Note: This article was updated in July of 2019.
The horror genre is constantly finding new IPs and installments to classic franchises yearly. It’s clear that there is a massive market for gamers who wish to feel the horrifying dread and terror when battling or escaping monstrous creatures that lurk these game worlds.
If you’re a fan of the horror genre and are looking for some recommendations when it comes to the Xbox One then we suggest checking out some of our favorites down below. With such a massive market already and one that will be growing for years to come, we’ll be updating this list with new thrilling installments.
Did we miss out on a video game title? Let us know what your favorite horror video game is on the Xbox One by leaving a comment down below. Without further ado, here are our picks for the best horror video game titles on the Xbox One platform.
#24 The Sinking City
- Developer: Frogwares
- Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developed by Frogwares, who you may know from a series of Sherlock Holmes games, comes a new interesting detective title known as The Sinking City. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Sinking City is a survival horror detective title. In this open world game, players take on the role of a detective by the name of Charles Winfield Reed who is asked to help the people of Oakmont, Massachusetts. The town, which has been secluded by most of the world has been practicing Occultism which started to cause some type of supernatural force to flood streets along with infecting people with mass hysteria.
With so much haunting going on a local sought out Charles Winfield Reed to solve the mystery and rid the dark forces from the area. You’ll want to remember that this game features plenty of investigation so you’ll have to keep a keen eye out on what’s going on within the town. Likewise, the game quests will rely on how well players are able to piece the evidence together.
- 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.
#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.
#21 Friday the 13th: The Game
- Developer: IllFonic
- Publisher: Gun Media
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.