World’s Most Horror Games: Best Horror Games to Play Right Now!

The best horror games make us jump out of our skin. They make us scared, put us up against monsters, and put us in the most spooky places without a flashlight or any idea why the walls are bleeding or why that cool-looking woman is like 10 feet tall.

This list of the best horror games includes everything from indie gems to AAA masterpieces. From long-running series to new games, we’ve got you covered. Or maybe it should be trembling? We’ll be behind the couch if you need us. Read on to find out what the scariest horror games are.

Returnal

This game might not look like a scary one at first, but there is a strong sense of cosmic horror in everything it does. This roguelike with a time loop is full of Lovecraftian alien ruins, monsters with the wrong shape, and the fear of trying not to die every 10 minutes.

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I know it’s a big ask to try this because it’s all about fighting through waves of monsters and boss fights that feel impossible. But it has a great mood and a disturbing story that slowly comes together as you learn about the past and your role in it.

Available on: PS5

Slender: The Eight Pages

It’s old, but it’s free and one of the best horror games ever made. Even though you can’t play it online anymore, it’s easy to find a free download you can try. The goal is simple: find eight pages hidden around a scary forest without getting caught by the Slender Man.

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Each time you find a page, he gets closer and harder to avoid. It’s a simple idea, but it’s done perfectly, and even though the graphics look like potatoes, it’s still scary. It’s also fun to play with your friends and see how far they can get.

Available on: PC

Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly

The Fatal Frame series has always been scary because it uses Japanese horror and folklore tropes made famous by The Ring and Ju-on. Characters are frozen in fear, and the only thing they have to fight ghosts that steal souls is an old camera.

This means that the only way to fight your enemies is to go straight at them, which gets scarier as the game goes on. There are a lot of great games in this series, but we chose the second one as the best fit for this list.

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The graphics in Crimson Butterfly are a bit better than in the first game, and it’s the most inviting because of how hard it is. There’s always a threat, but it doesn’t get too frustrating.

It also has the best story, which is about how two sisters deal with loss and guilt on a personal journey. It’s always nice when the intense experience is backed up by a plot that goes beyond “survive.

PS4 and Xbox One both have it (via backwards compatibility)

Mundaun

Mundaun is a weird and creepy little game with a strange hand-drawn story that reminds me of The Lighthouse and Midsommar. In the first-person black-and-white scares, you go back to your Swiss hometown after your grandfather dies and find [scary voice] an old family curse.

The Swiss setting and folklore from around the 1920s, along with the scratchy pencil art, give the game an otherworldly feel that you usually only see in Japanese horror games.

It’s a little rough around the edges and has a few puzzles and goals that aren’t clear, but it’s worth getting through if you want to try a horror game with a different cultural background.

Available on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Switch.

Resident Evil Village

Even though Resident Evil Village got a lot of attention, especially for Lady Dimitrescu, it’s far from the best game in the series. There are still some good parts. Especially in the first few hours, when Castle Dimitrescu gave some great gothic monsters and characters to worry about.

But it’s House Beneviento that makes this game an important part of history. It’s a very scary and fun part of the escape room, and the reveal at the end is one of the best the series has ever seen. It is the best part of the game, the series, and the type of game as a whole.

The rest of the game is good, but it focuses a lot on action and shooting. This makes the scary parts less scary as you get used to them, and the game ends with a pretty low-brow “shooty bang” charge to victory.

Still, it’s always fun and has enough variety to make you feel like you’re getting a little bit of everything. The game can be played on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Alan Wake

Alan Wake is different from most scary games. It doesn’t have a lot of blood or jump scares, and overall it’s not that scary. But its sense of place and personality are unmatched. That place is Bright Falls, a mountain town that looks like Twin Peaks and has a terrible secret.

The soothing sounds of the night DJ and the short TV shows make this town feel alive like it has its own personality. Its story unfolds like an exciting TV miniseries, right down to the way each plot twist and reveal is set off by a new episode.

Alan Wake stands out even more because, well, it’s a lot of fun to play. Even though that might sound a little mean, Alan Wake is one of the most fun horror games to play from a pure gameplay point of view.

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Developer Remedy is known for both action and storytelling, and that shows in this game. The stiff, awkward controls that are typical of this genre are gone thanks to simple, fluid controls.

Taking on a group of enemies is hard for all the right reasons: the fights are well designed, and the pistol and flashlight combo is fun to use without making you feel invincible.

PC and Xbox One users can get it (via backwards compatibility)

Carrion

Carrion looks like a fun game, and it is, but it’s also a great horror game where you play the monster instead of the victim. It really captures the spirit of a good monster movie with its pixelated tentacles and teeth.

As you gobble up screaming scientists, tearing them apart limb by limb, you leave nothing but parts in your wake. It’s too bloody in a funny way, and in between the bloody killing, there are some good puzzles to solve with your monster powers, which keep growing.

PC, Xbox One, and Switch all have it.

Prey

Even though Morgan Yu’s journey through a space station isn’t as scary as Dead Space, especially the Mooncrash DLC showed how scary Prey could be. A pretty simple alien shooter can get a lot scarier when the goal changes from protecting yourself to saving other people.

And Mooncrash’s randomness does a great job of keeping you on your toes. But even the most basic Prey has a creepy feel to it. Like other Arkane games, Prey is a great game with lots of hidden spots to find. You also have a lot of freedom in how you play it.

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There are a lot of stories about terrible accidents, people trying to get away, and even encounters with aliens. This is another game you shouldn’t miss if you like good environmental storytelling and want a bit more action.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Little Nightmares 2

Something very bad is wrong with Little Nightmare 2 but in a good way. The sequel really expands on the creepy world of the original children’s story, but it also makes things even worse. As you look around, you can’t help but feel weird.

From creepy, jerking mannequins to faceless, lost people whose faces look like they’ve been worn away by the TV static they’ll die to stare at, there’s not much in this game that won’t make you feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

It can be frustrating at times because the controls don’t always work the way you want them to and you have to make a few mistakes along the way. But if you keep going, you’ll probably play one of the scariest games on this list.

Available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia.

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Until Dawn

Teen slashers have been around for almost 40 years, but other than the terrible Friday the 13th on the NES, games haven’t been brave enough to go there. Up to now.

Or, Until Dawn, a survival-horror game from 2015 about a group of rowdy teenagers who go on vacation to a remote mountain cabin, only to find that something evil is out to kill them. But it’s not all fun and games.

If you can’t figure out Until Dawn’s horror movie logic, the characters will die horrible deaths, and the game takes every chance to scare the bejesus out of you.

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Many of the games on this list are on it because they are scary, but Until Dawn is on it for more meta reasons as well. It is willfully and deeply rooted in horror tropes and uses them in a great way.

It’s full of nods to the slasher genre, and even if you see the ridiculous twists coming from a mile away, you’ll still love them. You’ll laugh as much as you scream, if not more, and few horror games do such a good job of making you feel like it’s fun to be horrified.

Available on: PS4

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