Horror Halloween Video Games – Top 5 Horror Game Franchises


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Halloween is almost here, making it a perfect time to hop into an exceptionally terrifying horror video game. While it’s not as popular as the open-world action genre or the third-person shooter genre, the horror video game genre offers some of the most exciting and intense gaming experiences available. From classic stories of zombies and mutants to indie tales of urban legend and myth, horror gaming has seen its fair share of fantastically terrifying titles. With so many great horror games to choose from, we’ve crafted this list to help you pick your poison. After digging through dozens of fantastic horror game series, we’ve listed our picks for the top five horror game franchises of all time. If you’re looking for a scary game to play in October and don’t know where to start, any of the games in these horrifying franchises should fit the bill.

The Top 5 Horror Game Franchises of All Time

Resident Evil

The original Resident Evil made its bloody splash into the gaming world in 1996, first released on the classic PlayStation. Since then, the franchise has seen dozens of sequels and spin-offs, including a wide variety of horror tropes and topics. At its core, Resident Evil is an often slow-paced experience that requires you to save your bullets, watch your health, and check every corner for gruesome creatures. While the main enemies of the franchise have always been virus-ridden zombies, newer Resident Evil games have included other creepy and grotesque monstrosities. Whether you’re firing up one of the classic Resident Evil games from the 90s or digging into one of the newer remakes, Resident Evil is easily one of the best horror franchises you can experience.

Resident Evil Origins Collection - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition
  • Return to the series origins - Discover the truth behind what led to the horrors at the Mansion in Resident Evil in this fan-favorite and popular prequel title to the series.
  • Completely enhanced visuals - New high-resolution textures have been created from scratch, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, while still preserving the classic appearance of the original release.
  • Fan-favorite Resident Evil characters - Rookie S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers and wanted criminal Billy Coen combine skills and buddy up to survive the undead and infected nightmares that await them.
  • All original difficulty levels plus new Very Easy Mode for novice players
  • English (Publication Language)

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Dead Space

Like Resident Evil, Dead Space is a third-person shooter with some exceptionally creepy vibes. Apart from a few spin-offs, there are three main games in the series, each one focused on the terrors of deep space travel. In the original game, you play as Isaac, an engineer who searches a mysteriously abandoned spaceship. Unfortunately for Isaac, the ship is packed with deformed monstrosities known as Necromorphs, all eager to kill and dismember. While Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 amp up the action more than the suspense, the series is still one of the most intense and scary franchises available. If you’re a fan of Resident Evil but prefer a bit of science fiction to accompany your body-horror, any of the Dead Space games should work perfectly.

Dead Space (X-BOX 360) Platinum hits
  • Fight with Weapons and Telekinesis
  • Graphics, Effects, and Sound Increase the Horror
  • True Zero-G Effects
  • Dead Space for Xbox 360 is sure to please any action, adventure gamer looking for a bloody battle against deadly aliens
  • Gameplay takes place on the USG Ishimura where the crew has been infected by an alien scourge

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Silent Hill

Silent Hill is another classic horror game franchise, with the first entry in the series releasing on the PlayStation in 1999. In the first game (and most of the sequels to follow), you play as a singular hero who finds themselves trapped in the foggy, disturbing town of Silent Hill. Unable to leave and tortured by the town’s deranged creatures and lost souls, you must uncover some disturbing secrets to find your way home. Earlier games in the Silent Hill franchise contained more puzzle-solving and suspense than the modern entries, which offer third-person action and expected horror tropes. Although Silent Hill games have dipped in quality in recent years, there’s no denying the impressive atmosphere and iconic characters that the franchise offers.

Silent Hill HD Collection - Playstation 3
  • Silent Hill 2 & Silent Hill 3 critical acclaim from the previous console generation.
  • Full PlayStation Network Trophies support integration.
  • Both titles re-mastered to HD at 720p for improved graphics on PlayStation 3.
  • Experience the two classic Silent Hill titles previously released on PlayStation 2, Silent Hill 2 & Silent Hill 3, that defined the Survival Horror genre in its early inception.
  • Completely updated in-game voiceover directed by series vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and soundtrack score enhancing the storytelling and ambient music within each re-mastered game

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Unlike most of the other franchises on this list, Outlast is a series that scares you out of your wits and rarely gives you anything to defend yourself with. There are only two main games in the franchise, plus some additional downloadable content, but Outlast has managed to make a name for itself in a short time. In both Outlast and Outlast 2, you play as a journalist investigating mysterious occurrences in terrifying locations. In the first game, you venture into a seemingly abandoned insane asylum and quickly find yourself at odds with the crazed inhabitants. In the sequel, you roam the arid Arizona desert looking to solve an old murder case, but uncover a sinister cult hidden in the hills. Armed with only your night-vision camera, you must record the horrifying events you witness while avoiding capture. In Outlast, your only hope of survival is to run and hide, and there are plenty of terrifying foes that will force you to turn tail and dash away.

Outlast Trinity - PlayStation 4
  • Outlast is a first-person survival horror series developed by Red Barrels.
  • You are Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with your wife, Lynn. The two of you are investigative journalists willing to take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch.
  • Outlast was released in Sept 2013. It has 4M+ downloads with an 80% MetaCritic. Over 50M YouTube views have been generated by gameplay walkthroughs.

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Fatal Frame

Although zombies and supernatural monsters occupy a large portion of horror games, there’s one standout series that features the most classic of spooky beings, ghosts. Originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001, the Fatal Frame franchise consists of five ghost-hunting titles packed with exceptionally frightening scares. Although the games play from a mostly fixed camera angle (similar to older Resident Evil games), Fatal Frame draws a lot of comparisons to Outlast, as your main defense against the spectral enemies is your handy camera. As you explore haunted locations like abandoned towns, schools, and mysterious islands, you must snap pictures of the ghostly inhabitants or be driven mad. Fatal Frame offers both a surprisingly strategic and consistently horrifying experience that’s sure to scare you to your core. If haunted houses and ghosts are high on your list of fears, Fatal Frame will surely leave you sleeping with the lights on.

Fatal Frame Trilogy Complete Collection (1 I 2 II and 3 III) [PlayStation 2]
  • Includes all three of the Fatal Frame games for the PS2
  • Fatal Frame
  • Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
  • Fatal Frame III: The Tormented

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By: Matt   Matt started gaming at two years old with Wolfenstein 3D on the PC. His early days of gaming were spent on classic NES and DOS titles, growing his love for both retro action and point ‘n click adventure games. Matt is the creator of Super Gamesite 64 and he especially enjoys doling out the end-of-year awards. When he’s not playing the latest release for review, you can find Matt gobbling up movies and TV shows. Matt has a love for every aspect of gaming, and will surely be tapping away for as long as possible.