16 Best Scary Horror Games for Xbox Series X / S

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With the large number of horror games that are currently available on the Xbox Series X and S, it can be difficult to distill them to a list on which only the best of the bunch make it.

Ranking horror games is quite difficult, as many of them tend to take a different approach. Some opt for jump scares and all-out horror, while others play with the psychological aspects of the genre.

Having gone through the majority of the horror games currently available on the Microsoft Store, we have ranked them according to how good we think they are.

We have prioritized the ‘scary’ aspect of the game, and this list is written for the horror aficionado that wants to be scared out of their wits.

Here is our list of the 16 best scary horror games for Xbox Series X / S.

Alien: Isolation

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The first game on our list is one of the most mentioned games on our lists for Xbox. Despite the game’s age, it still is worth a play to this very day. It is also astounding just how many genres the developers have managed to pack into the game. This is why it was also on our list of the best stealth games for Xbox .

At its core, Alien: Isolation is a survival-horror game that has you surviving against an alien on a spaceship. The problem is that the alien is on the spaceship specifically for you, and you do not know why.

As such, your job is not only to avoid the alien and survive but to also discover why the alien has come for you. Once you couple that with a panic-stricken population that is on the edge and unsure of what to do, you have a truly terrorizing game on your hands.

While the game has not been optimized for the Series X and S, both of the consoles do play the game at a higher framerate than the previous generation. As long as your TV or monitor has a high refresh rate, get ready to be amazed by one of the smoothest experiences on Xbox.

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It is a shame that not many people know about SIMULACRA because it truly is an amazing example of how to create a great game without many resources.

A woman is missing, and you are in possession of her phone. The phone is full of messages, apps, and a video she made documenting what happened to her before she went missing.

While the videos and the strange way in which her phone acts are horrifying enough, what’s even more horrifying is the thought that you are the only one who can find her. Will you be able to do it, or will the entity that took her also take you in the process?

Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

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There are a lot of games in the Dark Pictures Anthology, but the House of Ashes is by far our favorite. The entire series does a great job of always having that ‘creepy’ element that keeps you on edge.

All of the games in the DPA series are standalone, meaning that you do not need to play any of the previous games in the series to understand what goes on in the House of Ashes.

House of Ashes has you surviving a Sumerian temple that is haunted by monsters. Although your character is a member of the Special Forces, this is a threat that even you are not equipped to deal with.

The game can also be played in a two-player co-op mode. On top of that, there is a highly engaging five-player co-op mode that has you pass the game controller around depending on the situation.

Resident Evil Village

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Resident Evil Village is another game that is often mentioned on our lists. In fact, it is one of the few games in recent memory that was really hyped and actually managed to deliver. This is why it was also on our list of the best zombie games for Xbox .

The game does a good job of utilizing the tried-and-tested Resident Evil formula but also adding a few new features. However, the two standout features of the game are the visuals and the story.

There are a few returning characters such as Chris Redfield. However, many of the characters are now shrouded in mystery, and deciphering what is actually going on is going to require you to suffer through a lot of scary gameplay (and we mean suffer in a good way).

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Sagebrush is a horror game that has been inspired by real-life cults and their activities. You play the role of a person who is investigating a cult and their mass suicide.

The Perfect Heaven Cult, as it was known, used to occupy a ranch that is now deserted. It is up to you to sift through the estate and uncover what the reason behind the mass suicide was.

To be honest, the lo-fi graphics are not really something to marvel at. More than anything, they point to the lack of resources and effort placed into them. However, the gameplay and the storyline are simply some of the best we have seen in a horror game. The fact that they are based on real-world stories is just absolutely terrifying.

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It is quite sad just how many horror games there are that the general public does not know about. While The Medium is a game that has enjoyed moderate success, it was still nowhere near what the game deserves. This is why it made our list of the most underrated Xbox games .

The Medium is a game that is set in two realities. As someone who can traverse through both, it is up to you to find out what happened at a communist resort and why countless spirits are haunting the place.

The Medium truly has one of the most interesting and hard-to-decipher stories that we have seen. Almost nothing is comprehendible at the beginning of the game. However, you slowly work your way through the game and piece together parts that form a whole in the end.

Dead by Daylight

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Dead by Daylight has one of the most unique concepts when it comes to horror games. The major difference between this game and most others is that the person terrifying you is not controlled by AI, but by another player.

There are four players trying to escape a death trap and one person trying to kill them. There are certain objectives that the survivors need to complete before they can escape. The killer, of course, has to stop them and kill them before they can complete any of the aforementioned objectives.

There are various progression systems and character types that can allow you to modify your playstyle. Despite the apparently simple nature of the game, there is a lot of depth here and a lot of ways through which players can innovate. And it is definitely worth pointing out that the game is scary as hell if you are a survivor.

Metro Exodus

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There is a reason the Metro series enjoys almost a cult following. This is because the games somehow always manage to strike the perfect balance between action gameplay and terrifying interludes.

Metro Exodus is considered by most to be the best game in the series, and we definitely agree with that statement. The game continues the story set in post-apocalyptic Russia and enhances the gameplay in almost every way over its predecessors.

Exodus is an open-world experience that allows you to explore as much as you want and progress through the game at your own pace.

The world looks stunning due to the game being optimized for the Series X and S. While we do not usually make such recommendations, we would definitely recommend that you try and play this game on the Series X due to the higher visual fidelity.

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SOMA was initially released on the PC in 2015 but was ported over to the Xbox a couple of years later. The one problem that hardcore fans of the horror genre seem to have is that psychological horror games are often not scary enough.

Well, all they need to do is to give SOMA a try. Despite there not being a lot of jump scares or other elements that may frighten you, all the horrifying moments in the game are so unpredictable that you do not have any choice but to teeter on the edge of your seat for all of the game.

SOMA puts you in an underwater facility where all the machines have become self-aware. With almost nothing for you to survive on and no way of contacting the outside world, you need to traverse the facility and call for help. This means that you need to survive and avoid the machines at all costs.

The only problem we have with SOMA is that there isn’t a lot of gameplay. The campaign can be played through in around ten hours, and there is no additional content or multiplayer once you are finished.

Resident Evil 2

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It should be obvious why there are multiple games from the Resident Evil series on our list of the best scary horror games for Xbox. The franchise is practically responsible for the genre itself. With there being virtually no other franchise with a similar impact, it stands to reason that one of the best games in the series makes it in.

The game originally came out in 1998. However, it was remastered and certain parts of the game were changed before it was re-released in 2019. Those who have already played the 1998 version will enjoy playing the story with better visuals and crisper controls.

Those who have not played the original version will have a blast playing through the story in its infancy and discovering more about some of the recurring characters in the series. The main reason we included Resident Evil 2 and not another version is due to this game being scarier than any other in the series (in our opinion).

Outbreak: The New Nightmare

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Outbreak is a series that does not get enough love. It is understandable since the games do lack a certain polish and are quite barebones. However, they still do a fantastic job of perfectly combining the survival and horror genres.

In The New Nightmare, you play the role of a normal civilian whose city has had an outbreak of the undead. With the police being long gone, it is up to you to make sure that you can survive and make it out alive.

The New Nightmare does a great job of combining downright terrifying moments with proper survival gameplay that is similar to RUST and DayZ rather than other horror games. As such, this is a fairly unique experience that is worth playing through despite the outdated visuals.

On top of that, The New Nightmare is a great game for a two-player co-op. The only slight against the game in this regard is that the co-op must be local as there is no option for online play.

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For those who like both horror and puzzle games, Scorn is the ideal game on our list. The game was designed with the idea to create environments that are horrifying on their own, requiring no input from AI-controlled characters.

The developers do a perfect job of it, and then also add AI-controller characters that enhance the horror aspect. At the start of the game, you will be thrown into a world and will have to find your own way with no guidelines. Each area is different from the last and will present its own challenges.

The best part of the game is the graphics. It was essential to have the best visuals possible for a game that relies so heavily on its environment, and Scorn has some of the best visuals of all the horror games currently available.

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Visage is a bit different from the other games on our list of the best scary horror games for Xbox. It is a psychological horror game, but it starts off really slow.

This means that those who are into the whole ‘make me as scared as you possibly can’ thing may find the game too boring to continue at the beginning. Believe us when we say that it is surely worth the wait.

By the middle of the game, chances are that you will be scared out of your wits. Visage is set in a world that is so surreal, weird, and horrifying that it is impossible to make it through the game without taking a pause.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

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A Plague Tale: Innocence is a mainstay on our lists, and that is because it truly does a great job of blending numerous genres and creating a masterpiece of a game. This is why it was on our list of the best medieval games for Xbox .

The only reason we don’t have the game higher on this list is that it is not that scary when compared to others on the list. The story follows two siblings trying to survive the inquisition. While the soldiers are scary, what is scarier are the rats that inhabit the world.

With both characters virtually helpless, you need to do everything in your power to avoid everyone and slowly make your way to the end of the game. The heartbreaking story is also one of the best we have ever seen on the Xbox, making the game worth a play for that reason alone.

The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2 is a classic survival horror game. While it does not try to introduce many new concepts to the genre, it does a great job of providing solid gameplay and being quite scary at the same time.

You play the role of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective who has the chance to save his daughter by visiting the world of STEM. There are monsters and god knows what behind every corner, leading you to be on guard throughout the story.

The reason we love The Evil Within 2 is that it is one of the few horror games that allow you to fight back. Most horror games leave you helpless and have you avoiding the enemies for the most part, but you actually have a fighting chance here.

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The last game on our list of the best scary horror games for Xbox Series X / S is Outlast. Anyone who has even a remote interest in the genre knows about the Outlast series, making the game a must-play for any horror fan.

Both of the games in the Outlast series are great, but we would recommend that you begin with the first one to be acquainted with the story. While the narrative is a bit difficult to grasp, it is quite intriguing.

The story begins with you investigating a haunted house as an independent journalist. What you end up finding will change your life, and maybe shorten it drastically.

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Best horror games on Xbox: The scariest games to play right now

Ready to pick up something a little scarier now the days are getting shorter and Halloween's is nearly here? Here's our list of the best Xbox horror games.

Best horror games on Xbox: The scariest games to play right now

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Published 25 Oct 2023

15. Silent Hill: HD Collection

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  • Release date : March 30, 2012
  • Developer : Hijinx Studios, Vatra Games, Konami Digital Entertainment

14. Amnesia The Bunker

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  • Release date: June 6, 2023
  • Developer: Frictional Games

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  • Release date: December 1, 2017
  • Developer: Frictional Games, BlitWorks

12. Layers of Fear

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  • Release Date: June 15, 2023
  • Developer: Anshar Studios, Bloober Team

11. Blair Witch

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  • Release date : August 30, 2019
  • Developer : Bloober Team

10. Martha is Dead

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  • Release date : February 24, 2022
  • Developer : LKA.it

9. Signalis

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  • Release date: October 27, 2022
  • Developer: rose-engine

8. Alan Wake Remastered

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  • Release date: October 5, 2021
  • Developer: Remedy Entertainment

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  • Release date : 30 October 2020
  • Developer : SadSquare Studio

6. The Evil Within 2

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  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Developer: Tango Gameworks

5. Alien: Isolation

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  • Release date: October 7, 2014
  • Developer: Creative Assembly

4. Resident Evil 4

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  • Release date: March 24, 2023
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment


  • Release date : 19 June, 2014
  • Developer : Red Barrels

2. Dead Space 2

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  • Release date: January 28, 2011
  • Developer: Visceral Games

1. Resident Evil 2

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  • Release date: January 25, 2019

10 best spooky games on Xbox Game Pass to play this fall

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Autumn is a time for falling leaves, hot cider, and — especially as Halloween approaches — embracing the creepy . Whether you want outright horror or a chiller kind of spookiness, there’s a game to fit your autumnal mood.

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Here’s 9 Spooky Games You Should Play On Xbox Game Pass This Halloween

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Alien Isolation

The Creative Assembly’s accidental horror masterpiece, the first half of Alien Isolation is like playing through the best Alien movie 20th Century Fox forgot to make. It perfectly replicates the look and feel of Ridley Scott’s moody original film, asking the player to hustle around a derelict space station while a ravenous, predatory Xenomorph stalks the halls. These sequences are without a doubt some of the scariest moments in any licensed video game ever made. Hiding in a cupboard as the Xenomorph sweeps the room looking for you, hoping it doesn’t detect your presence, are among the most tense and thrilling moments in any survival horror game of the last decade. A must-play.

Back 4 Blood

Let’s say you’re not planning on heading out for Halloween, but are preparing to have a nice night online with friends. Back 4 Blood has you covered. The spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series, Back 4 Blood is a game about working with your friends to overcome rapacious zombie hordes, stay prepared for any threat, and escape your terrifying situation unscathed. Every run changes up enemy spawn locations so you never know what may be hiding right around the corner. It’s moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit dumb. Perfect for a Halloween evening of multiplayer nonsense.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I cannot stress this enough: if you are the sort of person who suffers from audio processing issues or disorders, you should probably avoid Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice . This is a game that strikes at the dark heart of untreated mental health, and the way it manifests the contortions of Senua’s mind are occasionally an assault on the senses. So, consider yourself warned. For everyone else, Senua’s Sacrifice is a dark, scary single-player voyage into the mind of a person who requires a great deal of help. It is a remarkable game, honest and unflinching about the issues it wants to draw attention to, and is unafraid to terrify you with the depth of its honesty. Turn the lights down, put on your best pair of headphones, and let it unnerve the living hell out of you. There are spooky games on the Xbox, and then there’s Hellblade .

Alice: Madness Returns

C’mon. You gotta respect the classics.

The Evil Within 1 & 2

Directed by Mr. Resident Evil himself, Shinji Mikami, both The Evil Within games represent some of the very best “classical” survival horror games in recent memory. Mikami brings all of the lessons of his work on spooky games like Resident Evil and Dino Crisis to bear, with genuinely terrifying results. That Bethesda has only produced two of these games is, to me, a very strange situation. Both games are so good that I’m stunned they aren’t churning a new one out every other year. Well worth playing if you’ve never had the pleasure.

Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero , as anyone who has played it will attest, is not a horror game per se, but it is certainly very spooky and unnerving. The game is about a truck driver named Conway and the strange people he encounters as he attempts to cross Kentucky’s mysterious Route Zero, on his way to make one last delivery for his employer. There are no puzzles or specific gameplay challenges. Everything Kentucky Route Zero wants to do is tied to storytelling and the building of atmosphere. It is a one-of-a-kind point-and-click adventure, one you won’t be able to put down once you start, and one you will not ever forget once you finish it.


One of the year’s biggest surprises , Immortality is the latest game from Telling Lies creator Sam Barlow . It’s a spooky full-motion video game that launched on Xbox Game Pass earlier this year. It tasks the player with scrubbing through behind-the-scenes footage from the career of an actress about whom little is known. What begins as an exercise is scratching at the surface soon gives way to a terrifying, unsettling examination of celebrity and Hollywood mythmaking. One of the year’s best games, and overlooked by a great many, it well worth diving into with a stiff drink by your side.

For those who couldn’t get enough Giger in their diet from Alien Isolation , Scorn is the game for you. A near-silent exploratory puzzle game set in one of the grossest, weirdest, body-horror worlds ever committed to a video game. You will know right away if this game is for you. (It might also help if you like solving puzzles because Scorn does very little to help you out where solutions are concerned).

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The 10 best horror games on Xbox

The best spooky games you will find on the console.

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  • September 8, 2022
  • Alan Wake Remastered Alien: Isolation Dead by Daylight Guides Little Nightmares Resident Evil 2 Remake Resident Evil 7 The Medium The Quarry

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While spooky times are generally reserved for around Halloween, there are plenty of people who enjoy getting scared all year long. Luckily, horror games have had a resurgence in recent years, giving fans all kinds of options. Here are the ten best horror games you can play on your Xbox, sorted alphabetically.

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Alan Wake is a classic Xbox 360 game that made a triumphant return with its remaster ahead of the long-awaited sequel. You play as author Alan Wake as he is pulled into one of his own thriller novels, attacked by shadow monsters and something sinister sitting at the bottom of a lake. This is the same game that people played back on the 360, just looking better. It’s still a great game and worth playing, even if you went through the original version. It could be worth the refresh before Alan Wake 2 eventually comes out.

Alien: Isolation

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Alien: Isolation has you playing as Amanda Ripley, the movie protagonist Ellen Ripley’s daughter, as she explores and investigates the fate of her mother aboard the space station, Sevastopol. While moving throughout the area, you begin to be hunted by a Xenomorph. As you sneak around, you will need to find hiding places and be as quiet as possible. You will not win a head-to-head match against this killing machine. You are the prey as you nervously move through each corridor.

Dead By Daylight


There are not many competitive horror games out there, but Dead By Daylight has definitely earned its place as the most successful asymmetrical multiplayer game. Four Survivors try to repair generators and survive the trial while being hunted by a supernatural Killer. While the game has plenty of original characters, many of your favorite horror icons, like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Pinhead, are playable. No matter what side you choose to play, this is one of the more fun multiplayer experiences you can have in gaming nowadays.

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One of the best features of Xbox is its backward compatibility program. While a Dead Space remake is still on the way, the original Xbox 360 game still stands out as being a terrifying campaign. You arrive at a space station infested with Necromorphs, terrifying creatures that stop at nothing to tear you apart. The only way to kill them is to chop off their limbs, which is a unique take on taking out enemies instead of hitting them in the head. Until the new game is out, you can still get a lot of enjoyment out of the original and its sequel.

Little Nightmares

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Little Nightmares is one of those creepy stories that you might expect to come from the mind of Tim Burton. You play as a small creature making your way through environments built for much larger nightmarish creatures that would love to capture and consume you. Getting through the levels will require quite a bit of platforming and puzzle solving, making this much more than a simple avoid-the-bad-guys game. This game is less terrifying than some titles on this list, but we are big fans of Little Nightmares and its whole aesthetic.

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Outlast is a first-person horror game that has you playing as an investigative journalist who infiltrates and explores an insane asylum taken over by the patients. Every one of the hospital’s inhabitants is a deranged homicidal maniac who would love to get a piece of you if they can catch you. Much of the environment will have you going through dark areas that you can only see while looking through your camera. However, managing the camera’s batteries is important, or you will be walking around blind in a dangerous location filled with hostiles. If you like jumpscares, this is the game for you.

Resident Evil 2

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The 2019 release of Resident Evil 2 is one of the most high-profile remakes we have seen in gaming. It completely shifts gameplay from the original’s tank controls to an over-the-shoulder camera that is much more in line with current-day standards. You play as either Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield as Raccoon City is infested with zombies and Umbrella Corporation-mutated creatures. As you progress through the game, you will also have to contend with Mr. X, a hulking tyrant who is invincible and continually hunts you down. Resident Evil is the most classic survival horror series, and this remake is up there with the best in the series.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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We go from a classic Resident Evil game to one with new beginnings for the series. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the first mainline game to feature a first-person perspective. You play as a newcomer to the franchise, Ethan Winters, who is searching for his wife Mia in the Baker household. You quickly find out that the family here has been infected by a mind-controlling mold that forces them to be very hostile. The change to a first-person view makes this one of the more horrifying Resident Evil games ever, having you see everything that happens the way Ethan sees it.

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The Medium is one of the more unique horror games you will see on this list. The big special gimmick here is that you play across two realms at the same time, one normal-themed and the other a hellish reality. If anything, this is a one-of-a-kind way to handle puzzles. In one part of the screen, you will be blocked off from advancing, while the other has you interact with the environment and deal with demons.

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The Quarry is essentially a playable horror game by Supermassive Games, creators of the Dark Pictures Anthology and Until Dawn. In this game, you control the fate of a group of camp counselors as they stay behind in an area where werewolves live. Of the games on this list, this is unique because your choices and performance in tense situations decide who lives and dies. Supermassive Games makes one-of-a-kind horror experiences, and The Quarry is definitely one of their best.

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9 terrifying horror games you can play on Xbox Game Pass this Halloween

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Halloween is right around the corner and a lot of players are getting into the holiday spirit by playing as many horror games as possible. This year, Xbox Game Pass makes the search for scares especially easy with a wickedly good collection of fear-inducing horror games included with a subscription. Microsoft could honestly change the name to Xbox Fright Pass in honor of the season with how many creepy and thrilling titles are available right now.

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The dead space series, destroy all humans, the doom series, resident evil 7, alien: isolation, dead by daylight.

Here are some of the best horror games available on Xbox Game Pass this Halloween season. Alternatively, if you can’t do horror, check out our list of spooky games for Halloweenies .

Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead  with a lot of obvious influences (it’s no surprise that it’s actually made by the same developers). It’s a squad-based first-person shooter that’s best enjoyed with a group of friends where players are tasked with surviving against an endless horde of gruesome, parasite-infected zombies, called “Ridden.”

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Explosive zombies, giant zombies, bloated zombies — it’s all here and the strategies you and your friends will need to build to survive make it a great horror experience that’s best enjoyed together. Just picture a bigger, more modern version of Left 4 Dead, but with a surprisingly fun card system that lets you create specific builds.

Dead Space has a reputation for being one of the scariest gaming experiences out there. Those claims are 100% true and now it’s easier than ever to witness the horror of the entire series thanks to it all being readily available on Game Pass, via EA Play. Set in the year 2508, the game follows Issac Clarke, a space engineer who has to fight against hulking Necromorphs that want to tear his limbs off.

With a new remake of the first game in the series on the way, now is a perfect time to go into space and fight some of the creepiest enemies in gaming.

For fans of those campy “horror” flicks of the 50s, 70s, or even horror satire films like Mars Attacks or Killer Clowns From Outer Space, Destroy All Humans!  is the Halloween game for you. You play as an invading alien in the 1950s United States and go through all the classic tropes of probing, abducting cows, shooting ray guns, and more. This is all accompanied by hilarious writing that’s made the game into a cult classic.

The version on Xbox Game Pass is a remake of the original 2005 game, so it has been modernized with updated visuals. So you can enjoy the classic without all the awkward fuss of a mid-2000s action platformer.

Game Pass features all the Doom you could ever want from the original to the newest entry, Doom Eternal . That’s thanks to Microsoft’s Bethesda acquisition, which brought all of its best properties to Xbox Game Pass. Other great horror games like Prey are now on the service because of that, but Doom is a major addition.

This series isn’t about making the player feel scared. Rather, it’s the player that gets to put fear into the hearts of the demons hunting them using a massive arsenal of heavy weaponry. Though admittedly, the original Doom might make you jump a few times during its dense trek through the mazes of Mars.

If you’re sick of being the hero of the horror story trying to kill a scary creature, why not try being the grotesque monster instead?

Devolver Digital’s reverse horror Metroidvania, Carrion puts players in control of a Lovecraftian creature on the hunt for the humans that dared to imprison it. The Carrion grows stronger with every feast, giving it access to more abilities and more ways to stalk and kill its prey.

Resident Evil 7 is one of the most prolific titles in the horror game genre in a long time. Coming off a string of weak games, it brought the struggling series back to life with a fun story, very memorable characters, and a return to classic Resident Evil horror and cheese-factor. It’s a back-to-basics reboot that focuses on a scary house, a handful of terrifying monsters, and some good old-fashioned jump scares.

If you’ve never played a Resident Evil game before, this is a great place to start. Even divorced from the franchise, it’s one of the best horror games in recent years, and a must-play Game Pass title this Halloween.

If your goal is to find a game so scary that you want to turn the game off,  Alien: Isolation is the one to play. Based on the Alien film franchise, the game features a persistent Alien enemy that stalks players around a ship. It’s absolutely terrifying.

This game has such a stressful atmosphere that you’ll literally be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next Xenomorph to show up the entire time. Though here’s a fair warning: You may throw your controller from time to time due to the scares. I sure did.

If  Isolation isn’t scary enough for you, Visage might be up your alley. Fans of horror games owe it to themselves to try out this gem, as it’s easily one of the scariest games out there.

Visage takes a lot of notes from the John Carpenter school of horror. The game masterfully uses a tense atmosphere and a slow burn pace to amplify the scare factor as much as possible. The indie game is heavily inspired by P.T. , a fantastic horror game that’s just about impossible to play, so this might be your next best option if you never got to try it.

Dead by Daylight is a love letter to fans of horror movies and games. Not only does it feel like a classic slasher film made into a videogame, but it gives you the opportunity to play as some classic characters of the genre like Michael Myers, Hellraiser, Heather Mason, Jill Valentine, and a lot more.

This is an asymmetrical horror game where a team of humans has to escape from a player controlling a slasher villain. Whether playing as a hunter or survivor, each class has unique skills and different strategies to either work with others and escape or kill everyone in their way.

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Microsoft revealed the next batch of games coming to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service this October. While no Activision Blizzard games are coming to the service just yet following that acquisition, one of 2023's best-reviewed games is: this year's Dead Space remake.

Dead Space came out in January and is a stunning remake of a 2008 horror classic. The game follows an engineer named Issac Clarke as he searches for his girlfriend Nicole on a gigantic spaceship called the USG Ishimura. It's overrun by disgusting creatures called Necromorphs, though, leading to plenty of horrific situations as Issacs looks for answers on the ship. The original was an atmospheric and tense horror game, and developer EA Motive only enhanced all of that with this remake that updates the game's visuals and makes some other tweaks to bring the experience more in line with future games in its series and other modern horror games. It's a great choice if you're looking for a new horror game to play this month, so we recommend checking it out when it hits Xbox Game Pass on October 26. It's not the only game coming to the service during the back half of this month, though. Here's the full list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass throughout the rest of October.

The Exorcist: Believer is out just in time for the spookiest of seasons. A direct sequel to 1973’s The Exorcist, the film flings a whole new family into the horrors of demonic possession and all of the frightening moments that come with it. And while you can totally watch another horror movie after seeing The Exorcist: Believer to keep the creepy mood going, there’s really no better time to sit down with a scary game either.

To help you keep the scares coming, we have a list of horror games that bring plenty of Exorcist-like paranormal frights to the table that will see you through to Halloween. From hunting down ghosts and ghouls to you being the hunted, play them … if you dare. Phasmophobia

Dedicated gamers have two specific, and often competing, goals whenever October comes around. On one hand, the fall season is a sign that the year is winding down. Anyone who wants to finish off their backlog of games released in 2023 before the 2024 flood begins needs to start finding ways to cut down their backlog. Though there are even more pressing matters in October: it's spooky season! With a month-long Halloween celebration in full swing, October is also the perfect time to marathon some creepy games. Usually, that might mean going back to play some classics like Silent Hill 2, leaving little room to catch up on new games.

But what if you could kill two vampires with one stake? Well, you can this year because 2023 has been a wild year for horror video games. From two high-profile remakes to a slew of indie greats, your backlog this year might already be full of great, creepy games. To help organize your October, we've put together a list of seven eerie 2023 releases that double as great Halloween games. You can fly your freak flag and cut down your list of game to play in one go -- that's efficiency! Resident Evil 4

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I’ve always had a conflictive relationship with horror.

On one hand, I love exploring the genre in all of its forms. I grew up reading Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, and have had many nights of sleep after watching Pet Sematary and the Goosebumps TV show. I’ve always been fascinated by it. The problem is that I’m easily scared. Whether it’s a dark, empty room waiting for me to step inside, a creature chasing me down labyrinthine corridors, or the mere sense that I’m being watched, horror games, by definition, can demand a lot from the player.

Even so, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a well-crafted horror game, whether it’s geared toward survival, jump scares, or creeping terror. What’s more, the genre is coming into yet another burst of promising titles: Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space are getting remakes next year, while Scorn , The Callisto Protocol , Saturnalia , The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me , Alan Wake 2 , Signalis , and Slitterhead are only a few of the dozens of games we’ll be seeing this year and the next. With all of these projects on the near horizon, along with Halloween itself, now is as good a time as any to take a wider look at one of video games’ most intense genres.

This list largely focuses on 13 horror games that you can play now (plus one more that most of you probably can’t) to get you in the right mood for Halloween. So turn off the lights, grab your headphones, lock the door, and make sure you have enough batteries for that flashlight. (And if you need a break at any point, head over to our Polygon’s Halloween Countdown: 31 Days of Horror for the internet’s best spooky movie recommendations .)

Alien: Isolation

Ripley uses a motion sensor to detect which direction a Xenomorph will attack from in a dark room in Alien: Isolation

Before PSX-like graphics and P.T. clones began to swarm the horror genre, it was all about the chase. Amnesia , Outlast , and Soma are great examples of this simple, yet terrifying prospect. Alien: Isolation , however, is the best of them all.

It doesn’t matter how acquainted you are with the Alien universe — exploring the Sevastopol space station is a haunting experience. Endless hallways and corridors make it easy for you to get lost; vents are often a death trap rather than pathways to safety; you only have a few weapons and gadgets at your disposal, and none of them erase danger permanently.

Before playing Alien: Isolation , I didn’t consider the Xenomorph design to be all that scary. (Bumping into it dancing to BTS in Fortnite probably doesn’t help.) But like the (good) films of the franchise understand, it’s about the crescendo of suspense, and the terror of awaiting something you can’t see, while the vents rattle above your head, and your motion sensor beats faster and faster. Inside Sevastopol, the chase is constant.

Alien: Isolation is available on Mac, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One .

Lost in Vivo

The protagonist scans a hazy room in a sewer with several creatures looming in the background in Lost in Vivo

Horror games often benefit from a simple premise. In the case of Lost in Vivo , your service dog is suddenly engulfed by a broken sewer drain during a walk in the rain. Venturing into the depths below to rescue them is a no-brainer. Unfortunately for you, there are all sorts of grotesque individuals waiting for you down there.

Inspired by the likes of Silent Hill , Lost in Vivo is a decidedly old-school approach to horror, focused on claustrophobia. Most interestingly, while it shares a love for puzzles, inventory management, and backtracking with those classics, it doesn’t use jump scares to frighten the player. Instead, it’s the environments themselves, and the foes therein, that create a sense of dread, and stick with you long after you’ve exited the game.

(Fun fact: If you’re looking for a break from the terror, boot up the game at midnight in your local time zone.)

Lost in Vivo is available on Windows PC .

A low-poly woman smokes a cigarette in a hallway with a dim lightbulb in Paratopic

If you’re looking for an eerie experience that takes less than an hour to see through, Paratopic is the answer. Despite its modest length, however, it’s an unsettling trek through uncanny locales.

Obsessed with VHS tapes, abrupt camera cuts, and cryptic dialogue choices, Paratopic puts you behind the eyes of three characters: a hitman, a smuggler, and a birdwatcher. They all encounter strange individuals, and even stranger sightings, while exploring otherwise mundane locations, from a diner to a gas station. The game shines in the way it subverts that familiarity to feel dreamlike and repulsive.

Paratopic is available on Mac, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch .

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Leon S. Kennedy fires his handgun at encroaching zombie police officers in a dark hallway in Raccoon Police Station

The Resident Evil series has slowly but steadily reclaimed its place in conversations about survival-horror games. While Resident Evil Village definitely leans more toward the action side of things (House Beneviento notwithstanding, of course), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard brought the franchise into its first-person era with an outlandish family in an intoxicating setting . But it’s Resident Evil 2 Remake , despite not being wholly original, that felt like the series’ true return to prominence.

Exploring a modern vision of the Racoon Police Station over the shoulders of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield makes for a terrifying trip — one filled with nostalgia, but unafraid to take risks. Aside from the presence of the persistent Mr. X, exploring the station often feels isolating, especially during the first hours when your resources are scarce. Getting ambushed by the undead in narrow hallways, seeing a Licker crawling on the walls, or just entering a pitch-dark room with just a flashlight and a few bullets in your magazine, are stark reminders of what made the series great to begin with.

Resident Evil 2 Remake is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. A cloud version for Nintendo Switch is set to release at some point in 2022 .

Silent Hill 4: The Room

Henry Townsend stares into a hole in the tile wall of a bathroom in Silent Hill 4: The Room

Silent Hill 4: The Room , Team Silent’s send-off to their time with the Silent Hill games, is possibly the most divisive of the bunch, standing as the black sheep that took several risks and, honestly, didn’t quite land all of them. Yet its willingness to shirk tradition, while presenting one of the most clever premises in the genre, remains praiseworthy to this day.

If The Twin Victim (the iconic enemy that features two baby heads on a massive body) isn’t enough to scare you, returning to Room 302 to save your game, which gradually becomes a living entity that you need to protect yourself from, surely will be. Getting locked in your own apartment from the inside is haunting enough on its own. But when mundane objects become hostile, and your home slowly becomes a living nightmare, the whole experience becomes a vicious, endless cycle of ever-increasing terror.

(If you’re surprised about the omission of Silent Hill 2 in this list, that’s because the game is in abandonware status, meaning that you can’t purchase it anywhere for the time being. That being said, if you happen to find a copy of the PC version, the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition project is a must.)

Silent Hill 4: The Room is available on Windows PC via GOG .

The payer takes aim at some Sleepers in GTFO. The environment is filled with volumetric fog

GTFO , an underrated co-op horror game that was released in late 2021, may have flown under your radar. The fact that matchmaking can take a while and often leads to mixed results might push you away. But whether you visit the game’s official Discord server in search of players or recruit a couple of friends to tag along with you, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss.

Standing aside from the likes of Left 4 Dead or Killing Floor , GTFO is a punishing, brutal experience in which you’re likely to die because of a tiny mistake. Using a flashlight might alert a powerful enemy that was otherwise unaware of your presence, and wasting ammo on an early encounter can leave you on your back foot for the rest of the session. It’s the scarcity of resources and the necessity of sound tactics that feed into the replayability and camaraderie — even if the odds may not always be on your side.

GTFO is available on Windows PC .

Condemned: Criminal Origins

The player character uses an early 2000s-era cell phone to assist in the investigation of a crime scene at a construction site in Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned: Criminal Origins is often considered F.E.A.R.’ s less popular cousin, not just because it released only a few months after the latter, but because they were both made by Monolith Productions. But the two couldn’t be more different. While F.E.A.R. has a stronger focus on weapons, even featuring bullet time at some points, Condemned is known for its melee combat — and after all of these years, no other game has quite matched its weight, rhythm, and impact.

Tasked with following the trail of a serial killer, you explore decaying apartments and rancid sewers with the occasional investigation sequence around a crime scene. In the moments in between, however, you’ll be using pipes, shovels, and anything you can get your hands on to defend yourself. The A.I. isn’t as strong as in F.E.A.R., but it still keeps you on your toes, often looking for ways to flank you among the wreckage of your surroundings.

While the prospect of an FBI agent fighting homeless people has aged quite terribly, the experience progressively leans into the supernatural as the story unfolds. You should still play F.E.A.R. if you haven’t, but its younger sibling definitely deserves a spotlight.

Condemned: Criminal Origins is available on Windows PC, as well as both Xbox One and Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility . If you’re playing on PC, we recommended you install the DirectInputFpxFix — here’s a guide explaining the steps on the Steam forums.

Cry of Fear

An enemy, wearing a mask and wielding a chainsaw, sprints at the player character in Cry of Fear, as they brandish a lantern in the enemy’s direction

While there is tons of merit in the PSX-style aesthetic that permeates many games in the horror genre, there is something particularly haunting about the Source engine. Cry of Fear , a free horror game that started as a mod and was officially released back in 2013, explores how scary the sum of the right elements can be, even in an engine that is almost two decades old.

Presenting a campaign that can be played either alone or with up to four players, Cry of Fear has some of the most imaginative enemy designs and encounters to date. The story plays out in a fairly linear manner, leading the protagonist through the usual suspects in terms of locations: A forest, an asylum, apartment complexes, etc. But there are five different endings, depending on the choices you make with the characters you meet along the way. A solid foundation for mod support has kept the game going all of this time, which, combined with its unnerving atmosphere, makes it well worth your time in 2022.

Cry of Fear is available for free on Windows PC .

The Evil Within 2

Sebastian watches as a house burns at night in a cutscene for The Evil Within 2

What The Evil Within 2 lacks in terms of terror, it makes up for with an inventive take on condensed yet enticing mini open worlds. Moreover, developer Tango Gameworks (the studio that released Ghostwire: Tokyo earlier this year) concocted a singular art style that sets the sequel apart from its predecessor.

Even if you (like me) haven’t played the first game, The Evil Within 2 does a solid job of introducing you to the basics without becoming a slog, and quickly throws you into a maddening journey through a fictional city where someone has been on a murder spree. The main antagonist is an artist that captures the moment of your death with a camera and leaves it on display for others to see. The open-world setting invites you to explore different locations, each offering its own challenges, encounters, or hidden pathways. And the story, while fueled by the simple premise of searching for the protagonist’s daughter, is surprisingly compelling. But it’s in its boss encounters, and some particularly impressive sequences that lean into its survival-horror nature, that The Evil Within 2 leaves its mark.

The Evil Within 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC .

A little girl peers out of a window in Mundaun. The scene is depicted in monochrome, with pencils.

The hand-pencilled craft of Mundaun is enough to peak anybody’s interest at first glance. Stay for a while in this black-and-white Alpine valley, and you’ll find an experience that deploys myths and an otherworldly landscape to haunting effect.

The game tasks you with managing an inventory and solving puzzles as you investigate your grandfather’s death. What’s more, the characters you meet speak Romansh, which is Switzerland’s fourth national language. Not only does this accentuate the flavor of the game’s setting, but also the strong influence that local folklore had on the project. It’s hard to talk about Mundaun without spoiling its charm, but as with others like the Indonesia-based DreadOut series, it’s a living example of how regional stories unknown by global audiences can become sources of horror.

Mundaun is available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch .

The co-op protagonists of Obscure look down on the corpse of someone who has been separated from their legs

Cooperative horror games are commonplace today, but back in the PS2 era, Obscure stood out. Featuring a group of high schoolers that were subject to permadeath if you weren’t helpful, a clever use of darkness as a mechanic, and an opening that kicked off with ‘Still Waiting’ from Sum 41, it’s the perfect encapsulation of the 2000s B-horror genre.

The story takes place in Leafmore High School from dusk till dawn. Some students have gone missing recently, including one of your friends, and you set out to investigate. Light is your go-to defense mechanism against the creatures of the school; as in Alan Wake , you need to weaken them with your flashlight before doing actual damage. While the sun is still out, you can destroy windows to let the sunlight in. At night, things get tougher, and you have to scrounge for more opportunities to combat the creatures.

Mixing old-school mechanics with some fairly tough puzzles, along with a save system that requires you to find discs around the game, Obscure remains noteworthy to this day. But it’s the seamless co-op aspect, which allowed the second player to drop in and out at any time, that has always stuck with me. In a time when most horror games could only be experienced with others by passing the controller, being able to try and make it through the night with a friend raised the stakes without sacrificing the tension.

Obscure is available on Windows PC .

An impossible hallway spirals into the distance in Visage, the haunted house horror game

If you enjoyed P.T. , you’ll probably appreciate the puzzle-solving and exploratory horror of 2020’s haunted-house thriller Visage. While the experience kicks off with a simple premise — you’re tasked with walking around rooms and hallways that slowly shift over time — it doesn’t take long for the story to take shape. Aside from different locations, there are different horror game tropes throughout. Sometimes you’re being chased. In other scenarios, you’re constantly encountering haunting presences in a fast, almost aggressive manner, leaving little room to breathe.

The influences of other first-person horror games are clear from the beginning. Yet Visage avoids clichés. It’s a game that understands where it comes from, and meticulously toys with pacing, enemy design, and visual effects to prove that there’s more to be afraid of, despite all of the examples that precede it.

Visage is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X .

A doll surrounded by candles, a focal point in the Taiwanese-produced horror game Devotion.

Devotion is about a home, a family, and a legacy. It’s a reminder that horror games aren’t there just to frighten us, but to elicit empathy as well. Devotion mixes a heart-wrenching tale of a deceased family with a clever structure, in which the player revisits the same location throughout different time periods. It’s not just the notes or items you can pick up that tell the story, but the space itself. Sometimes it’s a preparation for a birthday party or a TV show that sets the scene, hinting at better times — but it doesn’t take long for these memories to become corroded, drenched in marital frustrations and a tragedy surrounding the family child.

In this house, objects move out of place, crying and laughter rush rapidly over your ears, and nowhere feels safe. Its story is one of resistance, using horror to push back each time us unwanted guests make a breakthrough in the family’s story, and to the nature of the house. And if you do push through, you’ll encounter one of the most visually enchanting and eloquent stories that the genre has to offer.

Red Candle Games’ legacy will forever be marked by its controversy . Gladly for the studio and for us, the game has been publicly available for a while now, and you owe it to yourself to book a visit. Just make sure to keep an eye on your back at all times.

Devotion is available on Mac and Windows PC .

Honorable mention: P.T.

A dark hallway in P.T., lit by red light at the end, in a suburban home

Our perpetually online nature prevented P.T. from becoming the urban myth that Hideo Kojima may have envisioned. He and the team expected that it would take players two months to complete the game. But the final puzzle ended up being solved in just two days, leading to the reveal that this was the since-canceled Silent Hills .

The merit behind the playable teaser cannot be underestimated. It not only invigorated the genre, but also showcased new ways in which to toy with the player’s mind when they’re subject to a first-person perspective. Not being able to see the promised collaboration between Kojima and top talents such as Guillermo del Toro and Junji Ito will always be a scar on the genre. But in the end, the fact that its legacy remains on the hard drives of PlayStation 4 consoles (without the possibility of playing it on PS5, even though the recent jailbreak allows players to circumvent the PSN Store blacklist to download it) has fulfilled that initial vision in an unexpected way. It may not be the urban legend Kojima intended, but it became one nonetheless.

Six Spooky Games for Xbox One and Windows

spooky games on xbox

When Halloween rolls around every year, we start thinking about scares. Scary movies, scary books, and scary games. The latter are an excellent way to have fun while freaking out at the same time.

Brace yourselves, fraidy cats ! We've got six games for Xbox One and Windows PC that will bring you fun and frights on Halloween and beyond. Three are family-friendly and three for grownups, so everybody will find something to enjoy in our Six Spooky Games roundup.

Spooky fun for everyone

Costume quest 2.

If any game perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween, it's one of the very few that actually takes place during that holiday: Costume Quest 2 from DoubleFine and Midnight City. Although Costume Quest 2 is the only sequel that DoubleFine has ever made, you needn't have played the first game to enjoy it – I started fresh with part 2 and never felt lost.

Costume Quest 2 is a role-playing game in which a group of kids is tasked with saving Halloween from destruction. An evil dentist has harnessed the power of time travel and created a future in which children can no longer have candy. Our young heroes must team up with their adult selves to travel across the eras in order to stop his evil plans – plus do a little Trick or Treating while they're at it!

The game plays like classic Final Fantasies – the kids will travel across various locations completing quests, talking to everyone they meet, and collecting lots of candy (which acts as currency). Along the way they will assemble, collect, and equip a variety of costumes. These aren't just for looks; they also provide special abilities. For instance, the Pterodactyl costume's wings can blow away piles of leaves in order to open up new paths.

The turn-based battles take after the Mario & Luigi RPG series. When one of your character's turns comes up, you don't just choose to attack. You also need to time your button press in order to deal the most damage. If you time a second press correctly, you'll squeeze in another hit and pull off a combo. The more precise the button presses, the stronger the attack. Blocking works the same way. These timing elements ensure the battles stay fun throughout instead of getting stale.

With plenty of humor and wit, a story that keeps you on your toes, and a festive Halloween theme, Costume Quest 2 is a great RPG for all ages. Check out Gamasutra's recent post-mortem to learn how DoubleFine pulled the game off against all odds.

  • Costume Quest 2 – Xbox One – 1.1 GB – $14.99 – Xbox Link
  • Costume Quest 2 – Xbox 360 – 748 MB – $14.99 – Xbox Link
  • Costume Quest 2 – Windows, Mac, and Linux – $14.99 – Steam Link

Extreme Exorcism

Golden Ruby Games and Ripstone's Extreme Exorcism takes place in a haunted house. But don't let the title fool you, you won't be exorcizing any demons here. Instead, you'll team up with a friend or two and battle against hordes of tiny, cute ghosts.

Extreme Exorcism is an action-platforming game featuring a variety of single-screen levels, much like Towerfall. Up to four local players can team up and visit the haunted house's 42 levels, fighting dozens of ghosts per room.

The gameplay twist here is that each time you kill a ghost, a new ghost spawns during the next round that mimics your exact movements of the previous round. Instead of AI, you're essentially battling yourself. As the rounds increase, all the ghosts from earlier rounds will stack up, creating huge hordes to battle. It gets hectic with four players!

Although it lacks proton packs, Extreme Exorcism still offers a vast arsenal of ghost-busting weapons. You'll unlock and wield pistols, swords, rocket launchers, shurikens, and even a gun that fires huge Banzai Bill-style bullets (which can be jumped on). These weapons spawn randomly in each stage, so you never know what arsenal you'll have at your disposal.

Extreme Exorcism can be a bit repetitive as a single-player game – an actual story and more variety would've helped. Other nitpicks include the game not taking up the full 16:9 resolution of the screen (why?!) and the lack of a "Retry" option on the Game Over screen.

Despite a few rough edges, Extreme Exorcism offers plenty of cooperative and competitive local multiplayer fun. Be sure to consult our comprehensive Achievement Guide to get the ghost out of Extreme Exorcism!

  • Extreme Exorcism – Xbox One – 380 MB – $12.99 – Xbox Link
  • Extreme Exorcism – Windows PC and Mac – $12.99 – Steam Link

Whispering Willows

Originally created for the short-lived Ouya console by Nightlife Interactive, Abstraction Games eventually brought this one to Xbox One a few months back.

Whispering Willows is a ghost-themed adventure game that plays like a platformer (but without the jumping). The game begins when protagonist Elena Elkhorn sets out on a mission to rescue her missing father. He had been spending time at the Willows Mansion, the former home of their town's founder and the site of numerous murders.

Upon reaching the mansion, Elena falls into its underground catacombs and discovers a magic amulet. The necklace gives her the power to project her spirit form outside of her body, where it can speak with ghosts and interact with various objects. She'll use these powers to solve puzzles and unlock the mansion's many secrets.

You'll need to remember that looks aren't everything when playing Whispering Willows. The in-game art doesn't look too bad, except that the sprites are woefully under-animated. The intro and ending cinematics feature some of the worst art I've seen in a console game. Whoever drew them should find a new line of work.

Still, I really liked Whispering Willows because of its intriguing story. By finding notes and letters and talking to the many ghosts in and around Willow Mansion, Elena will discover the shocking history of her town and its founder. The plot deals with early American settler's relations with Native Americans, a subject we seldom see in games.

Another plus: easy Achievements! Whispering Willows is a relatively short game, lasting 4-6 hours in length. Approximately six Achievements are missable if the player reaches a new chapter without interacting with certain items. Just look up those few Achievements for safety and you can play through the game with no other guidance. It's a breezy good time.

  • Whispering Willows – Xbox One – 2.3 GB – $9.99 – Xbox Link
  • Whispering Willows – Windows, Mac, and Linux – $9.99 – Steam Link

Only the stout of heart need apply

Layers of fear.

This first-person horror game from polish developer Bloober Team is big on atmosphere, with the actual scares relatively far apart compared to Outlast and Slender: The Arrival. But it certainly does get creepier and creepier as the story progresses…

The game starts out with a narration from the protagonist, a once famous painter. Things have gone wrong in his life, but it will be a while before we discover the nature of those problems. The answers lie within the painter's large and run-down home.

Layers of Fear plays simply enough. You just walk around the house looking for clues. Many objects can be picked up and analyzed from any angle, although you'll take far fewer items along for use in future puzzles. A variety of documents like newspaper clippings and letters provide some insight into the events leading up to the game.

Exploring a house wouldn't be too scary on its own, but eventually things start to go awry. The painter will enter a room only to find that the door leads somewhere entirely different on his way out. Things change, melt, and even explode as you look at them… And something smashes away at the door. And throughout much of the experience, we're left to wonder whether these things are really happening or simply the result of madness.

As part of the Xbox One Preview Program (and Steam Early Access), Layers of Fear is not fully complete yet. The graphics are beautifully detailed, but the frame rate is well below standards on Xbox One. You get used to it, but people who require games to run at 60 FPS will want to avoid this one.

Also, the script was clearly not written by a native English speaker, which hampers immersion at times (as does the weak voice acting). Hopefully Bloober Team can improve on these flaws by the time the game fully launches.

Grab Layers of Fear if you enjoy a moody adventure game and can overlook a shoddy framerate.

  • Layers of Fear – Xbox One – 2.4 GB – $12.99 – Xbox Link
  • Layers of Fear – Windows, Mac, and Linux – $12.99 – Steam Link

Outlast is a first-person survival horror game from Red Barrels. Players take on the role of a journalist who has been sent to investigate a psychiatric hospital. You start outside the eerie place (not unlike The Evil Within) and must find your way inside.

Upon entering the asylum, our hero quickly discovers evidence of wrongdoings. The staff are no where to be found, and blood and trash litter the hallways. An entire SWAT team has already entered this place and disappeared. What happened to everyone?

Eventually you'll discover that someone has performed horrible experiments on the crazies interred within the asylum. You have no weapons with which to battle the mutated unfortunates, so you'll have to use stealth to avoid them. Perhaps they're not all violent, though.

Our hero doesn't pack a weapon, but he does at least carry a video camera. He can activate its night vision to see in the dark, finding paths to safety. But the night vision eats through batteries, so you'll need to use it sparingly.

Outlast impresses not only with its strong setting, but also fantastic graphics and disturbing creature designs. This is easily the most technically proficient of our "Spooky Six." If I didn't know any better, I'd swear it was a $60 retail game and not a downloadable indie title.

If you're looking for a brutal and sometimes gory horror title, better make Outlast your first pick instead of your last.

  • Outlast – Xbox One –3.7 GB – $19.99 – Xbox Link
  • Outlast – Windows, Mac, and Linux – $19.99 – Steam Link

Slender: The Arrival

Urban horror legend Slender Man was created by a forum poster in 2009, according to Wikipedia. A blurry, faceless man added to old photographs, the character soon caught the imagination of online horror fans of all ages. You'll want to keep the kids away from Slendy's official game Slender: The Arrival, though, as it's the scariest game I've ever played. It comes from Blue Isle Studios and Midnight City.

The Arrival begins as initial protagonist Laura visits her friend's remote home. The missing girl Kate had been complaining of a mysterious man following her around. Unfortunately, her home has been wrecked and she's nowhere to be found.

Over the course of the game, players will take control of Laura, Kate, and a few other souls unlucky enough to run across the Slender Man. Few (if any) of them will escape from the terrifying being and his followers.

The Arrival takes place from a first-person perspective, with the player supposedly looking through a video camera the entire time. The lack of any other armament is part of what makes this game so terrifying. All you can do is run and hope Slender and Co don't randomly catch up with you, sending you back to the start of the level. You can only run a short distance before getting tired, at which point you're a sitting duck. No weapons, no defense - you're screwed.

Slender: The Arrival is a low budget game, so it's not the prettiest Xbox One title on the block. But the low-fi visuals don't get in the way of the horror. The actual thing(s) chasing you look plenty creepy, and they don't just want to kill you. The sound also drives home the horror; it puts me on edge the whole time I play.

As you progress through the game, bits of the story start to become clear. You'll find out what happens to the people who Slender catches - those poor souls. Few games capture the feel of a found footage horror movie so well. Slender: The Arrival is not a perfect game, but it's perfectly creepy and you won't find many other games like it on consoles.

Don't miss our full Slender: The Arrival review !

  • Slender: The Arrival – Xbox One – 1.4 GB – $9.99 – Xbox Link
  • Slender: The Arrival – Xbox 360 – 620 MB – $9.99 – Xbox Link
  • Slender: The Arrival – Windows and Mac – $9.99 – Steam Link
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Did I leave out your favorite Xbox One/PC horror game? Or do you need some zombies in your spooky celebration? Here are the remaining horror and/or zombie-themed games available for Xbox One (and Windows). Most are really good, but I didn't want the list to run as long as a Stephen King novel!

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Dying Light
  • The Evil Within
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  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • The Walking Dead (Seasons 1 and 2)
  • Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

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It’s Halloween, and that means only one thing: time to play spooky games!

Okay, it means a few things: the opportunity to dress up in ridiculous outfits, go trick-or-treating, watch scary films and celebrate all things macabre with your friends and family. But as video game lovers, we of course take it as an opportunity to delve into some of the best, and most spooky, horror games around.

There have been some excellent horror games released in 2021, and many of them may have flown under your radar. So here we are with a round-up of ten of the best spooky, or horror-themed, games that have released this year. Grab a controller, and a friend if you’re too scared to play alone, and get ready for a spooky good time this Halloween.

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If you owned a Xbox at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few horror games in your collection. After all, is there anything better than a scary video game that will make you jump out of your skin as you play it? The games on this list pit you against zombies, mutants, animals, and even other humans that are bent on killing you. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Xbox horror games of all time. At the time when the Xbox was the big thing, we had never seen graphics as killer as these before, and the horror games were even scarier as a result.

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2

Immersing players into a psychologically intense world, Silent Hill 2 tells the story of protagonist James Sunderland as he searches for his deceased wife in the eerie town of Silent Hill. Boasting an emotionally evocative narrative and chilling atmosphere, this game stands out from other horror titles with its unforgettable, symbolism-rich monsters, like the iconic Pyramid Head. Alongside its puzzle-solving gameplay, the disturbing environmental storytelling elevates Silent Hill 2 to a literary level, marking it as an essential entry in the horror genre.

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Silent Hill 4: The Room

Silent Hill 4: The Room

Trapped within his own apartment, protagonist Henry Townshend faces a living nightmare in Silent Hill 4: The Room . As players navigate claustrophobic environs and solve various puzzles to escape, they'll uncover a sinister plot involving a cult and the terrifying serial killer Walter Sullivan. The Room challenges the conventional horror game format with its confined setting and introduces a fresh first-person perspective that intensifies the frightening atmosphere. This bold installment in the Silent Hill series will keep gamers engrossed in its twisted narrative.

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Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

Delve deep into the horrifying village of Minakami in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly , where twin sisters Mio and Mayu Amakura become trapped in a perpetual night cursed by the spirits of a failed ritual. The game's innovative combat system, using a spirit-powered camera called the Camera Obscura, allows players to fend off vengeful ghosts by capturing their images. This mechanic, combined with spine-chilling Japanese folklore, results in a uniquely terrifying experience. The constant fear instilled by Fatal Frame II makes this a standout game that will leave players pondering its themes long after the final shutter click.

The Suffering

The Suffering

Brutal and visceral, The Suffering puts players in control of Torque, a death row inmate on Carnate Island, who must survive monstrous incarnations of his own guilt. Seamlessly blending third-person exploration and combat, the game's dark and twisted environments are filled with gory sights that will leave even the most seasoned horror fans disturbed. With an engaging narrative and multiple endings based on player choices, The Suffering offers a thrillingly savage experience within the horror genre. From its menacing enemies to its gritty setting, this merciless game is not for the faint of heart.

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Fatal Frame

Fatal Frame

Armed with the mystical Camera Obscura, players step into the shoes of Miku Hinasaki, a young girl searching for her missing brother in the haunted Himuro Mansion in Fatal Frame . Set in a spine-chilling Japanese setting with ghastly folklore-inspired ghosts, this game innovates horror combat by having players vanquish spirits through photography. Fatal Frame's immersive storyline, eerie atmosphere, and memorable scares make it a standout classic within the genre. With its unique mechanic and engaging narrative, players will be hard-pressed to shake off the haunting memories of their experiences within Himuro Mansion.

Evil Dead: Regeneration

Evil Dead: Regeneration

It's time to put on your chainsaw and boomstick as Ash Williams in Evil Dead: Regeneration , a campy horror-comedy game that perfectly captures the spirit of the beloved cult film series. Players will hack, slash, and blast their way through hordes of Deadites while battling the resurrected spirits of Ash's past. The game's signature blend of humor and horror, marked by its unforgettable one-liners and grotesque enemies, make Evil Dead: Regeneration a fan favorite in the horror-comedy genre. With a gory and hilarious adventure awaiting players, this title stays true to all the best elements of the Evil Dead franchise.


The Old West meets supernatural horror in Darkwatch , as players take on the role of Jericho Cross, a half-vampire outlaw seeking redemption from his blood-sucking curse. Combining elements of first-person shooters and horror, the game excels in offering iconic weaponry with incredible power-ups and a varied roster of monstrous enemies to annihilate. Moreover, the inclusion of a morality system in which Jericho's decisions affect his path adds depth to the experience. Overall, Darkwatch masterfully combines cowboy aesthetics and spine-tingling horror to create a unique and thrilling adventure.


Taking cues from classic teen horror films, ObsCure follows five high school students as they uncover the sinister secrets hidden within their seemingly innocent campus. Players can switch between characters with unique abilities, solve puzzles, and work together to defeat grotesque, infected adversaries. The game's innovative cooperative mode allows for a seamless blend of single-player and multiplayer experiences, making ObsCure a standout among horror titles. From its atmospheric setting to the eerie whispers permeating the air, ObsCure delivers an unforgettable and creepy experience perfect for a night of shared terror.


Taking stealth and survival to a chillingly realistic level, Manhunt forces players to embody James Earl Cash – a death row inmate who's been given a second chance at life in exchange for slaughtering gang members on camera. The game's gritty atmosphere and focus on raw, brutal violence compel players to use their wits and cunning to survive each harrowing stage. Manhunt's controversial content and unapologetic approach to its subject matter differentiate it within the horror genre, making it a memorable experience for those seeking darker themes. This provocative and engaging title will leave players reflecting on the limits of humanity and the horrors people can inflict upon one another.

Cold Fear

Set aboard a derelict Russian whaling ship adrift in a raging storm, Cold Fear's atmospheric backdrop plunges players into the role of Tom Hansen, a Coast Guard officer tasked with uncovering the vessel's dark secrets. Bristling with enemies both human and monstrous, the ship's environment heightens the terror as players navigate its claustrophobic corridors and contend with the ship's pitching motion. This game's unique setting and dynamic weather effects make it stand out within the horror genre, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience that will leave gamers on the edge of their seats. In Cold Fear , navigating the storm-tossed ship and battling the horrors within prove to be a chilling and unforgettable journey.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Dive into the twisted world of H.P. Lovecraft with Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth , where players assume the role of private detective Jack Walters as he unravels the horrifying secrets of the town of Innsmouth. The game's immersive first-person perspective, lack of HUD, and emphasis on psychological horror make for a gripping, atmospheric experience. Its unique blend of investigation, puzzle-solving, and combat mechanics further enhance the sense of dread that permeates every corner of Innsmouth. Dark Corners of the Earth captures the essence of Lovecraftian horror, transporting players into a realm of cosmic terror and madness.

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The Suffering: Ties That Bind

The Suffering: Ties That Bind

Building on the success of its predecessor, The Suffering: Ties That Bind continues the story of Torque as he confronts his twisted past in the crime-ridden city of Baltimore. As players navigate the grim urban landscape, they'll face newly designed monstrosities – physical embodiments of violence that plague the city. With an expanded morality system, multiple endings based on player choices, and new customizable combat options, Ties That Bind takes the franchise to new heights of horror. This sequel elevates the blood-curdling experience and remains a must-play for fans of the original game.

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Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil

Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil

Picking up the narrative from where its predecessor left off, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil plunges players back into the demon-ridden UAC Mars facility and tasks them with confronting a new demonic threat. With its harrowing atmosphere, relentless pacing, and enhanced arsenal of weapons such as the gravity-defying Grabber and the devastating double-barreled shotgun, this expansion pack delivers on the adrenaline-pumping, gory action fans crave. Additionally, the game introduces challenging environmental puzzles that further augment the overall horror experience. Resurrection of Evil elevates Doom 3's established formula to thrilling new heights, making it an essential play for fans of the series.

The Thing

Set in the aftermath of John Carpenter's iconic film, The Thing tasks players with surviving the harsh Antarctic environment and the shape-shifting alien menace that hides within. As Captain Blake, players must manage a team of AI-controlled squadmates, each with unique skills and personalities. Additionally, the game's innovative trust mechanic forces players to maintain their squad's morale and keep a wary eye out for possible alien infiltrations. The Thing masterfully balances survival horror and action, resulting in a tension-filled gaming experience that fans of the film will surely appreciate.

The House of the Dead III

The House of the Dead III

Blast your way through hordes of relentless undead in The House of the Dead III , a thrilling rail shooter that takes players on a frantic journey through a post-apocalyptic world. With an arsenal of powerful weapons and partner mechanics for cooperative play, this game offers plenty of opportunities for teamwork and strategy in addition to its non-stop gory action. The branching narrative paths and multiple endings also provide an added layer of replayability for those looking to maximize their zombie-slaying prowess. The House of the Dead III's high-octane gameplay and terrifying undead enemies make it a must-play title for fans of arcade-style horror shooters.


In BloodRayne , players assume the role of Rayne, a half-human, half-vampire femme fatale on a quest to hunt down her monstrous brethren and prevent the rise of an ancient evil. With her twin blade-wielding prowess and supernatural abilities, players will cut through hordes of nightmarish enemies in this stylistic action-horror game. The game's unique mix of acrobatic combat and gothic atmosphere sets it apart from other horror titles. BloodRayne's captivating narrative and brutal combat make it an unforgettable experience for fans of vampire lore and gory action alike.

Curse: The Eye of Isis

Curse: The Eye of Isis

Set in the early 20th century, Curse: The Eye of Isis plunges players into an atmospheric world of ancient Egyptian mythology and occultism. Assuming the role of archeologist Darien Dane, players must recover the stolen Eye of Isis artifact and unravel the mysteries surrounding its curse. Through exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat with supernatural foes, players will delve deep into a captivating narrative steeped in ancient lore. With its engaging storyline and eerie setting, Curse: The Eye of Isis offers a chilling adventure for fans of historical horror and occult intrigue.

Doom 3

Continuing the legacy of the iconic franchise, Doom 3 thrusts players into the chaotic UAC Mars facility overrun by relentless demons and infernal creatures. The game's impressive graphics, atmospheric lighting, and claustrophobic environments create a sense of vulnerability and isolation that elevates its already terrifying nature. Boasting a diverse arsenal of powerful weapons and an engrossing narrative, Doom 3 pushes the boundaries of first-person shooter horror. This thrilling addition to the series is a must-play title for fans of intense action and monstrous adversaries.

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Run Like Hell

Run Like Hell

Trapped on a space station overrun by bloodthirsty alien creatures, Run Like Hell puts players in the shoes of exiled military hero Nick Conner as he fights for survival and uncovers the sinister plot behind the invasion. The game's claustrophobic environments heighten the palpable sense of dread, while its constant tension and varied enemy types keep players on their toes. With a gripping narrative filled with twists and turns, Run Like Hell offers a thrilling rollercoaster of sci-fi horror that will leave gamers breathless.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Step into the shoes of the iconic vampire slayer, Buffy Summers, in this action-packed adventure that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the beloved TV series. Players will need to use Buffy's trademark wit, acrobatic abilities, and arsenal of supernatural weapons to battle vampires, demons, and other supernatural threats in the fictional town of Sunnydale. With its engaging narrative, faithful recreation of the television universe, and frenetic combat, Buffy the Vampire Slayer offers fans an immersive experience that captures the essence of the show. Whether a die-hard fan of the series or merely seeking a taste of vampire-slaying action, this game delivers on all fronts.

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green

As a prequel to George A. Romero's cult film Land of the Dead ,  Road to Fiddler's Green immerses players in a terrifying world overrun by the living dead. Gamers take on the role of Jack, a farmer forced to traverse the zombie-infested countryside in search of humanity's last bastion: Fiddler's Green. Mixing first-person shooter action with survival horror elements, the game offers a wide variety of weapons to dispatch the undead hordes and a deep storyline that expands the mythos of Romero's iconic universe. Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green is an essential experience for fans of the film seeking a chilling and challenging journey through the world of the living dead.

BloodRayne 2

BloodRayne 2

The crimson-splattered saga continues in BloodRayne 2 , where players reprise their role as the deadly half-vampire Rayne on a vengeful pursuit against her sinister siblings. Set in an updated urban environment, this action-packed sequel boasts a revamped combat system with acrobatic maneuvers and an assortment of brutal weapons, including her iconic arm blades. BloodRayne 2 excels in its rapid-paced gameplay, gothic atmosphere, and dark humor, making it a worthy successor to the original game. For fans of vampire lore and visceral action, BloodRayne 2 delivers a bloody good time.

Dino Crisis 3

Dino Crisis 3

Set 500 years in the future aboard a drifting spaceship infested with mutated dinosaurs, Dino Crisis 3 puts players in control of elite soldiers exploring the derelict vessel to uncover its dark secrets. Featuring fast-paced action, intense close-quarters combat, and a thrilling sci-fi horror setting, the game provides a fresh and terrifying twist on the dinosaur-themed survival horror genre. Dino Crisis 3 also introduces a new jetpack mechanic that enhances vertical combat and traversal, offering a unique gameplay experience. Fans of the franchise or those simply looking for a frenetic fight against prehistoric predators won't want to miss this thrilling installment.

Area 51

Dive into the heart of conspiracy theories and alien encounters with Area 51 , a first-person shooter that tasks players with uncovering the hidden secrets of the mysterious military facility. As Ethan Cole, a Hazmat operative, players must navigate a deadly viral outbreak, battle grotesque creatures, and unravel the enigmatic storyline within the iconic, eerie setting. The game's blend of horror, sci-fi, and action, along with its multiplayer features, positions Area 51 as a standout title within the genre. Fans of extraterrestrial horror and thrilling gunplay will relish in the mysterious world of Area 51 .

Legacy of Kain: Defiance

Legacy of Kain: Defiance

Steeped in dark fantasy lore, Legacy of Kain: Defiance puts players in control of both the vampire antihero Kain and his soul-devouring lieutenant, Raziel. As the compelling narrative unfolds, players will explore expansive environments, solve intricate puzzles, and unleash devastating abilities as they combat their way through a world rife with intrigue and supernatural horror. The game's captivating storyline, impressive voice acting, and challenging gameplay create a truly unique experience within the genre. Legacy of Kain: Defiance stands as a haunting and unforgettable journey into a realm of darkness and mystery.

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Revolutionizing the first-person perspective, Breakdown merges cinematic storytelling with heart-pounding action as players assume the role of Derrick Cole, a man desperate to unravel the truth behind his inexplicable powers and a global conspiracy. With its innovative, visceral hand-to-hand combat system and immersive environments, Breakdown boasts both a thrilling gameplay experience and an intriguing science-fiction narrative. The game's seamless blend of action, exploration, and puzzle-solving offers a unique take on the genre, setting it apart from other horror titles. For players seeking an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a storyline that will keep them guessing, Breakdown is the perfect choice.

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

Join the iconic Ash Williams once again in Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick , a sequel to the cult classic game Regeneration that successfully captures the unique blend of horror and humor from the film franchise. Wielding the legendary chainsaw and boomstick, players must navigate the demon-infested town of Dearborn and destroy the malevolent force responsible for unleashing hell on earth. The game's over-the-top action, hilarious one-liners, and memorable enemies make for a delightful experience that pays homage to the beloved film series. For fans of the Evil Dead universe or anyone craving a dose of humor with their horror, A Fistful of Boomstick is the perfect choice.

Shade: Wrath of Angels

Shade: Wrath of Angels

As players embark on a supernatural journey into the heart of darkness in Shade: Wrath of Angels , they'll assume the role of a mysterious hero tasked with rescuing his brother while confronting malevolent forces hell-bent on chaos. The game's unique blend of third-person action, puzzle-solving, and exploration across various realms creates a gripping experience for fans of horror and fantasy alike. With its assortment of supernatural weaponry and haunting environments, Shade: Wrath of Angels offers a distinct twist on traditional horror tropes. Players seeking a chilling adventure through otherworldly realms should look no further than this atmospheric title.

City of the Dead

City of the Dead

Though never officially released, City of the Dead promised to be a spine-tingling zombie apocalypse experience based on George A. Romero's iconic universe. Players would have been given the opportunity to navigate the undead-infested streets of a desolate city, scavenging for resources and forming alliances with other survivors. With its planned inclusion of various playable characters and branching narratives, City of the Dead aimed to capture the essence of Romero's films by exploring themes of survival, sacrifice, and human nature. While the game may never see the light of day, fans of the franchise can only imagine the gripping experience that might have been.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

In Return to Castle Wolfenstein , players step into the boots of B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly trained agent on a mission to thwart the Nazi's occult experiments and twisted creations. This first-person shooter combines intense gunplay, stealth elements, and supernatural horror as players navigate the eerie halls of Castle Wolfenstein and face off against undead monstrosities. With its impressive graphics, engaging storyline, and memorable setting, Return to Castle Wolfenstein offers an enthralling blend of action and horror that fans of the genre will appreciate. From infiltrating secret Nazi lairs to battling monstrous foes, this game delivers a thrilling adventure filled with dark surprises.

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Horror games are always a popular video game genre in the marketplace. You will have no problem finding a game to pick up and play today. However, things can get a bit more niche if you’re looking for cooperative horror video game titles. With that said, in this list, we’ll be covering some of our personal favorite cooperative horror video game titles we think are well worth playing today.

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Release Date: 18 Nov 2022 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One  Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No  Co-op: (Local: 5 | Online: 2) Genre: Choices Matter, Horror, Story Rich, Psychological Horror, Crime

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The Dark Pictures  saga has been trying to make each episode of their run special, with new characters and new horrors to face.

In  The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me , you’ll play a crew of a documentary who gets a tip about a “Murder House” from a book that was perfectly replicated. Unfortunately, things immediately go wrong once they enter the house to set up the filming.

Now, you must work through the house and learn who is manipulating events. You’ll survive the “killer rooms” and determine how loyal you are to those around you. Will you focus on yourself? Or will you try to save everyone?

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Release Date: 12 May 2022 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One Camera:Third Person Multiplayer: YES Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Action, Horror, Psychological Horror

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Sometimes, a video game is meant to honor a fanbase for being loyal to a franchise.  Evil Dead: The Game  is one such example.

The game is a 4v1 multiple title with four players portraying some of their favorite characters from the franchise. Oh, and Ash Williams is there in his many forms, so you can have a team full of Ash’s if you want. Groovy.

The fifth player will become a demon that is haunting your group and trying to kill you before you can complete a series of tasks. They’ll send wave after wave of monsters at you and get stronger as the game goes on.

So work together and kill everything that isn’t human!

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Release Date: 10 Jun 2022 Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One  Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No  Co-op: (Local: 8 | Online: 8) Genre: Choices Matter, Horror, Story Rich, Psychological Horror, Gore

Many games and genres allow your choices to affect the overall narrative. But  The Quarry  takes that to an extreme to deliver an unpredictable game and horror experience that you’ll play multiple times to see if you can get the best result.

When camp counselors decide to celebrate the end of their latest venture, they’re terrorized by locals and monsters of unknown origins.

Through these nine people, you’ll make decisions that’ll affect that moment and the many moments to come. Will your choices break the group apart? Will you be able to keep them alive? What is truly going on that led to this madness? You’ll have to play the game to learn the truth.

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Release Date: 26 May 2017 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Horror, Survival, Gore Violent, Stealth

PC | Playstation | Xbox | Nintendo

Friday The 13th The Game was an instant hit when it launched into the marketplace initially. It allowed players a chance to dive into the iconic horror movie franchise in a modern-day video game format. Here players are split between either being survivors or otherwise known as camp councilors or the role of Jason. Here the survivors are attempting to escape the campgrounds, but to do so they’ll need to gather certain resources and gear. For instance, to take a car you’ll need to locate keys and a car battery. Meanwhile, survivors are only able to talk with each other if they are either nearby or if they locate a radio, in which case you’ll need to rely on another player finding a radio to use as well.

However, located somewhere on the map is Jason the player that’s actively looking for survivors to kill off. With a few powers to further buff up Jason, players will have their own means to deal with Jason on their own such as a one-time use pocket knife to stab Jason for stun or by leaping through cabin windows to escape Jason’s grasp. Unfortunately, the game was hit with some legal issues based on licensing. Ultimately the servers were shut down but it did give players the ability to connect online through peer-to-peer networking so you can still enjoy this game with your group of friends today.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

Release Date: 22 Oct 2021 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One    

Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: 5 | Online: 2) Genre: Choices Matter, Horror, Survival, Action, Adventure

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is another installment to the short story horror games by Supermassive Games. This time around, the game puts players into 2003 during the Iraq War. Overseeing a task force going through intel regarding weapons of mass destruction, the group ends up in a cave that unleashes a sinister evil. While this game offers cooperative gameplay, it’s a bit different. Since this is a game centered around multiple characters, choices, and QTEs, players pass the controller around. This way, you’re actively controlling a character or narrative in spurts. One wrong choice or move could have drastic effects, so it’s more of an interactive horror movie to watch with friends.

Release Date: 14 Jun 2016 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 5) Genre: Horror, Survival, Stealth, Violent, Strategy

While Friday the 13th The Game was limited to one IP and as mentioned was dealing with legal issues preventing this game from getting even bigger players did have an alternative option to continue on the fun. Dead by Daylight more or less features the same type of gameplay where players are either a survivor attempting to escape the area or a hostile monster player looking to take out the survivors.

Survivors are dropped into the map where they need to locate various generators and power them to open up exits. However, they’ll have to avoid a hostile monster that will be lurking around the map, putting survivors in confinements and attempting to down them. Likewise, survivors will need to work together to avoid being killed off completely and escape. As mentioned, the game features several IPs thanks to special crossover events. For instance, we’ve seen Saw, Stranger Things, to Konami’s iconic survival horror series Silent Hill get picked up and featured within the game. This not only adds a new hostile monster, new characters, and even a different map for players to enjoy.

#12 World War Z: Aftermath 

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Release Date: 21 Sep 2021 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch    

Camera: First Person, Third Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Zombies, Action, Adventure, Gore, Shooter

World War Z: Aftermath is an updated version of the World War Z title. The game is similar to the likes of Left 4 Dead and Back 4 Blood. In the game, players are working with a group of survivors having to battle against flooded cities filled with the undead. With swarms that can climb up on each other to reach new heights, no place is safe from the infestation. Fortunately, you’re always working with a group, whether it’s AI or with friends. In particular, the Aftermath release comes with some additional features and locations. For instance, you have a first-person mode along with new locations to battle in, such as fighting off the infected in Rome’s Vatican City.

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Release Date: 18 Feb 2021 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch    

Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Action, Zombies, Shooter, Sniper, Adventure

The Zombie Army franchise has a fourth installment available and it’s a series that some players may have completely missed. With that said, it’s well worth checking into with the fourth installment being the latest. Here players are going through a wacky storyline where Nazi zombies have turned up and you along with your friends are sent to stop them from overtaking the world. It’s a game that’s a bit like Left 4 Dead, where you have a group of survivors gunning their way down a massive collection of zombies all while completing a series of mission goals.

Meanwhile, you’ll have the ability to make tweaks and upgrades for your weapons which, much like the storyline, can be over-the-top fun, such as a shotgun that can shoot out electrical blasts. However, if you rather not going through the campaign then there’s the traditional wave-based style game mode as well where your group of friends can attempt to see how long they would last in the game before finally being overtaken by the zombie horde.

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Release Date: 13 Mar 2020 | Platform: PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One    Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Survival, Open World, Zombies, Base Building, RPG.

Steam | Xbox

State of Decay 2 is a third-person shooter where players must build up a sanctuary-type fort that houses the innocent away from the flesh-eating monsters that rule the world. Outside of building up a base, players can team up with friends while scavenging for items and develop survivor skills to improve their usefulness in the community.

The game features online four-player cooperative gameplay as players will work together and attempt to survive the post-apocalypse. Not only will you be battling against undead but locating different resources to scavenge to keep your group alive and well. We also know that a third installment is in the works for this series if you find yourself enjoying State of Decay 2. Unfortunately, nothing but an initial teaser trailer has been showcased so far which means we don’t know just what exactly development studio Undead Labs has planned.

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Release Date: 31 May 2016 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One   

Camera: First Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Zombies, Open World, Gore, Action, Horror

Dead Island was developed by Techland, a studio that worked on Dying Light which we’ll be getting into later in this list. Within Dead Island, players are trapped on a tropical paradise resort island when the zombie apocalypse happens. Now to get off the island, you discover that you’re immune but that doesn’t mean you can’t get killed by these beasts if they happen to swarm around you.

Players are tasked with aiding civilians around the island with their needs as they work towards a way to get back home. It’s a melee-focused game as well with players slashing away at zombies or using one of the unique weapons that can be crafted as you progress through the campaign. There is also a definitive edition available with this game which comes with the game, Dead Island: Riptide, along with all the DLC. Players can go through the game co-op but it’s only supported online so if you’ll be out of luck if you’re wanting to enjoy the game locally.

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Release Date: 30 Jul 2019 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One    

Camera: First Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Horror, Indie, Action, Stealth, Survival

In The Blackout Club players are working as a group of teenagers looking to gather evidence when a strange occurrence happens with teenagers waking up in random areas of the town. You’ll find that the town is controlled by some unusual cultist-like group which means you’ll have to figure out how to turn things around for this once normal neighborhood. However, to gather information, players will need to be sneaky and roam around the town using an assortment of tools such as grapples to scale to new heights or noisemakers to get the attention of the mysterious hostile enemies.

Throughout the game round, there will be a couple of objectives to complete which may mean breaking into homes where more of these hostile cult-like characters are roaming around aimlessly. The main focus is keeping quiet as you don’t want to draw too much attention towards your position. However if too noisy, players can be caught and turned into mindless walkers as well where you’ll need the aid of another player to track you down for a daring rescue.

#7 Aliens: Fireteam Elite 

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Release Date: 24 Aug 2021 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 3) Genre: Shooter, Action, Aliens, Horror, Sci-Fi

Those who enjoy the Aliens franchise might find some interest in Aliens: Fireteam Elite. This game takes place after the events of the original Aliens trilogy, where humanity will still have to face the terrifying Xenomorph aliens. Here in this game, you’re working with a task force tasked with clearing out a refinery with a new infestation. It’s a thrilling, action-packed third-person shooter with different weapons and gadgets to keep your character from being slaughtered off. The gameplay is overall similar to Back 4 Blood, where you’re working with a group AI unless you opt to play with friends.

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Release Date: 26 Jan 2015 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: First Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Zombies, Survival Horror, Parkour, Gore, FPS

Steam | Playstation | Xbox | Nintendo

As mentioned above, Techland was the one responsible for Dying Light. Rather than being stuck in a tropical island paradise when the zombie apocalypse happens, players are infiltrating a middle-eastern city that is under quarantine due to the virus spread. Here you’ll learn what’s going on but more importantly you’ll be dealing with loads of the undead. There’s also a play on the day and night cycle as well with zombies being slow and easy to deal with during the day but becomes incredibly hostile and difficult at night.

One way to combatant these hostile creatures is by simply running away thanks to a parkour system that the developers added into the gameplay. Fortunately, you won’t have to go through the campaign alone as this game does offer cooperative gameplay support. Players can connect online with up to four-player co-op available. Meanwhile, there is a sequel in the works, but we’re left waiting on just when we can get our hands on Dying Light 2. Fortunately, it does look like we’ll still see this game launch on the Xbox One where again we’ll have online co-op support.

resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2

Release Date: 25 Feb 2015 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: 2 | Online: 2) Genre: Zombies, Horror, Survival Horror, Action, Adventure

Resident Evil has been around for decades at this point. Alongside the mainline installments, Capcom has released several spin-off titles as well. One of those game series was Resident Evil Revelations although for this list we’re going to be covering Resident Evil Revelations 2. In this title, players will be picking up a side story that happens between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

Overall, the story follows Claire Redfield and Moira Burton as they get kidnapped during Claire’s welcoming party to the anti-bio-terrorism organization TerraSave. Waking up in an unfamiliar facility, the duo must work together to figure out where they are at and who is responsible for the attack, all while fighting off a slew of hostile monsters along with solving a series of puzzles during their escape. As you can guess, this game features cooperative support with two players taking the role of either individual. Likewise, both characters have their pros such as Claire having the ability to gun enemies down or Moira being capable of stunning enemies with her flashlight.

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Release Date: 15 Sep 2009 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: Third Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 2) Genre: Zombies, Action, Shooter, Horror, Survival Horror

Resident Evil 5 is one of the black sheep installments to the franchise for several fans of the IP, but more people are looking back at the game for its thrilling co-op action-horror experience. In this game, players take the role of Chris Redfield who is tasked with solving a new BOW threat located in Africa. Along for the journey is a local BSAA division agent named Sheva Alomar. Players can go through this game in co-op with a secondary player getting to control Sheva, although both characters mainly play the same.

Here players are again battling against an assortment of infected hostile creatures along with going through boss battles and solving puzzles. However, this game is far more action-oriented than the survival-horror gameplay that the series was known for. That’s not to say it’s not a fun co-op experience, but for those that want the old-school survival horror feel of Resident Evil which is also what the game series has diverted back towards with these latest installments, you won’t find it here.

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Release Date: 27 Aug 2019 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One Camera: First Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 3) Genre: Open World, Atmospheric, Tactical, FPS, Horror

Hunt: Showdown is an FPS game where players are taking the role of monster bounty hunters. Players step in and track down these big behemoth monsters, take them out, collect their bounty and get out of the area. This doesn’t sound like much of a challenge outside of battling the monster but you’ll be dealing with other players in the game as well.

Players can go through the game in either team of two or three if you’re wanting to play with friends. From there, you’re dropped in this map with a slew of other squads and monsters. Players who eventually find the main monster can take it out and gather the bounty. However, this will trigger a pinpoint of where the monster was slaughtered on the remaining players map leading them to where they can find the team who has the bounty. This can be quite the tense game as you never know how close other players might be when you slaughter the monster so having friends being mindful of the area and helping you reach the exit is key. Furthermore, this title also received cross-play between console platforms so you don’t necessarily need friends that own this game on the Xbox One to connect and play together.

#2 Back 4 Blood 

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Release Date: 12 Oct 2021 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One Camera: First Person Multiplayer: Yes Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Zombies, Gore, Shooter, Action, FPS

If you enjoyed Left 4 Dead, you wouldn’t want to pass up on Back 4 Blood. This is a spiritual successor to the franchise from the original creators of the IP, Turtle Rock Studios. While Left 4 Dead has been under the control of Valve, we haven’t seen a new installment released since Left 4 Dead 2. However, you can get the same kind of experience with Back 4 Blood. Players are working with a group of characters as they battle against the swarms of the undead. There’s a slew of different weapons to pick up, zombie-type monsters to fight, and characters to take the role. There are also slight differences between each character, so you’ll want to pay attention to their unique attributes. Fortunately, just like with Left 4 Dead, you can enjoy this FPS title with friends. It’s honestly encouraged to play with some friends with this game since you’re already going through the campaign with AI bots as your companions.

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Release Date: 4 Feb 2022 | Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch Camera: First Person Multiplayer: No Co-op: (Local: No | Online: 4) Genre: Zombies, Open World, Parkour, Combat, Action

One of the more anticipated game releases for 2022 was Techland’s sequel to Dying Light. With Dying Light 2, we’re getting a narrative set a few years after the first game’s events. Here, players are taking the role of Aiden, seeking information about where his missing sister might be. Of course, this is set in another haven city as humanity strives to avoid the undead horde. A big part of the game is still very much parkour traversal. Aiden is skilled at quickly moving around the town and using melee combat, which is pretty crucial in quickly getting around the city from both thugs and the undead. Best of all, if you want to play with friends, Dying Light 2 Stay Human offers up to four-player cooperative support.

There is a slight catch here since you can’t actually start the game right off the bat with co-op. Instead, you’ll need to go through the first hour or so of the game. It’s essentially a section to catch you up on the narrative you’re embarking on and some of the mechanics. Afterward, you’ll be able to enable co-op support where you can join or invite friends to a game. Essentially, you’re able to go through the rest of the game with friends. Fortunately, the gear and XP progression you make during the game will carry over as well, so you’re still able to gain some progress for your character back into the single-player component. Likewise, because this game offers a focus on choices throughout the campaign, only the host will be able to make those choices.

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The Best Xbox Series X|S Games Of All Time

T he Xbox Series X|S launched in November of 2020, and since then has seen a growing library of games available on the console - both from indies and triple-A studios, many of which are available on Xbox Game Pass.

Is The Xbox Series X Worth It?

If you're looking for the next great game to delve into, or if you've just grabbed an Xbox Series console and want some good picks to get started with, these are the best games you can play on the Xbox Series X|S.

Updated January 11, 2023 By Ben Jessey: By this point, the Xbox Series X|S has accumulated a really impressive catalog of games. And it keeps growing, so we can't just let our list of the best ones sit here and go out-of-date. Therefore, we've updated it to make sure any recently released amazing titles are part of the collection.

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel's guardians of the galaxy.

Released 2021-10-26

Developer(s) Eidos Montreal

Genre(s) Action-Adventure

After the questionable Marvel's Avengers game, it was hard to get excited for the next Square Enix-published Marvel game. Yet, Guardians of the Galaxy happens to be a wonderful action-adventure title. Much of this is down to the brilliant story and characters. The narrative revolves around a threat called 'The Promise,' which is a danger to the galaxy. So, to live up to their name, the titular characters must be on hand to guard it.

In classic Guardians fashion, though, they don't let impending doom stop them from making plenty of great jokes, as the game is filled with humor. Yet, the protagonists aren't just silly all the time, as some of the game's best quotes are deeply powerful ones. So, the title boasts some really good writing in both the comical and serious moments. The unique combat where you fight and instruct your team at the same time is good, too.

Lost Judgment

Released 2021-09-24

Developer(s) Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

Genre(s) Action, Adventure

The Judgment spin-off series has managed to step out of the main Yakuza series’ large shadow and become its own thing. Lost Judgment is great proof of that since it doesn’t focus too much on Yakuza clans. Instead, it’s a lot more about high school students and faculty. This may sound a bit tame for the Yakuza series, but that’s not the case, as the compelling main story touches on plenty of serious topics, from bullying to suicide. Plus, the whole narrative revolves around a murder investigation.

Meg Pelliccio, in her review , calls it an "intricately woven plot" with an "interesting cast of characters." One of those characters is Takayuki Yagami who is an easy-to-like protagonist that is tasked with solving the murder case. Equally easy to like is the abundance of exciting side content in the game and the fast-paced beat 'em-up combat.

Life Is Strange: True Colors

Released 2021-12-07

Developer(s) Deck Nine

Genre(s) Adventure

Like the previous Life Is Strange games, True Colors is a narrative adventure title. This time, you play as a young woman named Alex Chen who reunites with her brother after years away. They meet up in the small town of Haven. As this is Life is Strange, what starts as a wholesome premise quickly goes downhill. Without going into spoilers, some messed up stuff starts happening.

Thankfully, Alex has a unique power where she can see and manipulate people's emotions. So, perhaps she can use this ability to get to the bottom of what’s going on. It’s an emotional and gripping game all the way through. Reviewer Jade King says the title "truly is something special."

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego star wars: the skywalker saga.

Released 2022-04-05

Developer(s) Traveller's Tales

There has been a surprising amount of Star Wars Lego games. So, you’d be forgiven for not being interested in the Skywalker Saga . But if you’re a Star Wars and Lego fan, then you should be interested.

After all, this is easily the most complete Lego Star Wars game ever. It covers all the main nine Star Wars movies and contains an unbelievable amount of characters. As reviewer James Troughton puts it, the "Skywalker Saga goes above and beyond to bring Star Wars’ galaxy to life." Plus, it's also better as a game since combat is much improved. It boasts satisfying cover shooting and decent lightsaber combat.

Marvel's Midnight Suns

Marvel's Midnight Suns is a unique game, in general, never mind a unique superhero game. After all, it's an action RPG with turn-based combat and deck-building mechanics, with a few social simulation elements thrown in. In their review, Eric Switzer says it "pursues a vision - one made of seemingly disparate parts and strange ideas - and succeeds at practically every turn."

The missions and turn-based combat are very enjoyable, as is hanging around with the likes of Spider-Man. The Web-Slinger is just one of many heroes on the roster, as you get a full team of Marvel characters led by your customizable protagonist, The Hunter. You come together to stop your character's evil mother, who is a danger to the world.

Cyberpunk 2077

Released 2020-12-10

Developer(s) CD Projekt Red

Genre(s) Action, RPG

Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the worst launches in recent memory, as it came out with a litany of bugs and barely functioned. Pretty much all of that has been fixed, though. The Xbox Series X|S version is now an incredible action RPG with smooth combat and a beautiful open world.

The story is compelling, too. It revolves around a customizable merc called V, who is attempting to make their name in the futuristic Night City. In an effort to acquire money and notoriety, they participate in a heist that changes their life forever. It's a fascinating main tale, but you shouldn't overlook the slew of excellent side quests, too, as they're equally interesting.

Released 2022-02-25

Developer(s) From Software

Genre(s) Soulslike, Action RPG, Action, RPG

FromSoftware made some of the best games of the previous console generation. So, of course, the company also put its stamp on the Xbox Series X|S era with Elden Ring . In her review , Jade King claims it "combines Dark Souls’ natural sense of discovery with the foreboding atmosphere of Bloodborne..."

This is seen in its intriguing open world that's called The Lands Between. The place is filled with different places to go and things to see. And while exploring, you're likely to run into a whole host of enemies, from standard foes to serious bosses. As this is a FromSoftware game, these battles are very difficult. Much of the fun comes from overcoming these adversaries using strategy and perseverance.

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Released 2023-03-24

Developer(s) Capcom

Genre(s) Survival Horror

Resident Evil 4 was one of the best games on either the Gamecube or PS2 back in 2005. Now, the remake is among the greatest Xbox Series X|S titles. While the story, characters, and general formula are the same, pretty much everything else has been rebuilt from the ground up.

Therefore, this action-heavy survival horror title feels fresh. The visuals are impressive, the shooting is fun, and the whole experience is scarier than the original. Altogether, you have an incredible Resident Evil game that made reviewer Eric Switzer say, "I just don't think games get much better than this."

It Takes Two

Released 2021-03-26

Developer(s) Hazelight Studios

The Xbox Series X|S is home to some fantastic co-op games . Few are as creative and clever as It Takes Two . It's hard to pin down what genre it really fits into. This is because the game continually changes up mechanics for each level, which is why reviewer Kirk McKeand called it "the most varied game I have ever played."

This sounds like it could be confusing, but the switch-up of mechanics is always done seamlessly and is well explained. Most of all, though, each new mechanic is fun, and the cooperative play is brilliant. That would be enough for any game to be great, but this title also offers a surprisingly deep story and beautiful visuals.

Hitman: World Of Assassination

The game formally known as Hitman 3 is now Hitman: World of Assassination , which not only includes the levels from the third reboot game but also the previous two. So, it's jam-packed with content. This wouldn't mean much if the core gameplay experience was weak. Thankfully, it's one of the best stealth games on the console.

8 Best Stealth Games On Xbox Game Pass

Part of the reason is the diverse and open levels that allow you to go about your business (aka killing people) how you see fit. The game also contains a high level of detail and an impressive amount of replayability. So, to put it simply, it's classic Hitman, and Kirk McKeand says in their review it's "an outstanding refinement of that unique 21-year-old recipe."

Alan Wake 2

Released 2023-10-17

Developer(s) Remedy Entertainment

Reviewer Jade King says Alan Wake 2 "easily stands alongside the giants of the [survival horror] genre, and often surpasses them." This could be considered surprising as Remedy doesn't typically go full-on survival horror for their titles. But Alan Wake 2 certainly fits into the genre as it has plenty of spooky and unnerving moments. Yet, the game also has humor, great storytelling, and plenty of wackiness.

The story follows two people. The titular character is naturally one of them, and he's in a creepy and surreal reality called The Dark Place. Also along for the ride is the detective, Saga Anderson, who is investigating a murder in the strange town of Bright Falls. As both characters, you must face off against plenty of strange monsters, which is where Alan Wake 2's unique combat system comes into play. You're encouraged to use your torch to burn away the darkness that protects the enemies before you finish them off with more traditional weaponry.

Persona 5 Royal

Released 2020-03-31

Developer(s) Atlus

Genre(s) JRPG

The original Persona 5 wasn't released on the Xbox Series X|S, but the not-quite-remake Persona 5 Royal was, and it was worth the wait. The title is one of the most creative and original you will ever play. The narrative revolves around a vigilante group of teens who intend to 'change the hearts' of evil adults by going into a special realm. It sounds complex, but the game explains the concept well.

Each evil adult you target has their own palace built from their subconscious. You explore them and take part in exciting turn-based battles in the process. When you're not inside these strange places, the game turns into a life simulator. Both parts of the game are interesting and engaging. All of it makes reviewer Santi Leguiza say that Royal is "as immaculate as it was years ago—a masterful port of a masterpiece."

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Ori and the will of the wisps.

Released 2020-03-11

Developer(s) Moon Studios

Genre(s) Platformer, Adventure

As a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continued the simple yet gripping tale of Ori in this beautifully stunning Metroidvania. If you never played the original, then of course that is the go-to, but if you have, then the follow-up is perfect for fans who enjoyed the game.

A new adventure in a new land, and with a new friend, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will keep you enamored for the entire journey. Jamie Latour said it is "undeniably a captivating, marvelous game" in their review .

Released 2023-01-25

Developer(s) Tango Gameworks

Genre(s) Action

One that many may not have heard of, or at least seen it pop up on Game Pass and then never tried it, Hi-Fi Rush is an incredibly stylish and action-packed rhythm game that is worth playing. If you want to jump into something simple that'll keep you entertained for a while, you can't go wrong here - and, as mentioned, it launched on Game Pass, too, so it's completely accessible if you are on the fence.

It stands out well amongst the many games available, and easily takes its place as one of the best games to play on Xbox Series X|S. One of the most memorable? Perhaps not. One of the most fun? Absolutely.

Psychonauts 2

Released 2021-08-25

Developer(s) Double Fine

Genre(s) Platformer

The follow-up to the classic platformer on the original Xbox, Psychonauts 2 continues the adventures of Raz as he works as a Psychonaut, delving into people's minds and attempting to stop a conspiracy within the organization.

As a platformer that harkens back to the days of early 3D video games, Psychonauts 2 blends nostalgia with modern capabilities to create a worthwhile experience. Reviewer George Foster says it "is leaps and bounds ahead of the original game in pretty much every way." Even if you haven't played the first game ( which is playable on Series X with Backwards Compatibility ), this game is absolutely worth the time.

Sea Of Thieves

Sea of thieves.

Released 2018-03-20

Developer(s) Rare

If you've ever felt the urge to leave landlubbing life behind and take to the seas, but you don't have the slightest bit of knowledge, funds, or realistic desire to actually do so... well, that's where Sea of Thieves comes in. Or, you know, if you just want to be a pirate for a bit .

Play solo, or with a crew of friends or strangers, and head out on your ship as you seek treasure and riches. Beware of other players though, as they might try to take your treasure. Or they might just attack you for fun. Either way, with ongoing content, Sea of Thieves is one of the best games to play on Xbox Series X|S, and one of the best multiplayer games on the console.


An interesting game that varies from most others, Immortality is an interactive movie video game. A movie star who was featured in three unreleased films goes missing, and you must investigate the case, with a unique take on found footage revealing the story as you piece it together.

Manipulate clips from the movies, TV shows, and interviews involving the star, and eventually, you'll begin to understand what's really going on. It's an impressive and entertaining mystery game you can get completely enveloped in, and definitely worth playing on Xbox Series X|S.

Death's Door

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Released 2024-00-00

Developer(s) Asobo Studio

Genre(s) Flight Simulator

This one can be fun for many reasons, but regardless, Microsoft Flight Simulator is a fantastic game. You might have a genuine interest in the piloting profession and wish to explore that; you might want to glide through the skies as you destress after a day at work; or, you may just want to find your own house before accidentally crashing into a bunch of structures around the world.

Using the globe and 3D maps as the game map, you can travel anywhere in the world via a selection of vehicles, large and small. Whether you're flying a helicopter over the skies of LA, or in a Boeing going from one side of the world to the other, "there's a feeling of freedom that you don't really get with any other game," according to reviewer, Dave Aubrey .

Released 2021-09-14

Developer(s) Arkane Studios

Stuck in a time loop and forced to repeat the same day over and over again, Deathloop sees you play as Colt Vahn as he attempts to end this cycle that he's trapped in. On a small island with radical figures, he must take them all down in a single day before everything resets - or die trying, and it'll reset anyway.

With a changing world that will adjust depending on the order of events and how you handle things, this is one big puzzle game as you make your way through each mission. To make matters worse, you will be hunted by Julianna, which will either be AI or can be controlled by other players invading your game online. In Kirk Mckeand's review, he says Julianna "completely alters how you approach levels," so she adds another wrinkle to the whole experience.

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From cozy to creepy, we pumpkin-rank some of our favorite game pass games to play this halloween. .

If you’ve been looking for something to sink your fangs into this Halloween, have we got a treat for you! We’ve pumpkin-ranked the following Game Pass games from fall-themed cozy gems you can snuggle up with as the weather changes, to some real creepers that will give a proper scare — pick and choose to celebrate the season however suits you! Now, go have a happy Halloween with Game Pass!

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Costume Quest (Cloud and Console)     🎃

Rediscover Halloween in this imaginative RPG from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions. Explore the monster-filled neighborhood of Auburn Pines, Autumn Haven Mall, and Fall Valley Carnival. Collect magical costumes with superpowers, unique weapons, and special items as you hunt down quests. Level-up your heroic warrior and battle the evil overlords in this epic adventure to save Halloween!  

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Betray your friends — and lie your way to victory. In the multiplayer social deduction game Eville you find yourself in a village riddled by a series of murders. Some say it might have been you … or was it? Convince others you’re not a murderer to stay alive! 

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Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC)    🎃🎃

Descend into the world of Hollow Knight! The award-winning action adventure of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities, and deadly wastes. Battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs. Uncover ancient history and solve the mysteries buried at the kingdom’s heart. 

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Death’s Door (Cloud, Console, and PC)    🎃🎃

Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death, where creatures grow far past their expiry date and overflow with greed and power. 

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Secret Neighbor (Cloud, Console, and PC)    🎃🎃🎃

A group of kids are trying to break into their suspicious neighbor’s basement to rescue their missing friend. Only problem is that one of the kids is a traitor — a Secret Neighbor in disguise. His job is to gain the trust of other players and betray them; kids win if they get into the basement. 

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Moonscars (Cloud, Console, and PC)    🎃🎃🎃

Under grim moonlight, the fierce clayborne warrior Grey Irma battles, driven by a lonesome purpose: Find the Sculptor, and unravel the mystery of her existence. Push the limits of your combat skills and master new abilities to progress through an unforgiving nonlinear 2D world and face off against the relentless darkness that seeks to destroy you. 

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Metal: Hellsinger (PC and Xbox Series X|S)     🎃🎃🎃

Part human, part demon, and obsessed with vengeance. Become The Unknown, and fight through the fiercest domains of Hell. Destroy the demon hordes and their leaders to set yourself up for an epic showdown with The Red Judge herself. Every legend has a song. And yours is one of metal, vengeance, and destruction. 

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A Plague Tale: Requiem (Cloud, PC, Xbox Series X|S)     🎃🎃🎃🎃

In this direct sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence , embark on a heartrending journey into a brutal, breathtaking world, and discover the cost of saving those you love in a desperate struggle for survival. Strike from the shadows or unleash hell with a variety of weapons, tools, and unearthly powers. 

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Back 4 Blood (Cloud, Console, and PC)     🎃🎃🎃🎃

A thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. You’re at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world. 

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Dead by Daylight (Cloud and Console)    🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Choose between playing as an unstoppable killer or one of four survivors trying to evade a gruesome death. Each character has their own deep progression system and plenty of unlockables that can be customized to fit your personal strategy. Work together to escape, or stalk and sacrifice every survivor. 

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Scorn (Cloud, PC, Xbox Series X|S)    🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. Isolated and lost inside this dream-like world, you will explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion. Every location contains its own theme, puzzles, and characters that are integral in creating a cohesive world. 

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Trick, treat and pick a fight with villainous dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sweet sequel to Double Fine’s hit original, Costume Quest, that turned fans of all ages into candy obsessed crusaders. This inspired RPG adventure includes a range of new features and gameplay improvements to double the amount of mischievous fun. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes, don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors, and collect even Creepier Treat Cards to wield in combat against a legion of hygiene obsessed baddies. Only heroic siblings Wren and Reynold can save Halloween forever!

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Apple today announced that it now allows streaming game apps on the App Store worldwide, in response to feedback from developers. This will pave the way for services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW to be available as standalone iPhone and iPad apps, whereas they were previously only accessible via the web.

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"Developers can now submit a single app with the capability to stream all of the games offered in their catalog," reads Apple's announcement.

Streaming game apps will need to maintain an age rating of the highest age-rated content included in the app, and the apps will of course also need to respect all of the latest App Store Review Guidelines, according to Apple.

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Palworld continues its record-breaking early access ascent, passing juggernauts such as Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam's all-time charts.

The monster-taming, base-building survival hit rocketed to an estimated concurrent player peak of 1,200,000 according to Steam Database . That makes Palworld only the sixth game to ever surpass the one million threshold, putting it in league with absolute behemoths such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dota 2, MMO Lost Ark, Counter-Strike 2, and PUBG: Battlegrounds. 

With its meteoric success still rising, Palworld now holds the record for the paid game with the highest concurrent player peak, exceeding even Cyberpunk 2077's impressive numbers. The only games with bigger concurrent player peaks are all free-to-play - though it should be noted that PUBG's number were still higher even before it made the free-to-play jump.

#Palworld has the highest concurrent player count of any paid game in the history of Steam! We can't believe it!Thank you SO much to everyone. We really can not thank you enough. The team is hard at work making Palworld even better as we speak! #Pocketpair pic.twitter.com/tYHfHWLqM9 January 21, 2024

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Palworld's rise to the top, surprisingly, took no time at all when compared to the gradual word-of-mouth growth enjoyed by fellow craft-and-survive gems like Valheim. The game very quickly reached an impressive 200,000 peak in mere hours , only to quadruple that number within the next day. It also sold two million copies in just 24 hours, all while retaining positive user reviews on Steam.

For those who have been caught off guard, Palworld's eye-catching premise promised to be a monster-taming game where the off-brand Pokemon wield machineguns and where you can force all your Pals into factory work. It leans extra hard into that edgy personality, even allowing players to capture other humans and sell their parts on the black market , to both the delight and horror of many.

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