Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2022 – Horror Games

Halloween May Be Over, But Horror Never Ends

Horror

Is it already that time again? With the Holidays closing in once more, we know a lot of you are looking for gifts for all the players in your lives, and maybe some things you’d like to get for yourselves too. If you’re not sure what to get, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From November 3rd to November 18th, we’ll be bringing you guides to satisfy every type of player each weekday. Strap in and kiss your wallet goodbye.

We may be passed Halloween, but that doesn’t mean the horror games of 2022 are over. With tons of frightening titles having already been released and more to come, there’s plenty of reason to feel nervous when the lights go out. If the person you’re shopping for likes to feel scared year-round, here are some great games to consider.

 

Beacon Pines

 

Horror

Platforms: Switch, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

A quick glance at this one might make horror fans scoff. It’s a lot cuter than any other title on the list, for sure, with a very different vibe. Don’t write it off, though. Underneath that layer of cuteness lies a surprisingly dark and creepy adventure that plays with a lot of the tropes of the genre in fun ways. It may be a bit more Stranger Things than slasher film, but those who don’t need buckets of blood constantly will still appreciate Beacon Pines.

 

The Callisto Protocol

 

Horror

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

It’s always a bit of a risk recommending a game that isn’t out yet. We can’t know for sure The Callisto Protocol will deliver in the coming months. Maybe it won’t be the horrifying game we’re all hoping it can be.

We doubt it, though. This one has sat high on our most anticipated lists in recent months. Made by many of the same talents that worked on Dead Space, the lineage here is obvious with familiar-looking gameplay and aesthetics, albeit with a few twists. Anyone who has played Dead Space knows these guys know how to scare. Now we just need to make sure they’ve still got it next month.

 

The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me

 

Horror

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Everything I said above about it being hard to recommend a game that isn’t out yet? It applies to The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me as well. Somehow though, we don’t feel too nervous about recommending this one either. Mainly that’s because the team at Supermassive games have managed to consistently release Dark Pictures titles on a yearly basis for a few years now, each time managing to scare us silly. Sure, the quality isn’t always entirely consistent, but they all get the horror, and they all tend to be nice bite-sized experiences that don’t ask too much of the player beyond sitting back and enjoying the ride.

 

Ghostwire: Tokyo

 

Horror

Platforms: PS5, PC

Our Review

Some may have wanted more, but we had a pretty good time with Ghostwire: Tokyo. Sure, its combat can get a bit repetitive, and the resolution to the story isn’t as strong as it could be. More than anything, though, the team at Tango Gameworks nailed the horror. They created a dark, twisted version of modern Tokyo which nails the feel of that city while also managing to pump fantastically realized spooky atmosphere around every corner. While the Japanese horror aesthetic is a bit different from much of what’s on this list, that’s all the more reason it deserves to be here as something a bit different. Plus, with this one having released early this year, you might be able to grab a deal on it for the holidays.

 

The Quarry

 

Horror

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Supermassive didn’t stick to just their Dark Pictures series this year, though. They released The Quarry earlier this year, which marked a notable step up from the rest of their horror games, at least from a production standpoint. Featuring a who’s who of B-list celebrities such as David Arquette, Lance Henriksen, and Brenda Song, The Quarry maintains the same sense of style and atmosphere that have served them well in recent years. If you’ve liked their past work, you’ll likely be into this one too.

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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