Best Free or Paid Survival Horror Games for PC?

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#1 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
Hey everyone! I've always been a huge fan of the survival horror genre on consoles, but recently made the jump to PC. So far, I've found an intense love for games like Amnesia and Penumbra, so I've been on the hunt for both paid and free titles on the market. At the moment, I've got 1916, Au Sable, and the entire set of the SCP series (SCP087, SCP-087-B, and Containment Breach). I've also bookmarked The Snowfield, Morningstar, and The Fog Fall. Euthanasia was another one I tried, but I ran into a lot of installation errors trying to make it work. I've also already played some of the more well-known titles that may be similar (Call of Cthulu, F.E.A.R., Doom 3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, etc). So, to all of the PC pros out there, anything worth trying that you could recommend? Thanks in advance!
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#2 Posted by kozzy1234 (35966 posts) -

7th Guest

Dark Fall 3: Lost Souls

Day Z

Amnesia

Penumbra

Condemned 1

Stalker series

Clive Barker's Undying

Pathologic

The 11th Hour

WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School

Downfall

Over the years those are the games that have given me the most "Survival Horror" feel personally. I know you have played some of those, but just wanted to list all the ones over the years that I enjoyed.

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#3 Posted by IZoMBiEI (6477 posts) -

also cryostasis

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#4 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
Thanks Kozzy! I may have played a couple, but I'll definitely look into the rest.
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#5 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
I've seen Cryostasis and currently have it on my Steam wish list. Thanks Zombie!
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#6 Posted by KillerJuan77 (3823 posts) -

7th Guest

Dark Fall 3: Lost Souls

Day Z

Amnesia

Penumbra

Condemned 1

Stalker series

Clive Barker's Undying

Pathologic

The 11th Hour

WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School

Downfall

Over the years those are the games that have given me the most "Survival Horror" feel personally. I know you have played some of those, but just wanted to list all the ones over the years that I enjoyed.

kozzy1234

Add Scratches (Paid), Cry Of Fear (Half Life 1 mod), Clive Barker's Undying (Paid), Dead Island (Paid), the other Dark Fall games (Paid), Harvester (Paid) and the Phantasmagoria games (Paid).

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#7 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
Scratches added to wishlist. I'll definitely reinstall Half Life and download the Cry of Fear mod. As for the others, they will be bookmarked on Amazon come purchase time. Thanks for the input KillerJuan!
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#8 Posted by kozzy1234 (35966 posts) -

[QUOTE="kozzy1234"]

7th Guest

Dark Fall 3: Lost Souls

Day Z

Amnesia

Penumbra

Condemned 1

Stalker series

Clive Barker's Undying

Pathologic

The 11th Hour

WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School

Downfall

Over the years those are the games that have given me the most "Survival Horror" feel personally. I know you have played some of those, but just wanted to list all the ones over the years that I enjoyed.

KillerJuan77

Add Scratches (Paid), Cry Of Fear (Half Life 1 mod), Clive Barker's Undying (Paid), Dead Island (Paid), the other Dark Fall games (Paid), Harvester (Paid) and the Phantasmagoria games (Paid).

Nice additions, although Undying is already listed there :P

Nice call on Harvestor I remember playing that :P

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#9 Posted by ampiva (1251 posts) -
-Alan Wake Not survival horror, but excelent "more or less unknown" horror games: -Corpse Party -rebuilt- (remake of original 1996 Corpse Party) free -Ib (best horror game of 2012) free -Ao Oni (classic RPGmaker horror game) free -Which (really short experimental horror game) free Disturbing/bizarre/somewhat horror: -I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (really depressing and bizarre point-n-click) -Yume Nikki (surreal RPGMaker exploration/horror game) free -.flow (Yume Nikki fangame) free -Sanitarium (Isometric point-n-click, one of the best horror and adventure games ever made) -Irisu Syndrome Metsu! (horror puzzle game) free
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#11 Posted by KillerJuan77 (3823 posts) -

also cryostasis

IZoMBiEI

That one is amazing but it suffers from major performance issues.

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#12 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
[QUOTE="ampiva"]-Alan Wake Not survival horror, but excelent "more or less unknown" horror games: -Corpse Party -rebuilt- (remake of original 1996 Corpse Party) free -Ib (best horror game of 2012) free -Ao Oni (classic RPGmaker horror game) free -Which (really short experimental horror game) free Disturbing/bizarre/somewhat horror: -I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (really depressing and bizarre point-n-click) -Yume Nikki (surreal RPGMaker exploration/horror game) free -.flow (Yume Nikki fangame) free -Sanitarium (Isometric point-n-click, one of the best horror and adventure games ever made) -Irisu Syndrome Metsu! (horror puzzle game) free

Nice list! I noticed that several of them require an RPGMaker program to run. I'll definitely bookmark them and get to work on those later on tonight. There are so many underlooked games out there. It's a shame so many of them go unnoticed.
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#13 Posted by ampiva (1251 posts) -
You only need the RPGMaker Run Time Package to run them. http://dl.degica.com/trial/enterbrain/xp/xp_rtp104e.exe
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#14 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
[QUOTE="ampiva"]You only need the RPGMaker Run Time Package to run them. http://dl.degica.com/trial/enterbrain/xp/xp_rtp104e.exe

I looked over some stuff before and figured it might be more complicated. Thanks for the quick link Ampiva!
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#15 Posted by KillerJuan77 (3823 posts) -

-Alan Wake Not survival horror, but excelent "more or less unknown" horror games: -Corpse Party -rebuilt- (remake of original 1996 Corpse Party) free -Ib (best horror game of 2012) free -Ao Oni (classic RPGmaker horror game) free -Which (really short experimental horror game) free Disturbing/bizarre/somewhat horror: -I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (really depressing and bizarre point-n-click) -Yume Nikki (surreal RPGMaker exploration/horror game) free -.flow (Yume Nikki fangame) free -Sanitarium (Isometric point-n-click, one of the best horror and adventure games ever made) -Irisu Syndrome Metsu! (horror puzzle game) freeampiva

I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream is mostly a VERY depressing sci-fi adventure (Even the best ending is sad) but I can't believe I forgot that one and Sanitarium.

As for Corpse Party, TC, if you have a PSP then get it on your PSP. It's 20 bucks and it haves tons of endings.

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#16 Posted by mhofever (3960 posts) -

There's a new free horror game called Slender, which people say they shat their pants playing it.

http://slendergame.com/game.php

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#17 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
You know KillerJuan, I've never been much of a handheld guy. I owned a DS Lite for the Castlevania games, briefly owned a PSP just for Dracula X Chronicles, and of course, owned a GameBoy Color for the legendary Pokemon Yellow when I was a little guy. Lol. If I ever get a PSP again, I'll make sure to pick it up though.
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#18 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -

There's a new free horror game called Slender, which people say they shat their pants playing it.

http://slendergame.com/game.php

mhofever
Is this based on the Slender Man myth? Stoked already. Thanks mhofever!
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#19 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

[QUOTE="kozzy1234"]

7th Guest

Dark Fall 3: Lost Souls

Day Z

Amnesia

Penumbra

Condemned 1

Stalker series

Clive Barker's Undying

Pathologic

The 11th Hour

WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School

Downfall

Over the years those are the games that have given me the most "Survival Horror" feel personally. I know you have played some of those, but just wanted to list all the ones over the years that I enjoyed.

KillerJuan77

Add Scratches (Paid), Cry Of Fear (Half Life 1 mod), Clive Barker's Undying (Paid), Dead Island (Paid), the other Dark Fall games (Paid), Harvester (Paid) and the Phantasmagoria games (Paid).

I also want to add

- Slender, which I'm sure EVERYONE has heard about by now (FREE)

- Dead Space, which is a bit repetitive but also very atmospheric and creepy

- Thief: Deadly Shadows isn't a horror game, but it has one of the scariest levels in a videogame

- Silent Hill 3

And like, a bunch more.

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#20 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -

[QUOTE="KillerJuan77"]

[QUOTE="kozzy1234"]

7th Guest

Dark Fall 3: Lost Souls

Day Z

Amnesia

Penumbra

Condemned 1

Stalker series

Clive Barker's Undying

Pathologic

The 11th Hour

WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School

Downfall

Over the years those are the games that have given me the most "Survival Horror" feel personally. I know you have played some of those, but just wanted to list all the ones over the years that I enjoyed.

SPYDER0416

Add Scratches (Paid), Cry Of Fear (Half Life 1 mod), Clive Barker's Undying (Paid), Dead Island (Paid), the other Dark Fall games (Paid), Harvester (Paid) and the Phantasmagoria games (Paid).

I also want to add

- Slender, which I'm sure EVERYONE has heard about by now (FREE)

- Dead Space, which is a bit repetitive but also very atmospheric and creepy

- Thief: Deadly Shadows isn't a horror game, but it has one of the scariest levels in a videogame

- Silent Hill 3

And like, a bunch more.

Just installed Slender. I've always loved Thief and Silent Hill, so I've got those bases covered. Thanks for the post!
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#21 Posted by Amigro (737 posts) -
I will have to look at a few of these as well. Thanks for the topic!
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#22 Posted by TheXboxgamer73 (1200 posts) -
I will have to look at a few of these as well. Thanks for the topic!Amigro
No problem Amigro! Glad you can benefit from my everlong search to scare myself to death. Haha
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#23 Posted by HyperWarlock (3295 posts) -

[QUOTE="SPYDER0416"]

[QUOTE="KillerJuan77"]

Add Scratches (Paid), Cry Of Fear (Half Life 1 mod), Clive Barker's Undying (Paid), Dead Island (Paid), the other Dark Fall games (Paid), Harvester (Paid) and the Phantasmagoria games (Paid).

TheXboxgamer73

I also want to add

- Slender, which I'm sure EVERYONE has heard about by now (FREE)

- Dead Space, which is a bit repetitive but also very atmospheric and creepy

- Thief: Deadly Shadows isn't a horror game, but it has one of the scariest levels in a videogame

- Silent Hill 3

And like, a bunch more.

Just installed Slender. I've always loved Thief and Silent Hill, so I've got those bases covered. Thanks for the post!

Slender will remain in my recylce bin until I can pluck up the courage to play it again.

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#24 Posted by Croag821 (2331 posts) -
Resident Evil 4 is my favorite survival horror game to date, the System Shock series is also fantastic.
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#25 Posted by Rattlesnake_8 (18452 posts) -
S.T.A.L.K.E.R Condemned: Criminal Origins Aliens vs Predator (and AvP2) Day Z mod for Arma 2 F.E.A.R
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#26 Posted by Wanderer5 (25727 posts) -

You should try SCP-087B.

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#27 Posted by ionusX (25757 posts) -

painkiller + battle out of hell is a good horror fps with solid oldschool roots. makes u wish games like doom 2 & quake 1 were still a commodity :cry:

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#28 Posted by kress-1 (102 posts) -

Some more horror additions by genre:

Note that the list includes games that are quite old (the oldest being Dark Seed from 1992), but most have been released in the last decade or so.

Adventure:

Shivers 1 + 2

Amber - Journeys Beyond

Last Half of Darkness series

Alpha Polaris

The Black Mirror series

Dark Fall series

Darkness Within 1 + 2

Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit

Realms of the Haunting

Dracula series

Barrow Hill: Curse of Ancient Circle

Midnight Nowhere

The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure

The Path

Dark Seed 1 + 2

Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet

Prisoner of Ice

Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness

Ripper

Black Dahlia

Survival Horror:

Nocturne

Blair Witch series

Nightmare Creatures

The Void

Curse: The Eye of Isis

Shade: Wrath of Angels

ObsCure + The Aftermath

The Thing

Martian Gothic: Unification

The Devil Inside

Evil Dead: Hail to the King

Evil Dead: Regeneration

Shadow Man

First-Person Shooter:

Clive Barker's Jericho

NecroVision + Lost Company

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi

System Shock 2

KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child

This list of course doesn't include the obvious survival horror frachises like Alone in the Dark, Silent Hill, Resident Evil and Dino Crisis.

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#29 Posted by IcyToasters (12476 posts) -

you listed the ones I know about, but I figured I'd mention the MISERY mod for STALKER: Call Of Pripyat.
it adds a lot and kind of makes the game more based around survival.

they're close-ish to releasing a big update for it soon.

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#30 Posted by bussinrounds (2830 posts) -

Copy and pasting a list I have, so there's gonna be some that were already mentioned..






Undying
The Dark Eye
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Alone in the Dark
Clocktower
System Shock series
Dark Fall: The Journal
Manhunt 1&2 (get the uncut version of 2)
Realms of the Haunting
Shadow of the Comet
Ripper
Scratches
Seven Games of the Soul
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches
Zork Nemesis
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure
Divi-Dead
Sublustrum (Outcry)
Phobos 1953
Anchorhead
The Residents: Bad Day on the Midway
Thief 1/2 and certain fan made missions
Nosferatu
Resident Evil 1&2
Sllent Hill 1,2&3
Haunting Ground
Harvester
Sanitarium
Blackstone Chronicles
Seven Games of the Soul
Personal Nightmare
Black Mirror 1-3
DarkSeed
I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream
Dracula 3: Path of the Dragon
Last Half of Darkness
Tomb of Zohir
Beyond the Spirits Eye
Shadow of the servants
Return of the Phantom
Veil of Darkness
Dead Reefs
The Thing
Temüjin
Black Dahlia
Twisted Lands Series
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Cosmology of Kyoto
Midnight Mysteries Series
Dark Dimensions: City of Fog
Dracula: Love Kills
Alpha Polaris
Waxworks
Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness
The White Chamber
Overclocked - A History of Violence. More of a psychological thriller than horror, but still gud
Penumbra
Gabriel Knight 2
The Void (aka Tension, aka Turgor)

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#31 Posted by WaterSphere (203 posts) -
Dead Space series is always nice.
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#32 Posted by Mortos13 (286 posts) -

half life 2 with the nightmare house 2 mod was really good.

Btw, im not sure if this is still an issue, but Cryostasis isnt the most technologically "good" game. Expect a good 15-20 fps if youre lucky.

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#33 Posted by KillerJuan77 (3823 posts) -

Btw, im not sure if this is still an issue, but Cryostasis isnt the most technologically "good" game. Expect a good 15-20 fps if youre lucky.

Mortos13

I'd expect 10-5 FPS. It's a technical abomination.

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#34 Posted by Amigro (737 posts) -

[QUOTE="Mortos13"]

Btw, im not sure if this is still an issue, but Cryostasis isnt the most technologically "good" game. Expect a good 15-20 fps if youre lucky.

KillerJuan77

I'd expect 10-5 FPS. It's a technical abomination.

Certainly not optimized well, but for the most part I had >45 FPS with the occasional stutter bringing it down to the 20s.