It’s almost time for Halloween and all the spooky fun that comes with it! If you’re looking for a way to get in the Halloween mood, stay inside and play some scary video games! There are plenty of scary games that are sure to give you a few jump scares, keep you up at night and get your heart racing. Feeling brave? Dim the lights, put on some headphones and get ready to be scared with these 10 Halloween Games.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Yes, we know Resident Evil: Village just came out this year, but we’re going back a bit here. Resident Evil 7, released in 2017 to favorable reviews, helped revitalize the struggling franchise and is considered a fantastic return to form. Moving to a first-person perspective brought with it a claustrophobic sense of dread, and returning to a single location, reminiscent of the Spencer Mansion in the original, had fans loving every second.
Get up close and personal with the Bakers.
You can expect a lot of the best Resident Evil has to offer. From jump scares to terrifying enemies, Resident Evil 7 takes a strong stomach to finish but is perfect for getting in the spooky season mood.
Looking for a more immersive experience, play Resident Evil 7 on PlayStation 4 with a PSVR. Yes, the entire game is playable in virtual reality. Get up close and personal with the haunting swamplands and the devilish Baker family as you try not to have a heart attack.
Who will you become?
Do you love classic horror tropes from ‘80s slasher flicks? You’ll want to check out The Quarry.
Over the course of the game, you play as all nine of the Hackett's Quarry camp counselors. You'll be faced with a multitude of decisions and each choice matters. Who's alive or who's dead? It's up to you.
The Quarry is the perfect game to play with your friends crowded around the TV screen in a dark room. Up to seven friends can experience the horror together in co-op mode. Make decisions as a group and watch how this thriller unfolds!
Slender: The Eight Pages Remake
You’ll see something of a trend on this list, and that’s first-person horror games. Slender: The Eight Pages Remake is a chilling remake on the Unreal Engine 4 and available through Steamdeck.
Ready to take a stroll through the dark forest?
The game puts you in the shoes of Kate, a character who must collect eight pages while avoiding the clutches of the eponymous Slender Man. Sound familiar? But what the game lacks in story line is made up with jump scares.
Slender: The Eight Pages Remake is incredibly immersive and will have you jumping out of your skin. If you’re looking for a good scare, this is definitely the game for you.
One of the most unique games on this list, Phasmophobia has exploded in popularity due to some of the most popular Twitch streamers, and there’s a good reason why.
Who you gonna call...?
You and up to four friends play as you hunt down and identify a ghost hidden somewhere. You’ll use equipment such as a UV flashlight and camera to find these ghoulies. Chat with friends to strategize, but look out because these ghosts can understand you.
But hunting ghosts isn’t an easy job. Each player has a sanity meter that, once depleted, will cause the ghost to hunt you down in a heart-racing fashion. Phasmophobia is a great way to spend a spooky evening, especially with friends.
Taking clear inspirations from the Alien films, Dead Space features some of the best survival horror by a game not named Resident Evil. In the year 2508, you play as Isaac Clark, an engineer boarding the USG Ishimura, responding to a distress call. Once you dock, you discover everyone on board died. Worst of all, you find many have become Nechromorphs, a bunch of twisted, ghoulish and decomposing alien-like creatures.
Survival is the name of the game, but between the haunting halls of the Ishimura, the nightmare-fuel terror known as Necromorphs and minimal supplies make it easier said than done.
Let’s get this out of the way; Bioshock isn’t scary in a traditional sense. Yes, there are scary moments, but it’s more about the atmosphere, specifically during the opening moments of Bioshock.
But venturing through Rapture and discovering the themes of this classic title will send shivers down your spine. Environmental storying telling detail Rapture’s fall from grace and drug-fueled enemies haunt the halls of the dystopian underwater city. You might think you have it all figured out until you run into your first Big Daddy, a gargantuan foe walking around in a modified diver’s suit with a drill. One false move and it’s game over when a Big Daddy is breathing down your neck.
The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us is considered one of the greatest games of all time, winning multiple Game of the Year awards, praised for its direction, graphics, writing and acting between the two main characters. Again, not a traditional scary game, but when you consider all things happening in real life, it’s scary to think how The Last of Us might be possible.
Now fast forward five years.
Fighting for your life never looked so good.
Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. All seems good until their peace is disrupted. You play as Ellie and hunt down those responsible. New survivor groups, treacherous environments, and terrifying infected are just some of the life-or-death action you'll face.
The devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions could leave you questioning, am I playing as a hero or the villain?
Dying Light 2
Only the strongest will survive.
When Dying Light launched in early 2015, it quickly went on to be a surprise hit.
Dying Light 2 doesn't disappoint.
You're still the hunted versus the hunter. During the day you'll need to explore an open world (in a map four-times larger than the original!) and practice your parkour skills. But the night is for the infected. You'll have to be one step ahead of your enemy, show no mercy and be brutal.
Plus, see what happens if you stay in the dark for too long. Tense, nightmare-filled moments makes it perfect for the scary season!
We’re cheating here for a couple of reasons. The first, P.T. isn’t a game but a demo that launched in 2014. Secondly, unless you have a PS4 with this demo saved on it (or some form of a backup), it’s impossible to play P.T. since publisher Konami took it down after an unceremonious split from the game’s director, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima.
Maybe it's okay we didn't get the final game...
However, P.T. left its mark on the industry, and we’re always looking for a way to talk about P.T. You play as a nameless protagonist walking through a decrepit, haunting and looping hallway. During your time in the loop, you learn about a set of horrifying events, a crying baby and a terrifying ghost named Lisa, who will attack you and randomly trigger a jump scare that will take you out of your seat.
P.T. is one of the most creative and horrifying experiences in gaming, and it led to an even greater reveal. If you make your way out of the house, P.T. (which stands for Playable Teaser) was actually Silent Hills, a new entry in the long-running horror franchise. Directed by Kojima with some sort of involvement from famed director Guillermo del Torro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead).
If you get a chance to experience P.T., we’d recommend playing without looking up any hints. You’ll get to experience the fear-inducing puzzles the way that was originally intended. What’s scarier than the demo is the fact we’ll never get to experience this game.
In space, no one can hear you scream, but in your house, everyone will hear you scream as you play Alien: Isolation. Set 15 years after the original film, you play as Amanda Ripely, daughter of the famed series protagonist, as she investigates her mother’s disappearance.
Modeled after the first film, Alien: Isolation is the perfect game to play with the lights turned off. A slow burn, Alien packs a terrifying punch as you trek through tight corridors and try your best to avoid the titular monster as it hunts you down, looking for its next meal. You’ll have access to familiar Alien tools, but one wrong move is all it takes to meet your demise. Try your best not to scream…
There you have it! Try one of these 10 spooky games to play this Halloween. Whether you’re looking for traditional jump scares, a creepy atmosphere or something to play with friends, you’ll have a scare-filled time with every one of these games, which is the perfect opportunity to get into the scary season.