10 Best PS3 Horror Games, Ranked (According To Metacritic)
Even with the PS5 looming, the PS3 is still home to some amazing games— including some amazingly scary ones.
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Fans of horror have always enjoyed the interactive experiences granted to them in the video game world, and developers have been all-too-happy to oblige. From their twisted minds have come some of the most disturbing and dark gameplay experiences ever conceived, in video games or otherwise.
The PlayStation 3 was blessed with some spectacular horror titles over the course of its run, from sequels to established franchises to all new entries into the field of scary games. If you still have a PS3 hooked up, you owe it to yourself to play some of these frightening titles this Halloween season.
10 Silent Hill: Homecoming (71)
Metacritic reviews for Silent Hill: Homecoming were a mixed bag in comparison to previous titles in the franchise, but it retained many iconic series elements to create one of the best horror games on the PS3.
The game’s inventive use of subconscious thought to manifest horrific creatures is one of its main selling points, and the inherent guilt of the main character as the player explores past traumas and how they relate to the parallel reality of the Silent Hill universe.
9 Siren: Blood Curse (78)
The Japanese have a knack for nailing creepy horror games, and Siren: Blood Curse is no exception. This re-imagining of the cult hit PS2 title blends elements from its sequel to create a riveting and frightening survival horror experience.
The game’s heavy use of darkness, de-saturated colors, and film grit marry well to the bone-chilling sound design and disturbing narrative that permeate the entire play experience.
8 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (79)
The sequel to the seminal FPS horror classic F.E.A.R. wasn’t as well received as its predecessor, but it still held up most of the core gameplay elements that fans loved so much. It also took the storyline into much deeper and darker psychological territory.
Principal antagonist Alma returns to wreak havoc on those she believed wronged her, but her enthusiastic focus on the main character soon leads to some disturbing scenes that are as unsettling as they are effective.
7 The Darkness (80)
Based on the comic book of the same name, The Darkness put players in the shoes of Jackie Estacado, a mob hit-man who turns into a one-man wrecking crew after discovering that a demonic entity has inhabited his bloodline for generations.
The Darkness is different from other horror-based PS3 games in that the player effectively becomes the monster, giving them the ability to rain down demonic destruction on foes, devour their hearts, and run the streets red with blood.
6 Condemned 2: Bloodshot (82)
Condemned 2 brought more action elements to the franchise in comparison to its tightly-wound psychological predecessor, but the horror was still very much present. The story picks up where the original left off, with Metro City’s inhabitants having succumbed to mass insanity.
The player must rely on tough combat system to survive, taking advantage of melee weapons until they are able to acquire firearms. The violence level is off the charts, but it’s the Crazies-style psychological horror elements that sell the fear.
5 Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (84)
This retro-styled indie title meshed survival horror with classic 2D gameplay, scoring 84 from Metacritic in the process. It ratchets up the fear and tension by demanding that the player adhere to strict guidelines in order to stay alive.
Hiding in shadows to avoid monsters, utilizing very scarce ammo in firefights, and being robbed of Pause functionality in order to keep the player vulnerable contribute to the game’s wonderful sense of tension. It also features hallucinations which can be affected by a variety of factors, further enhancing the scare factor.
4 Resident Evil 4 HD (84)
After initially hitting the Gamecube in 2005, Capcom began porting Resident Evil 4 to just about every platform in existence. The landmark game has lost none of its horrific potency over the years, with fans still praising its paradigm shift from previous titles in the franchise.
Resident Evil 4 HD is notable for swapping out the zombie movie feel of the first four main RE titles in favor of a more Gothic horror aesthetic featuring a different style of undead enemy, retaining some of the series’ roots while injecting new life into the storyline.
3 Dead Space (88)
Dead Space reinvented sci-fi horror for a new audience using inventive combat and frightening atmosphere to sell its premise. In fact, the combat was worthy of the highest praise given the extra suspense elements it brought to the game.
Utilizing a variety of industrial cutting tools and military hardware, the player was forced to bring down the ghastly monsters in the game by dismembering their legs, arms and heads with precision attacks. Failure to do so meant getting swarmed and killed in the most horrifying of ways.
2 Dead Space 2 (89)
The original Dead Space set the precedent for the kind of gameplay that would mark the rest of the series, but its sequel was a cut above the rest in almost every way. Production values felt higher, as did the level of interactivity between the characters.
Dead Space 2 also improved on the horror elements, including— but not limited to— the dismemberment of the grotesque creatures that routinely sprang from the darkness to attack the player.
1 The Last Of Us (95)
Naughty Dog’s original post-apocalyptic zombie-fest sent shockwaves through the horror genre and redefined what storytelling meant within the context of a video game, capped off with characters were blessed with actors who brought true emotional weight to their performances.
The story and characters were paired with stunning visuals, excellent sound design, and stealth/action mechanics that simultaneously pitted players against the Infected and the game world’s horrible human characters. The Last Of Us is among the highest-rated games of its generation, horror or otherwise.