Are you after some great survival horror video game titles that are available right now on the PlayStation 4? We have compiled some of our favorite games on this list. You’ll find all sorts of iconic and newly released IPs that you may find an interest in. With that said, we would love to know your favorite survival horror video games you would recommend as well for the console platform.
#10 Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent launched all the way back in 2010 but its following allowed this title to live nearly a decade with new platform releases. In this game player awake in a dark castle with no memory other than their name and that something is hunting them down. As players lurk throughout the castle to regain their memory they’ll be subjected to the main gameplay element, puzzle solving. However, within the castle are grotesque enemies that not only will kill the player character but also cause their sanity level to decrease.
This sanity level acts as a health indicator. If not managed properly, the player will start to witness unsettling events, eventually leading to their death. The game focuses on fleeing and taking cover as you hide from the enemy rather than fighting back. Heart rates are going to skyrocket as you attempt to escape from danger and hoping the enemy hasn’t discovered where you’re hiding away.
#9 The Forest
The Forest is a pretty interesting game, especially with the AI. Before we get ahead of ourselves, the game follows a man and his son traveling through a plane when it crashes on an island. Lost and needing to find his son, players will have to venture out into the unknown in hopes of finding some clues. This game mixes survival horror with traditional survival elements as well. In this game, you’ll be able to freely explore, gather resources, and craft bases. However, another important aspect to this game is keeping your vital signs up and ensuring you’re good in terms of hunger, hydration, energy, and stamina.
As mentioned, this game features a rather complex enemy AI. The island is filled with tribes of cannibal mutants and they won’t just outright attack you all the time. Instead, they test you, see how you will react. Sometimes they’ll charge just to back down, or they’ll test your weapons. It makes the situation a bit uneasy when going through the game not knowing just what group of enemies you’ll be facing against at any given moment.
#8 Resident Evil 3
After the grand success Capcom had with the launch of Resident Evil 2 Remake, it wasn’t surprising to hear that the studio was going to keep going with a Resident Evil 3 Remake. In fact, the remake was already in development along with the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Similar to Resident Evil 2 Remake, there were some changes to Resident Evil 3 for the remake. With that said, the base game is still very much intact.
For those that don’t recall, what Resident Evil 3 was about, the game was essentially wrapped around the same time frame as Resident Evil 2. It follows shortly after the events of the first game with players primarily take the role of Jill Valentine as she attempts to bring down Umbrella through legal matters. However, her investigation is cut short when an outbreak hits her area of Raccoon City causing mass chaos.
To make matters worse, there is a massive BOW that is hunting down all the STARS members that were present in the first Resident Evil game, so as Jill attempts to track down more information about Umbrella along with fleeing the city, she is being hunted down by a behemoth of an enemy called the Nemesis. This particular installment is a bit linear than Resident Evil 2 and a bit more cinematic. Rather than having large areas to explore, the game features smaller set pieces while players are able to progress through the narrative in about six to seven hours. There’s also just one playable character to go through the storyline rather than it being split up similar to what you would find in Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Despite being a smaller overall game, it’s still very much a survival horror. There’s few resources available, a limited inventory system, and more enemies to deal with. This means making your shots count and knowing when to flee towards a different area.
#7 Resident Evil 7
Capcom has been developing the Resident Evil franchise since the original PlayStation. We’ve seen countless installments released into the market from mainline games, spin-offs, to even movies and live-action plays. However, over the years, Capcom opted to change up the gameplay a bit when it came to the mainline series. After Resident Evil 4, the gameplay started to turn more action-oriented with Resident Evil 6 being considered the biggest turn in the franchise.
Fans have expressed their interest in returning the series to its traditional survival horror roots with Resident Evil 7. What made the game unique is that this was based on a first-person perspective and you were not taking the role of iconic characters from the past video game installments.
In this game, players take the role of Ethan Winters, an ordinary man that has been on the search for his missing wife. When he gets a clue that sets him off on an old rundown ranch with a peculiar family. It’s here that you become trapped with this oddity group. It’s still very much a survival horror game as you lurk around the area, solve puzzles, and gather important resources to stay alive. There was also a DLC released that puts you in control of an iconic character from the past, but to avoid spoilers we won’t go on any further than that.
Outlast and even Outlast 2 are some great survival horror games that focus on stealth over combat. We’re sticking with the first installment here but just know that the sequel is also an enjoyable survival horror game as well. In Outlast, players take on the role of an independent journalist that gets a tip on researching an abandoned asylum. It’s only upon his arrival that he learns this asylum is a mixture of religious horror, leaving him trapped and in search of a way out.
This game is all about carefully exploring the area as there’s no real combat against the enemies you’ll encounter. Instead, you’re simply armed with a camera that is capable of night vision to help get a wider field of view in dark areas. However, you’ll want to be careful not to overuse the camera as the night vision as the camera does run on batteries. The game will force you to sneak around and attempt to find new batteries if you happen to run out of juice. Outlast is also packed with jump scares so if you don’t find those particularly enjoyable then this game is probably worth skipping.