There are all kinds of horror-tinged media to choose from nowadays, but games may be the most chilling medium of all due to the level of immersion and interactivity they impart. If you’ve ever sat in a dark room with headphones and played something like Silent Hill or Resident Evil, you know that unique feeling of terror we’re talking about. And god forbid you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Horror games aren’t exactly for the weak of heart.
Halloween has officially arrived, and you probably aren’t going to any parties this year. That makes it a great time to play some horror video games, especially since it falls on a weekend.
There’s no more fitting genre for the season, and luckily, there are a wealth of horror games out there well worth your time. The genre had humble beginnings in the late ’80s, with a wave of fantastic games coming out in the three subsequent decades. And thanks to the rise of indie games, there are more scary games out now than ever before.
In 2020 we’ve seen some excellent horror games released, such as Capcom’s follow-up to its Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 3. But we’ve also seen successful games from smaller developers; horror games like The Dark Pictures: Little Hope and Amnesia: Rebirth can also keep genre fans busy this fall. They offer less focus on action, but plenty of atmosphere and world-building that is sure to keep any horror fan entertained and on the edge of their seat.
Whether you plan to work your way through your horror backlog on your own or invite friends over to experience the jump scares with you, we’ve got you covered this Halloween season and beyond. We’ve gathered a list of the most terrifying and memorable games every horror enthusiast should experience this Halloween season. Genre classics like Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil Remake, and Dead Space are represented here, but you’ll also find more surprising and modern choices interspersed throughout. Regardless of their notoriety, the horror games we highlight below (listed in no particular order) are all ones that left us with lasting memories.
Which horror games will you be playing this fall? Shout out your favorites in the comments below.
Editor’s note: This article is the updated version of a story first published on October 30, 2018.