Outlast is a survival horror game that sparked a ton of attention online and for good reason. It’s a game that doesn’t put players into a role where you can even fight. In Outlast, players take the role of an independent journalist that gets a tip to investigate a mental ward however it’s upon his arrival that he gets captured and put into a hellish nightmare. A strange occult like the group is overseeing the area and to avoid being experimented on and ultimately killed, our protagonist is on a hunt to find a means of escape. That’s no easy task with a mental ward filled with enemies, but keeping stealthy and carefully exploring may actually be all the traits you’ll need to get out safely.
As mentioned, this is a game that doesn’t offer a combat system, but instead puts players into a position where you’ll have to run away and hide. Without too many puzzles being featured in the game, players are mainly left exploring and finding ways to get through different rooms or areas. Your main tool is a camera that can help give players a look into dark areas with its night vision component. From there, it’s all about using the feature sparingly to see what’s ahead as it runs on batteries. If you happen to run out of batteries you’ll have to go out and search for replacements around the map.
You might have guessed this already, but Outlast also features a ton of jump scares. Being a game that’s mainly based around running and hiding, you can be sure there will be plenty of moments littered throughout that will cause your heart rate to spike. If you’re not into jump scares then you may want to avoid this franchise.
#4 Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation is an action-adventure title based on the film series Alien. The game is set over a decade after the events of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien, starring the daughter of Ellen Ripley. The player’s journey into space is to solve the disappearance of Ellen but in the process, you will have to outsmart the alien creatures that lurk along the path. In this game, you’ll have to carefully go around the different areas within the game. While the game does feature several enemies to fight against, the real reason that will keep players tense is the aliens that lurk throughout.
Aliens within a game are tough and not something you can outright fight against. Instead, this game forces players to flee the area and find a place to hide. The AI in this game is what will make you tense as the aliens can not only visibly spot you if you’re in the open, but you’ll also find that the creatures can actively listen as well. If you’re too noisy the aliens will hurry over and investigate. To make things even worse is that there are save stations that you’ll need to find and save your progress. If you’re not careful you may lose out on a ton of progress simply by attempting to make your way to a station to save the game.
Frictional Games are fantastic developers who know how to create terrifying video games as they previously released Penumbra and Amnesia. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility. Within the game, players find themselves in an oddity facility with machines that have taken on human characteristics and you’re left trying to figure out what happened. If you’re familiar with Amnesia, Soma takes on a similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles. This is one of those types of games that’s best not knowing really what to expect as it’s a game that features a unique story that you’ll slowly piece together in a game that takes about nine hours to complete.
#2 Resident Evil HD Remastered
Resident Evil is certainly an iconic survival horror video game. It’s one that sparked a massive franchise that spans across video games, movies, and even live-action plays. While the original installment can feel dated and even tough to play by today’s standards, Capcom did offer a remake for the Nintendo GameCube that gave players a fresh new coat of paint and gameplay mechanics. It was such as a hit that this remake was subjected to a full remastered edition release on current-generation platforms.
If you’re not familiar with the game, players take the role of a special police division that finds themselves exploring an old mansion. It’s here that they discover a slew of experiments and zombies. It’s a classic survival horror experience as well with players having to explore areas, dealing with a limited inventory management system, solving puzzles, and of course having to face against all sorts of enemies. It’s a game that forces players to decide on whether an enemy was even worth fighting as you are again dealing with limited supplies and an inventory system. Wasting ammo on one enemy could prove to be a big downfall later on in this game as you attempt to make your way back to a safe area.
For a game that is decades old now, it’s clear that there is still very much a following that enjoys the first installment. However, for Xbox One players, sticking with an HD Remastered edition not only gives you a nice fresh coat of paint but gameplay mechanics instead of dealing with the old school tank controls.
#1 Resident Evil 2 Remake
After the success with Resident Evil 7 with the survival horror gameplay, the development studio opted to go back and bring out a classic mainline title and give it a proper remake. Fans were thrilled to find that Resident Evil 2 would get remade for current-generation platforms and thankfully it was quite a well-done remake. Fans were once again able to relive the classic installment which featured a rookie cop heading to Raccoon City named Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield in search of her missing brother Chris. The game had a few minor changes to the game compared to the original PlayStation title debut, but it was still a fantastic release and one that fans thoroughly enjoyed.
It’s early on in this game that the duo finds Raccoon City has become infected by zombies and during their journey they become separated. This is where players are essentially given two campaigns as each character has their own storyline to play though it’s worth noting that if you want to get the full ending, you’ll have to complete both campaigns. At any rate, the two campaigns have the same gameplay style as players will venture through the area in search of new areas to explore and progress the storyline.
Much like the Resident Evil franchise is known for the gameplay has a big focus around finding resources, completing puzzles to progress forward in the narrative, and a plethora of enemies that you’ll have to face against. It’s certainly one game installment that was a hit when it first released into the market back in 1998 and once again in 2019.