1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
A Victorian-era castle may not seem like the best setting for a horror game, but with Amnesia: The Dark Descent Frictional took everything it learned from its earlier games, polished it, and released one of the scariest games of all time. You play as Daniel, an archeologist who's lost his memory and has only a letter—apparently written by him—to guide his escape from the mad castle and shadowy figures that stalk him.
2. Among the Sleep
Nighttime is creepy. Nighttime as a baby is even creepier.
Among the Sleep is a first-person horror game where you're awakened in the middle of the night and must investigate. The twist? You're a two-year-old child. The game's a bit on the short side, but the atmosphere is fantastic, and there's no better way to feel vulnerable than to inhabit the body of a toddler.
Styled after the classic isometric horror game Sanitarium and paying obvious homage to Alien, Event Horizon, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, and other bits of beloved genre fiction, Stasis is easily one of 2015’s best horror games—not necessarily because of overt scares, but because it tells a compelling story and has a way of getting under your skin.
4. Five Nights at Freddy's
I don’t think you need to play all four, but the idea of bloodthirsty, Chuck-E-Cheese style animatronics coming to life remains terrifying and the “Trapped watching events play out through security cameras” mechanic is inspired. The fact that you can only watch the not-so-merry crew over grainy security cameras as they close in on your location gives the game an ominous, incredibly tense feel—though that fades after a few playthroughs.
5. Resident Evil 4
The original PC port of Resident Evil 4 was trash, but earlier this year Capcom released Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD, which seems to fix most of the issues while also improving the graphics.
Plus it's free, like most modern text adventures, and playable through your browser.
Horror games on the Oculus Rift VR headset are about a thousand times more intense than they'd be if played on a normal monitor. Dreadhalls, a procedurally generated dungeon crawler, isn't the most polished nor the most graphically intensive game around, but it's a great proof-of-concept of horror in virtual reality.
Based on a true story, Masochisia is the enigmatic tale of a young man coming to grips with the fact that he will one day become a violent psychopath. Troubled by macabre visions, abusive parents, vicious monsters and unrelenting voices in your head, we must wonder: Can you survive these revelations? Can you embrace your fate? Or will you fight it? But then again- can anyone really change their fate? A point and click horror game with a strong focus on narrative- Masochisia is slated for release on October 9th, 2015. The game will launch globally on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux. Developed by Jon Oldblood, a lone developer battling his own demons and struggles with violence, the game is designed to make the player feel uncomfortable with their progressively-darker choices.
We wish you good luck. Stay safe this Halloween. Oh, and if you're just not a gamer, create your own Halloween themed party and stay indoors all by yourself lah. There's no shame in that. Be a Bridget Jones for the night.