Horror has long been a popular genre in video games. Games have always been around to frighten you, from the early days of survival horror in the NES' Clock Tower to subsequent masterpieces like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Amnesia, Dead Space, Fatal Frame, and BioShock. And that legacy will continue as the industry explores new technologies like virtual reality.
Horror games have been around for a long time, and while they've gotten a lot of traction in the last decade and a half, they're still a pretty specialized genre. Horror games, like their film equivalents, tend to appeal to a more specialized audience, but one that is nevertheless rather large.
There's a reason why there are so many horror games on Steam, people will take any opportunity to feel their hearts in their throats.
Here are the 5 best horror games with a cult following
5) Silent Hill 4: The Room
- Publisher: Konami
- Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation 3
Henry Townshend, a guy who wakes up one day to find himself stuck within his apartment with no way out, is the protagonist of Silent Hill 4. That is until he discovers a hole in the wall through which he can go to dark and terrible locations.
Henry unravels one of Silent Hill's most horrifying storylines and looks into the background of the legendary local serial murderer, Walter Sullivan, as he visits abandoned subway stations, scary woodlands, and rusting kid jails.
The Room is undoubtedly unique among Silent Hill games. Players examine Henry's flat from a first-person perspective for a major amount of the game. Outside of the apartment, the game is played from a more familiar third-person perspective.
But the increased emphasis on fighting and the presence of unkillable ghost adversaries that annoy the player regularly, give the game a significantly different feel than previous iterations.
4) Silent Hill 2
- Publisher: Konami
- Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Silent Hill 2 is considered the gold standard for pure psychological horror, thanks to the superb narrative, both in terms of the atmosphere and character development. Silent Hill 2 was a game that was much ahead of its time because it combined a horrific landscape to explore, difficult puzzles, and opponents that took the shape of character James Sunderland's regret.
Silent Hill 2 is still regarded as one of the greatest survival horror games ever made. While the gameplay and controls may feel dated, the tale is near-perfect in terms of dread.
The first ideas for Silent Hill 2's punishment themes came from Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, which tells the narrative of a man who kills and robs an innocent pawnbroker in order to escape poverty. As he faces the repercussions of his actions, the guy fights with remorse and anxiety.
After reading the novel and pitching the game's basic structure to Team Silent a few months after the first game's release, Takayoshi Sato, the original game's CGI director, had the idea to adapt these themes to a Silent Hill game. Hirayuki Owaku would go on to compose the game's storyline.
3) Obscure 2
- Publisher: Playlogic Entertainment, UTV Ignition Games
- Platforms: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii
Obscure 2 has really become much more of a cult classic in the survival horror genre, despite receiving generally negative reviews upon its initial release. Surprisingly, the original PlayStation 2 edition of the game commands a premium resale price.
Obscure 2 has benefited from the passage of time, as no other horror game has been able to replicate its success.
Leafmore High students are entrusted with investigating the school at night. Because of the co-op choices and the requirement to collaborate with other students, whether AI or a buddy, this game stands out. Because each student had their own special abilities, it was encouraged to test out those of your peers as well.
- Publishers: Vivendi Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
First Encounter Assault Recon is, without a doubt, one of the finest first-person horror/shooter games ever created. Despite the fact that the sequels didn't quite live up to the original's idea and design, the first F.E.A.R. is still wonderful after ten years. The AI is easily one of the better features of the game. In this game, the opponents adapt to your playstyle.
F.E.A.R. also lifted the ante on an otherwise ordinary military adjacent shooter by featuring antagonist Alma Wade, a terrible girl who was exposed to experiments. She reminded many players of Samara from The Ring, which meant lots of jump scares mixed in with their first-person action.
Scares happened when you least anticipated them and at the most inconvenient times, keeping you constantly on edge.
1) Resident Evil 4
- Publisher: Capcom
- Platforms: GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, iOS, Zeebo, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest 2
Resident Evil 4 arguably doesn't require much more applause or attention, as horror enthusiasts are well aware of how fantastic and groundbreaking the game was and continues to be. It's no wonder, therefore, that the game is being re-released on a variety of platforms on a regular basis.
Resident Evil 4 was notable for its shift in viewpoint to an over-the-shoulder camera, which further immersed players in Leon Kennedy's environment. Exploration and battle became more visceral as a result of this adjustment, with the scares seeming more on-target and effective. RE4 should be added to your backlog if you haven't tried it yet for any reason.