Survival horror continues to reign supreme over the entire Xbox Game Pass catalog as one of the best, most popular subcategories on the block. In this month alone, even, the ever-active genre has coughed up a generous amount of worthy favorites, both new and old, and so if you’re on the hunt for something fresh and invigorating, then you may want to consider reactivating that subscription plan of yours.
So, what’s actually worth playing this month? Well, if you are still struggling to overcome that post-Halloween blues, then be sure to read on. Here are the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass right now.
5. Lost in Random
Lost in Random isn’t exactly your bog-standard thrill-inducing horror, nor is it laden with countless jump scares and mindless attempts to spew violence and gore down your throat, either. If anything, it’s more of a Tim Burton-esque action-adventure—a story-driven platforming game that blends twisted fantasy with otherworldly characters and environments. It won’t leave you clutching onto your blankets during the twilight hours, but it will, if played through to the bitter end, leave a lifelong memory that you’ll be wanting to reminisce over for years to come.
In Lost in Random, you hawk over the characters, Odd and Even, one of whom finds themselves taken away after making a roll of the die and landing on the “wrong” digit. In an attempt to rescue your kin, you must set out and explore the unusual boroughs of the world known to the locals as Random, all while battling to reach the other side in one piece. There’s combat, collectibles, and a whole lot of unique encounters to sift through. Think Coraline, but with even more quirkiness (if that’s even remotely possible) — and you’ll have an idea of what it’s all about. Probably.
4. The Last Case of Benedict Fox
What would happen if you were to plunge into the long-forgotten memories of the recently deceased? Why, you’d wind up trudging through a series of horrifying pre-afterlife events, of course. That’s the deal with The Last Case of Benedict Fox: you use your demon companion to enter the minds of the forsaken—a power with which you can summon at will in order to progress deeper into an eternal limbo. There’s traditional side-scrolling action, and a whole bunch of environmental puzzles and other challenges to work through, making it an instant favorite for Game Pass newcomers.
To put you in the picture, The Last Case of Benedict Fox sees you take on the role of the titular character—a private investigator who, along with their demonic accomplice, take it upon themselves to unravel a sinister secret pertaining to an old couple, and a missing child. Bound for a decrepit mansion, both Benedict and the hellish companion will need to work together to descend deep into the minds of those who were once acquainted with the missing persons in question. Cue the plunge into limbo.
3. Zombie Army 4: Dead War
If you’re something of an avid fan of the likes of Back 4 Blood or World War Z, then you ought to get a kick out of Zombie Army 4: Dead War, a four-player co-op horror. In a similar style as the aforementioned influences, Dead War tasks you with navigating zombie-infested biomes, either alone, or with up to three additional players, and fleshing out your characters with firearms, tools, and projectiles.
In case you’ve yet to knuckle in on the concept, Dead War takes place in an alternate 1940s—a period in which Hitler’s soldiers have risen from the grave to overturn the world and consume its every crag and crevice, living or dead. As one of the final survivors (and humanity’s final hope), you must band together with your comrades and set out to turn the tide and reclaim the darkest corners of Europe. No pressure.
2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
We’ve touched base on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre several times over the past few months, and rightly so. It’s been out for a few short months now, and yet, in spite of its spotlight session having already come and gone, its player base is still just as active — if not more than it was on launch day. If you’ve yet to delve into the asymmetrical survival-horror game, however, then just know this: Gun Interactive is making serious moves to increase its footprint in the horror market.
To put it short, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a four-versus-three asymmetric survival-horror—an online-only game in which players either take control of Leatherface and one of several Sawyer family members, or one of their victims. Like Dead by Daylight, the goal is to either use brute force and strategic planning to eradicate the surviving players, or use stealth and cooperation to escape from the confines of a barricaded biome. It’s chilling, atmospheric, and absolutely loaded with weapons, perks, and customizable features.
If it’s fleshy orifices and bony buttons that do it for you, then you can’t really go wrong with Scorn. Granted, it isn’t the most fast-paced horror on Game Pass, but it is, without doubt, one of the most atmospheric, and definitely one that’ll remain with you long after the credits roll. And so, if you’re looking for the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass, then be sure to make a pitstop in Ebb Software’s unholy creation.
Scorn slots you in the center of an alien world—a biome built on flesh, bone, and endless mechanisms. As an “outsider”, you must step away from the comfort of your own shackles, and explore the oddities that loom within each corridor of the grotesque world. There isn’t all that much combat — but there are a lot of puzzles. So, if you don’t mind exchanging action for though-provoking challenges, then be sure to give Scorn some attention the next time you’re on the lookout.
So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up any of the above five horror games on Xbox Game Pass this month? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.