Spookiest games

It’s that time of year again—the leaves are falling, they days are getting shorter, and soon Halloween will be upon us. October is the month for everything creepy, crawly, dark and stormy, and it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in eerie movies, books, and of course video games! Here are a few of the spookiest games we recommend for this Halloween.

Resident Evil 2

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Survival Horror
Modes: Single-player
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Resident Evil 2 isn’t just a fresh coat of digital paint on a twenty year old title. It feels almost like a brand new game entirely. A major overhaul to controls, camera movement, and other quality of life improvements have the game not only meeting but exceeding the standards of many contemporary new games. Critics and fans alike are lauding Resident Evil 2, and it’s looking like a bonafide “game of the year” contender for 2019.

Play as Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield in a bid to escape Racoon City amid a full-on zombie apocalypse. With multiple scenarios and endings and of course zombie jump scares galore, it may just out-spook even the spookiest games further down on our list!

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Friday the 13th

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Illfonic, Black Tower Studios
Publisher: Gun Media
Genre: Survival horror
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

No list of the spookiest games is complete without the original masked slasher of Crystal Lake. Jason Voorhees is back on consoles in the epic 4 v. 1 survival game Friday the 13th. This multiplayer romp has gamers taking turns playing as either Jason, or one of a team of four camp counsellors trying to escape the machete-wielding menace.

Naturally Jason is much more powerful than his would-be victims, so teamwork is key if the counselors hope to emerge victorious. Of course the game is packed to the brim with fan service, from iconic characters and locations from the movies to unlockable masks and skins for Jason. It’s practically brimming with easter eggs for eagle-eyed franchise superfans as well.

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Dead By Daylight

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: 505 Games
Genre: Survival Horror
Modes: Multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Dead by Daylight is another title in the 4 v. 1 survival genre. However, instead of being limited to just one iconic slasher, this game features a multitude of big baddies for you to choose from. Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Ghost Face are just a few of the recognizable horror legends that are playable in the game.

The plot of Dead by Daylight focuses on a supernatural entity that compels the killer to bring sacrificial victims to satiate its hunger for consuming the victim’s hope. Survivors may work together, or alternatively appeal to the entity’s favour by outlasting the others.

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DayZ

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Bohemia Interactive
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
Genre: First-person shooter, third-person shooter, survival
Modes: Multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

DayZ is one of the first games to capitalize on the recent surge of popularity in zombie apocalypse games and media. Originally conceived as a PC mod for the 2009 tactical shooter ARMA II, the incredibly positive community response for DayZ ultimately led to its development as a standalone game.

DayZ is the ultimate survival experience, where players must scavenge a fictional post-Soviet Republic in search of sustenance, weapons, and medicine against the backdrop of a viral outbreak. The infected are only one threat however, as players must also choose to cooperate or compete with each other, leading to serious danger in the form of unfriendly opponents in its persistently online landscape.

MediEvil

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Other Ocean Emeryville
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash
Modes: Single-player
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

MediEvil is a full-blown remake of the classic 1998 action-adventure hack-and-slash game for PlayStation 1. This revamping of the original offers a huge graphical overhaul along with modern camera mechanics, all while retaining its notable humour and charm. Nostalgia is sure to abound for those who remember the game, while new players are certainly in for a “treat” as well.

In MediEvil you’ll play as the skeletal but endearing Sir Daniel Fortesque. Sir Daniel is not only deceased, but the subject of a fraudulent hundred year-old legend that positions him as a hero. Revived from his eternal slumber, he must now take on the evil Zarok and his undead army in a bid to save the kingdom from eternal night and redeem himself as more than a false champion.

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Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: PopCap Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Third-person shooter
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10+)

Those lovable plants and their undead nemeses are back. PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is the third entry in this spin-off competitive shooter franchise. once again it’s all the fun of a Call of Duty-style PvP/PvE shooter set in the colourful and family-friendly universe of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise.

Player’s will fight for both sides in a mix of competitive multiplayer (PvP) modes such as “Team Vanquish” and “Turf War”. The game also has a deep selection of solo (PvE) modes full of quests, collectables, and intriguing areas to explore. Choose from 20 different classes all with unique abilities and a plethora of customization options to unlock.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Spookiest gamesDeveloper: Next Level Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action-adventure
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Mario seems to get all titular adventures that involve sunny odyssey’s to New Donk City and trips to the Olympic games. But what is poor Luigi left with? Another terror-filled trip through a ghost-infested haunted house! The original player two takes centre stage once again in Luigi’s Mansion 3.

Even if we admit to feeling badly about the perpetual state of angst the brother in green must endure, it’s still not enough to keep us away from this incredibly fun series. In Luigi’s Mansion 3 our hero must brave a ghostly hotel and save his friends with the help of Professor E. Gadd and his ghost-busting Poltergust G-00 device. You can even team up online with up to 8 friends in the multiplayer “ScareScraper” mode, and share all the scares!

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Spookiest games to fright and delight this Halloween

There you have our list of some of the spookiest games to enjoy leading up to Halloween night. What are your favourite go-to video games when you are looking for a case of the goosebumps? Let us know what what titles you’ll be playing for chills and thrills this October in the comments below!

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Dave Neufeld
Dave is an avid gamer, a musician/songwriter/recording artist, and an ardent reader with a degree in the Classics but a love for comics too. When he's not gigging with the band or pulling books at his local comic shop, he can usually be found gaming on any platform, from consoles to PC to his self-built personal arcade cabinet.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Plants vs Zombies is my favorite series, and and I look forward to play Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. And the whole selection is great! All games are worth being in the list

  2. I can’t say I’m a big horror fan, but there are a few new spooky games this month that I’m interested in. Definitely Luigi’s Mansion, and I’m also interested in seeing MediEvil despite not owning a PS4.

    Thanks for the list!

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