Horror games have undergone exciting changes as technology has evolved, taking us down unexpected paths. From chilling narratives to fluid gameplay, these games keep us on the edge of our seats and give us terrifying experiences like never before. Get ready to enter the world of fear and discover the most outstanding PS4 horror titles that will make your heart beat faster and pump you with adrenaline!
The PS4 generation is where Resident Evil returned to its old ways, with a divisive first-person game and the remake of one of its most important chapters. It was also the era when the Xenomorph haunted us in Alien: Isolation or where old styles found a home, whether in the form of the Little Nightmares series or the rush of Until Dawn.
That said, we have prepared a list of the best horror games, with lots of scares, survival, action, and distress for those looking for a heart-pounding experience.
Weird, grotesque, and action-packed: this is a gloomy yet diverse list of horror games that you can enjoy by the dimmed lights.
Alan Wake was initially an Xbox 360 horror classic and is still a cult work celebrated to this day; Remedy’s game returned to life and gained new platforms in a remastering that enhanced its classic aspects even more. With improved gameplay and fresh visuals, the title was relaunched for PlayStation 4 and opened the doors of horror games to even more people.
Alan Wake is our protagonist, a writer with writer’s block who ends up going to a small town in search of inspiration. However, everything changes when his wife is kidnapped, and he realizes that those responsible seem to have stepped out of the pages he wrote.
The light is the way to fight these entities and also an essential contrast since, to get out of the dark, our main character must first embrace it.
Developers: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date: October 5, 2021
The original film’s tagline was “In space, no one can hear you scream”. The developer Creative Assembly decided to take it seriously, not only delivering one of the most ferocious xenomorphic creatures in games but also ensuring that it heard us through the PlayStation 4 controller, discovering our location in this space labyrinth and forcing us to remain immobile, virtually and also in the real world.
Alien: Isolation serves as a sequel to the original film. We control Amanda Ripley, who is still looking for her mother, Ellen, who has been missing since the events that started it all.
Aboard the Sevastopol, she sees her hope of reunion being impeded precisely by the creature that caused the disappearance, which is now after her. In a defenseless position, the player can only run, hide and hope to survive.
Developers: Creative Assembly
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Among The Sleep
Among The Sleep is one of the most unique horror games you can play today. As a two-year-old baby, you see the world through different eyes. The toddler can crawl or slowly stride along at knee height, walking and crawling around everyday objects such as chairs, kitchen appliances, and doors. More importantly, children’s eyes perceive the world fundamentally differently: for them, the banal is lovely and fascinating, but sometimes also frightening and horrifying.
You will be surprised if you expect a pure horror game with jumpscares and shock effects after the trailer and advance notice.
Although such moments of shock are used in a few places, the game relies more on atmospheric discomfort and, thanks to excellent sound design, on psychological horror instead of sheer terror. The game is a clever narrative experiment with a unique perspective. In its two hours, best played in one go, it entertains in a highly original and exciting way.
Developers: Krillbite Studio
Publisher: Krillbite Studio
Release Date: December 10, 2015
BioShock: The Collection
The BioShock series is a masterpiece in many ways. Both gameplay and storytelling set high standards; the magnificent design of the fictional underwater city of Rapture ranks among the best that has ever been seen in a video game. All three parts of the great series are in the BioShock: The Collection. The atmosphere is supported by the art deco look of the 1930s but also by numerous horror elements. Within minutes of entering the city, crazed “splicers” lunge at us with screwdrivers and meat hooks.
BioShock induces plenty of chills in numerous situations, such as when we’re sneaking through the clinic of a cosmetic surgeon gone mad who longs to transform the faces of his “patients” along the lines of Pablo Picasso’s abstract paintings.
Many situations are also designed to give you real fright, for example, when a lady is fiddling with a stroller and suddenly chasing after you with loud steps. Overall, it’s a decent achievement for a game that has been outstanding in many disciplines.
Developers: Blind Squirrel Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight has grown to become one of the greatest horror games, and one of the only games that combines classic and modern horror creatures. Similar to the original game, the improved version is a multiplayer horror game that pits one player, occupying the role of “Killer,” and three other players in the role of “Survivor.” With the Stranger Things crossover, a new type of killer has been added to “The Entity” mix, which will take the form of a Demogorgon.
The game is extremely tense. You will always feel pursued by the killer within the scenarios, even more so because of the third-person view for the survivors, which does not help one to calm down.
Scenarios are always randomly generated, which is an advantage for those looking to play repeatedly. The game has an excellent level of variety; the scenarios are generated randomly, leading to new possible hiding places, execution points, and objectives scattered around the map.
Developers: Behaviour Interactive
Publishers: 505 Games, Behaviour Interactive, Deep Silver, Starbreeze Studios
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach
The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise is an absolute classic in the horror genre. With Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, there are a few differences from the previous installments in the series. Instead of spending five nights, the player has to only spend one, and the game allows for some level of free roaming. However, with greater freedom on a single night, the horror elements are also amped up to reflect the change in gameplay.
The game puts players in the shoes of Gregory, who finds himself trapped within the sprawling Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex. With an unlikely ally in the form of Freddy, this thrilling game challenges players to unravel the enigmatic secrets lurking within the Pizzaplex’s walls and uncover the hidden truth.
Thanks to its immersive storyline and heart-pounding gameplay, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach is a gripping, suspenseful gaming experience that keeps players on the edge of their seats.
Developers: Steel Wool Studios
Release Date: December 16, 2021
Little Nightmares II
Little Nightmares II may look like it’s low on horror, but it is a really big visual highlight. You control Mono, who hides his face with a paper bag, through levels that, thanks to the camera perspective and the game’s art style, seem a bit like a grotesque dollhouse.
A lot of childishly cute motifs are bizarrely distorted. This is exactly what makes the title so special.
You complete a few puzzles and jump passages and have to escape from a few nasty characters. Since the story remains emphatically cryptic, you should feel free to interpret it yourself or just enjoy the beautifully eerie style.
Developers: Tarsier Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: February 11, 2021
Outlast 2 is yet another title set inside a psychiatric hospital, but one that hides a much darker secret. Darkness takes over everywhere, and the player sees the way by using a digital camera, and batteries are scarce. There are no weapons or ways to defend yourself, with stealth being the highlight of a gameplay full of scares and attacks on the main character.
A journalist’s curiosity brings him to the brink of death in one of the most famous horror games of recent years.
Focused on atrocities, violence, and disturbing elements, the game from producer Red Barrels draws attention due to its atmosphere and the feeling of panic it can induce.
Developers: Red Barrels
Publisher: Red Barrels
Release Date: April 25, 2017
The Evil Within
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s response to the modern direction of the franchise he helped create came from this game in partnership with Bethesda. Combining modern gameplay with horror inspired by the past, The Evil Within takes us on a mental journey full of disturbing creatures, violence, and psychological enigmas.
Sebastian is the main character of The Evil Within, a police officer with a tragic history who is sent alongside his teammates to investigate a massacre at a hospital.
He soon realizes that the threats are much greater than he is capable of facing while realizing there is something very terrifying behind the bloodbath he finds when he arrives at the scene.
Developers: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Until Dawn is an exclusive game for the PS4 that bets on classic horror cliches. A group of teenagers on a festive trip to a secluded cabin is the perfect setting for the action of a killer whose bloodlust will only be satisfied when the young people fall, one after the other.
Until Dawn stands out for its graphics, but mainly for a story in which decisions matter. There are multiple endings with different combinations of living or dead characters, with everyone possibly surviving or dying.
Above that, the game gave rise to a series of narrative games that continue until today, making the producer one of the great exponents of the genre.
Developers: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Resident Evil 2
One of the greatest horror games of all time can now also appear on the list of best remakes ever produced. Although it doesn’t have the genius of its predecessor, the reimagining of Leon and Claire’s passage through a Raccoon City dominated by zombies and Umbrella creatures calls attention to its style and gameplay, which modernizes the classic without losing its roots.
Resident Evil 2‘s lighting is a treat for the eyes and a dismemberment system in which enemies’ bodies react to incoming shots.
It’s not just zombies, but monsters, stalkers, and infected scientists that tell the story and try to end the player in the most varied ways possible, while a plot of conspiracy unfolds that seals the fate of an entire city.
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Some horror games give us goosebumps, and some make us sweat on our brows with their constant lack of resources. Others disturb us and haunt our dreams. But that’s exactly why we love these games. So, embrace the darkness and prepare to be thrilled by spine-chilling encounters on your PS4 consoles that await you in the realm of horror games.
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