Do you own a PS4 and also love horror games? If yes, then you are in luck because PlayStation 4 is home to a wealth of scary releases, from blockbuster franchises such as Resident Evil to psychological indie adventures such as Inside (or the frightening news for the scared-cats among you).
If you want a scary weekend, we have compiled a list of the best PS4 horror games to help you find the perfect fright-fest for you.
Table of Contents
- Dead by Daylight
- Dying Light
- Friday the 13th: The Game
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
- The Evil Within 2
- Until Dawn
- Amnesia: Rebirth
- Alien: Isolation
- Outlast 2
- Resident Evil 7
- Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
- The Last of Us 2
Dead by Daylight
Do you have what it takes to be stalked by a deranged killer and survive, or are you better suited to stalk your prey in a confined area as a hunter?
In an online world, Dead by Daylight lets you try your hand at either scenario. You can either step into the role of the helpless victim who needs to start a few generators to escape or take control of a deranged killer armed with special abilities and lethal weapons.
Although you may think it’s more enjoyable to play as the killer, Behaviour Interactive sacrificed enough effort and time and effort into the Survivors so that “cat and mouse” gameplay is fun regardless of which side you would like to play with.
Of course, killers have a little more to tinker with, but with gadgets and supplies, even survivors will start rounds to gain an advantage over their pursuer.
Dead by Daylight has a fairly easy multiplayer experience that is not overcomplicated by an overabundance of options and features and several game modes.
There is also no doubt that it was actually created with horror fans in mind as it includes Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Michael Myers (Halloween), and Ash Williams’s DLC characters (Evil Dead).
Dodging a horde of zombies is not easy, especially at night. With a mutant aberration that is fast, intelligent, and on the search for fresh meat, Dying Light has risen the bar for PS4 horror games.
You are exploring the vast land of Harran, using parkour to travel around the fictional city, staying on rooftops to avoid running into a horde of the undead, that is if you are not cowering in the darkness, hiding from Volatile until daybreak.
While the tale at its best is passable, manoeuvring around the quarantine zone will keep your heart pounding and also keep you glued to your screen. One wrong move can land you in the centre of a horde of bloodthirsty zombies. A diverse arsenal of craftable objects and upgradeable weapons is your only hope of surviving the infected city.
Dying Light is a significant improvement over Techland’s prior attempt at zombie thrills, Dead Island. Faster pacing, more complex worlds, and higher stakes help create one of the best PS4 horror games that are unforgettable and much scarier.
Friday the 13th: The Game
Friday the 13th was a totally different kind of horror when it was released. It was simply not fun, rampant with bugs and servers that refused to let anyone play.
Gun Media was able to reverse the case and produce a Friday the 13th game that felt at home inside the series, after what must have been a couple of dozen patches later.
You will need to play as one of the camp counsellors in the online multiplayer to get the best horror experience. Thanks to the impeccable use of the original score, the distant cries of fellow counsellors, and slow-but-steady pacing, you will be absorbed in the series.
Although your primary objective is to escape Jason at all costs, you also need to search familiar places (including the residence of Jarvis and Camp Crystal Lake) to either fix a boat or car, call the police or plan to kill Jason with other players.
Otherwise, it is a hide-and-seek 20 minutes game in which Jason has access to a host of talents that make him the ultimate supernatural murderer. Does that not sound scary now?
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
Your playground is the world of The Walking Dead. Yeah, it is overrun by the undead and people trying to steal your supplies, but do not let that discourage you from exploring New Orleans’ flooded regions.
Saints & Sinners is a highly immersive VR experience that enables you to carve your path. In your search to uncover supplies and live another day, slink through the streets and escape the undead. The undead are everywhere, and there are minimal protections for you.
The undead are not your only enemy. Whether it is to obstruct your advancement and rob from you or challenge you to fulfil a deadly mission, every survivor has an agenda. However, how you treat them is entirely up to you and may be the difference between life and death.
The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 was among the scariest PS4 horror games of 2014, so it only makes sense that Tango Gameworks will follow up with one of 2017’s scariest games.
The character “Sebastian Castellanos” plugs back into STEM for a trippy journey down a horror lane, with the hope of being reunited with his supposedly deceased daughter.
Instead of rehashing what succeeded with The Evil Inside, the follow-up is a more expansive game with more baddies and a partially open environment. Anima, the singing ghost lady, is undoubtedly among the most terrifying of the many horrors you will face.
This is one of many games that benefit from excellent use of atmosphere and sound design on this list of the best PS4 horror games, and Anima drives the argument pretty hard.
The Evil Inside 2 psychological terrors are intensified, meaning that gamers are never quite sure if what they see will destroy them. The chance is pretty high in most cases.
From the makers of Start the Party! Save the World and LittleBigPlanet comes Until Dawn, a horror survival game set in the Blackwood Mountains.
That is quite a change of tone for Supermassive Games, but there is a little problem with the developer finding a home in the horror genre.
The “butterfly effect” method is its greatest feat, where each option later on down the road as a consequence. Sure, it is not the newest idea, but in Until Dawn, it is a bit more complex than it has been in a lot of other games.
The romp in the icy mountains of Supermassive Games has everything you might expect from a true-to-form survival horror game. There is plenty of gore, jump scares, mystery characters, over the top scenes of death, and an unforeseen twist that changes the game entirely.
Outlast may take most of the credit, but the “helpless protagonist” theme was mostly spearheaded by the Amnesia series. Well, it is back again, this time in Amnesia: Rebirth.
Players embark on a frightening journey of exploration as the character “Tasi Trianon”. The storyline is riddled with more questions than answers. Algeria’s desert is home to horrific monsters, and all of them want to feed on your ever-growing fear.
You have nothing but your fast feet and the ability to hide to save you from a horrible fate, which is actually similar to the previous instalments.
Scour for resources, tackle difficult puzzles, and, most notably, in this terrifying first-person adventure, run for cover. Live long enough, and you may just discover what really caused Trianon to land in the middle of the desert with little recollection of their past.
Murderous androids or a dangerous band of survivors stand in your path as you approach your next target. This is life for Amanda Ripley aboard Sevastopol Station, and it is all complicated by the presence of the greatest terror of all; a lanky xenomorph on the search for blood.
Alien: Isolation recaptures the tense pace of the original sci-fi horror of Ridley Scott and is the first game to trade enormous weaponry for gadgets and noisemakers in the series.
Since the Xeno is an indestructible force, a pulse rifle will not help you here, which just further raises the fears of Creative Assembly’s entry in the Alien series.
After the original Outlast frightened gamers with a surprisingly simple idea, there was no doubt a sequel would appear. Red Barrels did not disappoint when they sent players in the Supai area of Arizona, again fitted with nothing more than night vision and a video camera.
In the same setting of a decrepit asylum, Outlast 2 trades for a secluded village but is still set in the same universe. Outlast 2 has strong religious overtones that further play into the isolated village’s general creep factor.
Although Outlast focused more on in-your-face horror, it is easier to create anticipation for Outlast 2. In the end, you spend a lot of time anticipating the worst, leading to a more tense experience that holds you on edge.
Resident Evil 7
There are two very distinct reasons why this list of the best PS4 horror games contains Resident Evil 7. To start with, after the first two games in the series, it was the first game to have a real sense of atmosphere.
Second, you are going to feel terror at an entirely new stage if you play it with a PSVR headset. Okay, maybe it is not that scary, but the horror of survival and virtual reality go better together than we would anticipate, and Resident Evil 7 is a prime example of how they are combined.
While many panned Resident 7 for deviating so much from the original series, it is the fresher notes that make it such a great game. The new setting, characters, and story give the series the overhaul it needs.
Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
The remake of Resident Evil 2 gets twice the acclaim as we sang for Resident Evil 7. Capcom went back to the drawing board instead of just slapping fresh new graphics on the 1998 sequel, using the RE Engine to create a game that looks and sounds phenomenal.
In the setting of the museum-turned-police station, the wonderfully gruesome visuals and impressive use of sound design immerse players and keep them glued to their screen.
Although the plot remains relatively unchanged and we don’t quite get the same “A and B” scenarios, what we enjoyed about the original is still captured expertly by Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Nostalgia aside, for newcomers to the Resident Evil franchise, the remake is also a well-rounded horror title with a worthy introduction to one of the series’ best cast of characters, if not the best.
The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us is among the few games of the last decade that not only didn’t claim a sequel but seemed to reject the possibility of one consciously.
Due to how self-contained it is, the tale is largely poignant: not understanding what happened between Joel and Ellie after his fateful, final decision burned a mark into the minds of those who played it, and the open-ended problem has endured for years.
However, with The Last of Us Part 2, the developer Naughty Dog has risen to the challenge.