Halloween! Part spooky, part introspective part exciting, it is positively my favorite time of the year! While Halloween is about a lot of things, reverence towards the dead being my favorite bit, it’s also heavily associated with, what else, scares! And scares is something we certainly have in the gaming world, don’t we? There are veritable scares galore here!

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While horror is something of a niche genre, it’s nothing if not tenacious, persevering through years and always looking back at its roots. And in the last several years, we’ve actually seen a boom of new horror games coming out, which both warms my heart, and chills me to the bones!

While traditionally a single player affair, horror games have evolved a lot and some manage to reach the mainstream through the use of multiplayer or by becoming very streamable (there’s something of a cottage industry of YouTubers playing horror games and screaming into the cameras).



Spooks and scares will come to you if you continue reading, and with that, lets get frightened to the core together! Ahahahahaha!

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Best horror PC games on Steam

So you think you’re brave like Master Chief? Take a look at our list of the games which will make your skin crawl and your confidence dwindle into nothing. And then keep reading, if you dare, because we’ll point out exactly what makes them spooky enough to appear on this list.

Be warned, and mind the shadows. They are always listening.

Price comparison date 10/18/2018*

Game Description Steam
Price*
G2A
Price*
Screens Trailer Year Horror
Genre
Darkest Dungeon Overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer  $24.99

$8.49
Buy

  • Monsters in Darkest Dungeon
YouTube Trailer 2016 RPG
Survival
Horror
Observer He’s watching your every move  ‎$29.99

 $9.19
Buy

  • Observer Video Game Horror
YouTube Trailer 2017 Psychological
Horror
Alan Wake A secret window into the soul  $9.99

$2.53
Buy

  • Shooting in Alan Wake PC Game
YouTube Trailer 2010 Action
Adventure
Horror
Alien: Isolation Most horrifyingly capable AI you’ve witnessed  $39.99

$5.25 
Buy

  • Xenomorph in Alien Isolation Steam Game
YouTube Trailer 2014 Space
Survival
Horror
Silent Hill: Homecoming In my restless dreams, I see that town…  $39.99

$6.17
Buy

  • Silent Hill 4 nurse
YouTube Trailer 2008 Survival
Horror
Dead by Daylight In the morning I’ll be gone  $19.99

 $13.08
Buy

  • Killer in Dead by Daylight
YouTube Trailer 2016 Online
Survival
Horror
Telltale’s The Walking Dead The real monsters were the friends we made along the way  $14.99

$1.9 
Buy

YouTube Trailer 2012 Interactive
Horror
Story
The Evil Within 2 Crawling under my skin $59.99

$16.09
Buy

  • zombie monsters the evil within game
YouTube Trailer 2017 Survival
Horror
Killing Floor 2 Zombies are proud creatures. They prefer to hunt in packs.  $9.89

$4.7 
Buy

  • Fat Dead Zombie Killing FLoor
YouTube Trailer 2016 FPS
Survival
Horror
Little Nightmares Cute has never been this scary and twisted  $19.99

$3.31
Buy

  • steam game little nightmaer - girl with matches and monsters
YouTube Trailer 2017 Puzzle
Platformer
Horror
Dead Space 3 In space no one can hear you scream  $19.99

$14.35
Buy

  • Horror in Dead Space 3 Game
YouTube Trailer 2013 Space
Survival
Horror
F.E.A.R 3 The name says it all  $19.99

$2.04
Buy

  • Monster in Fear 3
YouTube Trailer 2011 FPS Horror
Resident Evil 7 Scaring people into environmentalism since 1996  $29.99

$22.7
Buy

YouTube Trailer 2017 Zombie
Survival
Horror
Outlast Blow my whistle, baby  $19.99

$1.48 
Buy

  • Monster in Outlast 1 VIdeo Game
YouTube Trailer 2013 Survival
Horror
Amnesia: The Dark Descent The game largely responsible for PewDiePie’s fame  $19.99

$0.75 
Buy

  • fighting for life amnesia
YouTube Trailer 2010 Survival
Horror

Darkest Dungeon

Overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer

Darkest Dungeon Youtube Trailer

Genre: RPG, Survival Horror | Release year: 2016
Available on: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mac

While not a horror game in a traditional sense, since it doesn’t scare the player directly, it definitely manages to convey that sense of dread, which comes with utter powerlessness. In Darkest Dungeon, you assemble a team of professional adventurers (people like grave robbers and lepers. You know, professionals), and venture deep underground to fight monsters and acquire wealth.

  • Monsters in Darkest Dungeon
  • Gameplay Darkest Dungeon Steam
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The game is teeth-grindingly hard, at least at your first attempt. It’s downright obscure in relaying information to the player, which is one of the challenges that you have to overcome. In many ways you have to understand how to cheat the game to really beat it, but even if you think you know what’s what, it tends to take the rug from under your feet, sending you into that deep, sinking feeling of desperation.


Observer

He’s watching your every move

Observer Youtube Trailer

Genre: Psychological Horror, Interactive Story | Release year: 2017
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Certainly an interesting title, if very niche, it deserves a spot on the list because it combines that unmistakable Polish take on the cyberpunk with a deep atmosphere of horror. This is something of a name-drop, but if you’re curious what Cyberpunk 2077 might be like, this could give you an idea.

  • Observer cyber punk horror
  • Observer Video Game Horror
  • Observer Graphics

The gameplay consists mostly of you exploring the world as Daniel Lazarski, a special investigator who can connect to a chip inside the brain of a person and interrogate their mind to find clues. This time, though, it’s personal as the case involves Daniel’s son. There’s a lot of fantastic imagery and some lofty concepts in this one, and it’s a pretty short experience, so if you have a few hours to spare during that Halloween night and want something that will deeply unsettle you, go for it.


Alan Wake

A secret window into the soul

Alan Wake Trailer

Genre: Action-Adventure | Release year: 2010 | Available on: PC, Xbox 360

Alan Wake is, at its core, about fiction, and how a mind submerged in fiction can lose touch with reality. The titular Alan Wake is a writer who suffers from a writer’s block and, in an attempt to find a solution, gets involved with mysterious and dark forces that seemingly have something to do with his book.

  • Characters in Alan Wake
  • Shooting in Alan Wake PC Game
  • Alan Wake Steam Game Graphics

The enemies in Alan Wake, the so-called “Taken”, are surrounded by darkness, which has to be pierced by light, giving new functionality to the good old staple of horror games, the flashlight. More than anything, the game is praised for excellent pacing, giving the players heart-pounding action, but also moments of levity and exciting cliffhangers when necessary.


Alien: Isolation

Most horrifyingly capable AI you’ve witnessed

Alien Isolation Trailer

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2014
Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

The Alien franchise has had a difficult relationship with video games. The first Alien movie was unmistakably a horror, with the titular Alien being an intimidating presence that always lurked in the dark, but games were seemingly more interested in turning that ideal into a shooter. That’s where chasing trends gets ya.

  • Motion Detector in Alien Isolation
  • Xenomorph in Alien Isolation Steam Game
  • Survival Horror Alien Isolation Computer Game

After Alien: Colonial Marines, a bad taste was left in our mouths. A bad taste completely wiped clean by Isolation. The premise is simple: there’s a dangerous xenomorph on the ship and you have to escape. It’s so simple, in fact, you have to wonder why it has never been done before, at least not like this. But what really makes it work, is the erratic and bizarre behavior of the Alien.

See, it won’t just follow or attack you, no. At times it will crawl towards you, then suddenly change its path, only to assault you from behind. And the sheer lack of comprehension of how to defend against this creature is certainly where the terror lies.


Silent Hill: Homecoming

In my restless dreams, I see that town…

Silent Hill Homecoming

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2008
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Ah, yes, how could I not include the Silent Hill series on this list? I very well couldn’t! Still, keeping the list reserved to Steam Games forced me to get… Creative. Homecoming is certainly rather derivative of previous entries in the series, but perhaps that’s why it might be a good game for someone not intimately familiar with it. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time.

  • Silent Hill 4 nurse
  • Silent Hill Homecoming game
  • NIghtmare in Silent Hill 4

Silent Hill as a series is less about specific characters and more about the setting, the titular Silent Hill, a town that in a supernatural way serves as a crucible to people’s horrors, awakening everything that they might be ashamed, regretful or terrified of. Through visceral visuals and cryptic clues, the games tell fragmented stories with very heavy undertones. Certainly a series worth checking out, especially on the day of spooks.


…. and here it is! List of 10 Best horror PC games on Steam

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Dead by Daylight

In the morning I’ll be gone

Dead by DeadLight Game Video

Genre: Multiplayer Survival Horror | Release year: 2016
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Dead by Daylight is something of a love-letter to horror movies from the 80s. Quite literally, in fact, as it features several homages to popular characters from those movies, such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger or the Leatherface. And even more interestingly, you can actually take on the role of these deranged villains and terrorize real, actual players.

  • Killer in Dead by Daylight
  • Bodies and killer in dead by daylight video game
  • PC Game Dead by Daylight Horror

That’s right, Dead by Daylight (a fantastically morbid title by the way, props for that) is an online, asymmetrical multiplayer game, where one of the players will become the vicious killer, while others will have to accomplish map objectives and attempt to find a way out. Not everyone will survive. The maps and objectives are varied, the monstrous villains numerous to choose from and unique in how they work and the atmosphere is absolutely on point.


Telltale’s The Walking Dead

The real monsters were the friends we made along the way

Walking Dead Game Trailer

Genre: Interactive Story | Release year: Seasons 1 through 5: 2012-2013; full anthology: 2013-2014
Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

The game that pretty much created the notoriety of the studio behind it, The Walking Dead, is an episodic, interactive story, which means it’s less interested in player input and more in just telling itself to the player. And quite a story it is. Licensed from the famous The Walking Dead TV series (itself based on a graphic novel), it takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where our protagonist, Lee, an escaped convict, rescues a little girl and attempts to reunite her with her parents, having to go through hordes of flesh-eating zombies to do that.

It is a somber tale, utilizing the mythical creature that is the zombie to a great effect. In The Walking Dead, the zombies are dangerous and scary, but as you’ll find for yourself, in a failed society it’s the humans that you have to be wary of. It’s an emotional journey, one predicated upon a branching story, where your decisions can change the outcome and determine what kind of a person Clementine will grow up to be, in this dead world.


The Evil Within 2

Crawling under my skin

The Evil Within 2 Gameplay Youtube

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2017 | Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

The Evil Within is a delightful, psychological horror, taking some serious inspiration from one of the most well known horror game series of all time—Silent Hill. It is a pure survival horror through and through, with no multiplayer or other gimmicks, and yet is both critically acclaimed and popular (given the niche appeal anyway).

  • zombie monsters the evil within game
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It’s something of a mystery thriller with all things that would make it so: a cryptic investigation by a detective (the protagonist), a shadowy organization conducting strange experiments and a full on journey into the mind of a killer, in the vein of psychological horror.

The core gameplay revolves around finding the balance between fighting, running away, and exploration, giving the player the special awareness necessary to beat the challenges. It’s immersive, it’s difficult and it’s absolutely terrifying.


Killing Floor 2

Zombies are proud creatures. They prefer to hunt in packs.

Killing Floor Game

Genre: Multiplayer FPS, Survival Horror | Release year: 2016
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

While not exactly a horror game in a traditional sense, Killing Floor nonetheless  features the staples of all great zombie games. It mostly functions as a repeatable horde mode, where players can join (either locally or online) together to fight waves of increasing difficulty, culminating in a randomized boss-fight.

  • Fat Dead Zombie Killing FLoor
  • Killing Floor 2 Video Game
  • nightvision camera in horror killing floor 2 game

There’s a lot of variety in every aspect of this game, from different customizable perks suited for different encounters, through different enemy types (especially bosses), and down to intricate ways in which difficulty options can be tweaked. While more empowering than frightful, it’s pretty good for a Halloween party. If you up the difficulty settings enough, you might just get that pang of desperation a proper zombie apocalypse should evoke.


Little Nightmares

Cute has never been this scary and twisted

Little Nightmare Gameplay Horror

Genre: Puzzle-Platformer, Survival Horror | Release year: 2017
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

The most distinguishing things about Little Nightmares are its keen sense of aesthetics and morbid style, reminiscent of Studio Ghibli movies, like Spirited Away. The player assumes the role of Six, a small girl in a cute, yellow raincoat, attempting to escape a floating prison known as the Maw. Six has no means of defending herself from ghastly opponents she will encounter, and her only tool is a lighter, only marginally dispersing the darkness, so she must use her wit to find a way out.

  • Water in Little Nightmare Game
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  • Toilet in little nightmare game

Little Nightmares is a beautiful, cryptic and very immersive game with amazing style, showing distorted humanoids and skewed proportions, as a mind of a child would perceive them. It tackles heavy subjects including child abuse, cannibalism and exploitation, so it’s not for the faint of heart.

It also masterfully throws a curve ball at the player at the end, but I won’t spoil it for you. The testament to how much of an instant hit this indie game was, should be that a TV series based on the game is in the making already.


Dead Space 3

In space no one can hear you scream

Dead Space 3 Trailer

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2013
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

The name of Dead Space, and the name of Visceral, the studio behind the studios, should be known to gamers everywhere. It contributed to bringing back horror into the mainstream, proving to publishers that the market is still certainly there, a proof that Capcom has certainly took to heart, as you’ll see in a moment.

  • Soldiers in Dead Space 3
  • Horror in Dead Space 3 Game
  • Cutscene in DS3 game

Dead Space takes an interesting approach to combat, forcing the player into un-learning everything they know about fighting opponents in video games and does great work with the atmosphere, creating this mix of uneasiness and dread. The last game in the series, the one I personally recommend, also features a two player, cooperative multiplayer, so you can try to brave this one with a friend. Don’t worry, companionship will not make it any less scary.


F.E.A.R 3

The name says it all

FEAR 3 Horror Trailer

Genre: FPS, Survival Horror | Release year: 2011
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Another staple of video game horror, the Fear series is a fast-paced shooter with the trappings of a supernatural horror. It uses all the best tricks in the book, between the creepy imagery of a little Ring-esque girl, through so called jump-scares, down to steep difficulty curve.

  • Monster in Fear 3
  • Fear 3 Girl
  • Blood in Fear 3 game

The most recent entry in the series, Fear 3, developed in 2011, takes on a slightly different approach, having two playable characters (with the possibility of coop), with one of them being able to use ghostly powers. You’d think that prevalence of guns would be empowering, but Fear nails the atmosphere throughout the series, such that you never feel like you actually have the upper hand.


Resident Evil 7

Scaring people into environmentalism since 1996

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2017
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Few videogame series have achieved the levels of fame belonging to Resident Evil. Stemming from the deep-rooted fear the Japanese have for nuclear fallout and the resulting biohazard (which is the original, Japanese title of the series), it presents a world where nature has been twisted by human greed and malice and where darkness can take root and persist, lurking and waiting.

  • Gun in Resident Evil 7 Steam Game
  • Resident Evil 7 Movie Scene
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The series is somewhat spotty. Notably, Resident Evil 6 , Operation Raccoon City and Revelations are skippable, but you should absolutely take note of the following games: remaster of the original Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 7.

These games offer all the best things the series has given us and are the reason it remains a true monument to horror in the gaming world. Look out for the remake of Resident Evil 2 that is now in the making. Not this Halloween, but next one… Be ready to face the biohazard.


Outlast

Blow my whistle, baby

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2013
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Evoking the best parts of the Blaire Witch Project or Cloverfield, Outlast manages to realize that “investigative journalism goes horribly wrong” fantasy to the utmost degree. Filled with overtly Christian imagery and with an underlying, almost sci-fi mystery, with lots and lots of creepy imagery, Outlast certainly captivates the mind, body and soul.

  • Monster in Outlast 1 VIdeo Game
  • Dead People in Outlast 1 PC Game
  • Morgue with Zombie in Outlast 1 VIdeo Game

Outlast is not a game where you can take the gruesome enemies on, and managing the dwindling reserves of energy on your camera, the only source of vision in this dark place, is key to survival (a feature which many games tried to ape, but few succeeded). It is an intense experience, so on that Halloween night, treat yourself. Shut down the lights, boot up your screen. And get scared. Outlast lived to see a sequel, but the reception of that game has certainly been… Mixed. So I encourage you to stick with the original.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent

The game largely responsible for PewDiePie’s fame

Genre: Survival Horror | Release year: 2010 | Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Amnesia is often credited with starting the ball rolling on the trend itself and has the prestigious status of being that one game that brought back the genre from the brink of extinction. It has also started a trend of people playing scary games and screaming into their cameras AND a whole generation of horror games on Steam (most of which are of… Dubious quality). A trailblazer in more way than one.

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Amnesia, more so than any other game on the list, understands what it means to be Lovecraftian. Your sanity meter will be affected whenever you stay in the darkness or look directly upon the grim visages of the monsters, forcing you to look away and run.

It achieves this fantastic atmosphere with masterful sound design. As you pick up your headphones and enjoy the full stereo of this ambience, listen closely to the creeks and howls. Amnesia can certainly keep one on the edge.


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~This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween Giveaway!~

Although Spooktober is in full swing and the final stretch is upon us, there are ways to prepare for the most horrifying night of the year this side of Black Friday.


G2A has prepared three spooky streams for you to enjoy, two hours of horror games each.

What games will they be? It’s a good thing you ask, because you’re going to vote for them on the day before each stream on G2A media channels.

Your input is valuable, so to reward it there will be a giveaway for you to participate in. During each broadcast three keys will be revealed letter by letter, some of them real treats, some mischievous tricks, some… Zalgo alone knows how to describe them.

The treats you might manage to get are CoD: Black Ops 4, AC: Odyssey, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Tricks aren’t any worse:

Dead Space, Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 4, Dead by Daylight, 7 Days to Die, Friday the 13th, Killing Floor 2, Amnesia Collection, Dead Island, F.E.A.R 3 will be up for grabs.

Which one will you get? Who knows?

Finally the Zalgo-knows-what games you might grab are Human: Fall Flat, Duck Game, Besiege, Goat Simulator, Getting over it, Postal 2, and FC3 Blood Dragon

Tune in to G2A Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all the updates and help decide which games will be streamed. Visit #G2AafterDark if you dare.

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Happy Halloween

Folks, ladies and gents, Halloween is coming. Can you hear that? Was a gust of the wind? A creaking of floor? Perhaps a howling of a lonely wolf? Perhaps it’s better if you don’t check, after all, you know what happens to overeager people in horror movies.

This Halloween I want all of you to be scared and to find meaning in fear. After you’re done partying and laughing at the night terrors, sit back and sink into that feeling of dread.

Halloween is coming everyone!