The 10 Greatest Indie Horror Games Of This Generation!

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The last eight years have been wonderful for fans of the horror genre. Maybe not as memorable as the PS2 era, which saw the end of the “golden age” of the survival horror genre, capped off by now classic games like Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame 2, Siren and Resident Evil 4, among others — but it’s still been pretty fantastic. Unfortunately for me, this has made my job of finding the best games this genre has gifted us with over the course of this relatively lengthy console cycle incredibly difficult.

I thought finding the greatest horror games of this generation was tough, but narrowing down the myriad indie horror games we’ve seen this gen has proven far more difficult.

Read on to see how I fared in my endeavor to find the ten greatest indie horror games of this generation!

Before we get into this list of games that are already out, here are five of our most anticipated upcoming indie horror games!

You saw this one coming.

Developed by Frictional Games, this masterpiece of survival horror is widely considered to be one of the scariest video games of all time. It’s more than deserved that title. The game’s sanity meter — which drained the longer you remained in darkness or in the presence of one of its unnerving monsters — wasn’t an original feature, but it was used in a clever way that dramatically increased the tension. If you haven’t spent a night (or two) with it yet, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a must-play for any horror fan.

This one was difficult. Mark Hadley’s Slender: The Eight Pages is arguably the most influential horror game of this generation. Then again, its “reimagining”, Slender: The Arrival, is basically a better and prettier version of it. After spending way too much time thinking about which one I should include here, I went ahead and decided to include both. I write the article, I make the rules.

Mark Hadley’s The Eight Pages essentially created a new subgenre in horror — Slender Horror, if you will — in which the player is tasked with collecting items that have been scattered about a forest or some labyrinthine environment while being hunted by a mysterious creature. Most often, that creature is the Slender Man, an Internet born urban legend turned video game antagonist.

Many games have copied this idea and pasted it, sometimes as is, other times with new features like multiplayer or little tweaks to the gameplay. A few have taken this concept and replaced The Eight Pages’ dapper predator with something else, like the Huntsman from the indie horror game Huntsman: The Orphanage.

I’m going to go ahead and say it. Outlast is the scariest game I’ve ever played. Its ending faltered a bit as soon as it tried explaining the goings on in Mount Massive asylum, but the other 95% of the game is terrifying, traumatizing and absolutely unforgettable. If you’re brave enough to play it yourself, I suggest you do that. Otherwise, you can watch me lose my damn mind with it. You really can’t go wrong either way.

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  • wildgator25

    Another great write up Adam! I just submitted this to n4g.com for approval. Trying to get you into mainstream dude! :)

  • diapers

    Good article. Hopefully some of these are supported on PC’s.

    • Adam Dodd

      Every one of these except Dead Nation are all available on PC, most of them exclusively!

  • Pav

    My picks for The 10 Greatest Indie Horror Games Of This Generation are:

    The tRAIN
    -Pathologic
    -Paranormal
    -Haunt
    -Kraven Manor
    -White Day (this one is bit older, but is absolutely great and unusual horror game so is here, right?)
    -The Void
    -Cryostasis
    -Penumbra trilogy
    -Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    and the winner is…
    OUTLAST

    Honorable mentions:
    -The Cat Lady
    -Slender: The Arrival
    -The Path

    • Adam Dodd

      The Train and Kraven Manor probably deserve an honorable mention, both of those games are fantastic (and free, which is always nice). Haunt needs a bit of work to help distinguish itself from the myriad Slender games out there, but it’s still good. I really need to play White Day….

      • Pav

        I like Haunt for it’s different approach to such simple type of game. Very artistic, like painted with watercolours. Of course it’s still Slendy so… Btw, you mentioned that Haunt needs a bit of work. Have you played Haunted Memories yet, Adam? How do you like it?

      • Adam Dodd

        I played it on our YT channel! (shameless self promotion) It’s a fun game, but it doesn’t really do much to switch up the Slender formula. It’s better than 90% of the Slender clones, but that only carries it so far.

        • Pav

          You played Haunt, not Haunted Memories. It’s different. Trust me…

        • Adam Dodd

          Haunt and Haunted Memories is the same game, they just renamed Haunt to Haunted Memories and gave it new features.

  • Chelsea

    Ahhhh Amnesia! This game will be the death of me. I see grunts when I close my eyes at night.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Outlast, baby! :D Such an amazing game. Great list, Adam.

    • Adam Dodd

      Thanks! ;) I CAN’T WAIT for Whistleblower!

      • Pav

        ME TOO!!!

    • Fro$ty

      It is! Great list too, there are a few on here that I will have to check out!

  • theedeadmau5

    SCP Containment Breach?