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15 Horror Games To Play When You Need A Good Scare

Here are some of the best horror games to give yourself a good scare. Scary video games are abundant out there, from Resident Evil to Dead Space.

Whether you’re picking up the controller because it’s Halloween or you’re a year-round horror lover, these video games will do the trick.

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Horror Games To Play When You Need A Good Scare

1. Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer horror game that is one of the best. It is an asymmetrical horror that puts four survivors against one killer – usually a pop culture reference.

This game provides jump scares and laughs.

This game is constantly updated. Below you’ll find the most recent content trailer.

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Switch

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2. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is a ghost-hunting multiplayer game that joins you and your team of paranormal investigators to seek out ghosts.

It can also be played in VR, which sounds slightly more terrifying.

Platforms: PC

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3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

In this horror game, you awake in a strange castle with no memory. It’s your mission to flee from imminent danger.

Platforms: PC, Mac OS, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch

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4. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil may not be as scary as some on this list, but it was pretty much the first horror game. Originally released in 1996, it is set after the viral outbreak that turns most people into zombies.

Resident Evil Village is the 8th in the series. It is set a few years after the 7th installment, biohazard.

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Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

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5. Outlast

Outlast is full of jump scares and gory, mutilated enemies. As the player, you’re an investigative journalist following up on an anonymous tip.

That tip leads you to an asylum where inhumane experiments are occurring.

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch

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6. Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares is a “cozy horror.” It kind of gives us Coraline vibes. In the game, you are Six and ended up in the strange world of Maw. You have to make your way through to escape.

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S , Nintendo Switch

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7. The Quarry

In this one, you play a camp counselor. While not super scary, this one does have a great mood, especially for the fall months. Hello, teen slasher!

Platforms: PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

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8. Bloodborne

This gothic game is moody and scary with its dark environments, Lovecraftian creatures, and eery music of Victorian Europe.

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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9. Dead Space (2023)

Love sci-fi horror? Dead Space is one of the best options. You’re searching for your missing girlfriend on an (assumingly) abandoned spaceship.

It’s combat-heavy, which comes in handy when you’re fighting the Necromorphs.

A remake comes out in 2023!

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, and PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S

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10. Alien: Isolation

This horror game was adapted from the iconic 1979 film, Alien. Your mission is to stay alive and find out what happened to your mother (Ripley) 15 years ago.

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If you loved the Alien movie franchise, you’ll love this game.

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch

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11. Dying Light

Zombies aren’t dead yet (ha!). Dying Light ups the feat factor at night when you try to escape the Virals and find safety.

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS 5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

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12. Five Nights At Freddy’s

No list is complete without Five Nights at Freddy’s series. It’s a game about surviving as a security guard in a restaurant where the animatronics come to life and want to eat you.

You’ve been to Chuck E. Cheese, right?

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Switch, iOS, Android

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13. SOMA

This sci-fi horror explores elements like identity and morality. You play Simon, a brain injury victim who takes part in a study.

The only problem is you wake up in a different really 80 years later with no human life.

Platforms: PC, Mac OS, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

14. The Last of Us

The Last of Us is one of the best horror games, and it has a TV adaptation coming to HBO Max soon!

The Clickers are terrifying and fast. They’re definitely not your regular zombies.

Platforms: PS3, PS4, and PS5

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15. Darkwood

Darkwood pushes you deep into a forest of horrors. Your hut is your safe place, but to keep a worthy safe spot, you must maintain it.

For a top-down game, this one does a great job of being terrifying.

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Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X/S, Switch

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Ashley Hubbard is a writer, photographer, and blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. When she's not searching out the strange and unusual things in life, she's searching out vegan food and is passionate about sustainability, animal rights, and social justice.

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