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[Best & Worst ’14] Adam’s 5 Favorite Horror Games of 2014!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. This has been a fantastic year to be a card-carrying enthusiast of the horror genre, and as good as it is now, 2015 is looking even better. We’ve seen more success stories than ever before, and while much of the attention our favorite genre has seen can be attributed to a stronger-than-ever showing from indie developers, it’s clear the studios behind AAA games have also upped their game.

Before we continue our plunge into 2015 and the virtual worlds it has waiting for us, let’s take a moment to look back at some of my favorite horror games of 2014, starting with what I consider to be the scariest of them all…

Outlast: Whistleblower

The first Outlast was new and terrifying enough to hide some of its imperfections when it released last year. Outlast: Whistleblower didn’t need to do much to be successful, but rather than rest on its laurels, developer Red Barrels used the expansion as an opportunity to tweak the original game’s winning formula, starting with some trimming of the fat.

Whistleblower is a leaner, scarier and more focused gaming experience that benefits from improved pacing and a selection of enemies and environments that never remain on-screen long enough to grow repetitive. It also manages to be even more twisted, with a final act that ranks among the craziest WTF Did I Just See? moments in gaming, horror or otherwise.

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  • I would have included PT. But technically it’s not a full game so I can understand not leaving it in.

    • CTHL

      PT, honestly the only “game” I’d mention for the year.

      Evil Within was ok’ish but disappointing, and the rest… just kinda meh (or terrible in the case of 5NaF. I dont get that one at all, except as a so bad its good kinda thing).

  • Chamber

    The Evil Within really got me back into loving horror games. It wasn’t perfect, but it succeeded where other games in the genre failed, and that was in being a fun experience. I actually enjoyed playing through the campaign, and I still fire it up from time to time even after having beaten it multiple times.

  • Sick_skwerl

    Great list! Alien: Isolation is gorgeous! That game would work as just a tour of this awesome spaceship. I like to sight see in between cowering from that fucking terrifying xenomorph

  • Popescu Horia

    This year was a great evolution in horror gaming,i hope the next will continue this evolution

  • ohitsmerenz

    Excellent list!

  • It ’twas a wonderful year for an otherwise heavily neglected genre of video games! Loved Alien Isolation, I respect The Evil Within’s efforts, and plan on entertaining everyone tonight with Outlast over drinks!

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