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

Updated August 24, 2021 1.2k votes 173 voters 5.9k 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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    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)

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    Before the remakes were getting their treatment on the new console generation, the Resident Evil franchise released the seventh game in the series, and it delivered exactly what the fans wanted. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard managed to serve up a traditional horror experience, and it took full advantage of the graphics and sound capabilities the new system had to offer.

    Unlike some of its predecessors, Biohazard managed a return to what made the franchise great in the first place: horror and unending tension and suspense. As the franchise aged over previous consoles, it started to step away from traditional horror in favor of more action-adventure gameplay elements, but not Biohazard. This game is all about scaring the player as much as possible, and being the first game in the franchise to be made for Sony's PSVR, it adds a level of immersion previously unseen in the franchise. It's also incredibly horrifying.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Capcom
    • Genres (Video game): Survival Horror
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    P.T. (2014)

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    Often referred to as one of the "purest" psychological horror games ever made, P.T. (short for Playable Teaser) was released for free on the PlayStation Network. Originally intended to act as a sort of teaser for an upcoming Silent Hill sequel (if only...), the game was removed shortly after the sequel was officially canned. As a puzzle game, it features all the standard run-of-the-mill elements, but as a horror game, well, a quick Google search will tell you just how terrifying it is.

    So what makes this game so scary? For starters, it was developed by Kojima Productions, so you know the atmosphere, details, and mood are all top-notch. As a straight-forward walking simulator, players are immersed in a horrifying mansion where, instead of cheap jump scares, the ambiance is what really gives gamers the jitters. While it's no longer available to download (at least not officially), Visage, a "spiritual successor," was announced a few years ago.

    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: Kojima Productions
    • Genres (Video game): Psychological horror
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    Resident Evil 2 (2019)

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    It's no surprise that the RE remakes are some of the scariest PS4 games. The original Resident Evil 2 was released in 1998, and the game was a classic of the genre, so it's no surprise Capcom opted to reboot it for modern consoles following the success of Resident Evil 7. The game offers players nostalgia and horror in the same package, and seeing as this was a game that originally had far less detailed graphics when it was originally released, the horror skyrocketed with a modern treatment.

    The game does differ in more ways than graphics and sound, so it's not simply a modern upgrade. The camera was shifted to a behind the shoulder position, which differed from the original fixed camera of the original game. While some might think that would take away from the overall tension the game builds upon, it doesn't, and fans of the original managed to be terrified all over again by playing Resident Evil 2 on the PS4.

    • Release: 2019
    • Developer: Capcom
    • Genres (Video game): Survival Horror
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    The first game in the series, Outlast still remains one of the best survival horror PS4 games. As players take control of an investigative journalist, they're tasked with investigating a run down and macabre psychiatric hospital in small-town Colorado. Naturally, the hospital is overrun by monsters, and what seemed like another day on the job quickly turns into a fight to survive.

    Unlike traditional horror games, Outlast doesn't feature a standard health bar; in fact, it the game doesn't really focus all that much on combat. Instead of just blasting your way out, you need to hide and sleuth your way to safety, which makes for a more tense gameplay experience. The sequel is also great, but most gamers agree that the first game is still the scariest.

    • Release: 2013
    • Developer: Red Barrels
    • Genres (Video game): Survival horror
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