For fans of the survival horror franchise, there are a number of great video game titles to enjoy today. Take for example, Resident Evil 2, a video game that was not only a classic for the entire Resident Evil franchise but a solid survival horror game in general. Capcom has since gone back and delivered fans a remake for the game which allowed players to enjoy an overhauled edition of the game on current generation platforms.
With that said, there are still a ton of other franchises that haven’t been touched in years and we’re hoping that if we can’t get a new installment then perhaps we can get a few remakes for current platforms. There’s bound to be a wide range of incredible survival horror titles released that didn’t make the list but don’t worry. We’re always on the hunt for classic survival horror titles and as time goes by we’ll continue to update this list with new titles.
Take a look at our current picks down below and let us know what survival horror franchise you would like to see featured in today’s generation platforms by leaving us a comment. Also, it’s worth making note that we are not ranking these games in any particular order, but again, check back often for new additions in the list.
#5 Silent Hill
I miss Silent Hill and frankly, I’m going to be a bit biased here as the franchise is easily one of my favorites within the gaming industry. This survival horror series is insanely creepy and one that was tough to go through simply because the original development crew behind the franchise knew exactly how to keep players on edge. Team Silent is the folks that crafted up the first four main installments to the Silent Hill franchise and since then we haven’t seen really a main contender in the franchise when it comes to topping the original four. Overall, Silent Hill games take place within a town called Silent Hill which has some very odd and supernatural things going on. There is even a cult that is completely bizarre with rituals galore, but we don’t really get too many details and lore behind it and that adds more into the mystery to this whole town. For the most part, Team Silent enjoyed crafting a survival horror game that didn’t rely on the jump scares and gore.
Instead what you’ll find with the Silent Hill franchise is a game series based around atmosphere. So as we venture into the town and witness these creepy creatures and hellish textures, we’re left on edge because of the unknown. There is a feeling like you’re truly alone with a town filled with monsters and practically no way out. However, each story keeps you moving along to find out what is going on with the characters you do come across. Furthermore, the soundtrack is another incredible work of art for this game as the development team knew just when to keep areas quiet, intense or simply somber. You’ll even find that at points within the game there will be slight noises that will cause panic as it would seem like something is right around the corner ready to pop out or an item landed on the ground for you to discover when in reality it’s just there to toy with your mind.
Unfortunately, Silent Hill just didn’t get the same treatment as it did with the first four installments. When Team Silent disbanded Konami offered western developers to take a crack at the franchise and each release never really did the series justice. They were at times struck with the mechanics of the era like QTE’s in Silent Hill: Homecoming to a completely different style game in general with Silent Hill: Book of Memories. It was only a few years ago that the series was starting to get some actual traction again and fans of the franchise were generally excited to see a new title released and that was with Silent Hills. We don’t have the full story of what this game was going to be like or about as its since been cancelled. That’s a story in itself, but the short condensed version is that famed developer Hideo Kojima was working on the title and released a teaser demo. However, early into the development of Kojima and Konami split ways. As a result, Kojima stepped away from the Silent Hill franchise and Konami decided to scrap the project rather than seeking out another development studio or team continue work on it. All that’s left is a whole bunch of fans of a potentially dead franchise.
#4 Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis is a survival horror title developed by Capcom. Yes, that’s right, the same developers who are known for the much-beloved survival horror title, Resident Evil, had another survival horror title that was also very much beloved, but maybe not as much as Resident Evil. Regardless, this is another iconic franchise that’s gone away and hasn’t seen the light of day for years. Let’s be honest here, there’s a generation of gamers out there who probably don’t even know what Dino Crisis is even about but for those original fans, this is a franchise that can’t make a comeback soon enough.
First released back in 1999, Dino Crisis takes on very much a same kind of story as Resident Evil. For instance, players are part of an organization that goes into a mission that takes them to a remote island. From there, your group kind of splits away and it ends up with you being trapped. Of course, you’re not the only thing that’s trapped on this island. Instead of zombies, players are facing against dinosaurs and while on text it may sound a bit cheesy or subpar to Resident Evil, but honestly, this game was another fantastic survival horror title that could keep you tensed throughout the game. Who can really say why Capcom gave up on this franchise, as every series tends to have that one black sheep. For Dino Crisis it was Dino Crisis 3 which released in 2003 as an Xbox exclusive. There just wasn’t any love for the game and it lost some of the charm from the original two video game titles.
Despite the long absence of this franchise, there are a ton of fans out there online hitting up social media and sending out requests to Capcom in hopes they will bring the series back out in some shape or form. We’ve even seen several rumors and speculation that maybe Capcom was actually preparing a return to Dino Crisis but each one turned out to be false. However, because Capcom has gotten a lot of praise over their remakes with its original Resident Evil title and its sequel, perhaps we’re closer to seeing the development studio look back at their previous catalog of titles where they could reintroduce the Dino Crisis series.
#3 Clock Tower
Clock Tower is another old survival horror title that could appeal to a wide range of gamers but chances are there’s still another generation like with Dino Crisis that may not know anything about this game. Originally released back during the Super Famicom and PlayStation era, Clock Tower was a point-and-click style adventure game with survival horror elements. This meant that there was more of a focus on finding clues, reading text, solving puzzles, and exploring your surroundings. There really wasn’t a way to fight back against an enemy as developers, Human Entertainment, wanted players to be in a panic and likely feel more vulnerable. Rather than facing against your foe, players had to escape and find a hiding spot, much like how the survival-horror title Amnesia played.
Within the game, players were mostly dealing with a man who wields a giant pair of scissors, thus known as Scissorman. Essentially, the first two installments were generally well-received but from there the installments took a downward spiral. The game director, Hifumi Kono stepped away and that may have resulted in why the franchise took a hit in quality along with gameplay. Likewise, Human Entertainment went out of business and that allowed Sunsoft to swoop in and obtain the IP. Working with Capcom, Sunsoft and Capcom delivered a new installment known as Clock Tower 3 which was a drastically different take in terms of gameplay and it also marked itself as the worse installment. This probably forced the duo to not attempt another installment to the series but that didn’t stop other spiritual successors.
There are two main spiritual successors considered when it comes to the Clock Tower series. The first is a game called Haunting Grounds which took the same style gameplay as Clock Tower 3 and ended up releasing as just a mid-tier kind of survival horror game. It wasn’t a huge hit but it wasn’t a commercial failure either. For the second title that acted as a spiritual successor, the original director we made mention of earlier, Hifumi Kono, took to Kickstarter to successfully fund a game known as NightCry.
NightCry was developed and crafted to play like the series though it wasn’t a hit. There were actually complaints to how the game looked dated and played like a previous era release, but then again this title was something aimed for fans who enjoyed the original Clock Tower games. Perhaps this series just needs a bit more breathing room before it’s able to capture veterans along with newcomers to the franchise. Regardless, for those who enjoyed the classics, it’s hard to pass up Clock Tower and maybe after some further tweaking, Hifumi Kono could come back with another spiritual successor that will perform better than NightCry, unless we actually see a Clock Tower 4 announcement.
Silent Hill made this list earlier and it’s worth pointing out that when Team Silent was disbanded, some of the crew made its way over to Sony. They created a team known as Project Siren where they delivered yet another survival horror franchise known as Siren. The game was generally well received and it certainly had elements from Silent Hill along with the Clock Tower franchise. Overall, the series only has three main installments and it focused on a Japanese cult performing a ritual that was disrupted resulting in the area being ripped from the universe and put into a different dimension. Players take the role of innocent survivors that were transferred along this cult.
As you probably guessed, the game revolves around the people trying to escape the cult and its members but the gameplay is generally focused around players not battling against enemies but avoiding them. There is even a supernatural element for players that allowed them to see where these cult members are located allowing players the ability to freely roam and maneuver around these crazies without having to actually deal with a hostile. Again, this team managed to make two more additional installments with the third being a reimagining of the very first Siren game. However, it doesn’t look like we are going to see the series return anytime soon as the game development team has since been rebranded. Instead of the survival horror genre, the team transitioned over to Sony’s Gravity Rush franchise and that very well could mean that a new Siren is not actually warranted enough attention to pull the team away from the successful Gravity Rush franchise.
#1 Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve came out during a time where Japanese horror films were all the rage. In fact, the game itself is an adaptation of a novel. There were other adaptations to this story as well, but when it came to the video game series, we saw a total of three video game releases. The first installment follows a New York police officer named Aya Brea who finds herself fighting off a supernatural being that is called Eve. Time is not on Aya’s side as she has just under a week to stop Eve from ending the human race by means of spontaneous combustion. This game has a few interesting elements to it such as the gameplay mechanics.
While traditionally survival horror games offer either no combat or real-time combat, Parasite Eve is a bit of an RPG with gamers able to deal with attacks and defend through a timer setting called Active Time Bar. Likewise, outside of combat players are able to roam around the in-game world map in small sections. The sequel, Parasite Eve II came out just a year later which followed after the events of the first game. While both ranked positively fans had a long wait before the third installment would release. After Parasite Eve II released in 1998, The 3rd Birthday wouldn’t come out into the market until 2011 and it was exclusively on the PlayStation Portable. This third installment was a spin-off and it dropped some of the aspects that Parasite Eve was known for. Gamers were instead given more of third-person shooter experience. Despite the game releasing with an overall positive reception between both critics and fans alike, we haven’t received the fourth installment.