E3 2017 was a surprisingly strong show when it comes to horror games, with numerous titles on display at the various press conferences. The horror titles seen at E3 were wide-ranging and impressive, with many offering vastly different experiences, like open world, virtual reality, traditional survival-horror, and more.
It's true that many of the horror games seen at E3 2017 show promise, and all of them have potential to be solid additions to the genre. Having said that, the five games listed here stand out as the best horror games of the show.
Sony's E3 2017 press conference gave us another look at the adrenaline-fueled open world horror game Days Gone from the creators of Syphon Filter. This new gameplay footage showed how the game's zombies, called Freakers in the Days Gone universe, are more than just enemies players have to fight off. For example, the Freakers can be used to one's advantage, with hero Deacon St. John blowing up a wall to allow a horde of the creatures to swarm an enemy encampment, making it much easier for him to complete his mission.
Days Gone is in development as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
The Metro franchise has always focused on claustrophobic horror elements, putting players in the monster-filled underground metro tunnels of post-apocalyptic Russia. Metro Exodus will give players a little bit more room to breathe, allowing them to explore what appears to be an open world environment. Even so, that doesn't mean that the series is shying away from its horror roots. On the contrary, players can still expect to be attacked by mutated beasts, including a massive bear-like creature that is sure to strike fear in even the bravest of gamers.
Metro Exodus will release in 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2 promises to deliver the same permadeath, community-building gameplay features that made the original game popular on Xbox 360, while also expanding on the formula. State of Decay 2 will introduce brand new zombie types along with cooperative multiplayer for the first time in series history, which should go a long way in making sure it feels like a definitive step forward for fans of the original game.
State of Decay 2 will launch spring 2018 for PC and Xbox One.
The Evil Within 2
While its existence was leaked ahead of time, The Evil Within 2 still made quite the impression at Bethesda's E3 2017 press conference, becoming one of the most talked about games at the show. The Evil Within 2 is set three years after the events of the original game, and looks to be upping the ante in terms of horrifying monsters, graphic violence, and scares. Assuming the sequel can iron out some of the technical problems that the original game suffered from, The Evil Within 2 could be a return to form for legendary horror game developer Shinji Mikami.
The Evil Within 2 will be available on Friday, October 13th, 2017.
Until Dawn was a surprise hit for Supermassive Games, and so it makes sense that the studio keeps expanding on its universe. Following last year's Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, The Inpatient is yet another VR horror game set in the same universe, though it is much different than an on-rails shooter. In The Inpatient, players take on the role of a psychiatric patient with amnesia who is being treated at the Blackwood Sanatorium 60 years before the events of the first Until Dawn game. Utilizing PlayStation VR and the PlayStation Camera, The Inpatient is looking to deliver unique and creative scares to horror gaming enthusiasts.
The Inpatient is in development for PlayStation VR.
After seeing the various horror games on display at E3 2017, it's clear that the future is looking bright for fans of the genre. Besides the five games listed here, there were other promising horror games that were also seen at the show, including multiple VR horror games.
One VR horror project seen at E3 2017 that caught our eye this year comes in the form of Transference. Transference is an odd blend of live-action footage and traditional gameplay that is being developed alongside Hollywood talent like Elijah Wood. Transference is one of the more unique games in development at Ubisoft, and while it's still mostly shrouded in mystery, its promise to blur the line between movies and video games makes it an exciting prospect.
Another exciting horror game on the horizon is yet another title from Until Dawn developers Supermassive Games called Hidden Agenda. In Hidden Agenda, players have to work together using their smartphones to hunt down a serial killer named The Trapper, which is a fairly original idea that should help the game stand out from the slew of other horror games in development.
Based on what we've seen at E3 2017 so far, it's clear that the horror genre is alive and well, with a wide range of games on the way that aim to chill and thrill players. Hopefully the genre keeps this momentum going, and fans continue to be treated to exciting and unique horror games.
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