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The best horror games for Xbox Series X

If you love horror games, you should be excited about the Xbox Series X. Horror is a gaming genre that particularly benefits from advances in graphics support for lighting, speedy loading times, and extra detail on the screen. If you’re getting chills just thinking about it, we’ve got the list for you. These games are works of excellent horror on the Series X or are specifically enhanced for Series X gameplay!

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Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village
83 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release May 07, 2021
Capcom has put in serious work to perfect the Resident Evil formula, and few of the titles have benefited as much as Village, a tightly focused RE game set in a gothic town filled with a wide variety of monsters and machinations. You play Ethan Winters, who explores and unlocks the village while running from — and eventually facing down — a number of terrifying enemies inspired by ancient horror tropes (plus, of course, the towering Lady Dimitrescu). The Series X does a particularly great job of running the ray tracing around Village while still ensuring 60fps. Gamers who like action with their horror will certainly want to try Village, even if it’s been a while since you’ve dipped your toes into the Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil Village - Special Developer Message
Scorn
Scorn
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure, Indie
Developer ebb Software
Publisher ebb Software, Kepler Interactive
Release December 31, 2022

Scorn is a first-person horror game set in a terrifying environment that’s immediately reminiscent of works by H.R. Giger. It’s no surprise, then, that there are disgusting monsters to fight and weapons to desperately loot as you try to survive. The focus is on exploration and fending off terrors in an ancient alien world filled with body horror (some self-inflicted). It’s arriving on Game Pass and in stores on October 14, 2022, just in time for the spooky season!

Scorn pre-alpha footage
Chernobylite
Chernobylite
68 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Adventure, Indie
Developer The Farm 51
Publisher All In! Games
Release October 16, 2019
Styling itself a sci-fi survival-horror RPG, this game is set in the literal Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – they did a 3D map of it and used it for the game’s environment. The story follows a physicist returning to the nuclear plant to investigate the 30-year mystery of his lost fiancée. What he finds are dark secrets, chilling reminders, and monsters in the shadows. It’s primarily a shooter with some stealth and survival elements.
Chernobylite Teaser Trailer
The Callisto Protocol
The Callisto Protocol
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Striking Distance Studios
Publisher Krafton
Release December 02, 2022
The Callisto Protocol is the game all Dead Space fans have been waiting for, created by Striking Distance studio, which is helmed by Glen Schofield, one of the co-creators of Dead Space. The similarities are easy to see: You play as an inmate who escaped from a prison on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto, where you must survive both modern and ancient horrors, master tools like gravity guns, and (of course) focus on cutting off limbs of the abominations you find. The release date is set for early December 2022, so you don’t have long to wait.
The Callisto Protocol - Cinematic Trailer Reveal
Subnautica: Below Zero
Subnautica: Below Zero
80 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure, Indie
Developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Publisher Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Release January 30, 2019
Speaking of survival horror … Subnautica was a hit thanks to survival and crafting gameplay set in a hostile alien ocean, which constantly shifts from atmospherically stifling to downright scary (especially if drowning, endless water, ocean monsters, etc., make your skin crawl). Below Zero, the sequel, improves on the graphics and adds more to do, as well as more dangers in the alien sea. It’s a good choice if you like a little horror and challenge but don’t want to take it too seriously. Newcomers may want to play a little of the first game before, ah, jumping in.
Subnautica: Below Zero Early Access Trailer
Outbreak: The New Nightmare - Definitive Edition
Outbreak: The New Nightmare - Definitive Edition
Platforms Xbox Series X|S
Release January 15, 2021
This Outbreak sequel is Series X enhanced and ready for a buddy! It’s a co-op survival horror game centering on a scary nighttime zombie experience. There’s some Left 4 Dead in it, certainly, but with a variety of interesting twists:  You only get one life per playthrough, so scrounging for supplies and staying hidden is vital to success. Many missions include tense, timed activities where death is always just around the corner. The shadowy environments are also creepy in a way few recent zombie games have been — and horror is always more fun when you can bring friends along, too.
Martha Is Dead
Martha Is Dead
72 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure, Indie
Developer LKA
Publisher Wired Productions
Release February 24, 2022
This terrifying period piece is set in 1944 Italy, where a woman must uncover the truth about the death of her twin sister, Martha, as WWII overtakes her country. The horrors of war meet folkore mystery as the psychological thriller unfolds. There’s also a deluxe version with an additional story available for purchase if you decide you really enjoy this style.
Martha Is Dead Announcement Teaser
Little Nightmares II
Little Nightmares II
83 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Platform, Puzzle, Adventure
Developer Tarsier Studios
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release February 11, 2021
Little Nightmares 2 is filled with what made Little Nightmares so great, but with more of it. While the first game made you a mouse-like person hiding in a ship overcome by monsters, the second takes you to a new world. Here you play as another of these small people, a young boy trying to escape a creepy landscape dominated by an eerie signal tower — and a variety of twisted monsters, haunted locations, and more threats eager to hunt you down. Comparisons to Inside are easy to make, but there’s a greater focus on platforming than puzzle solving here, and the combination works very well.
Little Nightmares 2 Reveal Trailer ( Gamescom 2019)
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
76 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Techland Publishing, Techland
Publisher Techland Publishing, Spike ChunSoft
Release February 04, 2022
“The virus won” is a key tagline for Dying Light 2: Everyone is either a feral human doing whatever it takes to survive, or a zombie waiting for nightfall to start chewing on anyone unable to defend themselves. You play Aiden Caldwell, someone whose current immunity to the virus gives him an extra edge when surviving — and the potential to lead humans to a new future. Now it’s time to pick a side.
Dying Light 2 - E3 2018 Gameplay World Premiere Trailer
The Medium
The Medium
70 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Bloober Team
Publisher Bloober Team SA
Release January 28, 2021
One of the very first horror games made for the Series X, The Medium has a very clear core gameplay offering: As a medium, you’re able to jump between two different worlds, one real and one spiritual, to uncover the truth. You use these powers to explore a rundown resort and piece together what actually happened. Just one thing — the spiritual realm can get truly nightmarish, and you aren’t the only presence haunting these ruins. Those looking for plenty of narrative and exploration will enjoy this ride.
The Medium - Official Reveal with Gameplay
Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark
RP
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Pieces Interactive
Publisher THQ Nordic
This reimagined look at Alone in the Dark is optimized for the Xbox Series X and written by Mikael Hedberg, who you might recognize from games like Amnesia and Soma. It’s a gothic horror sensation that follows two people exploring an old mansion – one that increasingly becomes more terrifying and filled with evil as the game progresses. Reality and nightmare merge, and you have previous few weapons to fight the madness. The reason we’re putting this one lower on the list is that it’s not out until the end of 2022, although you can preorder.
Alone in the Dark | Announcement Trailer

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