The best horror games are those that keep your heart pounding. They create genuine jump scares that you won't see coming or immerse you in a psychological horror romp that you won't forget long after the game is over.
Horror games are quickly becoming popular in the gaming industry. Developers are constantly releasing new additions to the genre, whether they are masterfully crafted indies or big AAA titles that have been running for decades. There's also an increasing trend of remaking and remastering some of the scariest horror games from the past, all of which means there's an ever-expanding list of horror games on modern-day consoles like the Xbox Series X|S.
If you enjoy horror games or are curious about the most terrifying horror games on the market right now, check out these best horror games on Xbox Series X|S in May 2023 to get you started.
5. Dead Space Remake
When Dead Space hit the stands in 2008, the floodgates opened to positive reviews from far and wide. Engaging. Tense. Fast-paced. This sci-fi survival horror managed to tick off all the boxes for a worthwhile horror game to play. Over a decade later, the graphics and mechanics have aged, but the core remains as enticing as ever. So, when the Dead Space Remake was announced, I had no doubt whatsoever that the developers would do justice to the original.
Dead Space Remake didn’t disappoint at all. It was just as fantastic, with a satisfying gunplay mechanic that unleashes terrifying body horror before your eyes. The technical changes are crystal clear, from the atmospheric and disturbing deep-space adventure to the minute details of the unnerving dark rooms and hallways. It’s so good that even if you played the original, you’d still feel engrossed in the story all over again.
Dead Space Remake perfectly understands horror, by instilling fear in your every move, yet never pushing you too far to want to stop playing. Despite the fright, you are still captivated enough to keep going. To some extent, the Dead Space Remake surpasses the original. Technically, the remake completely overhauls everything that’s outdated. Then, it takes a step further to curate a complex story and deliver it in a cohesive way, along with stunning visuals and satisfying dismemberment.
4. Resident Evil 4 Remake
Dead Space Remake perfectly demonstrates how to build an outdated game from scratch. However, Resident Evil 4 Remake brings it home, thanks to a faithful and true adaptation of the original plus extra improvements in so many ways. As a result, Resident Evil 4 Remake feels fresh, vibrant, and better than ever.
From the movement to the shooting to the story, everything packs an extra punch. It feels good to play. Each shot is visceral, and the story remains as captivating as ever. If you’re a fan of Resident Evil or simply love to blast off swarms of monsters, feel free to check out Resident Evil 4 Remake. You'll constantly run into nostalgic flashbacks while still enjoying a refined, action-packed, relentlessly exciting adventure.
3. Dead by Daylight
Most old-school horror games began with a group of vacationers or unsuspecting friends doing something casual, such as a sleepover. Soon, they'd discover a deep, terrifying mystery about a serial killer, a ghost, or some other dangerous being who starts to pick off members of their group one by one until only one person remains to tell the tale.
Dead by Daylight is like that—a game of some of the most iconic killers in history against four survivors. The killer hunts down the survivors and kills them in the most gruesome ways. Survivors, on the other hand, use their wits and skills to try to survive through the night.
If you want to try asymmetrical multiplayer or one of the exciting killer personalities, like the one who can become invisible or the one with deadly paranormal abilities, Dead by Daylight is the game to play.
2. Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation tells the story of a mother lost in space. She sets forth to rescue other survivors trapped in space, only to become a survivor herself. Alien: Isolation combines stealth and survival gameplay elements to create the tensest moment in horror history. It’s similar to A Quiet Place, or any of Ridley Scott's electrifying horror films, particularly the original 1979 film.
The aliens in Alien: Isolation are intelligent species. So, you need to master all your wits to get past them. Making even the slightest sound can lead to swarms of monsters raining hell on you. This creates a constant sense of dread and mortal danger that carries through the entire playthrough. It’s hard to imagine spending 15 to 20 hours here, but just like Dead Space Remake, it never breaks you enough to give up. Instead, you’ll find yourself gripped by the terror, which almost feels like an eternal horror experience.
Very few horror games have nailed the art and sound design perfect for horror games. In Alien: Isolation, it’s a surreal experience where all the atmospheric fog elements, the screeching orchestral violin, and futuristic computing technology blend together to create the most serene Alien universe to date.
1. A Plague Tale: Requiem
The most terrifying horror games are still debatably story-driven. If you haven't seen A Plague Tale: Requiem yet, you should. Amicia and Hugo flee their devastated homeland in search of greener pastures. Hugo, unfortunately, carries a curse with him that, in a split second, can cause death and destruction in a sea of lethal rats.
As you struggle to survive, you are forced to make difficult decisions, such as saving your beloved brother or yourself. The mechanics are improved over the previous entry, and the story, while fantastic, relentlessly tugs at the heartstrings. Nonetheless, the cerebral puzzles and stealth mechanics keep you on your toes throughout and constantly push you to see it through to the end.