October is finally here and I know plenty of gamers who take the month and enjoy a wide variety of horror video games to even horror franchises in general. If you love spooky and terrifying video games then let us give you a hand at selecting some of the best survival horror titles to enjoy this month. Of course, we’re strictly focusing on video games that released this year and are currently available.
We recently covered a YouTube video in which we showcased the best and most anticipated survival horror titles of the month so we suggest looking at the video to see what is still slated to release this year. Without further ado, take a look at our picks for some of the best survival horror titles that have released this year. With that said, we would love to know if there is a game or two we may have missed which you can let us know by leaving a comment down below.
#10 Hello Neighbor
- Developer: Dynamic Pixels
- Publisher: tinyBuild
- Platforms: PC, XBO, NS, PS4, Ios, Android
- Release: July 26, 2018
Hello Neighbor is a game that was first released in 2017 for the PC and Xbox One platforms due to an exclusivity deal. Now that the deal has come to an end, players can enjoy the game across the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android platforms as well.
The game puts players into the shoes of a protagonist that has recently moved into a neighborhood when he discovers his neighbor to be acting strangely. All signs point that the neighbor is keeping something hidden in his basement leaving the players to determine how to gain access.
Players will have to sneak into the house and gather various items that will allow them to gain access into the basement, but they will need to be careful not to be caught. If the neighbor spots the protagonist then they will have to flee to a hiding spot otherwise they will end up back at their home.
Interestingly enough the game’s AI learns of previous gameplay sessions allowing the neighbor to lay down various traps making it difficult to reattempt certain tasks.
#9 The Inpatient
- Developer: Supermassive Games
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: PS4
- Release: January 23, 2018
For those who have played Until Dawn and wish to return back into its world then you’ll want to check out The Inpatient. This title just missed being attached to the 2017 year of video game releases as it came out in late January of 2018, delivering fans of Until Dawn a new VR style experience. Exclusively to the PlayStation VR platform, players will be taken back sixty years prior to the events of Until Dawn.
Without spoiling too much of the game, players take on the role of a patient locked inside the Blackwood Sanatorium. Suffering from amnesia, players are fighting to regain long lost memories though you’ll want to make note that the ending of the story will be determined simply by the decisions made throughout the game.
#8 We Happy Few
- Developer: Compulsion Games
- Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: August 10, 2018
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.
#7 State of Decay 2
- Developer: Undead Labs
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Platforms: PC, XB1
- Release Date: May 22, 2018
Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.
The game builds up on the groundwork laid in its predecessor that features an open world environment to explore but a permanent death component that will keep you tensed throughout the game. There’s always an on-going adventure as you attempt to gather resources to keep you alive while building up a thriving base. However, the bigger the base the more resources you’ll need to gather.
If you’re an Xbox Game Pass holder then you should give this game a chance as it’s available completely for free.
- Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: June 5, 2018
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.
#5 Witch Hunt
- Developer: Andrii Vintsevych
- Publisher: Andrii Vintesevych
- Platforms: PC
- Release: September 3, 2018
Witch Hunt is a game that could have went under the radar for some gamers but its one well worth playing. The game is set in the 18th century where players take the role of a the witch hunter who must seek the evil that’s invaded near the town of Bellville. This is an open environment style video game which means there is nothing linear. Instead, players can go out and search for clues and items at their own pace. Developers have even added an RPG progression style element where players can make upgrades through the skill system and purchase unique items. This particular title released just last month and it only comes at a $10 price tag so its well worth investing especially due to the positive response it’s receiving on Steam.
#4 Remothered: Tormented Fathers
- Developer: Stormind Games
- Publisher: Darril Arts
- Platforms: PC
- Release: January 30, 2018
Remothered: Tormented Father’s is a psychological horror game that follows Rosemary Reed, a woman who is seeking out the disappearance of a young girl named Celeste. However, during her investigate, reality seems to drift away.
Within this psychological thriller, players will have the ability to play the game in a variety of ways. Gamers can opt to be more strategic, stealthy, or simply attempt to overpower the enemies as an action game. Likewise, players won’t have a health bar to gauge how their character is doing so you’ll need to keep a close eye on how the character’s body is holding up.
#3 Outlast Series
- Developer: Red Barrels
- Publisher: Red Barrels
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
- Release: February 27, 2018, March 27, 2018 (NS)
Outlast is a first-person survival psychological horror title by development team Red Barrels. The game follows a freelance investigative journalist named Miles Upshur who is searching out a remote psychiatric hospital.
However, what Miles finds is not only disturbing but dangerous leaving him to fight for his life. Being more of a survival horror title, players are encouraged to use stealth to their advantage while maneuvering over various obstacles. Likewise, a big portion of the game is based on the use of a night vision camera to see what is around the area. However, batteries are required to run the camera forcing players to seek out replacements as they progress through the narrative campaign.
Outlast 2 follows similar game mechanics to 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.
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.
While both these titles have released already prior to 2018, both have recently found their way onto the Nintendo Switch platform.
#2 The Forest
- Developer: Endnight Games
- Publisher: Endnight Games
- Platform: PC, PS4
- Release Date: April 30, 2018
In The Forest players take on the role of a man named Eric who is on a flight with his son. However, the duo finds themselves crashing down into an island where Eric witnesses his son being kidnapped.
Overall, the game is a mix between a horror title and a survival game. Within the island are cannibalistic tribe members that are keeping close eyes on Eric. As the game progresses, players will have to set up protection against the raids and hostilities of the tribe though outside of the exploration and aim for survival, there are no set missions or goals. However, developers have included an optional ending to the game if players wish to progress and seek it out.
#1 Hunt: Showdown
- Developer: Cryek
- Publisher: Crytek
- Platforms: PC
- Release: February 22, 2018
From development team Crytek comes Hunt: Showdown. Acting as a spiritual successor to Darksiders, Hunt: Showdown has players facing each other in a PvP bounty hunting video game. However, the spin on this title is that the setting takes place in a rural nightmarish Louisiana swampland.
Not only will you be hunting or being hunted by other players, you’ll have to be careful of your surroundings for the lurking monsters. As of right now the game is currently in Early Access on Steam if you would like to give it a go but it looks like the actual full game won’t release until sometime next year.