The Evil Within 2 might be the newest kid on the block as far as survival horror games go, but the genre has been around for many years now, and has given some great horror experiences. So what games are worth playing if you enjoy survival horror? Here’s a list of five of the best.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, Windows)
Whilst Resident Evil might be one of the oldest franchises in the survival horror genre, the latest game in the series is one of the most frightening entries. Taking on a first-person perspective, Resident Evil VII shifts the focus from gunplay and action to one that focuses on sneaking through dark corridors, avoiding detection, and desperate survival.
The introduction of found-footage style sections also added an extra element of horror to the game that was missing in other recent Resident Evil titles. Resident Evil VII puts you in the shoes of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife, who ends up stumbling across a horrific mystery that connects back to the Umbrella Corporation, one that will have him fighting for his very life.
Alien: Isolation (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows)
After the disappointment of Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sega shocked gamers with an Alien game that managed to perfectly capture the aesthetic and horror of the original movie, in what is possibly the best Alien game to ever be produced.
Playing as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley, you travel to the Sevestopol space station to search for clues to her mother’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the station is under siege from the same creature that hunted her mother years before.
The Pulse Rifles, Smart Guns, and other weapons iconic with the series were stripped away, changing the game from an experience where you hunt the xenomorph, to one where you must avoid the monster at all cost. Alien: Isolation reminds gamers just how frightening an enemy you can’t fight can be, and just why Alien should still be recognised as one of the best horror films.