Best frightful video games to play for Halloween


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This Halloween will be unlike any other. Due to social distancing, chances are you’ll find yourself at home either alone or with a few friends. Luckily, there are plenty of horror games out there you can play to make your Halloween a frightening one. 

The Daily Texan has compiled a list of some of the best horror games to play while having a fun and safe Halloween. 

Until Dawn 
Available on PlayStation 4
If there’s any game that perfectly captures the Halloween spirit, it’s Until Dawn. In Until Dawn, you play as multiple college students who spend a weekend in a secluded cabin a year after the mysterious death of two of their friends. Until Dawn’s greatest strength is making a plethora of horror movie tropes part of the game. As you fight killers and gruesome creatures, you get to decide which horror movie archetypes live or die.

Dead by Daylight 
Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android, Microsoft Windows
Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer survival game where you either play as a supernatural killer or one of the four survivors. As a killer, you must use your supernatural abilities to capture and kill the survivors. As a survivor, you must restore power to the exit gate with the help of three friends so you can escape. Get a group of friends together and try to escape the terror before it’s too late. 


Friday the 13th: The Game
Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
In Friday the 13th: The Game, you can either play as a camp counselor or as the iconic Jason Voorhees. In this official “Friday the 13th” game, Jason is up to his old tricks with the goal of murdering every camp counselor. The camp counselors must work together to escape Camp Crystal Lake while trying to not die at the hands of the invincible Jason. With plenty of references to the original franchise, this game is perfect for people fond of the ‘80s slasher. 

Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
In Vampyr, you play as — you’ll never guess — a vampire. Set in London during the Spanish flu, the game lets you fight off vampire hunters and monsters as you suck the blood of civilians to level up and gain new abilities. The bloodsucking mechanic is probably the most interesting aspect of this game. You can kill civilians to suck their blood and level up in the game’s expansive progression system, but the more people you kill, the more London will fall into travesty. This creates an interesting relationship between progressing in the game and your morality.

Lone Survivor 
Available on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4
Who said 2D games can’t be scary? In this retro side-scroller, you play as a man whose apartment complex has become infested with monsters. The game’s design is simple, but your heart will race when you see a 16-bit monster or fall into a David Lynch-esque hallucination. This horror game is not for the faint of heart. If you want a truly scary experience for Halloween, give this game a try. We won’t blame you if you decide to keep the lights on.