The 12 Greatest Horror Video games on PC

The 12 Best Horror Games on PC

PC is the evil lab the place new horror video games are grown and examined. A number of the biggest fashionable horror video games are word-of-mouth hits and a number of the hottest horror video games of the final decade started as PC exclusives.

To that finish, we’ve chosen the highest 12 horror video games you possibly can play on PC proper now. Whereas a few of these aren’t unique to PC, they both received their begin on the platform or dwell and breathe there. A few of these are horror classics which have influenced numerous imitators, whereas others are nonetheless hidden gems that need to preserve you up at evening. Listed here are our picks for the 12 finest horror video games on PC.


IMSCARED: A Pixelated Nightmare is the one sport on this checklist that breaks via its .exe boundaries and carries the scares into the actual world. As you creep via IMSCARED’s low-res environments, discovering keys and making an attempt to flee the nightmare you’re at the moment in, an entity generally known as White Face stalks your each transfer.

As soon as caught, White Face triggers a crash again to your desktop and in its wake, a folder containing a textual content doc seems on display, taunting your failure. It performs together with your thoughts in different methods too: your browser would possibly abruptly open, touchdown on a spooky YouTube video; elsewhere, HTML internet paperwork seem in one other folder, exhibiting a map and the supposed exit to the realm you’re in, however are you able to belief it? It even goes so far as requiring you to delete in-game paperwork to progress via sure moments. Very like Everlasting Darkness, IMSCARED brings its distinctive type of horror exterior of itself – a really cursed sport. – Jesse Gomez

11. The Cat Girl

Lower than a minute into The Cat Girl, you discover out the principle character, a lonely 40-year previous lady named Susan Ashworth, has dedicated suicide. Quickly after, she reawakens in a mysterious world, solely to be greeted by somebody referred to as The Queen of Maggots who instructs her to take away 5 ‘parasites’ from the world in order that she might lastly discover peace.

The Cat Girl, regardless of its advanced themes round psychological well being and severe tone, is surprisingly easy to play. You’ll discover twisted and weird environments, acquire varied gadgets to unravel puzzles and information Susan’s selections through dialogue selections with different characters. However past its conventional point-and-click journey trappings is an affecting story, rooted in an genuine wrestle of a lady who now not desires to dwell. – Jesse Gomez

10. Lifeless By Daylight

Lifeless By Daylight launched in 2016 as a meager however well-meaning asymmetrical slasher horror sport the place varied bumbling youngsters prevented gnarly eviscerations from archetypal slasher film villains. By 2021, it’s grow to be the Smash Bros. of horror video games, bringing in iconic killer characters like Freddy Kreuger and Michael Myers to legendary horror sport villains like Resident Evil’s Nemesis and Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head. Lifeless By Daylight continues to evolve on its premise, routinely including new characters, options, and extra to its rock-solid basis. One factor stays fixed, although: it’s simply as enjoyable to play the sport as a bunch of seemingly helpless survivors in a single spherical as it’s to play as an enormous, highly effective, horror film monster within the subsequent. – Brian Altano

Amnesia: The Darkish Descent is among the older video games on this checklist, however it’s right here for good purpose: its gameplay mechanics helped spur a rebirth (no pun supposed with Amnesia’s current sequel) of the survival horror style that had drifted into motion sport territory.

Amnesia begins off with the protagonist, Daniel, waking up alone in a darkish fortress, Brennenburg. He has no reminiscence of how he received there (therefore the title), and as he explores his environment, he realizes there’s a shadow stalking him. Wandering in regards to the fortress are different creatures that may give chase in the event that they spot you. This wouldn’t be an enormous drawback for those who might struggle again, however you possibly can’t. Your solely protection is to run and infrequently conceal at nighttime – a stark distinction to extra action-oriented horror video games like Resident Evil 5 which had come out the 12 months earlier than.

However right here’s the kicker: keep at nighttime too lengthy and also you’ll lose your thoughts. It’s not the primary sport to have a “sanity meter” (Everlasting Darkness says hiya), however its implementation in Amnesia is fairly ingenious. You’ll have to stability the sport’s use of sunshine to see what the hell you’re even doing with hiding within the darkness to keep away from monsters, the identical darkness that’s slowly driving you insane.

Amnesia’s sequels and follow-ups all construct upon The Darkish Descent’s mechanics in good methods, and different builders have taken discover. The Darkish Descent nonetheless holds up at the moment, even when the controls and interface are somewhat tough on consoles, so for those who’re within the temper to sit down at nighttime for 10 hours, make a journey to Brennenburg. Simply don’t keep at nighttime too lengthy. – Jobert Atienza

8. World of Horror

Followers of Junji Ito and/or H.P. Lovecraft will need to look into including World of Horror to their checklist of scary video games to play this October. This “1-Bit” horror sport feels such as you simply stumbled upon a sequence of eerie and intensely detailed drawings on MS Paint.

Set in Shiokawa, Japan, gamers are tasked with stopping the apocalypse by exploring varied areas and preventing monsters impressed by Japanese horror manga and concrete legends. It’s, after all, a horror sport, however World of Horror additionally provides components from the roguelite and RPG genres.

World of Horror’s grasp of rigidity, completely paired soundtrack and total problem make it a must-play on PC. – Taylor Lyles

7. S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R.

Few video games have efficiently captured a way of overwhelming bleakness and foreboding just like the STALKER trilogy does. Whether or not you’re racing to the positioning of the world’s worst nuclear incident deep inside Chernobyl or discovering the secrets and techniques hidden inside the decrepit metropolis of Pripyat, this dwelling, respiratory world is able to sap the life out of your physique. So if going toe-to-toe in opposition to spirits deep underground, or zombified foes who had been as soon as your companions and bloodsucking mutants sound like your type of factor, it’s time to pay a go to to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. – Jesse Gomez

6. 5 Nights at Freddy’s

There was at all times one thing inherently creepy about being in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant as a child, a dimly lit, rat themed party heart with unhappy pizza, a largely damaged arcade room, and an enormous animatronic animal band that will shut down in between songs to stare into the souls of youngsters with big, dead-eyed appears. 5 Nights at Freddy’s is a complete sport in regards to the fleeting pleasure and haunted magic of a seemingly lifeless assortment of animatronic pizza restaurant mascots who abruptly spring to life and grow to be horrifying nightmares, though as an alternative of being a child at a party, you’re an worker tasked with watching the restaurant after darkish and surviving the evening your self.

You’ll flip via safety cameras and different varied gadgets whereas unsettling mechanical faces pop up sporadically or usually go bump within the evening, however what makes all of it so distinctive is that 5 Nights at Freddy’s is among the few horror video games that almost all children can play with out enduring a lifetime of trauma. It’s uncommon to have a sport sequence that may cater to each younger and grownup horror followers, largely as a result of it encompasses a factor we are able to all agree on: animatronic animals are terrifying. – Brian Altano

5. Pathologic

Pathologic was forward of its time when it was launched manner again in 2006. Set in a mysterious city beset by an unknown plague, Pathologic combines horror and thriller for a really distinctive expertise. Select one in every of three participant characters who should survive for 12 days whereas uncovering the thriller of the ‘sand plague.’

Every day, new quests can be out there that may take characters one step nearer to the reality. However be warned, as a result of these quests will solely be out there on a particular day, and as soon as it passes it’s gone for good.

Pathologic and its sequel Pathologic 2 really excel at environment. Whereas bounce scares are a bit few and much between, the overwhelming sense of dread will linger via your total playthrough, and your time in Pathologic will burrow in your thoughts for for much longer. – Matt Kim

4. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia got here onto the scene like a bat out of hell. 4 gamers can be a part of up as novice ghost hunters, armed with instruments like night-vision cameras, holy water, and radios. As an early entry sport, there are nonetheless loads of technical kinks to work out, however the core premise works exceptionally properly. Possibly that’s why so many Phasmophobia-likes have popped up on Steam in current months.

You’ll wander via haunted properties and deserted prisons, calling out for spirits from the past. Collect sufficient clues and you’ll attempt to efficiently establish what sort of ghost is haunting that location. Deduce appropriately for a pleasant payday.

Because the clock ticks, the possibilities of operating right into a ghost enhance, and so does the hazard. Nothing beats that second while you abruptly see your good friend twist and contort from getting received by one in every of Phasmophobia’s many evil spirits as you all scramble to the exit for a hasty escape. – Matt Kim

3. Chilla’s Artwork Video games

Chilla’s Artwork is the title of an indie dev group fashioned by two brothers in Japan. Since 2018, the duo has launched over 15 micro horror video games on Steam priced at simply a few {dollars}. Whereas these video games would possibly solely be a couple of hours lengthy, they pack a horrifying punch.

Each Chilla’s Artwork sport is a novel expertise however they’re usually performed within the first-person and are centered round a secular expertise that rapidly escalates into one thing horrible. Probably the most well-known is The Comfort Retailer, the place gamers tackle the function of night-shift comfort retailer worker. As gamers go about their evening, restocking gadgets and checking stock, creepy happenings corresponding to unusual prospects, unexplained noises, and different horrifying encounters start to accentuate because the evening goes on.

With so many Chilla’s Artwork Video games to select from it’s arduous to advocate only one. However with such a low barrier to entry, decide a couple of and also you’re assured to have a very good time. – Matt Kim

2. Puppet Combo

Babysitter Massacre, Energy Drill Bloodbath, and The Night time Ripper… No, these aren’t forgotten grindhouse movies from the ’80s, however reasonably delightfully gory and downright terrifying video games created by solo indie horror developer, Puppet Combo.

By way of Patreon and itch-io, over 20 video games up to now decade, all of which provide no scarcity of intense and unforgiving moments. Whether or not you’re escaping from a serial killer whereas babysitting, collaborating in a lethal sport of cat and mouse with a psychotic nun in a boarding faculty (within the aptly named Nun Bloodbath) or controlling a park ranger on a chilly and stormy evening whereas one thing stalks them from afar, Puppet Combo wholeheartedly embraces its PS1-style, VHS horror roots in each sport.

Dire conditions, sleazy companions, and unrelenting killers make every one in every of Puppet Combo’s video games an unforgettable nightmare. – Jesse Gomez

1. Visage

When Konami canceled Silent Hills in 2015, a slew of non secular successors and video games closely influenced by the Silent Hills’ playable teaser got here out. This contains Unhappy Sq. Studios’ first sport, the psychological horror Visage.

Set within the Nineteen Eighties, you play as Dwayne Anderson, a resident of a big house that’s being suffering from the supernatural as he tries to discover a manner out of the home and study extra about what’s inflicting all of the paranormal exercise in his house.

As you discover the largely darkish and quiet home, supernatural entities will taunt you by breaking gentle bulbs, turning on/off lights, and slamming doorways. This fixed barrage of sensory terror, mixed with attempting to keep up Dwayne’s sanity, makes Visage one of many tougher horror video games launched lately. It’s a trial and error sport, however your endurance is rewarded with an interesting story, and loads of bounce scares.

Whereas it might not be Silent Hills, the legacy of Konami’s unreleased sport programs via the veins of Visage whereas additionally sustaining its personal id. – Taylor Lyles

And there you could have it! These are our IGN’s high horror PC video games. Disagree with the rating? Suppose one other entry ought to have been on the checklist? Tell us within the feedback, and for those who’re on the lookout for extra take a look at our checklist of the highest 10 Metroidvanias and the very best FPS campaigns of all time. And for every thing else, keep tuned to IGN.

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