Horror games are an interesting genre in the gaming industry. With their focus on survival and their need to attempt to frighten you at every turn, many have suffered from becoming somewhat formulaic. After Resident Evil and Silent Hill became major hits, the AAA horror genre seemed like it started to lose its identity. Instead of creating new experiences, many felt as if they focused so hard on emulating their predecessors that they missed the point.
Fortunately enough there have been some developers who remembered what it was like to be truly terrified. To not only jump in your seat but to dread moving forward. These developers have managed to make games that have instilled fear without resorting to cheap tricks. Games that prove that the horror genre can still be something made up of nightmares.
Allow us to show you three games that have helped to keep horror games at the forefront. These are games that not only called back to the glory days of the horror genre but also managed to feel new and original.
Outlast– Insane Horror
Released in 2013, Red Barrels’s Outlast is a first-person survival horror game that places you in a mental asylum trying to both investigate a mystery and survive. You take control of Miles Upshur, a journalist who has received some information leading him to Mount Massive Asylum. It seems that something sinister has been stirring within this remote establishment and it’s up to you to get to the bottom of it.
Throughout your investigation you will come across some seriously demented individuals and not all of them are patients of the asylum. Outlast has an interesting narrative told through case files and some of Mount Massive’s more animated inhabitants. As you make your way through the asylum you will learn things that will make you want to flee and never look back, but at the same time you can’t help but to delve just a bit deeper.
Outlast leverages its location to provide some amazing set pieces. Mount Massive and the inhabitants create a frightening ambiance. You are unable to defend yourself so you will become quite acquainted with your surroundings and the attention to detail. Hiding in tight spaces and running through corridors riddled with medical equipment will keep your heart rate up in this horror game.
What this game lacks in combat it more than makes up for with its creepy characters, interesting story and terrifying location. It more than earns its spot in this horror list.