ACM’s Top 10 Horror Games for Halloween

29 Oct 2020

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We may be mostly confined to our homes this year, but do not fear, celebrate Halloween with a selection of spine-chillingly exciting horror games! We’ve collated 10 of our favourite Halloween-inspired games which we recommend playing over the weekend… if you dare! Oh and guess what? We run a Game Development course here at ACM, where you can turn your love for games into a career. Check it out!

1. Doom Eternal (Rated M – 17+)

The sequel to Doom (2016), Doom Eternal was released on 20th March 2020, for Windows, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One. With plenty of positive reviews and praise, this first-person shooter is definitely one to play online with your friends online (suitable for ages 17 years +)!

…the story follows the Doom Slayer once again, on a mission to end Hell’s consumption of Earth and foil the alien Maykrs’ plans to exterminate humanity


2. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an action-adventure game made for Nintendo Switch. It is the third entry in the Luigi’s Mansion series, released on 31st October 2019. An incredibly addicted, light-hearted horror game for Halloween and beyond!

The game sees players taking on the role of Luigi who must explore a haunted hotel, incorporating different themes on each floor, and rescue his friends from the ghosts that inhabit it, after the group is tricked into visiting it for a vacation by an old foe.


3. Phasmophobia

Released on 18th September 2020 and created by Kinetic Games, Phasmophobia is being lauded as the best ghost/horror game ever made.

Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.


4. Slender: The Arrival

Slender: The Arrival is a first-person survival horror game developed by Blue Isle Studios as an updated, commercial version of Slender: The Eight Pages. Released on Microsoft Windows, OS X and later on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, this terrifyingly spooky indie game is definitely one to play!

The majority of the game takes place in abandoned areas (house, defunct mine, etc.), each with different objectives. Slender: The Arrival uses similar mechanics to its predecessor, The Eight Pages. The character is armed only with a flashlight. This limited defense forces a sense of helplessness, as the best way to survive in the game is to run whenever in danger.


5. Blair Witch (Rated M – 17+)

Blair Witch is a “psychological survival horror video game” developed by Bloober Team based on the Blair Witch horror films. The game was made for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass, and more recently made available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

The game follows former police officer Ellis Lynch as he joins the search in Black Hills Forest for a missing boy.


6. Resident Evil 3 (Rated M – 17+)

Resident Evil 3 is a “survival horror game” developed and published by Capcom. The remake was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and includes an online multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance.

It is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) and follows Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira as they attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse while being hunted by the intelligent bioweapon Nemesis.


7. The Last of Us Part II (Rated M – 17+)

The Last of Us Part II is a 2020 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog, made for PlayStation 4. Get ready for this exciting post-apocalyptic world!

Set five years after The Last of Us (2013), the player controls two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States whose lives intertwine: Ellie, who sets out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby, a soldier who becomes involved in a conflict with a cult. The game is played from the third-person perspective. Players can use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to fight human enemies and cannibalistic creatures.


8. Monster Seeking Monster

Developed by Jackbox Games, Monster Seeking Monster is a fun-filled “dating-themed party game” made for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game allows players to send each other secret messages to try and set-up dates!

At the end of the day, we’re all just monsters trying to find love. It’s about getting to know each other and figuring out exactly what kind of monster your partner is in order to determine if you’ll survive the relationship, right? There’s no better party game to live this truth than Monster Seeking Monster.

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9. BioShock Infinite (Rated M – 17+)

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. It is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X, as well as Linux. Infinite is the third instalment in the BioShock series, and does not disappoint!

The game is set in the year 1912 and follows its protagonist, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, who is sent to the airborne city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two become involved with the city’s warring factions…


10. The Walking Dead Onslaught (Rated M – 17+)

Released in September 2020, The Walking Dead Onslaught was developed and published by Survios for Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows. Immerse yourself in AMC’s The Walking Dead hit show and prepare for an onslaught of walkers as you assume the roles of your favourite characters in this apocalyptic new world.

Fight your fears head-on in The Walking Dead Onslaught, the official VR game of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Experience an all-new exclusive The Walking Dead story, defend yourself with real-motion melee and ranged combat, and confront both the horrors and humanity of the apocalypse.

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