortured enemies, it’s easy to get sucked into Blasphemous’ doomed and miserable world.

Suffering is the perfect word to describe Blasphemous. The world is in ceaseless pain, enemies are aching by their own reality, and everyone is either dead or dying. Progress in this game also comes from quite a few grotesque deaths of your own. This is how the horror element is felt in this world. It isn’t about jump scares, it just makes you feel so uneasy as you play.

After a few minutes, you get this panicky feeling in your stomach like everything is wrong and everything will hurt you. That’s deep-seated horror, right there.

4. Phasmophobia

PhasmophobiaSteam

This game has taken the internet by storm lately. Phasmophobia means you have a fear of ghosts. Which is perfect for the game that makes you into a real Ghost Hunter, like a Zak Baggins with less spiky hair.

Yes, Phasmophobia gives you all the tools you need including EMF Readers, Spirit Boxes, Thermometers, and Night Vision Cameras in this multiplayer game. It is immersive, and playing with your friends to hunt 10 different types of ghosts doesn't get old fast. It’s a true spooky experience.

While playing in VR is even more terrifying, just be aware that the ghosts are listening! They react to your actual voice. Players can also use Ouija boards and EVP Sessions using a Spirit Box to talk to the ghosts in the game. The best part: although there are no jump scares, this game still finds a way to spook you right out of your pants.

3. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2 RemakeDen of Geek

While the original did give us old timers a great many scares as well as some infuriating puzzles, 20 years later, the new release is back on the best horror lists. The Resident Evil 2 Remake is a ground remake of the original game. While they do their absolute best to honor the past, Capcom built a new future for the franchise with a game series.

If you haven’t played it yet, I highly suggest it. It's a success, and it got top three on this list, because of how it melds old and new so perfectly and still sets a horrific tone. It's a fantastic retelling of Claire and Leon’s original attempts to escape a zombie-filled Raccoon City. They still include all the monsters, set pieces, and story that many older players will remember, but it also plays into today's horror sensibilities.

We have all gotten a little harder to scare, but the RE2: Remake merges all of that in mind with an almost beautiful level of indulgent gore, tight gunplay, clever puzzles, and some magnificent levels — all while keeping the scare factor up so that all our muscles tense up together. This remake is as essential now to your game list as the original game was 20 years ago.

2. Layers of Fear 

Layers of FearSteam

Most of the games on this list will make you jump or scream, but few can make you doubt what real life is. The top two on this list are two games that continually scare me half to death. 

Layers of Fear appears very familiar as you explore a creepy empty house. It starts like a familiar Poe story. Then this Gothic horror story starts to unravel slowly as you play an unnamed artist. He starts to explore this creepy mansion and its secrets that were long ago lost. It starts to become increasingly clear that a descent into madness had overtaken the painter, and it expresses itself in the unreliable narration of the physical world.

As you walk through the house, the audio will feel like someone is just off screen. You’ll see doors disappear, or you’ll swear that you’ve been walking in circles only to have a painting melt in front of your eyes. 

The game rearranges itself in such a way to recreate the main character's madness. So, after only a few hours, you'll find yourself questioning everything. Was that desk on that side of the room last time you looked? Are you sure? 

Then you don’t remember seeing that doll there either, only for it to show up in the next three rooms in a random place too. 

Where does this staircase go? 

Now all the doors are opening and shutting all on their own! What is this painting? Oh, look, an ear.

Layers of Fear did a fantastic job with making a walk around an old house feel as creepy and psychologically terrifying as if The Shining hallucinated The House on Haunted Hill. It’s a must-play for horror fans.

1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia The Dark DescentRock, Paper, Shotgun

 

I’m a huge fan of stories told in a way that would make Steven King smile, while the game takes its inspirations from Lovecraft, it’s scare factor could probably frighten the King himself. If being trapped in a monster-infested fortress without knowing who you are or why you're there sounds like a good time, then Amnesia: The Dark Descent was made for you.

You'll have to guide the protagonist to his own liberation while trying to maintain his sanity and yours. That means staying out of the darkness, in a huge building, where light is scarce. Although you get a lantern to carry around, be careful how you use it.

Plus those monsters that are infesting the fortress have a habit of popping up unexpectedly. You have no weapons, you cannot fight the monsters, and each new room is usually host to some unpredictable, spooky event that drains your character's sanity further.

If you’re looking for the best way to lose your own sanity while playing, you can always wear a pair of headphones and play Amnesia in the dark. If you manage to get through the infamous "Splish, splash" scene without loosening your bowels on yourself, congratulations, you get a gold star for succeeding where many others have not.

I’m trying to keep this mostly spoiler-free, but it’s by far the scariest sequence in a game you will ever experience.

A true horror classic.

Do you have a game that you would like to add to the list?

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This article was written by John D. AKA SomeBeardy2Love. John has been gaming for over 30 years, has a podcast, and watches nothing but anime and Bob’s Burgers. He has a sponsored beard and a modest book collection.

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