The recent announcement of the development of 4 new Silent Hill games has forcefully rekindled the spotlight on a genre, that of horror titles, which in recent years has left a little aside the psychological component typical of the Konami saga to focus on elements such as jumpscare and widespread violence.
The latter, in particular, has become increasingly the protagonist of horror video games, which in some cases have competed to propose the most extreme and gruesome situations. Despite this, some titles have stood out for their ability to propose horror themes in a different way than usual, avoiding exploiting exquisitely splatter dynamics in favor of a component more based on psychological tension, anxiety and disturbing sensations such as loneliness and anguish: so here is the best 5 bloodless horror video games.
In Alan Wake the protagonist must try to survive in a world that is subjugated by a series of mysterious and deadly shadows, which can only be dispelled by the use of a flashlight, so that he can then hit the enemies that are found. behind them. During the adventure there will be many moments of fear and tension, but the whole thing will take place without any kind of explicitly violent scene. If you want to know more about the game, we recommend that you take a look at the review of Alan Wake Remastered.
This title might at first glance seem rather harmless: the protagonist is a little girl who finds herself apparently trapped in a mysterious place, and must try to reach its exit. The horror tints, strictly without splatter scenes, are given by the presence of scary and deformed creatures, who will try to capture the girl within the various levels that make up the adventure. To find out more here is the Little Nightmares review.
Layers of Fear
It is a kind of walking simulator focused on storytelling, in which the protagonist is an artist who suffers from hallucinations during the production of his latest work. The terror induced to the players is therefore based on the continuous alteration of the surrounding reality and on a series of jumpscare of great effect.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
In this very famous title the players impersonate the night watchman of a disturbing pizzeria, and they have to watch their backs from the arrival of some puppets and animatronics, mascots of the store. Also in this case, therefore, the horror component is based on the ability of the game to build a strong psychological tension, which is then vented on the occasion of the frightening jumpscare caused by the arrival of the puppets.
Pathologic 2 represents both a great narrative title and a great horror game. The protagonist will be called upon to solve the mystery of his father’s death in a town afflicted by a mysterious plague. During the adventure players will have to make tough decisions with potentially permanent effects and choosing who to trust among the few people left. The horror component manifests itself through a disturbing setting and the game’s ability to keep the level of tension and anxiety always very high.