Halloween 2018: 7 of the best PC and Xbox One horror games

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If you’re faint of heart then you might want to stop reading here. If, on the other hand, you’re an adrenaline junkie who loves a challenge, then this selection of the best Xbox and PC horror games to play in 2018 should offer plenty of options to get your heart racing.

From surviving hordes of the undead to fighting your own vampiric transformation, there should be something below to help keep you occupied during these cold, dark winter nights…

State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is the ultimate open-world zombie survival game where you and up to three friends build a community of survivors. It’s up to you to establish a base, develop your characters’ abilities, and manage resources to survive as a group in a post-apocalyptic world where choices matter and every decision has lasting consequences. Every player’s experience is unique – as you play, the open world responds to your decisions, developing in real time and dynamically offering new opportunities for you to demonstrate your own personal survival priorities. How will you survive?

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Call of Cthulhu

Lovecraftian horror fans – look no further. It’s 1924, and you’re stepping into the unfortunate shoes of Private Investigator Pierce, who is sent to look into the tragic death of the Hawkins family on the isolated Darkwater Island. Soon enough, you’re pulled into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors. Strange creatures, weird science, and sinister cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer – between sanity and psychosis, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one…

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London, 1918. You are newly-turned Vampyr Dr. Jonathan Reid. As a doctor, you must find a cure to save the city’s flu-ravaged citizens. As a Vampyr, you are cursed to feed on those you vowed to heal. Will you embrace the monster within? Survive and fight against Vampyr hunters, undead skals, and other supernatural creatures. Use your unholy powers to manipulate and delve into the lives of those around you, to decide who will be your next victim. Struggle to live with your decisions… your actions will save or doom London.

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Sea of Thieves

For something a little more family-friendly, there’s always Sea of Thieves’ Halloween update, Festival of the Damned. Carrying out weekly Bilge Rate Adventures will allow players to earn doubloons, which they can put towards themed cosmetics, from spooky face paints to Halloween-themed lanterns – perfect for fitting in with the crew on the Ferry of the Damned.

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We Happy Few

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You’ll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules. Discover the retrofuturistic city’s dark history as you play through the intertwined narratives of three quietly rebellious citizens of Wellington Wells. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses as they face their pasts, prepare for the future, and engage in activities that aren’t exactly status quo in the artificially enthused society.

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Hello Neighbor

Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor’s house to figure out what horrible secrets he’s hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There’ll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you.

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OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four player co-op action FPS where you fight the dead as well as the living. Set in The Walking Dead Universe, you and your group try to survive in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. Four players form a tightly knit team; Aidan, Heather, Maya and Grant, where each share a common objective where survival and teamwork is paramount.

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