10 best horror games for Xbox 360
Looking back, the horror genre underwent a significant transformation during the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 era compared to the previous generation. The t...
Looking back, the horror genre underwent a significant transformation during the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 era compared to the previous generation. The three major classic horror game series, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Fatal Frame, experienced a slowdown during this time. While Resident Evil still produced excellent games, they leaned more towards action titles rather than horror.
At this time, the Silent Hill series completely jumped the shark, and the only new Fatal Frame game was exclusive to Japan. What dominated the horror genre at that point were the newcomers. Completely new franchises like Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, and many others were the ones that defined this era of horror.
To this day, Fear is considered one of the best horror FPS games and is an outstanding title from the early days of the Xbox 360. It combines slow-motion gunfights with horror elements and a highly disturbing storyline, remaining enjoyable to play even now. On the Xbox Series X|S, it's even better as it runs at 60 frames per second with FPS Boost. However, there is one thing to keep in mind.
Fear is an older console FPS game from 2006 that offered checkpoint saves instead of the usual save-anywhere feature that most FPS games had at that time. These checkpoints can be far apart and lead to frustration. Players accustomed to the old-school style should have no problem with it, but it is worth noting for modern gamers.
9 Condemned: Criminal Origins
Another game developed by Monolith Productions was Condemned: Criminal Origins. While Fear was originally developed for the PC and later ported to the Xbox, it was the opposite for Condemned. As a result, playing Condemned nowadays feels better than playing the Xbox port of Fear. Additionally, it is generally a better horror game with a creepier atmosphere.
These environments and some of the scary moments are still effective in making you feel the need to say "no" and turn off the game. It's that feeling like being in a haunted house where you just want to leave. The story is also quite engaging and has more depth than you might think.
There are numerous good games with low Metacritic scores, and one of them is Splatterhouse. It was a long-awaited reboot of the classic horror game series, and for the most part, the wait was worth it. Splatterhouse features an extremely solid combat system for its time, offers outstanding voice acting, and extremely creative levels. Unfortunately, the game's devastating beginning was likely its downfall for many players.
The introduction sequences are so poorly executed that many will likely stop there, but if you overcome that, the game becomes infinitely better. Unfortunately, Splatterhouse is among the more expensive titles for the Xbox 360, and it is also recommended to install the game to improve loading times.
7 Shadows Of The Damned
Some people buy games based on the creators involved, which was likely the reason why people purchased Shadows of the Damned back then. A collaboration between Suda51, the co-creator of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami, and the long-time composer of Silent Hill, Akira Yamaoka, promised to be a promising horror game. In reality, the game is more of a horror comedy.
While Shadows of the Damned has its issues with embarrassing juvenile humor and a noticeable lack of a New Game Plus mode, it is mostly a quite solid third-person shooter. It resembles Resident Evil 4 more than other shooters of the time, such as Gears of War, which is a big advantage. The gameplay still has its entertainment value, and that wouldn't be the case if it were a cover shooter.
6 Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is not only one of the best horror games for the Xbox 360 but probably also one of the best horror games of all time. It still stands out among multiplayer horror titles like Dead by Daylight, continues to offer a lot of fun, and has an active player base. Being an enhanced version of the original game, numerous gameplay adjustments were made to enhance the overall experience.
For example, you will often pick up new weapons as ammo supply points are significantly rarer compared to Left 4 Dead 1. This encourages you to try out new weapons that you would have otherwise neglected. Left 4 Dead 2 is a game that you can start at any time and fully enjoy, whether you're playing alone or cooperatively.
5 Alan Wake
The influence of Twin Peaks in the world of video games is significant, and one title that is clearly inspired by it is Alan Wake. A story about a writer's manuscript coming to life, the storytelling is great, and the third-person action is also impressive.
Even with the release of Alan Wake Remastered, the best way to play Alan Wake is still the Xbox 360 version. The dark visual representations and color palette simply work better here, and all the visual elements remain consistent. While some character models were updated in the remastered version, while others remained unchanged, resulting in visual inconsistency.
4 Dead Rising
In hindsight, it's fascinating that there still isn't another game quite like Dead Rising. It's a zombie game set in a shopping mall, and you're given 72 hours to do whatever you want. You're supposed to complete the main story and side content, but you could also just wait six hours in real-time on the starting helipad to end the game if you wish. For a title from 2006, it is impressive both visually and mechanically.
Although the game is infamous for its dumb AI when it comes to survivors, one could argue that it adds to the challenge and makes it even more satisfying when they are rescued. Achieving a perfect run by completing the main story, finishing side missions, and saving all the survivors feels great. It's unfortunate that the series never managed to surpass the success of the original, but Dead Rising remains one of the best zombie games to this day.
3 Deadly Premonition
The usual game mentioned when it comes to "so bad, it's good" titles is Deadly Premonition. This association is partially true, but it doesn't tell the whole story. The story of Deadly Premonition is bold, creative, bizarre, and crafted with a lot of passion. In particular, the climax of the ending will blow you away.
It is this aspect that will drive you, as the gameplay is just okay. Deadly Premonition is another survival horror third-person shooter that, at the very least, serves its purpose and will provide you with some good scare moments. It is definitely worth playing through solely for the story.
2 Doom 3: BFG Edition
Doom 3: BFG Edition is a controversial game within the Doom community due to the changes it made compared to the original PC title from 2004. However, most players today won't notice the difference as they haven't played the original. Doom 3 is still scary and looks decent.
The campaign starts off a bit slow, but it picks up pace later, especially when you enter Hell. That's when the combat encounters really ramp up. Doom 3 provides many unforgettable moments of terror, with the boldest one being when you open a door and find a Revenant right on the other side. That moment will give you a good scare.
1 Dead Space
When it comes to single-player horror games on the Xbox 360, you simply can't ignore Dead Space. While the second installment has improved and refined combat, when it comes to pure horror, Dead Space is superior. Its grimy John Carpenter sci-fi horror aesthetic, combined with genuinely terrifying environments, creates an unforgettable atmosphere.
The first game also avoids cheap jump scares and instead offers many creepy and unsettling moments. On the other hand, Dead Space 2 has its share of cheap jump scares that can be unpleasant. Although the first installment received a complete remake, which is excellent by the way, it's still worth playing the original due to its many differences.