The Best Horror Games on Xbox Game Pass

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Horror Games on Xbox Game Pass

It's kind of a bummer there aren't more horror games on the Xbox Game Pass service, but that doesn't mean there aren't some good options. Let's take a look at the best horror games available on Xbox Games Pass, including shooters like Doom and zombie games like Dead Rising 2, which lets you kill zombies in new and creative ways.

If your horror interests require the most frightening of situations, you should probably check out a classic like 2002's Resident Evil Zero. If you're a fan of the series, but want to take on a prequel to the primary storyline, that's definitely the game for you. Other games like Id Software's Doom can be picked up and played without having played the original 1993 version, so don't feel as if you have to be a veteran to the franchise to enjoy this title. The new adaptation takes the classic look and feel, but gives it a AAA spin that makes it fun and gruesome to run across the landscape of Mars while shooting and pummeling the worst Hell has to offer!

Vote up the Xbox Games Pass horror games you'd most want other gamers to check out, or simply use this list as a recommendation guide to see which scary Xbox One games you should play next.

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  • Outlast
    146 votes

    Delving deep into the dark and twisted world of Mount Massive Asylum, Outlast delivers an incredibly tense and disturbing experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The game's heart-pounding atmosphere is augmented by its innovative mechanic of using night vision in a camcorder to navigate the asylum's pitch-black corridors. Players take on the role of investigative journalist Miles Upshur, who uncovers horrors far beyond his imagination as he fights not only for his life but to expose the truth behind the terrors inside. With gruesome scenes, claustrophobic environments, and nerve-wracking stealth gameplay, Outlast is undoubtedly a standout in the survival horror genre.

  • Outlast 2
    114 votes

    A spine-chilling follow-up to its predecessor, Outlast 2 takes players into a new nightmare, complete with terrifying religious themes and a remote desert village where unspeakable horrors lurk around every corner. This time, you step into the shoes of Blake Langermann, a cameraman investigating the mysterious death of a young woman. The tension is ramped up to a relentless degree, as players must rely on their wits and stealth to survive against the deranged cult members—further deepened by the harrowing hallucinations that blur the lines between reality and madness. Through its gripping story, horrifically detailed environments, and a disturbing score, Outlast 2 solidifies its place as a can't-miss title for horror aficionados.

  • Blair Witch
    102 votes

    Drawing inspiration from the iconic 1999 film, Blair Witch offers a psychological horror experience that expertly blends eerie atmosphere with engaging exploration. Players assume the role of Ellis, a former police officer searching for a missing boy in the Black Hills Forest, accompanied by his loyal canine companion, Bullet. The game smartly incorporates the original movie's found-footage elements with its gameplay, creating a palpable sense of dread as you unravel the events that led to the boy's disappearance. With spine-tingling tension, a chilling storyline, and innovative mechanics that keep you constantly on guard, Blair Witch delivers a haunting adventure that will long linger in your memory.

  • A unique twist on the traditional haunted house experience, Layers of Fear introduces players to the mind of a tormented painter who slowly descends into madness while seeking artistic perfection. The game's ever-changing environments and masterful use of psychological scares set it apart from its contemporaries, creating an ever-evolving labyrinth of fear and paranoia. The surreal, macabre visuals are accompanied by an eerie, atmospheric soundtrack that enhances the feeling of unease lurking around every corner. With its innovative gameplay, rich narrative, and immersive atmosphere, Layers of Fear is a must-play for fans of psychological horror.

  • Silent Hill 2

    Profoundly unsettling and emotionally charged, Silent Hill 2 remains a masterpiece in the horror genre nearly two decades after its release. Players follow protagonist James Sunderland as he searches for his deceased wife in the fog-shrouded town of Silent Hill, confronting his own demons and uncovering the town's twisted history. The game expertly combines symbolism and storytelling with deeply atmospheric environments, creating a memorable and chilling experience. Featuring unforgettable characters, thought-provoking themes, and some of the most iconic creatures in video game history, Silent Hill 2 is an essential entry in any horror fan's library.

  • An adrenaline-pumping multiplayer experience, Dead by Daylight pits survivors against ruthless killers in a tense game of cat-and-mouse. With a roster of iconic characters from horror franchises like Halloween, Saw, and Nightmare on Elm Street, players can step into the shoes of classic slashers or try their luck as a resourceful survivor. The dynamic gameplay and unpredictable nature of each match make for thrilling and replayable engagements. A standout entry in the asymmetric multiplayer genre, Dead by Daylight offers endless hours of exhilarating multiplayer mayhem.