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6 Essential Games To Play This Halloween

‘Tis the season to be scared out of yo’ damn mind.  If you’re looking for a game to see you through Halloween, I’ve got you covered.

These are my top five games that you should definitely consider checking out for this Halloween.

Outlast

Mental asylums are a bit of a cliche when it comes to horror video games and movies, so it takes something special to stand out. Fortunately, Outlast manages to stand head and shoulders above the slew of mediocre titles that have come before.

Outlast is horrifying. Armed with a camera and a handful of batteries, you’re thrown behind the walls of a twisted asylum to wander down its claustrophobic halls to come face to face with its long-insane inmates.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn combined an unsettling setting with great writing to keep players on the edge of their seats.

Stuck with no phone reception (that’s not the scary bit) at the top of a snowy mountain, players were tasked with risking life and limb with impossible choices in a well-written story.  Literally the only downside with Until Dawn is it is a PS4 exclusive.

Throw VR into the mix and Until Dawn becomes even scarier. Whether you’re afraid of creepy clowns, enormous spiders or creepy dolls, they’re extra creepy when they look like they’re standing a few feet in front of you.

Dead Space

A decade has passed since Dead Space gave us the space psychological horror game we’d been wishing that every Alien game ever would be (note, Alien: Isolation was released in 2014).

Dead Space had a tense, foreboding atmosphere which it combined with action-packed setpieces and gore. Undoubtedly one of the best horror games of all time.

Alien: Isolation

Since we’re talking about horror in space, let’s jump to Alien: Isolation, shall we?

Players control Ripley’s daughter as she investigates her mother’s disappearance and is ruthlessly hunted by a xenomorph with unpredictable AI.

While Dead Space treads a more action-based gameplay formula, Isolation instead takes a slower but more nail-biting approach

Silent Hill 2

It doesn’t matter how much time passes, Silent Hill 2 remains timeless. If there is one horror game from your childhood that deserves dusting off, it’s this one.

Silent Hill 2 is the poster-child for atmospheric horror. Under the blanket of a smothering fog, players explore the town of Silent Hill as the game plays upon the fractured psyche and twisted thoughts of protagonist James Sunderland.

The writing is a masterclass, the scares and genuinely haunting and the nightmares seem to be relentless.  Silent Hill 2 is the definition of psychological horror.

Graveyard Keeper

Graveyard Keeper is the game for those who don’t like being scared shitless for, well, fun.  For those who haven’t heard of Graveyard Keeper, imagine Stardew Valley with dead bodies and you’re on the right track.

As crazy as it sounds, taking control of the keeper of a cemetery is a ton of fun as you accept cadavers from the grumpiest donkey in history, try to appease the sound people and try to dispose of the body. And not always in the ground.

We think that this is a must-play game this Halloween, so much so that we dedicated a whole article to try and convince you.

So, what are you going to be playing this Halloween?

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Written by Jason Monroe

I write about games sometimes. I love midget gems.

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