The 14 best horror games on Xbox Game Pass

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A good scary game is often an exciting experience. And if you are currently a Game Pass subscriber and in the mood to play something scary, creepy or just downright creepy, you already have access to some amazing horror games at no extra cost. That’s nice, because the only thing more scary than deadly monsters are expensive video games you buy but never finish.

We here at Kotaku also enjoy scary and spooky games. (Well, most of us do…) So here’s a list of the 14 best scary games you can play right now on Xbox Game Pass.

(Oh, and if you’re not looking for super bloody or scary games but still want something to play on Halloween night, check out our list of the best spooky but non-spooky games.)


Back 4 Blood

Zombies are not the scariest thing in the world these days, thanks in large part to how many movies, shows and games are addicted to the undead. But enough of them, spitting acid after you or attacking your friends in the middle of a dark forest is still scary. And Back 4 Blood, a co-op shooter very similar Left 4 dead, will let you experience that fear alone or with friends

The medium

Maybe you long for a more classic horror game, one with a focus on slow scares and riddles? If so, The medium may be perfect for you. Be warned: There is some ugly, unpleasant content in this static camera horror adventure. But if you can stand the ugly bits of it The medium, it’s a decent Quiet groundas a horror game.

Dead Space 1, 2, 3

Of course we get a new remake of the original Dead Space. It is fantastic. But if you want to experience (or play) the original Dead Space trilogy, they are all available on Game Pass. While I know many lovers Dead Space 1 and 2, I would recommend giving 3 also a chance. It’s not as good as the first two items, but it’s still an eerie adventure through a snow-covered hellish landscape.

The evil in 1, 2

Although I prefer the sequel, both The evil within and The evil within 2 is scary survival horror game that will probably remind you Resident Evil 4. Nor is it a coincidence. Shinji Mikami, who was director of multiples Resident Evil games incl RE4, directed the first game and was an executive producer on the sequel. Like RE4, Evil Within mixes third-person action with scary situations, spooky places and puzzles.

Doom 3

I know some people do not like Doom 3 for valid reasons. But as his own thing, and not a successor to Doom 2, (which it is, but only in the name …) I think Doom 3 is fantastic! Its use of shadows and darkness is excellent, and hides demons and other threats behind the darkness. Doom 3 also has some disturbing (in a good way!) sound design. And if you really want to get scared to play Doom 3, I highly recommend playing the VR port in the game released on PSVR earlier this year.

Resident Evil 7

As I searched through Game Pass’s huge library of games for some creepy titles, I was shocked to see Resident Evil 7 on here. If you have not played RE7 yet and you are looking for a great scary game, stop reading this blog and start playing RE7. It’s a damn masterpiece of suspense and horror. I agree that the ending is a bit … meh. But everything else before it’s shit at the top. Don’t let the FPS switch scare you away. This is a Resident Evil games in every way that matters.

Alien isolation

How scary can an alien be? You just hide and run to an exit. Good luck. Alien isolation is different from pretty much any other game based on the popular sci-fi franchise. You do not fight waves of xenomorphs by using assault rifles or playing as a Predator. Instead, you’re just one person stuck on a deserted space station filled with deadly androids and a really ugly and equally deadly alien creature. You can hide, you can run, but it will find you and it will scare the shit out of you.

Alan Wake American nightmare

This is not as intense or scary as some of the other games on this list, however American nightmare is a perfect shooting game with just the right amount of spooky villains and spooky worlds to explore. If you loved Alan Wake or the more recently released Control and you have not played American Nightmare, give this one a go. And say hello to Mr. Scratch for me, that bastard.

Hello Neighbor

Here is a strange one. When this game came out it was skewed by critics and a lot of players. But many still enjoy this stealth horror game that gives you the task of exploring your neighbor’s house. Each time you make progress or get caught, the game’s AI changes its behavior based on what you’ve done in the past. Later games in the series are also on Game Pass. Not my cup of tea, but I know many people enjoy the eerie fun of these titles.

Death in daylight

Love horror games and scary movies? Do you love asymmetrical multiplayer games? Well folks, I have a perfect game for you guys: Death in daylight. Four players take on the role of survivors trying to hide and complete goals. Meanwhile, a player assumes the role of a killer trying to stop and murder them all. This game has experienced frequent updates since it was released back in 2016, adds new characters like Michael Myers from Halloween and Ghostface from Scream.

Outlast 2

The original Holds out is still the better of the two games, but the 2017 sequel is still a solid horror game with some really creepy moments. Unlike the first game, Outlast 2 located in a more rural and open environment. It ends up making the experience more scary in some ways because you never know when you are safe. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

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