Our Top 5 Horror Games for a Screamingly Good Time

There are plenty of horror games on the market but how do you differentiate the sub par from the truly frightening? Here are our top 5 picks that are available to play right now.

By Cheryl Tan

1. Outlast

Play as Miles Upshur, an independent journalist that gets wind of an old insane asylum’s reopening and thinks: the perfect cover story right? WRONG. You get thrust head-first into the chaos that is Mount Massive Asylum with no escape.

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Most of the game takes place in the darkness and the only way you’re able to find your way around is with the help of a night vision camera – with batteries that drain exceedingly fast.

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Your only options are to hide, wait or run very very fast.

Outlast is available for Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A DLC pack titled Outlast: Whistleblower was also released for PlayStation 4 and PC on 6 May 2014, and for Xbox One on 19 June 2014.

A sequel, appropriately titled Outlast 2 will be released today, 25 April 2017.

2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Offering a completely new take on the entire series, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard follows Ethan Winters as he receives an ominous email from his wife whom had been missing for three years prior, containing an address and a simple message, “Come find me”.

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The address leads him to a decrepit mansion where he begins his search – until a stranger knocks him out. Unbeknownst to him, he is now in the clutches of the seriously creepy Baker family.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Both DLC packs: Banned Footage Vol. 1 and 2 have also been released.

A new DLC pack titled Not A Hero featuring iconic character Chris Redfield will be released for free come Spring 2017.

3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror game putting you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, with barely any memory of his past. Brave the darkness as you’re thrown headfirst into danger with your only means of defense being hiding or running. 

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Utilising its unique “Custom Story” game mode, many fan-made expansions and stories were created, and a sequel titled Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was also released for PS4 on 22 November 2016.

4. Five Nights at Freddy’s

Developed as an indie point-and-click survival horror game, you play as a security guard who is tasked to look after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza over 5 nights. During which, you have to avoid getting caught and killed by the animatronics in the establishment by tracking their movements through the security cameras.

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Multiple fan-games were launched along with 4 sequels to the original game, the latest of which being Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location on 7 October 2016 for PC and a free update containing the Custom Night  became available on December 1, 2016.

5. Silent Hill P.T.

P.T. (short for playable trailer) is a first-person psychological horror video game developed by Kojima Productions, under the pseudonym “7780s Studio”, and published by Konami. Players take the role of an unknown protaganist who wakes up in a haunted house and has to find his/her way out of there.

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While walking through a continuous reincarnation of a hallway, terrifying things happen and puzzles have to be solved in order to progress through the game. Albeit being only a teaser, it was still sufficiently terrifying enough to earn a spot in my top 5.

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Silent Hill P.T. was released on 12 August 2014 as a free download on the PlayStation Network and served as a demo for the cancelled Silent Hill game; Silent Hills. It has since been removed.

Now, this isn’t a comprehensive list and are just some of the many to get you started on the horror game train. If we’ve missed out on your favourite one, do comment down below and let us know! We’re always up for finding new games and getting scared.