Fear isn’t a word in your vocabulary. You don’t mind blood, gore, intense violence, or any of those things. You want to be shocked, horrified, and scared out of your mind. These are the games for you.
Our Top Picks For Horror Games on The PS5
1. Resident Evil
Resident Evil had a rough when it hit the 5th and 6th entries of the series. While the spinoffs were hit or miss, these last two titles went way overboard with the action and lost almost all of the horror that made the series great.
Then came Resident Evil 7, and all was forgiven. Seriously, this entry brought everything back that people loved about the series, with a fresh coat of paint, a great story, excellent graphics, and even VR support.
Resident Evil is back, ladies and gents! We will absolutely see more games in this series, hopefully as good as the comeback. PS5 will be a welcome home for the Resident Evil series.
The first Outlast set the bar pretty high for horror games. It had you playing as a reporter investigating a medical facility where a whistleblower claimed horrific events were taking place. Armed with nothing but your camera, this stealth horror game only gave you two options: run or hide.
Outlast 2 brings us to a new setting and offers even more of the intense and terrifying gameplay from the first. While the next entry needs to mix things up to stay fresh, this horror series is on the front of everyone’s minds, and will most likely see a VR entry on the PS5.
3. Frictional Games (Amnesia, SOMA)
Frictional Games are known for their Amnesia titles, but they’ve also branched off into existential horror with their PS4 title SOMA. It’s clear they’re not afraid to try different stories and settings, so I imagine we’ll see something brand new on the PS5 from them.
They’ve managed to scare me in all kinds of ways, so it will be interesting to see how they manage to up their game on the next generation.
4. Dying Light
From the developers of Dead Island came Dying Light. This parkour zombie game had all the bells and whistles you would want, and an excellent day/night cycle that brought out absolutely terrifying enemies at night.
It handled well, it was downright terrifying, and the expansion (titled The Following) was even better. We’ll definitely see more from this series, and the PS5 will provide the horsepower needed to create an even more convincing open world.
5. Silent Hill
The cancellation of Silent Hills was a major blow to the gaming industry. Kojima and legendary director Del Toro were both on the project, and it was looking incredible. Konami clearly has a screw loose, but I’m holding out hope that they come to their senses, or at the very least let someone bring back this classic series.
With Resident Evil coming back, it’s only fair that Silent Hill gets a chance too on the PS5.
6. Until Dawn
Until Dawn was an excellent homage to classic horror stories, and the Butterfly Effect system blew me away with the various ways the story could be influenced by your choices and actions. Even the VR spinoff was really fun, but Until Dawn is a game that begs some sort of sequel.
Whether it’s new people or some kind of continuation from the first one, this game needs to have some sort of presence on the PS5.
7. The Evil Within
We’ve already heard rumors about a sequel to Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within, but this series is a welcome addition to the horror catalog. While the first one had some rough edges, its heart was in the right place, and the unique story made for some really interesting twists, turns, and revelations.
The PS5 could truly lend the cinematic feel to this series that the creators were going for in the first one. We need to see it on the PS5.
8. Summoning The Indie Developers
Independent developers (indies) have been making some of the most interesting horror games this generation, and that will absolutely continue on the PS5. Smaller teams and studios are making titles like Lone Survivor, Sylvio, and Claire, all of which are unique and interesting takes on the horror genre.
We cannot ever discount the power of indie developers to come up with new and terrifying ideas. We need to support them now, and into the future as the PS5 looms in the horizon.