Horror games give us the best scares from horror movies along with the feeling that we are (or at least think we are) in control of the situation. There are a lot of great horror games on the Xbox and these are our picks for the ten best. Some of them are scary while others lean more towards horror/comedy, but all of them are fun to play and a great way to waste away cold fall and winter nights.
No other series does creepy, twisted, blood soaked horror better than Silent Hill. These games arent as jump out and say boo crazy as other horror games and instead rely on horrific images and things that work on you mentally until youre so scared you are afraid to turn out the lights. In other words, good times.
Fatal Frame gives you a special camera rather than a gun with which to dispatch the ghosts that haunt these games which is a nice change of pace from most horror games. The games tell of ancient Japanese rituals and legends and have a storytelling style similar to recent films like The Ring and The Grudge. Both Fatal Frame 1 and 2 are well put together and wonderfully horrifying.
Doom 3 and its Resurrection of Evil expansion are great horror games for a number of reasons. Between stumbling around in the dark with a world full of demons, blood soaked hallways, chainsaw wielding maniacs, creepy chanting, and the hallucinations of your character, Doom 3 works the horror angle in a number of different ways and is pretty effective overall.
House of the Dead 3 isnt all that scary, but it features lots and lots of zombies a horror staple so it belongs here. Zombies arent really scary anyway, but they are definitely the coolest movie monsters. Nothing beats blasting zombies with your trusty shotgun on a cool October night.
Manhunt is absolutely frightening for a couple of reasons. The first of which is that you are trapped in a city filled with people that want to kill you. The other reason it is frightening is because of the horrible things that YOU can do to THEM. You feel dirty after you play this game because it is so sick and twisted. It just goes to show that humans are the scariest creatures of all.
The Suffering puts an action spin on traditional survival horror so you spend more time shooting at demons than solving puzzles, which is good. This is another game that really works on you psychologically and gives you a number of moral tests which determine whether you are an innocent man or a cold blooded murderer.
This game acts as a sequel to the 1982 film of the same name. An alien that can imitate other life forms has taken up residence in an Antarctic base and your team is sent into investigate. Since the alien can imitate any life form, the horror comes from not ever knowing if one of your teammates is actually the alien.
The Evil Dead films are campy horror comedies and Fistful of Boomstick continues that theme perfectly. Fighting off dozens of deadites as they surround you while Ash spouts his trademark one liners is just pure fun. Classic comedy with a slight horror twist.
These games arent too terrifying, but feature a lot of classic Halloween themes and characters so BloodRayne 1 and 2 make the list. Zombies and vampires stalk the levels and it is up to you to stop them. The games feature lots of gore and bloody finishing moves which is always good.
Stubbs the Zombie is another campy horror/comedy style game, but instead of blasting away at an army of zombies, you actually get to be a zombie. Eating brains and infecting humans to form your own shuffling mob of the undead is the name of the game here and it is a zombie fans dream come true. We love zombies!