Ah, Halloween, the scariest holiday of the year, and an excuse to crack out some of your best cosplay creations to overly impress your friends who only bothered to slap a bit of white foundation on their face and call themselves a zombie. But given it's a Wednesday, and you may not be out partying tonight, why not settle down with a few scary games instead? We've compiled our list of the 8 most terrifying and brutally creepy games out there...
8. Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion: HD Renovation
Can you survive 1000 rooms of cute terror? Or will you break once the cuteness starts to fade off and you're running for your life from the unspeakable hideous beings that shake and writhe in bowels of this house? They wait for you, they wait and hunger for meeting you.
Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion has recently had an HD upgrade, and it's a classic jump scare title, and many upgrades over the original release, making feel like a much more polished game. It's pretty scary, but has great music and atmosphere, a great way to start your Halloween gaming adventures, and even better, it's 33% off currently on Steam.
7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl tells a story about survival in the Zone – a very dangerous place, where you fear not only the radiation, anomalies and deadly creatures, but other S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s, who have their own goals and wishes.
Maybe not spooky in the traditional Halloween sense, there's plenty of disturbing imagery and atmosphere a-plenty in this post apocalyptic survival horror game, set in an alternative history Chernobyl where a second nuclear explosion at the ill-fated plant causes some strange, and terrifying, changes to the world around it... it's a phenomenal series, and as part of the Steam Halloween sales, you can grab Call of Prypiat now for a massive 70% off.
6. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Fear and isolation seep through the walls of an abandoned southern farmhouse. "7" marks a new beginning for survival horror with the “Isolated View” of the visceral new first-person perspective.
It's a marked departure for the Resi series, but one absolutely caked in atmosphere and terror, with a first person camera making it all seem more real than ever before, and with it's amazing visuals, brilliant story and voice acting, and some genuinely terrifying moments, it's a perfect Halloween thriller.
5. Silent Hill Series
Harry and his daughter Cheryl are heading to small resort town when they get into a car accident. After coming to, Harry realizes that his daughter is missing, and the town's streets are completely deserted. Guide Harry as he explores the town to find his daughter and discover what is going on in this strange community.
There's so many great Silent Hill games, but the original for PlayStation is the one we'd recommend for the classic gaming aficionados, it was a revolution in the horror game genre and an absolute video game classic, but 2, 3, 4 and Origins are all worth a playthrough too. It's a phenomenal series which redefined the genre, with unexpected twists, brilliant sound design and story, and perfect execution, and although there's been something of a dip in recent titles in the series, the originals are still well worth the revisit.
4. Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Players take control of a painter whose sole purpose is to finish his Magnum Opus. The player must navigate through both a constantly changing Victorian-era mansion and ghastly visions of the painter’s fragile and crumbling psyche.
Layers of Fear follows the classic build slow, add tension and really deliver on the horror, and it's intriguing setting and story keeps you looking for more details and information. The hallmark of a good horro game is one that has a good story, not just scares for the sake of scares, and Layers of Fear really delivers. Don't believe me? Check out our very own James Heaney's playthrough of the game below.
3. Dead Space
Only the Dead Survive. A massive deep-space mining ship goes dark after unearthing a strange artifact on a distant planet. Engineer Isaac Clarke embarks on the repair mission, only to uncover a nightmarish blood bath the ship's crew horribly slaughtered and infected by alien scourge.
Sci-Fi horrors are a favourite of mine, with files like Aliens being a major staple of my film watching diet growing up, it's only natural, and this particular game delivers in spades, as you face some disturbingly gruesome situations on your quest to uncover the mystery of what brought down your ship, it's equally mystifying, terrifying, and thanks to the current Steam sales, cheap, with a whopping 75% off on Steam.
2. Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and killed.
One for the multiplayer gamers, there is something pretty amazing about trying to get to the generators and keep calm under pressure, all the while some unknown monster is trying to hunt you down and impale you on some big hooks. There's some pretty horrifying creatures in this game for the savage killer role, and gamers can play as either a survivor or a killer. While there's some pretty cheap moves that killers can make, there is some definite satisfaction when you do finally escape as a survivor and feel like you've genuinely been through hell to get one over on the killer. It's well worth playing with friends, and it's 50% off on Steam now.
1. Five Nights at Freddy's Series
Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where kids and parents alike come for entertainment and food! The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his two friends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds!
Some may not agree with this choice for the number one spot, but it's here for one very specific reason in my eyes: I don't, and won't, play the damn thing. I just refuse. I did try once on my own YouTube channel, and it scared the living bejesus out of me, and while I absolutely love watching YouTuber's like Markiplier play through the games, even though they still make me jump, the sheer tension and anxiety the game generates when you're the one playing is just unreal and no doubt to many highly appealing. If you've never played a FNAF game before, I would say you have to try it, just to experience it, at least once. But if you're too chicken, I'll leave you with some Markiplier below, to ease you in...
And that's my list! Do you agree with me? Of course not, but let me know in the comments below your favourite horror games!