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.
A first-person science fiction horror action game heavily inspired by the works of H.R. Giger, the creator of the xenomorph from the Alien franchise. Scorn takes the players to an unreal world that balances on the verge of dream and reality. It consists of several open locations joined together, built almost exclusively from organic material; each one is characterized by different style and a unique set of logic puzzles. Careful exploration is a very important element of the gameplay, since every thing we accidentally miss can completely change the further course of the game. As we progress, our character masters new skills and finds numerous useful items and weapons. Combat is not the main focus of the gameplay, though, for not every character we encounter is hostile towards us. The main highlight of Scorn is a dense atmosphere of constant anxiety. The production is powered by Unreal Engine 4, and, apart from realistic graphics, features a minimalistic interface which empowers immersion.
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.
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 Forest (PC)
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.
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.
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.
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.
RPG March 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.
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.
Sylvio 2 (PC)
Adventure 11 October 2017
A sequel to the very well-received indie FPP horror adventure game. In Sylvio 2, you once again play as Juliette Waters, whose job is recording the voices of the dead. The game is set several days after the events of the first installment and takes place during the day. The gameplay focuses on exploring and solving puzzles, as well as occasional fights with the ghosts. The protagonist's equipment is similar to that from the previous game, although she also has a few new gadgets. Instead of the old Stelotron L-500 magnetic tape recorder, Sylvio 2 features a Steltron L-1000, a 360-degree camera, which allows you to record not only the audio, but also the video of the ghosts. Since the recordings are essential to solve the game's puzzles, there is an option to browse through the recordings, slow them down or fast-forward them, as well as zoom in the video and scan it for any ghost activity.
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.
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.
Adventure 05 October 2017
A psychological horror adventure game developed by Davit Andreasyan and published by Iceberg Interactive. The player assumes the role of a man named Jonathan who wakes from a nightmare in a suspicious cell. He must reveal the secrets of the terrifying facility. His only companion is a mysterious voice from the radio. The creator of Inmates focused on creating the feel of terror, strengthened by disturbing scenes watched by the protagonist. The gameplay mechanics are typical for the adventure game genre. The player is exploring locations, solving puzzles and interacting with the environment. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and it features high quality graphics.
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.
Call of Cthulhu (PC)
Call of Cthulhu is a dark adventure game in a horror setting, based on the works of an American writer, H.P. Lovecraft. The game’s story is based on Lovecraft's fictional universe, first popularized by the, written in 1926 and published 2 years later, short story “Call of Cthulhu”. According to it, aside from well-known and common creatures, the Earth is home to an unimaginably powerful cosmic entity that remains in hibernation but will be eventually revived when the stars align in a certain position.
Friday the 13th: The Game (PC)
Action 26 May 2017
Focusing around the asynchronous multiplayer mode, a third-person action game adaptation of the classic horror movie Friday the 13th. Known for the tactical simulation series Breach & Clear, Gun Media studio is the developer of the game. The key figures connected with the film series, such as Sean S. Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Tom Savini, and Harry Manfredini, have had their hand in the production. The action is set in the close vicinity of the Crystal Lake, a location known from the movies, and gameplay revolves around multiplayer mode for up to 8 players – one player assumes the role of the murderer Jason Voorhees and the others play as his potential victims. Jason needs to, of course, kill every other player, while the victims’ objective is to avoid getting murdered and, with a bit of luck and cooperation, to exterminate the masked psycho. The game is created in a way which gives the players a feeling of constructing their own movie script.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just Survive (PC)
An MMO game referred to as a "survival sandbox" by its creators, Daybreak Game Company. H1Z1 takes place in an alternate world, 15 years after the discovery of the titular virus that caused a world-wide zombie epidemic. The few survivors fight for their lives, struggling against zombies, wild animals, and other surviving factions. During the game, players get the chance to build a shelter or even entire cities somewhere in the United States. An extensive crafting system also makes it possible to craft useful items from procured raw materials. On the technical side, H1Z1 uses a modernized version of the Forgelight engine which was previously used in Planetside 2 and EverQuest Next among others. The game uses the free-to-play model with micropayments for some additional features.
Adventure 16 August 2016
A sci-fi survival horror adventure FPP game and the first production of the Polish studio Polyslash. Phantaruk takes place in the distant future, when the idea of transhumanism is about to become reality, as humanity is striving to create a person with no biological limitations. You find yourself aboard a spaceship, which is also a secret research facility. It turns out that the vessel is in fact an abandoned death trap, haunted by a mythical beast—the eponymous Phantaruk, who kills everyone in its path. The gameplay is focused mostly on exploration and building up the atmosphere, while your objective is to find a way to escape the ship. The task is made all the more difficult because of a mysterious parasite living in the player character's body and gradually poisoning it. This fact forces you to constantly monitor your character's parameters and search for poison-neutralizing pills.