Horror games have made a comeback in recent years, and as a lover of fear and existential dread, I couldn’t be happier. The PS4 has been getting some epic horror releases since its launch and today we’re going to be looking at the best options currently available.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 horror games for the PS4!
5 - Observer
This new title from the developers who created Layers of Fear is a cyberpunk horror where you play as a detective who can enter the minds of suspects and interrogate them by turning their fears against them.
The whole game has an excellent sense of style, and the levels inside of people's minds are truly terrifying set pieces full of pulse-pounding moments and grotesque imagery. It has some technical issues on PS4 with frame rate drops, but the vast majority of my experience was excellent, so don't let that steer you away.
Solving the mysteries around you while exploring the darkest corners of criminal minds makes for one of the most unique and unsettling horror experiences you'll find on the PS4.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is something special. This is an indie title with an AAA budget, and it certainly shows. In this game, you play as a Celtic warrior name Senua who journeys into the Norse underworld to rescue the soul of her lover.
Where this game really stands out, is the fact that Senua herself suffers from psychosis. She is haunted by voices in her head and horrific visions.
As you play, Senua is tortured by her inner demons and goes through some truly traumatizing experiences that you must help her survive. It's psychological horror at its finest, and a truly excellent portrayal of a real mental illness.
Outlast was a surprise hit from developer Red Barrels. This game has you exploring a mental asylum as a reporter investigating a tip from a whistleblower. Told entirely through first-person and a handheld camera, Outlast is a tense and atmospheric romp through the darkest corners of the human psyche and perhaps something beyond as well.
This game is best played in short bursts because long-term play will leave you with heart palpitations and sweat soaking your clothing. You may also need a new pair of pants depending on your scare threshold.
By extension, the game’s prequel Whistleblower DLC is also absolutely terrifying. If you choose to purchase the Outlast Trinity pack, you'll be given Outlast 2 as well. The sequel manages to take things up another notch. It packs on the scares, the chase sequences, and the truly taboo horror that will make even the most steadfast of gamers cringe.
The Alien series is a sci-fi classic, but until the release of Alien: Isolation, there wasn’t a great Alien game. This release marked a milestone for the series as it took the claustrophobic atmosphere of the movies and boiled it down into an utterly terrifying game of cat and mouse.
In this game, you must navigate the empty halls of a derelict space station, while an iconic Alien or “Xenomorph” stalks you from the shadows. It can hear you, smell you, and all you have is a motion tracker to your name. Even weapons will only slow it down, you can’t kill it.
The game is nerve-wracking to the point of sheer horror. I couldn’t play for more than 20-30 minute bursts without my stress levels going through the roof. You’re always on edge, always waiting for it so show up. If you see it, and it sees you, it’s already too late.
Whether you’re a fan of horror games in general or an Alien fan from back in the day, this is an underrated gem that should be on your list.
Resident Evil VII is the big return to horror that the series desperately needed. It brings things back to a smaller scope, with a focus on tension, shocking imagery, and pure terror. This latest entry in the series features the Baker family, who have been infected by something horrific.
You play as Ethan, who receives a message from his wife after she dissappeared two years prior. You set out to find her, and soon find yourself the prisoner of the Bakers as you fight for your life and a way out.
With options to play in both standard and VR, this is horror at its finest. A great story, excellent scares, and intense attention to detail. You won't find a better horror experience on the PS4...at least for now.
Bonus Section: Anybody Up For a Little VR?
For those of us who managed to save, swindle, or otherwise procure a PlayStation VR, you’re in for a real treat. Horror in virtual reality is an entirely different beast. The immersion is stunning, and the fear is all around you.
Given that, here are some of my top picks for horror games on the platform:
- The Brookhaven Experiment - A great move-compatible shooter where you stand in place and fight off waves of horrific creatures.
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - An on-rails shooter that takes you through a twisted carnival shooting all manner of enemies.
- Here They Lie - While not graphically amazing and certainly nauseating for some, Here They Lie is still an excellent, and tense adventure through a macabre and sullen world.
- Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 1/2/17