Horror games for Halloween: What are your favourites?

We don’t “officially” celebrate Halloween in Australia, but the holiday is slowly weaving its way into our society. While we’re a long way off getting an actual holiday for it — but it’s probably more deserving than Queen’s Birthday — there’s certainly no shortage of costume parties, “trick-or-treaters” and horror film/game marathons taking place every year on October 31. Let’s not kid ourselves, though: it’s no where near the level you see in the US.

Nonetheless, it’s a great reason to dive into a gaming scarefest, and I’ll probably dive into some new horror games and maybe even a classic to “celebrate” whatever it is Halloween is supposed to be celebrating/remembering/acknowledging.

What are your favourite horror games? Here are mine.



I didn’t actually finish this Silent Hills “demo” because I’m too much of a whimp. I just don’t have the mental capacity to play in such an increasingly hostile and eerie environment, as the game is. One of the year’s best? Sadly, it is.

Alien Isolation


I can’t remember the last time a game had me on edge so much. Alien: Isolation manages to capture the essence and tone of the original film while also incorporating risky gameplay mechanics. Kudos to Creative Assembly.



This psychological point-and-click horror game came as a “free” game on my new PC back in 1998. I was only 12 at the time and never actually had the guts to the finish the damn thing, but it freaked me out more than any game I’d played to that point. Because of that, I have a lasting memory of my time with it.

Dead Space


The original and the best. If only we had more like it. We see obvious DNA similarities in Alien Isolation but Dead Space still stands as one of the best survival horror games of the past decade.

Silent Hill


I guess you could put the whole series in here up to a certain point, and Silent Hill 2 is infinitely scarier than its predecessor. The sequel is also arguably one of the greatest games of all time. Terrifying, brilliant, mesmerising.



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Condemned: Criminal Origins


Who remembers this surprising gem back in the early days of the Xbox 360? The sequel was just as good in parts but the original is still the best in my eyes. Really eerie, accessible, fun and deep. A great first-person horror game.

System Shock 2


Okay, we need more games in the tech horror space. System Shock 2 is one of my favourite games of all time even if I really had no idea how to play the damn thing! SHODAN is one of the best enemies in video game history, period.

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