Darkest Dungeon (PC)
RPG 19 January 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Dead Space (PC)
Action 20 October 2008
A third-person survival horror action game developed by EA Redwood Shores. The plot of Dead Space is set in the distant future. The main protagonist, Isaac Clark, is given a task of investigating the situation on a mining ship that has just sent a distress signal. Upon arrival, he discovers that the entire crew is dead and the bodies of the dead miners are possessed by a parasitic race of necromorphs. Contrary to typical TPS games, the gameplay of Dead Space is primarily focused on building tension and the atmosphere or danger; shooting sequences that take place in zero gravity are of secondary importance. The terrifying atmosphere is empowered by the dark audiovisuals.
The Forest (PC)
Action April 2018
A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.
RPG June 2018
A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.
Layers of Fear (PC)
Adventure 16 February 2016
A first person psychological horror adventure game inspired of 19th-century paintings and architecture. It was created by Polish developer Bloober Team, known for such titles as BRAWL, A-Men and Music Master: Chopin. The game is set in an ominous manor, while you assume the role of an insane painter striving to finish his masterpiece at all cost. Gameplay boils down to exploration, as the player searches for the source of the hero’s madness and the tools needed to complete the painting. While playing, you experience strange visions and fears born in the protagonist’s mind, making the task much more complicated. The game is soaked with dark, psychedelic atmosphere, which is further deepened by fitting audiovisuals.
Action 05 May 2017
An in-name-only sequel to a best-selling science-fiction FPS released in 2006. After many perturbations haunting the series, the development has been commissioned to Arkane Studios, the creators of the Dishonored series. Prey is not a continuation per se, but rather a peculiar reboot of the original 2006’s installment of the game; both games share only the FPS science fiction setting and the necessity to single-handedly fight hostile extraterrestrials aboard a space station drifting through the cosmic void. The main protagonist is Morgan Yu – a man or a woman, depending on the player’s choice. Morgan is a part of a scientific project working towards enhancing the human race. Throughout the game he / she has to face hordes of aliens with unique features and abilities. Some of these abilities can be adopted by Morgan and utilized in creative ways. Players can also make use of a wide range of futuristic weaponry and gadgets.
The Evil Within 2 (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to the successful survival horror, The Evil Within. Both titles have been developed under the watchful eye of Shinji Mikami, the author of such video game series as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. In The Evil Within 2, players yet again assume the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who travels to a seemingly idyllic town in search for his daughter. What he does not know, however, is that the town hides a horrible secret. The game allows the players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to walk through gloomy and claustrophobic locations, as well as larger open spaces often filled with horrifying enemies. To fight off the threat, detective Castellanos can use his firearms; however, due to the game's survival horror convention, the ammunition is scarce. Another solution is to take the stealth approach and quietly eliminate the foes with a crossbow. Of course, one can also decide to run for it. In The Evil Within 2 Sebastian can use a comlink to consult his friend – Julia Kidman – who eagerly guides him through this horrible reality.
Resident Evil 4 (PC)
Adventure 02 March 2007
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PC)
Action 08 August 2017
A third-person action game set in a fantasy world inspired by Celtic mythology. Title was developed by the British studio Ninja Theory, known for Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, and DMC: Devil May Cry. In the game we traverse a dark, mythical world, full of references to popular stories, characters, and monsters born in the imagination of the Celts. Protagonist of the game is a female warrior named Senua, who embarks on a dangerous journey to the land of the dead. As you might have guessed, during her journey, the heroine faces scores of dangerous enemies, with which she usually deals using a sword. Using a variety of combos and special abilities, Senua makes her way to the destination of her journey. Although a fully independent production, Hellblade features high-level visuals, and the gameplay mechanic brings several innovations to the slasher genre, in which the developers from Ninja Theory had become specialized over the years.
Adventure 04 September 2013
A survival horror action adventure game. It is the debut project of the independent studio, Red Barrels, established by veterans of the gaming industry: David Chateauneuf, Philippe Morin, and Hugo Dallaire. Outlast’s story is set in an old asylum for mentally ill, adapted, by the Murkoff corporation, into a research center. Journalist Miles Upshur gets his hands on information that strange things occur in that place. Looking for a sensation, he breaks into the asylum, hoping to discover a shocking truth about the experiments and profane rituals. We observe the game world from first-person perspective, and our only weapon is a camera with infrared lens. Gameplay focuses on exploring locations and avoiding direct confrontation with enemies. Due to a terrifying atmosphere and gore aesthetics, game is aimed exclusively at adults.
Alan Wake (PC)
Adventure 16 February 2012
A psychological horror third-person action game inspired by the works of Stephen King. It was developed by Remedy Entertainment, the creators of the Max Payne series. The game’s protagonist is an author of widely-read novels who decides to go on vacation to the remote town of Bright Falls in hope of overcoming his writer’s block. After just a few days, Alan’s wife goes missing in unexplained circumstances and the writer sets out to find her. It quickly turns out that the picturesque town hides many secrets, similarly to the location of his latest novel. To save his beloved, Alan has to seek out fragments of his own work by exploring Bright Falls, talking to the people he encounters, and facing evil forces that lurk in the dark. In combat, not only firearms will come in handy but also a torchlight and other light sources which deter and weaken the ghosts. The dark atmosphere is intensified by an atmospheric soundtrack.
Black Mirror (PC)
Adventure 28 November 2017
A reboot of the popular adventure series of a gothic horror style, developed by KING Art Games. The action takes the player to Scotland, 1926, where the hero – David Gordon – conducts an investigation into the circumstances of his father’s suicide. During the adventure, the protagonist discovers details concerning his father, learns about new, unknown-so-far members of his family, and also faces his own nightmares – he is certain that there is a curse on his family, and that eventually he will go insane, just as his predecessors. In Black Mirror, the player travels through depressing locations, chat with NPCs, and solve more or less complicated puzzles – these are similar to those in point-n-click classic adventures. The visions and nightmare hallucinations play crucial roles in the game – once the hero experiences them, he may learn more about his family house’s past. The amazing visuals have faint colours which intensify the gloomy atmosphere.
Dead Island 2 (PC)
A second major installment in the sandbox action game series created by the Polish studio Techland. This time, the development has been entrusted to Yager Development, an independent developer team mainly known from the shooter Spec Ops: The Line. As far as the plot goes, the game follows the events shown in previous chapter. The plague that transformed people into living dead has gone out of control, and began spreading throughout California. The quarantine zone intended to contain the epidemic is currently full of soldiers sent in to root out the plague, but also degenerate thrill-seekers as well as residents who refused to leave their homes. In this dangerous open-world environment, we will undertake a series of tasks, mainly coming down to fighting hordes of zombies using unconventional, self-made weaponry. The majority of RPG features known from previous game are present in the sequel, such as advanced level up system and several different character classes.
7 Days to Die (PC)
A post-apocalyptic sandbox FPS developed by a debuting indie studio The Fun Pimps. The game takes you to a near future, when a nuclear war allowed a dangerous virus to spread across the entire world. The virus kills its victims in 7 days, as the title suggests, and turns them into bloodthirsty zombies. You play as one of the few not infected people, fighting for survival in Navezgane County, Arizona. 7 Days to Die allows you to freely explore its open world, adjusting the story to your actions. To help you survive in this hostile environment, the game introduces a well-developed crafting system that lets you gather food and resources to make useful tools and fix or upgrade your hideouts. The authors prepared a campaign for solo players, as well as a score of online modes, both competitive and cooperative.
Outlast 2 (PC)
Action 25 April 2017
The sequel to Outlast, a 2013 first-person survival horror and a successful debut of the Red Barrels studio. As the authors decided to abandon the themes initiated in the first part of the series, the game does not return to the dark psychiatric hospital located somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. Instead, Outlast 2 takes place in a completely new location and tells the story of new characters. However, original gameplay mechanic characterized by the inability to fight encountered enemies, remained unchanged. Player's character has no combat skills and survival consists mainly of avoiding direct confrontations. In some cases, an escape turns out to be the only solution. When fleeing, the game's complex model of movements, inspired by the parkour technique, is a great help.
Adventure 15 August 2017
First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.
Dead by Daylight (PC)
Action 14 June 2016
An asymmetric multiplayer action game, based on a classic horror movie storyline: a group of young people being harassed by a murderous psychopath. It was created by Behaviour Interactive, known for such titles as Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade or Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise. In Dead by Daylight, four players take on the roles of ordinary people trying to survive the encounter with a murderer, who's being controlled by the fifth player. You experience the game through a first-person perspective when you play as the villain, and from a third-person perspective when you play as a potential victim. To survive, the victims have to be clever, set traps, and sometimes simply run away. In fact, it is easier to survive when you're working together as a group, but nothing stops you from betraying the others and saving yourself at the cost of their lives. Dead by Daylight features several varied types of murderers, and the game's maps are generated procedurally.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)
Adventure 08 September 2010
A dark action adventure game designed as survival horror, developed by the team at Frictional Games studio – creators of the enthusiastically received Penumbra series. In the game we play the part of a man who voluntarily lost his memory. He wanders through the corridors of a huge castle not remembering exactly what happened, but he is certain that his life is in great danger. By exploring the chateau and solving subsequent puzzles our protagonist reveals consecutive terrible facts of his own past, finding answers to a number of questions bothering him. The authors offered unusual game mechanics, resigning entirely from fighting skills. In return, during the game we have to take care of the protagonist’s mental health, avoiding darkness and escaping from various terrifying creatures. Our main weapons are matches, oil lamps and other sources of light. The [roduction features dark atmosphere, reminiscent of works of H. P. Lovecraft.
Little Nightmares (PC)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
Inner Voices (PC)
Adventure 10 May 2017
An exploration/adventure horror by the independent studio Sigma Games from Poland. The main hero of Inner Voices is John Blake who is trapped in a dimension resembling purgatory. The protagonist suffers from amnesia and the only way to reveal his mysterious past is to follow a strange voice. The hints it drops lead the hero to eerie places which reflect his own memories distorted by an unknown, evil force. The action is presented from the first-person perspective. The journey takes us through various locations which are filled with logic puzzles varying in difficulty and complexity. What is interesting, the world is generated randomly to some extent, while particular locations are picked from the pool of 50 places.
F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (PC)
Action 18 October 2005
A combination of first-person shooter and survival horror developed by Monolith Productions. The game's protagonist belongs to the eponymous First Encounter Assault Recon – special anti-terrorist unit, which trains its members not only in conventional tactics, but also develops their paranormal abilities. The task before the protagonist is to take back the Armacham Technology Corporation from the hands of unknown criminals. In F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon you explore various locations (the events take place both inside and outside the compound) and fight encountered opponents. In combat you can make use of an array of weapons as well as the aforementioned special abilities of the hero, spearheaded by bullet-time mechanics. The atmosphere of horror is created by the presence of Alma – a creepy mysterious girl responsible for paranormal events taking place around you. F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon makes use of advanced physics simulation and sports detailed graphics.
Aliens vs Predator (PC)
Action 16 February 2010
Aliens vs Predator is a first-person action game developed by Rebellion. It is a reboot of the popular FPS series released between 1999 and 2002. The game's plot combines elements from two popular comic book and movie series. We can play as a Xenomorph, the Predator, or as a Marine. There are three campaigns available, each of them having its own unique gameplay mechanics. If we choose to play as a Marine, we get a rather typical first-person shooter, where we use state-of-the-art technology to eliminate the alien species. However, playing as either a Xenomoprhs or the Predator is very different, due to the species unique abilities. Xenomorphs, endowed with deadly claws and tail, can walk on walls and ceilings. They can not only kill their enemies, but also assimilate them. The Predator can see in infrared, and is equipped with many useful and deadly weapons, like a plasma caster, spear, or a crossbow.
Fear Effect Sedna (PC)
Action 06 March 2018
The third installment in the Fear Effect series of action games. Both the previous installments were released for the PlayStation console. The game was created by Kronos Digital Entertainment, under the auspices of Square Enix - the owner of the franchise. Contrary to its predecessors, Fear Effect Sedna is a tactical action game played from an isometric view and inspired by Shadowrun Returns - a role-playing game. The action takes place in a cyberpunk world featuring fantasy elements. This time, the characters from the previous installments explore mysterious locations and underground facilities of the frosty Greenland. During the story campaign, the player commands a team comprising up to five mercenaries, each having their own unique skills and specializations. The game offers a real-time combat system, but thanks to the implementation of active pause, the player is allowed to take their time when giving orders to individual units. Occasionally, the player is also obliged to solve puzzles. The third installment in the Fear Effect series offers old-school, cel-shaded graphics as usual.
Adventure 09 June 2015
A first-person survival horror game developed by Polish development studio IMGN.pro. The game's story is inspired by true events that took place in 1959 at the Dyatlov Pass in the Ural mountains, where the dead bodies of nine Russian hikers were found, and the cause of their death remained unclear. We only know that most of them died of hypothermia, and evidence indicates that they were forced to flee from an unknown danger. In the game we explore an open, icebound world, having only a map and a compass at our disposal. On our way to reach the goal, we have to deal with many dangers lurking in the mountains. There is no combat, and the only way to survive is by escaping. A special system called "fear manager" has been developed for the game. Depending on the player's actions, it adequately handles all the factors responsible for building an eerie atmosphere, which makes each new game a bit different.