7. Amnesia The Dark Descent
This was one of my generation’s favorite horror games. A trek through a haunted castle in mad-inducing darkness. Where Amnesia The Dark Descent excelled was in its sanity system. As the longer your character waits in the darkness, the more auditory and visual hallucinations are experienced, along with an increased chance of encountering monsters. Set in the 1800s, a man with amnesia awakens in a castle and remembers nothing but his name, Daniel. Finding a note he’d left for himself with instructions to kill a man named Alex, he then treks through the darkness while being hunted by a mysterious shadow.
6. Resident Evil 7
While I love the Resident Evil series, I was incredibly horrified by the opening levels of this game and had a difficult time playing it afterwards. Let alone in VR. A game meant to bring the series back to its horror roots, Resident Evil 7 lets you play as a civilian named Ethan. A man who’s on the search for his missing wife in the Bayou of Louisiana. In the process, he encounters the murderous Baker family. Who for some reason are impervious to damage in a Jason Voorhees kind of way. While trying to find a way to liberate his wife from this family, Ethan discovers the secrets behind the group’s regeneration as a mystery of biological origins unfolds.
5. Dead Space 2
The sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Space, this sequel saw fans return as the character Isaac Clarke who now had amnesia regarding the events of the past few years. He awakens to yet another outbreak set on a different space station and is contacted by a woman who wants to reverse engineer the coded Marker information in his brain. Whereas the original Dead Space was written by acclaimed comic authors, this one’s story felt a lot less like horror, and a lot more like an action-adventure. As the scariest thing about this game was its God-awful multiplayer mode. Though it was a fantastic action shooter with an emphasis on graphics and sound.