5 Classic Games Every Horror Lover Should Play

Updated on July 6, 2020
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Rachel Wesley is both a video game and a horror enthusiast. She writes horror and designs RPG games of the same genre.

Read on to learn about five of the most thrilling, classic horror titles!
Read on to learn about five of the most thrilling, classic horror titles!

When people mention classic horror games, most minds immediately think of Resident Evil and Silent Hill, because they are the backbone of modern horror gaming. They are the original scary games, the ones that shed light on the horror gaming genre, and for good reason.

For this list, we will leave them out and take a look at a few other, lesser-known titles. These horror games are all terrifying in their own ways, and though they are not based on Resident Evil or Silent Hill, they have earned their place among the great titles.

Sit back, relax, and get ready to learn about some new games that will terrify you!

"Siren: Blood Curse"
"Siren: Blood Curse"

1. Siren: Blood Curse

Blood Curse is actually the reimagining of the 2003 (Japan) – 2004 (North America, Europe) survival horror game, Siren.

In Siren: Blood Curse, you play as several different characters to discover the secrets and horrors of a small Japanese town washed away by a flood years before the game's events. What is leftover is used by a cult practicing the Mana religion, in which they worship a deity known as Kaiko.

Along with the creepy cult and their misguided delusions, there are several "corpse people" or risen dead that roam the town. These guys are called Shibito, and anyone that dies there joins their ranks.

After a loop sends the characters back in time with the memories of their impending deaths, they all fight to survive and change their fates. However, much like Silent Hill, people do not just leave the Hanuda Village, they are trapped there until they find a way out, if they can.

Playable Characters:

  • Howard Wright
  • Seigo Saiga
  • Melissa Gale
  • Bella Monroe
  • Miyako Kajiro
  • Kaiko
  • Amana
  • Sol Jackson

You can grab Siren: Blood Curse from the PlayStation store. It is downloadable for the PS3.


2. Obscure

Released in 2004 in Europe and 2005 in North America and China, Obscure is an incredibly over-looked title. It has a fun co-op mode in which two people can play and beat the storyline together.

There are five playable characters, each with their own unique and useful skill. It is worth it to play each of them throughout the game, as they each have different reactions and dialogue for every scene.

You are looking for your friend in the Leafmore High School, where your characters attend classes.

There is something off about the school, though. Students disappear in frightening numbers, and as you make your way through, you discover the horrifying truth why. Now you must save your friends and make it out alive.

You may never want to attend school again!

Do yourself a favor and don't bother playing the second one. It isn't the same type of game at all, and it doesn't flow along with the original. It turned out to be very disappointing and made no sense.

Most fans pretend it never happened.

Playable Characters:

  • Stanley Jones
  • Shannon Matthews
  • Josh Carter
  • Ashley Thompson
  • Kenny Matthews

You can find Obscure on Steam.

"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"
"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"

3. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Eternal Darkness is unique in the way that every game should be. It has a good story, solid characters, and a perfect twist.

There are twelve playable characters with their own tales for you to guide them through.

You initially take on the role of Alexandra Roivas whose grandfather has recently been murdered in his mansion. The police have no clues, and it seems no-one will ever know what really happened to him.

Alexandra refuses to allow that and takes the investigation into her own hands. Moving into the sprawling mansion and delving head-first into the mystery.

Eternal Darkness challenges you to use your mind as well as your controller. There are some fun extras for players as well.

Dig deep into the lives of twelve different people to find the truth about your grandfather and why he was killed.

Playable Characters:

  • Pious Augustus
  • Anthony
  • Maximillian Roivas
  • Paul Luther
  • Peter Jacob
  • Michael Edwards
  • Alexandra Roivas
  • Ellia
  • Karim
  • Edwin Lindsey
  • Roberto Bianchi
  • Edward Roivas

"Haunting Ground"
"Haunting Ground"

4. Haunting Ground

Haunting Ground may come off as a typical jump-scare type, but it is so much more than that.

You play as Fiona, a girl that has just survived a car crash only to find herself inside of a cage. She realizes she is in the basement of a creepy home with a lot of secrets. Your first order of business is to escape the cage.

As the story progresses, and you run for your life from all manner of creepy homunculi, (artificial people created with alchemy), you learn about the home, the things in it, and a lot about yourself and your family.

Depending on the choices you make you can have an adorable and life-saving companion named Huey, (a beautiful white dog) that will help you in the direst of circumstances.

Can you survive the simple-minded, yet persistent caretaker, the crazy, jealous maid, and other strange characters you meet on the massive grounds?

There's only one way to find out.

Haunting Ground is actually a game made off of another game and set in the same world. It comes from the Clock Tower series, though it really doesn't have anything to do with it.

There are similarities, such as having different enemies, their stories, and new places to explore with each. It is interesting to have the two be connected like they are.

Playable Characters:

  • Fiona Belli

"Fatal Frame"
"Fatal Frame"

5. Fatal Frame

If you have never played the original Fatal Frame, you have no idea the terror you've missed out on. The sequels were great scary fun, but the first game was a labyrinth of horror that no gamer forgot.

Some of the more terrifying aspects were the ghosts that would follow you around! You could get rid of them for a little while by taking their picture, but they would always come back until you solved their death.

The scariest one was the woman whose eyes had been gouged out. She roamed around after you crying out about her eyes in a ghostly manner that sent a shiver down your spine.

You become Miku Hinasaki, a young girl searching for her missing brother, Mafuyu, in the haunted Himoru mansion. Ironically, Mafuyu is there searching for a friend of his. Once Miku reaches the mansion, she finds the infamous Camera Obscura, and the horror begins.

As she learns of the mansion's terrible and tragic history, and her brother's ultimate fate, she must also come to terms with her own.

The individual stories are haunting, the characters are memorable, and the ending is a little surprising.

The entire Fatal Frame series is worth a good playthrough, but start at the beginning to get the full effect. The stories all tie in with each game, leaving a lot to be missed and not understood if not all of them are played.

Playable Characters:

  • Miku Hinasaki

Which one do you want to play the most?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Rachel Wesley


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