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The best horror games on Xbox Game Pass

Best Horror Games on Xbox Game Pass

Do you like feeling scared? Do you have an active subscription to Xbox Game Pass? Then you’re in the right place. Here, we’ve rounded up the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass, all available to play as part of your subscription. And all, hopefully, are waiting to make you hide behind the couch cushions.

We’ve played each and every one of the games on this list, and can attest to the fact that not only are they great games, but they’re also very scary. There are several different types of horror games here, so no matter what type of game you like, you should find something to suit. Want a multiplayer horror game to play with friends? We’ve got you covered. How about a tense, single-player experience? Yep, there’s a few of those. If fast-paced action is more your pace, you’ll find those too.

So: prepare yourself for some adrenaline-based scares. Turn out the lights, put on your headphones if you’re brave enough, grab your Xbox controller and enjoy our picks of the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass.

1. Resident Evil 2

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Image: Capcom

One of the best horror games ever made, Resident Evil 2 has been remade for modern consoles. The good news is that it remains relatively faithful to the original game, but ramps up the horror and tweaks certain aspects to keep players on their toes. So, if you have Xbox Game Pass and are looking for a horror game to play, this should be at the top of your list.

In Resident Evil 2, the zombie outbreak has now spread to Raccoon City. Playing as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield, your goal is to escape the nightmare that’s unfolding around you while also trying to make sense of what’s going on. It’s not an easy task, and it’s made even harder by a hulking foe that pursues you at regular intervals, forcing you to keep on the move.

What we really like about Resident Evil 2 is that it makes zombies scary again. Get surrounded here and you really are in danger. Ultimately, it makes this remake of Resident Evil 2 our favourite Resident Evil game of them all.

Read our review of Resident Evil 2

2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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Image: Gun Interactive/Sumo Digital

If multiplayer action is a thing that appeals to you, there’s no doubting that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass. Playing either as a member of Leatherface’s family or a survivor trying to escape, this is a tense, fraught affair that will keep your heart pumping.

You’ll need seven people to be in a match in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre which is the only downside: right now it’s not much of a problem, but as the game ages we’re a little concerned about how its playerbase will hold up. But for now, it’s a great deal of fun no matter who you play as. Stalking survivors through dark, underground tunnels is exhilarating, and trying to escape and stay out of sight as a survivor is thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.

Read our review of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

3. Dead Space

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Witnessing the success Capcom found via remaking its classic Resident Evil titles, EA decided it wanted a piece of the action. The result is a remake of the original Dead Space.

Putting players in control of Isaac Clarke, Dead Space finds you stranded on the USG Ishimura. That wouldn’t be too bad if it also wasn’t overrun by grotesque creatures known as Necromorphs, many of which can only be killed by removing their limbs. Needless to say, your battle for survival is a tough one, filled with many hair-raising encounters.

The remake of Dead Space remains faithful to the original game, but bolsters it with greatly enhanced visuals, more freedom, new side-missions and more. Even if you’ve played the original, then, it’s worth jumping into. There’s just one catch: to play this sublime horror game, you need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member. Also, it’s only playable on Xbox Series X/S.

Read our review of Dead Space

4. The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2, just like its predecessor, is an action-packed example of the survival horror genre that shouldn’t be missed. Playing as ex-police detective Sebastian Castellanos, you’ll find yourself questioning reality as you move from one harrowing situation to the next, forced to face off against a bevy of grotesque creatures.

And while you’re fairly well-armed and quite capable of instantly dispatching some foes if you can creep up on them, The Evil Within 2 can still pile on the scares when it wants to.

The Evil Within 2 is definitely scarier than its predecessor. It manages to unsettle you in more ways and question your sanity even more. Available via Xbox Game Pass thanks to Microsoft acquiring Bethesda, if you’re looking for the best horror games on Xbox you should definitely find time to play it. It’s the perfect blend of horror and action.

Read our review of The Evil Within 2

5. Dead Island 2

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After being handed from one developer to another, it’s safe to say that Dead Island 2 went through development hell. Against all odds it was finally finished, however. And more surprising is that it’s actually very good indeed.

Jump into Dead Island 2 and you’ll find yourself trying to survive a zombie apocalypse as one of numerous characters, each with their own perks. Trapped in LA, you’ll have to explore numerous locations, fighting off zombies left right and centre not only to survive, but also hopefully find a way out.

Like in the original game the atmosphere is tense, ramping up the horror. There’s also plenty of action, though, and a weapon modification system that allows you to create some ridiculous zombie-slaying monstrosities. While perfectly playable alone, Dead Island 2 even allows you to team up with others online. If you have friends also into horror games with Xbox Game Pass memberships, then, perhaps get them to check this out with you.

Read our review of Dead Island 2

6. Amnesia: Collection

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Image: Frictional Games

Available on PC and Mac for years before finally making the leap to console, the Amnesia series has made quite a name for itself by successfully scaring the living daylights out of those brave enough to play.

All three titles in Amnesia: Collection share the same basic gameplay template. Finding yourself in a dark environment in which things don’t seem quite right, you need to explore, solve puzzles, and maintain your sanity while evading the occasional grotesque creature. That’s all you need for a good horror game, right?

Played from a first-person viewpoint with no means of defending yourself, all three Amnesia games are horrifically tense experiences that can easily cause you to jump out of your seat. So, if you’re brave enough, get the collection downloaded from Xbox Game Pass and jump on it. Turn out the lights before you start playing if you’re really brave.

Read our review of Amnesia: Collection

7. SOMA

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Image: Frictional Games

From Frictional Games, the developers of Amnesia, SOMA is a survival horror in the same, terrifying vein. As Simon Jarrett, a man who’s found himself in an underwater research facility with no idea how he got there or why, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery. And of course, there are plenty of scares waiting for you around every turn.

More than anything, it’s SOMA’s creepy atmosphere that makes it a scary game to play. There’s no combat to be found, so a clever mix of stealth and puzzle-solving is employed in order to progress. Freaky human-like robots and a very oppressive environment make SOMA stand out as one of the best horror games on Xbox Game Pass and one you really shouldn’t miss. It even has a safe mode so you can enjoy the game and be creeped out by it yet not have to worry about being killed by monsters.

Read our review of SOMA

8. Scorn

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Scorn is a bit different to the other horror games on this list, being a rather cerebral experience.

Awakening in an alien location that looks like something out of the mind of H.R. Giger, all you can do is start to explore. Everything around you is grotesque and squishy, and then you realise you’re also rather unusual-looking yourself. Regardless, in order to make sense of things and hopefully escape, you’re going to have to overcome a range of puzzles, and maybe also get your hands dirty.

While Scorn does feature some combat, it’s really not the focus here. Instead, it’s all about atmosphere and problem solving. And so, if you fancy a horror game that will get under your skin and make you think, definitely consider giving it a try.

9. Dead by Daylight

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Here’s another multiplayer horror game, perhaps the one that started the trend of them. Since Dead by Daylight first released, there have been many asymmetric horror games that have gone down rather well.

Dead by Daylight is arguably still the king of them all though. In each match you’ll either be in control of a relentless killer or one of four survivors. Of course, the aim of the survivors is to not get caught. That’s easier said than done, though, when the environment changes every time you play.

While survivors play from a third-person viewpoint, giving them more awareness of their surroundings, the killer plays in first-person, getting them closer to the action. Those that really get into Dead by Daylight and don’t mind spending some money will find that there are a wide range of well-known killers available, too, from franchises such as Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and even Scream. So, if you like horror and multiplayer games, Dead by Daylight is one of the best on Xbox Game Pass.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!