What are the best horror games on Steam?

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    #1Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a first-person survival horror game produced by Capcom Co., Ltd. In the game, players assume the role of Ethan Winters, a young man who receives an email from a woman claiming to be Ethan's wife Mia. 

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Betty Davis
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "This completely solves my issue, it goes right through steam and gives me one of the best horror games ever made. Resident Evil is a very awesome horror game that I want to play and it is available on Steam where I want to play it, perfect solution here."
  2. 84

    #2Alien: Isolation

    Alien: Isolation

    Alien: Isolation is a mixed action and adventure horror game where the player takes on the role of Ripley's daughter, searching for her lost mother. It is playable on PC, Mac, and Linux computers, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux, Gamefly

    $39.99

    Alfredo Castellanos
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I really don't like horror anything, let aline a game because I'm not that big of a gamer. A friend of mine recommended I should try Alien: Isolation and I did just to make him stop asking. As expected, I didn't like the experience and I couldn't even keep playing for 15 min."
  3. 73

    #3Little Nightmares

    Little Nightmares

    Little Nightmares is an indie puzzle-platformer video game developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. This game is a dark journey to your childhood fantasies and fears.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Patrick McDonald
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Nice short and to the point. Have to agree with this solution. Just simply clicking the link takes you to a slew of screen shots from the game and yes they are creepy and fun looking. Certainly a game I would love to play"

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the term “survival horror” was first used for the original Japanese release of Resident Evil in 1996 by Capcom? This term has been used since then for games with similar themes and gameplay and has been applied to earlier titles and games. Resident Evil revolutionized the survival aspect of the genre used in video games by focusing on the emotions and experiences brought about whilst playing it. The constant feeling of dread, helplessness, and the gripping worry that something around the corner would jump out in an instant and result in you seeing the “game over” screen brought players to the edge of their seats during the majority of their playthrough.

Another game that used the same aspect was Silent Hill, albeit with a few additions that made the experience more surreal. With an estimated budget of $3-5 million, the game brought players to an abandoned town plagued with disturbing creatures, immersing them in its narrative story and psychological horror elements, thus making it a classic amongst fans within the genre. According to some, the huge difference between horror video games and horror in other media is interactive engagement. Giving players full control of the characters in horror games lets them experience the situations firsthand, essentially making them feel as if they’re inside the game itself. With plenty of horror games available to play in various platforms, and more still in development and showing new and improved elements, it’s safe to say that gamers will be encountering more of this genre in the years to come.

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    #4Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Lawrence Watkins
    Written on July 10, 2017
    "A really terrifying game (which in this case is a compliment). Supports 6 languages and multiple operating systems, Amnesia is reviewed as Overwhelmingly Positive by the Steam community and it's easy to see why. An incredibly immersive POV horror game."
  2. 72

    #5Alan Wake

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake is a horror, action-adventure RPG game developed and published by Remedy Entertainment. It is game that was meant to explore the mystery behind the loss of a loved one and the struggle of a man against his very own sanity.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Dhruv Mukopadhyay
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "Alan Wake is one of the best horror games on Steam. From the moment I played that game I got sucked into this horror world where Alan is investigating the disappearance of his wife. Before you know it he is on a trail where he is meeting the supernatural. I really enjoyed it and it gave me quite a scare."
  3. 71

    #6Resident Evil HD Remastered

    Resident Evil HD Remastered
    Considered to be a world-renowned series, the Resident Evil HD Remastered is a remake of the original game of the same name. It is a third-person, horror and adventure game that was developed and published by Capcom Ltd.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, eBay

    $19.99

    Samuel Collins
    Written on June 12, 2017
    "Resident Evil HD Remaster is a reboot of an earlier resident evil title and has earned very positive reviews on Steam. Now Resident Evil Biohazard is back and better than ever with improved graphics. The game still stands up to similar titles in the genre today."
  4. 70

    #7The Evil Within

    The Evil Within
    The Evil Within is a horror action game created for various consoles. It introduces a world that was consumed by darkness and fear and the player would have to endure all of these in order to find the answer to the series of events.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Roger Ellis
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "The evil Within is a excellent game to play if you are looking for a spooky horror game. Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will terrify most players."
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    #8Manhunt

    Manhunt
    Manhunt is a third-person stealth action game horror stealth action game created by Rockstar North. In this game, you must run, hide and fight to survive. It was published by Rockstar Games.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Joseph Richardson
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I was replaying this the other day, and the graphics just don't hold up. The game play seems almost antiquated, now, and it doesn't really grab me the way it used to. Sure, a little blood sport's a good way to wake up in the morning, but the replay value on this just isn't there."
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    #9Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux game is based on the popular Russian science fiction novels, the game is a first-person shooter that mixes action with survival horror. It is set in an apocalyptic future where the survivors of a global nuclear holocaust live hiding in the Moscow Metro. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Jerry Daniels
    Written on June 23, 2017
    "Skip the original Metro 2033 and pick up Metro 2033 Redux. The bugs have been been worked out and the experience is awesome. Better graphics, the story is engaging and extremely atmospheric. The story line follows the books, which this is based upon, with a few minor liberties. Lose yourself in this one. You'll be glad you did!"
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    #10Corpse Party

    Corpse Party
    Corpse Party is an indie horror, adventure and RPG game originally created for PSP and was remade for Windows. It follows the story of a curse within a school that takes place during a welcoming of a new student. It was developed by GrisGris and published by XSEED Games.
    Games

    Windows, Linux

    $14.99

    Mick Fang
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "I am always scouring Steam for new games, especially during summer sales periods. I tend to look at how well things are reviewed to help me make my decisions. I saw the great reviews for Corpse Party, and decided to give it a shot, and I am so glad I did. This is my favorite horror game I have played on my PC, and I have been really enjoying it."
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    #11The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an indie first-person mystery game. You're Paul Prospero, a detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter who has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. 
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Wayne Harper
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an OK horror game, but it does not really differentiate itself a lot from other Steam offerings, and I only got a few hours out of it overall. The story was kind of vague and boring. It was also a little short and did not offer a ton of replayability. Something like a survival horror game might be a better value, because you can play it more than one time while continuing to be satisfied because it draws from other genres that emphasize skill and action over a narrative."
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    #12The Forest

    The Forest

    The Forest is a terrifying first-person survival horror simulator in which you can be a lone survivor of a passenger jet crash. You will have to survive in a forest full of dangerous cannibals. It also features a co-op mode.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Aaron Grant
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "The Forest is one of the best horror games out there right now. It is still in early access and is heavily under development, but is already in a great and stable place. The game is only getting more and more features added in to make it even better than before. CYou can play with friends which is a good thing because it's too scary to play alone!"
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    #13The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead is an adventure horror game based on Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. It is delivered in a decision based, tale-tell gaming system wherein every decision you make would impact the story and how it unfolds.

    Games

    Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Gamefly

    Free

    Emma Mitchell
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "This is a great story line....I would almost compare it to riding the wildest roller coaster with its many ups and down, twists and turns. It really depends on your choices depending on what you pick is what story line you will follow. One of my favorite Telltale games by far. Definitely is one of the best games with a compelling storyline that will hit you in the feels."
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    #14Left 4 Dead 2

    Left 4 Dead 2

    Left 4 Dead 2 is the classic cooperative game in which four friends try to survive a zombie apocalypse. Developed by Valve, it has action and horror with a great proactive IA that changes and adapts according to player's skills.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux

    $9.99

    Alexander Vargas
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "Whenever a horror game was mentioned, Left 4 Dead 2 will always take the top spot for me. "
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    #15Outlast 2

    Outlast 2

    Outlast 2  is a first-person psychological, survival horror video game. It's the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. the game was developed and published by Red Barrels and distributed by Warner Bros.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, GOG

    $29.99

    Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "There is nothing quite as exhilarating as a good jump scare while playing a horror game. There are plenty of those in Outlast 2 while I was trying to figure out how to get through the survival. There are some bugs when I played on Steam and this sequel does have some parts to the game where finding the objectives are a bit confusing. "
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    #16Fibrillation HD

    Fibrillation HD
    Fibrillation is an indie horror, psychological, and adventure first-person game for Windows OS. It takes the player into a psychedelic world where reality doesn't make much sense. It was developed and published by Egor Rezenov.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $3.99

    Edward Cole
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "I'm a horror fan and an avid gamer. What better on a sunny summer afternoon than to get your thrills and chills inside the horror gamespace of Fibrillation HD on Steam? It's spooky, creepy, beautifully illustrated, and fun to play. "
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    #17Murdered: Soul Suspect

    Murdered: Soul Suspect
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is an adventure mystery and stealth video game developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix. It challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all their own murder.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Billy Fox
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "I love the horror games on Steam because they can stare the heck out of me with very simple gameplay. I downloaded a new game called Murdered: Soul Suspect because of the plot alone. You have to solve your own murder!"
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    #18The Evil Within 2

    The Evil Within 2

    The Evil Within 2 is a horror action-adventure and RPG game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks in 2017. It is the sequel of The Evil Within which was released one year before this game.

    Games

    Amazon, eBay, Gamefly

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    Brittany Patel
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "If you like horror games, this is for you! It is as if you are right there and it is really happening. So graphic and many challenges at every turn. When you play this game you will get really engrossed into it trying to save the child. When I played I had to make sure I left the lights on. "
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    #19F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a horror and action game for Windows. In the game, you are deployed just minutes before the blast triggered by the original F.E.A.R. team. You will assume the role of Special Forces. It was developed by Monolith and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Karen Webb
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "F.E.A.R. 2 on steam looks to be a great horror game if you are into games of horror. You cannot access the game unless you are a certain age. The purpose is to stop Alma who has been wronged and now she wishes to unleash a series of events that will spiral out of control. It is a scary and entertaining game that those who like this type of genre will enjoy."
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    #20System Shock 2

    System Shock 2

    System Shock 2 is a first-person action role-playing video game, the sequel to System Shock and one of the most famous video games ever. It was developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios and was published by Nightdive Studios.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Carl Russell
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "I love the gameplay elements in System Shock 2. I definitely used to play this a lot, but now I feel there are better options out there. It's still a good, above average game, but I feel it is a bit dated."
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    #21Friday the 13th: The Game

    Friday the 13th: The Game
    Friday the 13th: The Game is a thriller horror game for various consoles. Players have the opportunity to finally be Jason Voorhees and stalk camp counselors across Crystal Lake. It was developed by IllFonic and published by Gun Media.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, GameStop

    $39.99

    Jerry Lee
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "Superb new horror survival game based on the well known movie franchise. I love playing as Jason, but if you prefer you can be one of the teenagers he is hunting. I found it easy to download and maintain via Steam."
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    #22Resident Evil 5

    Resident Evil 5
    Resident Evil 5, also known as Biohazard 5, is a video-game developed by Capcom which features a third-person shooter perspective. This game is available to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and MS PC.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Michael Ray
    Written on October 13, 2017
    "I've been debating back and forth about what my favorite horror game is. It's such a hard decision because there are so many to choose from. I think I narrowed it down and I have to say Resident Evil 5 is definitely my personal favorite simply for the ability to play with my friends. I think a lot of people might mention Biohazard and various other games but there's something about Resident Evil 5 that really had me on the edge of my seat. I think I was really into the story line as well as the game play. Some will say that this is close to Resident Evil 4, but I think the new look in the graphics, as well as other improvements, really sets itself apart. That is probably another reason why I think this one is the best horror games, at least for me. This game is a must for multi-playing though. I will admit the team AI in this game isn't the best, it's sometimes frustrating, but it's great when you let others join in. Just make sure you're letting the right people in though! There's a lot of action in this game. Speaking of which, I'm going to go back in and take out Wesker again!"
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    #23Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2 is a shooter horror and thriller game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It features tons of exciting experiences as well as a co-op mode wherein you and your friends can play this game.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Evelyn Carter
    Written on October 8, 2017
    " Dead Space 2 is truly a frightening game, however the best horror game I am not so sure. It has a sci-fi feel to it, and is a shooter with a pretty good story attached to it. It is intense at times and scary. A must play if you love scary, shooter, and sci-fi."
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    #24Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. This game was developed by Headfirst Production and published by Bethesda Softworks.

    Games

    Windows

    $4.99

    Harry Howell
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "I love me some Lovecraftian horror, and Call of Cthulhu doesn't disappoint. (I've got to wonder, am I the only one that loops Metallica's instrumental tribute while I play?) The game itself is adequate; the graphics aren't stunning, but they're gory in all the right ways; it's the nastiness, though, that I like best. The pools of blood and eldritch horrors are what I need to start my day."
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    #25Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4 (or Biohazard 4) is a survival horror video game which Capcom developed and published as the 6th installment in the series of Resident Evil games. Available to play on various platforms.

    Games

    Amazon, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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    Russell Schmidt
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "The resident evil series is just a phenomenal series. Playing as Leon Kennedy which is one of my favorite resident evil characters by the way is just so fun."
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    #26Dying Light

    Dying Light

    Dying Light is an FPS, action survival horror game set in an infected city cut off from the outside world. The game was developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation4, Linux, Xbox One, GOG

    $39.99

    Roger Jones
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Dying Light is intriguing and fun for all action lovers. A game that is set in an infected city cut off from the outside world, it almost feels like the iconic "Zombies" features of the series Call of Duty."
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    #27Sanitarium

    Sanitarium
    Sanitarium is a horror and adventure game developed and published by DotEmu. In the game, you play an amnesiac thrust into a morbid, creepy universe. After a car accident, you wake up to find you're in a scary asylum.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Patricia Ramirez
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "Sanitarium is such a creepy but cool Horror game on steam. Imagine having a car accident and waking up in some creepy asylum. You have to solve puzzles to get out of the asylum. This game is creepy but I cannot stop playing. I just have to get to the end of this one. "
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    #28Miasmata

    Miasmata
    Miasmata is a first-person survival/adventure game where you are a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. Your adventure begins on the shores of a remote and mysterious island.
    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Dennis Herrera
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "This game looks very interesting, but I'm not sure it's horror as much as it is suspense. Sure there are some monsters on the islands that I saw in the preview video, and yes, I think I would definitely enjoy this game the more I played it. I do not, however, think it fits the criteria of 'horror games on Steam' due to the lack of terror or horror."
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    #29Grave

    Grave

    Grave is a surrealist virtual reality horror game developed by Broken Window Studios where light is your only tool for survival. With intuitive motion controls, it presents a unique opportunity to experience your worst nightmare.

    Games

    Windows

    $7.99

    Gloria Mendez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This virtual reality horror game keeps you on the edge. Although it may not be suitable for teens, it is extremely fun for adults to experience survival in horror. The VR experience is mind blowing and surreal but also easy to use with its user friendly interface. "
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    #30Dreadhalls

    Dreadhalls
    Dreadhalls is a VR horror game where you are trapped inside a massive dungeon. You'll have to explore it, survive it, and find a way to escape.  It was developed and published by White Door Games.
    Games

    Windows, Oculus Rift, Gear VR

    $9.99

    Melissa Stewart
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "I love horror games. I was checking out horror games on Steam and found Dreadhalls. It's a VR horror game where you're trapped inside a huge dungeon and have to find a way to escape. It's super scary and really immersive. I highly recommend it for horror-game fans. It's affordable and a lot of fun."
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    #31>Observer_

    >Observer_

    >Observer_ is a cyberpunk psychological horror game for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles. It was developed by Bloober Team and was published by Aspyr Media in 2017.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux, GOG

    $29.99

    Carl Jenkins
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Played Observer with my friend, who by the way was very excited about the game, and we both were pretty disappointed. The graphics and the overall cyberpunk atmosphere of the game are awesome, but the gameplay just couldn't keep me interested."
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    #32Perception

    Perception

    Perception is an indie horror adventure game developed by The Deep End Games and published by Feardemic. Players take the role of Cassie a blind woman who must use all other senses to escape from terrible enemies.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Randy Bryant
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Perception is a unique first person horror game available on steam. I recommend fans of the genre check it out!"
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    #33Paper Dolls

    Paper Dolls

    Paper Dolls is a virtual-reality horror game developed and published by Beijing Litchi Culture Media Co., Ltd. It offers a first-person feature game which has oriental elements that let you explore the ancient ruins of Qing Dynasty.

    Games

    Windows, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

    $29.99

    Richard Brewer
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This game is definitely scary, but not the scariest I have played. Very fun, though. Good graphics as well."
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    #34Kairo

    Kairo
    Kairo is a 3D exploration and puzzle-solving game developed by Locked Door Puzzle and published by Lupus Studios Limited. This game explores vast abandoned monuments and brings strange and ancient machinery back to life.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Janet Sims
    Written on May 14, 2017
    "I'm always on the lookout for new horror games on steam to try out. Kairo was one that I skipped over a few times but found myself coming back to to investigate. Finally, I downloaded and gave it a try. I love this game. The puzzles are challenging and the 3d environment is definitely cool."
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    #35The Thing

    The Thing

    The Thing is a third-person shooter psychological horror video game. Set as a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name, the story focuses on Captain Blake, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost. 

    Games

    Windows

    Check price

    Eugene Bates
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "I have this sudden urge to play horror games at the moment and the best place to look for them is on Steam. While searching, this game called The Thing caught my eye. So, I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did! This game is creepy and fun. It lives up to the movie in all aspects. I fully recommend this."

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Summary

Best horror games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Resident Evil 7: BiohazardGames 91 Paid
2Alien: IsolationGames 84 Paid
3Little NightmaresGames 73 Paid
4Amnesia: The Dark DescentGames 72 Paid
5Alan WakeGames 72 Paid
6Resident Evil HD RemasteredGames 71 Paid
7The Evil WithinGames 70 Paid
8ManhuntGames 69 Paid
9Metro 2033 ReduxGames 64 Paid
10Corpse PartyGames 61 Paid
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