The spookiest time of the year has finally come. Leaves are falling, costumes are made, and pumpkins dot every porch. It’s a special time of year filled with fright, pranks, and costumed shenanigans.
For video game fans, there’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than to grab a massive bowl of candy, turn out the lights, and throw on a spooky game. Here are some of our favorites.
3 Best Games for Halloween
Left 4 Dead series
Valve and Turtle Rock Studios’ acclaimed team shooter series is one of the best multiplayer experiences out there, especially on Halloween. Mowing down thousands of undead monsters with friends never gets old. The game’s Director mechanic switches up the item, special infected, and mob placements every time you play through a campaign, ensuring a fresh experience every time. If you prefer enraging your friends instead of helping them, throw on versus mode and play as the special infected. Ensnaring a friend with the Smoker’s disgusting tongue or ramming them off a building with a Charger is consistently hilarious.
The game is cheap on Steam and frequently goes on sale to become even cheaper. It also has a huge modding scene on the Steam Workshop, including hundreds of custom campaigns from games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, in addition to thousands of character models. The mods range from horrifying to silly, but experimenting with them adds hundreds of hours of playtime to an already fantastic game.
Friday the 13th: The Game
Based on the hit slasher series, Friday the 13th: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror title that pits Jason against a team of seven camp counselors. As Jason, one player has special abilities: superhuman strength, inhuman durability, and the limited ability to sense counselors throughout the map. Jason must kill as many counselors as possible before the time runs out.
The rest of the players, as camp counselors, must figure out a way to escape the map. By completing side missions like finding gasoline for a car, players can make it easier to escape Jason and the camp. It is extremely difficult to kill Jason, but he can be stunned with firecrackers and other weapons.
The game features 5 different camps, each based off of locations from the films. In addition to the multiplayer mode, an offline single-player mode that allows players to kill bot counselors as Jason is also available. A number of original cast members lend their talents to the game, including Kane Hodder as Jason and Thom Matthews as Tommy Jarvis.
This terrifying title is available for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
This 16-bit cult classic is a must play for Halloween. The game is inspired by B-movies and classic horror movies and pits the player against legions of chainsaw-wielding maniacs, aliens, werewolf tourists, pod people, demonic babies, and of course, zombies. The game is a top-down shooter that arms the players with weapons ranging from everyday objects like water guns, soda cans, and silverware (perfect against werewolves) to bazookas, crucifixes, and alien bubble guns. The player must rescue helpless neighbors scattered throughout the level, who will be killed by enemies unless saved by the player.
The game’s varied gameplay, humorous presentation, and references to horror classics make it a must-play. The game was released for Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis back in the day, and is available on the Wii’s Virtual Console.
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