This year’s been pretty good when it comes to survival horror games, and will no doubt be capped off next month by the arrival of The Callisto Protocol. However, next year is going to be an absolute scorcher, with five games that aren’t just going to redefine the genre, but also solidify its place into today’s gaming scene.
There are so many great games on the way, but these five have us enthralled to see what’s around the corner – even if that means having to turn the lights off.
Without further ado, here are five horror games we want to see in 2023!
First off, let’s take a closer look at the remake that will grace our PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X in the very beginning of next year. EA Motive is taking over where Visceral left off, with a majestic and fantastic revisit to a haunted space freighter, where all sorts of unspeakable horrors await. Isaac Clarke is back for more, blasting enemies to bits while staying in one piece – which is easier said than done. Don’t be surprised if we revisit this game during the “best of 2023 awards” piece.
Resident Evil 4
While Konami definitely has our attention with Silent Hill 2 whenever it surfaces on PS5, we have Resident Evil 4 in the meantime. Set to arrive on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms in March, it looks to be an excellent revision of the legendary game that helped shift gears for the franchise to begin with. Immaculate visuals, exciting gameplay and lots of other cool secrets await us with this re-release, and if it’s even close to the quality of the previously released remakes, we are totally in for a treat. Just mind the chainsaw guy. OUCH.
Alan Wake 2
The original Alan Wake did a great job spooking us with an original story and lightened (heh) gameplay. But the sequel, on deck from Remedy Entertainment, promises to go much deeper. Alan Wake 2 will enter survival horror territory, continuing the story of the tormented Wake as he continues to dive into his mysterious ocean (not a lake). This one still has yet to get a gameplay reveal, but thus far, we are most definitely intrigued.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
We’ll be honest. We are absolutely thrilled at the return of Fatal Frame, which hasn’t seen a new game since the Wii U days. With Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, we’re once again snapping some ghostly photos while attempting to do away with forbidden forces. Featuring a haunting new story, sweet visuals, and enough scares to send chills down your spine, Fatal Frame should have quite a photo-genic tale for us in 2023.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Considering the new Netflix movie was a letdown for us, we needed something Texas Chainsaw Massacre related that brought back the memory of the classic horror film. Fortunately, the new game from Gun Interactive looks to do just that, bringing back the haunting style of the original Leatherface as he carves up victims. This multiplayer-oriented game looks like a lot of bloody
fun, and should be right up the alley of anyone that enjoyed Friday the 13th The Game. Can’t wait to dig in.
BONUS: Killer Klowns From Outer Space
We could’ve easily ended on Texas Chainsaw Massacre for movie-themed horror gaming, but we have to give some love to the Chiodo Brothers. Their 80s classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space is making a return as a multiplayer survival horror game, where heroes have to outrun the clowns before they become their latest victims. So far, this one looks like a lot of fun; and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long into 2023 to truly enjoy it. BRING ON THE CLOWNS!
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