Top 11 Horrifying Games Like "Resident Evil" That Will Give You Nightmares
What Games Are Like Resident Evil (Series)?
Grueling and unforgiving, Resident Evil series is one of the best horror franchises in the gaming industry, toppling the likes of The Evil Within and Outlast series by quite a margin. Some people might argue that the Outlast series has the best scares, but I personally prefer the traditional jumpscares of Resident Evil. If you're quite young, chances are that you've not played the older games of this iconic series. With Capcom remaking the second and third installments of the franchise recently, now is your chance to experience the harrowing nightmare first hand.
If you're looking for new experiences, here's the list of some games like Resident Evil you might wanna check out.
Games Like Resident Evil
- The Evil Within 2
- Metro Exodus
- Layers of Fear
- Alan Wake
- Bioshock Infinite
- Until Dawn
- The Last of Us
- Dead Space
- Silent Hill (Series)
- The Last of Us 2
1. The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 can be an exhausting experience but in a good way. Its surrealistic campaign is tantamount to a nightmarish ordeal that never ends. That's why after 20 or so hours of playing this horror game, I was glad that I didn't bail out on it. Unrelenting and unforgiving, The Evil Within 2 is going to test your patience with its grueling difficulty in some sections. Vexing as it maybe when you get stuck at any particular level, it's exhilarating the moment you finally conquer your enemies and move on to the next level.
My only serious gripe with this game is its uneven pacing. The main story takes a backseat at times, which can be a tedious experience. The story may have fallen short of expectations at certain times, but the developers have succeeded in creating an ambiance that reeks of horror, waiting to engulf everyone into chaos.
2. Metro Exodus
If you had to choose between a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear apocalypse, which one would you go for? Come to think of it, nuclear annihilation seems a scarier proposition. Now that you’ve survived the zombie outbreak of the Resident Evil franchise, it’s about time you paid a visit to the remains of Russia, a place ravaged by nuclear bombings. Whatever remains of the human species live well below the ground in metro stations and subways, for they don’t have what it takes to face the nightmarish creatures lurking around on the surface. To make things worse, the air is toxic. More often than not, you’ll have to wear a gas mask if you’re on the surface.
With limited supplies, however, you’ll have to constantly manage your resources and try not to get shot by enemy factions or worse, get eaten alive by monsters. It can get quite frustrating at times to have ghoulish creatures charging at you, and you’re just helplessly standing there as you run out of ammo. Up until you learn to be precise with your shots, you’ll be dying, a lot, especially if you’ve turned up the difficulty.
Freakish and incessantly cruel, Metro Exodus is one of the best games like Resident Evil. If you haven’t had the chance to play it yet, you should definitely consider it.
3. Layers of Fear
Developed and published by Bloober Team, Layers of Fear is a brilliant horror game, one that messes with your mind.
If you're coming hot on the heels from other horror games, the pacing might take some time getting used to. This unevenly paced ride is full of bumps, but the dark, suffocating atmosphere will refuse to release you from its grip up until the very end.
If you've had enough of jumpscares and would like to be spooked by something new, Layers of Fear has got plenty of devious tricks up its sleeve. Getting people to jump in horror has always been easy as classic horror tropes still work to this day. While tons of games, movies, and shows capitalize on those tropes, Layers of Fear scares with its ambience. From creepy portraits to the eerie whispers, it almost feels like psychological torture after a while. Needless to say that it's a masochist's paradise.
4. Alan Wake
The plot revolves around Alan Wake, an award-winning novelist, who is on a mission to find the whereabouts of his wife. His quest brings him to Bright Falls, a spooky town with morbid secrets hidden beneath its pretty surface. It turns out that a malevolent presence is haunting the town. Alan delves deeper into the mystery, only to find out his life is exactly like the story of one of his latest penned novels. The only way to staying alive and progressing further into the story is to master its unique combat mechanics, which takes some time to get used to.
Heavily inspired by mystery TV shows like The X-Files and The Twilight Zone, the game sometimes feels like an interactive TV series. Divided into 8 episodes, Alan Wake is brilliantly paced from the beginning to the end. Everything unfolds ever so slowly, revealing just a tiny bit up until the very end to keep you going. It all ends with a bang, so it’s worth the wait.
Initially released as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Alan Wake eventually made its way to PC as well, surprising everyone with the sudden announcement after all these years. Having played it for 10 hours or so on PC, I can report that it’s a solid game. If you’re planning to get it, PC is the way to go.
If you're looking for a game like the Resident Evil series, Alan Wake will not disappoint you.
5. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite places you in the shoes of a broken private detective whose only way to redeem himself is to find a lost girl. If the job didn’t already sound almost impossible, he has to find Columbia, a city floating above the clouds, first. In an attempt to rescue the mysterious girl, he risks everything, including his life.
Freeing her is only part of the job. Getting her safely back home is the daunting part. The labyrinthine city of Columbia can be delightfully chaotic at times - something gorehounds will revel in.
The only gripe I have with this game is its convoluted ending. I couldn't quite wrap my head around it, whichever way I looked at it. Despite its shortcomings, Bioshock Infinite is still one of the best single-player games I've ever played.
DayZ has come a long way since the first time when Dean Hall, the creator of this game, launched it as a mod for Arma 2, a military simulator. Little did he know, the same mod would go on to become wildly popular.
Riding on the success wave of the mod, Dean went on to create a fully-fledged game based on it. The mission stays the same, survive the zombie apocalypse for as long as you can. With 60 players spread across the whole island, your chances of running into one another often are slim. Still, fellow players are a bigger threat than the rotting creatures. Some of them pick their spots and snipe you from afar. You won't even know what hit you.
Dying can often be vexing, especially if you're new to this game. Once you die, all your loot and gear are gone. Start over, once again, just like the last time.
7. Until Dawn
It's a shame Until Dawn is a Playstation 4 exclusive. Every gamer intrigued by horror should be able to get their hands on this gem. For better or worse, if you want to experience one of the most underrated horror games of this decade, you need a Playstation 4.
All ranting aside, there's no denying that Until Dawn is a masterpiece. The story flounders at times, but its choice-based gameplay keeps you going until the end. Every single choice you make changes the storyline in one way or another. Your decision to do or not do something can decide who gets to see another day among your companions.
I learned the weight of my decisions the hard way, but you know it in advance. So, make your choices carefully. It's worth mulling over your decisions before clicking the button. The game world and the storyline might be small, but its replayability value ensures you're getting a bang for your buck.
8. The Last of Us
Again, just like the last entry, this brilliant first-person survival game is a Sony exclusive. Initially developed for Playstation 3, a remastered version made its way to the Playstation 4 as well, bringing some graphical updates along with minimal gameplay changes.
Developer Naughty Dogs knows how to ace a single-player game. If you’ve played their games before, you already know what to expect here. Though there is plenty of violence and mayhem, the focus is always on telling a story that hits close to home. The Last of Us makes you care for the protagonists, but not by implying they are the good guys. Since the two main characters are so relatable, it’s easy to see yourself in them.
The Last of Us is a thinking man’s game. Every encounter will compel you to use your limited resources wisely. Do you simply distract them and move along or do you kill them? Make your choice, but remember that the simplest of choices has the potential to mess up the situation. Even though the story is more or less linear, the gameplay is not.
9. Dead Space
Space can be unforgiving and deadly, especially when you come unprepared. Isaac Clarke, our protagonist, learns it the hard way when he's sent on a mission to repair a mining ship in deep space. Thus begins his nightmarish journey to uncover the events that transpired before his arrival. Besides fixing the ship, Isaac has his own reasons to venture deep into space.
Unfortunately for him, things don't quite go according to plan. All hell breaks loose as soon as he arrives. For instance, most of the crew members are murdered by ghoulish creatures, the same monsters who might be behind the trouble in the mining ship. With a malfunctioning ship and no one to call for help, Isaac has to figure out a way to get out of this hellhole.
Since it's a horror game, you won't find flashy guns here. Making use of the limited resources efficiently is the key. That's certainly true in the later stages of the game when the enemies become much faster and deadlier. Aiming at limbs is very important since that's the only way to fend off the monsters. They can easily shrug it off if you shoot them anywhere else. Though these creatures are horrifying, the real spook factor is the dreadful environment. Once the game gets going, it never lets up, continuing to build up the palpable tension up until the end.
10. Silent Hill (Series)
As intriguing as Silent Hill's story is, when you try to make sense of the overarching storyline, it's ambiguous at best. The vagueness leaves for disparate interpretations of the events, which is what makes this legendary series fun in the first place.
Konami might have fallen from grace now, but there was a time when this publisher had some of the best gaming franchises under its wraps. It's unfortunate that we probably won't see another Silent Hill in the foreseeable future. Evidently, the series didn't do as well as Konami had anticipated, leading to the once-legendary franchise being taken off the market.
As opposed to the Resident Evil games, the Silent Hill series usually dumps you in a small town, leaving you free to explore it as you please. If you bar Resident Evil 7, the latest from Capcom, the Silent Hill franchise had done a much better job of immersing the player in the game. For better or worse, playing Silent Hill can be emotionally exhausting at times. The jumpscares are rare, if any, but it's the creepy vibe of the town that never lets you settle into a groove.
11. The Last of Us 2
I wasn't sure if I should include this divisive game in this list or not. While I loved every bit of it, it would be wrong to turn a blind eye towards some of the issues this action-adventure title suffers from. For starters, the prologue is too lengthy, introducing characters and dialogs we don't care about.
Once the story gets going, it's reasonably well-paced, but it takes time to get to the intriguing bit. All the pieces of the puzzle will only come together if you've played or latest watched the first game. Since the story of The Last of Us 2 is a continuation from the first one, you will need to play the original to make sense of everything going on in the second part.
Try not to pay attention to the user reviews on websites like Metacritic. Scrolling through the user reviews, 'repetitive, preachy, and convoluted' are some of the buzzwords you'll come across. The disappointment has stemmed from the lofty expectations fans had from this game. And who can blame them? The first one was a true piece of art - a masterpiece impossible to improve upon. That's not to say that TLOS 2 is mediocre, not by a long shot. Give the game a shot for yourself and see how you like it.
Did I miss out on any other games like Resident Evil? Let me know in the comments section.