Originally published on Set The Tape
The Evil Within 2 might be the newest kid on the block as far as survival horror games go, but the genre has been around for many years now, and has given some great horror experiences. So what games are worth playing if you enjoy survival horror? Here’s a list of five of the best.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, Windows)
Whilst Resident Evil might be one of the oldest franchises in the survival horror genre, the latest game in the series is one of the most frightening entries. Taking on a first-person perspective, Resident Evil VII shifts the focus from gunplay and action to one that focuses on sneaking through dark corridors, avoiding detection, and desperate survival.
The introduction of found-footage style sections also added an extra element of horror to the game that was missing in other recent Resident Evil titles. Resident Evil VII puts you in the shoes of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife, who ends up stumbling across a horrific mystery that connects back to the Umbrella Corporation, one that will have him fighting for his very life.
Alien: Isolation (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows)
After the disappointment of Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sega shocked gamers with an Alien game that managed to perfectly capture the aesthetic and horror of the original movie, in what is possibly the best Alien game to ever be produced.
Playing as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley, you travel to the Sevestopol space station to search for clues to her mother’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the station is under siege from the same creature that hunted her mother years before.
The Pulse Rifles, Smart Guns, and other weapons iconic with the series were stripped away, changing the game from an experience where you hunt the xenomorph, to one where you must avoid the monster at all cost. Alien: Isolation reminds gamers just how frightening an enemy you can’t fight can be, and just why Alien should still be recognised as one of the best horror films.
Silent Hill 2 (PS2, Xbox, Windows)
The second entry into the Silent Hill franchise is still one of the best to date, with a big focus on character and psychological horror. Whilst other series focused on shock and moments of surprise to induce horror, Silent Hill 2 focuses on atmosphere to deliver much of its fear.
The story follows James Sunderland, a man haunted by the death of his wife, who becomes drawn to the mysterious town of Silent Hill, where he must not only face his own inner demons, but the truth of the death of his wife. Despite being an older game, Silent Hill 2 can still shock and scare as well as when it was first released. Plus, the recent HD re-release means that the game is now available on newer consoles with a glossier look.
Outlast (PS4, Xbox One, Windows)
Whilst many games in the survival horror genre will pit you against foes much stronger than you with few ways to defend yourself, Outlast gives you absolutely no way to do so. Outlast has you running and hiding instead of fighting as you investigate your way through an asylum full of terrors.
You play as a freelance journalist, armed with only a video camera, who decides to investigate the mysterious Mount Massive Asylum, and the inhumane experiments taking place there. A mixture of jump scares and atmosphere, Outlast will have you jumping out of your skin as you try to stay alive in a setting that maintains the terror between foes and jump scares.
Dead Space 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)
Dead Space 2 builds upon the solid foundation of the first game and improves upon it in almost every way. The game expands its mythology and story, gives us a bigger and scarier setting, introduces new enemies, and even allows Isaac to speak.
Following the events of the first game, Isaac awakens in an asylum on the Sprawl, a densely populated space station on one of Saturn’s moons. Unfortunately, a Necromorph outbreak has already hit the station, decimating the population. What follows is a game that explores the madness that Isaac is now experiencing, the conspiracy behind the Necromorph outbreak, and one of survival.
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