10 proper games to play this Halloween! Easily-accessible for multiple platforms

10 proper games to play this Halloween! Easily-accessible for multiple platforms

Pumpkin time is almost upon us, and because many of us try to spend any holiday with family or friends, it’s more than enough reason to compile a nice list of video games to play together (or alone during your free time). Please note that this list is specifically put together for that Halloween feel, and not just to look at ”horror games” in general. Don’t play too close to bedtime though! We wouldn’t want to be responsible for you staring intensely at the ceiling reciting weird Latin texts…

1. Blood: Fresh Supply (PC) 

Blood is one of those shooter games that shamefully little people are aware of. While it already was on Steam, it quite recently got an adapted version released as well. This version is called Blood: Fresh Supply. Not only did the classic game get full support for modern PCs, but it also has an online co-op and battle mode. So this Halloween you can go crazy with a buddy!

Blood got known for its crazy one-liners and multiple parodies on existing horror movies such as The Shining, and should definitely be in a top 10 list for games available to play with Halloween. With absurd weapons such as a flare gun where other 1st-person games from that era would make revolvers, it’s original and entertaining.

2. MediEvil (remake) (PS4)

The MediEvil remake got released just in time, in October 2019. The original for the PS1 already had strong Halloween vibes, but now, with new beautiful graphics, it’s even more apparent that this game should be on your list for Halloween. Not only does it looks nice and does it have its funny moments in its own, cartoony way, it’s also pretty family-friendly! So it’s a good title to play together with your younger ones for true Halloween vibes.

3. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360, Mac, Linux)

Yes, yes, technically it’s a bit of a worn-out game. But it also does so much well and when it came on the market, it was (and still kinda is) truly a unique design. Tons of zombies to mow down and guaranteed bursts of co-op fun. Perfect to do online as well as local, this game WILL have its tense moments. Jockey! Tank! Grabbing Pills! Choose your weapons of survival including a fire axe and dual pistols, while surviving the onslaught as you run to safety.

4. Until Dawn (PS4) / Man of Medan (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Yes, yes, technically these are two different games. But they come from the same breeding ground (or undead graveyard, if you prefer). Both games are all about their stories. And because the story is like a horror movie in many ways, this game is perfect to play together on the couch with a single controller. Scream at your television, decide what will happen next. But be careful, you can only do so once…

5. Costume Quest 2 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U)

This one is also for younger audiences! We chose part two of the Costume Quest series because it’s available on more platforms, but if you want to try its prequel, be our guest! In Costume Quest 1 and 2, the game revolves about Halloween celebrations itself. By dressing up and collecting costumes, the kid protagonists in the game are able to gain new powers to fight as they become what they dress up as. With a simplified turn-based battle system as is found in games such as Pokémon and Final Fantasy, it’s fun to watch the animations, win fights, and follow the story.

6. Resident Evil 4 (PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U) and other Resident Evil games. 

You would be called mad if you wouldn’t include Resident Evil in a list like this. Ever since Resident Evil 4 came out, a new standard for horror games was placed. And even though many have tried to be its equal, including other RE games, nothing could compare to what the fourth installment brought. No wonder why it’s brought forth on so many platforms! But if you want some other popular mentions, Resident Evil 5 has a nice co-op mode, Resident Evil 7 is some of the scariest first-person horror out there (especially in VR), and the relatively new Resident Evil 2 remake got insanely popular.

7. ObsCure (PC, PS2, Xbox Classic)

We bet you forgot all about this one! If you even ever heard of it. Featuring a Sum 41 song at the opening credits, ObsCure is perfect to play with a buddy. Discover a high-school mystery together as the classrooms are infested with dark secrets and monsters. This one is like a real high-school horror movie but with bigger pixels (which, as you might know, can be even scarier at times right?)

8.  The Suffering / The Suffering 2: Ties that Bind (PC, PS2, Xbox Classic)

With high tension and gritty darkness throughout the entire game, this is a serious Halloween title in the way that it eats you up from inside. This psychological horror/thriller about a prison where things are seriously going wrong, and which involves creatures that walk on walls with blades and a lot of gun blasting, perhaps deserves to be dusted off for this Halloween.

9. Simulacra (PC, Mac)

Simulacra gets a special mention as the (spiritual) successor of Sara Is Missing, a game that entirely simulates using a phone, including reading texts and looking at pictures. Perhaps not as much horror as the other mentioned games, Simulacra does succeed in providing a great deal of mystery as well as tension that you would find in any good Halloween title. Mixed with live-action footage, a true indie gem.

10. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (Gamecube) 

Despite only being available for the Gamecube, Eternal Darkness is such a good title that it had to make the list. Not only does it hold all the elements required for a good scare and some festive tension, but it was also an indie game in a way with its successful experiments in visual, auditive, and psychological effects to drive the player crazy!

And that’s it for this list! Of course, there are plenty of more games that are ”spooky” or could be added to Halloween, but like has been said at the start, this list is directed to inspire a true Halloween feeling. And then the list wouldn’t be named ”10 proper games to play this Halloween!” now would it!? That being said, here are some honorable mentions that might also get you inspired:

  • Betrayal at House on the Hill (Board Game)
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Linux, Mac)
  • Dead Space (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  • Outlast (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Linux, Mac)
  • Slender: The Arrival (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, Mac)
  • Fran Bow (PC, Linux, Mac)
  • Alien: Isolation (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Linux, Mac, Switch)
  • The Evil Within (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
  • Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines (PC)
  • The Forest (PC, PS4)
  • Sanitarium (PC, 1998)
  • Sally Face (PC, Linux, Mac)
  • Mr. Hopps Playhouse (PC)
  • Among the Sleep (PC, Linux, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  • Layers of Fear (PC, Linux, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  • Lone Survivor (PC, Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U)
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