Boys and girls of every age gather around; it’s officially the happiest time of year for horror loves everywhere – Halloween. It’s the one time of the year when you can leave the house adorned in fake blood, carrying a knife as an accessory, and people will just think you’re weird instead of actually calling the police on you.
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It’s no secret to anyone who’s read my writing here on GLITCHED that I love horror and all things horror adjacent; I fall asleep to a life-sized statue of a Xenomorph and Freddy Krueger watching me each night. So it’s not like I need an excuse to embrace all things that go bump in the night – but Halloween is an excellent excuse to share that love with others, nonetheless.
I’ve put together a list of six horror games I will be playing over the next few days to set the Halloween mood fully, and I’m sharing that list with you. Be warned, the games on this list are mysterious, foreboding and terrifying – everything a good selection of horror games should be. Whether you’re looking for something to play alone or if you’re hoping to rope some friends into having nightmares with you, this list has you covered. Here are six games to play over Halloween when you need some help getting into the true spirit.
Six Games To Play This Halloween
The Quarry is a 2022 interactive drama horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by 2K. Players assume control of nine teenage counsellors who must survive their last night at Hackett’s Quarry summer camp amongst supernatural creatures and violent locals.
Starting this list off strong with one of my absolute favourite horror games, The Quarry. If you’re someone with a deep love for Teen Slashers, this is the game you’ve been waiting for. Not only does it supply all the token elements like angst, cringe and gore, but it also lets you play through the game solo or with up to seven other friends. The Quarry is a perfect choice no matter the occasion.
Little Nightmares II
Little Nightmares II is a puzzle-platform horror adventure game developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the prequel to 2017’s Little Nightmares.
Little Nightmares II shows that anything can be creepy, even platformers. While I wouldn’t go as far as to call Little Nightmares II a terrifying game set to deliver the nightmare that its title boasts, it is uncomfortably creepy and does a great job setting the atmosphere. If you’re looking for something to play this week to get into the Halloween spirit but still want a good night’s sleep, this is the game for you.
Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is a 2021 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. It is the sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Players control Ethan Winters, who searches for his kidnapped daughter in a village filled with mutant creatures
While Village didn’t deliver the same level of frights as Resident Evil 7 and instead focused more on the action, the game was still filled with plenty of creepy moments and dripped in enough atmosphere to make you feel funny if playing it alone at home on a dark, cold night.
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II is a 2020 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4.
A lot has been said about The Last of Us Part II online, some good and some bad, but all agree on one thing: The Last of Us Part II is a thrilling horror experience. If you enjoyed the first game and you’re looking for the same kind of vibe, this is a game that won’t disappoint.
Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric multiplayer survival horror online game developed by Canadian studio Behaviour Interactive.
All the other games on this list allow players to take on the role of either heroes, survivors or victims, depending on how you look at it and your skill level. However, the one thing that sets Dead by Daylight aside is that this game allows players to play as the hunted or the hunter.
Few multiplayer experiences are as thrilling as hiding in a bush, trying to keep your tone natural on Discord and your heart rate down in the game while your friend, a blood thirst killer, stands just inches away from your hiding spot.
The Dark Pictures Anthology
The Dark Pictures Anthology is an anthology series of interactive drama survival horror video games developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series premiered with Man of Medan in 2019, followed by Little Hope, House of Ashes, and the upcoming The Devil in Me.
If you’re looking for a game that’s going to put you in the director’s seat and have you feeling like you’re not just playing but also watching a horror movie, then these games are for you. And the best part is that you don’t have to try and go at it alone; each of these titles allows you to grab a few friends to try and survive alongside.
While these are the games I will be throwing some time into over the next few days to help get myself into the “Halloween Spirit”, this is hardly an exhaustive list of binge-worthy horror games. Which horror titles will you be playing? Let us know in the comments below.