The Best PlayStation 4 Horror Games
The best PlayStation 4 horror video games.
A genre that continues to thrive year after year within the video game market is horror. These video games can leave players tense, unsure of where to go, how to complete an objective, or simply what awaits them around the corner.
From survival horror titles that limit the number of resources a gamer has at their disposal to action based horror games where players will need to unload their weapons into a monstrous beast, there is a wide assortment of great titles available today on the PlayStation 4. Listed below are some of our personal favorite horror video game titles that we recommend checking out.
Make sure to check back often as we’ll continue to update this list with new titles as they are announced and released. Furthermore, we want to know what your favorite horror title is on the PlayStation 4. Let us know by leaving a comment down below.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the best horror titles available on the PlayStation 4.
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7 is generating quite a bit of buzz. This latest installment is changing a few things up such as players will be going through the game in a first-person perspective. Likewise, Capcom has gone back to the original tone of the Resident Evil franchise with less action-oriented moments and a more survival-horror atmosphere.
The game is set to take place four years after the events of Resident Evil 6, in a fictional city of Dulvey, Louisiana. Players will be taking on the role of Ethan, a man who is searching for his missing wife, where his investigation leads him to a derelict plantation mansion, home of the oddity Baker family.
It seems that Ethan will have to escape from the cannibalistic Baker family while also searching for clues of his missing wife. To give players an extra little scare, Capcom tossed in PlayStation VR functionality to the game virtually putting you right inside the Baker family home.
Outlast 2, by development team Red Barrels, follows similar game mechanics of the first installment of the survival-horror franchise. Players this time around will take on the role of Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist, and cameraman, alongside his wife, as they uncover clues to a murder of a pregnant woman.
In their journey, Blake and his wife become separated after their helicopter crashes. Much like the last installment, gamers are not suited with the ability to combat the enemies that lurk about. Instead, our protagonist will mostly have to hide and run away from any nearby danger.
However, since Blake is already a cameraman, he is equipped with a more advanced camera that will offer clearer footage, zoom, an audio detection system, and of course night vision. Gamers will still have to hunt down new batteries for the camera when it drains from night vision use just as they did before making it tough to know just when you should put down your camera and when to pick it back up again.
For fans of the horror film franchise Aliens, owning a copy of Alien: Isolation is automatically a must-have. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the film, you can still find some enjoyment from this video game title. Launched back in 2014, developers Creative Assembly has released this survival horror title for a variety of platforms over the years.
In terms of the film franchise, Alien: Isolation is set fifteen years after the events of the film Alien, where players will take on the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley who is on an investigation of tracking down the mysterious disappearance of her mother.
Much like the old school survival horror titles, Alien: Isolation has an emphasis on players avoiding the hostile alien enemy. Instead, gamers must rely on some stealth mechanics to maneuver around the game.
Alien: Isolation is a singleplayer journey and while there is a following, it’s unsure if we’ll see a sequel launch. Publishers to the video game, Sega, has stated that they are still considering putting out another title, but it’s unconfirmed if one is actually in the process.
The Evil Within Series
The Evil Within was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami as the game focuses on Sebastian Castellanos a detective that gets pulled into a distorted world during an investigation. Staying true to the survival horror genre, The Evil Within will have players struggling against a fight with nightmarish creatures while avoiding traps, sneaking around the world and solving complex puzzles.
Likewise, the video game series received a new installment earlier with The Evil Within 2. The title takes place three years after the events of the first video game, where Sebastian once again, takes on a new investigation, one that may tie up previous loose ends to his past.
Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is a psychological horror video game by developers Bloober Team. The video game follows a painter who is attempting to finish his masterpiece though as you roam the mansion, disturbing secret information begins to bleed out.
This is more of an exploration and puzzle-solving video game with a variety of jump scares littered throughout.
Likewise a DLC campaign was released shortly after called Layers of Fear: Inheritance where gamers take on the role of the painter’s daughter who returns to the old house.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us saw countless awards once the studio unleashed this video game into the market.
This is an action-adventure survival horror type video game set in a world where a disease that turns people into mindless creatures similar to zombies has started to spread globally. Players take on the role of Joe who must deliver a young girl named Ellie to a group safely across the United States.
With bandits, thieves, military, and lastly, infected between Joel and his objective, players will have to carefully maneuver around the levels.
In Little Nightmares, players will be taking on the role of a young girl named Six who had been kidnapped from her home and forced to work at a place known as The Maw, an underwater resort.
The resort caters to the powerful elite, forcing Six to serve their needs. One day, Six is presented with a way back to freedom, though during her journey out of the unpredictable world of The Maw, Six catches the glimpse of the corruption of modern happiness.
Friday the 13th: The Game
Normally video game adaptations of movies are a bit sub-par, but there’s an exception for Friday the 13th: The Game. This is a video game title that heavily focuses on multiplayer gameplay.
Friday the 13th: The Game can support up to eight players, seven of which are camp counselors while the remaining one will take on the role of Jason Voorhees. There are two end goals of the game, the players will work together in order to defeat Jason while the main enemy player will search and slaughter the hidden camp counselors.
Indie survival horror title Lone Survivor by developers Superflat games first launched on PC in 2012 though it has since launched on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and the Wii U. This is a very odd and unusual horror title as players control a nameless man stuck within a building after the post-apocalypse has turned most of the world into mindless mutants.
Players embark on the adventure within the 2D world attempting to gather supplies and complete puzzles. However, it becomes clear in the game that the protagonist is having a mental breakdown where the real and hallucinate worlds become a blur. Lone Survivor has a total of five different endings with the Director’s Cut giving players an incentive to go back to replay the game.
The Inpatient is a psychological horror video game developed by Supermassive Games, the developers behind the hit horror title Until Dawn. This is a PlayStation VR title which means you’ll be required to use the virtual reality headset in order to progress through the game.
We won’t spoil you with too many details regarding the narrative, but The Inpatient takes place sixty years prior to the events of Until Dawn. Players step into the shoes of an amnesiac who trying to recall lost events while at a sanatorium institute.
There won’t be too many jumps scares to go through in The Inpatient as developers rely on setting a more horrific and terrifying atmosphere.
Frictional Games mainly developers horror titles with works such as Penumbra and Amnesia. Their latest release falls right in line with the past two IP launches. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility.
Within the game, players take on the role of Simon Jarrett who must uncover the truth behind the facility where machines have begun to take on human characteristics.
If you’re familiar Amnesia, Soma takes on the similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles.
Get Even, developed by The Farm 51 and launched in June of 2017, is a survival horror FPS. The video game follows a man named Cole Black who wakes up in an old asylum with no memory other than a fading image of himself attempting to save a young girl from a bomb strapped to her chest.
Through the use of a mysterious device attached to our protagonist’s head, Cole is able to think back and jump into his memory. Players must go through the various memories to solve puzzles and fight his way through hostile enemies as he attempts to uncover just how he ended up in his current situation.
Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and a horror adventure title. Developed by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn follows a group of eight characters who decide to hold a holiday retreat at a cabin within a fictional mountain resort in western Canada.
However, their holiday retreat quickly turns sour as they learn a psycho killer is on the loose forcing our group of eight to survive until sunrise. If you enjoy choice-based video games then this title will be a must play.
Gamers will be able to control the characters at various points in the narrative while making critical choices along the way. Depending on the choices made will alter the narrative and even result in potential characters not making it through the night.