Here are 5 Horror Games You Should Play During the Holiday Break

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The holiday season is almost here! Hopefully you will be able to take a break from work and family get togethers to play some games and watch horror movies over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is usually a pretty big time of year for game releases and sales so I thought I would highlight a few games to check out over the holiday break. These titles are across multiple platforms.

The Forest

The Forest
End Night Games

The Forest from, End Night Games, is an open world survival horror game. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.

Enter a living, breathing forest, where every tree and plant can be chopped down. Below ground explore a vast network of caves and underground lakes. Crash land alone, or with friends in up to 8 player cooperative multiplayer.

Explore and build during the day. Defend your base at night. Craft weapons and tools. Bunker down during the evening or bring the fight directly to the enemy.

Night time is where things get bonkers. Be sure to play this one with the lights on because the genetic mutant humanoids are the things nightmares are made of. A cross between the zombies in I Am Legend, The Decent and the monster in The Ritual. What an insane combination.

You can play by yourself, or with up to 8 friends for the ultimate survival experience. Check out the trailer below along with a few screenshots of the creatures.

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Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares
Tarsier Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.

Little Nightmares feels like Big Little Planet or Unravel but with a horror twist. It plays on your child nightmares like ghosts in mirrors, monsters in closets or the darkness that lets your imagination run wild.

Imagine if some of the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” came to life in a full color game. Now think of Little Nightmares. 

In the game you will help Six escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.

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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

Call of the Cthulu
Cyanide / Focus Home Ent.

Plunge into Cyanide Studio’s Call of Cthulhu, the official Cthulhu videogame inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe.

The Cthulhu Mythos has been fascinating audiences for generations, growing to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned. Now, Call of Cthulhu will bring the mythos to life like never before, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

In this world, nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by the whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything.

Your mind will suffer – balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.

Call of Cthulu

The year – 1924. Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Darkwater Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Soon enough, Pierce is plunged into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors.

Hidden passageways, nightmarish asylums, illegal bars, and seemingly-abandoned warehouses make up Darkwater’s scattered geography. Originally supported by a now long-dead whaling industry, the island is home to only desperate old sailors and decaying families of old money with nowhere else to go. They do not like outsiders.

Faced with terrors beyond human comprehension, you must delve deep into the secrets that lay beneath the surface of the Darkwater Island community. Speak with the island’s inhabitants, overcome deadly horrors and discover cryptic clues, in a desperate attempt to expose the terrible truth at the heart of the Hawkins case.

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State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is a co-op multiplayer game which forces you to survive in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Players have to work together, build bases, and form communities if they wish to survive in this hostile land. In the zombie apocalypse, you must create your own moral code. Every decision has lasting consequences that you must face. How you decide to survive may surprise you.

In State of Decay 2, your base is more than just a place for your survivors to sleep at night. It’s your sanctuary, offering protection against the hungry dead lurking beyond the wall. It’s your command post, where you plan the perfect zombie-killing strategies. Most of all, it’s a manifestation of your personal long-term survival strategies as you customize it with your ideal facilities and improvements. Will you build a watch tower or plant a garden? An infirmary or a workshop? How will you choose to carve out a small slice of civilization from the chaotic apocalypse?

The Zedhunter Update is the first free content update for State of Decay 2 which just recently was released. It introduces the highly requested crossbow to State of Decay 2. It also adds new melee and close-combat weapons, a new option to reset core skill specializations, new quirk skills, new consumables, and new missions that introduce this content.

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Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. It is designed around the idea of “being thrown into the world”. Isolated and lost inside this dream-like world, you will explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion. The unsettling environment is a character itself. It might be one of the most disgusting atmospheric games you will ever play. It feels like it was ripped from the mind of Clive Barker.

Every location contains its own theme (story), puzzles and characters that are integral in creating a cohesive world. Throughout the game you will open up new areas, acquire different skill sets, weapons, various items and try to comprehend the sights presented to you.

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So there you have it, a few of our favorites. Some other honorable mentions include; DayZ, The Long Dark and Inpatient. We will be sitting on the edge of our seats to finally get our hands Death Stranding starring Norman Reedus from Kojima Productions and Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. No word yet on when it will be released.