Best Xbox One Horror Games Windows Central 2021
Microsoft's Xbox One packs a thriving range of relentless horror titles, guaranteed to scare even the bravest of gamers. Turn off the lights, crank up the sound, and bring a towel for your sweaty brow; you're in for a bumpy night. We've wrapped up the best Xbox One horror games in 2021.
- ★ Featured favorite: Resident Evil 2
- Unfiltered horror: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The dark ages: A Plague Tale: Innocence
- Thrills and chills: The Evil Within 2
- Big screen horror: Blair Witch
- Digital outbreak: Observer
- Don't look back: Outlast
- The artist's mind: Layers of Fear
- Deep space terror: Alien Isolation
- Fear the unknown: Dead Space
★ Featured favorite: Resident Evil 2
Revisiting the zombie-infested hallways of Raccoon City, Resident Evil 2 marks the return of a series classic after two decades. The remake successfully ditches the fixed-camera for an over-the-shoulder perspective, faithfully maintaining the foundations of the original through a modern lens.
Unfiltered horror: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Undeniably one of today's best horror games, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard revives the survival horror that defined the series. With a new first-person view, players are deeply immersed in a tense, action-fueled adventure.
The dark ages: A Plague Tale: Innocence
This medieval-era story may not follow your typical horror tropes, but still delivers an unmissable dark tale on Xbox One. Following two siblings caught among the plague chaos, players utilize stealth to escape the trials ahead, while fending off hordes of carnivorous rats.
Thrills and chills: The Evil Within 2
On a hunt for lost family, The Evil Within 2 captures unhinged psychological horror. Elevating scares to the next level, players must manage resources and stay alert.
Big screen horror: Blair Witch
The heartless world of The Blair Witch Project movie translates to Xbox One and PC, crafted by Bloober Team of Layers of Fear and Observer. Merging psychological horror with the series' signature found-footage themes, it's a wild ride challenging your instincts.
Digital outbreak: Observer
After a digital plague sweeps civilization, digital realms are now more enticing than ever. Diving deeper into virtual memories of the insane, Observer thrives on player uncertainty to build atmospheric tension.
Don't look back: Outlast
Venturing into an abandoned mental asylum, Outlast is among today's darkest adventures. With a night-vision camcorder in-hand, you'll hide from unforgiving threats, praying those batteries don't die.
The artist's mind: Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is a psychedelic tale of an artist descending into insanity, navigating through mazes of corridors and doors. Cutting out combat and conventional scares, it's all about the fear of the unknown.
Deep space terror: Alien Isolation
Trapped on a space station with an extra-terrestrial threat, players will need to stay alert and hidden. But remember that in space, no one can hear you scream.
Fear the unknown: Dead Space
Once undead creatures flood a mining starship, Dead Space becomes a bloody struggle to escape. While a classic of the Xbox 360 era, it's playable via Xbox One backward compatibility.
What lies ahead
Whatever your style, the Xbox One's vast library of titles will meet your horror needs. Resident Evil 2 leads the year with its revival of the 1998 classic, following Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield during the escape from the zombie-packed streets of Raccoon City.
While Resident Evil 2's remake drops the fixed camera to an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective, the result is improved immersion throughout. Pair that with new zombie dismemberment and gore systems for a gruesome Xbox One hit.
For even more Resident Evil horror nonsense, you should also check out Resident Evil 7. It ushers in a return to form for the franchise with a focus on survival horror. It also includes a new first-person view if you're into that intimate style.
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