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Five innovative spooky games to play this Halloweekend

Explore our top horror game recommendations

When it comes to the intersection between entertainment and games, horror is a goldmine. From games inspired by films to films based on games and more, the horror genre is a prime space for seeing innovative popular culture at its finest. As Halloweekend is upon us, we decided to take a look at some of the best games that integrate horror elements while going quite literally beyond the game with either inspiration from other media or later iterations in other media formats.

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We asked the team to suggest some of the top games at the intersection of games and other creative industries! These are all great options to play if you are looking for innovative, forward-thinking gameplay or simply some good spooks to get you in the Halloween spirit. 

Our favourite innovative spooky games

Dead Space – This 2008 survival horror game takes you out of this world. If you are a fan of aliens, monsters and story-based narratives, this game’s got it all. Dead Space is set on a spaceship that has been overtaken by alien monsters called Necromorphs. You play as Isaac Clarke as he explores the spaceship, fighting off Necromorphs along the way and dealing with psychosis. Ranked as one of the greatest video games ever made, this is one you won’t want to miss playing this Halloween season (or reading its comic book prequel).

Resident Evil – As one of Capcom’s best-selling video game franchises for a reason, you’d be pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of the Resident Evil games (or subsequent film series). Originally released in 1996, this Japanese zombie horror game includes survival horror, third-person shooter and first-person shooter games and plenty of puzzles to solve throughout  — regardless of personal gaming preferences, you are likely to find something to enjoy. Note that particularly enjoyed by our team were Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, both of which are also by and far the most popular Resident Evil titles in gross sales. 

Phasmaphobia – This investigative indie game has been a hit during the Halloween season in both the Twitch and YouTube spheres. Be ready to get spooked with the thousands of streamers that played it for the first time last year and are diving into it again this year. You can play on your own or in a group of four to identify the ghost that’s haunting the site you get to explore. You can communicate via voice chat and walkie-talkies, and it features speech recognition to make this easier.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – This VR first-person shooter survival horror game was just released in 2020 and has been a hit in VR circles. Considered one of the best VR experiences to date, be ready for some serious scares as you battle through a zombie-infested New Orleans with the heightened creep factor of VR making it feel like you are actually inside the horror game. Be ready to move fast and come face-to-face with horrifying zombies screaming in your face and you’ll have a great time.

Project Zero – This Japanese survival horror game originally debuted on PS4 and its series is now available across most platforms. Inspired by popular Japanese horror films, the series follows varied real-life locations in 1980s Japan that have been rumoured to be haunted by frightening supernatural entities. The goal of the game development was to create the most terrifying game experience possible, and this series is consistently ranked as one of the best survival horror games in existence today. Be ready to experience horrifying ghosts and even more disturbing backstories in this game series. 

Let us know what you think if you have played any of these in the past or decide to play them for this Halloween season, and leave your own game suggestions in the comments if you know of any incredible multi-medium crossover games. 

Be sure to check out our flash sale for Beyond Games and use the discount code HALLOW33N at checkout to claim a 33% discount on your ticket.

And Happy Halloween!

Written By

Adriana is the Events Marketing Assistant at Steel Media, writing promotional content for b2b conference series Pocket Gamer Connects, podcasts, RoundTables and more. A self-proclaimed horror content enthusiast, she can often be found enjoying the newest horror games and films.

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