It’s that time of year for us all to get nice and scared! And what better way than to get those lights off, the volume up with some intense survival horror games? But which should you be playing this year? Here’s my look at some of the scariest 2018 horror games you can play this Halloween.
All the games are out now or by this Halloween, including one new title you might want to check out. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and/or Nintendo Switch as described on each survival horror game in the list.
I also want to hear from YOU, because I might have missed a scary game you really enjoy. Get in those comments at the end and pick your favourite survival/horror games. And don’t forget to Share This with the easy buttons above.
We start my list with a game out THIS Halloween. I can’t personally say too much on this one, only that it’s looked a potentially great horror adventure. And it’s out on the perfect day!
Fortunately, my MGL colleague has reviewed Call of Cthulhu here. And it’s turned out to be a very good game to enjoy.
Based on the classic pen-and-paper RPG, Call of Cthulhu sees you play as Edward Pierce. His role as a private investigator sees you dealing with the breakdown of reality. But also your own PTSD and mental demons.
All seems the perfect Halloween game!
This game is a multiplayer horror which allows you and your friends to play as the counsellors who are trying to escape from the hockey-masked nightmare known as Jason. Or you can stalk your teammates by playing as Jason.
Players have to make their way through camp, finding car batteries, fuel and car keys to escape the camp.
There are options for you to contact the police and get to the bridge on time to be rescued if your teammates leave you behind in the car! The way to talk with teammates is without a party chat, make it more intense. Pick up walkie-talkies on the way and when you are near friends, communicate and have more chance to survive.
Playing as Jason can be fun too! There are ways to defeat Jason by stunning him with firecrackers and flare guns. Jason has the ability to fast-travel, giving him the opportunity to catch up with you and murder you in the most brutal fashion.
I have chosen this game as I am a huge fan of the outlast series. I played this one for four days on PC and I can tell you, I jumped out my chair multiple times and was still drawn back for more. Despite the game being released back in 2014, its a fantastic stealth game with a lot of heart-pounding content.
You play in first person view, as a journalist looking for answers within Mount Massive Asylum. You are unable to hold a weapon or attack enemies but as you are investigating the asylum to find out who is behind the human experiments.
But you are stalked by inmates of the asylum and a priest that likes to collect fingers…
Outlast is known for tactical jump-scares and music that informs you that an enemy has spotted you and if you don’t hide quick enough, they will throw you about the place! In order to survive you not only have to record everything you see, but you much be stealthy and collect batteries to keep your camera on.
I would definitely recommend you play this in a dark room, curtains shut and your phone on silent!
Released in January 2017, Resident Evil 7(review) has taken a new angle and gone from a global virus which turns you into a brain-eating zombie, to hillbillies that enjoy chasing you and holding your wife captive!
The game is played with a first-person perspective and with very little inventory, you’ll need to choose carefully what you pick up, especially when you need to sparingly use ammo.
Left alone in the house, with no-one but a voice on the other end of the phone, you need to make your way out of the house by solving puzzles and avoiding the hillbillies! Facing various mutants, solving puzzles and just trying to survive the horror that is Resident Evil 7.
I really enjoyed this game. I would advise you look in every cupboard and drawer for supplies and don’t always use your gun! Good luck!
Until Dawn(review) is a horror-adventure game that has you play as teenagers who are on a holiday within a cabin on the Mountain, one year after the disappearance of two sisters. The group are attacked and stalked by a crazy dude with a mask and greasy hair. The group must make critical choices in order to survive the night.
Until Dawn can be played multiple times, as there are different scenario endings with the choices that the player makes.
The game has a ‘butterfly effect’ system and every choice you make will affect what happens in the game. It takes about eight hours to complete.
If you’re looking for a game that you don’t need to think too much about the choices you make, but would also like a small jump scare in there? I would recommend this game.
Now if you are looking for a psychological thriller with a story, you’ve come to the right place.
Layers of Fear was released in February 2016 and this game takes you back to the Victorian ages, where you are a painter who starts hallucinating his past encounters with every layer he paints.
The story takes you through the mind of the artist who is disturbed by his past. Using the environment around you, you need to find clues to help the artist complete the painting. This game also comes with multiple endings depending on the clues you find and how many!
I played this game many moons ago and I enjoyed it. Even though I had no weapons and I wasn’t allowed to really do anything except investigate, this game kept my heart pounding with anticipation.
Now, for someone who is a fan of horror games, this really takes your scaretastic experience to the next level!
The Inpatient, which was released in 2018, a prequel for Until Dawn. A psychological thriller that allows you to play in first person view where you make choices to determine your fate.
You are a patient within a psychiatric hospital and the doctors are testing you for memory loss, however, something more cynical is happening and you have to investigate who you are and why you are here.
After sharing your room with a volunteer who is being treated within the facility, your memory slowly comes back as you piece together what is going on. When something is happening outside of your room, you and your roommate are left, starving and unable to get out.
You are dropping in and out of memories and visions, with some added dramatic jump scares, you’ll want to take that VR headset off!
Murdered Soul Suspect is a game I have played at least twice. This game was released back in 2014, it’s an oldie but goldie!
You are playing in third-person as detective Ronan O’Connor, who has been murdered by someone known as ‘The Bell Killer’. After his death, he is roaming among the living and in order to ‘move on’. He has to wrap up any unfinished business that he has with the living.
Ronan must find clues and with the help of Joy, a young girl who is being stalked by ‘The Bell Killer’. You can solve the mystery of the disappearance of Joy’s mother and other missing mediums within Salem.
There are many collectables within in the game and I don’t mean just trophies and achievements. During your investigation, you can also help other ghosts move on by discovering what happened and what has caused their deaths. This helps with character building throughout the game.
Despite the negative ratings this has had in the past, I love this game.
The Evil Within 2 is another third-person horror game I have chosen. And it’s one of those sequels that is better than the original.
Released in October 2017, this survival horror game, allows you to play as Sebastian Castellanos. You fight your way through The Union on a mission to rescue his daughter Lily. As he makes his way through The Union, survivors that give him missions to do which will aid him in his own mission to rescue Lily.
Using items such as green gel, you can customise Sebastians’ abilities and using a crafting system. Sebastian can craft weapons and ammunition to aid you in your missions.
If you want some gore this Halloween, I would highly recommend The Evil Within 2.
Prey is a game I’ve chosen as its a little different from the ones I have previously mentioned. Released in May 2017, Prey is a survival horror, first person shooter… in space!
You explore the depths of space as Morgan Yu. As you are researching a hostile alien called Typhon they escape (of course). In order to survive, you can use different weapons and abilities to avoid being killed by the sneaky aliens around the facility.
To escape, you need to find key items that will aid you throughout the facility. This will allow you to explore the open world environment which isn’t all as it seems. You are against things called ‘mimics’, where they can kill and multiply!
Mimics are shapeshifters and can form into anything, which will leave to a little apprehensive to pick objects up. This game has multiple ending and they depend on who survives.
If you fancy something that’s a little out of this world, I would give Prey a try.
There are not many Alien games that are genuinely scary or great to play. And while Alien Isolation isn’t perfect, it’s still a great game to play at Halloween.
The first person survival gameplay puts you in the role of Ripley’s daughter searching for her mother. Soon enough one of that pesky Xenomorphs is on the loose, and to make it really scary it has completely independent AI.
Much like the movie, the beast is doing its own thing and hunting you based on sound and movements. The unpredictability of the Alien, but for some scripted scenes, really make this a great game for lights-off Halloween night scares.
While not as scary as some of the games on the list, Dying Light is one of the most intense games you can play. And when night hits, especially in The Following update, you know what’s coming.
It’s arguably the best game on the list too with some amazing action to enjoy. With the game taking a first person, parkour gameplay mechanic and mixing it with a big open world full of zombies, you know you are in for fun.
Plus there is a great multiplayer mode to enjoy between players, playing as either the nightstalker zombie or humans. Either way, it’s an outstanding Halloween title. It’s also on sale with Steam and plenty of other places to enjoy the full package.
I’m already itching to play the Dying Light Sequel!
Pick your 2018 Horror Games To Play
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