What are the best PS4 horror games? The good news (or the terrifying news for the scaredy-cats among you) is that the PlayStation 4 is home to a 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: if you can get your hands on a PS4 that still has the infamous PT 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, PT 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. Anyway, here's our list of the best PS4 horror games. If you want to see what we think are the best PS4 games in general, check it out through the link.
Best PS4 Horror Games
Below is a list of the best PS4 horror games. In no particular order, these are our favourite spooky PS4 games, as decided by our editorial team.
Resident Evil Village is the best entry in the series since the late PS2 masterpiece. You know the one we're talking about. That's in part thanks to the spooky setting of the remote European village Ethan Winters finds himself in after having his daughter kidnapped and wife killed. Gone are the undead, replaced with werewolves and the wacky contraptions of the villager's leaders, all of which pose menacing threats in memorable boss fights. From Lady Dimitrescu through to Mother Miranda herself, every new area packages together a new type of fright. Not only is Resident Evil Village an awesome game, but it's also a fairly terrifying one too. House Beneviento? We say no more.
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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.
Days Gone is not the spookiest game you’ll ever play, but Deacon St John’s debut has its fair share of frightening moments. The title’s trademark hordes are devastating if you’re unprepared, while finding yourself out in the Oregon wilderness can be a nail-biting affair. Factor in an entertaining storyline and some genuinely likeable characters and you have a compelling popcorn flick with a foreboding atmosphere here.
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.
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.
The Last of Us 2 takes the tense, bleak setting of its predecessor and turns it all up to 11. The world has devolved even further, with ruthless factions vying for control over parts of the decaying United States. Though this is a game that focuses on characters and story above all else, there's no denying it delivers some serious scares, with horrifying violence and skin-crawling locations full of people and monsters out for blood.
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.
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.