The adventure-horror genre is a famous and loved one, and even though there are a lot of books in it, these are by far the best.
Adventure-horror games have always been a great place for imagination and new ideas to grow. Taking ideas from both movies and books, these games often try to build tension and mystery as players move through stories that are often linear but often have unexpected twists and turns. The genre has a long history of popular games and has been around since the first consoles were made. It is still important today, even if AAA makers don’t always put it front and center.
From old folk tales to modern science fiction, the factor of fear is always present and keeps many people interested. The following games have a good story, good gameplay, and a good amount of scary moments. Some of the best adventure-horror games are listed here.
The company that made Until Dawn, Supermassive Games, also made The Dark Pictures Anthology, but Until Dawn is generally thought to be their best adventure-horror game. It is only available for the PlayStation 4. The game combines many classic teen horror movie tropes with Native American folklore to make a scary and interesting story in which any of the characters could die for good at almost any point.
The scary Wendigos are some of the most visually striking and scary creatures ever made for a video game, and the great voice acting and character models of the game’s heroes really make players care about who lives and who dies.
Call Of Cthulhu
Anyone who reads a lot knows that H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most important writers in the horror genre. Call of Cthulhu by Cyanide and Focus Home Interactive is a great adaptation of the famous short story of the same name. Fans of the author are sure to love it. Even though Penalty Kick Online is five years old, the graphics are still pretty good, and there are scary parts that will scare even the most experienced players.
Some people have criticized the game for being linear, calling it a “glorified walking simulator.” However, the game still has a lot of ways to interact with i. And it has a great story and group of characters. From haunted houses and whaling towns to a mental hospital and a cult meeting. This game might be the most Lovecraftian one you can play even now.
Bramble: The Mountain King
Dimfrost Studio’s Bramble: The Mountain King came out in 2023. It is a story based on Norse mythology, with a world full of scary giants, trolls, and spirits that are sure to stick in people’s thoughts. The game has some of the best environmental writing I’ve seen in an independent game.
Players follow Olle on his quest to save his sister, which is a very interesting story. The game does a great job of showing how a young child’s mind works and how they might see the world after hearing scary fairy tales from their parents. Some players have only complained about how long the game is. Since it can be finished in about three hours, many thought it could have had more to do.
Alien: Isolation by Creative Assembly was praised when it came out for its intense and scary take on a beloved cult film. Using the classic H.R. Geiger alien character, the game’s creators put players against it in a cat-and-mouse survival/stealth journey that took place inside a space station. The game was known for being scary at the time, and it still is, even by today’s standards.
Alien: Isolation is a stealth game that is different from most others because it focuses on avoiding direct conflict. Its story is also in line with much of the franchise’s lore. Soon, people with a Nintendo Switch will be able to play a special version of this game, and many fans still hope for a sequel.
Dead Space (Series)
Since its first release in 2008, the Dead Space game from EA and Visceral Games has been a mix of science fiction and horror. The player is stuck on a broken mining ship that is overrun by horrible monsters. Even though the main series has a continuing story, most players agree that the first Dead Space was the best. After the original game was remade in 2023, players can now enjoy the violence and passion of the early games with cutting-edge graphics.
The only bad things about the remastered version were some performance problems and. At times, combat features that were too easy to understand. But as a whole, the series stands out as one of, if not the best, space-based adventure-horror game series.
Little Nightmares and its sequel are both made by Tarsier Studios. Like Bramble: The Mountain King, they play on people’s childhood fears and try to make them feel uneasy with their strange and creepy art style. Players will have to sneak around and figure out puzzles to get through this dark and twisted world. Which looks like a child’s worst fear.
People have compared Little Nightmares to games like Limbo or Inside. But it’s arguable that Little Nightmares is the creepiest of the three. Its original look is brilliantly rendered in 3D, and even the smallest and most subtle objects in the game were modeled with care.
Fatal Frame (Series)
The Fatal Frame series by Koei Tecmo is probably one of the best adventure-horror series ever made in Japan. The first game in the series came out in 2001 for the Playstation 2. The series is still going strong, with new games and remasters coming out as late as 2023. Most of the games in the series follow different people through interconnected stories. Each game adds to the lore of the others, but it is not necessary to play them in order.
Because people love this series so much, original versions of the Playstation 2 edition have sold for more than $200. Which has made many players beg the creators to remaster the original trilogy. Maiden of Blackwater and Mask of the Lunar Eclipse are the most current games in the series. They still look great and are a great way to get started with the series.
Resident Evil (Series)
The Resident Evil title from CapCom is one of the most well-known adventure-horror game series. The Resident Evil series started in 1996 and is still going strong today. Over the years, it has added new features and changed to fit the genre, giving fans a lot of well-known heroes and enemies along the way.
There are a lot of different places and stories in the series. So there is almost certainly something for everyone in the Resident Evil brand. From hordes of zombies in Africa to run-down plantations in the South, the developers have done everything they can to scare players and use the most horrifying tropes they could think of. While also coming up with ideas that only a dark and deeply disturbed mind could come up with.