Hello friends, it's that time of year again. We've been asked to scream inside our heart for long enough. Thanks to the Xbox Game Pass feature, there's a rotating selection of games, and as it turns out there are some fun spooky games on their list. With Halloween on the way, now is as good a time as any to browse some of their horror titles. TechRaptor's compiled a quick list of games that deserve a look.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Focusing on stealth and puzzle solving, A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the tale of two unfortunate noble French children: Amicia and her younger brother, Hugo. In a time fraught with peril and darkness, the two of them must work together to survive not only hordes of writhing, squirming rats, but the darkness of humanity as well.
Amicia and Hugo's relationship forms the core of the plot as they seek refuge. William here at TechRaptor wrote up a comprehensive review for A Plague Tale: Innocence as well, so be sure to check it out.
This narrative thriller combines survival mechanics with a colorful cast of characters. The bleak atmosphere is heavy and oppressive, and the writing in Pathologic 2 is definitely its strongest point.
Lots of time is spent meeting and bargaining with citizens, and the social interactions are where Pathologic 2 shines. The worldbuilding is solid and mixes 19th Century London with mysticism and the bubonic plague, and there is a lot to uncover.
While the writing is fantastic, there is a notable wonkiness with the controls. However, it also made our list of Xbox Game Pass Hidden Gems, so it's worth a look. Read more about Pathologic 2 in TechRaptor's review here.
Regardless of your interpretation or enjoyment of the original The Blair Witch Project film, the Blair Witch video game is a solid story-driven horror romp. Ellis, a former police officer, joins a search party for a missing child. His loyal hound, Bullet, journeys with Ellis into the Black Hills Forest.
Blair Witch takes place two years after the film, and it turns out that there are many more missing people than previously imagined. Featuring multiple endings, Blair Witch has a satisfying tension that cranks up your nerves at every turn. William also wrote a review for it, which you should read here.
Now, what if, instead of running from the monster, you were the monster? Carrion takes the concept and runs with it. Break out of containment and consume scientists and guards for meat.
You can gain new evolutions and powers via consuming humans and breaking open other containers to subsume the delicious juices inside.
Of course, your size affects which abilities you can use and whether your form is more agile or bulky. This will force you to use different approaches to solutions, with some sizes better suited to some situations and puzzles than others. Learn more about this reverse-horror game with Cody's review.
Dead by Daylight
Asymmetrical horror multiplayer game Dead by Daylight pits poor unfortunate souls against an immortal killer. It has featured crossovers with Nightmare on Elm Street, Silent Hill, Saw, and numerous other horror IPs. It's the Super Smash Bros. of horror, because practically everyone is here.
Four players cooperate to evade a killer, controlled by another player. There are myriad ways to build both survivors and killers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Work together, or die. And if you're the killer, take advantage of their lack of cooperation to emerge victorious.
This story-driven psychological horror title stars the titular Alan Wake, a prolific writer with several best-selling thrillers under his belt who recently showed up in Remedy's newest title, Control.
Taking a vacation with his wife, Alice, he manages to forget an entire week and find pieces of a book he'd apparently written himself. Driven to find answers, he finds himself lost in darkness.
Comparisons to works such as Stephen King's and pulp novels abound. There's a lot of pop culture to be found in Alan Wake, too, its orchestral soundtrack bolstered by David Bowie and Depeche Mode. if that appeals to you, definitely give it a look.
Of course, there are tons of other titles available on the Xbox Game Pass as well. Are there others you think would make for a great Halloween or other spooky title? Let us know about anything else on Game Pass below, or share with us on social media.