What are the best horror games on PS4? The good news (or perhaps bad news for the scaredy-cats among you) is that the PS4 is home to wealth of creepy releases, from blockbuster franchises like Resident Evil through to psychological indie adventures such as Inside. We’ve put together a list of the best PS4 horror games to help you to find the right fright-fest for you – whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just fancy a creepy weekend.
One thing we do just want to add is that if you can get your hands on a PS4 that still has the infamous P.T. installed on it, then it’s worth playing through. Konami released this demo for free a few years back in order to announce Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills, but it was erased from the PlayStation Store after a very public fallout between the publisher and its legendary developer. Nevertheless, P.T. is without a doubt the scariest game on PS4, and it’s a shame we’ll never get to see what Kojima Productions had planned for the full game.
12. Outlast II (PS4)
A little like its predecessor, Outlast II goes for shock value ahead of carefully curated spooks, but its chief mechanic – which sees you leveraging a camcorder’s night-vision mode in order to see in the dark – makes for a tense dynamic, in which your vision becomes a commodity determined by your camera’s battery life. The deeply religious setting is unsettling and the hide-and-seek gameplay leaves you helpless most of the time, but the title does try a little too hard at points and will leave you rolling your eyes.
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Dorian Gray: The Game in all but name, Bloober Team’s tale of artistic obsession is not the most original horror game you’ll find on the PS4 at all. Layers of Fear cribs heavily on the aforementioned P.T., delivering a walking simulator that’s all about perspective. But while its writing can’t really measure up to its Victorian setting, there’s something undeniably neat about the way this title toys with your expectations, and while it is more of a ghost train than a mechanically interesting experience, it’s still very much worth the ride.
The Chinese Room’s (very) slow walk through idyllic English village Yaughton is more akin to Emmerdale than Elm Street at times, but there’s something very eerie about the deserted Shropshire settlement. As a voyeur in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event, you’re free to retrace the events that led to the disappearance of hundreds of humans, and when you pair the stunning scenery with evidence of a deadly disease, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture adopts a very disturbing guise that definitely makes it a fit for this list.
9. SOMA (PS4)
Horror is perhaps at its most impactful when it uses psychological scares, and SOMA definitely wants to get inside your head. The most recent release from Amnesia: The Dark Descent developer Frictional, this unsettling underwater adventure is all about human consciousness and the attributes that determine life. It’s a topic that’s been done to death, admittedly – but this game does it extremely well.
Arguably one of the greatest actions games of all time, Resident Evil 4 may be over 12 years old but it’s still an absolute must-play today. Leon S. Kennedy’s mission to save the president’s daughter is fraught with encounters against diseased Spanish villagers, and while the actual scares are in surprisingly short supply here, there’s a definite tension attached to the stop-and-pop shootouts that pepper the 15-plus hour campaign.
Supermassive Games’ schlock horror is an absolute must play on the PS4, taking the adventure game format popularised by Quantic Dream and Telltale, and delivering a fright-fest that’s both gruesome and guffaw-worthy in equal measure. The title’s trademark Butterfly Effect means that no two playthroughs will ever be the same, and while the release’s cast of teenage characters grate, that makes it all the more satisfying when they inevitably come to their grisly end.