The best horror games

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2021 was a big year for the horror game genre, with a variety of indie titles and big budget releases making it a year for fans to remember.

since the games resident evil soared to popularity in the 1990s, the horror genre has long been a mainstay of video games. Every year, the gaming industry releases a wide variety of horror games for fans to play, ranging from nerve-racking indie titles to blood-soaked big-budget affairs. 



2021 was a particularly strong year for the horror genre, with even more variety in the types of horror games available than usual.

There were many high-quality horror games released in 2021, though 10 in particular stood out as especially worth checking out for fans of the genre. 

New IPs, long-awaited sequels, and new entries in some of the most popular horror game franchises of all time are represented here, so horror game fans of all types should be able to find something that interests them. 2021 schedule.


Here are the best horror games of 2021. Remember that this list is in alphabetical order and not sorted by quality.


Chernobylite

Chernobylite is a sci-fi survival game with a good dose of horror elements, tasking players with exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in search of his missing bride. 

Players take on the role of Igor Khymynuk, who must collect supplies, craft items, and fight enemies to survive. Chernobylite allows players to make important decisions that can completely change the course of the game, while dealing with armed opponents and supernatural monsters. 

Chernobylite has earned some comparisons to the STALKER franchise, so fans of those games might want to check it out too.

Little Nightmares 2

The original Little Nightmares game drew attention for its stunning art style, terrifying creature designs, and brooding atmosphere. Little Nightmares 2 features all of that and more, with even scarier enemies, disturbing scenes and heart-stopping scares. 

Little Nightmares 2 is a puzzle/platformer wrapped in a grotesque horror package with a story that will stay with players long after the credits roll. Even better, it's much more polished than its predecessor in terms of gameplay, making the overall experience more enjoyable for horror game fans.

Mundaun

Of all the horror games released in 2021, one that deserves some recognition for its unique art style is Mundaun. 


Mundaun features an interesting “sketchbook” art style that makes it completely different from most other games and really helps it stand out in terms of visual presentation. As far as story and gameplay go, Mundaun stars Curdin, who is investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding his grandfather's death. 


Players explore the world of Mundaun's sketchbook from a first-person view, solving puzzles and facing enemies. Mundaun's puzzles are especially tricky, but anyone who is able to overcome them will find a visually stunning horror game that's definitely worth checking out.

Resident Evil 4 VR

Resident Evil 4 is generally considered to be one of the best action horror games ever made, earning widespread critical acclaim at the time of its original release in 2005.

Since Resident Evil 4 was released in 2005, Capcom has re-released the game on multiple occasions, porting it to PS2 with extra content, bringing it to the Wii with well-received motion controls, and producing an HD version for more modern consoles. However, Resident Evil 4's latest re-release may well be the most ambitious and valuable yet.

Play Resident Evil 4 VR for the Oculus Quest 2 is like playing RE4 for the first time all over again. The VR version of the beloved game swaps its innovative over-the-shoulder third-person camera for a first-person view, putting players squarely in Leon S.

Kennedy as he faces all sorts of monstrosities in his quest to save the president's daughter. 


Resident Evil 4 VR is an accurate recreation of the original game in terms of story beats and overall gameplay, but the leap to VR allows players to interact with the game world in a fundamentally different way, completely changing the feel of the puzzles and the way the game works. combat.

In terms of gameplay, Resident Evil 4 VR is one of the most outstanding horror games of the year and also one of the best VR games of 2021. 


And it's set to become an even better experience as time goes on. A free update released in 2022 has been confirmed to add The Mercenaries game mode to Resident Evil 4 VR, so fans have that to look forward to next year.

Resident evil village

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2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the Resident Evil franchise, and lucky fans were treated to several new releases in the series. Not only did Resident Evil 4 VR drop in 2021, but so did Resident Evil Village, the direct sequel to Resident Evil 7 and a tremendous horror game in its own right. 

Resident Evil Village picks up where Resident Evil 7 left off, following the lives of Ethan Winters and his wife Mia as they try to raise their baby daughter. However, Ethan and Mia's lives are turned upside down when Chris Redfield and his team break into their home and apparently kidnap their daughter.

This leads Ethan to find himself in the titular "village", a rural European area that happens to be populated by werewolf-like monsters and a group of extremely powerful beings.

The main creature Ethan faces is Lady Dimitrescu, an unusually tall vampire who has quickly become one of the most popular villains in the Resident Evil franchise. Lady Dimitrescu really stole the show in Resident Evil Village, but there are plenty of other gruesome monsters for players to face as well.

return

Housemarque has been consistently releasing high-quality shooters for years, but they take things to the next level with Returnal. Returnal was one of many timeloop games released in 2021, but its take on the gimmick is decidedly more disturbing than most. 

In Returnal, protagonist Selene finds herself trapped on a hostile alien planet filled with ruthless and deadly creatures. Selene is able to acquire a variety of weapons and other items to give her an advantage over these beasts, but one wrong move and she could die.

When Selene dies in Returnal, she simply returns to the beginning of the game, stuck in a loop where she can never leave the planet. 

Being trapped in a strange world without even being able to escape death is disturbing enough, but Selene also has to fight her inner demons and explore a scary house. Returnal is all action game, but the game certainly has enough psychological horror elements to appeal to horror fans.

Scarlet Hollow

Interactive visual novels might not be for everyone, but one of the best visual novels released in 2021 was Scarlet Hollow. 

Developed by Black Tabby Games, Scarlet Hollow is technically in first access at the time of this writing, with two of the seven episodes currently available (and episode 2 was released in 2021, which is why Scarlet Hollow qualifies for this list) . 

But even if horror fans can't get the full Scarlet Hollow experience just yet, what's there is already excellent. Scarlet Hollow has players investigating a supernatural mystery and unearthing the secrets of the titular Appalachian town, Scarlet Hollow, and it will have players hooked and eager to see where the story goes next.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

Since rising to fame with Until Dawn, Supermassive Games has been releasing similar horror game experiences with its Dark Pictures Anthology. 

Each installment of The Dark Pictures Anthology has improved over the previous one from a gameplay standpoint, with The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes being the most polished of them all so far. The celebrity guest on this issue is Ashley Tisdale, who plays Rachel King, trapped in an ancient underground temple in the midst of the Iraq War. 

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes retains the co-op gameplay of its predecessors and once again allows players to change the course of the story based on their choices, giving it a decent amount of replay value in the process.

The Medium

Bloober Team has made a name for itself in the horror game space as a studio to watch, delivering well-received horror games such as the Layers of Fear games and the Blair Witch video game adaptation. 

Most of Bloober Team's horror game efforts have stuck to a first-person point of view, but the studio has stepped out of its comfort zone with The Medium , an ambitious next-gen horror game that follows the example of classic horror titles like Silent Hill.

The Medium uses classic horror game elements such as somewhat fixed camera angles, exploration and puzzle solving to create an experience that is both familiar and new at the same time. 

Its main gameplay hook is that the protagonist can exist on two different planes of existence at the same time, which influences both enemy encounters and some of the game's puzzles. 

The Medium  was an Xbox Game Pass game on day one at the time of its release and is one of the only horror games released so far that can only be played on the PS5 or Xbox Series X, making it one of the first high-end horror experiences . here.

Tormented souls

Many horror games have tried to replicate the style of '90s horror hits like the original Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but few have actually succeeded in this. Tormented Souls is one of the best attempts at this, providing an experience that should really appeal to fans of old-school horror games. 

Tormented Souls has players exploring a spooky hospital as Caroline Walker, who is investigating the disappearance of two young girls, finds herself face to face with all sorts of unspeakable horrors.

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