The horror genre is constantly finding new IPs and installments to classic franchises yearly. It’s clear that there is a massive market for gamers who wish to feel the horrifying dread and terror when battling or escaping monstrous creatures that lurk these game worlds.
If you’re a fan of the horror genre and are looking for some recommendations when it comes to the Xbox One then we suggest checking out some of our favorites down below. With such a massive market already and one that will be growing for years to come, we’ll be updating this list with new thrilling installments.
Did we miss out on a video game title? Let us know what your favorite horror video game is on the Xbox One by leaving a comment down below. Without further ado, here are our picks for the best horror video game titles on the Xbox One platform.
Resident Evil Remastered
Resident Evil is an iconic video game title and one that helped pave the road for future survival horror titles. Currently, the original title of the franchise does not hold up well today though luckily, the development team over at Capcom has released remastered editions over the years.
The latest release was in 2015 where the game received a 1080p resolution along with 5.1 surround sound. Likewise, if you’re not familiar with the days of the original Resident Evil then chances are you won’t like the control scheme. Often considered as “tank controls” Capcom has changed the controls to make movement a bit more fluid with the analog stick.
If you have yet to play Resident Evil then you’re missing out on not only a classic title but one that spawned an entire franchise.
Among the sleep
Among the Sleep is a first-person survival horror title by development team Krillbite Studio. The video game is slightly different than the norm as players take on the role of a young toddler. Within the game, players are in celebration of our toddler’s second birthday only for things to go uneasy.
Quickly into the game, players are in for a terror as they explore an unusual world with a monstrous figure. Because players are a toddler, the character is limited to just exploring and avoiding obstacles. There’s even a challenge when it comes to running as players will find themselves falling over after running for too long of a period.
The Evil Within Series
The Evil Within was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami as the game focuses on Sebastian Castellanos a detective that gets pulled into a distorted world during an investigation. Staying true to the survival horror genre, The Evil Within will have players struggling against a fight with nightmarish creatures while avoiding traps, sneaking around the world and solving complex puzzles.
Likewise, the video game series received a new installment with The Evil Within 2. The title takes place three years after the events of the first video game, where Sebastian once again, takes on a new investigation, one that may tie up previous loose ends to his past.
Outlast is a first-person survival psychological horror title by development team Red Barrels. The game follows a freelance investigative journalist named Miles Upshur who is searching out a remote psychiatric hospital.
However, what Miles finds is not only disturbing but dangerous leaving him to fight for his life. Being more of a survival horror title, players are encouraged to use stealth to their advantage while maneuvering over various obstacles. Likewise, a big portion of the game is based on the use of a night vision camera to see what is around the area. However, batteries are required to run the camera forcing players to seek out replacement batteries as they progress through the narrative campaign.
Outlast 2 follows similar game mechanics while players this time around will take on the role of Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist, and cameraman.
In their journey, Blake and his wife become separated after their helicopter crashes. Much like the last installment, gamers are not suited with the ability to combat the enemies that lurk about. Instead, our protagonist will mostly have to hide and run away from any nearby danger while using his night vision camera to get a clear view of the area.
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7 takes place four years after the events of Resident Evil 6, in a fictional city of Dulvey, Louisiana. Players will be taking on the role of Ethan, a man who is searching for his missing wife, where his investigation leads him to a derelict plantation mansion, home of the oddity Baker family.
It seems that Ethan will have to escape from the cannibalistic Baker family while also searching for clues of his missing wife. The overall game does see some changes from the norm in the franchise such as putting players in a first-person perspective. Furthermore, the game does take a step back to the early years of Resident Evil with a focus on survival horror rather than action based. After players complete the main campaign of Resident Evil 7, they can move on and enjoy the campaign DLC to help flesh out more of the story narrative.
Layers of fear
Layers of Fear is a psychological horror video game by developers Bloober Team. The video game follows a painter who is attempting to finish his masterpiece though as you roam the mansion, disturbing secret information begins to bleed out.
This is more of an exploration and puzzle-solving video game with a variety of jump scares littered throughout. It’s well worth noting that if players enjoy the game, there is a DLC campaign available known as Inheritance which follows the painter’s daughter who returns home.
Alien: Isolation is set fifteen years after the events of the film Alien, where players will take on the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley who is on an investigation of tracking down the mysterious disappearance of her mother.
Much like the old school survival horror titles, Alien: Isolation has an emphasis on players avoiding the hostile alien enemy. Instead, gamers must rely on some stealth mechanics to maneuver around the game.
Currently, there is no word on if we will see a sequel released for Alien: Isolation, but the publishers behind the title, Sega, is considering tossing a sequel into the mix.
Frictional Games mainly developers horror titles with works such as Penumbra and Amnesia. Their latest release falls right in line with the past two IP launches. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility.
Within the game, players take on the role of Simon Jarrett who must uncover the truth behind the facility where machines have begun to take on human characteristics.
If you’re familiar Amnesia, Soma takes on the similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles.
Dead Space Series
Dead Space takes place in the distant future where players control Isaac Clarke, an engineer for spacecrafts. When a ship sends out a distress signal, Isaac Clarke, and a team head out in hopes to fix the ship while bringing the crew back up and running their mining operations.
However, various difficulties and mishaps cause Isaac with his crew to be left with a very slim chance of survival. Players are up against a slew of Necromorphs, vile creatures that reanimate dead corpses. To make gameplay a bit more tense and horrifying, developers eliminate the heads-up display, rendering most of the vital signs and other necessary info within Isaac’s suit.
While the Dead Space series released for the Xbox 360, the games still hold up today and are available through backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. If you haven’t played these titles then you’ll want to look into picking them up within the Xbox One marketplace.