Get out those headphones and turn the lights back off. Halloween may be over but who says we should stop scaring ourselves? The horror department for 2016 may be a bit limited until some big hits arrive (and others, unfortunately, have been canceled) but there are still some great gems out there to enjoy. So while we wait for the likes of Resident Evil 7 and Dead Rising 4, here are some titles that can resurface some tension right now.
5. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developers: Supermassive Games
Platforms: PS4 VR
This spin-off of the PlayStation 4 exclusive Until Dawn is here to make us fear zombie-clown hybrids all over again. In the spirit of The House of The Dead, Rush of Blood is a rails shooter and confines the player perception to wherever the camera points. It also confines to the camera’s speed because you will be riding in an unstable mine cart. The game features similar inhabitants from the original Until Dawn, however, none of the playable characters will be making a return to this Playstation VR exclusive.
4. Layers of Fear
Publisher: Aspyr Media, Inc.
Developers: Bloober Team
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux
Layers of Fear is for the indie gaming geek inside of us who doesn’t mind atmospheric horror. It’s a different kind of unease that’s become a trend in most recent indie horror games. No weapons, no map (most of the time), and no boss battles. Players who don’t mind variances of the horror genre and enjoyed the likes of Amnesia The Dark Descent should check out this mad journey in a lonely mansion. It goes without saying but these kinds of games are best played with headphones in the dark.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
The makers of Limbo spoiled their fans again with another epically disturbing side-scroller. In the world of Inside, we play as a boy again in a monochrome world, this time on a mission to enter a lab of mutant experiments. Puzzles of the grotesque and morally questionable are the means of progress here again so it’s best to think outside the “outside box” while playing. It’s also best to play Inside in a quiet environment to get the full experience.
2. We Happy Few
Publisher: Compulsion Games
Developers: Compulsion Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
The first time everyone saw We Happy Few was during Microsoft’s 2016 E3 press conference… and we were all creeped the hell out. We also wanted to play it right now. Well, players can immediately fill themselves with joy if they pick up the early access version on Steam. We Happy Few is set in a society where citizens live in a drug-induced illusion of happiness. The style is notably reminiscent of the Bioshock series and is sure to keep players on the edge.
1. Resident Evil 4
Developers: Capcom Productions
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
If you haven’t played in the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy at least once then this is your go-to-horror game. Resident Evil 4 made its supposedly exclusive debut way back in 2005 on the Nintendo Gamecube and it’s still being re-released and re-mastered to other major consoles. It was a smash hit and played a major profit for Nintendo’s humble lunchbox-looking console but after Capcom revealed there was no contract on RE4 being exclusive, the ports began. As of now, RE4 is available on over seven consoles, including Xbox One and Playstation 4. It’s only a matter of time before a VR version is eventually announced. Just you wait.