What are the best PC horror games? Horror games frequently turn traditional action concepts on their heads, forcing you to flee and hide from your adversaries. Scary games make you feel vulnerable rather than empowered, and they are the gaming experiences that stick with you long after you've finished them.
Of course, the best horror games are about much more than jump scares and gore. So, while we've included some obvious choices like Outlast and Amnesia, you can also expect to find games that use a variety of tactics to get your heart rate up and your palms sweaty. Don't worry about this list going out of date: we update our lists on a regular basis to include new scary games.
When Konami cancelled Silent Hills in 2015, it spawned a slew of spiritual successors and games heavily influenced by the playable teaser. Visage, the psychological horror game from Sad Square Studios, is included.
Set in the 1980s, you play as Dwayne Anderson, a resident of a large home tormented by the supernatural, as he tries to find a way out of the house and learn more about what is causing all of the paranormal activity in his home.
While exploring the mostly dark and quiet house, supernatural entities will taunt you by breaking light bulbs, turning on and off lights, and slamming doors. Visage is one of the more difficult horror games released in recent years due to the constant barrage of sensory terror, combined with attempting to maintain Dwayne's sanity. It's a game of trial and error, but your perseverance will be rewarded with a fascinating story and plenty of jump scares.
2. Puppet Combo Games
The Night Ripper, the Babysitter Bloodbath, and the Power Drill Massacre... No, these aren't forgotten grindhouse films from the 1980s, but rather delightfully gory and downright terrifying games created by Puppet Combo, a single indie horror developer.
Over the last decade, I've funded over 20 games through Patreon and itch.io, all of which have plenty of intense and unforgiving moments. Whether you're escaping a serial killer while babysitting, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with a psychotic nun in a boarding school (in the appropriately titled Nun Massacre), or controlling a park ranger on a cold and stormy night while something stalks them from afar, Puppet Combo embraces its PS1-style, VHS horror roots wholeheartedly in every game.
Phasmophobia appeared on the scene like a bat from hell. Four players can team up to become amateur ghost hunters, armed with tools such as night-vision cameras, holy water, and radios. As an early access game, there are still some technical kinks to iron out, but the core premise works extremely well. Perhaps this is why so many Phasmophobia-like games have appeared on Steam in recent months.
You'll wander through haunted homes and abandoned prisons, summoning spirits from the afterlife. If you collect enough clues, you should be able to successfully identify the type of ghost that is haunting that location. Correctly deduce for a nice payday.
Pathologic was a game that was ahead of its time when it was released in 2006. Pathologic, set in a mysterious town plagued by an unknown plague, combines horror and mystery for a truly unique experience. Choose one of three player characters to survive the'sand plague' for 12 days while unravelling the mystery of the'sand plague.'
Every day, new quests will become available, bringing characters one step closer to the truth. But be warned: these quests will only be available for a limited time, and once it's gone, it's gone forever.
5. Poppy Playtime
Poppy Playtime Online is an exciting first-person horror game in which you must escape from the cruel monster Poppy who is hunting you inside a creepy house. Explore all of the rooms in this free online game in search of hints and objects that will assist you in escaping from Poppy, a freaky, crazy-looking monster with a thousand teeth and evil googly eyes.
You're alone in a large house full of rooms, and all you know is that there's a creature out to get you. Hide inside the closets, look for keys to open locks, and avoid stepping on Poppy's path at all costs, or you will meet a horrible death. Do you think you'll make it out alive?