The Best Xbox Horror Games Available in 2017

By Mark Delaney, 21 days ago
Horror is back on the rise in video games, it seems. After not getting much representation during the Xbox 360 generation, the Xbox One has played home to many memorable and sometimes even instant classic survival horror video games. We decided to shift our focus to some of the best horror games available on Xbox One to help you decide what to play this fall or any other time you're looking to lose sleep even after the Xbox is turned off.

As always this list takes consideration from both site ratings and our official review scores wherever applicable. There are now thankfully many more horror video games found on Xbox One, but they're not all made equal. Here are the best of the spooky genre.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

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State of Decay proved to be a massive hit when it released on Xbox LIVE Arcade and has followed up that success with the all-inclusive package on the Xbox One. The mixture of resource gathering and base building provides for a deep zombie survival experience and the micromanagement is made easy by a streamlined menu system. With the inclusion of the two DLCs there is a lot here to keep players busy for a while.

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White Night

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With White Night, OSome Studio has managed to invigorate the genre by taking us back to the methodical and tense gameplay that kept us on edge so many times in the past. When playing the game for subsequent playthroughs, you will undeniably blaze through it, but hasn't that always been the case with survival horror games? The art style is beautifully unique, the gameplay is simple yet highly enjoyable and the soundtrack is superb. The reason you'll want to stay inside this mansion, though, is because of the history behind it. A compelling story is waiting to be unearthed and the more you learn, the deeper you'll want to go. The ID@Xbox lineup continues to get stronger and its latest addition is unquestionably worth checking out.

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The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2 doesn't reinvent the survival-horror genre but makes it work in more of an open world. Blending it with the tightly directed sections we have come to expect from the genre creates a fantastic horror setting that cranks up the tension only when it's needed. Players are rewarded for exploring and the scarce resources are distributed in a way that you often feel like there is only enough to scrape by, yet it never leaves you feeling under-prepared. Unfortunately, Sebastian's movement and animation often feel disconnected and some animations do seem clumsy in general, while some visual assets noticeably pop into view. Thankfully, these minor issues don't detract too much from the overall package and The Evil Within 2 delivers an interesting and memorable horror experience that is challenging yet fair.

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Dying Light

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Dying Light is a worthy evolution of Dead Island, combining elements of that game with the best parts of Mirror's Edge and going even one step further to really deliver a totally different game depending on the time of day or night you find yourself outdoors. Alternating between hunter and hunted is one of the coolest and best produced game mechanics of any recent genre title. The RPG elements, constant questing, flurry of free updates improving the game, and four player co-op all come together to make Dying Light seem criminally overlooked at times. It's often scary, always exciting, and a huge leap over the studio's previous work.

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Outlast 2

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Controversially written and unflinchingly scary, Outlast 2 is a remarkable game that solidifies itself and its franchise as one of the greats in the genre. Although it gets slowed down by infrequent issues with AI and sequences that will feel familiar to series veterans, the end result is an atmospheric, dread-inducing, and contentiously biting narrative horror. Even more, above all of those attributes it needed to be terrifying, and holy hell is it terrifying.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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When people talk about their Game of the Year picks for 2017, you're going to hear a lot about Zelda, Super Mario, Horizon, and Cuphead. But some voters with good memories will be wise not to forget a game that launched right at the start of the year, a game that really signaled the beginning of the gaming calendar. It's a game some will surely call their favorite title of the year and a startling reinvention of a classic series. Resident Evil 7 deserves your attention and ultimately your praise. It reimagines the series in bold new ways while remaining true to itself. Ultimately it finds the best of both worlds, and will leave you shaking in your gaming chair just as you wanted — and just as Capcom intended.

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Alien: Isolation

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Alien Isolation carries the torch of the original film and presents players with an unsettling, peak-around-every-corner adventure aboard a doomed space station. With an unscripted xenomorph, trigger-happy humans, and hostile Working Joe androids all standing between player and safety, it makes good on its promise and that of the genre to never allow you to feel comfortable. It plays well on subsequent playthroughs too, thanks to that big hungry variable of an alien constantly mucking up your plans in new ways. In space, no one can hear you quit to the dashboard because you're too scared to keep playing.

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Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.