Dying Light (PC)
Action 27 January 2015
An first-person perspective survival horror game, created by the Polish developer Techland, known for Dead Island and the Call of Juarez series, among others. The player assumes the role of a character who is trying to survive in a zombie-infested metropolis. The sandbox gameplay of Dying Light is divided into two phases. During the day, the game puts main focus on exploration and acquisition of raw materials and weapons, while at night players must face hordes of the living dead. The creators wanted to put the accent on two gameplay elements: thrilling combat with a variety of weapons (including crafted ones), and dynamic movement throughout the city, enabling the players to overcome terrain obstacles using parkour. In addition to a single-player campaign, Dying Light also offers a four-person cooperation mode via the Internet.
Dead Rising 2 (PC)
Action 28 September 2010
Dead Rising 2 brings a continuation to a 2006 TPP action game developed by Capcom. In that game, the player faces hordes of bloodthirsty zombies using environmental objects and hand-crafted weapons. The second installment is set several years after the events of the original game, and the deadly virus has infected almost the entire United States. The player assumes the role of a former motocross champion Chuck Green, who travels to Fortune City (a town inspired by Las Vegas) in order to find a medicine for his daughter, as she has been infected by the virus. The player faces subsequent waves of the undead, using everything at hand. Apart from new locations and enemy types, the game introduces an opportunity to combine several items together to craft sophisticated tools of death. Contrary to the original game, Dead Rising 2 was released for the most important gaming systems, and additionally enriched with a few multiplayer modes.
The Forest (PC)
Action 30 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.
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.
Hunt: Showdown (PC)
A TPP action game focused on the online co-op mode. It was developed by Crytek, whose members used to work e.g on the Darksiders series. The game utilizes a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions. The story is set in the 19th century and focuses on several fearless heroes fighting monsters from legends and superstitions. The team of 4 people features characters with unique abilities, which can be developed as the game progresses. The battles take place on randomly generated maps and involve fighting various monsters and boss enemies. Like in many such games, to succeed you have to cooperate with your teammates and make good use of the characters' abilities. In addition, your ammo is limited, which forces you to carefully plan every attack.
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.
Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide (PC)
Action 23 October 2015
Set in the Warhammer universe, a co-op multiplayer game developed by Fatshark, the company known for such games as War of the Roses/Vikings and Escape Dead Island. The action takes place in and around Ubersreik – an almost completely destroyed city overrun by rat-men species called the Skaven. Players assemble a team of four daredevils with the objective of breaching through subsequent districts and taking them back from enemies. Generally, mechanics resemble those in the popular Left 4 Dead series. The action is seen from the first-person perspective. The heroes assume one of five classes, each having a different story and abilities. During combat, the defeated enemies leave their equipment that can be picked up and used in subsequent battles. The game features dark and gloomy colors which create a distinctive atmosphere of terror.
Resident Evil 5 (PC)
Action 15 September 2009
A TPP action game, another entry in the popular horror game series. Resident Evil 5 takes place 10 years after the destruction of Racoon City. Main hero – Chris Redfield – travels to Africa to investigate origins of the mysterious T Virus that changes humans into zombies. Gameplay combines dynamic shooting sequences with gory horror, as the player has to deal with hordes of enemies using various weapons: from pistols, shotguns and machine rifles, to knives and grenades. Resident Evil 5 offers several modes, including multiplayer cooperation for two players.
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.
Dead Island (PC)
Action 06 September 2011
A first person survival-horror action game with cRPG elements. Dead Island was developed by Techland Studio, together with the Deep Silver company. The story features a tropical island, cut off from the world, where a zombie epidemic spreads out. Few remaining people are trying to survive and find a way to escape the living dead. Gameplay in Dead Island is built around exploration, completing quests, crafting useful items, and fighting undead opponents. This last element frequently features contextual weapons (sticks, pipes, etc.). Apart from the single player experience, the game offers multiplayer with several cooperative and competitive play modes.
Dying Light: The Following (PC)
Action 09 February 2016
The first official expansion to a survival action game made by Polish studio Techland in 2015. The add-on is set after the events presented in the base game, and take you to the suburbs of Harran city. Playing as Kyle Crane, a character known from the original, you have to infiltrate a camp of a cult, whose members are immune to zombie bites and can use the monsters to their own means. Driven by the goal of finally getting rid of the plague, the protagonist has to undertake a series of missions to gain the trust of the locals and learn their secrets. Gameplay mechanics remain unchanged, although the add-on is set in a notably vast location (bigger than all maps from the base game combined), across which you can move around in a dune buggy. The creators also decided to give players more freedom when it comes to story-related missions.
Amnesia: Collection (PC)
Adventure 22 November 2016
Set of two survival horror games, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. While originally the titles were PC exclusives, Amnesia: Collection has been released only for PlayStation 4 console. First of those games is set in a grim castle, with players controlling Daniel, an amnesiac who must find and defeat the mad owner of the building. Its add-on, Justine, puts us in a role of a woman who is part of a psychological experiment. Lastly, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs follows the story of a businessman Oswald Mandus, who contracted an exotic illness. After he wakes from a long sleep, he finds out that his mansion is abandoned, and he starts looking for his children. Both productions are first-person adventure and survival horror games, in which our characters can’t use weapons, and in face of enemies, their only hope of avoiding death is to run and hide. As we explore dark locations, we must solve many puzzles and manage the sanity of our character, which drops down as we witness more and more terrifying events.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PC)
Action 24 January 2017
Seventh major installment in the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom and launched in year 1996 on the PlayStation console. Subsequent parts of this long-standing series concentrate on a battle the humanity wages against a deadly virus which transforms those it infects into bloodthirsty monsters. The players accompany several characters who appeared in various installments of Resident Evil over the years as well as in many side installments. The game, being faithful to tradition, shows the action in third person perspective and the gameplay is based on exploration, fighting enemies and solving occasional logical puzzles. The game has a horror atmosphere which, across subsequent installments in the series, was gradually reduced in favor of action elements. Resident Evil 7 combines the best aspects of the old and new installments and is the first main Resident Evil game created for the eight generation consoles.
A post-apocalyptic MMO first person shooter. The game, created by the Czech developer Bohemia Interactive Studios, is an expanded version of a popular ArmA II mod. DayZ features a world where most of the population turned into bloodthirsty zombies. The game is set in a fictional country called Chernarus, where the remaining humans try to survive at all cost. Players have to face not only hordes of the undead, but above all defend themselves from competitors, who, just like them, strive for food, weapons, and medicines. Gameplay is focused on cooperation of small but well-organized groups of players. DayZ is powered by a proprietary game engine Enfusion.
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.
Action 30 March 2018
A survival horror game developed by the independent Madmind Studio. The player assumes the role of an unfortunate man who went to hell for unknown reasons. The task that we have to accomplish is not only to find a way out of the abyss but also to uncover the identity of the amnesiac protagonist. The gameplay of Agony is based on exploration of underground depths and solving logic puzzles. Since the hero does not have any combat abilities, we have to avoid confrontation with hellish beasts. The protagonist can take over minds of encountered souls and lesser demons, which comes in handy. The production is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which translates into high-quality graphics. The well-designed environment and horrifying demonic creatures made with attention to detail are especially noteworthy.
Resident Evil 6 (PC)
Action 22 March 2013
Resident Evil 6 is the sixth installment of the popular action survival-horror game series. Resident Evil 6 was produced by a dedicated team of Capcom's developers led by Eiichiro Sasaki. Plot is set 10 years the after events of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The world is threatened by terrorist attacks using the dangerous T virus. Resident Evil 6 features four campaigns in which we can play as Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller, and Ada Wong. Depending on the chosen hero, the gameplay's emphasis may differentiate between shooting or survival elements. Additionally, the game features a co-op mode for up to six players.
Resident Evil 0 HD (PC)
Action 19 January 2016
Remastered edition of Resident Evil Zero, a game that was initially released in year 2002 on the Nintendo GameCube console. It was a spin-off to the very popular survival horror series developed by Capcom. The plot of the game takes place before the events shown in the main series and tells the story of Rebecca Chambers, a rookie S.T.A.R.S. agent who travels to Raccoon City in order to investigate a series of mysterious murders. When her helicopter crashes before reaching the destination, in order to survive the heroine is forced to join forces with Billy Coen, a former US marine convicted by the military court to life sentence for killing 23 people during a mission in Africa. The mechanics of Resident Evil Zero HD don’t differ greatly from previous installments of the series, focusing on exploring locations, solving riddles and fighting enemies. However, during the game player has access to two independent characters between who he can switch, taking advantage of their individual assets.
Action 17 August 2017
A survival horror game with a top down view. Darkwood is the first commercial project of a Polish studio, Acid Wizard, and its development has been backed up by users voting on the Steam Greenlight platform. The game takes place in a procedurally generated open world, with the player placed in the role of a character trying to survive the confrontations with supernatural beings without losing his sanity in the eponymous dark wood. During a day, the protagonist must find or construct items, which will help him fend off evil entities at night. The gameplay is relatively difficult, combining features of an action game, adventure game, and a cRPG. Simple, two-dimensional visuals are dominated by semidarkness and dark shapes, and the terrifying atmosphere is further bolstered with disturbing audio.
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.
The Evil Within (PC)
Action 14 October 2014
A third-person survival horror action game developed by Japanese studio Tange Works led by Shinji Mikami (Dino Crisis, Devil May Cry, Onimusha). The game is set within the premises of a small town’s asylum. We play as a detective who tries to solve mystery of a gruesome murder. The case, however, quickly changes into a desperate fight for survival and preserving his sanity. Developers from Tange Works wanted to create an atmosphere of constant fear and endangerment, delivered in-game by the grim audiovisuals and a minimal interface. The game runs on a modified version of id Tech 5 engine, known from e.g. Rage.
Dead Space 3 (PC)
Action 05 February 2013
Third entry in the series of action games with survival horror features set in science fiction world. Like two previous titles, it has been developed by Visceral Games studio (known from productions like James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing and Godfather). Dead Space 3 continues the story from the second game. After escaping orbital station Sprawl, protagonist Isaac Clarke reaches a frozen planet of Tau Volantis, where he and John Carver try to end the necromorphs once and for all. Gameplay has been designed for single player experience or co-op with another player. The second option employs the drop-in/drop-out system, allowing joining or leaving at any moment.
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 Ultimate HD Edition (PC)
Adventure 28 February 2014
A remastered edition of the fourth installment in the legendary Resident Evil series, regarded as the most important one in the franchise. The original title was published in 2005 on GameCube and PlayStation 2. In Resident Evil 4 you assume the role of Leon S. Kennedy, the famous policeman from the second installment, who travels to Spain in order to find the president’s lost daughter. The mission turned out to be more complicated than he thought – he has to fight hundreds of mutants infected with a virus and a mysterious sect ruled by Osmund Saddler. Gameplay is almost identical to the original title, as the developers decided not to alter mechanics and focused on converting graphics to HD. Most of textures and the lighting system are updated and an achievement system typical for contemporary productions was also implemented.