What are the best horror games on PS5? A very popular genre despite its somewhat acquired taste, horror titles are for a lifetime, not just Halloween. Some will stick to jump scares while others will explore psychological horror, touching on themes like mental health. Whatever the case, you can be assured you're in for an unsettling, spooky experience.
On this page, as determined by the Push Square community, we've listed the best horror games on PS5. From modern classics like Resident Evil Village to underrated titles such as Tormented Souls, there's something for everyone. Well, as long as you're not a scaredy cat. Some titles on this list contain a deluge of jump scares, while others will slowly get under your skin. The games ranked below excel in all of those areas.
However, if you think a certain PS5 game is missing or you don't agree with the current order of the list, you're in luck: this page is shaped entirely by you. By rating your favourite horror games on PS5, you can have a direct impact on this page and watch as your favourite game rises through the ranks. To do so, use the search tool below and then rate the games you think belong on our list. Once you've found the game in question, click on its star icon and you can leave a rating from 1 through to 10.
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With all that said, it's time to hide behind the sofa. Listed below are the best horror games on PS5, rated and ranked by you.
Observer: System Redux is a legitimately impressive overhaul. At long last, the PS5 has allowed Bloober Team’s ambitions with this title to be properly realized. New quests slot into the experience wonderfully, Rutger Hauer’s performance remains impeccable, and the game just generally has a lot more to offer this time out. While an over-reliance on jump scares and a plot desperately in need of some trimming hold the experience back from true greatness, Observer’s fancy new PS5 incarnation at long last feels like the title it was originally intended to be.
Tormented Souls is an indie horror game directly inspired by classic franchises like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. As such, it's a dark, grisly survival title full of dark corridors to creep through, hideous monsters to fend off, and nasty puzzles to solve. Playing as Caroline Walker, you explore a seemingly abandoned mansion in search of two girls who have gone missing. Those looking for some old-school style frights will be well served here — maybe play this one with the lights on.
A seemingly cute, anime visual novel may look like the odd one out on this list, but play beyond its opening couple of hours and you'll quickly come to understand why Doki Doki Literature Club Plus ranks so highly. What starts off as regular trips to a — you guessed it — literature club speedily distorts into a house of horrors. Not for the faint of heart, the game is equipped with multiple content warnings and notifications to alert you to upcoming disturbing scenes. It may look cutesy on the outside, but Doki Doki Literature Club is anything but sweet.
The original Dying Light game might have gone under the radar critically, but it certainly sold impressively well on PS4. As such, expectations were high for this PS5 sequel, with developer Techland promising all sorts of narrative choices and intriguing story beats. And while the finished product didn't live up to those claims, the actual open world title is still a fun one. Looking for something to turn your brain off to and start slicing and dicing the undead? You can't do much better than Dying Light 2. Complete with an awesome parkour moveset, traversal has never felt this good.
Originally released for the Xbox 360 all the way back in 2010, Alan Wake cultivated cult status for its unorthodox Twin Peaks-inspired storytelling and unique horror gameplay loop. With light playing a significant role, you need to use a torch in combination with traditional weapons in order to defeat the Taken and restore order to the fictional Washington town of Bright Falls. First published by Microsoft, developer Remedy was able to wrangle back the rights to the series in 2019, which paved the way for this spruced-up PS5 remaster – and a sequel unsurprisingly named Alan Wake 2.
It feels like Supermassive Games has been trying to hit the heights of PS4 classic Until Dawn for years now, and never quite reaching it. However, the third entry in its Dark Pictures Anthology, titled House of Ashes, definitely comes closest. Much like previous efforts, you'll control a number of characters, dictating their actions and dialogue choices. This time around, there's a horde of ancient monsters buried underneath the sandy desert of Iraq. Get some friends over and you'll have a whale of a time.
Chernobylite is an altogether quite different FPS that throws in elements of survival. Set within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the game is an atmospheric, eerie adventure that has you hunting for resources and managing your team of allies as much as shooting enemies. Full of creative ideas, not everything sticks the landing, but it's an ambitious title unlike anything else.
13. The Quarry (PS5)
The Quarry plays just like Supermassive's other titles, with a focus on cinematics and keeping characters alive through important decisions and quick time events. It's an enjoyable enough adventure with a fun story that at least makes a change from the typical ghost stories. Get some friends over and the beers in and The Quarry can be a laugh.
It took nearly 10 years to materialise, but against all odds, Dead Island 2 is a great zombie-slaying adventure. Set in Los Angeles, you work your way through various open levels as you fend off the undead with a wide variety of weapons and abilities. The story isn't anything too special, but the game makes up for it with gloriously gory action and a rounded, well-realised setting. If you just want to smash open some zombie skulls, look no further.
A PS5 upgrade was never going to restore all of that cut content, but Resident Evil 3 on Sony's latest system is at least the best way to experience it. With extremely fast load times and impressive ray tracing support, this more action-focused entry shines with solid combat and fun environments. It's still far too short, but Resident Evil 3 is worth a playthrough for survival horror fans.