It could have been a disaster - a clunky, forced update to a revered series, that left fans clamoring for the bombastic nonsense of Resident Evil 6. But Resi 7
Most games can make you jump, they can make scream, but few can make you doubt yourself in real life. Layers of Fear(opens in new tab) initially appears very familiar
The only reason this isn't our top horror game full stop is that it's VR, which obviously limits a lot of people's access to it.
Silent Hill, as a franchise, is home to some of the most frightening enemies and situations in gaming history, but the series' most abiding horror is Silent Hill 2(opens in new tab).
Outlast(opens in new tab) offers a first-person trek through a setting literally no one in real life would willingly check out - an old asylum that seems abandoned
SOMA(opens in new tab) has problems, largely from the clumsy stealth section, but it also has, hands down, one of the most unpleasantly disturbing stories of anything in this list.
If Resident Evil is the king of survival action-horror, then Dead Space(opens in new tab) aimed to be the pretender to the throne, bringing together Capcom's early dread and latter-day
Building on the themes of memory loss, pursuing monsters, and otherworldly magic, Amnesia: Rebirth builds on the previous games in the series to deliver a tense
This is the series that invented modern survival horror, but that wasn't good enough for director Shinji Mikami. So in Resident Evil 4(opens in new tab)
From Software's Dark Souls games - of which this is a very obvious descendent - don't play like horror standards. They're action-RPGs, built around stat micromanagement and skillful play