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26 PS4 Games That Are So Scary We're Still In Shock

Updated August 24, 2021 1.2k votes 169 voters 5.4k views26 items

With all the groundbreaking exclusives and series over the years, it's no surprise there are so many legit scary PS4 games. Horror is easily one of the most popular gaming genres, and that's likely because gamers (usually) love immersing themselves in a game that jumps out at them, tears them to pieces, and scares the crap out of them. As gaming has developed into better graphics and sound, these games have only gotten more horrifying, and the trend doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The PS4 is known for featuring some of the best and scariest horror games around. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down the games players should check out if they truly want a scare. These 26 titles are the most frightening, pulse-racing, and blood-pumping horror video games the PlayStation 4 has ever seen. Some games, like Observer and Detention, rely more on tension and psychological scares, while PS4 horror games like P.T. are straight-up fright fests.

Take a look at the scariest games ever released on the PlayStation 4, and if you see one that had you lying awake at night, framing out at the slightest sound while sleep seemed impossible, make sure to vote it up so readers can see which of these epic PS4 horror games are considered the most frightening of all.

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    Alien: Isolation (2014)

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    If you watched the original Alien movie and thought to yourself, "You know, I would probably be able to survive that," then Alien: Isolation is the game for you. The game is set in the same universe as the first movie, so it looks much like what we thought sci-fi needed to look like in 1979. Clunky monitors, large cables, giant space stations, and more are represented to make the atmosphere as engrossing as it was in the original film.

    The game features Amanda, Ellen Ripley's daughter, who boards the Sevastopol space station only to find that a Xenomorph has decided to make it its home. Once you meet the beast, you spend the rest of the game avoiding it, which may seem like it's not scary, but it's just as frightening as Sigourney Weaver made it look.

    You are literally being hunted throughout the entire game, and that means you will constantly be on the move, your awareness of your surroundings will be heightened to insane levels of fear, and once this beast finds you, prepare to meet your doom in a horrific way. This game works so well at inducing fear; it should come with a warning label.

    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: The Creative Assembly
    • Genres (Video game): Survival Horror, Science-Fiction
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    You can't have a list about horror PS4 games without mentioning SOMA. Released in 2015, the survival horror game centers on a mysterious underwater research facility you need to explore. The game features plenty of puzzle elements with stealth, as facing opponents head-on is often a fool's errand.

    Through an engaging story, players slowly start to discover where they are and what's really happening around them. It's a fabulous fright fest, so much so that the game was even included in GamesRadar's 20 best horror games of all time.

    • Release: 2015
    • Developer: Frictional Games
    • Genres (Video game): Survival horror, Science Fiction
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    The Evil Within 2 is the first sequel to Shinji Mikami's initial entry into the title, and seeing as he is the mastermind behind some of the best entries in the Resident Evil series, it's safe to say players are going to be playing these games with all the lights on in the house. The Evil Within 2 upped the ante compared to its predecessor, and the game's setting is straight out of a nightmare.

    The game is set in a simulation of a small town, and it's filled with horrifying monsters that just love to jump out and scare the controller right out of your hands. The goal of the game is to locate a group of Soldiers sent in before you got there, but the changing environment of the town makes that next to impossible. The game suffered a bit by switching from third-person to first in a few areas, but they were rare enough to keep the game's tension from breaking.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Tango Gameworks
    • Genres (Video game): Survival Horror
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    Layers of Fear is fairly unique in the horror genre, as it aims to freak out the player psychologically, rather than simply hurling one monster or another at them over and over again. Instead, players find themselves questioning everything they see in this nightmare set in a dilapidated mansion owned by a mentally ill painter. Whenever you turn your head to look at something, turning back will often reveal a small change in the environment, and this kind of alteration of the environment can keep you guessing at your own sanity.

    The best part about this game is that it doesn't fall back on the tried and true methods of scaring the crap out of gamers. Instead, the game offers a psychological horror that bridges on insanity, and it leaves players constantly feeling unease and nervous. Everything in Layers of Fear is nuanced, and that only serves to make it creepier than your typical horror game on the PS4.

    • Release: 2016
    • Developer: Bloober Team
    • Genres (Video game): Psychological Horror
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