Came looking for some horrific games to keep you awake at night? Look no further, you’ve come to the right place for the best PS4 horror games. Just a piece of advice, you are better off keeping the lights on while playing these, and most importantly, check under your bed in case a spooky monster is ready to devour your feet.
The horror genre has come a long way. From a humble beginning with Haunted Mansion on the Atari 2600 to mind-blowing AAA survival horror experiences like Resident Evil Village, the genre has experienced a massive evolution. While many consider the golden age of the horror genre to be the original PlayStation and the PS2 era, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is not short on some great horror experiences. The system still offers an abundance of frights and spooks you won’t forget about anytime soon.
To spice it up, the list won’t heavily include a bunch of walking simulator games. Instead, this list aims to satisfy all tastes by providing you with a diverse line of titles to choose from.
Little Nightmares plunge you deep into every child’s horrors as you survive encounters with horrific creatures that will test your mettle. Tarsier Studios’s taken inspiration from classic side-scrollers like Inside is worthy of praise as the game is a darker take on the formula.
In the first game, players take on the role of Six, a little girl wearing a yellow raincoat who has to endure the odds by solving puzzles, looking for clues to progress further and escape from creepy creatures. With terrifying graphics and ominous sound design, players must rely on stealth and silence to avoid getting noticed or caught.
The second game which acts as a prequel to the former is an excellent choice as well with better visuals and mind-blowing twists that will definitely blow you away. The level of dread in the game is over 9000, letting it remain unmatched to this day.
The Evil Within and the sequel are an excellent addition to the survival horror genre. Directed by the man himself, Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within is a throwback to the traditional survival horror formula littered with non-stop action, and a dreadful experience that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.
Both of the games follow the thrilling actions of lead detective Sebastian Castellanos. As he is sent to investigate a mysterious brutal mass murder at Beacon Mental Hospital. The detective along with his partners Joseph and Juli are accidentally sent to an unreal world where they must survive the horrors and find a way to escape.
The sequel is set three years after the events of the original game and has you playing once again as Sebastian Castellanos. He is once again sent to an unreal world where he has to look for his daughter, Myra. Although it’s noteworthy to mention that The Evil Within 2 is an improvement over its predecessor, however, it’s also quite disappointing that it’s less scary than the former.
Alan Wake is a psychological horror game starring a critically acclaimed writer named Alan Wake. After his successful book, he decides to go on a quiet vacation with his wife to a remote cabin, and in the process, he will attempt to find inspiration for his new book. What was supposed to be a quiet and peaceful vacation turns out to become a troublesome nightmare.
Shadow creatures are constantly haunting you, and the only way to defeat them is to rely on the power of light. Perhaps one of the best mechanics to ever set foot in the genre, and one that made Alan Wake stand out at the time. You must use your flashlight to make your enemies weak enough to finish them off with a bullet to the face.
While the game is inherently a psychological horror title at its core, it also includes survival horror elements as well. Players will have to preserve ammunition and also batteries for their flashlights as this is a crucial tool to survive. Every fan of the genre should give Alan Wake a shot, at least once.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is the fifth instalment in Koei Tecmo’s highly acclaimed series. The franchise had a humble start on the PlayStation 2 that spawned two additional sequels and went on to become a successful series. While the originals may feel dated in terms of controls and graphics, the creep factor is still strong.
Maiden of Black Water is the least challenging of the originals, and that’s a good thing as it will help attract newcomers to this excellent franchise. Unlike Resident Evil, Siren, or Silent Hill, Fatal Frame does away with fighting physical creatures and instead focuses on purging evil spirits. You do this by using the Camera Obscura, a potent tool capable of seeing and hunting down evil spirits roaming the surroundings.
While the fifth entry may not reach the heights of the originals, Maiden of Black Water is still a scary experience that every horror fan should try.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is a remastered release of the original Wii game released exclusively in Japan. This updated version features enhanced visuals while maintaining the game’s controls, with the only exception being the removal of motion controls for a smoother gameplay experience.
In addition to enhancing the visuals to modern standards, the developers have included a selection of costumes that Madoka Tsukimori can wear. Although this may appear to be a minor addition, it is a feature that loyal fans of the series have come to appreciate since the franchise’s inception.
To many, Mask of Lunar Eclipse’ story is superior to Maiden of Black Water. Plus, the scare factor is off the chart at all times, with malevolent ghosts posing a threat each time your eyes lay on one. For fans of anything survival horror, and especially PlayStation 4 gamers, this fourth entry is a must-try.
SOMA is Frictional Games’ fifth jump into the genre, with a unique futuristic setting and an anxiety-filled atmosphere. After their mind-blowing success with Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the company sought to deliver yet another masterpiece. And to nobody’s surprise, Frictional Games have proven once again that they possess the ingredients to deliver an unforgettable horror experience.
SOMA is a sci-fi psychological horror set in 2104. The human race has collapsed, and you as the player, control Simon Jarett in his attempt to rescue the remaining human survivors in this post-apocalyptic story.
The gameplay is similar to the Dark Descent. Players must explore their surroundings, solve puzzles and learn more about the events of the game. The sanity mechanic is present in SOMA, pretty much like every Frictional Games that’s been done before.
Aliens: Isolation is what every die-hard Alien fan has ever hoped for. Even if you’ve never heard of the renowned Alien series, just being a horror fan is enough. For years, the series has enjoyed quite a ride with a diverse line of video game genres that attempted to emulate the franchise to its full potential. From 2D side-scrollers to arcade adaptation and first-person shooters, the games felt lacking. In the sense that these games did not succeed at delivering what it would truly feel like to encounter a Xenomorph.
The release of Aliens: Isolation has proven that a faithful game to the series is possible with the right team and the right dedication. The game successfully captures the reality of facing a deadly Xenomorph without any means to defend one’s self. As Amanda Ripley, players will explore the Sevastopol space station, looking for clues while relying on stealth to circumvent any hopeless encounter against the Xenomorphs.
Resident Evil is a remake of the original PS1 release which came out in 1996. At the time, Capcom have outdone itself with the remake as not only did it revolutionize the survival horror genre but also became an influential staple for developers. At the time of its release, Resident Evil was ahead of its time. From the incredible sound design to the awe-inspiring atmosphere and the visuals, the game was ahead of its time.
Every survival horror fan owes it to themselves to try this masterpiece at least once. And since the game has received the HD remaster treatment, it’s easy to track this game nowadays. While you’re still at it, why don’t you check some similar games to classic Resident Evil?
Resident Evil 2 remake is a highly critically acclaimed survival horror in the Resident Evil series. Initially released on the original PlayStation, Resident Evil 2 was a major hit. But as hardware improved, and the genre experienced a paradigm shift forward in terms of graphics, the game was sadly deemed behind the times.
After two decades, Capcom has finally decided to remake their classic with better graphics, improved sound design and enhanced controls all thanks to the RE engine.
Resident Evil Zero is the prequel to the events of the original Resident Evil and follows S.T.A.R.S officer Rebecca Chambers and convict Billy Coen. Both explore an abandoned training facility for employees of the pharmaceutical company Umbrella.
While the gameplay is similar to the Resident Evil remake, Zero adds the ability to switch between characters on the fly in order to solve puzzles and progress further. This mechanic works quite well for resource management as characters can trade items and cooperate to survive the nightmare.
Resident Evil’s late 2010s were quite a ride as the series enjoyed a slew of experimental entries in the series. From full-blown third-person shooter titles like Operation Raccoon City and Umbrella Corps to first-person shooters like Resident Evil 7, the series has experienced quite a change in its lifetime.
Resident Evil 7 did away with the third-person perspective the series was pretty much known for and instead opted for a full-blown first-person shooter experience. The results are quite fascinating as the game’s shock elements are done right thanks to the unsettling visuals and the brutal moments throughout the game.
If you’re looking for a true trip to survival horror, both of these can be played on PlayStation VR. In case you’re someone who doesn’t piss their pants, the games are for you.
Outlast was the talk of the year during its launch. Every YouTuber was playing it, every streamer, every gamer — and if one couldn’t play it, they had to watch it via Youtube. It’s safe to say that Outlast has revolutionized the horror genre by following a different approach than the mob at the time. The inclusion of jump scares and making the player powerless made the game stand out back then. But such an approach has resulted in the emergence of endless clones that attempted to capitalize on that success.
Outlast’s focus on delivering a true horror experience by making the protagonist powerless has added a layer of fear and hopelessness to the game. Players are equipped with nothing but a camera to help them see through the dark. Unaware of what’s awaiting them on the other side, players will push through the nightmare and hope nothing scary shows up. (Chances are it will)
Amnesia: Collection comes packed with two games; Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and A Machine for Pigs. Both of these will put your courage to the test as you venture deep down the nightmare hole. Compared to Outlast, Amnesia is a superior experience like no other, and in case you haven’t tried them yet, now is your chance.
Originally released back in 2010, The Dark Descent remains a masterpiece among other psychological horror titles. The claustrophobic atmosphere adds a layer of realism to the nightmare that will put every grown-up on the edge of their seat. A Machine for Pigs which is an indirect sequel to the former wasn’t developed by Frictional Games, but developed by The Chinese Room. Even so, it is still worthy of every horror fan’s time.
Until Dawn is an interactive drama horror game by Supermassive Games, the company behind Man of Medan and The Quarry, two over-the-top drama experiences. This PlayStation 4 exclusive was quite impressive for its time thanks to the usage of certain technologies such as the Galvanic Skin Response. The technique was used in order to survey what playtesters felt during the period they spent playing the game.
The game’s cast includes many renowned actors such as Rami Malek, Peter Stormare and Brett Dalton trying to survive a night on a mountain while a serial killer is preying on them. In this interactive drama horror game, every choice matters as it plays a pivotal role in how things unfold towards the end.
Among the Sleep may be just an average horror title littered with jumpscares and pretty graphics, but if it wasn’t for the main character and the unique story, this game wouldn’t be on this list. The game puts you in the shoes of a toddler trying to escape a creepy landscape while being chased by dark forces. With a teddy bear by his side, both will solve puzzles, and explore their surroundings as they escape encounters with dark forces.
The game doesn’t feel dated at all, and since the game received an enhanced edition not long after its release, Among the Sleep is a short first-person horror game that you will enjoy. It’s an okay game. Not the worst and not the best either.
Signalis stands out as a unique tribute to the classic survival horror era, taking an entirely different approach. Rather than adhering to the modern PS1-style iterations that have become prevalent in the genre recently, the game’s developers aimed to create a retro-inspired survival horror experience. The outcome is a fantastic game that pays homage to the past while being distinct in its own right.
In this retro-futuristic survival horror game with a top-down perspective, players take on the role of Elstar, a technician responsible for maintaining and operating the Replika system on a small scouting starship. Their mission is to explore uncharted territories and discover new worlds suitable for human colonization.
If you’re a fan of survival horror games, especially those reminiscent of classics like Dino Crisis, Resident Evil, and Silent Hill, you might want to give this game a try. It’s a unique indie title that has recently been released and deserves special attention.
Tormented Souls is a genuine throwback to the classic period of horror games, the era of Silent Hill and Alone in the Dark. Upon its release, many saw it as a spiritual successor to a slew of classic horror titles they grew up playing when they were young.
Players take on the role of Caroline Walker as she investigates the mysterious disappearance of twin girls in a terrifying mansion-turned-hospital. The plot is somewhat similar to yet another fantastic psychological horror game, Silent Hill 2, that sees James Sunderland searching for his supposedly-dead wife.
Perception is one of the best psychological horror games to ever set foot in the gaming medium. However, the game was overshadowed by big horror releases upon its release. Hence, making it an obscure gem horror enthusiasts will seek to hunt down.
Brought to you by former developers at Irrational Games, who previously worked on games such as BioShock. Perception’s story is one of the most unique games you’ll ever experience in the horror genre thanks to its setup and gameplay. Play as a blind woman, uncover the truth about the nightmarish mansion that’s haunting you. Since the game is mostly played in the dark, players will make use of sound (echolocation) to their advantage in order to see, if only for a few seconds. However, every sound they make draws the presence of unwanted guests.
Song of Horror is a nod back to the genre’s strong heyday, and a reminder of why classic horror games are timeless classics. The game doesn’t push boundaries or introduce anything new to the table, however, the scare level in Song of Horror will haunt your dreams at night.
In Song of Horror, you’re not stalked by a vehement creature, or a grotesque-looking zombie, no. You’re in the face of a supernatural entity known as The Presence. This AI-controlled antagonist will stop at nothing to capture you, hence, creating a dynamic horror experience that will put even the bravest players on the edge of their seats.
Narcosis is a claustrophobic journey deep into the sunless depths of the Pacific Ocean. With only a flashlight and few tools at your disposal, you’re just a powerless character who’s walking through the dark depth of the ocean, seeking to reach your objective.
Walking through the obscure ocean with no clue of what’s awaiting the player on the other side is the game’s charm. Every sudden encounter with a creature creates a sense of dread that will put even the bravest of players on their toes.
Visage is a terrifying psychological horror released in 2020 by a small developing team located in Canada. Visage could be considered an underrated member of the psychological horror genre. In the sense that it’s rarely talked about, even when other terrifying first-person horror titles such as Layers of Fear are mentioned.
Set in an enormous empty house, players will wander through the huge environment, exploring gloomy corridors, and interacting with the surroundings as they wander cluelessly unaware of what’s awaiting them in every moment of the game. Visage makes use of its uncanny atmosphere and terrifying narrative to create tension that’ll evoke the scared kid inside you.
Apsulov: End of Gods is a neat mixture of Norse Mythology combined with science fiction. The results? simply awesome. Featuring a story-rich playthrough, Apsulov feels like a breakthrough from the usually overdone plots that have been plaguing the horror genre for quite some time.
Although still considered a walking simulator at its core, Apsulov: End of Gods has enough elements such as frightening creature designs and an interesting story that makes it an ideal game to play around Halloween.
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