The horror genre has always been strong in the world of video games. Between popular AAA horror titles like Resident Evil and smaller indie horror games, there’s never a lack of quantity. There’s also a variety of different types to choose from, whether you prefer your horror first person, psychological, full of gore, riddled with jump scares, or more.
The list goes on, and it might seem overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. Though there are many classic horror games that can’t be played very easily due to the limitations of the gaming platforms they’re on, there are still a lot of great games to choose from that are available on many platforms — old and new.
Updated on September 23, 2023 by Jouanna Bondakji: Horror comes in countless forms, and the more places horror games are available to play, the better. Even moreso when you can play with friends who own different platforms! We’ve added more games to the list, giving you more options for both single-player and multiplayer cross-platform experiences.
11 7 Days To Die
Though it’s technically still in Early Access, 7 Days To Die already has so many things packed into it that you can spend hours on it. It meshes multiple genres together to give you a first-person open-world zombie fighting RPG. There are tons of weapons and equipment you can use to defend yourself against zombies, and attributes you can level up when you succeed.
But that’s not all there is to the game. You have plenty of places to explore in the open world, encountering NPCs with quests for you along the way. You can also farm, craft, and build things to help in your survival. To top it off, friends can join you on your adventure, even on different platforms. The game is available on Playstation, Xbox, and PC.
Phasmophobia is a haunting horror game that you can play with up to three friends, regardless of platform. If you’ve ever wanted to see what being a ghost hunter is like without any of the effort or potential harm, this game will help you realize that dream. You have over ten haunted locations to explore, and different types of equipment to hunt ghosts with.
The game supports voice chat with friends, but beware: the ghosts can also hear you. This can help you figure out which ghost they are, though you can also actively tick them off for fun, if you’re prepared for the consequences. The game is available for Playstation, Xbox, and PC.
9 Dead By Daylight
Rather than hunting the paranormal, in Dead by Daylight, you’re the one being hunted by a ruthless killer. You play as one of four survivors, and must coordinate with your fellow players to repair generators while avoiding the killer’s grasp. Luckily, if your teammates help you, you won’t die the first time you’re caught, but the third time the killer plants you on a hook for sacrifice, it’s over.
Or, you can play as the killer and be the one chasing down survivors. It’s a tense game of cat and mouse, and the perks you choose for your character can guarantee your victory or defeat. There are many killers and survivors to choose from, including characters from beloved games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Alien: Isolation. You can play Dead by Daylight on Playstation, Xbox, Switch, PC, and mobile.
8 The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is a treat to play if you’re into story-based games with choices to make. The games don’t follow the show or comics besides a few cameos and references, so being familiar with them isn’t required to enjoy the games.
The Walking Dead stands out because every season is filled with dynamic characters whom you’ll grow to love or hate. The intense story beats will also make you want to keep going, even when the episodes are over an hour long. The Definitive Series comes with every season and DLC, and is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Inscryption is an atmospheric horror card game. Needless to say, the premise is unique, but it doesn’t just have that going for it. The narrative is captivating, and the ambiance is terrifyingly well done. The card game itself is also challenging but fun, and you’ll most likely lose a couple of times before really getting the hang of it.
Inscryption doesn’t rely on jump scares to get you. Rather, it lets its story and interactive environment speak for itself. There are a bunch of little puzzles to solve throughout the game as well. Inscryption is available on PC and PlayStation.
6 Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation is one of the classic games of the 2010s. Based on the movie series, it’s a first-person survival horror set in space. The concept of being trapped in a spaceship with a deadly alien is already scary enough, but the way Alien: Isolation works makes it even more terrifying.
The alien’s AI is famously intelligent. It can outsmart you at the worst of times, and adjusts how it works depending on your actions. Even when you have something to defend yourself with, for example, it’ll find ways to get past that. The game is available on PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.
5 Resident Evil 2 Remake
The Resident Evil games are nothing new if you’re a fan of horror, but the quality of every game varies. The remake of Resident Evil 2 was incredibly well-received by fans, managing to capture what made the original game great while modernizing some other aspects.
It goes to show that games don’t need low polygon counts to be scary, since the remake does a great job at scaring you with its enemies. There’s also Mr. X, who’s pretty much an unkillable entity, so running around and murdering everything won’t save you in this game. Resident Evil 2 Remake is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
For a horror game, Omori is pretty colorful, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a psychological horror role-playing game that explores both the mundane and the surreal. The RPG elements are uncommon for a horror game, making it a unique experience.
The game is driven by its story and characters, and leaves you with a lot of emotions as you experience them. The horror aspects are more symbolic and relatable than something like zombies or aliens, though it’s not always easy to differentiate fiction from reality. Omori is available on PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
Detention is a 2D side-scroller horror game that has many influences from East Asian — and particularly Taiwanese — culture. The game excels in sustaining a mysterious and creepy atmosphere, and its graphics work perfectly for what it’s trying to do. Also, its monsters are scary without being in your face or jumping at you.
You don’t know the whole story when you start the game, but as you go through and gradually put the pieces together, the tale that unfolds is a greatly tragic one. Detention is available on PC, mobile, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
2 Song Of Horror
If you miss playing classic third-person survival horror games, Song of Horror manages to bring some of the nostalgia while maintaining its own identity. The mystery surrounding the story is gripping, and the scares are never the same.
You play as multiple protagonists, but if one of them dies, they’re dead for good. This bumps up the stakes as you try to get everyone to survive. But, if you’re not a fan of permadeaths, there’s an easy mode that disables them for you. Song of Horror is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Ib is an RPGMaker game revolving around art. Its graphics are simple, but that’s exactly what makes it work. With a bunch of unique ways to die, you’ll learn not to trust even the most normal-looking things in each area. You’ll also grow attached to your companions as you go through the game — something that will keep you on your toes, as their fates depend on your actions.
Ib has been around since 2012, but it was only available on PC for a while. Now, it’s also available for Nintendo Switch, so the game is more alive than ever.
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