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Video Games: Horror

What better way to pass the time on a rainy day than to pull out a video game to play? This guide aims to help gamers of any level of experience to find something new to play that's right for them.


Horror - Do you love getting spooked in haunted houses? What about watching classic 80s slasher flicks about dudes in hockey masks chasing teenagers around a summer camp with a machete? Then Horror games might be the games for you. Horror games usually focus on immersion, trying to make the player feel like they are in the game world so that they can properly spook the player when the time comes. Expect to deal with puzzles and inventory management in this genre. Often you will be hiding, running, and/or conserving the few weapons that you do have in this genre. If this sounds fun, Horror might be the genre for you.

Horror Game Recommendation

State of Decay 2

This survival RPG zombie apocalypse game tasks the player as the leader of a group of survivors in a zombie apocolypse. Manage your home base, set up outposts and scavenge for supplies all while fending off hordes of the undead. This game features a perma-death feature so if one of your survivors is killed on a scavenging mission, they don't come back.

Available for Xbox One


Outlast trinity

This survival horror game tasks you as a journalist only armed with a video camera as you explore a seemingly abandoned Asylum in the mountains of Colorado. Cults, creatures and crazed maniacs await you and you have very little you can do to fight back. Be ready to be terrified in this horror-filled experience. Outlast Trinity includes both of the Outlast titles as well as an expansion for the first Outlast game so if you check out this game, you are really getting three games in one!

Available for PS4

Until Dawn

Until Dawn

There have been many video games that use the interactive medium to tell a cinematic story where the player gets to impact the outcome. Until Dawn is one of those games. Touting a "Butterfly Effect" system that means choices that the player makes at the beginning of the game impact what characters live and die and has ramifications throughout the experience.

Until Dawn is a story-driven horror game that follows eight teenagers trapped in an abandoned ski resort. When the teens realize they are trapped they also realize that they aren't alone and are being hunted by what they think is a serial killer. When other unexplained events start to befall the group, it is up to the player to navigate the horror and try to get as many people through the night alive as they can.

Available for PS4

Resident Evil

Resident Evil 2

This remake of a classic horror survival game places the player back in one of the most iconic video game horror locales ever, Raccoon City. play through this game with different characters to get different perspectives on the story mode. Fight through hordes of zombies as you uncover the mysteries of Umbrella Corp once again.

Available for PS4 and Xbox One