It’s darker here in London’s east end and just down the road is where Jack the Ripper committed his foul acts. Only one thing can keep me from the terrors of the night…. YOUR BEST HORROR GAMES EVER! Did you pay for your misdeeds in the otherworld of Silent Hill? Perhaps you go back to the Amiga for your Horror Zombies from the Crypt? Maybe Night Trap was your actually very tame FMV nightmare?
We’ve got the Coaching for Geeks ultimate list of the best horror games.
Psychological. Gory. Weird. Just plain bad. Here’s our best horror games list and the reasons we picked them:
Resident Evil 2 & 3.
Resident Evil 2 (Biohazard 2 in Japan) was developed and published by Capcom and released for the PlayStation in 1998. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a survival horror game developed by Capcom and released for the PlayStation in 1999.
The first true experience of zombies for most of our players. Resident Evil 3 was generally considered better than Resident Evil 2 in most ways, and that nemesis was a force to be reckoned with. But the A/B storylines of #2 gave it more replayability. Those who experienced Resident Evil VII in VR thought it was phenomenal.
Silent Hill – the original.
Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation published by Konami and developed by Team Silent, a group in Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. The first installment in the Silent Hill series, the game was released in North America in January 1999, and in Japan and Europe later that year.
Atmospheric and creepy AF. Some of our geeks still can’t play that game.
An interactive movie video game developed by Digital Pictures and originally released by Sega for the Sega CD in 1992.
Scared the hell out of some geeks back then, but now considered a B movie pastiche and pretty funny for the outrage it caused. A remastered version of Night Trap has been released on the Switch, or if you didn’t buy one already you can only get it digitally. I picked up the PS4 physical edition at PAX East this year – it has some annoying quirks, a new proximity sensor that I hate and is missing the additional intro sequence.
Developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4. Originally scheduled for PlayStation 3 and feature PlayStation Move support, but in August 2014 the game was re-introduced as a PlayStation 4 title, and was released worldwide in August 2015.
Hands down one of the best games this generation – a bold claim, but made by our geeks. Even SONY had low expectations and failed to press enough discs to meet demand at first. An unexpected treat.
Shivers is a single-player horror-themed PC adventure game, released on CD-
A Myst style puzzle game, this is much loved by the geeks. Even though the monsters were cartoons, but they still creeped us out. Shivers was so scary (classic jump scares) that most couldn’t play it when they were young. If you’re into ancient cultures, especially Assyriology and Ancient American, you’ll learn a lot from this game too.
Gregory Horror Show
Gregory Horror Show, known as Gregory Horror Show: Soul Collector in Japan, was released 2003.
An underrated gem full of peeking through keyholes and stealing souls, this sits pride of place on many a geek’s shelves.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
A psychological horror action-adventure video game developed by Silicon Knights and published by Nintendo. Originally planned for the Nintendo 64, it was switched to the GameCube for development and released on June 24, 2002
Extremely unnerving and so good.
Fatal Frame / Project Zero
A survival horror video game set within an abandoned Japanese mansion PlayStation 2. Released in Japan in 2001, North America & Europe in 2002.
Terrified the bejesus out of some, beyond atmospheric. The concept is much loved, like being in your very own J-horror! #2 improved upon the first, with more depth, and it’s still a series to go back to when you want to be terrified.
Emily Wants To Play
A survival horror video game created by indie developer Shawn Hitchcock, the game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X on December 10, 2015. It was then released for iOS and Android on January 31, 2016, PlayStation 4 on August 9, 2016, and Xbox One on September 9, 2016. Emily Wants to Play was adapted to play in virtual reality by using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift on August 25, 2016. A sequel titled Emily Wants to Play Too was released on December 2017.
Sadly unrecognised as one of the all time great horror Queen Bees. She has the best chase sequence and the best line of the game: “Understand the palm of my hand bitch”
Outlast is a first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels. Outlast was released for Microsoft Windows on September 4, 2013, PlayStation 4 on February 4, 2014 and for Xbox One on June 19, 2014. Linux and OS X versions were later released on March 31, 2015. A Nintendo Switch version was released in February 2018.
Clock Tower is a survival horrorpoint-and-click adventure game developed and published by Human Entertainment for the Super Famicom in 1995.
Bloodborne is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4. Announced at Sony’s E3 2014 conference, the game was released worldwide in March 2015. The true horror game. Most horror games you die you restart, in that game you die you really lose. The amount of genuine ‘please don’t kill me’ is vast in that game.
Phantasmagoria by Sierra. A point-and-click adventure horror video game designed by Roberta Williams for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows and released by Sierra On-Line on August 24, 1995 had scenes in it which wouldn’t get through a censor for an R-rated / 18 movie now. Heads ripping apart, force feeding to death, torture… across 9 CDs of FMV horror.
Laura Bow 1: The Colonel’s Bequest, by Sierra. A real murder mystery, where you had to collect clues to solve the murder, and not get murdered yourself over the course of a night! Text input early “Kings Quest” style game. Roberta Williams’ Laura Bow in: The Dagger of Amon Ra (also known as Laura Bow II) is a computer game published by Sierra On-Line in 1992. The game is the second and final installment in the Laura Bow Mysteries line of adventure games, the first of which was The Colonel’s Bequest
Condemned: Criminal Origins. Condemned: Criminal Origins (known in Europe as Condemned) is a first-person survival horror video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Sega. It was launched worldwide in 2005 on the Xbox 360, with a Microsoft Windows version released later in 2006. Sure it made literally no senses due to the rushed development, but it was really creepy and the visceral one-two first-person combat kept me going to the stupid end.
Did we miss out your favourites? Tell us your best horror games in the comments below – for those dark winter nights!
Robin Bates – it takes a lot to scare me, but these games give me the heebeejeebees