There are games of just about every type. Most people have a favorite genre, with horror hitting the spot for some. Whether the enemy is a human, zombie, or some kind of mysterious monster, horror games can be pretty unique!
While most of the genre's games are different, they all have one thing in common: They try to be scary. When someone picks up a horror game to play, they presumably want the scariest experience imaginable. Give us the eeriest settings, the most powerful enemies, and the scariest storylines!
To see 10 of the scariest horror games on the PlayStation 4, ranked by just how scary the are, keep reading!
10 The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was released in 2014 on multiple different platforms, including the PlayStation 4. The opening of this game states that it doesn't "hold the player's hand" and they're not lying. This game is set in an open-world environment that the player is allowed to freely roam with little instruction about what to do.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set in the 1970s and follows a detective who is investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy named Ethan. Using the main character's unusual paranormal abilities, the player can figure out exactly what happened to Ethan. The game has its spooky moments and a really interesting plot twist, but it's far from the scariest horror game on the PS4.
9 The Last Of Us
It's hard to talk about horror games on the PlayStation 4 without mentioning The Last Of Us. This game is set several years after the zombie apocalypse has ravaged the face of the Earth and follows Joel, a man tasked with smuggling a teen girl named Ellie across the United States. Released in 2013, this game became a fan favorite on the PlayStation consoles and has a highly anticipated sequel coming in the future.
Although The Last of Us has beautiful graphics and an amazing storyline that really makes players care for Ellie, Joel, and everyone else in the game, we have to admit that it's not that scary. Yes, there are some pretty intense moments and the unique zombies are creepy, but this horror game's real appeal comes from the story, not the scares.
8 Little Nightmares
Little Nightmares is a horror puzzle game released in 2017 on multiple different platforms, including the PlayStation 4. The game is set in a world called The Maw and follows a young character named Six who has found herself trapped deep within this location.
The player controls Six whose serious hunger inspires her to try to escape the Maw at any cost. The game is a super unique, with graphics that look straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Little Nightmares is an indie game that has definitely gained a lot of attention among gamers, but is it the scariest horror game on the PlayStation 4? It's definitely eerie, but it's not enough to really cause nightmares.
7 Outlast 2
Outlast 2 is the sequel to 2013's Outlast. This game was released in 2017 and is not directly connected to its predecessor, though there are some references that players of the first game may use to connect the two entries. This game follows a couple who are in the vast Arizona desert in order to investigate the heinous crime of an unidentified woman.
The game follows Blake after the helicopter carrying himself and his wife crashes unexpectedly. The player then explores the area and learns that the death Blake and his wife were investigating is likely tied to a cult that has taken up life in the area. Can Blake figure out what's going on there before it's too late? Grab your PS4 controller to find out.
6 Dying Light
Dying Light is a survival-horror game that was released in 2014 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This game is set in the fictional city of Harran and the player controls an undercover agent named Kyle Crane who was sent to the zombie-infested Harran to get a file back that had been stolen by someone living in Harran.
Dying Light has an open-world setting and lets the player jump and climb on just about anything in the game. It has different skill trees that unlock special abilities. What makes this game truly terrifying is the fact that there is a day/night cycle and when the sun goes down, powerful creatures called Night Hunters come out.
5 Until Dawn
Until Dawn is a horror game that was released exclusively on the PS4. The game centers around a group of friends who have gotten together at a secluded mountain home on the anniversary of the disappearance of two of their friends. This game allows players to make choices that can seriously alter the outcome of the game. Whether or not these characters survive is up to you.
Although there are some jump scares and spooky moments in Until Dawn, the scariest part of this PS4 game comes from the storyline. The red herrings that scare the character and throw them off the true horrors of the story are only the beginning.
4 The Evil Within
The Evil Within's story is broken up into chapters and features a really unique way of unlocking new abilities and powers throughout the game.
This game follows a detective named Sebastian Castellanos. Sebastian is investigating the scene of a truly frightening crime at a mental facility in Krimson City. While investigating, Sebastian and his partners find themselves at the center of a truly bizarre and surreal nightmare world. The player controls Sebastian as he tries to escape and figure out how they got there.
Soma is a survival horror game that takes place in a super eerie research facility where the machine begins to become more and more human. Pretty spooky, right?
Soma on the PlayStation 4 has a score of 79/100 on Metacritic and was generally pretty well-received. The game is set in the year 2104 on a super futuristic underwater research facility. The game has a lot of puzzle-solving and is generally petty scary. After its release, the developers added a "safe mode" that will allow players to survive, even if the monsters attack them. This is useful but doesn't make the game less scary.
2 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the seventh main game in the long-running Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil is a series of survival horror games that started in 1996 and has produced a ton of projects over the years.
The seventh entry is heavily focused on adventure and survival, unlike the action-packed games that Resident Evil had started to become known for. The game follows the main character, Ethan Winters, who has gone to Louisiana to try to find his wife who went mysteriously missing three years prior. After he arrives, he realizes that the truth of her disappearance is scarier than he could have ever imagined.
Released in 2013, Outlast is the first game that was developed by Red Barrels. It's a survival horror game that was first released on PC before being ported to consoles, including the PlayStation 4. In this game, the player controls a freelance journalist who has been called to a psychiatric hospital that has allegedly been performing bizarre and inhumane experiments on its patients.
What makes this game really scary is the fact that the player can't actually fight back against any of the enemies that you encounter while running around Mount Massive Asylum. It's all about running away and trying to uncover the truth.