Have you ever wondered why you're drawn to horror games, no matter how uncomfortable, frightening, and disturbing they are? It's because they let you dive into a thrilling experience to test and overcome your fears from the safety of your home. They also let you feel emotions you don't usually feel in your daily life, making the whole experience fun and exciting.
But besides creepy enemies and hair-raising sound effects, horror games come with challenges that will push you to think under pressure. So, whether you're into survival, action-adventure, or heart-racing jump scares, we've got you covered! In this article, we will share a buying guide and a list of the 10 best PC horror games that will hunt you even in your dreams.
Considering that there are hundreds of horror games that you can download online, we've created a top 10 list of the best PC horror games where you can pick one to play right away. We included survival, action-adventure, and jump-scare horror games, so choose what calls your interest and read our reviews without spoiling yourself.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Subgenre||Adventure, Survival, Jump-Scare Horror|
|System Requirements||Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 – 64 Bits, 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX / ATI Radeon HD 3xxx Series, Broadband Internet Connection, and 5 GB Available Space|
|Subgenre||Action-Adventure, Survival, and Jump-Scare Horror|
|System Requirements||Windows XP/Vista/7, 2.0Ghz – Low Budget CPUs Such As Celeron or Duron Needs to Be at About Twice the CPU Speed, Radeon X1000/GF 6 – Integrated Graphics and Very Low Budget Cards Might Not Work, 2 GB RAM, and 3GB Interal Storage|
|Subgenre||Adventure and Survival Horror|
|System Requirements||64-Bit Processor and Operating System, Windows 10, Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290, 16 GB Available Space, and Broadband Internet Connection|
|Subgenre||Action-Adventure and Survival Horror|
|System Requirements||Windows 10 (64 Bit), AMD Ryzen 3 1200 – Intel Core i5-7500, AMD Radeon RX 560 With 4GB VRAM – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti With 4GB VRAM, and 8GB RAM|
|Subgenre||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror|
|System Requirements||64-Bit Processor and Operating System, Windows 7 x64, Core i5, GTX 970, Broadband Internet Connection, 8 GB RAM, and 10 GB Available Space|
|System Requirements||Windows 7, Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT, 4 GB RAM, and 5 GB Available Space|
|System Requirements||Windows 7, 64-Bit, Intel CPU Core i3, Nvidia GTX 460, Broadband Internet Connection, SSE4.2 Required, 4 GB RAM, and 10 GB Available Space|
|Subgenre||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror|
|System Requirements||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Dual-Core CPU @2GHz (Pentium D or Better), Intel HD 4000, GeForce 8800, ATI 1950 or Better, 1 GB RAM, and 2 GB Available Space|
|Subgenre||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror|
|System Requirements||Win XP, 7, 8, Vista, 10, 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon or Equivalent, 2 GB RAM, and 1 GB Available Space|
|Type||Single Player/ Co-Op|
|System Requirements||Windows 7 32/64-Bit / Vista 32/64 / XP, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, Video Card With 128 MB, Shader Model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or Better, 2 GB RAM, and 13 GB Available Space|
Frictional Games, The Chinese Room
CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Endnight Games Ltd
Blue Isle Studios
Resident Evil Village
Escape the Ayuwoki
Slender: The Arrival
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
Left 4 Dead 2
Discover the Terrible Secrets of a Dangerous Asylum
Stay Sane and Escape the Darkness
Hunt Ghosts in Spooky Buildings With Paranormal Equipment
Fight Off Mutated Monsters in a Gothic Village
Escape From a Haunted Mansion As Quiet as Possible
Find Ways to Survive a Forest Filled With Cannibals
Confront Your Childhood Fears Through a Grim Adventure
Wander Around Abandoned Places Where a Boogeyman Lurks
Ward Off Creepy Animatronics and Stay Alive Until Morning
Kill Hordes of Zombies in a Classic Shooter Horror Game
|Price Starts at||₱449.95||₱1,319.88||₱379.95||₱2,919||₱189.95||₱449.95||₱495||₱289.95||₱150||₱289.95|
|Subgenre||Adventure, Survival, Jump-Scare Horror||Action-Adventure, Survival, and Jump-Scare Horror||Adventure and Survival Horror||Action-Adventure and Survival Horror||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror||Survival Horror||Adventure||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror||Survival and Jump-Scare Horror||Survival Horror|
|Type||Single Player||Single Player||Single/Co-op||Single Player||Single Player||Single Player/Co-Op||Single Player||Single Player||Single Player||Single Player/ Co-Op|
|System Requirements||Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 – 64 Bits, 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX / ATI Radeon HD 3xxx Series, Broadband Internet Connection, and 5 GB Available Space||Windows XP/Vista/7, 2.0Ghz – Low Budget CPUs Such As Celeron or Duron Needs to Be at About Twice the CPU Speed, Radeon X1000/GF 6 – Integrated Graphics and Very Low Budget Cards Might Not Work, 2 GB RAM, and 3GB Interal Storage||64-Bit Processor and Operating System, Windows 10, Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290, 16 GB Available Space, and Broadband Internet Connection||Windows 10 (64 Bit), AMD Ryzen 3 1200 – Intel Core i5-7500, AMD Radeon RX 560 With 4GB VRAM – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti With 4GB VRAM, and 8GB RAM||64-Bit Processor and Operating System, Windows 7 x64, Core i5, GTX 970, Broadband Internet Connection, 8 GB RAM, and 10 GB Available Space||Windows 7, Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT, 4 GB RAM, and 5 GB Available Space||Windows 7, 64-Bit, Intel CPU Core i3, Nvidia GTX 460, Broadband Internet Connection, SSE4.2 Required, 4 GB RAM, and 10 GB Available Space||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Dual-Core CPU @2GHz (Pentium D or Better), Intel HD 4000, GeForce 8800, ATI 1950 or Better, 1 GB RAM, and 2 GB Available Space||Win XP, 7, 8, Vista, 10, 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon or Equivalent, 2 GB RAM, and 1 GB Available Space||Windows 7 32/64-Bit / Vista 32/64 / XP, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, Video Card With 128 MB, Shader Model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or Better, 2 GB RAM, and 13 GB Available Space|
Since horror games bring scares in different ways, choosing what horror game to purchase and play on your PC can be a difficult task to do. So to help you pick easily, we've rounded up the points that might help you as you search for the best one online.
Generally, horror games bring spine-tingling experience but with different subgenres to induce fear in different ways. To immerse yourself in a horror game with a specific theme that piques your interest, here are some of the subgenres of horror games that you can explore.
Survival is one of the most popular subgenres of horror games. It's challenging yet addicting and exciting as it pushes players to rely on their survival instincts and wits to win. In survival games, characters are vulnerable in a strange place where monsters, zombies, mutants, or ghosts lurk around.
To build shelter and craft weapons, you need to explore the environment and look for tools and resources. Some survival games come with health systems, so you have to find food, clean water, and medical supplies to keep your character alive and well. Aside from these challenges, you might also fight other players or mother nature itself.
Action-adventure horror games let you explore spooky places and defeat terrifying enemies along the way. Most of them are story-based, so they come with dialogues and cutscenes. The primary goal of this kind of game is to follow the rules and solve tricky puzzles by investigating, decoding messages, and finding items that could help you escape or unlock new areas.
Some games don't have instructions on solving problems other than the clues you need to find, while others give hints when the player fails. Usually, completing the objectives doesn't have a time limit but what makes the game exciting is that you have to do these tasks while being hunted by the enemies.
Not everyone enjoys being startled and shocked by jump scares, but if you want to test your guts with an adrenaline-pumping experience, then jump-scare horror games are your cup of tea. They usually come with a series of tasks that you need to complete, or else you'll end up being surprised by a jump scare cutscene.
As you play, loud noises, frightening sounds, and sudden movements might try to catch you off guard. One wrong move and the enemy might appear out of nowhere, so you have to observe the enemy's movement and understand the game mechanics well. Most jump scares pop up when you're not expecting anything to happen.
Most PC horror games can be played on both single-player and co-op modes, while some games are designed for only one player. With a single-player mode, you get to chill and explore at your own pace. Most of these games are story-based and available in offline mode, so you can immerse yourself in the game's world without an internet connection.
On the other hand, the co-op mode is a great way to connect and interact with your friends. It allows the players to team up and get scared together via the internet or local co-op connection. However, since there are additional players, the difficultly level will increase. Plus, more tasks are added to make the game more intense and exciting.
Researching a game before purchasing it is a great way to know if it's worth buying. To make this task easier for you, below are some things you need to look into when searching for a horror game.
If you're planning to play the game with other people, you have to make sure that the game is appropriate for the people who will play it with you. Some horror games rely on jump scares, but others might contain blood, extreme violence, and even mature content that are not for children and the faint-hearted.
Also, pay attention to its warnings to know if it contains elements such as flashing lights and geometric patterns that could trigger health issues. You can check these details on Google or its download site/ But if you want to know more, you can read reviews and feedbacks from other people online.
Watching short gameplays on the internet can help you decide whether to buy the game or not. They let you see the game's playstyle, mechanics, graphics, and sound effects without spoiling the fun. But if you want to keep the thrill of the game, you can watch game trailers and look for in-game screenshots as they only provide a sneak peek of what's inside.
Graphically demanding horror games require mid-range or high-end PC specs. These include a powerful processor, a good graphics card, high capacity RAM, and internal storage. Fortunately, there are also low-spec PC games that you can run on an entry-level PC and even on a non-gaming PC.
So before downloading, check the game's system requirements to see if it's compatible with your system. If your PC doesn't meet the game's minimum requirements, you won't be able to play the game smoothly. If it runs with lags and frame drops, try to lower its graphic settings or upgrade your PC's specs for an enjoyable gaming experience.
You don't necessarily have to purchase a new game to play on your PC. There are a lot of free-to-play games available online where you don't need to spend money and still get the best gaming experience. But note that free games usually come with in-game purchases such as skins, upgrades, and in-game resources.
If you really want to play paid games, but you're on a budget, you can wait for video game sales or discounts on platforms like Steam Games, Epic Games, and other legal download sites. You can also wait until paid games become free for a limited time so that you can keep the game forever without buying them.
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For some people, video games have become their great escape from reality and quarantine woes. If you want to try playing some, or you're looking for more video games to play on your PC, VR headset, or mobile device, you can check our other articles below for more guides and recommendations.
When choosing which horror games to play on your PC, narrow down your choices by picking a subgenre that piques your interest. Consider games that feature both single-player and co-op modes to get the best of both worlds, and always do a little research before purchasing.
Lastly, take advantage of free-to-play games or wait for sales, discount offers, and giveaways from game developers during promotions. If you find this article helpful, feel free to share with us your insights on our Instagram and Facebook page. Happy reading and gaming!
Author: Erika Nollora Ceguerra
Editor: Ayeza Mangulabnan
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