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.
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Without further ado, here are our picks for the best horror titles available on the PlayStation 4.
#25 Maid of Sker
- Developer: Wales Interactive
- Publisher: Wales Interactive
Maid of Sker is an adventure horror title that comes from Wales Interactive. Based on Welsh folklore, players step into the year 1898 where you assume the role of Thomas. Early into the game, you learn that Thomas is on his way to rescue his lover after she writes a letter alerting him of being imprisoned at her family hotel. Of course, upon arrival, you learn that there are more sinister actions going on in the derelict building. This game is all based around exploration and solving puzzles as you wander the gloomy area. One of the big plays in this game is based around sound as masked villains that wander the area can really only notice your presence if you get too close or happen to be too loud with your interactions. With jump scares, a chilling audio mix, and an atmospheric level design, players are likely to always be tensed through the five-hour campaign.
#24 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
- Developer: Supermassive Games
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Supermassive Games has already a nice track record when it comes to horror titles as the development studio brought out an iconic hit for the PlayStation 4 in the form of Until Dawn. The video game series has received a couple of spinoff titles of its own though now the developers are looking at a new trilogy of titles set to also be horror titles.
The developers are calling it The Dark Anthology with the first title being Man of Medan. Much like the Until Dawn IP, players will be controlling a cast of characters that may or may not make it through the story depending on your actions. This time around players will be diving into the sea with a group of friends in search of sunken treasure but it turns out that there’s something else lurking in the depths below.
#23 Outlast 2
- Developer: Red Barrels
- Publisher: Red Barrels
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 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.
#22 We Happy Few
- Developer: Compulsion Games
- Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
We Happy Few is an indie survival horror video game that comes from developers Compulsion Games, previously known for their release of Contrast. Overall, within the game, players are set in an alternative timeline in Europe where citizens are forced to consume a daily drug, hindering them away from the realities of the world.
The game will feature protagonists who have refused to take the drug causing them to see the corruption and horror within the world. Now as they venture out to solve their own mysteries they’ll have to carefully stay under the radar to avoid bringing unwanted attention.
There’s even a permadeath option if you’re feeling lucky and want a real challenge going through the game, but again, it’s an option that you don’t have to take on.
- Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP. Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.
Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.
Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree. But being a Dontnod Entertainment video game you can expect a strong narrative journey with some tough choices you’ll have to make along the way.