Top Best Horror Games on Xbox

Horror games give us the best scares from horror movies along with the feeling that we are (or at least think we are) in control of the situation. There are a lot of great horror games on the original Xbox and these are our picks for the ten best. Some of them are scary while others lean more towards horror/comedy, but all of them are fun to play and a great way to waste away cold fall and winter nights.

Silent Hill 2 / 4

Silent Hill 2 / 4

Amazon

No other series does creepy, twisted, blood soaked horror better than Silent Hill. These games aren't as "jump out and say boo" crazy as other horror games and instead rely on horrific images and things that work on you mentally until you're so scared you are afraid to turn out the lights. In other words, good times.

What We Like

  • Impressively scary storyline.

  • Amazing graphics.

  • Ideal for those who enjoy frights.

  • Engrossing surround sound audio.

What We Don't Like

  • Action can feel repetitious.

  • Gameplay too closely aligned with original.

Fatal Frame 1 / 2

Fatal Frame 1 / 2

Fatal Frame gives you a special camera rather than a gun with which to dispatch the ghosts that haunt these games which is a nice change of pace from most horror games. The games tell of ancient Japanese rituals and legends and have a storytelling style similar to recent films like The Ring and The Grudge. Both Fatal Frame 1 and 2 are well put together and wonderfully horrifying.

What We Like

  • Effective combat system.

  • Impressive visuals.

  • Excellent sound.

  • Intuitive to play.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires a little too much backtracking.

  • Difficult to control viewfinder while fighting.

Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil

Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil

Amazon

Doom 3 and its Resurrection of Evil expansion are great horror games for a number of reasons. Between stumbling around in the dark with a world full of demons, blood-soaked hallways, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, creepy chanting, and the hallucinations of your character, Doom 3 works the horror angle in a number of different ways and is pretty effective overall.

What We Like

  • Very dark game throughout.

  • Plenty of areas to explore.

  • Impressive arsenal.

  • Intense action.

What We Don't Like

  • Game run shorter than similar games.

  • Can't skip cut scenes.

House of the Dead III

House of the Dead III

Amazon

House of the Dead 3 isn't all that scary, but it features lots and lots of zombies, a horror staple, so it belongs here. Zombies aren't really scary anyway, but they are definitely the coolest movie monsters. Nothing beats blasting zombies with your trusty shotgun on a cool October night.

What We Like

  • Decent graphics.

  • Engrossing sound effects.

  • Enough variety for lots of replay.

What We Don't Like

  • Gameplay can get repetitive.

  • Slightly dated.

  • Short overall game.

The Suffering and Ties That Bind

The Suffering and Ties That Bind

The Suffering puts an action spin on traditional survival horror so you spend more time shooting at demons than solving puzzles, which is good. This is another game that really works on you psychologically and gives you a number of moral tests which determine whether you are an innocent man or a cold-blooded murderer.

What We Like

  • Good gameplay mechanics.

  • Plenty of shooting action.

  • Creative monsters.

What We Don't Like

  • Dated graphics.

  • Puzzles are simplistic.

  • Good game length.

The Thing

The Thing

This game acts as a sequel to the 1982 film of the same name. An alien that can imitate other life forms have taken up residence in an Antarctic base and your team is sent to investigate. Since the alien can imitate any life form, the horror comes from not ever knowing if one of your teammates is actually the alien.

What We Like

  • Good game length.

  • Intro provides good tutorial.

  • Intriguing storyline.

  • Interesting team management approach.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to control during fights.

  • Graphics occasionally glitch.

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

Amazon

The Evil Dead films are campy horror comedies and Fistful of Boomstick continues that theme perfectly. Fighting off dozens of Deadites as they surround you while Ash spouts his trademark one-liners is just pure fun. Classic comedy with a slight horror twist.

What We Like

  • Great dialogue.

  • Lots of action.

  • Plenty of cheesy one liners.

What We Don't Like

  • Gameplay feels predefined.

  • Story is not that compelling.

BloodRayne 1 / 2

BloodRayne 1 / 2
Pintarest

These games aren't too terrifying but feature a lot of classic Halloween themes and characters so BloodRayne 1 and 2 make the list. Zombies and vampires stalk the levels and it is up to you to stop them. The games feature lots of gore and bloody finishing moves which is always good.

What We Like

  • Autotarget makes shooting easy.

  • Excellent visuals.

  • Plenty of action.

What We Don't Like

  • Beginning of game moves slowly.

  • Awkward voiceovers.

  • Some parts of the game get repetitive.

  • Not much replay value.

Stubbs the Zombie in: Rebel Without a Pulse

Stubbs the Zombie in: Rebel Without a Pulse

 Amazon

Stubbs the Zombie is another campy horror/comedy style game, but instead of blasting away at an army of zombies, you actually get to be a zombie. Eating brains and infecting humans to form your blood-soaked shuffling mob of the undead is the name of the game here and it is a zombie fan’s dream come true. We love zombies!

What We Like

  • Plenty of humor.

  • Fun building a zombie army.

  • Interesting storyline.

What We Don't Like

  • Can get repetitive after a while.

  • Very short game.

  • Unpredictable boss fight difficulty.

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