Get Ready for Halloween With The Horrifying Games

I recently saw the new IT movie and it got me thinking about scary games again. With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like a good idea to get in the mood for the scariest night of the year and what better way to do that, than sitting down and playing some scary video games?

The horror gaming genre has a wealth of titles to choose from that come in all different shapes and sizes, basically, there’s something for everyone here. Grab your popcorn and turn down the lights as we settle in and look at some of the games you can play before Halloween.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn is like the teen horror movie you always wanted. Its great characters and choice based game mechanics make players meticulously question every choice they make. If you’re like me and you struggle to get past the stereotypical Hollywood horror flick, then Until Dawn offers you something a little different.

The narrative kept gripped me and kept me interesting throughout the roughly 10-hour play through. I felt like my choices actually mattered, which cant be said for a lot of choice based games. With some good twists and unexpected jump scares I left this work of interactive fiction wanting more.

Until Dawn hit all the right notes and its brilliant cast only enhances the experience. This is one game you don’t want to miss out on.

Resident Evil: Biohazard

Resident Evil: Biohazard is a genuine thrill and it’s as brilliant as it is both bloody and gross. This game went far beyond my initial expectations, constantly ramping up the fear throughout the story. I can only pity those who dare to play it in VR.

Play this game on a television and it’s disturbing, heartbreaking and so satisfying - play it in VR and it’s a whole new world. To me, this feels like one of the best Resident Evil games in years, if not ever. All the elements you want from horror and mixed into this foul smelling cocktail that you just can’t stop drinking.

Whether you get the chance to play this in VR or not, it’s one game you can’t afford to miss.

Alien Isolation

Possibly the best Alien experience you could have asked for – that’s the first thing I tell people when they ask me about Alien Isolation. It’s a fitting tribute to first Ridley Scott film that’s had us all shaking behind our sofas.

Sure, the game can be frustrating at times, but the atmosphere and the tension are so brilliantly created you can’t help feeling every small step you take aboard the Nostromo. The eponymous alien xenomorph is a very constant and real threat and so rarely does a game create such fear of your enemy. It’s a hide and seek game with only one outcome if you’re caught.

The lighting and graphical details are both amazing and immerse you in Ridley Scott’s universe like never before. It’s laden with tense moments throughout that take you on a gorgeous visual journey that will please all fans of the franchise.

Outlast II

Outlast II is a harrowing experience that leaves you feeling somewhat dirty and unclean, with nothing but dim lights and strange noises to guide you through its repugnant levels. The game has its issues, there’s no doubt about that but it innovates by reaching new levels of gore.

If you’re looking to be grossed out this Halloween, and let’s be honest, who isn’t? Then this is a safe bet to get there. It may not be as breathtakingly scary as the first outlast game, but Outlast II requires a stronger stomached player.

Picking up from the creepy run and hide from the previous game, it does a great start during the initial few hours of really setting the tone. Unfortunately, the rest of the game doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but nonetheless, this gore fest is certainly worth your time.

Dead Space

The cold and dark of Space is a scary concept in its own right. When you then add the gruesome and unpredictable Necromorphs from Dead Space to the mix, you get some something truly terrifying.

Dead Space can be engrossing, visceral and at times stunning. Not only is it all of those things, but it’s so much more. It’s a game that hard to pin down to a few short words, but one thing you can say about it is that it’s haunting.

It’s a game that needs to be played with a good sound system and with the lights most definitely off. Dead Space genuinely has some of the best lighting I’ve seen in a video game and all of this adds to a tense mood throughout the game.

This is a must own title for anyone who loves science fiction, horror or the combination of both. Despite it being nearly 10 years old, people are still talking about just how good this game was.


Okay, so I may be cheating a little with this one as it’s not exactly a released video game. P.T may only be a demo, but it’s an excellent one and deserves a place on our list. It’s an unfortunate glimpse into a Silent Hill game that will never come to pass.

This playable teaser by video game legend Hideo Kojima certainly gathered a lot of hype, and very quickly. It’s a bite-sized slice of terrifying horror, a dream you never want to have. It goes to show just how creepy being alone in a house can be.

It’s the fear of the unknown that gets you in P.T as you inspect small clues left around the suburban home. Babies cry out and pictures move on their own in a sinister fashion. The atmosphere created is one of sheer terror in which you have no idea what’s lurking around the next corner.

The biggest disappointment is that this game will likely never see the light of day. One thing for sure though, you will be glad you do after you’ve played it.

Ghosts and ghouls may only come out once a year, but these are timeless games that are sure to give you a fright during any time of the year.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.