The 14 Best Horror Games On Xbox Game Pass

The 14 Best Horror Games On Xbox Game Pass


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A good scary game is often an exciting experience. What if you are currently a Game Pass subscriber and in the mood to play something terrifying, scary, or just plain scary, you already have access to fantastic horror games at no additional cost. That’s good, because the only thing scarier than deadly monsters are the expensive video games you buy, but never finish.

At Kotaku, we also love scary and scary games. (Well, most of us do …So here is a list of the 14 best scary games you can play right now on Xbox Game Pass.

(Oh and if you’re not looking for some super gory or scary games, but still want to play something on Halloween night, check out our list of the best scary but not scary games.)

Back 4 Blood

Zombies aren’t the scariest thing in the world these days, thanks in large part to the number of movies, shows, and games that rely on the living dead. But enough of them, spitting acid at you or attacking your friends in the middle of a dark forest is always scary. And Back 4 Blood, a co-op shooter very similar to Left 4 Dead, will allow you to experience this fear alone or with friends

The way

Maybe you dream of a more classic horror game, focused on slow fears and puzzles? If that is the case, The way could be perfect for you. Be warned: There is some nasty and uncomfortable content in this static camera horror adventure. But if you can handle the nasty bits and pieces of The Medium, it’s a horror game worthy of Silent Hill.

Dead space 1, 2, 3

Of course we get a new remake of the original Dead Space. It’s awesome. But if you want to experience (or replay) the original Dead Space trilogy, they’re all available on Game Pass. While I know many love Dead Space 1 and 2, I would recommend giving 3 a chance too. It’s not as good as those first two entries, but it’s still a spooky adventure through a snowy hellish landscape.

Evil within 1, 2

Although I prefer the sequel, both The evil inside and Evil Within 2 are scary horror survival games that will likely remind you of Resident Evil 4. It is also not a random coincidence. Shinji mikami, who was the director of several Resident Evil games, including RE4, directed the first game and served as an executive producer for the sequel. Like RE4, Evil Within mixes third-person action with spooky situations, spooky locations, and puzzles.

Doom 3

I know some people don’t like Doom 3 for good reason. But as its own thing, and not as a sequel to Doom 2, (which it is, but in name only…) I think Doom 3 is fantastic! His use of shadows and darkness is excellent, hiding demons and other threats behind the darkness. Doom 3 also has a disturbing sound design (in a good way!). And if you really want to be scared while playing Doom 3, I highly recommend playing the VR port of the game released on PSVR earlier this year.

Resident Evil 7

When I was browsing Game Pass’s huge library of games looking for spooky titles, I was shocked to see Resident Evil 7 here. If you haven’t played RE7 yet and are looking for a super scary game, stop reading this blog and go play RE7. It is one hell of a masterpiece of suspense and horror. I agree that the ending is a bit… meh. But everything else before that is top-notch shit. Don’t let the FPS change scare you. It’s a Resident Evil game in every way that matters.

Alien isolation

How scary can an alien be? You hide and run for an exit. Good luck. Alien isolation is different from all other games based on the famous sci-fi franchise. You don’t fight off waves of xenomorphs using assault rifles or playing the role of the predator. Instead, you’re just one person, stuck on a desolate space station filled with deadly androids and a truly evil and equally deadly alien creature. You can hide, you can run, but he will find you and scare you.

Alan Wake American Nightmare

It’s not as intense or spookier as some of the other games on this list, but American nightmare is a perfect bite-size shooter with just the right amount of spooky villains and weird worlds to explore. If you liked Alan Wake or the most recently published control and you haven’t played American Nightmare, give this one a try. And say hello to Mr. Scratch for me, you bastard.

hello neighbor

Here is a strange one. When this game came out he was skewered by critics and a lot of players. But, many still enjoy this stealth horror game that tasks you with exploring your neighbor’s house. Whenever you progress or get caught, the in-game AI changes its behavior based on what you’ve done previously. The latest games in the series are also on Game Pass. It’s not my cup of tea, but I know many enjoy the spooky fun of these titles.

Death by the light of day

Do you like horror games and horror movies? Do you like asymmetric multiplayer games? Well folks I have a perfect game for you: Death by the light of day. Four players take on the role of survivors trying to hide and complete objectives. Meanwhile, a player takes on the role of a killer trying to stop and murder them all. This game has seen frequent updates since its release in 2016, adding new characters like Halloween’s Michael Myers and Scream’s Ghostface.

Survive 2

The original Outlast is still the better of the two games, but the 2017 sequel is still a solid horror game with some really scary moments. Unlike the first game, Outlast 2 takes place in a more rural and open environment. It ends up making the experience more terrifying in some ways because you never know when you’re safe. Certainly not for the faint of heart.



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