6. Inside (PS4)
The spiritual successor to the equally macabre Limbo, INSIDE takes you on a trippy tour through a harsh facility intent on taking your life. The end-game revelations here are both ridiculous and repulsive, and piecing together the narrative while simultaneously solving the indie adventure’s puzzles makes this release a real standout.
It never got quite the marketing push that it probably deserved, but The Evil Within 2 is considered something of a cult classic these days. Set three years after the events of the first game, the sequel is much larger in scope than its predecessor – an impressive achievement considering how horror games generally rely on enclosed areas in order to ensure you always sees exactly what the designers want you to see. Of course, the larger size leads to more gameplay variety, where you can choose to tackle objectives as you please – and even venture off the beaten path. This is a much improved sequel which, rather than re-tread soiled ground, instead finds its own footing.
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Resident Evil needed a change after the dismally disappointing Resident Evil 6, and the brilliant Resident Evil 7: Biohazard hits highs seldom seen in the series since Resident Evil 4. While it starts stronger than it finishes, the butcherous Baker family make for frightening antagonists, and their Louisiana mansion makes for a fantastic backdrop for your escape attempts. Played on either a standard television or with PlayStation VR, this release balances the first-person hide-and-seek format of more modern horror titles with the out-and-out action of recent Resident Evils, making for a highly enjoyable campaign.
Remakes don’t get much better than this, do they? Resident Evil 2 is a meticulously executed resurrection of Capcom’s classic 1998 survival horror, once again putting you inside the blood-stained shoes of rookie cop Leon Kennedy and flame-haired sibling Claire Redfield. The new over-the-shoulder perspective brings a different dimension to the Raccoon Police Department, while the tense exploration driven gameplay is retained from the original.
It’s heavily inspired by the cosmic horror craziness of H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic Cthulhu franchise, so while Bloodborne isn’t a traditional spook-fest, it definitely deserves its place on this list. With some truly warped enemy designs and a frightfully steep learning curve, Yharnam’s cobbled districts delight and disgust in equal measure. Those crows, bloated after overindulging on the flesh of decomposing corpses, are not safe for life.
There could be no other winner really, could there? The Last of Us Remastered’s depiction of a post-pandemic United States is both harrowing and surprisingly packed with human interaction. Seeing how mankind copes with the threat of a devastating disease is one of the highlights here, and while Joel and Ellie’s platonic relationship takes centre stage, it develops within the confines of a landscape levelled by death and decay.