The Best Survival-horror Games

Update : Sons of the Forest added at rank #10.
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Resident Evil 4 (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Android Mac OS IOS iPhone Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Experience the horror-survival genre at its finest with Resident Evil 4. As agent Leon S. Kennedy, you will be on a mission to save the President's daughter from a mysterious cult in a secluded European village. The modernized gameplay, updated graphics, and reimagined storyline add new life to this classic game. With terrifying locals to fight, it's a world where life and death, terror and catharsis intersect. Get the Deluxe Edition, and you get extra DLC packs, making the experience even more immersive.


What we like:
  • Satisfying gunplay
  • Thorough exploration with a lot of treasures and challenges
  • Reimagined segments with expanded areas
  • Improved handling of companion character Ashley
  • All-time action great with a balance of tension and cheesiness
What could be improved:
  • Controls may feel heavy
  • Dodging system can be frustrating
  • Over-explaining story elements detracts from the horror
  • Time limits for ranking rewards can be difficult to achieve without rushing through the game

  • survival-horror
  • zombies
  • horror
  • remake
  • inventory
  • shooter
  • action
  • classic
  • puzzle
  • boss-fight
  • cooperative

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Signalis (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Signalis is a creepy sci-fi survival horror game inspired by classic games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. You play as Elster, an android searching for a lost partner in a dystopian future controlled by a totalitarian regime. With limited resources, you'll explore derelict spaceships and face nightmarish creatures while uncovering a haunting tale of identity, memory, and the terror of the unknown. The game's tense atmosphere, rewarding puzzles, and unsettling music will leave you on the edge of your seat.


What we like:
  • Reminiscent controls of classic Resident Evil games
  • Rewarding puzzles that require thoughtful exploration
  • Crisp weapon effects that could rival AAA games
  • Unsettling music that elevates the anxiety during combat
  • Consistent art direction that shines through every aspect of the game.
What could be improved:
  • Limited inventory space
  • Graphics are not the best and similar to PlayStation 1 graphics
  • Short gameplay for most players, unless aiming for 100% completion
  • Distracting and confusing story that might require another playthrough

  • survival-horror
  • horror
  • dystopian
  • inventory
  • sci-fi
  • puzzle
  • classic

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Resident Evil Village (2021)

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Resident Evil Village is a terrifying horror game that takes you on a journey through a snowy village overrun by deadly supernatural creatures. As Ethan Winters, you'll have to use all your wit and skill to survive and uncover the dark secrets of the town. You'll encounter familiar faces and new foes in a game that is equal parts action and terror. With stunning visuals and a gripping storyline, Resident Evil Village is a must-play for fans of the genre.


What we like:
  • Smooth and polished gunplay
  • Excellent balance between combat and exploration
  • Visually stunning environments with charismatic antagonists
  • Addition of third-person perspective in DLC enhances replay value
  • Fun action sequences while still maintaining horror aspect
What could be improved:
  • Linear weapon progression leaves older weapons useless
  • Some segments feel too short
  • Dialogue can be cheesy and poorly delivered

  • survival-horror
  • horror
  • zombies
  • inventory
  • remake
  • shooter
  • first-person
  • action
  • puzzle
  • boss-fight
  • cooperative
  • classic

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Tormented Souls (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Android

Are you brave enough to enter Winterlake Mansion and uncover the truth behind the disappearance of twin girls? Tormented Souls is a spine-chilling survival horror game that combines challenging puzzles, deadly combat, and a haunting atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Manipulate reality and use your wits to outsmart dark forces that will do anything to keep you from succeeding. Are you ready to face your fears and survive the horrors that lie ahead?


What we like:
  • Pays homage to classic survival horror games
  • Engaging puzzles and challenging gameplay
  • Well-crafted horror elements and suspenseful moments
  • Offers a fresh take on tank controls and fixed camera angles
  • Immersive and memorable OST
What could be improved:
  • Backtracking can be tedious
  • Limited ammunition and manual save system
  • No indicators of what to do next in some parts
  • Voice acting could be improved
  • Lack of developer support and patches

  • survival-horror
  • horror
  • old-school

5

Resident Evil 3 (2022)

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80
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Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Resident Evil 3: Remake is an action-packed survival horror game that follows the story of Jill Valentine as she's trapped in a zombie-infested Raccoon City and hunted by a titanic bioweapon. Players will be able to experience dark corridors, spot movement in the distance, and deal with jump-scares. With excellent motion capture and a reimagined Carlos Oliveira, Resident Evil 3 looks beautiful and offers an ebb and flow between tension and action that keeps the player on their toes.


What we like:
  • Fun thrill ride campaign
  • Beautifully detailed environment
  • New locations for longtime fans
  • More mobile Jill Valentine
  • Increased focus on combat
  • Memorable set pieces
What could be improved:
  • Reduced puzzles compared previous game
  • Relationship between characters feels unearned
  • Some enemies are removed from play too soon

  • survival-horror
  • zombies
  • horror
  • remake
  • inventory
  • shooter
  • action
  • boss-fight
  • cooperative
  • puzzle

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)

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Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4

Fear and isolation seep through the walls of an abandoned southern farmhouse. "7" marks a new beginning for survival horror with the “Isolated View” of the visceral new first-person perspective.


  • survival-horror
  • horror
  • zombies
  • inventory
  • remake
  • shooter
  • first-person
  • boss-fight
  • action
  • puzzle
  • cooperative

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Saturnalia (2023)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Playstation 4

A Single-Player Survival Horror Adventure: play as a cast of characters exploring an isolated village haunted by an ancient ritual—but beware, its labyrinthine roads will change each time you lose all your characters.

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  • horror
  • survival-horror
  • mystery
  • maze
  • third-person
  • rogue-like
  • exploration
  • narrative
  • lovecraftian

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Resident Evil 4: VR Mode (2023)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Experience the ultimate immersive experience as Leon S. Kennedy takes on a grueling rescue mission! Resident Evil 4 is a remake of the 2005 original Resident Evil 4 reimagined for 2023 to bring state-of-the-art survival horror. Resident Evil 4 preserves the essence of the original game, while introducing modernized gameplay, a reimagined storyline, and vividly detailed graphics to make this the latest survival horror game where life and death, terror and catharsis intersect.

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  • remake
  • survival-horror
  • horror
  • cult
  • stealth
  • action
  • quick-time-event
  • inventory
  • combat

9

Alan Wake 2 (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s

Alan Wake 2 is a highly anticipated sequel that delivers a rip-roaring horror experience with innovative gameplay and storytelling.


What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay
  • Impressive graphics
  • Unique dual protagonists
  • Palpable atmosphere
  • Seamless transitions
What could be improved:
  • No objective markers

  • horror
  • thriller
  • survival-horror
  • psychological
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • mystery
  • combat
  • cult
  • detective
  • fiction
  • episodic
  • action

10

Sons of the Forest (2024)

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PC Windows

Dive into Sons of the Forest, a spine-chilling survival horror that will test your wits and will to live. Craft, build, and battle through a mutant-infested island with jaw-dropping graphics and heart-pounding audio. Whether alone or with friends, uncover secrets and survive the seasons in this eerie, enthralling world. Will you master the wilderness or succumb to its horrors?

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What we like:
  • Stunning lifelike graphics
  • Deep, strategic combat
  • Engaging survival mechanics
  • Expansive, mysterious world
  • Co-op gameplay enhances fun
What could be improved:
  • Occasional performance issues
  • Some unfinished aspects hinting at Early Access

  • survival
  • survival-horror
  • crafting
  • open-world
  • horror
  • inventory

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