The 12 Finest Horror Video games on PC

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PC is the evil lab the place new horror video games are grown and examined. A number of the biggest fashionable horror video games are word-of-mouth hits and among the hottest horror video games of the final decade started as PC exclusives.

To that finish, we’ve chosen the highest 12 horror video games you possibly can play on PC proper now. Whereas a few of these aren’t unique to PC, they both acquired their begin on the platform or stay and breathe there. A few of these are horror classics which have influenced numerous imitators, whereas others are nonetheless hidden gems that need to hold you up at night time. Listed below are our picks for the 12 finest horror video games on PC.

12. IMSCARED

IMSCARED: A Pixelated Nightmare is the one recreation on this listing that breaks via its .exe boundaries and carries the scares into the actual world. As you creep via IMSCARED’s low-res environments, discovering keys and trying to flee the nightmare you’re at present in, an entity referred to as White Face stalks your each transfer.

As soon as caught, White Face triggers a crash again to your desktop and in its wake, a folder containing a textual content doc seems on display screen, taunting your failure. It performs together with your thoughts in different methods too: your browser may immediately open, touchdown on a spooky YouTube video; elsewhere, HTML internet paperwork seem in one other folder, displaying a map and the supposed exit to the realm you’re in, however are you able to belief it? It even goes so far as requiring you to delete in-game paperwork to progress via sure moments. Very like Everlasting Darkness, IMSCARED brings its distinctive model of horror outdoors of itself – a really cursed recreation. – Jesse Gomez

11. The Cat Woman

Lower than a minute into The Cat Woman, you discover out the primary character, a lonely 40-year previous lady named Susan Ashworth, has dedicated suicide. Quickly after, she reawakens in a mysterious world, solely to be greeted by somebody known as The Queen of Maggots who instructs her to take away 5 ‘parasites’ from the world in order that she might lastly discover peace.

The Cat Woman, regardless of its complicated themes round psychological well being and severe tone, is surprisingly easy to play. You’ll discover twisted and weird environments, accumulate varied gadgets to resolve puzzles and information Susan’s selections by way of dialogue decisions with different characters. However past its conventional point-and-click journey trappings is an affecting story, rooted in an genuine wrestle of a girl who now not needs to stay. – Jesse Gomez

10. Lifeless By Daylight

Lifeless By Daylight launched in 2016 as a meager however well-meaning asymmetrical slasher horror recreation the place varied bumbling youngsters averted gnarly eviscerations from archetypal slasher film villains. By 2021, it’s change into the Smash Bros. of horror video games, bringing in iconic killer characters like Freddy Kreuger and Michael Myers to legendary horror recreation villains like Resident Evil’s Nemesis and Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head. Lifeless By Daylight continues to evolve on its premise, routinely including new characters, options, and extra to its rock-solid basis. One factor stays fixed, although: it’s simply as enjoyable to play the sport as a bunch of seemingly helpless survivors in a single spherical as it’s to play as an enormous, highly effective, horror film monster within the subsequent. – Brian Altano

Amnesia: The Darkish Descent is among the older video games on this listing, however it’s right here for good motive: its gameplay mechanics helped spur a rebirth (no pun supposed with Amnesia’s latest sequel) of the survival horror style that had drifted into motion recreation territory.

Amnesia begins off with the protagonist, Daniel, waking up alone in a darkish fortress, Brennenburg. He has no reminiscence of how he acquired there (therefore the identify), and as he explores his environment, he realizes there’s a shadow stalking him. Wandering in regards to the fortress are different creatures that may give chase in the event that they spot you. This wouldn’t be an enormous drawback if you happen to may struggle again, however you possibly can’t. Your solely protection is to run and sometimes cover at the hours of darkness – a stark distinction to extra action-oriented horror video games like Resident Evil 5 which had come out the yr earlier than.

However right here’s the kicker: keep at the hours of darkness too lengthy and also you’ll lose your thoughts. It’s not the primary recreation to have a “sanity meter” (Everlasting Darkness says hiya), however its implementation in Amnesia is fairly ingenious. You’ll have to steadiness the sport’s use of sunshine to see what the hell you’re even doing with hiding within the darkness to keep away from monsters, the identical darkness that’s slowly driving you insane.

Amnesia’s sequels and follow-ups all construct upon The Darkish Descent’s mechanics in good methods, and different builders have taken discover. The Darkish Descent nonetheless holds up immediately, even when the controls and interface are slightly tough on consoles, so if you happen to’re within the temper to sit down at the hours of darkness for 10 hours, make a journey to Brennenburg. Simply don’t keep at the hours of darkness too lengthy. – Jobert Atienza

8. World of Horror

Followers of Junji Ito and/or H.P. Lovecraft will wish to look into including World of Horror to their listing of scary video games to play this October. This “1-Bit” horror recreation feels such as you simply stumbled upon a sequence of eerie and intensely detailed drawings on MS Paint.

Set in Shiokawa, Japan, gamers are tasked with stopping the apocalypse by exploring varied places and combating monsters impressed by Japanese horror manga and concrete legends. It’s, in fact, a horror recreation, however World of Horror additionally provides parts from the roguelite and RPG genres.

World of Horror’s grasp of stress, completely paired soundtrack and total problem make it a must-play on PC. – Taylor Lyles

7. S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R.

Few video games have efficiently captured a way of overwhelming bleakness and foreboding just like the STALKER trilogy does. Whether or not you’re racing to the positioning of the world’s worst nuclear incident deep inside Chernobyl or discovering the secrets and techniques hidden throughout the decrepit metropolis of Pripyat, this residing, respiratory world is able to sap the life out of your physique. So if going toe-to-toe in opposition to spirits deep underground, or zombified foes who have been as soon as your companions and bloodsucking mutants sound like your sort of factor, it’s time to pay a go to to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. – Jesse Gomez

6. 5 Nights at Freddy’s

There was at all times one thing inherently creepy about being in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant as a child, a dimly lit, rat themed party middle with unhappy pizza, a largely damaged arcade room, and an enormous animatronic animal band that will shut down in between songs to stare into the souls of kids with large, dead-eyed appears. 5 Nights at Freddy’s is a whole recreation in regards to the fleeting pleasure and haunted magic of a seemingly lifeless assortment of animatronic pizza restaurant mascots who immediately spring to life and change into horrifying nightmares, though as a substitute of being a child at a party, you’re an worker tasked with watching the restaurant after darkish and surviving the night time your self.

You’ll flip via safety cameras and different varied gadgets whereas unsettling mechanical faces pop up sporadically or typically go bump within the night time, however what makes all of it so distinctive is that 5 Nights at Freddy’s is among the few horror video games that the majority children can play with out enduring a lifetime of trauma. It’s uncommon to have a recreation sequence that may cater to each younger and grownup horror followers, largely as a result of it encompasses a factor we will all agree on: animatronic animals are terrifying. – Brian Altano

5. Pathologic

Pathologic was forward of its time when it was launched approach again in 2006. Set in a mysterious city beset by an unknown plague, Pathologic combines horror and thriller for a really distinctive expertise. Select one among three participant characters who should survive for 12 days whereas uncovering the thriller of the ‘sand plague.’

Every day, new quests can be accessible that may take characters one step nearer to the reality. However be warned, as a result of these quests will solely be accessible on a particular day, and as soon as it passes it’s gone for good.

Pathologic and its sequel Pathologic 2 really excel at ambiance. Whereas leap scares are a bit few and much between, the overwhelming sense of dread will linger via your complete playthrough, and your time in Pathologic will burrow in your thoughts for for much longer. – Matt Kim

4. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia got here onto the scene like a bat out of hell. 4 gamers can be part of up as newbie ghost hunters, armed with instruments like night-vision cameras, holy water, and radios. As an early entry recreation, there are nonetheless loads of technical kinks to work out, however the core premise works exceptionally properly. Possibly that’s why so many Phasmophobia-likes have popped up on Steam in latest months.

You’ll wander via haunted properties and deserted prisons, calling out for spirits from the past. Collect sufficient clues and you’ll try to efficiently determine what sort of ghost is haunting that location. Deduce accurately for a pleasant payday.

Because the clock ticks, the probabilities of working right into a ghost enhance, and so does the hazard. Nothing beats that second if you immediately see your pal twist and contort from getting acquired by one among Phasmophobia’s many evil spirits as you all scramble to the exit for a hasty escape. – Matt Kim

3. Chilla’s Artwork Video games

Chilla’s Artwork is the identify of an indie dev crew fashioned by two brothers in Japan. Since 2018, the duo has launched over 15 micro horror video games on Steam priced at simply a few {dollars}. Whereas these video games may solely be just a few hours lengthy, they pack a horrifying punch.

Each Chilla’s Artwork recreation is a novel expertise however they’re sometimes performed within the first-person and are centered round a secular expertise that shortly escalates into one thing horrible. One of the crucial well-known is The Comfort Retailer, the place gamers tackle the function of night-shift comfort retailer worker. As gamers go about their night time, restocking gadgets and checking stock, creepy happenings equivalent to unusual prospects, unexplained noises, and different horrifying encounters start to accentuate because the night time goes on.

With so many Chilla’s Artwork Video games to select from it’s laborious to advocate only one. However with such a low barrier to entry, choose just a few and also you’re assured to have time. – Matt Kim

2. Puppet Combo

Babysitter Massacre, Energy Drill Bloodbath, and The Night time Ripper… No, these aren’t forgotten grindhouse movies from the ’80s, however slightly delightfully gory and downright terrifying video games created by solo indie horror developer, Puppet Combo.

By way of Patreon and itch-io, over 20 video games up to now decade, all of which supply no scarcity of intense and unforgiving moments. Whether or not you’re escaping from a serial killer whereas babysitting, collaborating in a lethal recreation of cat and mouse with a psychotic nun in a boarding faculty (within the aptly named Nun Bloodbath) or controlling a park ranger on a chilly and stormy night time whereas one thing stalks them from afar, Puppet Combo wholeheartedly embraces its PS1-style, VHS horror roots in each recreation.

Dire conditions, sleazy companions, and unrelenting killers make each one among Puppet Combo’s video games an unforgettable nightmare. – Jesse Gomez

1. Visage

When Konami canceled Silent Hills in 2015, a slew of non secular successors and video games closely influenced by the Silent Hills’ playable teaser got here out. This contains Unhappy Sq. Studios’ first recreation, the psychological horror Visage.

Set within the Eighties, you play as Dwayne Anderson, a resident of a big residence that’s being affected by the supernatural as he tries to discover a approach out of the home and be taught extra about what’s inflicting all of the paranormal exercise in his residence.

As you discover the largely darkish and quiet home, supernatural entities will taunt you by breaking gentle bulbs, turning on/off lights, and slamming doorways. This fixed barrage of sensory terror, mixed with making an attempt to take care of Dwayne’s sanity, makes Visage one of many more difficult horror video games launched lately. It’s a trial and error recreation, however your endurance is rewarded with a captivating story, and loads of leap scares.

Whereas it might not be Silent Hills, the legacy of Konami’s unreleased recreation programs via the veins of Visage whereas additionally sustaining its personal identification. – Taylor Lyles

And there you might have it! These are our IGN’s prime horror PC video games. Disagree with the rating? Assume one other entry ought to have been on the listing? Tell us within the feedback, and if you happen to’re on the lookout for extra try our listing of the highest 10 Metroidvanias and the very best FPS campaigns of all time. And for every little thing else, keep tuned to IGN.

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