The best horror games you can play on your PC
Looking for spooks? Whether you’re into jump scares, interactive fiction, thematically interesting stories or just large men running after you with a chainsaw, we’ve filled this list with a wide variety of games that’ll hopefully freak you the hell out.
Like our lists of best strategy games or best FPS games, we tried to focus on a variety of horror experiences that still hold up well today, though we’ve expanded the remit slightly to include a few retro curios as well. For more, also check out our overall list of the best games to play today.
Resident Evil 7
What starts as a bold, scary reboot certainly gets closer to the more recent action-oriented entries in its later chapters, but exploring the Baker family’s grimy plantation in Resident Evil 7 is a grisly treat. The detail of this setting is amazing, and in the first half of the game, there’s such a sense of the unknown that you’re cautiously poking around every corner and treating bullets like they’re gold. Resi 7’s videotapes, which have you play out-of-context asides shedding more light on the Baker family and the story, offer the game’s best and most experimental moments.
Resi 7 is close to the original intent of Resi, but we kept the HD version of the original on this list too because they’re both fantastic in their own way.
An unrelentingly bleak platformer that puts you through a gauntlet of hellish imagery: creepy mermaids, security robots, people hunting you down, nasty weather and more that we won’t spoil here. Inside’s vision of a cruel dystopian world that’s out to kill you at all times is extraordinary, even if the moment-to-moment platforming is pretty familiar and can be frustrating. You’re mainly playing it to experience the setting, really.
See also Little Nightmares, a similar type of horror platformer that isn’t as scary but is arguably just as inventive.