The Best PS4 Horror Games

Horror games on the PS4 have been spooking players ever since the platform’s inception, immersing gamers in horrific stories played in gruesome style, ranging from psychological horror to survival horror. Whether you love scaring yourself senseless, or are new to the horror genre, you’ll find no shortage of terrifying titles on Sony’s venerable console. This is a list of the best horror games on PS4. Get ready to be scared.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) for PS4 is widely regarded as the best new-gen horror game to date. Resident Evil has returned to its former glory, offering its own special breed of immersive horror. It starts off with a familiar set-up, involving the protagonist searching for a missing person in a deserted building – something that has become a horror cliche. But the very fact that it’s played in first-person makes the experience intense.

This new immersive horror relies less on cut-scenes and more on atmosphere. Resident Evil 7 is an excellent introduction to the essentials of survival horror, especially the ones that have vanished in today’s real-time horrors. The photo-realistic detail of the house combined with the screams, the mutterings, the creaking floorboards, and the relentless pursuit by the family makes this a terrifying yet memorable horror experience. If you play it at night with the lights off and the volume up, you will likely feel like you are stuck in a hellish nightmare.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a horror narrative game that blends a story-based experience with interactive gameplay. Here, you play as a group of friends who are trapped on a mountain and hunted by an unseen killer. You make choices about what characters should do that impact the narrative, and multiple endings exist based on these choices. The game immerses you in the experience with cinematic presentation and voice acting that are like a horror movie in video game form. Until Dawn is great for those who want to be scared while they enjoy a thrilling story.

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 follows the adventures of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective in his journey to save his daughter, which again forces him into a hellish dimension. This time, however, the levels are more open compared to the first game. Instead of being linear, players can easily roam the levels and discover the horror in their own time. The survival horror is balanced by psychological horror to make the game a thoroughly unpleasant trip to the darker side of one’s enlightened mind. The Evil Within 2 is one of the best horror games for the PS4, thanks to its tale of a gripping adventure and overwhelming monsters.

Outlast 2

If you’re looking to be perpetually in flight mode and terrified to your very bones, the first-person horror title Outlast 2 is just the game for you. Players assume the perspective of a journalist named Blake Langermann in pursuit of the resolutions of a vanished woman amidst a remote town in the Arizona desert. As creepy atmosphere and viscerally nasty imagery clash with the ingenious design sensibilities of the game, Outlast 2 is an absolutely horrifying experience. Scared out of their wits, players spend their time in the eerie hovel of the game on their toes – never forgetting that their bare lungs are the only form of defence. Outlast 2 is a trail of terror.

Bloodborne

Not a true horror game, Bloodborne has many elements of the genre that make it a must-play for fans of the genre: the player plays as a Hunter in the gothic city of Yharnam who has to hunt monsters and clear out the city of the creatures that are plaguing it. It’s a pretty haunting experience, with the background music and slow haunting walks around the map, while you have to deal with grotesque enemies who have been created from what was once human. The game is notorious for having one of the best DLC expansions for a game in history, and perhaps the most intricate world-building of any platform game in history. Bloodborne is a deep and involved adventure, and considered a must-play on the PS4.

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game set in the Alien universe. You play as the daughter Amanda Ripley, who is looking for her mother Ellen Ripley on a deserted space station. The Alien rocks back and forth, taunting the player, as if to say, ‘What are you doing over there?’ Or, more accurately – what would you do? The alien AI, relentless and unpredictable, is one of the best scripted ‘assassin’ AIs in videogame history. With ammo and Med-Paks hard to come by and screams even harder – you have to stay quiet and think your way out. Alien: Isolation is a masterclass in tension; one of the best and scariest games on the PS4.

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear. Blurry vision. Art imitating life, and life imitating bad art. All in all, Layers of Fear offers a harrowing, surreal ride for psychological horror fans.

Dead by Daylight

An asymmetrical multiplayer horror game, Dead by Daylight pits one player as a killer against four other players as survivors. Players take turns being the killer or the survivors, and each match boils down to a tense dance between elimination and escape. With frequent patch updates and a growing community of players, Dead by Daylight remains a staple for horror fans looking for a jump-scare fix.

Silent Hill HD Collection

If you are someone who may feel a desire to return back to some of the classic horror games of the past, here is your official invite to the Silent Hill HD Collection, including Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 (also a masterpiece of the genre). It’s the same atmosphere, the same creepy monsters, and the same psychology of horror that is, perhaps, best represented in these games. If there ever was a horror collection you should invest in, this is exactly that.

Amnesia: Collection

The Amnesia: Collection gathers Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: Justine and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs; together, the trio of collection’s titles were acclaimed – reviews lauded the games’ narrative psychological horror. You play from a first-person perspective, walking or climbing through dark spaces, doing puzzles, and avoiding monsters. Horror fans who like to be truly spooked really ought to check out Amnesia.

Little Nightmares

In Little Nightmares, players control a young girl named Six who is trapped in a ship called The Maw. The game (developed by Tarsier Studios) ingeniously mixes horror with platforming. An aesthetic that combines old sepia photographs with a cruel sense of the surreal, and the relentless creepiness of the atmosphere makes for an unforgettable experience.

SOMA

The creators of Amnesia and the Dark Descent have returned to sci-fi horror, this time steeped in existential themes and psychological horror. In SOMA, players navigate an undersea facility and delve into the mysterious experiments taking place there. Despite being hailed by some as a ‘story-driven horror game’ and focusing on ‘Existential/philosophical horror’, it is the environmental storytelling and setting that make this title a memorable experience. If you survive to the end, SOMA haunts and terrifies.

Friday the 13th: The Game

In Friday the 13th: The Game, you and a couple friends can play as Jason Voorhees himself, or one of the ill-fated camp counselors in this asymmetrical multiplayer survival horror. The game is an homage to the cult-classic horror franchise and encapsulates its best elements. Camp nights result in either a night of bloody terror, or survivors at dawn. With chainsaws, cars, swedish constructions, accurate recreations and a fortune in man-hours of MOCAP data behind this beauty, this is certainly one hell of a trip.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is a semi-interactive horror-themed video game that tells the story of a group of friends taking a diving trip. When they find a haunted ship, everyone ends up shipwrecked. Players get to make decisions that can affect the outcome of the story. With stellar production values, an intriguing story and likeable characters, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is a standout entry in the horror game category.

Observer

Observer is a cyberpunk horror game in dystopian future that puts you as a bad cop. His name is Daniel Lazarski, and he can hack into other minds. Creepy and interesting dystopian future with a twist of sci-fi thing; best for psychological horror lovers.

Daylight

Daylight is a first-person horror game about surviving an abandoned hospital as a woman named Sarah. It features procedurally generated environments, so each playthrough is different – if anything is certain, it’s a sense of dread. Scares are randomised, begging the question: why not simply choose ‘Survive’ as your goal?

Dying Light

Dying Light melds open-world gameplay and survival horror, as you run around a city overrun by zombies. You have to ‘survive’ or otherwise gather resources and craft weapons. The hordes of ‘zeds’, made even more intense on account of a day-night cycle, force players to outrun them, while also fend off isolated zombies. Dying Light is easily one of the most exciting first-person horror experiences to come out in recent years.

The Forest

The Forest was released in 2018 and is about survival in a remote island infested with cannibalistic mutants. The better known title came with open-world mechanics for survival, with horror elements thrown in, that combined thoroughly deliver what I consider a master class in horror title. It by itself sports a haunting audiovisual component, with the challenges being harrowing.

Darkwood

Darkwood is a top-down survival horror game, with a strong psychological horror twist. It has you exploring a procedurally generated forest, you’re constantly scavenging for supplies, and you’re required to establish a base to find safety. Darkwood has an intense atmosphere and a lot of tension at all times, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. If you’re a type of person who really likes hardcore horror games and things that are atmospheric and tense, then I’d suggest checking it out.

Conclusion

The PS4 is an absolute treasure trove of horror games for all kinds of palettes; from survival horror the likes of which Capcom and gaming fans have been thrilling to for years, Rob Zombie-esque psychological horror that’s equal parts The Amityville Horror as it is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to earsplitting, heart-stopping multiplayer, the horror titles on this list will keep you entertained for days on end. Brace yourself, and dive into these spine-chilling games to see how your fellow PS4 owners managed to crank out some frightening fun.

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