Best horror games on PS5 — the 13 scariest games available now (2023)

The best horror games for PS5 include a haunting amount of Resident Evil, the latest Dead Space, and more available natively and through PS Plus and PS4.

Best horror games on PS5 — the 13 scariest games available now (2023)
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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The best horror games on PS5 are full of scary and unsettling titles. We've picked 13 PS5 horror games that you can play huddled in the dark — from action horror like Dead Space to survival horror like The Forest and more traditional horror titles like Resident Evil 4 Remake. So, no matter your taste, we've got you covered.

13 best horror games to play right now on PS5

Before we talk horror, it is important to note that this list is curated by the TrueTrophies team of Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean from personal experience, review scores, and community ratings. All the games are playable on PS5 — from games native to Sony's latest console to older PS4 games you can play through backward compatibility, and to games that you can play using your PS Plus subscription.

We've got plenty of excellent horror games to go around. With this list, we've kept the door open for horror game subgenres like action horror and survival horror. To help limit our choices, we tried to exclude games that wear horror more as an influence than a genre — that's why you won't find games like The Last of Us Part 1, BioShock, or Dying Light 2 on this list. Find out which of our picks made the cut in the list below!

Here are the best horror games for PS5.

Lee

13. Soma

  • Release Date: September 22, 2015
  • Developer: Frictional Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Amnesia The Dark Descent gets a lot of love on lists like this one, and rightly so, but if pressed to pick only one Frictional Games-developed effort, then our nod goes to Amnesia's follow-up. Collecting the Soma trophies reveals that in exchange for some of The Dark Descent's depth, Soma has gained superior pacing. That keeps the dread high while trimming the awkwardness out of the inventory puzzle management. This PS4 horror game is well worth grabbing and playing on PS5, therefore.

Lee

12. Darkwood

  • Release Date: October 28, 2022
  • Developer: Acid Wizards
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
When stealth and hiding are required in your survival horror game, one shortcut the developer can take to get easy scares is to make the game in 3D. Simply robbing the player of the ability to see everything around them at all times is enough to create paranoiacs of us all. Available on PS5 and PS4, Darkwood's greatest accomplishment is that it captures that very same dread with its use of light and the lack thereof in top-down 2D.

In fact, with its semi-open world populated by NPCs, day-night mechanics, and a branching storyline, maybe 3D would have been easier for Darkwood's developers — there are certainly a lot more examples of these effects in a game's world in 3D. Yet, there's something about the abstract 2D format that lends the monstrosities in the dark a real sense of terror, ensuring that even when we see them, we never know them. Are you hardy enough to collect the Darkwood trophies?

Lee

11. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

  • Release Date: October 22, 2021
  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes, on PS Plus Extra
While TT Staff Writer Sean certainly enjoyed the later Dark Pictures Anthology entry when he wrote his The Devil in Me review, most fans, critics, and Sean would agree that House of Ashes on PS5 is the superior game. A thrilling story about gnarly beasts and political allegiances set during the 2005 Iraq invasion, collecting the House of Ashes trophies offers the chance to fully experience the best meat-to-bone ratio of all the games released thus far in the popular cinematic horror series.

Lee

10. Dead by Daylight

  • Release Date: November 12, 2020
  • Developer: Behavior Interactive
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes, on PS Plus Extra
Sure, by your fifth round trying to collect the rock-solid Dead by Daylight trophies you've probably stopped classifying it as a horror game. The killers eventually lose their fangs when you realize they're just playing a very loud, very dark game of tag with you. Still, Dead by Daylight gets points for legacy. Chances are if any classic monster or villain has scared you before, they'll be somewhere on the Dead by Daylight roster somewhere. It's like the Super Smash Bros. of horror characters.

Lee

9. The Forest

  • Release Date: November 6, 2018
  • Developer: Endnight Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Once upon a time, there was an acrimonious separation of the classic genre terms 'survival' and 'horror.' As people realized they just liked crafting stuff in open-world games, survival quickly outpaced horror, and what was once DayZ turned quickly to Rust. Luckily, if you decide to grab the The Forest trophies using PS5 backward compatibility with PS4, you'll find a game that remembers that both genres are stronger together. Searching and surviving the forest to find your probably dead son while mutant cannibals politely terrorize you serves to bring survival horror back to a very exciting place, and we can't wait to see where the devs go from here with their upcoming Sons of the Forest.

Lee

8. Signalis

  • Release Date: October 27, 2022
  • Developer: rose-engine
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Treacle-dense with atmospheric dread, Signalis is playable on PS5 via PS4 backwards compatibility and invites us to recall exactly how PS1 games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil were able to get under our skin. These classics combined abstract visual horror with challenging resource management, claustrophobic environments, and the keen directorial stylings of ardent film nerds. Signalis has all of the above, but also takes us somewhere new with it and tells us a new story — something fans of the genre have been desperately craving. So, try it out and get your hands on the easy Signalis trophies!

Lee

7. Resident Evil 2

  • Release Date: January 25, 2019 (PS4), June 14, 2022 (PS5)
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Yes, we've put four Resident Evil games on the same list! With Silent Hill yet to redeem itself on modern PlayStation consoles, and other competitors like Alone in the Dark having burned out years ago, we're tragically down to a single franchise confident enough to churn out consistently good horror games. That and, cards on the table, we really don't think there are that many horror games at the high quality of Resident Evil and Capcom's modern output is all suitably different enough to deserve recognition.

Our time collecting the Resident Evil 2 trophies revealed a fantastic reimagining of the original game: one that manages to elevate the action without dropping all trace of the original's wacky puzzles and resource management. If Resident Evil 7 revived the franchise to its former glory, Resident Evil 2 serves to remind us how the series lodged itself in PlayStation fans' hearts in the first place, and they make for quite the one-two punch. You can play it now on PS5 natively.

Kes

6. Resident Evil Village

  • Release Date: May 7, 2021
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
I don't think it's that controversial to say that Resident Evil Village is dominated by the nine-foot figure of baddie Lady Dimitrescu. She really took the marketing for the eighth game to viral heights to the great success of the game should you choose to grab the Resident Evil Village trophies on PS5. If you look behind her, you'll find a carnival of horror awaiting protagonist Ethan Winters in a more combat-heavy call back to Resident Evil 4 than many were perhaps expecting. It's really very good and, should you play on harder difficulties, the tension ramps up tenfold. This is the latest version of Resident Evil, and my gosh is it a promising sign for the future of action horror!

Lee

5. Outlast

  • Release Date: February 5, 2014
  • Developer: Red Barrels
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Outlast makes a terrible, and I mean terrible, first impression. Most horror games have the sense to put you, the player, immediately into a dangerous scenario, thus giving them no second thoughts about backing out. Instead, Outlast places you outside the danger, passes you a hurriedly scrawled note that says "The character you're playing is an idiot and wants to go into this obviously doomed asylum willingly," and then presumes you'll just get into the roleplaying spirit.

It's a lot of agency to give a player who could just as easily turn the game off for the absence of a hook, but should you get into the roleplaying spirit, you really should check Outlast out. The lack of weapons or even a complicated inventory ensures you're focused on what matters: running for your life (and collecting Outlast trophies). The story twists delightfully, the characters are eternally memorable, and by the end, I even warmed to the protagonist and his amateurish baby's first Gonzo journalism. Try it out on PS5 via PS4 backwards compatibility!

Lee

4. Alien Isolation

  • Release Date: October 7, 2014
  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes, PS Plus Extra
Alien Isolation thoroughly understands the most important ingredient needed to craft an effective survival horror — atmosphere. The space station Sevastopol is a meticulously crafted jack-in-the-box, its horrors lurking under-lid with spring coiled tight, its warning melody an array of clanks and bangs and sparks. Sure, the surprises wear thin by the end, but Isolation as a whole makes for an ideal modern exemplar of its genre. So, go and grab those Alien Isolation trophies on PS5 using the PS4 version on PS Plus Extra!

Lee

3. Resident Evil 7

  • Release Date: January 24, 2017 (PS4), June 14, 2022 (PS5)
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Another vital ingredient for a good survival horror game is pacing, and Resident Evil 7 is king in this regard — especially on PS5 with slightly better effects. Revitalizing the Resident Evil series with a dose of inspiration from Amnesia The Dark Descent, RE7 keeps the puzzles and lore light while keeping the tension high, ensuring players never get a good hard look at this dark ride's seams. Stare too long at the cracks and you might realize RE7's cast of villains are just a bunch of wacky cartoon bad guys; you might even laugh if you weren't getting eaten alive by goop demons. A good hunt for the Resident Evil 7 trophies is well worth the effort!

Lee

2. Dead Space

  • Release Date: January 27, 2023
  • Developer: Motive Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
2023's Dead Space remake finally brings loveable anti-space cultist Issac Clarke once more into our sweet graces after nearly ten years of absence. And oh boy does the PS5 manage to recapture the classic feeling of dread fans felt the very first time they stepped aboard the USG Ishimura in gloriously high quality with all the new tech at hand.

With the Dead Space trophies teasing a little surprise for returning fans and plenty of horrific necromorph-slicing action for the unaccustomed, the Dead Space remake has become an instant recommendation for horror fans. You won't regret creeping around the dark in this action horror in what is no doubt one of the best PS5 games and best horror games.

Kes

1. Resident Evil 4

  • Release Date: March 24, 2023
  • Developer: Capcom Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
So, you are bold enough to go and pick up the Resident Evil 4 trophies in the remake for PS5 and PS4, are you? Congratulations, you've found the best horror game available on PS5 right now! The older version of the game was legendary, but this remake takes that original and brings it to PS5 in perfect form with quality-of-life changes too numerous to list.

With a big Spanish castle at its centerpiece and that campy horror vibe with Leon at its core, Resident Evil 4 feels like it has its beating heart. It's just pumping furiously with quality and at the nightmarish creatures running at you. The truth is, there is no contest for the top sport here — Resident Evil 4 is the best horror game for PS5.

That's our list! Did your favorite PS5 horror games fail to make the cut? Let us know in the comments — we'll be updating this regularly, so the more suggestions the merrier.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy 16). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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