Horror is one of those categories, in any medium, that either hits you like a ton of bricks or plays on your mind as you fall asleep bored out of your mind. Of all genres, it is the most subjective. After all, not everyone is spooked by clowns, spiders, or the soul-crushing terror that is existential dread.
With the PS5 chugging along nicely – packing full backward compatibility with PS4 games to boot – a fair number of horror games have graced the system. Whether they are Triple-A or indie, first person or third – horror is nothing if not all-encompassing in its attempt to give people the chills.
Updated on October 5, 2023, by Jouanna Bondakji: The PS5 has the power to handle a lot of big games. That means horror developers have even more room to experiment and push their games to the limit. Since the PS5 is still relatively new, there are always new horror games coming out that you can play on it. We’ve added a few more to the list to reflect the latest best horror game releases on the console.
Though it’s not specifically labeled as a horror game, Returnal’s atmosphere screams psychological horror. You play as Selene, a space pilot who crash lands into an off-limits planet after deciding to investigate it. Alone with no means of contact, she scouts the planet only to discover many corpses of herself scattered everywhere.
You’ll soon find that dying is not the end in this game, but a new opportunity. Every time you die, the planet’s environment changes, along with the items you find on it, giving you new chances at survival. If you’re looking for a high-budget game that’s more about horrific ambience than jumpscares, don’t overlook this game.
The ocean hosts many scary-looking deep sea creatures, and not all of them have been discovered yet. Dredge might seem like a regular fishing game if you don’t look into it before playing, but it twists the concept by having its own monstrous fish to discover. However, you’re not just coming upon different sea creatures; you’re also uncovering answers to the past.
You’ll have to maneuver around typical obstacles like large rocks, as well as avoid other, more ferocious things waiting for you in the water. See if you can uncover the ocean’s mysteries without falling victim to what lies within it.
11 Dead Space (2023)
The original Dead Space is an iconic game that many horror fans look back on fondly as one of the best horror games of its era. Remakes are pretty easy to mess up, but the 2023 remake of Dead Space stays true to its roots while enhancing core things like graphics, audio, and even some gameplay elements.
As Isaac, you have to survive deadly encounters with creatures called Necromorphs as you search for your missing girlfriend in order to escape your own ship together. If you were a fan of the original Dead Space, or are just a horror enthusiast in general, there’s no reason not to play this remake.
10 Tormented Souls
Classic survival horror is, or was, more or less dead. The days of golden oldies like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and even Alone in the Dark are long gone. As dormant as it may be, fixed camera perspectives, tight resource management, and puzzle-solving still have their ardent fans.
Tormented Souls takes inspiration from the classics while doing just enough different to stand on its own two feet. Finding yourself in a twisted abandoned mansion, you have to fight creepy enemies, solve elaborate puzzles, and go through mirror dimensions to find out how you got put in this place, as well as solve the mystery of two missing twins.
9 The Evil Within 2
Japan isn’t short of legendary developers. Yu Suzuki, Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima are just the tip of a seemingly endless iceberg. Shinji Makami, however, stands above them all when it comes to crafting lasting horror experiences.
The father of Resident Evil, and director of the equally legendary fourth entry, he has all the credentials. He went off on a solo adventure and, the result of the said expedition is The Evil Within series. It takes Resident Evil 4’s timeless gameplay and combines it with a genuinely disturbing, rust-filled, mind-warping world that sticks with you long after the credits roll.
8 Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Horror comes in all shapes and sizes and encompasses all manner of subgenres. It may seem silly now, but once upon a time, people were terrified of classic monster movies like Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Dracula.
Castlevania takes those classics, throws them all into one game, and asks you to kill them all with a swanky leather whip. It may not spook with its concept nowadays, but what it lacks in visual scares, it more than makes up for with its difficulty. Few enemies evoke that sense of true terror like flying Medusa heads and hopping Flea Men.
7 The Medium
Bloober Team is helping to lead the charge when it comes to delivering indie horror to fans. The Medium is their latest endeavor, and it is easily their best. You play as Marianne, a medium with special powers who decides to search an abandoned hotel for closure to her constant visions of a young girl’s murder.
Tackling some truly horrific topics and themes, including child abuse and the holocaust with a gripping narrative, The Medium leaves its mark. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with striking visuals that utilize a dual-world perspective system that also messes with puzzles, progression, and gameplay.
6 The Persistence
Melding genres is a pretty reliable way of delivering a unique experience. The Persistence takes first-person horror, like SOMA, and smooshes it with the procedural generation and perma-death of roguelikes.
Horror games can be scary enough with save points and respawning, but when death is permanent and every enemy could be your doom, it hits different. Originally crafted for PSVR, the PS5 port comes with a few oddities that haven’t quite made the transition to standard reality. That can be forgiven when the core experience is as satisfying and nerve-wracking as this.
5 Dead By Daylight
Horror is so often a solitary experience. It’s pretty darn hard to be scared when you have a buddy running around patting you on the back, let alone three. Dead By Daylight is an asymmetrical, class-based, online multiplayer game where four players have to complete a task before a fifth player, the big bad, kills them all brutally.
Channeling its inner slasher flick, and replacing your standard horror with team-based chaos and tension, Dead By Daylight successfully puts five people in a room and gets those goosebumps bumping. Oh, and let’s not forget the endless crossovers. Where else can you have Jill Valentine running away from Michael Meyers as Bill Overbeck jiggles about on a meat hook?
4 Doki Doki Literature Club
Don’t let the name fool you, Doki Doki Literature Club is quite the brain bender. Being a visual novel, going into detail as to what makes it such a good horror game would ruin the whole thing.
That being said, just know that Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the best reading experiences you can have on their PS5. Defying tropes and messing with your expectations is the name of the game here. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, oh boy does it get going.
3 Amnesia Collection
Few games can stand tall and proclaim they brought about a new age of horror. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly just Resident Evil and, well, Amnesia. Amnesia pioneered the first person, defenseless horror subgenre, and it nailed it the first time.
Unbeatable enemies, a creepy atmosphere and juxtaposed stealth and sanity system result in constant tension and bouts of genuine panic. Despite its age, Amnesia still looks great and is one of the finest horror experiences around. The Collection features three games for you to scare yourself with, including the iconic Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
2 Alien Isolation
It took 35 years, but Alien: Isolation finally wrote a heartfelt love letter to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, Alien. Steeped in retro-futurism synonymous with the franchise and nostalgic throwbacks that will please nearly all fans, Alien Isolation stands alone in the annals of movie tie-in history.
As gorgeous as the world may be, the eponymous alien is the true star of the show. Unkillable, relentless, and smarter than your average Xenomorph, this creature will find you no matter where you run or hide. It’s a bit on the lengthy side, but it’s easily one of the best horror games ever.
1 Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is a love letter to all things horror. It takes a little of everything and spreads it evenly across the entire experience. It has classic monster horror, horrifying stealth sequences, and so much more.
There’s something for everyone, and it pulls it all off exceedingly well. The gameplay is also top-notch, with a special shoutout to the titular village, which is jam-packed with puzzles to solve and things to find. It plays a little bit like a first-person Resident Evil 4, but it absolutely stands on its own two feet.
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