Rachel Wesley is both a video game and a horror enthusiast. She writes horror and designs RPG games of the same genre.
1. The Hum: Abductions
Take on the role of lonely and confused Holly Sanders as she searches for the truth of why her husband and son went missing.
When Holly's infant son is taken from his crib in the middle of the night, Holly begins a journey through hell to find them both.
As she learns more about her family, and the strange events that occur to and around them, she realizes there is more going on than she could ever imagine.
Can you survive the inky nights and terrifying creatures to find your family? Something much larger than you is about to take you to the limits of your sanity?
The game feels like it might go down a Dark Skies kind of route. In that movie, a family is plagued by strange events until one of their own abducted. The family, like many others before, has to come to terms with the unbelievable tragedy that has befallen them.
In the game, it appears Holly has no one to aid her in her fight to find her family. She will go to the ends of the earth and beyond, though, if that is what it takes to find her loved ones.
The Hum is created by Totwise Studios, who also created The Hum: Alien Invasion. They have an entire Universe created for the series. You can check it out here if you want to delve deeper into the story.
Update: Unfortunately, Abductions has been permanently put on the back burner. There have been no known updates or new information regarding the game since November 2018. It is a shame because the game looked interesting.
For the horror game enthusiast, each new promising title is exciting, and to hear that they are discontinued is quite disheartening. You can look over the official website here for more information.
It is also worth noting that even though the above link will still take you to the Steam page for Abductions, searching for the game on Steam comes up with nothing.
Release and Platform
The Hum: Abductions
Platform: PS4, PC, Vive
2. Allison Road
This game looks and plays a lot like P.T., which horror lovers know to have been the playable teaser trailer for the originally upcoming Silent Hills game. The development of Silent Hills was cut short, however, when Konami announced that they would be changing their gameplay mechanics from full-length to mobile and Pachinko machine games.
They also parted ways with Hideo Kojima, who was the mastermind behind the Metal Gear franchise and the lead creator for Silent Hills. He was planning to direct it along with Guillermo del Toro and starring Norman Reedus. It was a highly anticipated survival-horror game that fans were devastated to learn had been canceled.
Since the fall of Silent Hills, several other gaming companies have tried to cash in on the very popular playable trailer. Most haven't gone anywhere. Allison Road, however, looks like it has promise.
You begin the game with your character just waking up. For a yet unknown reason, you don't have any memory. You do have a splitting headache, however, and your first order of business is to find some Aspirin and water.
From there, you begin to investigate the house you're in. It is presumably your home, and this only seems more likely as you explore and gather memories and details about your family. It appears that your family has met a terrible and brutal fate, and you have to put all the pieces of your lives and their deaths back together.
What's worse is the further you progress, the more you begin to realize that you aren't as alone in the house as you originally thought.
Update: Unfortunately, much like The Hum: Abductions, Allison Road seems to have hit a snag. Although it had a very promising start and was making good progress, Allison Road was also canceled.
Development took a few bumps. The original developer, Lilith Ltd, ran a Kickstarter campaign to get the game funded but dropped it once Team17 took over as the title's publisher. That didn't last long, either. Only two months later, the two parted ways. Then, Far From Home was slated to finish the game, but that also never happened.
It is a shame because there was a lot of promise to this title. It had everything a good horror game needed. Gamers might hold out hope that the game could once again rise from the dead, but that isn't likely to happen. There is no longer any documentation online about Allison Road, other than what other people are saying about it. Even the website has been deleted.
Release and Platform
Welcome to the house of death. A place where countless people have already perished, but are not completely gone. Try to survive as random paranormal encounters occur when you least expect them.
You never know what is lying in wait just around the corner of this maze of a home.
Try to solve these mysteries: Why could some people live peacefully in the house while others died brutally? Can you leave the house? Is your family lost somewhere inside the house? Why are you even here? Can you survive?
The setting is the 1980s, so be ready for flashback fever, big hair, and retro clothing. The house is a huge mansion just waiting to be explored by you, that is if the spirits and other beings will allow it. Maybe they don't want you to leave, ever.
There is a bit of a P.T. feeling to Visage, (everybody wants on that P.T. train!), since you are exploring, presumably, your own home. This time, you are looking for clues as to why so many people have died in the house.
As you grow closer to the truth, you will be attacked and taunted from every angle. It will become worse the further you progress. You don't understand the torment you have come under, and are defenseless to fight it off.
Much like Amnesia, and a few other great titles, you will have to monitor your sanity, and keep it under control. Your fear will attract the things that hunt you. Stay in the light, keep your mind clear, and good luck.
Update: Thankfully, unlike some other titles on this list, Visage was not canceled, but it was postponed. Instead of releasing in 2017, as originally-slated, it is only now in early access on Steam, as of July 2020.
Visage still maintains all the elements that made it look like a contending survival-horror title and has very positive reviews from early access players. There is currently no known date for the game to be fully completed. You can check it out for yourself here.
Visage is being developed by SadSquare Studio, a new gaming company.
Release and Platform
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC: Likely only PC
4. Outlast 2
Outlast 2 takes place in the Arizona desert, where you play as cameraman Blake Langermann, looking into the mysterious murder of an unknown pregnant woman.
You and your wife, Lynn, take risks to get the best stories, and you work well together. However, as you find and follow clues far into the desert, you realize that the two of you have made a grave mistake.
You end up in Temple Gate, a remote town founded by Sullivan Knoth, a cult leader with a faithful following. It becomes glaringly obvious, as you progress, why no-one else has covered the story unfolding before you. Corruption and horror aren't the only things waiting to strangle you from every dark corner.
Outlast 2 is the sequel to the incredibly popular, and likewise scary, Outlast. Outlast takes place in an asylum where the patients have escaped their rooms, and the madness has taken over in every sense.
In the original Outlast, You play as Miles Upshur, an investigative journalist. Wanting to get a great story, Miles manages to get into the asylum only to find it in a state of chaos and terror.
Some of the patients have killed the others, and some had terrible things and unethical done to them.
The patients aren't the only thing Miles has to look out for, though. There is a creature they call the Walrider, and it is one of the most dangerous things to ever be released into the world.
Both games center around people trying to investigate something no-one else will. They both go for huge stories and soon find out the terrible mistake they have made, only by that time it is already too late.
Outlast 2 was developed by Red Barrels, The company that got its start with Outlast.
Update: Outlast 2 has been quite successful in its run. It hasn't fully lived up to the first game in the series, but reviews have been very positive, and the game has a loyal fan-base. It did meet its release date of 2017, and can still be found and played on Steam.
Release and Platform
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Release: April 2017
5. Ghost Theory
Here is yet another indie developer that has created a survival horror game and it looks like it's going to be a good one. If you're gonna go, go big right? It appears the developers had this quote in their heads when they made this game.
You are a paranormal investigator traveling to real haunted places across the world. They claim it isn't a jump-scare game. Instead, it is a psychological thriller running off of the environment and atmosphere to pull players in and terrify them.
All the sites explored are from real, allegedly, haunted places. You use your ghost hunting equipment and take samples. You explore and try to learn as much as possible about the locations. They added a bit of fun in too, as you will be able to upgrade your equipment as you progress.
You are also a clairvoyant and can look into the past to see things that have happened. You can use these skills to gather fine details no-one else could ever find, and learn the real truth behind all the stories.
Game Theory was being developed by Dreadlocks, the makers of Rune Legend and Dex. The original release date was set for sometime in 2017.
Update: Unfortunately, it seems the Dreadlocks team may have been too ambitious with this one. The game has never been finished or released, and there has been no news on it since November 2018.
Many backers of the funding campaign have begun to suspect that they have been ripped off or scammed. Along with no news, there have been no refunds issued, even though it appears the game is dead.
Backers have been polite and patient, but many have directly emailed members of Dreadlocks to inquire about the game, or to request a refund, and none of them are reporting that they have received a response or a refund.
Release and Platform
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Rachel Wesley
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 27, 2018:
I'm ashamed to say I've never played any of these games, though I do enjoy horror. I just bought Psycho Break (it's also called The Evil Within; I don't know which one is the American title) and it's pretty spooky. I like to play it while my husband watches - he jumps and screams more than I do!
Do you know any co-op horror games for the PlayStation 4? We enjoyed playing Resident Evil Revelations 2 together on split-screen but multiplayer games seem to be few and far between on the PS4.
Lotsofhugginbear on November 18, 2017:
I dont think any of these game gonna pass Amnesia, it's the best horror game ever made. Kid's games like Five Nights at Freddy's(http://www.horrorscarygames.com/five-nights-at-fre... ) can't even come close to it.