To be honest, I still don’t know what the hell either of these games are about but they’re both incredibly creepy, apocalyptic, and oddly beautiful. Both feature a story about an unnamed boy traversing a monochromatic environment in a puzzle platformer. Both have odd references to the boy’s past and are set upon in a nightmarish reality, with Limbo being about forest spiders and the search for a missing sister that’s possibly set in purgatory. Whereas Inside seems to be about The Boy’s quest to reunite with a horrifying armed creature known as The Huddle. Simple yet eerie and highly critically acclaimed and beautiful games.
Inspired by Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, this game featured a faster and more aggressive playstyle than its predecessor Soul series. While still incorporating the life-and-death mechanics, it also included a self-healing counter system. Attacks, when executed correctly, could heal you. However, enemies were oftentimes just as agile, or even as dangerous, as your character. Which makes for uniquely fantastic gameplay. Set in the beautifully rendered gothic city of Yharnam, Bloodborne is the story of a hunter seeking to discover the cause of an illness which turns its people into monsters. With brutal difficulty and the necessity to know your enemy’s patterns, your possible combinations, and even attack range, this game really brought action-adventure to new heights, and especially horrors. Just like in Dark Souls, you will die again-and-again. But that’s okay. It even features a fantastic multiplayer and was even rated Game of The Year.
2. Resident Evil 2
I have to admit, the fact that the top 3 horror games of list were also Game of the Year during their respective releases is a very encouraging sign for the future. This remake of the classic 1998 game (which we’ve actually ranked as well in the 90s section) ditched the tank controls and went with more of a Resident Evil 4 approach. It also did a fantastic job of updating the original. All while making the Tyrant/Mr. X a horrifying unstoppable juggernaut that can’t be put down. Just like the original, there’s a T-Virus, a zombie outbreak, and Umbrella, but to be honest, I think most people were just happy to play as Leon and Claire again.