3 Survival Horror Games You Shouldn’t Play at Night
Survival horror games are the best way to experience true fear. Unlike movies, television, or music, survival horror puts you in the shoes of the hero, aka the victim.
Q: Need to run away?
A: Nobody else is going to grab that controller.
Q: Are you afraid to open that door because you know there are untold horrors on the other side?
A: Well, you either uninstall the game or you open that goddamn door.
Horror games are an unprecedented way to scare the piss out of yourself. So let’s talk 3 horror games you should only play with the lights on.
If you like your horror games leaning more on the atmospheric side and less on the jump scares, then look no further than Darkwood. It’s a top-down horror survival game that immerses you in a surreal uncanny environment that’s reminiscent of Silent Hill.
What separates Darkwood from other contemporary survival horror games the difficulty. Once you make out an enemy through the low-lying noxious fog, you’re already done for.
If you’re a true psychopath you’ll turn the game onto it’s hardest difficulty where you’ll then encounter a brutal permadeath system.
Modern horror games have all been influenced by one legendary demo: Kojima’s Silent Hills. It’s the best horror game that never was. Yet it still managed to push the boundaries of the genre with its ultra-realistic psychological horror.
SadSquare Studio’s Visage is built on the foundation of Silent Hills, but it does enough to distinguish itself as a terrifying horror game. It feels like the spiritual successor to Silent Hills and is another game that will make you turn on the night-light before you go to bed.
1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the most terrifying game ever created. And like the revolutionary Silent Hills, this game influenced everything. From building the YouTube careers of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, to impacting the genre of survival horror forever.
But back to what really matters: The piss your pants horror.
Amnesia is unique, well at the time, as it’s built on running away and hiding. The monster is so disturbing that your character cannot even look at it for too long or you die.
Plus it has a water mission that still makes me panic as if someone is about to grab me through the screen. Frictional Games had some success before Amnesia, but this game put them on the map for good.