10 Best PS4 Horror Games You Should Play Right Now
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Horror games are, for some, even scarier than their film counterparts. Perhaps it’s the added level of interactivity that makes them ghoulishly fun to play, or maybe the lengthier playtimes leading to more realised worlds to terrify yourself in.
Thankfully, Sony’s PS4 has no shortage of horror titles to get your fang-shaped teeth stuck in to. There’s still plenty more to come out just this year alone, but those aren’t the games I’ll be talking about today. No, we’ll be listing the best of the horror crop that you can download right now. So lock the doors and hide under your covers, because things are about to get spooky.
I could have quite easily gone with either the original game or its recently released sequel, because both managed to scare the hell out of everybody who gave these night-vision laden games a go. The first instalment is probably the best entry-point, though, as it introduces players to the nightmarish world that Red Barrels have created.
Placing you in the soon-to-be piss soaked shoes of investigative journalist Miles Upshur, Outlast barely holds back in just the opening hour. You wander into Mount Massive Asylum under the impression that it’s relatively abandoned, but things soon take a macabre turn when you learn that not all of the patients have disappeared. Cue moments of high tension and terrifying chase scenes as you slowly uncover the mysteries of the Asylum, and the dark secrets being kept beneath.
2. Resident Evil 7
I absolutely loved Resident Evil 7 when I reviewed it, so it should come as no surprise that it makes its way onto this list. Returning the series back to its survival horror roots, this was the game that made me open the curtains and turn down the volume – just to make it to the end.
Plot-wise, Resi 7 doesn’t quite manage to keep things as fresh as the gameplay, but it’s a serviceable story that keeps the scares coming in hordes. Players take control of Ethan Winters as he stumbles across the Baker estate in search of his supposedly deceased wife, Mia, and things just get weirder from there. Expect violence, gore, frights, and a whole bunch of running as you feverishly conserve ammo in the face of consistently impending doom.
3. Resident Evil 4
I get it: this one feels like a bit of a cheat. I appreciate that Resident Evil 4 came out over twelve years ago by this point – I really do. But come on; how could I not include one of the finest horror games – or game in general, for that matter – on a list of the best horror titles?
Resident Evil 4 was re-released on the PS4 as part of the series’ 20th anniversary, and with its relaunch came a newfound personal love of the game’s amazing sense of atmosphere and tension. Some might find the stop-to-aim mechanics a bit jarring when compared to modern shooters, but I cannot play this game enough.
“But that’s an action game; not a horror one!” Wrong. One word: Regenerators. If you’re not familiar with what that is, then do yourself a favour and check out one of the best gaming experiences ever.
What more can I say about Playdead’s excellent INSIDE that I haven’t already? From the game’s gorgeously subtle visuals to its story that slowly unfolds over the short run-time; it’s a game which ought to be played by everybody.
This is another entry that could arguably be classified as something other than a horror game, but I’d disagree. If you’ve played INSIDE, you’ll know how scary it is when packs of ravenous dogs chase you down and dismember you piece by piece (if you fail to escape in time, that is). Or how about that Samara-looking girl floating under the ripples in the water, ready to grab you and drag you to a watery grave? Eerie stuff, to say the least.
5. Layers of Fear
Described as a “ghost train” by our very own W.B. Mason, Layers of Fear is a game which sets out to scare you and little more. Sure, it has a storyline which has moments of intrigue, but that isn’t what will keep you hooked. No, that would be the ever-shifting layout of the game and the clever (and sometimes glaringly loud) scares that are littered throughout.
It’s potentially a more contentious entry on this list than some, but there’s definitely enjoyment to be had with Bloober Team’s horror explore-a-thon.