The Best PS Plus Horror Games: A Terrifying Treat for Gamers

What are the top horror games in Sony's PS Plus Premium and Extra subscription tiers?

Check out the top horror games on PlayStation Plus Extra & Premium for January 2024!

Alien: Isolation

On June 13, 2022, Sony launched its new iteration of PlayStation Plus in North America, a tier-based subscription service that combines the legacy version of PS Plus with PS Now. If someone invests in the Extra or Premium tiers, they gain access to hundreds of PS5 and PS4 games; furthermore, Premium subscribers have a plethora of classic titles at their disposal.

PS Plus Extra and Premium cover most genres, and horror is no exception. However, since the service contains so many games, it can be challenging to narrow down the selection to the cream of the crop. Consequently, here are the best PS Plus horror games.

Alien: Isolation 🛸

Metascore: 79

It is only fitting that one of the scariest movies of the 1970s would go on to inspire one of the scariest games of the 2010s. Alien: Isolation acts as a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Alien, delivering a story that revolves around Ellen Ripley’s daughter. Amanda is searching for her mother, a journey that leads her to a space station that proves to be anything but hospitable or safe. Focusing heavily on stealth, Isolation does a brilliant job of making the xenomorph feel like a genuine threat, which is not something every game in the Alien franchise has sought to do.

Played from a first-person perspective, the game generally forces players to step into the role of the prey since they are defenseless for long stretches of the lengthy campaign. The setting fits the license well, and the xenomorph’s AI is still impressive all these years later.

🔗 Game in the Alien franchise

The Evil Within 2 👻

Metascore: 76

Both of Tango Gameworks’ The Evil Within games are on PS Plus Extra, and they are must-plays for anyone remotely interested in survival horror. They are inspired by Resident Evil, although they do change enough elements to stand on their own two feet. Even if it can be frustrating in places, the original 2014 game is the best entry point into the series for newcomers, and it is arguably more intense than its successor. The Evil Within introduces Sebastian Castellanos, a detective who gets dragged into a strange nightmare while investigating a murder case. The story predominantly takes place in a hospital, albeit one laced with surreal and terrifying imagery.

The Evil Within 2 expands on its predecessor’s ideas, all the while implementing a sandbox that grants players more freedom. This time, Sebastian enters a simulated town that is home to his supposedly deceased daughter. Union takes a fairly conventional setting and twists it, creating a feeling that something terrible could be lurking around every other corner. While the frights do not come around as frequently as in the first game, the gameplay is generally superior in the sequel.

F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon 😱

Metascore: 72

Despite losing steam relatively quickly, F.E.A.R. had a really strong debut that instantly established the horror property as a franchise to keep an eye on. Although solid in their own right, the sequels failed to fully capture the magic of the original game, and some of that can be credited to their transition to full-blown shooters at the expense of their horror elements. As an FPS, F.E.A.R. was and still is decent, even if its gunplay nowadays shows its age; however, the campaign expertly weaves in creepy, nightmarish flashes, and these moments set the project apart from its contemporaries.

Even nearly two decades later, there are not many games that try to blend these two genres, and even fewer that are as successful as F.E.A.R. Along with haunting imagery courtesy of the terrifying but iconic Alma, the title also tells an effective story that holds quite a few surprises. As dated as some aspects of this project might be, F.E.A.R. is still one of the best PS Plus horror games.

Bloodborne 🩸

Metascore: 92

Since the release of Demon’s Souls in 2009, FromSoftware has developed a reputation for creating games with brutal difficulty spikes and addictive action mechanics. While that combination can often serve up scary times in most of its titles, Bloodborne represents the studio’s most overt attempt at creating something within the horror genre. Even though its gameplay will entice many players, horror fans in particular with PS Plus Extra won’t want to miss out either.

Inspired heavily by gothic literature, exploring the streets of Bloodborne’s Yharnam is an atmospheric experience all in itself. The fact that the city’s alleyways are home to monsters and entities that H.P. Lovecraft would have been proud to have created, makes Bloodborne all the more terrifying.

🔗 Demon’s Souls

🔗 Bloodborne Horror Elements

Inscryption 🎴

Metascore: 87

Deck-builders do not exactly scream “horror,” but Inscryption loves to defy expectations. A game of many hats, a huge part of the experience’s appeal hinges on its willingness to take risks, most of which not only pay off but also instill players with an irresistible desire to see what comes next. As it would be a disservice to reveal the campaign’s mysteries, let’s focus on Inscryption’s basics instead.

Players find themselves sitting opposite a strange being, who they will need to defeat in a grueling but well-done card game. The horror elements primarily come from everything that transpires around the table, and players are encouraged to step away from the cards in between matches. Inscryption is also a roguelike, so defeat does reset a run to an extent; however, the game is not too difficult by the genre’s standards.

🔗 Inscryption: Tony Hawk Meets Vampire Survivors

Dead By Daylight ☠️

Metascore: 64

Since its debut back in 2016, Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight has steadily grown into something of a horror game phenomenon. Throughout that time it should be noted that its key gameplay principles have remained largely intact. Four teammates are still forced to desperately fight for survival against another solo player, who’s able to control a supernatural entity. The setup for the game is simple yet effective, to the point that it’s easy to imagine it receiving a player-base boost via its recent arrival on PS Plus Extra.

Something that has helped Dead by Daylight to stand out from other multiplayer horror contemporaries, and has become its biggest selling point, is its ever-growing list of crossovers. Thanks to a steady stream of downloadable content drops over the last few years, the title now features an extensive roster of playable horror movie and game icons. Between tie-ins with the Halloween series, Stranger Things, and Silent Hill, players can enjoy a multiplayer horror experience that’s arguably one of the best horror games on PS Plus Premium and Extra.

🔗 Silent Hill: 2 Remake Seemingly Confirmed

Observation 👁️

Metascore: 75

Created by Scottish indie studio No Code and published by Devolver Digital, Observation is a scary experience that’s unlike anything else that subscribers can access on PlayStation Plus right now. Stylized as a sci-fi-themed thriller, the adventure game revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a space station’s crew. In a similar vein to the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, players interact with their environment and uncover a suspenseful mystery via a series of cameras.

If that mechanical setup wasn’t intriguing enough on its own though, Observation has several other quirks up its metaphorical sleeves. One of which is the fact that, in a break from genre tradition, players play as a sentient artificial intelligence known as SAM. That decision opens the door for several other surprises and twists, that PS Plus subscribers won’t want to miss out on.

Observer: System Redux

Observer: System Redux 🕶️

Metascore: 77

Bloober Team’s Observer debuted in 2017, but the System Redux version is the one to play. Along with improving the visuals and performance, this iteration expands the gameplay to offer more variety and less frustration, all the while enhancing the atmospheric intensity that defined the vanilla release.

Observer: System Redux envisions a dystopian sci-fi future where technology allows the minds of people to be infiltrated, a procedure used extensively by the detective protagonist. Set within a single building, this horror game gradually builds tension as the central character investigates a murder, and the title prioritizes its story and tone above anything else. Permitting someone is not searching for an action-leaning experience, Observer is one of the best horror games on PS Plus Premium and Extra.

Until Dawn 🏔️

Metascore: 79

With PS Plus Extra and Premium, players have the option to download and play games directly from their console’s internal storage. This benefits several horror experiences that can be found on the subscription service, which would otherwise suffer from lag induced by slow internet connection speeds. Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn is perhaps the biggest benefactor of this, due to the rapid twitch gameplay players will often find themselves experiencing while they’re desperately fighting to see the sun again.

Until Dawn calls back to the horror genre’s classic use of jump-scares, as it follows the story of a group of friends who are being haunted by their past. Crucially the narrative carries on whenever a character is killed by the player’s actions, creating a sense of dreadful permanence. Because of this, Supermassive’s cinematic story is an excellent depiction of interactive choose-your-own-adventure gameplay and is arguably still the studio’s best work to this day.

🔗 Still the Studio’s Best Work

The Last Of Us Remastered 🧟‍♂️

Metascore: 95

Thanks to Naughty Dog’s trademark cinematic pedigree, it’s sometimes easy to forget that The Last of Us is actually a horror game. A testament to the engaging characters found at its core, the zombies that haunt the game’s streets sometimes take a back seat when fans talk about the franchise. That’s not to say that the hordes of the transformed are to be taken for granted though, as throughout the experience they’ll provide more than enough scares.

The Last of Us hits a sweet spot when it comes to horror in this way. At times, the game offers palpable physical nightmares like any strong piece of zombie media, whilst also never forgetting to embody the psychological element of the genre at every other opportunity. The world that Naughty Dog has built is packed with such attention to detail that it ensures the presence and threat of the infected is a constant thought in the mind of the player, whether they’re on-screen or not.

The Dark Pictures Anthology 🌌

Metascore: 72 (House Of Ashes)

Another Supermassive production, The Dark Pictures Anthology is a strange beast since, on the one hand, the overall project is probably the studio’s most ambitious to date; however, the individual games are not quite as fulfilling as Until Dawn or The Quarry. As its name suggests, The Dark Pictures Anthology revolves around standalone stories loosely connected through a framing device, although they are largely designed to be played in isolation. PS Plus Extra has the franchise’s first three games: Man of Medan, Little Hope, and House of Ashes, all of which only require roughly 5–6 hours to complete.

Each title has different characters and settings, although they generally feature the same style of mechanics and scares. While neither entry is a masterpiece on its own, The Dark Pictures Anthology is nevertheless a great recommendation for horror fans, particularly ones who are looking for co-op experiences. The latter feature defines this series, and both online and couch co-op are well executed.

Siren: Blood Curse

Siren: Blood Curse 🌑

Metascore: 78

PS Plus Premium has the PS2’s Siren and its 2008 reimagining, Siren: Blood Curse. Even though neither is an all-time classic, they are both above-average survival horror games with interesting ideas; however, Blood Curse is a bit easier to revisit in this day and age. Split into episodes and featuring a rotating cast of controllable characters, Blood Curse follows a TV crew as they investigate the rural Hanuda Japanese village. Naturally, they quickly find that this desolate town is home to some rather dangerous entities.

Siren: Blood Curse incorporates stealth into its gameplay loop since the characters are largely defenseless. To facilitate this element, players have the power to temporarily view the world from the perspective of an enemy, which allows them to plan their actions accordingly. This concept sets Siren apart from other horror franchises and is arguably at its best in Blood Curse.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 🧟‍♀️

Metascore: 86

PS Plus Premium has a healthy roster of Resident Evil goodness, including classics like Code: Veronica. Conversely, the Extra tier has just a single entry in the franchise, although it happens to be one of the scariest games of the 2010s. Simultaneously a return to form and a significant departure from the status quo, Resident Evil 7 stripped back the action in favor of pure horror, something Capcom’s mainline sequels desperately needed following the overblown Resident Evil 6. While this decision was well received by long-time fans, the same cannot be said about RE7’s shift to a first-person perspective, at least initially. However, this change ultimately proved to be a productive one.

After receiving a message from his long-vanished wife, Ethan Winters finds himself trapped in a ghastly house and staring at the Bakers, who might just be the creepiest family in all horror gaming. Along with his own survival, Ethan hopes to save his partner and maybe even figure out exactly why everyone seems to be acting so strange.

Resident Evil 2 (2019) 🏚️

Metascore: 91

As fantastic as Resident Evil 7 is, it is ultimately a fairly different experience than the classic entries in Capcom’s franchise. PS Plus Premium has more than a few titles capable of scratching that itch; however, Extra subscribers are far more limited in their options. Before January 2024, the tier only had RE7 to its name, which meant fans had to settle for the (terrifying) new era without anything that is fully reminiscent of the past. Fortunately, the Resident Evil 2 remake is now part of PS Plus Extra, and the game represents the franchise at its best.

A proper fully-fleshed-out remake, RE2 took the PS1 masterpiece and gave it way more than just a fresh coat of paint. Visually, the release compares favorably to almost everything that has come out since 2019, at least within the horror genre. More importantly, the remake provides an updated control scheme that should suit modern sensibilities, all the while including alternatives for players who want something closer to the original version’s action. Once again, players get to control either Leon or Claire in separate campaign topics that have enough differences to make them both worth playing through. The hulking Mr. X serves as a constant threat, and he is hardly the only horrifying entity within RE2.

Resident Evil 2 will be added to PS Plus Extra on January 16, 2024.

Additional Q&A Content:

Q: Are there any other horror games available on PS Plus?

A: Yes, there are many more horror games available on PS Plus. Some notable mentions include Outlast, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Layers of Fear, and Resident Evil 5.

Q: Can I play these games on the PS4 or PS5?

A: Yes, all of the mentioned games are available to play on both the PS4 and PS5 consoles.

Q: Are these games suitable for multiplayer or co-op gaming?

A: Some of the games, like Dead by Daylight and The Dark Pictures Anthology, offer multiplayer or co-op modes. However, the majority of the games mentioned are single-player experiences.

Q: Are there any upcoming horror games that will be added to PS Plus?

A: Unfortunately, specific information about upcoming PS Plus games is not readily available. However, Sony often adds new games to the service every month, so there is always a chance that new horror titles will be included in the future.

Don’t miss out on these terrifying gems! Whether you prefer heart-pounding survival horror or atmospheric thrillers, the best PS Plus horror games have something for every horror enthusiast. Share your favorite horror games, and let the screams begin! 💀🎮