Sometimes, longer is better as lengthy horror games can be both horrific and immersive. Long completion times won't prevent people from replaying these games, despite spending over a hundred hours doing so. It's not a coincidence that some of the horror genre's best games are contained on this list.
The following list was compiled using nerdmuch.com's 50 scariest horror games of all time and cross-referenced with howlongtobeat.com. This list is based on the completionist estimates from howlongtobeat.com. Are you courageous enough to endure the ghastly length of these games? These are ten horror games that take the longest to beat.
10 Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation is one of those hidden gems that not a lot of people got a chance to play. As a game with a simple premise, it's a wonder why the game takes so long to beat. Somehow, Alien: Isolation's devs created a game that is both lengthy and enjoyable.
The length of Alien: Isolation might deter some players—and attract others. It takes approximately 33.5 hours to beat Alien: Isolation in a completionist run, making it one of the most prolonged and horrific horror games ever created.
9 Resident Evil: Revelations 2
This Resident Evil spinoff is so long that is gives us pause. Unless you're someone who plays a game for days without blinking an eye, it could take you over a month to beat Resident Evil: Revelations 2. The average length of the game is 35.5 hours! Resident Evil games can be lengthy, which is a reason why they are so popular. The best games are the ones you never want to put down. With horror and story elements blended in a never-ending nightmare, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is an excellent example of a Resident Evil game done right.
8 The Evil Within
The Evil Within takes, on average, 36.5 hours to complete. Of the horror games contained on this list, The Evil Within is one of the most polished. Its gameplay can be amazing at times. The combat is exhilarating, and the game blends just the right amount of horror needed for an action game.
It is scary, and the graphics are stupendous. Know that The Evil Within is not a masterpiece, and it is lackluster at times. If you go in with the expectations for a good, not great game, you won't be disappointed.
7 Doom 3: BFG Edition
The Doom series is one of the oldest and most addictive gaming franchises in gaming. Developer id Software is constantly raising the bar for video games. Doom 3: BFG Edition introduces more horror elements than ever before. It takes place on Mars where the protagonist must fight off supernatural creatures such as demons, imps, and lost souls.
As a game that takes approximately 36.5 hours to beat, it's a game worth purchasing for its value. It's widely available on platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Doom 3: BFG is utterly terrifying and it's a horror game that you can't miss.
6 Left 4 Dead 2
The Left 4 Dead series is recognized for its team-based gameplay and horrific elements. The right combination of a first-person shooter and a horror game can be a knockout. Left 4 Dead 2 is not only one of the greatest horror games of all time, but it is also exceedingly long. The website of howlongtobeat.com states that a completionist run of Left 4 Dead 2 takes approximately "40 hours." This figure is, of course, to be taken with a grain of salt, but it is fairly accurate.
It's a relatively unknown game compared to others on this list, yet Darkwood is one of the longest horror video games of all time.
The gameplay of Darkwood involves scavenging and exploration from a top-down perspective. It's a spooky game that is unconventionally scary. In Darkwood, players have to explore a detailed environment. Then, they must set up camp and pray they live to see the morning's light. Darkwood takes a whopping 51 hours to beat, making it one of the longest horror games of all time.
4 Resident Evil 6
It's not considered to be the best Resident Evil game of the franchise, but for containing most of the series' protagonists, Resident Evil 6 is notable. Resident Evil 6 contained some iconic scenes that are worth seeing, even if you don't enjoy the action-oriented gameplay. As a game that became too focused on action, it became the face of criticism by Resident Evil fans. It's the longest Resident Evil game ever made with approximately 58 hours of content. That means if you played it like a full-time job (8 hours per day), it would take over 7 days to beat!
3 Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead may be the first game in the series, but it is nearly twice as long as its sequel. Completing Left 4 Dead will take players, on average, 69.5 hours. This survival horror game pit players against hordes of zombies, bringing one of the most eye-opening zombie games of all time. Even today, people flock to Left 4 Dead because of its tremendous replayability and sizeable content. The game is often compared to a movie. Its cooperative gameplay is commendable.
2 We Happy Few
Although reviews for this game were generally negative, We Happy Few still stands as one of the most lengthy horror games of the modern era. At first glance, We Happy Few is a technically impressive game, boasting graphics beyond the norm. Unfortunately, the story doesn't do enough to impress its players. Those into long games, however, might find We Happy Few to be interesting. We Happy Few takes approximately 76 hours to complete.
And so we come to the end of this listicle. To put it simply, Bloodborne is the longest horror game ever made. The way the game encourages backtracking to find hidden items and pathways gives the game longer playtime. Not only is Bloodborne long, but it's one of the PlayStation 4's best exclusives.
For people new to the Souls-like genre, Bloodborne will be a challenging adventure. Bloodborne's numerous bosses will require strenuous effort to vanquish. Bloodborne takes approximately 75.5 hours to beat during a completionist run.