Scary PSP Horror Games for Halloween

Would you rather play games on Halloween? Check out these scary PSP finds

Infected for PSP

If you're a gamer, you may be more interested in playing games than eating candy on Halloween—or maybe you do both. Here are some great scary games for the Sony PSP for Halloween gaming horror or for any time you want a good chill.

Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles

What We Like

  • Updated music and graphics stay true to the tone of the franchise.

  • Includes flawless ports of the original Japanese version and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

What We Don't Like

  • Controls are as clunky as ever.

  • Doesn't include the original American version, which featured different levels and bosses.

The first Castlevania game for the PSP takes the classic "Castlevania: Rondo of Blood" and remakes it with all new graphics and added content. What better way is there to spend Halloween than vanquishing the evil of Dracula?

Dead Head Fred

Dead Head Fred Screenshot
D3Publisher

What We Like

  • Hilarious characters voiced by a talented cast.

  • Mix of puzzles, platforming, and mini-games keeps it interesting.

What We Don't Like

  • Combat sometimes devolves into mindless button mashing.

  • Dialogue may be too profane for sensitive gamers.

You play as Fred, a private investigator brought back from the dead with a brain-in-a-jar for a head. Battle through zombies, evil skeletal minions and the Headless Horseman to find out what happened to your head and get your revenge. The dark humor in this game makes it a perfect All Hallows pastime.

Death Jr

Death Jr Screenshot
Konami

What We Like

  • Clever character designs.

  • Different weapons are fun to experiment with.

What We Don't Like

  • The story and characters are paper thin.

  • Awkward camera angles mar platforming sections.

The teenaged son of Death can't resist helping his pretty classmate Pandora open a box they find while on a school field trip to the local museum. Opening the box results in bad things, and now Death Jr has to battle evil minions to save his friends and their world. You get to kill evil things with a scythe. How's that for a late October evening occupation?

Death Jr 2: Root of Evil

Death Jr 2: Root of Evil PSP Screenshot
Konami

What We Like

  • Graphics and combat controls are more polished than in the original.

  • The story and characters are much more engaging.

What We Don't Like

  • Multiplayer mode is poorly implemented.

  • The soundtrack occasionally gets grating.

Death Jr is back and once again he's saving the world from evil with his dad's scythe and lots of other weapons. This time, instead of rescuing Pandora, she's there to help.

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure PSP screenshot
Mastiff

What We Like

  • Surprisingly complex gameplay complements the simple art style.

  • Five difficulty levels make the game accessible to everyone.

What We Don't Like

  • Annoying long load times.

  • Some quests require tedious backtracking.

OK, it's not that scary. Well, it's not scary at all. It's cute. And you play as a little girl. But it's got monsters. Lots of them. And cuteness is part of Halloween, isn't it? All those adorable little kids?

Hellboy: The Science of Evil

Hellboy PSP Screenshot
Konami

What We Like

  • The cast from the movie voice the characters in the game.

  • Classic arcade style beat-em up action.

What We Don't Like

  • Very little backstory is given, so non-Hellboy fans may feel lost.

  • Combat lacks variety and complexity.

Play Hellboy: The Science of Evil as Hellboy, Abe Sapien or fire-wielding Liz Sherman and beat up Nazis and their demonic minions.

Infected

What We Like

  • Soundtrack by Slipknot perfectly fits the game's violent tone.

  • Local multiplayer supports up to eight players.

What We Don't Like

  • Online multiplayer is limited to one-on-one death matches.

  • Some attempts at humor fall flat.

The setting for Infected is Christmas, but it has insane, violent people infected by a mysterious virus. You play a character who fights the infected using his own immune blood. A nice creepy and bloody game for a creepy and bloody holiday.

Manhunt 2

What We Like

  • Graphics are disturbingly realistic (in a good way).

  • Mysterious plot with alternate endings.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficulty and violence have been toned down from the original.

  • Sometimes the enemy AI behaves erratically.

In this sequel to the ultra-violent PS2 game, you play as a character committed to an insane asylum after underground experiments go wrong. You have to fight your way through some truly insane characters to piece together your past and escape the asylum.

MediEvil Resurrection

What We Like

  • Well written story and characters.

  • Level designs are creative and diverse.

What We Don't Like

  • Awkward camera controls and periodic frame rate issues.

  • Poor hit detection may make combat frustrating.

In this PSP sequel to the PlayStation games, you battle all sorts of evil as Sir Daniel Fortesque, deceased. Your first weapon is your own left arm, with which you club your enemies. Fortunately, you do get other weapons, though your lower jaw seems to be permanently missing.

Silent Hill: Origins

Silent Hill: Origins screenshot
Konami

What We Like

  • Deepens the franchise mythology while staying loyal to the other games.

  • Multiple endings and side quests add replay value.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't quite capture the intense eeriness of the console titles.

  • Combat controls feel stiff.

The PSP entry in the classic Silent Hill horror series reveals the origins of the titular town and how it became such a hellish place. This is one really, really creepy game perfect for Halloween play.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

What We Like

  • Reimagines the original Silent Hill with several improvements.

  • Prioritizes puzzle solving and survival over action and combat.

What We Don't Like

  • Fans of the original might take issue with some changes to the Silent Hill formula.

  • Experienced gamers can complete it within a few hours.

This PSP game may be the top scariest game ever. A few minor flaws keep it from creepy perfection, but it's a game no horror fan should miss.