What are the best horror games on PS4? The good news (or perhaps the terrifying news for the scaredy-cats among you) is that the PlayStation 4 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 note 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.
15. MediEvil (PS4)
We’re going to go easy on the scaredy-cats among you before we dig into the real nail-biting stuff: MediEvil is a horror game for people who, well, don’t necessarily enjoy horror games. The nostalgic 90s platformer has been lovingly recreated as part of this PS4 overhaul, and while it still wears all of the warts of its 1998 debut, you’ll find few better fits for Halloween than Sir Dan and his undead entourage.
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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.
13. Darkwood (PS4)
Darkwood manages to terrify and fright without a single traditional jump scare. An unsettling, foreboding atmosphere nestles its way into every nook and cranny of this roguelite experience, but when the sun goes down, the ghoulish nightmares of a Polish village come out to play. With ghastly creatures on your tail throughout the night, it makes for peak survival horror.
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.
11. 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.