The 8 scariest games this fall

We preview the upcoming freaks and frights in our Horror Showdown

Doesn’t sound too scary, does it? Especially when you consider that you can pilot your own mech, slogging down pathways and exploding any number of baddies with ease. Trust us when we say you’ll jump more than a dozen times even if this does feel slightly more action-y than its predecessor.

Best way to play?
With a strobe light directly above your PC/console.

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What is it?
Speaking of psychological-terror, the latest in the foggy town series will continue to make you feel uncomfortable when playing. And we assure you that it won’t be in that “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” way, but probably more like “my character might turn out to be a child murderer and this town is a metaphor for my own personal Hell.” The franchise’s proper fifth installment centers on a war veteran returning home and coming to terms with things.



Expect plenty of dilapidated buildings, zombified nurses, inside-out beasties and white noise. Throw in plenty of darkness and some industrial music and baby, you got yourself a survival-horror going.

Best way to play?
In the fetal position with every light in the house turned on.

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What is it?
Here’s what we know: ghosts are frightening and “busting” makes us feel good. That said, the Ghostbusters are back (original cast!) to bicker and spout ethereal nonsense. Taking place two years after the movie’s sequel (roughly 1991), some strange things are afoot in the Big Apple. Using the nuclear-spewing Proton Pack strapped to your back, you can (inadvertently) destroy every environment in your pursuit of making New York specter-free.

We admit, Ghostbusters may not be scary per se as it’s largely a comedy. There will be some sporadic boos and such, but c’mon, you wrestle with a fifty-foot marshmallow man! That is terrifying.

Best way to play?
With Ray Parker Jr’s theme song cranked way the hell up, all the while sipping Ecto-Cooler.

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