The best horror games all have something in common: The ability to deliver a feeling of unease that someone or something is on your tail — with sinister plans to take you out. Games have only become more frightening as technology has evolved, and with so many excellent horror games, it’s time to put a spotlight on the scariest games we’ve ever played.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of titles designed to send you into a heart-racing and adrenaline-pumping frenzy, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below. Some of them lean into action, while others are more focused on survival, with a few options in between. The one thing they all share is that they’re designed to make you feel like anything could be lurking around the next corner.
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Arguably Remedy Entertainment’s best game, Alan Wake is a psychological horror thriller with a ton of personality sprinkled throughout. You’ve probably seen this comparison before, but it’s very reminiscent of popular mystery show, Twin Peaks. Much of the game’s driving force revolves around uncovering the mystery of the disappearance of Alan’s wife, Alice, but you’ll also find a satisfying gameplay loop and a prominent sense of atmosphere along the way. Alan Wake has turned into somewhat of a cult hit, with a tight-knit group of loud, vocal fans, despite the game failing to smash commercial records (though it did sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million copies). Interestingly, Remedy’s newest game, Control, is set in the same universe as Alan Wake and will be getting a new piece of DLC that links the two games together. Considering Remedy has regained the rights to Alan Wake (after Microsoft previously owned the IP), Remedy has stated it also has a sequel in the works.
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