Horror games are very popular on all platforms, including PCs. So check out the top 30! Whether playing solo or multiplayer you have in the games below many reasons to be scared and to want to go all the way in all the very well built stories below!
1. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Obviously, Silent Hill 2 is the big name on this list. Although the first title in the franchise was a great success, it is its continuation that consolidates the series as one of the best in the horror genre. Taking command from James Sunderland. He goes to Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his deceased wife, Mary.
For most of the gameplay, all the player does is roam Silent Hill. It is possible, by the way, to avoid a good amount of enemies if you know how to walk in the right places. In these wanderings, you must find keys that will open doors, bars and other access to previously blocked places.
2. The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2020)
The Resident Evil 3 is in the hall of the best horror games in history. Much of this because the biggest villain in the game is none other than Nemesis. The most feared zombie in the entire franchise is responsible for causing some minor heart attacks in the player during gameplay.
In this third installment, you control Jill Valentine as she tries to escape Racoon City. You'll have to face a series of zombies, solve puzzles and roam the city looking for a way out. Along the way, always without warning, you'll be surprised by Nemesis, who uses a rocket launcher as a weapon.
3. The Evil Within 2 (2022)
Anyone who played the first title in the franchise knows well what to expect from The Evil Within 2: scares, action and that exploratory and stealthy feel that adds even more tension to an already tense game.
Again the player controls Sebastian Castellanos, now looking for his lost daughter. To do so, Sebastian goes to the simulated world of Union, where the girl is being used as a guinea pig for an experiment. Once there, he finds that Union has become a nightmare, with demonic creatures attacking its residents.
4. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a more psychological and conceptual horror game. It won two awards as an independent game, mainly for its gameplay proposal. The player controls Daniel, who wakes up in a gloomy castle, not remembering why he is there. The only thing he knows is that there is some creature following him.
While walking around the castle trying to find out how he got there, the player needs to solve several riddles and puzzles to proceed. The game is completely based on stealth, without any kind of offensive action. There's even a bar indicating your stealth level.
5. Friday the 13th: The Game (2022)
Specially thought for Jason Voorhees fans, Friday the 13th: The Game is a very fun game for those who like multiplayer horror. There are eight players per game, with seven likely victims and one controlling the fearsome Jason. The mission here is clear from both parties: survive and kill, respectively.
But of course the game is not just that. Unlike other asymmetrical multiplayer games, Friday the 13th allows counselors to attack Jason with tools, weapons, and traps. Although it doesn't kill the serial killer, it can slow him down, which helps.
6. Alien: Isolation (2022)
We can say that Alien: Isolation is part of the series of films that was successful in theaters, at least in terms of plot. The player controls Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Reaver's character in the movies. The objective is to investigate Ellen's disappearance in space.
In this mission to understand what goes on inside the Sevastopol space station, Amanda must survive a Xenomorph creature. In addition to the alien, there are uncontrolled cyborgs and humans that must be faced.
7. Left 4 Dead 2 (2009)
Although Left 4 Dead 2 is from previous generations of games, it remains one of the best horror games for PC when it comes to cooperation. In the traditional game mode, it joins four players on one side, representing the survivors. On the other side are the Infected, who will try to prevent survivors from reaching their destination.
In Versus mode, the Infected are also real players. There is also a single player campaign, in which the remaining survivors are controlled by artificial intelligence. The most fun point of the game, however, is precisely the cooperative part, which makes the task of surviving much more dynamic and exciting.
8. Outlast (2022)
Outlast is that classic investigative horror movie that takes place in an asylum, but in a playable version. As journalist Miles Upshur, the player investigates a psychiatric hospital after being contacted by a source. Once inside, he discovers that there is something sinister going on in the building. The mission is to find out what it is exactly and also try to get out of there alive.
Miles cannot attack his enemies. The most he can do is push them sometimes. Its advantage is being able to climb to higher places, which hospice patients cannot reach. He can still crawl and hide indoors. The hospital is completely dark, so Upshur uses his camera's night vision to see the way.
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2022)
Forget Umbrella Corporation: Your enemy in Resident Evil 7 is a little more sinister than that. It all starts with a letter from his wife, Mia, who has allegedly been missing for three years. Her cry for help takes the player, Ethan Winters, to the Baker family's grounds, an inhospitable, dark place that will give him a big headache until the end of the game.
Overall, Biohazard's gameplay is very similar to previous titles in the franchise. You have utensils and firearms at your disposal to face the sick Bakers. In addition to the family, there is a species of bacteria in human form that roams around the mansion where 99% of the game takes place.
10. Dead by Daylight (2022)
Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer-only experience, which is by no means a negative point. Although the game does not have a single-player campaign or follows a clear narrative line, it provides an electrifying dynamic and gameplay. You take control of an assassin or a victim, in an arena, being forced either to kill or to survive in order to emerge victorious.
If you want to play as an assassin, choose one from a list of good options. Some are inspired by horror movies, like Freddy Krueger, Ghostface and Leatherface. The fun part is that each serial killer has unique abilities and unique ways of attacking victims.
11. Resident Evil 2 (1998)
The presence of two different points of view (Claire and Leon) and the greater freedom of exploration in Raccoon City made Resident Evil 2 one of the best horror games in the franchise. Zombies gained more skills, increasing the difficulty level for players. And the remake, released in 2022, made the classic even better.
12. Dead Space (2008)
In Dead Space you take command of Isaac Clarke, an engineer fighting an alien invasion. Aliens are viruses that take control of humans. It is a homage game to several space horror movies, including Alien. And the best part: as pausing doesn't stop the game completely, you can be devoured while looking at the inventory!
13. Little Nightmares (2022)
A very cute puzzle game that puts the player in control of Six, a girl who must escape from a boat full of enemies. Without weapons, your only way to get out alive is to outsmart the creatures, solving puzzles and finding safe paths.
14. SOMA (2022)
In SOMA you'll try to survive an underwater scientific facility, where the enemies are machines with human consciousness. There are no weapons, just your wits and strategy to not get caught. Each monster that appears has a unique characteristic, and it's up to you to adapt to them.
15. Layers of Fear (2022)
Layers of Fear brings classic horror elements. It is in first person, and you must explore an old mansion in which you are the only living resident. As you walk through rooms, rooms and different rooms, you will discover the hard way that you are not alone. And the worst part is that you can die at any time.
16. Blair Witch (2022)
First-person game, in which you control an ex-cop, Ellis Lynch, who goes in search of a missing boy in a forest. The game is in a semi-open world, which can be explored quite freely. You have a cell phone and camera as useful tools, as well as Bullet your dog.
17. F.E.A.R. (2005)
FEAR is an organization of agents who fight spiritual enemies with firearms. Strange or not, the game is very good, having an intense and frenetic combat, accompanied by a really scary setting.
18. Five Nights at Freddy's (2022)
Five Nights At Freddy's is a bizarre survival game in which you must survive 5 nights in a pizzeria as a night watchman. That's why you can't let the robotic dolls see you. Otherwise they will kill you.
19. Pathologic 2 (2022)
Pathologic 2 is a survival game, in which you have to take care of the character's basic needs: hunger, thirst, fatigue, among others. The goal is to survive 12 days in the game. Spoiler: It's almost impossible to do this without dying.
20. Call of Cthulhu (2022)
Based on the work of HP Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu is a semi-open world RPG. Exploration is part of the horror, you never know what you're going to find. There are many times when you need to investigate and use stealth, as well as using the dark environment around you to your advantage.
21. Face (2022)
Considered the spiritual successor to PT Set in a mansion, the player must explore every corner of the house to understand its history. You will witness all the deaths that happened in this place, including seeing very scary spirits that will appear when you least expect it.
22. Darkwood (2022)
A very complete game! A survival game in an isolated forest, where you must craft items and use stealth to survive. It has a progression and skill evolution system, and the story has multiple endings. There are no scare scenes, just constant suspense.
23. Observation (2022)
In this space thriller you control a surveillance engine of an international space station. Initially you only have access to one module of the station, but you gradually gain control over the entire ship. Until an entity takes control of the place. And that's where the terror begins.
24. System Shock (1994)
System Shock's terror is cybernetic. The story takes place in a cyberpunk future, in 2072, where an artificial intelligence tries to take over a control station. You control a hacker, who must use his abilities to do so. The game at the time received several awards for mechanics and innovative proposal.
25. Oxenfree (2022)
Oxenfree places players on an island, with a group of teenagers. After supernatural events, they decide to unravel the secrets of this place, embarking on a journey full of mysteries and some very memorable scares.
26. Sylvio (2022)
You are a ghost hunter, who finds herself trapped in a park. Using a gun and a machine to record voices and sounds, your mission is to survive until daybreak, to try to have any chance of getting out of the park alive.
27. Control (2022)
Control makes us question the boundaries between what is real and what is supernatural. You control Jesse Feden, director of a secret agency that needs to investigate an alien invasion. The game is a sandbox, with the character having access to weapon creation and almost magical powers.
28. Man of Medan (2022)
A group of friends travel to the Pacific on vacation. After a storm they find themselves trapped on a ghost ship. Created by the Until Dawn company, it has the same premise that your choices can save all 5 friends or kill them all. It's an intense game with a lot of spectacular scares.
29. Stasis (2022)
Viewed from an isometric perspective, Stasis is a point and click game, with puzzle elements, interacting with scenarios and collecting items. The player must find his lost family on the ship, before it reaches Saturn's methane clouds.
30. Slender: The Eight Pages (2022)
The best thing about Slender is that it's free. It's super simple, but that's where the fun is, because the objective is to find 8 pages left in a forest. When the first one is taken, Slenderman appears. And the player has nothing to defend himself with, just a flashlight he uses to light the way. And that eventually runs out of battery...
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