Keep calm and play games – horror titles to check out while you’re stuck at home

Gare – Monday, March 16, 2020 4:21 PM
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If you’re one of the countless people staying home this week, you may be hankering for a few video games to kill some time with. In which case, you’ve come to the right place, because we’re here to help you with just that – below, you’ll find a brief list of recent and not-so-recent horror titles to check out while you’re stuck indoors. Enjoy!

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Resident Evil 2 Remake

This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, isn’t it? If you’re in the mood for a high-quality third-person spookfest with flesh-eating zombies, look no further than 2019’s excellent remake of Resident Evil 2. In the game, protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield travel to the the zombie-infested town of Raccoon City and end up having to take shelter at the local police station, unaware of the horrors that await them within. Need more convincing? Check out our review.

Resident Evil HD Remaster

If the RE2 remake’s a bit too modern for your liking, the HD remaster of Resident Evil is probably what you need. It’s got all the classic elements of the original and uses fixed camera angles instead of a third-person viewpoint; it’s also one of the finest entries in the series that updates the first Resident Evil with some truly memorable – and genuinely haunting – new scenes.

Alien: Isolation

2014’s Alien: Isolation takes the popular hide-and-seek gameplay formula of its peers and elevates it to new heights. The alien, also known as the Xenomorph, is a deadly adversary that’s not to be underestimated; Isolation’s excellent campaign is replete with heart-pumping thrills, close calls and hold-your-breath tension, and – to cut a long story short – is one of the most terrifying horror games I’ve ever played in my life. Here’s a review by our very own Dracolich.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

While technically not a horror game, its fantastic atmosphere and dark, intriguing narrative still very much earns Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines an honorary spot on this list. In Bloodlines, you enter the so-called World of Darkness as a freshly-sired bloodsucker, and work your way up the ranks of vampire society while investigating the Ankaran Sarcophagus, a mysterious relic that could potentially bring about the end of the world as we know it. Bloodlines, even with all its bugs and mechanical flaws, remains an RPG masterpiece not to be overlooked.

Thief: Deadly Shadows

The third entry in the Thief franchise is the perfect mix of stealth and horror – become Garrett, the infamous master thief, as he investigates a dangerous prophecy that threatens to destroy the balance of the City. Though it’s somewhat smaller in scale compared to its predecessors, Deadly Shadows makes up for this in spades with a gripping atmosphere, a memorable storyline, and some of the best, most creatively designed levels in the franchise.

SOMA

SOMA is a first-person horror/adventure title from Amnesia developer Frictional Games, where the storyline and its implications are far more disturbing than the monsters you come across in the game. Anyone who prefers thought-provoking narratives over tiresome jump scares should consider giving this one a go.

The F.E.A.R. series

Tired of hiding away in lockers and instead want to take the fight to the baddies? F.E.A.R. and its sequel, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, both offer an intriguing cocktail of J-horror-inspired chills and satisfying gunplay – just make sure to avoid the rather mediocre third game.

The Dead Space series

Did you enjoy movies like Alien or Event Horizon? If you answered yes, Dead Space is an excellent choice for a bit of sci-fi monster hunting. In Dead Space, you play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer stuck on a spaceship crawling with resilient, mutated monstrosities that seem to only die when their limbs are cut off. The first two entries of the franchise should satisfy fans of creepy spaceships and mutant space zombies; however, much like in the case of F.E.A.R., I would once again recommend skipping the wholly underwhelming third game in the series.

Need even more scary titles? No problem – check out our list of excellent horror game sequels, as well as our collection of video games inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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