Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than with a scary game. 2023 has been a year full of incredible horror releases, so we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favourite to play this Halloween. Whether you’re a die-hard survival-horror fan with a “the more gore the better attitude”, or you’d prefer a less nightmarish but still seasonally appropriate game, we’ve got you covered.
1. Dead Space
Starting our list off strong is the sci-fi-horror, Dead Space. Released at the start of 2023, this remake of the much-loved 2008 classic is a horror fan's fantasy packed with blood, gore, and slaughter. For those who didn’t get the chance to play it first time around, in this creepy sci-fi thriller you play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer aboard the USG Ishimura crawling with murderous mutants called necromorphs. Your mission? You must blast the zombies limb from limb in order to survive. This remade horror is creepy, nightmarish, and encompasses what Halloween is all about.
2. Alan Wake 2
Second on our list is the upcoming survival-horror, Alan Wake 2. Releasing just before Halloween on the 27th of October 2023, Alan Wake 2 has been 13 years in the making and Remedy Entertainment's first venture into the survival horror genre. As a sequel to the psychological thriller, Alan Wake 1, this game follows the story of Alan Wake, a writer trapped in his own nightmare and Saga Anderson, an FBI agent on a mission to investigate a string of ritualistic murders. This gloomy, surreal-looking game looks like the perfect new horror to get immersed in on the run-up to Halloween.
Don’t forget, for a limited time only you can get Alan Wake 2 included with the purchase of any NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090, 4080, 4070 Ti or 4070 Gaming PCs or graphics cards.
3. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 (2023) is a remake of the 2005 action-horror original. The 2023 edition introduces a re-imagined storyline, modernised gameplay and vividly detailed graphics, whilst managing to keep the essence of the much-loved classic. In this game, you play as Leon S Kennedy, an agent on a daring rescue mission to save the president's daughters from a sinister cult. This grim, gruelling horror packed with action is a fan-favourite for a reason and fail-safe choice for this Halloween.
One of the less horrifying games on this list is Dredge. Its genre is best described as a fishing sim meets survival horror. Complete new quests as you explore the haunted open waters of this unique game full of charm. Despite its lack of combat, this unassuming game provides a refreshing take on the traditional carnage-filled gameplay of modern horrors and will be sure to have you hooked.
5. Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
The last game on our list is the notorious survival-horror, Texas Chain Saw massacre. Based on the legendary 1974 film, this violent game filled with bloodshed and slaughter is the ultimate Halloween horror. In this asymmetrical game, play as one of the slaughter family or one of their victims. As a victim, gameplay involves using stealth to avoid detection whilst you gather tools to escape. As a family member, you must track down and use your skills to keep your guests from escaping. Featuring 3v4 team-based gameplay, this game provides the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to experience the iconic franchise first-hand.
Check out our PC recommendations with the power to run all the games featured on our list.
FIERCE PHANTOM GAMING PC| INTEL CORE I5 11400F | NVIDIA RTX 3060
- Case: CiT Phantom Gaming PC Case
- Processor: Intel Core i5 11400F Hex-Core Processor
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB Graphics Card
- RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM
- Solid State Drive (SSD): TB Kingston M.2 NV2 NVMe SSD (3500MB/R, 2100MB/W)
Express Gaming PC | AMD Ryzen 5 5600 | NVIDIA RTX 4060 8GB
- Tecware Forge M PC Case
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Processor
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB Graphics Card
- 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 Memory
- 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
Intel Core i5 13600K | NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti | DDR4 Custom Gaming PC
- Cooler Master TD500 Mesh V2 PC Case - White Edition
- Gigabyte B760 GAMING X AX DDR4 Motherboard
- INTEL Core i5-13600K CPU
- 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz DDR4 Memory
- Contour 750W - High Efficiency ATX PSU
- NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti 12GB Graphics Card *Includes Alan Wake 2 Bundle
- 1TB Kingston M.2 NV2 NVMe SSD (3500MB/R, 2100MB/W)