11 Best Cross-Platform Horror Games
The horror genre has always been prominently represented in the world of video games. From popular AAA horror titles like Resident Evil to smaller ind...
The horror genre has always been prominently represented in the world of video games. From popular AAA horror titles like Resident Evil to smaller indie horror games, diversity is never lacking. Furthermore, there is a myriad of different types to choose from, regardless of whether you prefer experiencing your horror from a first-person perspective, psychologically driven, filled with blood and violence, punctuated by jump scares, or in any other manner.
The list is long, and it may seem overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. While there are many classic horror games that may not be easily playable due to the limitations of the gaming platforms they reside on, there are still numerous great games to choose from, available on both old and new platforms.
Updated on September 23, 2023, by Jouanna Bondakji: Horror takes on countless forms, and the more places there are to play horror games, the better. It becomes even more enjoyable when you can play with friends who own different platforms! We have added more games to the list to provide you with additional options for both single-player and multiplayer experiences across various platforms.
11 7 Days To Die
Although technically still in Early Access, 7 Days To Die is already packed with so much content that you can spend hours immersed in it. It blends multiple genres together to offer you a first-person shooter open-world zombie survival role-playing experience. There is a variety of weapons and equipment at your disposal to defend yourself against zombies, as well as attributes that you can improve upon successfully.
But that's not all the game has to offer. You have numerous locations to explore in the open world, encountering NPCs with quests for you along the way. You can also engage in farming, crafting, and building to aid in your survival. And the best part is that friends can accompany you on your adventure, even across different platforms. The game is available for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Phasmophobia is a chilling horror game that you can play with up to three friends, regardless of the platform. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a ghost hunter without any effort or potential danger, this game will help you fulfill that dream. You have over ten haunted locations to explore and various types of equipment to hunt down ghosts.
The game supports voice chat with friends, but be cautious: the ghosts can also hear you. This can assist you in determining the type of ghost you're dealing with. However, you can also deliberately provoke them if you are prepared for the consequences. The game is available for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
9 Dead By Daylight
Instead of hunting the paranormal, in Dead by Daylight, you are hunted by a ruthless killer. You play as one of four survivors and must coordinate with your teammates to repair generators and escape the clutches of the killer. Fortunately, you won't die the first time the killer catches you, as long as your teammates come to your aid. However, once the killer hooks you for sacrifice on the third occasion, it's game over.
Alternatively, you can play as the killer and pursue the survivors. It's an exhilarating cat-and-mouse game, and the abilities you choose for your character can determine your victory or defeat. There are numerous killers and survivors to choose from, including characters from popular games such as Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Alien: Isolation. You can play Dead by Daylight on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, and mobile devices.
8 The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is a delight to play if you enjoy story-based games with decision-making elements. The games do not strictly follow the TV series or comics, apart from some guest appearances and references, so it is not necessary to be familiar with them in order to enjoy the games.
The Walking Dead stands out because each season is filled with dynamic characters that you will either love or hate. The intense moments of the storyline will keep you wanting to continue, even if the episodes are over an hour long. The Definitive Series includes all seasons and DLCs and is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Inscryption is an atmospheric horror game with card-based elements. It goes without saying that the core concept is unique, but that's not all it has to offer. The story is captivating, and the atmosphere is chillingly well-executed. The card game itself is challenging yet entertaining, and you'll likely experience a few losses before truly mastering it.
Inscryption doesn't rely on jump scares to captivate you. Instead, it lets its story and interactive environment speak for themselves. There are also various small puzzles that need to be solved throughout the game. Inscryption is available for PC and PlayStation.
6 Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation is one of the classic games of the 2010s. Based on the film franchise, it is a first-person survival horror game set in space. The idea of being trapped on a spaceship with a deadly alien is already terrifying, but the way Alien: Isolation operates makes it even more horrifying.
The artificial intelligence of the Alien is renowned for its intelligence. It can outsmart you at the most inconvenient times and adapts to your actions. Even if you have something to defend yourself, it finds ways to bypass it. The game is available for PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.
5 Resident Evil 2 Remake
The Resident Evil games are nothing new if you're a fan of horror, but the quality of each game varies. The remake of Resident Evil 2 was incredibly well-received by fans and manages to capture what made the original game great while modernizing some other aspects.
It shows that games don't need low polygon counts to be scary, as the remake does a great job of frightening you with its enemies. There's also Mr. X, who is practically an invincible entity, so running around and killing everything won't save you in this game. The remake of Resident Evil 2 is available for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
For a horror game, Omori is quite colorful, but don't be deceived by that. It is a psychological horror game with role-playing elements that explores both the mundane and the surreal. The RPG elements are unusual for a horror game and make it a unique experience.
The game is driven by its story and characters, leaving you with a lot of emotions as you experience them. The horror aspects are more symbolic and relatable than, for example, zombies or aliens, although it's not always easy to distinguish fiction from reality. Omori is available for PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
Detention is a 2D side-scrolling horror game that draws many influences from East Asian, particularly Taiwanese, culture. The game impresses with a mysterious and eerie atmosphere, and the graphics fit perfectly with what it aims to portray. Additionally, the monsters are scary without being right in your face or lunging at you.
You don't know the whole story when you start the game, but as you progress and gradually piece together the puzzle, an extremely tragic story unfolds. Detention is available for PC, mobile devices, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
2 Song Of Horror
If you miss playing classic survival horror games from a third-person perspective, Song of Horror manages to evoke some nostalgia while also maintaining its own identity. The mystery surrounding the story is gripping, and the horrors are never the same.
You play as multiple protagonists, but when one of them dies, they are permanently dead. This raises the stakes as you try to keep them all alive. However, if you're not a fan of permanent deaths, there is an easy mode that disables them for you. Song of Horror is available for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Ib is an RPGMaker game centered around art. The graphics are simple, but that's exactly what sets it apart. With a variety of unique ways to die, you learn not to trust even the most ordinary things in each area. You will also develop a bond with your companions as you progress through the game, something that will keep you on your toes as their fate depends on your actions.
Ib has been around since 2012, but for a while, it was only available on PC. Now, it is also available for the Nintendo Switch, making the game more vibrant than ever.