The Xbox Game Pass service offered by Microsoft for Xbox and PC players works on a monthly or annual basis and gives players the right to benefit from a large library with new games added every month. In this extensive library, there are also quite good options for gamers who love the horror genre. In this list, we’ve brought together the best horror games on Game Pass that will let you experience the excitement and tension at their peak.
The Best Horror Games on Game Pass
- Amnesia: Collection
- Back 4 Blood
- The Evil Within 2
- Dead by Daylight
- Alien Isolation
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Dead Space
- Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
Amnesia: Collection is a first person survival horror, a collection of two previous games in the series, including Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its Justine DLC, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
In Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you will take on the role of Daniel, who wakes up in an abandoned castle and remembers nothing about his past, as you explore eerie paths and piece together Daniel’s troubled memories, trying to unravel the veil of horror that awaits you. In Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, as Oswald Mandus, a wealthy fabricator, you’ll find your eyes on a bed of sweat and machine dreams from hell.
Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of bizarre forms and somber tapestries. Set in an open-ended world with different regions connected to each other, each region has a maze-like structure that is connected by various rooms and paths to explore. Everything has a reason and purpose, and it’s up to you to find out what it is.
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Prey, the action-horror game from developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda, which is very popular with the Dishonored series, was released on May 5, 2017. In Prey, we are directing a character who wakes up on the space station called Talos 1. Our main character finds himself being used as a subject in an experiment in 2032. But what he doesn’t know is that the experiment has gotten out of control and the space station has been invaded by alien creatures.
As we progress through the game played from the FPS perspective, we uncover the mysteries of Talos 1 and this experiment and fight the creatures. There are many weapons and abilities in Prey, one of the best horror games on Game Pass. You have to destroy the aliens and solve the mysteries by playing logically. The main story of the game takes about 16 hours. Those looking for an FPS horror game can take a look at Prey.
Back 4 Blood
Released by developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher Warner Bros Games, Back 4 Blood was released on October 12, 2021, taking its place in the Game Pass service on the first day. The game’s developers are former developers of Valve’s popular co-op horror game series Left 4 Dead. In this game, which has much better graphics than Left 4 Dead, we engage in a tough struggle for survival with Riddens, who used to be normal humans but are now a parasitic creature.
Back 4 Blood stands out with its co-op feature like Left 4 Dead. This game, which can be played as a total of 4 people, can be played as a single player with the help of bots. There are 8 different immune and customizable characters in the game. You can defeat your opponents by using many kinds of weapons and ammunition. If you want to gather with your friends and play horror games with your Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, Back 4 Blood is for you.
The Evil Within 2
The second game of The Evil Within, released by developer Tango Gameworks and publisher Bethesda, was released on October 13, 2017. It was permanently added to the Xbox Game Pass library following Microsoft’s Bethesda acquisition.
We play the game as detective Sebastian Castellanos. The detective who has lost everything re-enters the terrifying world of STEM to save his daughter in this game. In the game, you can escape from your formidable enemies, hide, trap them, or fight bravely with your weapons with a limited number of bullets.
The main story takes about 12-13 hours according to howlongtobeat data. The Evil Within 2 was highly acclaimed, especially thanks to its story and the tense atmosphere it offered. You also have the opportunity to play the first game, The Evil Within, with your Game Pass subscription.
Dead by Daylight
Developed and published by Behavior Interactive, Dead by Daylight was released on June 23, 2017. You can play the game online with your friends, with a total of 5 people as 1 murderer and 4 victims. You can develop various strategies by using the unique unlockable advantageous features of each character. There are also many characters and cosmetic items in the game.
If you want to experience an online horror game with your friends, we can say that Dead by Daylight is one of the games you should look at. With your Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, you can have the opportunity to play this game with your friends.
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Published by developer The Creative Assembly and publisher SEGA, Alien: Isolation made its debut on October 7, 2014. According to the story of the game, 15 years after the disappearance of the commercial spacecraft Nostromo, new information is obtained about the ship. Engineer Amanda Ripley, daughter of one of the missing crew members, Elle Ripley, decides to set off with the expedition in hopes of finding her mother.
The aim of the team is to reach Sevastopol station, but there is an accident on the way and Amanda falls apart from the team. Unarmed and alone, Amanda is forced to fight for her life against terrifying aliens in a terrifying station where things are not going well. The main story of the game takes about 17-18 hours. We recommend that you take a look at this game, which won the PC Gamer 2014 Game of the Year award when it was released.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Developed and published by Ninja Theory, the developer of DMC Devil May Cry, Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice was released on April 11, 2018. In the game, we witness the tense adventure of the character Senua, who constantly sees strange and depressing premonitions and hallucinations. In the game set in the Viking age, our character Senua tries to fight for the soul of her dead lover. In the production of the game, support was received from neurologists and people with mental illness, so especially the sound and atmosphere were designed quite successfully.
The game is played from a TPS perspective and offers more exploration and puzzle-based gameplay. In addition, there are also some action sequences where we fight the enemy up to 1-3 enemies. The main story can be finished in about 7 hours. The graphics of the game are quite good and reflect the atmosphere successfully. The sequel to the series, Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga, is under development and its release date is yet to be announced. Before the new game comes out, it’s a good idea to check out this game with your Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Published by developer Visceral Games and publisher Electronic Arts, Dead Space debuted on August 3, 2010 with its first game. In the game, the USG Ishimura mining ship, one of the ships searching for resources in space for the world whose resources are depleted, is cut off from the world. Our main character, Isaac Clarke, a systems engineer, is tasked with investigating this ship. When our character arrives on the ship, he realizes that it is too late for everything and learns that the alien invasion called Necromorphic has taken over the ship. He has no choice but to survive in the midst of this carnage and fight through narrow tunnels and terrifying aliens.
Apart from the first game, we highly recommend the other 2 games. With the EA Play subscription included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you have the opportunity to play the entire series. The games in the series have main stories that last about 11-12 hours. Especially if you are looking for a TPS horror game where the tension is constantly on the rise and a scary atmosphere, Dead Space is one of the best horror games on Game Pass for you.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Published by renowned developer Remedy and publisher Microsoft Studios, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare was released on October 19, 2012. In the game, which is the side game of the first Alan Wake, we come face to face with the villain Mr.Scratch. Mr.Scratch follows us throughout the game. It puts us and the whole environment in a nightmare. Mr. Scratch, who is in the game as Alan Wake’s evil twin and looks exactly like our character, never leaves us alone.
The game includes many regions from Arizona but the mechanics and gameplay are the same as the first game. Wake needs a flashlight combination to take down his enemies. Although this game is a little more action-oriented, it is one of the games that manages to give the feeling of tension well. Although the game has a very short story of 3 hours, we can say that it is a game that should be tried especially by those who play the first game.
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A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence was released by developer Asobo Studio and publisher Focus Entertainment on May 14, 2019. In the game, we witness the adventures of young Amicia and her younger brother Hugo to escape from the inquisition soldiers and the horrific rat herds that never leave them alone. We can escape from these herds with the help of the torch, but they do not leave us easily. In addition, the puzzles that we have to solve in the game also give us difficult moments. The game generally uses puzzle and exploration mechanics and is played from a TPS perspective.
We can say that this game is for you if you want a story where you feel the tension and adventure and exploration themes are used extensively. With your Game Pass subscription, you can witness the tense and sad story of these two brothers. It should also be noted that the main story of the game takes about 10 hours.
Developed and published by SadSquare Studio, Visage was released on October 30, 2020. Explore a large and mysterious house in this horror game played from a First Person Perspective. This house has witnessed the families living in it killing each other in the past. Throughout the game, we make many discoveries and face the terrible past.
In the game, the story is shaped by surreal images and various details, and the producers state that the game is unusually difficult. In the game, we cannot defend ourselves in any way, especially in the Outlast and Amnesia games. This game, which takes about 7 hours, may be suitable especially for players looking for horror games that we play from a first-person perspective.