2023 has been a good year for horror games. Although players didn’t quite get blockbusters like Resident Evil, valiant efforts by a number of development studios saw fresh, new horror IPs introduced. There’s no shortage of terrifying experiences for PS5 and PS4 players but looking specifically at games released this year, here are our nominations for Best Horror Game 2023, and overall category winner.
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5. Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 does a fantastic job of raising tension and keeping adrenaline pumping, with some of the best parkour mechanics to boot. It manages to stand out in what many consider an oversaturated genre by offering a generous open world laced with threats, and an enjoyable narrative and side missions. Dying Light 2’s world is dark, but it makes zombie bashing fun. Fans will agree that this sequel is worth the 7-year wait.
Madison is a psychological horror game that offers plenty of jump scares. With engaging puzzles, an eerie atmosphere, and a terrifying story, players might find themselves shifting uncomfortably in their seats, especially with a good pair of headphones on. Those who enjoy being on the edge of their seat will certainly enjoy Madison’s gory journey.
3. Ghostwire Tokyo
Ghostwire Tokyo is a spooky combination of psychic and paranormal themes. Due to the protagonist using his hands for combat, players get up close and personal with some terrifying-looking entities reminiscent of antagonists in classics like Clock Tower. The semi open world of Tokyo is haunted by Yokai at every corner, making players watch every step. However, that doesn’t guarantee they won’t be ambushed by headless schoolchildren…
Signalis isn’t a conventional horror game, but its third-person top-down 2.5D gameplay sets it apart from the rest. With an engaging and sinister plot inspired by popular literary works, fans of classic horror games will be pleasantly surprised by just how well Signalis’ narrative and gameplay mechanics have been executed by a two-person development team. The game has four endings, offering excellent replay value and a bang for one’s buck.
And the winner is…
1. The Quarry
If Urban Legend (1998) and Jeepers Creepers (2001) had a baby, you’d get The Quarry. Supermassive Games assembled a star-studded cast to pay homage to 90s horror movies, having evidently learned quite a few lessons from PS4 exclusive Until Dawn. The Quarry’s cast might fool players into thinking that it’s yet another teen horror movie in video game form, but its story is surprisingly original. With superb acting and some bizarre, unexpected twists and turns, The Quarry is a game worth experiencing.
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