Ready to celebrate Halloween in the spookiest way possible? We’ve combed the catalog of PC gaming history to find the best Halloween horror games in the world.
Try out some of these PC games, dim the lights, and turn up the volume. You’re about to get really scared.
Halloween is a fun time of year to be a gamer – even if you don’t like scary PC games. MMOs and online shooters typically have Halloween-related events.
Team Fortress 2, for example, gives out Halloween-themed hats. World of Warcraft always has Halloween events in its major cities. League of Legends and Dota 2 both always get in on the action.
But if you genuinely want to scare yourself this Halloween, here are the best games to leave you breathless and panting:
A few years ago, Amnesia, The Dark Descent, scared the s*** out of PC gamers around the world. The follow-up to that game lives up to the lofty expectations set by its predecessor. Although it’s more story-based than gameplay-based, A Machine for Pigs is still a very scary ride through a very scary world.
In A Machine for Pigs, you play as Oswald Manus, a wealthy industrialist and butcher who has just awoken from a comatose fever which lasted for several months.
Throughout the game, Manus tries to fix something called “The Machine” while also searching for his missing sons. Oh, and there’s a bunch of monsters you’ll need to avoid if you want to beat the game.
Despite being ten years old, Doom 3 is still one of the great survival horror games to play today. When Doom 3 first came out, the graphics melted down even the beefiest PC rigs.
Today, the graphics run smoothly even on lighter rigs, and the game has aged surprisingly well. The storyline is that you’re trapped on a space station while mysterious alien creatures are roaming the hallways. The power goes out intermittently and you’re often scrambling through dark corridors trying to get away from whatever scary noises are behind you.
Okay, Left 4 Dead 2 probably won’t scare the crap out of you. But it will give you a taste of the zombie-fighting action that Halloween is all about.
In Left 4 Dead 2, you and a group of friends (or online strangers, or CPU players) roam through multiple creepy levels infested with zombies. The normal zombies are easy enough to mow down, but there are also plenty of special zombies which require greater firepower if your team has any hope of survival.
If you’re looking for another fun multiplayer zombie-fighting game that isn’t too ridiculously scary, consider downloading Day-Z.
Outlast relies on some horror movie clichés for its premise. In Outlast, you play a journalist who is investigating a rundown psychiatric hospital.
You’re armed with only a notebook and a camcorder. Nothing else. Your goal isn’t to kill every enemy in the psychiatric hospital: you just have to make it out alive.
What could go wrong?
Alien: Isolation is set 15 years after the events of the original Alien movie. Released just last month, Alien: Isolation is the newest game on our list. So if you’re looking for modern graphics and scary aliens in all their HD glory, then Isolation is a great choice.
But beyond graphics, Isolation has some other scary features. The AI is surprisingly smart and players are forced to rely on a superb stealth engine to survive.
Whether you’re a fan of Alien or just like a smart survival horror game, Alien: Isolation is an excellent choice.
SCP stands for Secure Contain Protect. If you’ve ever looked at “Creepy Pasta” stories on the internet, then you know all about SCP. Well, someone made a game in the SCP universe and it’s amazingly creepy.
The game is free, although you can donate to support the developer. Check out the freaky trailer below:
If you’re looking for fancy graphics and high production values, then this might not be the right game for you. But just try to watch that trailer without getting freaked out.
Once again, if you want to play any of the games listed above the way they were meant to be played, I recommend turning off all the lights in your room and putting on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
There’s no better way to terrify yourself.