5. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The most recent masterpiece in the franchise, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard climbed the charts shortly after its release. The game has been highly praised for its anxiety-creating atmosphere, dread-inducing sound design, and use of player involvement. Over 2.5 million units were shipped within days of the release and the downloads of the demo exceeded 7 million. Since its release, the game has won over 9 awards including “VR Game of the Year”.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a first-person, single-player survival horror game that was developed by Capcom. It first released in January 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One and then was released for Nintendo Switch in May 2018.
Set in Dulvey, Louisiana in 2017, Ethan Winters gets a message from his wife, Mia, who has been missing for three years, thought to be dead. Led to a neglected and seemingly abandoned plantation, Ethan soon finds Mia locked in the basement, but after helping her, she becomes increasingly violent and attacks him. Shortly after stopping her, a woman calls him, telling him she can help him escape the house. Mia then returns, though not herself, and gruesomely handicaps Ethan. Mia isn’t the only dangerous one here. Ethan must face humans, monsters, and everything in between to escape with his life and the truth behind everything.
4. Dead Space
From the opening credits to the heart-pounding end, Dead Space is a nail-biting, sitting on the edge of the seat, visually striking video game. Winning multiple awards, it truly is a hard-to-beat horror game.
Dead Space is a unique over-the-shoulder third-person point of view, single-player, science fiction survival horror game. Developed by EA Redwood Shores, it was released in October 2008 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, though the dates vary by country.
Set in 2508 on a “planet-cracker” starship, the USG Ishimura sends out a distress signal. All of the crew except for engineer Isaac Clarke, Commander Hammond, and computer specialist Kendra Daniels are dead. The Commander and Daniels direct Isaac in fixing the ship, which is filled with disfigured monsters trying to kill them.
3. Silent Hill 2
In the same month of its release, Silent Hill 2 sold over 1 million copies. The level of fright, deep plot and intense immersion of the cutscenes and overall environment are all that give the game such high reviews and set this so high on the list.
Silent Hill 2 is a third-person point of view, single-player, survival horror game that was developed by Konami Computer and Entertainment Tokyo. It was first released between September 2001 and November 2001 for PS2 worldwide. The director’s cut of the game was released between December 2001 and February 2003 for PC, PS2, and Xbox.
The game takes place in the series’ namesake town in the northeastern United States, though not a direct sequel to the first Silent Hill game, and has some backstory of Silent Hill. After getting a letter from his dead wife, James Sunderland goes to Silent Hill. There he meets Maria, a woman who looks like his wife, and the two get attacked by monsters. It only gets stranger and more terrifying from then on as James finds out more about Silent Hill, the monsters, Maria, and his dead wife, all the while trying to stay alive.
2. Alien: Isolation
Regarded as one of the scariest video games to ever be played, Alien: Isolation is based on the 1979 Alien horror film. The game is highly praised on the likeness and overall accuracy to the environment, sounds, and the machines, as well as the art design and how it was not overly futuristic. The game was nominated for over 20 awards and won over a dozen.
Alien: Isolation uses a combination of third-person and first-person points of view. The game is a single-player, action-adventure, stealth, survival horror that was developed by Creative Assembly. It was released in October 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. In September and October 2015, the game was released for Linux and Mac OS X.
Set 15 years after the movie, 2137, Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, is told that they found the flight recorder of her mother’s lost ship, the Nostromo. Amanda and the rest of her group go to the station where the recorder was found, finding it damaged. As she discovers more about what happened to her mother, she is trapped on the station with one of the Aliens, hiding and trying to escape with her life.
Arguably one of the best horror games out there, Outlast is the one of the most ghastly, horrifying, and overall creepy video games ever made. This game is not for the weak-stomached or the meek. E3 awarded the game, most appropriately, the “Most Likely to Make you Faint” award and the “Best of E3” award.
Outlast is a first-person point of view, single-player, survival, psychological horror game. The game was developed by Red Barrels and released in September 2013 for PC, February 2014 for PS4, June 2014 for Xbox One, March 2015 for Linux and Mac OS X, and February 2018 for Nintendo Switch.
Miles Upshur, a freelance investigative journalist, goes to the Mount Massive Asylum after getting a tip that the patients are being experimented on. Shortly after arriving, he finds the offices ransacked, corpses in rooms and halls, and even a dying SWAT officer. While running and hiding for his life, he finds out what really went on inside this building filled with men and demons.