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The 12 Best Horror Games on PC

PC is the evil lab the place new horror video games are grown and examined. Some of the best fashionable horror video games are word-of-mouth hits and a number of 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 may play on PC proper now. While a few of these aren’t unique to PC, they both received their begin on the platform or dwell and breathe there. Some of those are horror classics which have influenced numerous imitators, whereas others are nonetheless hidden gems that should hold you up at night time. Here are our picks for the 12 finest horror video games on PC.

12. IMSCARED

IMSCARED: A Pixelated Nightmare is the one sport on this listing that breaks by its .exe boundaries and carries the scares into the true world. As you creep by IMSCARED’s low-res environments, discovering keys and making an attempt to flee the nightmare you’re at the moment in, an entity generally known as White Face stalks your each transfer.

Once 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 would possibly abruptly open, touchdown on a spooky YouTube video; elsewhere, HTML net paperwork seem in one other folder, exhibiting a map and the supposed exit to the world 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 by sure moments. Much like Eternal Darkness, IMSCARED brings its distinctive type of horror exterior of itself – a really cursed sport. – Jesse Gomez

11. The Cat Lady

Less than a minute into The Cat Lady, you discover out the principle character, a lonely 40-year previous girl named Susan Ashworth, has dedicated suicide. Soon after, she reawakens in a mysterious world, solely to be greeted by somebody referred to 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 Lady, regardless of its complicated themes round psychological well being and severe tone, is surprisingly easy to play. You’ll discover twisted and weird environments, gather varied gadgets to unravel puzzles and information Susan’s choices through dialogue decisions with different characters. But past its conventional point-and-click journey trappings is an affecting story, rooted in an genuine battle of a girl who not needs to dwell. – Jesse Gomez

10. Dead By Daylight

Dead By Daylight launched in 2016 as a meager however well-meaning asymmetrical slasher horror sport the place varied bumbling youngsters prevented gnarly eviscerations from archetypal slasher film villains. By 2021, it’s grow to be the Smash Bros. of horror video games, bringing in iconic killer characters like Freddy Kreuger and Michael Myers to legendary horror sport villains like Resident Evil’s Nemesis and Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head. Dead 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 gaggle 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 Dark Descent is among the older video games on this listing, but it surely’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 sport territory.

Amnesia begins off with the protagonist, Daniel, waking up alone in a darkish fortress, Brennenburg. He has no reminiscence of how he received there (therefore the title), and as he explores his environment, he realizes there’s a shadow stalking him. Wandering in regards to the fortress are different creatures that can give chase in the event that they spot you. This wouldn’t be an enormous downside in the event you might combat again, however you may’t. Your solely protection is to run and sometimes conceal at midnight – a stark distinction to extra action-oriented horror video games like Resident Evil 5 which had come out the 12 months earlier than.

But right here’s the kicker: keep at midnight too lengthy and also you’ll lose your thoughts. It’s not the primary sport to have a “sanity meter” (Eternal Darkness says whats up), however its implementation in Amnesia is fairly ingenious. You’ll have to stability 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 Dark Descent’s mechanics in sensible methods, and different builders have taken discover. The Dark Descent nonetheless holds up right this moment, even when the controls and interface are somewhat tough on consoles, so in the event you’re within the temper to sit down at midnight for 10 hours, make a journey to Brennenburg. Just don’t keep at midnight too lengthy. – Jobert Atienza

8. World of Horror

Fans 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 sport feels such as you simply stumbled upon a collection of eerie and very 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 is, in fact, a horror sport, however World of Horror additionally provides components from the roguelite and RPG genres.

World of Horror’s grasp of pressure, completely paired soundtrack and general 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 you’re racing to the location of the world’s worst nuclear incident deep inside Chernobyl or discovering the secrets and techniques hidden inside the decrepit metropolis of Pripyat, this dwelling, respiration 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 had been as soon as your companions and bloodsucking mutants sound like your type of factor, it’s time to pay a go to to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. – Jesse Gomez

6. Five 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 birthday celebration middle with unhappy pizza, a largely damaged arcade room, and a large animatronic animal band that will shut down in between songs to stare into the souls of kids with large, dead-eyed appears to be like. Five Nights at Freddy’s is a complete sport in regards to the fleeting pleasure and haunted magic of a seemingly lifeless assortment of animatronic pizza restaurant mascots who abruptly spring to life and grow to be horrifying nightmares, though as a substitute of being a child at a birthday celebration, you’re an worker tasked with watching the restaurant after darkish and surviving the night time your self.

You’ll flip by 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 Five Nights at Freddy’s is among the few horror video games that almost all youngsters can play with out enduring a lifetime of trauma. It’s uncommon to have a sport collection 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 means again in 2006. Set in a mysterious city beset by an unknown plague, Pathologic combines horror and thriller for a really distinctive expertise. Choose one in every of three participant characters who should survive for 12 days whereas uncovering the thriller of the ‘sand plague.’

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

Pathologic and its sequel Pathologic 2 really excel at environment. While bounce scares are a bit few and much between, the overwhelming sense of dread will linger by your total 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. Four gamers can be a part of up as newbie ghost hunters, armed with instruments like night-vision cameras, holy water, and radios. As an early entry sport, there are nonetheless loads of technical kinks to work out, however the core premise works exceptionally nicely. Maybe that’s why so many Phasmophobia-likes have popped up on Steam in latest months.

You’ll wander by haunted houses and deserted prisons, calling out for spirits from the past. Gather sufficient clues and you may attempt to efficiently establish what sort of ghost is haunting that location. Deduce accurately for a pleasant payday.

As the clock ticks, the possibilities of working right into a ghost improve, and so does the hazard. Nothing beats that second once you abruptly see your good friend twist and contort from getting received by one in every of Phasmophobia’s many evil spirits as you all scramble to the exit for a hasty escape. – Matt Kim

3. Chilla’s Art Games

Chilla’s Art is the title of an indie dev workforce 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}. While these video games would possibly solely be a number of hours lengthy, they pack a horrifying punch.

Every Chilla’s Art sport is a singular expertise however they’re usually performed within the first-person and are centered round a secular expertise that rapidly escalates into one thing horrible. One of essentially the most well-known is The Convenience Store, the place gamers take on the position of night-shift comfort retailer worker. As gamers go about their night time, restocking gadgets and checking stock, creepy happenings reminiscent of unusual clients, unexplained noises, and different horrifying encounters start to accentuate because the night time goes on.

With so many Chilla’s Art Games to select from it’s arduous to suggest only one. But with such a low barrier to entry, choose a number of and also you’re assured to have time. – Matt Kim

2. Puppet Combo

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

Via Patreon and itch-io, over 20 video games up to now decade, all of which provide no scarcity of intense and unforgiving moments. Whether you’re escaping from a serial killer whereas babysitting, participating in a lethal sport of cat and mouse with a psychotic nun in a boarding college (within the aptly named Nun Massacre) 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 sport.

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

1. Visage

When Konami canceled Silent Hills in 2015, a slew of religious successors and video games closely influenced by the Silent Hills’ playable teaser got here out. This contains Sad Square Studios’ first sport, the psychological horror Visage.

Set within the Eighties, you play as Dwayne Anderson, a resident of a giant house that’s being laid low with the supernatural as he tries to discover a means out of the home and be taught extra about what’s inflicting all of the paranormal exercise in his house.

As you discover the largely darkish and quiet home, supernatural entities will taunt you by breaking mild 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 tougher horror video games launched lately. It’s a trial and error sport, however your endurance is rewarded with an enchanting story, and loads of bounce scares.

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

And there you might have it! Those are our IGN’s prime horror PC video games. Disagree with the rating? Think one other entry ought to have been on the listing? Let us know within the feedback, and in the event you’re in search of extra take a look at our listing of the top 10 Metroidvanias and the best FPS campaigns of all time. And for every part else, keep tuned to IGN.

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