Five Terrifying Games to Play on Hallowe’en

Published on October 27th, 2015 in: Gaming, Halloween, Horror, Listicles, Top Five Lists |

By Tyler Hodg


Video games aren’t typically associated with Hallowe’en the way movies and music are, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have the ability to make you shake in your boots. And that’s why I’ve compiled a short list of games that could also be a part of the scary season.

Before you start screaming in the comment section, I purposefully left out series such as Resident Evil, Dead Space, and Silent Hill. Those are givens, guys.

Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)

This Xbox classic from Rare is easily the lightest game on the list, but there are still moments that utilize the jump-scare tactic. Players take control of Cooper, a teenager forced to maneuver through a haunted mansion in search of his friend Amber. This action-adventure title is nothing short of scare-ific. And plus, who can hate this game when it has such an awesome title?

Outlast (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Outlast is the scariest game I have ever played, hands down. This survival-horror title has you investigating a terrifying residence, filled with mutated creatures and all. I would love to dive deep into the story of the game, but the fantastic narrative deserves not to be spoiled (unlike your pants).

Zombi (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The game has flown under a lot of people’s radars, which is a shame considering it’s a well-made survival game. Players roam around and beneath the streets of London, attempting to stay alive in a zombie-ridden area. One cool component to this game is that when you die (which you will… a lot), you start back at the beginning of the game but can still find your old self and your gear. The story leaves a few things to be desired, but the scrambling to find ammo/weapons aspect leads to a lot of terrifying moments.

Until Dawn (PS4)

The newest game on the list, Until Dawn plays out like an old-school teen slasher film where the player chooses the outcome of certain scenarios. It’s a unique concept that works on so many different levels. Considering there are multiple paths that you can take, this game can be played every Hallowe’en without getting stale.

P.T. (PS4)

OK, I said I wasn’t going to include any Silent Hill games, but can we agree this one is a bit different? For those unaware of the game, it was an unannounced playable demo for the now cancelled Silent Hills. Publisher Konami pulled the plug on the Hideo Kojima/Guillermo del Toro project after the company’s relationship with the developers turned sour. You could probably hear gamers’ cries up in space after the cancellation, and rightfully so: Silent Hills looked to be one of the scariest games of all time.

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