Fed up with zombies? There is a way out. The best horror games without the living dead

 

Fed up with zombies? There is a way out. The best horror games without the living dead

Zombies have long become almost the main attribute of horror games. And yet, from time to time, projects appear that can scare gamers, while they do not use the living dead.


We decided to collect the most interesting and frightening of them so that you can finally find yourself a horror movie without annoying zombies.


Fatal Frame Series

Fatal Frame Series

Release date: December 13, 2001 - September 27, 2014
Platforms: PS3, X360, PS2, Xbox, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Switch
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Let's start with an obscure Japanese gaming franchise called Fatal Frame . This series was one of the first to try to scare players with ordinary ghosts. And I'll tell you right away, the developers did it. Some of the ghosts turned out to be so creepy that those who once completed Fatal Frame still have unpleasant flashbacks. The developers managed to make such scary ghosts and a really tense atmosphere in the game that even today it is perceived as one of the most frightening horror games.

It is also worth noting the main feature of the series, which is associated with the camera. The main character sees ghosts only with her help, and in some places it can seriously scare you when you once again look into the lens, and some creature jumps out at you. At the time, Fatal Frame was the perfect game for the controller Wii U GamePad, and if you want to truly thrill of passing, I would recommend to use it.


Dino Crisis Series

Dino Crisis Series

Released: July 1, 1999 - June 26, 2003
Platforms: PC, PS3, X360, PS2, PS1, Vita
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Many have been waiting for a Dino Crisis remake for years , but it still does not exist. The modern generation of gamers probably don't even know that this series existed, and after all, it was once as popular a Capcom franchise as Resident Evil . Dino Crisis gets into our selection due to the fact that this is perhaps the only game that managed to scare ordinary dinosaurs, although it would seem that there is nothing terrible in prehistoric lizards.

In fact, Dino Crisis skillfully combined various horror techniques, and in the first parts they worked just for 5 plus. Then the series gradually turned into an ordinary action movie, but even so, there were some really creepy moments in the games. I believe that if you somehow manage to run one of the first parts, you will have at your disposal just a gorgeous horror game with dinosaurs. Oh, how I would like to see a remake in the foreseeable future ...


Silent Hill Series

Silent Hill Series

Released: January 31, 1999 - October 16, 2012
Platforms: PC, PS3, X360, PS2, Xbox, PS1, PSP, Vita, Wii
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Here is a vivid example of horror , in which the developers managed to replace the living dead with no less frightening creatures without any problems . In fact, Silent Hill simply offers players its own set of monsters for every taste, and literally each of them scares almost to the point of panic attacks. That only is the creepy Pyramid Head, which literally immediately became the hallmark of the series.

Silent Hill- this is the case when the developers carefully thought out each monster and tried to make it not only scary, but also disgusting. During the passage of the first parts of the franchise, you will not only be afraid of approaching enemies, but you will begin to experience incredible discomfort as soon as they appear on the horizon. It is precisely for this approach to opponents that many fell in love with Silent Hill . I hope someday we will see a quality restart of the series.


Observer: System Redux

Observer: System Redux

Release Date: Nov 10, 2020
Platforms: PC, Mac, PS5, XSX | S, PS4, XOne, Switch
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The relatively recent Observer: System Redux has managed to show players what a truly scary cyberpunk horror movie can look like. And we are talking about a creepy concept of the game, and not about the fact that the project scared the players with a huge number of bugs, well, you understand what I mean. All in all, Observer: System Redux is a great psychological horror game in which you play as detective Daniel Lazarski and are forced to penetrate the minds of people in order to find a serial killer.

Try Observer: System Reduxworth at least due to the stunning visuals, as well as the presence of truly creepy people. There are no zombies and some scary monsters, but only those who like to modify their body in various ways. Nevertheless, on the way you will repeatedly come across frightening characters who will come to you in your dreams for a long time. If you love high-quality cyberpunk and psychological horror, then you won't find anything better than Observer: System Redux .


Dead Space Series

Dead Space Series

Release date: October 14, 2008 - February 5, 2013
Platforms: PC, XSX | S, PS3, X360
Co-op for: 2

Perhaps someone considers enemies in Dead Space to be ordinary zombies, only in space, but in this case, you were simply inattentive and did not follow the plot. In this series of games you will have to confront the representatives of the Necromorph race, who look really creepy. Yes, they are somewhat similar to the living dead and from time to time they even move just as slowly, but in fact they are completely different creatures, albeit no less bloodthirsty.

Dead Space has managed to become a fresh breath of the horror genre and give us as many as 3 amazing games. Let the last partand was more like an action game and a co-op appeared in it, but it was no less scary to go through it. In general, if you are tired of the classic zombies, then it seems that the time has come to get acquainted with the Necromorphs. I assure you you will not regret it.


Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia

Release date: September 18, 2018
Platforms: PC
Cooperative for: 4

Another great horror game in which there are no classic zombies, but only creepy ghosts. At the same time, the developers of Phasmophobia managed to make them so scary that you will have to wash your pants repeatedly after the next gaming session. The plot tells about a team of detectives who find themselves in an old house and must prove that ghosts live there. The task is rather strange, but literally from the first minutes they understand that literally every corner in the building is saturated with paranormal phenomena.

Phasmophobia even if it offers the player a rather trivial story, the local ghosts are exactly what really scares. The creators of the project approached the design of most of the enemies with special attention. There are even ghosts that are very similar to zombies, though many times more mobile and deadly. So if you are tired of the living dead, then you can try to test your courage and nervous system on ghosts, especially since the game has a cooperative for 4, but do not think that this will greatly save you from those nightmarish things that you will see here.


Little Nightmares Series

Little Nightmares Series

Release date: April 28, 2017 - February 11, 2021
Platforms: PC, PS5, XSX | S, PS4, XOne
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Before you is a very strange project in the genre of horror-platformer, in which you will have to regularly feel a sense of fear, and at the same time do not forget to solve various riddles. But what can I say if the main character is a boy who constantly wears a paper bag on his head. Seeing him, you will already begin to feel at ease during the passage.

The Little Nightmaresthere are no zombies, and there are no other classic types of creatures that most often scare us in horror games. All enemies here are unique and made as creepy as possible. I don't know what the creators of this series were inspired by, but they definitely succeeded in making really frightening opponents. Add to this dark locations and overwhelming music and you have one of the weirdest horror games that can scare everyone, even though at first glance Little Nightmares seems like child's play.


Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Release date: October 6, 2014
Platforms: PC, Mac, PS5, XSX | S, PS4, One, PS3, X360, Switch
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Making a high-quality game based on the Alien movie franchise turned out to be not as easy as many thought. Over the past few years, several projects have been released, but, in fact, only Alien: Isolation was able to surprise with the excellent quality of performance and give players an amazing horror with Xenomorphs in the foreground. If you are fed up with zombies and like really realistic horror movies, then Alien: Isolation is one of the best options available today.

The game turned out to be incredibly atmospheric and at the same time frightening. The creators decided that it was enough to make the main character relatively helpless so that he, like a small child, began to be afraid of every rustle on a huge space station. In addition, Alien: Isolationit is also capable of scaring with its design of locations, since there are often quite creepy rooms here. Well, a meeting with the Alien himself always turns into a deplorable ending, so if for some reason you have not yet played Alien: Isolation , then, apparently, you do not like horror so much.


This was a selection of horror games where you finally don't have to confront or flee from zombies. In each of the games in the collection there are much more original opponents and techniques so that after passing through you do not want to sleep for a few more days. If you know other similar games where they can scare even without the living dead, then be sure to write about them in the comments. And also do not forget to write how you like the games from our selection.

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