We’re all afraid of something if there’s one thing we all have in common. “I ain’t scared of nothing,” you might say right now, but you know there’s something that makes your spine shiver. It’s death and suffocating spaces for me. And, of course, Michael Myers. Fortunately, there aren’t any Halloween-themed games available for me to play (although the famed slasher is a playable killer in the excellent asymmetrical multiplayer horror, Dead by Daylight).
There are, however, many games in which you can die. Most games allow you to die, but the ones that emphasize deaths the most leave me shaking in my boots. If you add a dash of claustrophobia to the mix, you’ve got my worst nightmare. My all-time favorite horror game is BioShock, which may not be considered a horror game by some, but it still frightens me.
To begin with, I’m claustrophobic, and Rapture is possibly the most claustrophobic in-game city ever created (you know, the whole completely underwater thing is quite suffocating). Then there’s submechanophobia, or the fear of mechanical objects when they’re submerged. Something about an animatronic moving underwater freaks me out, so I blame Disney World for this one. Of course, the Splicers are terrifying as well. BioShock doesn’t scare me anymore because I’ve played it at least a dozen times, but if you haven’t yet, go in blind and enjoy it.
Others, on the other hand, really irritate me. The Resident Evil 2 remake, which was released recently, does the trick. Are you trapped in a terrifyingly hostile environment? Check. You’re being hunted by zombies who want to eat you? Check. There are a lot of jump scares? Check. Deaths that are gruesome? Check. Is there a large threat following you around all the time? Check. There’s also the Resident Evil Village this year. I won’t say much about it because I don’t want to give anything away, but the House Beneviento segment is quite disturbing. Then there’s Outlast 2, which is possibly the most disturbing and terrifying game I’ve ever encountered. I don’t go to church, but after finishing it, I felt compelled to.
P.T., Resident Evil 7, Little Nightmares, Friday the 13th, the hospital in The Last of Us Part 2, and Condemned: Criminal Origins are among my other horror favorites (a game I played way too young).
What about you? What’s your favorite horror game? Are there any games you’re too scared to play? What are your favorite horror moments in otherwise non-horror games?