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5 Best Horror Games to Play on Xbox One in 2021

5 Horror Games for Xbox One You Mustn’t Miss

Whether you’ve already gotten your hands on a next-gen console or are still playing on one of the eighth-gen classics, there are plenty of options. Although there are some fantastic PS4 horror games out there, Xbox fans also have plenty of choices. But picking a game or two from a massive pool of incredible horror adventures can be challenging — we know. So if you’re a proud owner of an Xbox One and are looking for some exciting horror titles to try out, you’re in the right place! We’ve compiled a list of the five best horror games on Xbox One that will keep you occupied for days. 

Regardless of whether you’ve played these titles already or it’s going to be your first time, we guarantee you’ll have a blast. We’ve set aside games from different horror genres, so there’s bound to be something for players of all tastes. So without further ado, let’s get into our list of the five best horror games for Xbox One!

5 Horror Games on Xbox One That Will Keep You Glued to the Screen

Here are our choices for the five best horror games on Xbox One. Do note that these titles are listed in no particular order, so don’t take it to heart if your favorite shows up lower on the list!

1. Dying Light 

We’re starting strong with a survival horror game that took the world by storm back in 2015! When it first came out, Dying Light was regarded as one of the best open-world survival horror experiences, and its appeal hasn’t dwindled to date.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Dying Light throws players into a massive open world brimming with zombies. Saying that surviving in this world is challenging would be an understatement! Stealth is crucial to survival, especially during the night when various monsters roam the streets. Clever use of what little resources players can scavenge will prove essential to survival.

Aside from an intense battle for survival, players will have access to various unique weapons, abilities, and crafting skills. This kind of customization opens up plenty of opportunities for custom builds and different playstyles. All of the above is what made Dying Light so popular in its time and why its sequel set to release in December 2021 is so highly anticipated.

There are still a few months to play this game before its next installment is out, so try not to miss out!

2. Soma

If you’ve ever played the game that started the entire online horror craze, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you’re going to love Soma! Since the same studio made this game, it follows a similar template to the Amnesia series, but with a twist!

Soma is a psychological horror game that has players wake up in an underwater facility, having lost their memory. If the sheer terror of being trapped underwater isn’t enough to get to you, the game’s atmosphere sure will. And just you wait until the monsters start showing up… 

Although Soma is less action-heavy than the Amnesia series, it does tell a captivating story for everyone willing to pay close attention. The game keeps all the signature elements of a Frictional Games title while introducing several unique features. If you are a fan of psychological rather than fast-paced horror, this game is perfect for you. Make sure you give it a shot!

3. Prey 

If you’re not a big fan of survival horror, this next game is for you! Prey is a long-awaited horror FPS set in a futuristic world from Arkane Studios that first saw the light of day back in 2017. Despite being over three years old, this game is still as fun and challenging as ever! At times, this title feels like a crossover between Alien and Deadspace, but with players having more firepower.

Prey puts players on a space station tainted by a hostile alien species and has them explore it in search of answers. However, players will quickly realize that there’s something… unusual happening to them until it all culminates in a spectacular and unexpected ending! 

Prey is an action-packed horror shooter that will satisfy the needs of all types of players. Whether you play horror games for their story, combat, or a challenge, you’ll find it in Prey! The game’s story has an incredible plot twist, its game mechanics are unique, character customization deep, and enemies particularly tough on higher difficulties.

If you haven’t had a chance to give Prey a whirl yet, what are you waiting for?

4. Outlast 2

The next entry on our list is none other than the sequel to one of the most visceral survival horror games to date — Outlast 2. It won’t take players long after they launch the game to realize that the team at Red Barrels studio outdid themselves with this one!

Even though the original Outlast left players with dozens of unanswered questions, Outlast 2 doesn’t follow up on them. Instead of continuing where the original left off, Outlast 2 follows a different character on an entirely separate journey. However, the most curious players will quickly realize that the two games are much more connected than it may seem!

Outlast 2 replaces the insanity of the Mount Massive Asylum with a rural area brimming with zealous religious cultists. Despite all the core mechanics being the same as in the original game (all hail the return of the night vision camera), you won’t have a single dull moment while playing! The enemies are as terrifying (if not more) as the ones in the first game, and the tension is even greater. Outlast 2 keeps all the charm (read gore and brutality) of its original installment while telling a fresh and captivating story. 

If you’re a fan of the original Outlast game, this game is a must-play, as its story will fill in most of the plot holes in the grand finale of the series — Outlast 3!

5. Resident Evil 2 Remastered

Last but not least, we have one of the best horror game remakes of all time — Resident Evil 2 Remastered! Even if you don’t have many fond memories of the original RE 2 titles, this Xbox One horror game will keep you glue to the screen!

Every fan of horror knows the gameplay style that all Resident Evil games follow, but RE 2 is one of the best examples of Capcom’s mastery of the genre! Not only is this title set in Raccoon City, where the entire franchise began, but it also has some of the best scares in the entire franchise. 

The best part about Resident Evil 2 Remastered is that it is suitable for both beginners and veterans. Capcom didn’t just graphically improve the 1988 original but completely overhauled the game. From new mechanics to improved level design, there are plenty of novelties in this remaster that make it a worthwhile purchase.

So whether you’re interested in reliving the nostalgia of your favorite RE game of old or are a newer fan of the franchise, Resident Evil 2 Remastered is a game you don’t want to miss!

How did you like our list of the five best Xbox One horror games? Do you fancy any of our choices? Which one was your favorite? Did you play any of them before? Let us know in the comments below!

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