10 Horror Video Games You Probably Forgot Ever Existed – Screen Rant

Some horror franchises get all the attention, like Resident Evil, Amnesia, and Silent Hill. And while those series most certainly deserve all the acclaim and recognition they get, there are tons of other great horror games out there that have seemingly fallen through the cracks.

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Whether it’s because they were ahead of their time, on consoles that sold poorly, or just misunderstood, so many horror games deserve a second chance, and with the recent popularity of retro gaming, it’s become easier than ever to buy old games for retro consoles, and in many cases, to download digital versions to new consoles like the Xbox X/S, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.


D (3DO, Saturn, PS1, PC)

The game D was initially released in 1995 for a now-forgotten console called the 3DO. It was intended to be a point-and-click adventure game similar to the PC game Myst, which was released a few years earlier and stunned the world with its compelling graphics. D, however, would bring cutting-edge PC graphics to consoles thanks to the high-powered 3DO.

In the game, Laura investigates a hospital after learning her father went on a killing spree and then barricaded himself inside. Before long, the hospital transforms into an ancient castle and Laura must discover the horrific secret of her family’s lineage. The game is now also available to play on Steam.

Enemy Zero (Saturn)

The Japanese cover for Enemy Der features a metal door with EO written on it

The sequel to D also became a forgotten classic. Instead of releasing on the PS1, the developers chose for Enemy Zero to be a SEGA Saturn exclusive.

The title again centers around Laura, but in a completely new storyline. Now, trapped in outer space, Laura is forced to survive an escaped alien who is running loose on a space station. Sadly, like many excellent SEGA Saturn games, Enemy Zero could have been a hit, but since it was released on a console nobody owned, it was forced into obscurity.

Dino Crisis (PS1, Dreamcast)

Regina is chased by a T Rex in Dino Crisis

In 1999, Capcom wanted to capitalize upon the raging success of Resident Evil and decided to make a new franchise that would clearly be inspired by Resident Evil‘s style, but also able to carry its own weight. The result was Dino Crisis. Directed by Resident Evil‘s Shinji Mikami, the game was intended to be similar to, but also opposite of Resident Evil.

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Whereas zombies were slow and the game atmospheric, Dino Crisis would have large enemies that were fast and could plot against the player. It was still survival horror, but with a completely new atmosphere. Unoftauntely, after a successful sequel, the franchise puttered out with a string of poorly-received games.

Kholat (PC, PS, Xbox, Switch)

Images run away in the night in Kholat

Inspired by the tragic and mysterious events of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Kholat sees gamers embark on an investigation to find the hikers who went missing during that fateful expedition.

Narrated by Sean Bean, the game relies heavily on the strange circumstances of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (such as the fact that some hikers were found with blunt trauma wounds, others naked, and the tent found cut open from the inside) to build a story of supernatural forces at work. Despite being a compelling game, it somehow flew under the radar for most players.

Soma (Xbox, PS, PC)

Two characters look at each other in SOMA, separated by a glass wall

Released one year after the wildly popular Alien: Isolation, Frictional Games’ Soma hoped to capitalize on the renaissance the survival horror genre was going through. In the game, players awake aboard an underwater power station that’s filled with robots who believe they are human. Some of those robots are even hostile.

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Much like Frictional’s other series, Amnesia, Soma requires stealth techniques to avoid enemies. However, Soma never hit the same level of popularity as Amnesia, despite being a great game.

Slender Rising (Mobile)

The Slender Man appears in a black and white image

Despite more popular Slender Man games being released on consoles and PC, the highest-rated of all the Slender games is Slender Rising.

In the game, players must search for pages and signs through various desolate locales, such as a deserted town, a haunted forest, and an abandoned hospital ward… all while being stalked by the Slender Man. Though a mobile exclusive, the game was praised by players and critics and is considered one of the scariest mobile games ever.

Carrier (Dreamcast)

The cover for Carrier features an infected human rotting away

Carrier was a survival horror game exclusive to the SEGA Dreamcast. It takes place on an aircraft carrier that has stopped responding to radio contact. Players are part of a special forces team who investigates the ship to find out what happened and if there might be survivors. It soon becomes obvious that some sort of infection has spread amongst the crew and players must fight for survival.

The game was released within months of the much more popular Resident Evil: Code Veronica and therefore was vastly (and unfairly) overlooked.

Blair Witch (Switch, PS, Xbox, PC)

Ellis and his dog walk through the dark woods in Blair Witch

Based on the film series of the same name, Blair Witch drops players in the middle of the woods as they search for a lost boy. Naturally, all hell breaks loose and it soon becomes apparent that someone… or something… is lurking in the shadows.

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The game’s atmosphere, sound, and visuals were praised by critics, and the game was even nominated for Xbox Game of the Year at the 2019 Golden Joystick Awards.

Monstrum (PC, PS, Xbox)

One of the monsters in Monstrous attacks a player

For gamers who really want a challenge, Monstrum is an under-the-radar masterpiece that provides the ultimate challenge. Set on a desolate cargo ship, Monstrum sees players come face-to-face with an escaped monster that’s ravaged its way throughout the ship, killing everything in sight. The basic goal is to survive and escape… but that proves to be no easy task.

With a randomly-generated monster, permadeath if killed, and procedurally generated levels, there’s no way to learn the game. Each time, it’s entirely new, creating a difficult, disorienting, and horrifying gaming experience.

Alien Resurrection (PS1)

A player aims at a Xenomorph in the game version of Alien Resurrection

In 1996, the Alien Trilogy game was released on the PS1 and other consoles to mostly positive reviews. A few years later, the PS1 would get another Alien game, this time an exclusive title – Alien Ressurection. Based on the movie of the same name, the game had improved graphics over its predecessor and was filled with excellent suspense and a terrifying setting.

But most importantly, Alien Resurrection was one of the first games ever to use dual analog controls…something that, at the time, GameSpot criticized (which is now ironic considering that’s now the standard in gaming). Truly scary and ahead of its time, Alien Resurrection is a slice of gaming history everyone needs to play.

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