The recently released Resident Evil 7 brings the long-standing franchise back to its survival horror roots, which was welcomed by fans of the series. While some might see this as a resurgent moment for the survival horror genre (of sorts), horror games have actually been thriving along within the PC gaming market for quite some time. To celebrate Resident Evil’s return to form, here are 5 horror games on Steam that you should check out if you’re in for some scares.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
One of the big changes in Resident Evil 7 is the move from third-person to first-person view, which added tension that the franchise was lacking in the last few releases. However, when it comes to first-person horror games, Amnesia: The Dark Descent takes the crown in giving an experience that’s like no other.
A puzzle and exploration game at heart, what makes Amnesia stands out is the fact that the player has no means of combat. This meant that players can only hide from the game's enemies or run like hell if they ever encountered one, which is enough to get your blood pumping.
7 Days to Die
While Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Resident Evil 7 focus on the claustrophobic nature of horror, 7 Days to Die takes the opposite approach and puts players in a post-apocalyptic open world that players have to survive in.
7 Days to Die is what happens when you put zombies and survival horror together and combine it with the addictive gameplay of Minecraft. If you ever fancy yourself a zombie survivalist, 7 Days to Die lets you live out your post-apocalyptic zombie-survival dreams.
Detention is a recently released 2D side-scrolling horror game that’s reminiscent of old-school horror games with its simplistic design and visuals. With heavy influences from the likes of Silent Hill, Detention is a horror game worth looking into if you’re a horror fan.
Set during the 1960s in Taiwan, Detention makes clever use of its historical setting to create a chilling environment for players to explore and adds a healthy dose of cleverly designed puzzles to keep gameplay fun.
Point-and-click games are not widely known for horror games but Goetia, published by Square Enix and developed by Suchee, is a game that effortlessly blends both genres, and results in a game that gives the best of both worlds.
Set during Victorian Britain, players takes control of Abigail Blackwood, who has to unravel the mystery behind the death of her family and herself to uncover the family's dark secret. With some of the most innovative puzzles and an engaging story, it’s a game that point-and-click fans and horror enthusiasts should definitely check out.
Another game that took the first-person survival horror to new heights was Outlast, which was released during the peak of the survival horror resurgence on PC.
Using the tried-and-true trope of an abandoned asylum as its location, Outlast provided plenty of scares with its generous usage of violence and gore. Combine this with a hide-and-seek gameplay mechanics that often leave players breathless, Outlast truly is one of the best horror games to play by yourself if you're brave enough.
A great horror game is one that can induce panic, anxiety, and a sense of dread whenever you play. These 5 games are some of the best examples of the horror genre revival on Steam at the moment. So, choose your game, close off the curtains, turn off the lights, put on your headset, then get ready to be traumatized by some of the scariest monsters you can imagine!