Halloween is just around the corner. If you're like me you’ve switched everything in your home to represent the spooky-vibes, including your gaming library. Luckily for us horror enthusiasts, the last few years have welcomed several notable titles.
If you're looking for a retro spooky game night, it’s time to bust out Clock Tower, Fatal Frame, Dead Space, and Silent Hill. While Dead Space might still hold up in the modern gaming era, the new guard has its fair share of thrills and frights to indulge in.
Let’s take a look at ten newer horror games that may give you the chills this Halloween!
10 Horror Video Games to Play on Halloween 2021
- Dead by Daylight
- The Medium
- Little Nightmares II
- Back 4 Blood
- Days Gone
- Resident Evil Village
- Lunch Lady
Published by Devolver Digital and developed by Daniel Mullin Games, Inscryption is a mash-up of some of the horror gaming genres' strange and popular titles like Five Nights at Freddie’s with a card-based roguelike. The game combines the fear of the unknown, unsettling imagery, and deeply twisted story-telling to immerse the player in the eerie and dark puzzle before them.
This title is filled to the brim with otherworldly sounds and imagery. You sit across from a dark figure who acts as a game master in a cabin that you can not escape. The man requires that you play the game or else. Learn the rules, play the best strategies you can. If you lose, you die.
You can always go on a more traditional scary adventure. In Phasmophobia, you become part of a team of four ghost hunters. You will travel from haunted location to location to identify what kind of entity haunts it.
This game is a “Ghost Adventures” game. You will work with a team of other ghost hunters to spread around the haunted location with equipment that helps to find and identify the spirit. You’ll have to be careful and play smart as the ghosts and demons in Phasmophobia are deadly. Closing the door to use a spirit box may be the last thing you do before you join the spirit on the other side.
Each hunt will net the players a reward in cash that they can spend on better supplies. If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a ghost hunter in real life, this is your chance to simulate what could have been.
3. Dead by Daylight
Horror fans finally have the perfect game for eclectic tastes. Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric multiplayer survival game that pits four harmless survivors against monsters, creeps, and serial killers. Horror fan favorites like Jason, Pinhead, Ghost Face, Demogorgon, Nemesis, and nineteen other horror-styled icons stalk the dark and dreadful crime scenes to maim and capture the team of survivors.
As a survivor, you’ll need to complete each map's objectives to open the exit and survive. Unfortunately, you will have no way to defend yourself from the horrible might of the Dead by Daylight killers. Instead, you’ll need to leave obstacles behind and run for your life.
As a killer, you will use the superhuman abilities of one of twenty-four apex predators to hunt down all four survivors before they can escape. You’ll have all the advantages on your side.
4. The Medium
The Medium is a next-generation iteration of the Silent Hill formula. Unlike the tragedy of Silent Hill, the protagonist can switch between worlds anywhere. As the Medium, you will explore and solve the dark mysteries of how the “upside-down” and the real world interact.
Complete with the composer behind the Silent Hill soundtrack, The Medium is a truly horrifying adventure into the supernatural and the psychology behind it. The Medium is available to play through cloud gaming on Gamepass, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC.
5. Little Nightmares II
Little Nightmares II is a creative platformer steeped in atmospheric thrills and suspense. Help Mono and Six to get through the terrifying and dangerous world to get to the source of the distortion in the world. Dodge through giants covers in shadow and intent on killing Mono and Six.
The world is beautifully crafted and a worthy successor to the first in the series. This strange and wonderful title reaches fans of other genres. Take some time to check out Little Nightmares II. The free demo is more than enough to convince you the game is worth a playthrough.
Survive the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Exclusion Zone in Chernobylite – a new survival horror role-playing gaming that feels reminiscent of games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and FEAR. This tale puts in the boots of Igor, a survivor in the nuclear wastelands with a tortured past. You’ll need to explore the world and survive against mutated horrors and desperate survivors of the nuclear reaction in Chernobyl.
You’ll build a base to hone equipment and supplies for yourself and your team as you survive through increasing exposure to nuclear radiation and uncover the truth of Igor’s present situation and the past. You will both hunt and be hunted by terrors created by nuclear radioactivity. Are you brave enough to survive the haunted wastelands?
7. Back 4 Blood
There can never be a third for Valve, but there can be spin-offs. Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor to a legendary classic Left 4 Dead. Back 4 Blood is not quite the same game, but the main element of four survivors working together to push through zombies, I mean “ridden”, infested areas to get to the next dangerously overpopulated “safe zone”.
Just like its predecessors, Back 4 Blood features a diverse cast of zombie mutations and talkative protagonists. It is just as difficult and in some cases even more difficult than the Left 4 Dead series. If you want to reach the last act, you will have to work with a team. This is another title that just happens to be on Xbox GamePass.
8. Days Gone
Days Gone is a culmination of zombie games and survival features for PS4 and PC. It doesn’t attempt to be a title filled with revolutionary features, but rather a solid game with an incredible and twisting story. This game is a showcase of what the best zombie games for the PS4 got right. It feels like a solid mix of The Last of Us and The Walking Dead.
Navigate the countryside by motorcycle and through mountain landscapes a few years after a viral mutation creates hordes of zombies around the world. You can help the camps of survivors, clear out dangerous hordes, or push through the main storyline. Days Gone is a massive game with a rather lengthy storyline. Prepare for more than just a Halloween night of gameplay.
9. Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is the number one horror game of the year. The 8th addition to the Resident Evil series mixes the horror of RE7’s first-person nightmare simulation with the aesthetic and story-telling of their classic hit Resident Evil 4.
In the eighth entry to the series, you play as Ethan Winters years after the events of RE7. After his home is attacked by Chris Redfield, Ethan must push his way back through the hell of his past to find his daughter.
10. Lunch Lady
School exams are soon and you are not ready at all. As a terrible and mischievous student, you have decided to break into the school and steal the answers. If only you had known the school was home to a murderous monster.
Sneak around the school and stay out of the Lunch Lady’s sight while you find the ten pages you need to ace the exam.