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Horror Games They Need For Christmas

Written by Ryan Noble

Christmas is close enough that you can almost hear it creeping up on you whenever the world is quiet enough. But, for once, have no fear! Here’s a list of horror games to buy the horror lovers in your life (even if it’s a gift from you, to you).

The Last of Us

Studio: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PlayStation 3-4, Xbox 360/One, PC.

There aren’t many people who haven’t played The Last of Us, but if you know someone who hasn’t… Fix it. Set in a post-apocalyptic America after a viral outbreak, you join the journey of Joel and Ellie as they travel across the US in the hopes of creating a vaccine. Standing between their goal and them are the infected, turned into deadly creatures by the virus, bandits, and a lot of emotion and drama. Plus, the sequel is being released in 2020, so it’s the perfect time to play – or even replay – the first game.

Resident Evil 0 and 1

Studio: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch.

Capcom have been on a real remake hype in the last few years, and with some amazing games in the back catalogue, why wouldn’t they? Resident Evil 0 is the prequel to the game that started it all – Resident Evil (1), of course – and brings S.T.A.R.S Bravo Team’s newest medic, Rebecca Chambers, together with convict on the run, Billy Coen, for a night of hell against some of Umbrella’s most slimy creations.

This leads nicely onto the Resident Evil remake, also available on pretty much all platforms, including recently on the Nintendo Switch. This is the game that introduced the world to the beloved franchise, filled with more great characters, zombies, and experiments than you can shake a handgun at. As you’ll soon see, I love Resident Evil quite a bit, and this is the reason why…

Resident Evil 2 (remake)

Studio: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

One of my personal favourites in the zombie-filled franchise as it introduced us to a heap of twisted new creatures to fear, and equally important characters who have now been around for decades. The outbreak from the previous games has reached Raccoon City and now the unlucky new cop in the Racoon City Police Department, Leon Kennedy, and badass biker searching for her older brother, Claire Redfield, must survive everything Umbrella has to throw at them.

Resident Evil 4

Studio: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch.

Resident Evil 4 is a classic, and one that took the series in a different direction for a little while. And now, it’s also available to replay on pretty much every platform, including Nintendo Switch. Beloved protagonist and unlucky cop from Resident Evil 2, Leon Kennedy, travels to South America to search for the President’s kidnapped daughter. What follows includes a new strain of zombies, a story you’ll never forget, and some truly great characters and enemies. It’s just… *chef’s kiss*.

Resident Evil 7

Studio: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

I didn’t mean to put so many Resident Evil games on this list, but what kind of horror game journalist would I be if I didn’t include Resident Evil’s recent return to survival horror, Resident Evil 7. With its first-person view and claustrophobic setting in the house of a warped family, this game truly put the ‘horror’ back in horror survival. If the horror gamer in your life hasn’t played it yet, they need to.

Dead by Daylight

Studio: Behaviour Interactive
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Switch.

An asymmetrical multiplayer in a horror survival setting; one killer, four survivors, who will be left alive? I’ve lost count on the amount of times I’ve written about this game because it’s the game that just keeps giving. Even if the core game weren’t incredibly fun and tense – which it really is – the franchise-heavy DLC is really something to keep players coming back for more. We’re talking Halloween, Scream, Stranger Things, and so much more… Plus, the game recently released on Switch it really is available just about everywhere.

Alien: Isolation

Studio: Creative Assembly
Platforms: PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, PC, Switch.

Alien is one of my favourite horror franchises, as is true for most lovers of horror, but it hasn’t always had the best games. Then Alien: Isolation came along and it is just so good. You play as Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter. After her mother goes missing on a long-haul space expedition (we all know that happened there), Amanda goes in search of her mother, only to end up trapped in her own nightmare. Isolation places real emphasis on stealth, using tactical thinking and items to outwit the Xenomorph and other hostile beings long enough to find out what happened to your mother.

Honestly, I could keep listing games for days because there are a lot of great horror games out there right now. Since I have my own Christmas shopping to be getting on with, I’ll cheat and list a load more horror games they might want to terrify themselves with on the big day:

• Friday the 13th: The Game
• The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series
• Observer
• Layers of Fear
• Outlast 1 and 2
• Close to the Sun
• Days Gone
• World War Z
• The Beast Inside
• Moons of Madness
• Visage
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (we all need something less intense now and then…)

If you’re buying for someone with specific tastes, feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter. I’m happy to give you a more personalised opinion on what they might like.

About The Author
Ryan Noble
Staff Reviewer
If Ryan isn't watching, reading or playing some form of horror, he's probably writing about it. He used to be an Editor at Indie Game Magazine so he has a soft spot for independent creators, especially when they're creating fear. Whether you're one such creator, or a fellow horror fan, let's speak about spooks on Twitter or email.
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