ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

Horror games provide a classic example of the medium's ability to create experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. Sure, watching a spooky movie might be tense, but it's nothing compared to the terrifying pressure of having to play through one.

All of these games seek to push the player's fears to the edge, dropping them into a deeply unnerving scenario with one goal: survive. These are the year's most anticipated heart-stoppers. They are in no particular order.


Platform: PC

Release date: June 2016 (Estimated)

From the minds behind Bioshock comes a hauntingly eerie experience of what it might feel like to be blind as a bat. 12-year Irrational Games veteran Bill Gardner secured over $160,000 to kickstart his ambitious new project, which is due to scare gamers silly when it launches this summer.

You play as Cassie, a young blind woman who finds herself in an abandoned New England mansion being pursued by a mysterious spirit simply called 'The Presence.' Luckily, she can use sound-inferred echolocation to survey her surroundings – but don't make too much noise or you'll be an easy target for whatever evil apparitions lurk in the dark.

'Allison Road'

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Release date: TBA 2016

A sort of spiritual successor to the Playable Teaser created for the criminally cancelled Silent Hills, Allison Road drops the player in a familiar and sure to be traumatizing situation. You're an amnesiac protagonist who wakes up in a photorealistic townhouse that you soon discover was the scene of a horrific crime. Take a look at this prototype gameplay footage – It looks every bit as frightening as P.T.

Think you have the nerve to brave a night with Allison Road?

'Friday the 13th: The Game'

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Release date: October 2016 (Estimated)

Taking you back to Crystal Lake, this survival simulator sees you fleeing from the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees. Adapting the cinematic nightmare is no easy task, as demonstrated by the painfully bad 1989 NES game, but the team at Gun Media seem hell-bent on replicating the sheer dread in running for your life:

Friday the 13th: The Game is an online, asymmetric multiplayer experience where one player will assume the role of Jason against seven other players assuming the roles of camp counselors trying to survive the night.

If they can balance the asymmetrical multiplayer just right this could go down as an oh-so-rare movie-based classic.

'Outlast 2'

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Release date: Fall 2016

As both Paranormal Activity and [REC] taught us, there's few things scarier than a hand held camera recording the beings that go bump in the night. Outlast took the same concept and ran with it, upping the tension by giving the player the unfortunate job of pointing the lens. The sequel will be set in the same universe, but will feature different characters and a new, horrifying setting. Check out the foreboding teaser:

'The Walking Dead: Michonne'

Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX and Android

Release date: February 2016

Following on from a successful Season Two run, Telltale return to Robert Kirkman's zombified universe with a standalone three-episode special. Hardened survivor Michonne takes center stage for a bloody adventure filled with tough dialogue choices, branching narrative paths and severed limbs:

The story explores her untold journey during the time between issues #126 and #139. Through this Telltale Games mini-series of 3 episodes, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group... and what brought her back.

'Until Dawn: Rush of Blood'

Platform: PlayStation VR

Release date: TBA 2016

The sleeper hit of 2015 returns for a uniquely terrifying virtual reality experience. Early details suggest that Rush of Blood will deviate from the original game's interactive slasher movie structure, instead pitching itself as an on-rails shooter that'll bring you closer to the horror than ever before. It's a risky direction to take, but with the same Until Dawn team behind it I have every faith it'll be as gleefully gory as the first, pleasantly surprising original.

'We Happy Few'

Platform: PC and Xbox One

Release date: June 2016

We Happy Few is a brutally unforgiving survival game set in dystopian 1960s England. The streets are occupied by creepy mime-like inhabitants who routinely use a drug called Joy. As a 'Downer', someone who chooses to abstain from the drug, you're very much unwelcome among the grinning addicts who'll forcibly take a syringe to your eyeballs should they suspect you're not having as much fun as you should be. It's a palm-sweatingly tense experience that forces you to act like you're high in order to blend in with the surrounding psychos. So, it's basically clubbing.


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