A video game genre that most gamers are intrigued by but don’t dare to play is horror. Only 28% of Gen Z prefer playing horror games and rank the genre as their third favorite.
In such games, you usually play as the main character or characters trying to survive ghost, zombie, monster, or alien attacks. Referred to as survival horror, these offer a thrilling and nerve-racking experience for gamers.
Of course, the uncertainty in every scene can send shivers down your spine. The sound design, jump scares, warning cues, and signs of impending danger can send you screaming.
Even then, horror content gives your brain a healthy boost of adrenaline. Many believe the genre can physically benefit you because of the overall stimulation and accelerated heartbeat you get while playing. Consuming this content might create more white blood cells, help you lose weight, and strengthen your immunity.
In general, horror titles like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Outlast, and The Evil Within are the most famous in the gaming industry. However, some underrated titles have or might have the best jump scares. You should definitely try them out if you love this genre.
In this blog, we will discuss one released and two unreleased survival horror games you should play in 2024. (if you aren’t afraid)
#1. Alan Wake (Part 2)
In 2010, Remedy Entertainment developed a psychological thriller game with an action-packed adventure called Alan Wake. It follows the main character as he is pushed toward the brink of sanity in his quest to find his beloved wife by unraveling mysteries.
Now, 13 years later, the developers have partnered with Epic Games and created a sequel in the survival horror genre. Alan Wake 2 is surely an underrated horror classic of 2023. The story evokes an essence of hopeful determination and intimidating expectations.
The storyline lets you play as two distinct characters. One is Alan Wake, the tortured writer trapped in a nightmare beyond the real world. Another is Saga Anderson, an FBI agent investigating a string of ritualistic murders.
You’ll go on two desperate journeys that echo, affect, and reflect each other. In the game, you must make your way through the horror and supernatural darkness that have befallen a small town. With sudden visions about ‘the Clicker,’ unpredictable elevator scenes, and terrifying background voices, this game has insane jump scares.
According to Gameflip, the breathtaking graphics, well-crafted character arcs, and ghastly scenes make the sequel a technical powerhouse. Gamers can enjoy Alan Wake 2 on their Xbox Series S and X, PS5, and PC. But if you want to experience peak performance for this game, play it on the Xbox Series X.
Aftermath is a yet-to-be-released survival horror and action-adventure game where you need to ensure that Charlie Gray survives. The main character is an astronaut plagued by a traumatic past. She battles PTSD, which makes her spiral into the dark corners of her mind.
When she returns from her mission in space, Charlie finds the world deserted, defragmented, and overrun by aliens. Playing as her, you’ll be on a quest to find her daughter, Sammy.
Charlie’s broken spirit shows a powerful human story that can speak to you in many ways. You must survive being eaten by small critters and monsters charging at you from every corner. Throughout the game, you need to scavenge for urban or mundane resources and utilize them to defend yourself from the seen and unseen creatures.
The best part about this underrated game will be its jump scares. Sudden power surges, creatures in dark alleys, invisible enemies, and soul-wrenching clicking sounds will surely scare you. Aftermath will be available on platforms like PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Series X, and Series S.
Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of the famous horror game Silent Hill, announced Slitterhead in 2021. Game enthusiasts speculate that Slitterhead will be released sometime in late 2023 or early 2024. It will likely be available on PC, Xbox, and PS5.
Based on the reveal trailer, Slitterhead’s story will follow the main characters as they try to survive in a city plagued with grotesque parasites. The storyline has an unmatched grim and creepy essence.
The concept resembles that of a zombie outbreak but with a horror twist. While playing, you’ll need to go on terrifying adventures and combat the jump scares from these creatures.
To be released by Bokeh Game Studios as their first title, the game has a balance between intense action elements and magical properties. As the playable characters, you must fight shape-shifting monsters using a sword and witness civilians getting dismembered. Yes, the graphics of this game will be a bit disturbing.
Needless to say, the jumpscares will be the highlight of this game. For example, in the trailer footage, you can see a beautiful woman suddenly turning into a flesh-eating creature.
The Bottom Line
While playing these games, you can expect to have chills, feel tense, and be frozen in fear. The entire journey could be like a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Unlike narrative games like Life is Strange, Detroit: Become Human, and Last of Us, the horror gameplay will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Even if you aren’t scared easily, gaming enthusiasts suggest everyone should play horror games in a well-lit and comfortable environment. You shouldn’t try to finish the entire game in one go. With these tips in mind, you are now ready to venture into the world of ghosts, aliens, monsters, and more.