Fascinating how some of us just like to feel the shivers of fear. It’s not often understood by fans of other genres. But so what? Fortunately, video game developers know very well how to respond to the expectations of horror enthusiasts.

Some like jump scares, others prefer a psychological or survival gameplay, but they all have one thing in common. They want to get scared and fight for their own lives. It just so happens that developers produce more and more great horror titles that draw even fans of other genres. Are you a console user and can’t decide what you want to play right now? Looking for something scary? Then be sure to check out our list of the best Xbox One horror games!

The Best Horror Games for Xbox One
NameDeveloperRelease
Resident Evil 7 (Xbox) Capcom Jan 24, 2017 Offers
Resident Evil 8: Village (Xbox Series X/S) (EU) Capcom May 7, 2021 Offers
Resident Evil 8: Village (Xbox Series X/S) (US) Capcom May 7, 2021 Offers
The Medium Xbox One (Xbox Live) (EU) Bloober Team Jan 28, 2021 Offers
Darkwood (Xbox One) (US) Acid Wizard Studio, Crunching Koalas July 24, 2014 Offers
Monstrum (Xbox One) Team Junkfish Jan 29, 2015 Offers
Outlast (Xbox One) (US) Red Barrels Sep 4, 2013 Offers
Outlast 2 (Xbox One) (US) Red Barrels Apr 26, 2017 Offers
Outlast 2 (Xbox One) (EU) Red Barrels Apr 26, 2017 Offers
Alien: Isolation Collection (Xbox One) (US) Creative Assembly Sep 29, 2015 Offers
The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One) Tango Gameworks Oct 13, 2017 Offers
Alan Wake (Xbox Live) Remedy Entertainment May 14, 2010 Offers
Prey 2017 (Xbox Live) (US) Arkane Studios May 5, 2017 Offers
Observer (Xbox Live) (US) Bloober Team Aug 15, 2017 Offers

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Stadia
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2017
Genre:Survival horror
DeveloperCapcom
Game modesSingle-player

A survival horror-action game and the seventh installment of the famous series by Capcom. This time, the fierce struggle of large corporations with military units gives way to the story of a simple man struggling with the difficulties that each day brings.

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Play as Ethan, who travels to the South of the United States. The title deviates from the proven standards known from the previous parts. Resident Evil 7 focuses primarily on stealth and observing the action from the first-person perspective. You can be sure that it will be a game full of fright, tension, and brutal battles.

Key features
  • Sneak and carefully investigate the locations
  • Explore to collect valuable items
  • Create an arsenal of weapons and traps to help you survive
  • Solve puzzles that will open the way to further stages of the game

The Medium

PC
Xbox Series X/S
Xbox One
Release year:2021
Genre:Psychological horror
DeveloperBloober Team
Game modesSingle-player

A survival horror game in which the player takes on the role of a woman who, while conducting an investigation, uses her extraordinary paranormal skills to solve a mystery. The Medium, made by Bloober Team, is a game heavily inspired by the Silent Hill franchise.

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You arrived at the hotel in Poland to solve the mystery of a child’s death. With the ability to see the spiritual realm, you can explore a location while being in two realities at the same time. This unusual mechanical solution may remind some of the division into two dimensions known from the Stranger Things series. As you move through each of these worlds, you will explore the rooms of the gloomy hotel, search for clues and puzzles, and avoid the dangers hiding just around the corner.

Key features
  • Play the spine-chilling horror from the creators of Blair Witch and Observer
  • Explore the place while being in two dimensions at the same time
  • Sneak around and try to survive the encounters with the evil lurking in the darkness at all costs
  • Collect pieces of information and solve the mystery of the child’s death

Darkwood

PC
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Release year:2017
Genre:Survival horror
DeveloperAcid Wizard Studio
Game modesSingle-player

Survival horror by the Polish Acid Wizard Studio, in which the action is observed from a bird’s eye view. Darkwood is a dark and claustrophobic game in which the player learns the rules by himself. And this unique approach to the game’s mechanics proved to be successful – the title constantly receives very positive ratings on Steam.

You find yourself in an open world where you have at your disposal your home and the surrounding vast areas, inhabited by various strange creatures and monsters. As in Minecraft or Don’t Starve, the game features night and day life modes. During the day, you can explore the map to get the resources necessary for survival. At night, however, comes the time to defend. Use the sixth sense of man, who has to survive. Be ready because as you play, your sanity will be tested more and more. Falling into madness doesn’t sound like a good plan under the circumstances. Does it?

Key features
  • Play a survival horror game that uses unusual mechanical solutions
  • Collect resources and craft items needed for survival
  • Observe how the surrounding world changes and adapt to its conditions
  • Defend your home and fight your inner demons

Monstrum

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2015
Genre:Survival horror
DeveloperTeam Junkfish
Game modesSingle-player

Indie survival horror by the independent Team Junkfish. The player finds himself aboard the ship, in which he is locked and at all costs must regain once lost freedom. If you are familiar with the Amnesia video game, and you liked it, then Monstrum should live up to your expectations.

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You find yourself aboard a ruined ship from which there seems to be no escape. Your only way out is by helicopter or submarine. But not so fast, none of these forms of transport will be activated immediately at your command. To successfully leave this cursed place, you will have to find items needed to start vehicles. Simple? Not quite. Monstrum is a procedurally generated environment game, so finding the right path can be quite complicated. And that’s not all, because the darkness of the deserted ship hides a presence you wouldn’t want to face.

Key features
  • Explore to get the items you need to complete your evacuation plan
  • Sneak around and don’t make noise that could quickly summon a monster
  • Outsmart the monster, use traps or simply run away from it
  • Explore a changing map and meet a new monster every time you die

Outlast

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2013
Genre:Survival horror
DeveloperRed Barrels
Game modesSingle-player

It is a first-person survival horror, released in 2014 for Xbox One. The player takes on the role of a journalist who, following a trail of sensation, travels to a research facility to collect valuable pieces of information.

Outlast - gameplay

If you are looking for a game full of gore and a constant sense of danger, this is a treat just for you. Play as a journalist who explores a mysterious research facility where disturbing events take place. As you will quickly notice, the situation is worse than you ever expected. Explore dark corridors, meet completely mental patients, and sneak and stumble over scattered body parts. Your camera is all you have, and you can be sure that this mansion has just begun to reveal its darkest secrets to you.

Key features
  • Explore the research facility and solve puzzles that will allow you to continue your adventure
  • Meet mentally ill patients and learn their terrifying stories
  • Avoid confrontation and use your wits to survive
  • Be ready, as there is a scene around every corner that is even more brutal than the previous one

Alien: Isolation Collection

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2014
Genre:Action-adventure, stealth
DeveloperCreative Assembly
Game modesSingle-player

Survival horror perfect for all fans of the Alien universe. It is a game from the creators of the Total War series, and it has received very positive reviews on Steam and hundreds of rave reviews from critics since 2014. Buy Alien: Isolation Collection, and you will gain access to extensive additional content of the title.

Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, returns to the Nostromo after 15 years to unravel the mystery of the events that took place here. The cargo ship seems completely abandoned, but you are right that those chills on your skin can’t just come out of anywhere. In the darkness of the ship, there is a deadly danger hiding that you will face sooner or later. Deprived of the ability to fight the Xenomorph, you’ll have to stake everything on one card, sneaking around and using your wits to outsmart the enemy.

Key features
  • Play the game that most accurately reflects the atmosphere of the first Alien movie
  • Buy Alien: Isolation Collection and access additional game content
  • Sneak or run to survive
  • Try to predict your opponent’s every move to outsmart him for at least a short while

The Evil Within 2

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Release year:2017
Genre:Survival horror
DeveloperTango Gameworks
Game modesSingle-player

The second installment of a great action horror game by the author of Resident Evil and Devil May Cry – Shinji Mikami. Overwhelmed by guilt, Detective Sebastian Castellanos drowns his sorrows in a glass. As it turns out, not everything is as it may seem.

Play the role of the hero who has found new hope to save his daughter. To achieve this goal, you have to travel to a terrifying alternative reality, in which you will be threatened at every turn. The Evil Within 2 is not only about omnipresent terror but also action. You won’t be able to rest even for a moment because monsters can lurk around every corner. Explore, fight, solve puzzles, and if you have to – just run away.

Key features
  • Collect weapons and fight, or choose to stealth and avoid confrontation
  • Explore to get useful items and clues
  • Keep your nerves in check as the monstrous reality unfolds to you
  • Eliminate your opponents silently or fight in open battle

Alan Wake

PC
Xbox One
Xbox 360
Release year:2010
Genre:Action-adventure
DeveloperRemedy Entertainment
Game modesSingle-players

A third-person psychological action horror game from 2010, inspired by the works of Stephen King. If you’re a fan of dark thrillers where nothing is what it initially seemed, you should try Alan Wake.

Alan Wake - protagonist

Play the role of a writer who suffers from a creative block. To gather new energy for work, you and your wife go on vacation to the charming town of Bright Falls. When your wife disappears, you go in search of her. Alan Wake is an immersive game where exploration is essential. The walk, however, will not be idyllic but rather a spooky experience. During the process, you can use weapons or just run away. One thing you can be sure of – this game will keep you on edge every second of it.

Key features
  • Experience one-of-a-kind dark gameplay in a world inspired by the works of Stephen King
  • Immerse in the mysterious story unfolding in the spooky town
  • Explore and try to solve the mystery of your wife’s disappearance
  • Fight your possessed enemies and experience truly terrifying visions

Prey

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Release year:2017
Genre:First-person shooter
DeveloperArkane Studios
Game modesSingle-player, multiplayer

First-person action shooter in which you’ll face hordes of bloodthirsty creatures from outer space. Play a game where Kennedy survived, and scientific progress led to the discovery of a new life form.

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You wake up in 2032 and find yourself aboard a space station. As you soon discover, mysterious aliens with undefined shapes have taken over the entire place. While things may seem hopeless at first, you’ll soon find out that survival may be a viable option. Explore locations, acquire high-tech weapons and try to outsmart aggressive aliens. Do literally what you want, but don’t become prey at all costs.

Key features
  • Play an exciting and dynamic action game set in space
  • Face off against a terrifying alien race with hostile intentions
  • Collect weapons to fight and outsmart your opponents
  • Explore and try to unravel the mystery of your situation

Observer

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Xbox Series X/S
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 5
Release year:2017
Genre:Psychological horror
DeveloperBloober Team
Game modesSingle-player

A psychological horror from 2017 by the Bloober Team, known for such productions as Layers of Fear and The Medium. Enter a world where mind-hacking is an everyday experience.

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The action takes place in 2084 in Krakow. You play the role of Daniel Lazarski, who is a detective working for a powerful corporation. Your skill is to hack the minds of suspicious people and criminals. Soon, your peace of mind is broken when you receive a letter from your son, who works for the same corporation. The obtained information makes you anxious. So you set out to explore the pieces of knowledge extracted from the craziest and monstrous minds of the inhabitants of Krakow’s slums.

Key features
  • Immerse in a reality where advanced technology allows you to hack people’s minds
  • Venture into the darkest parts of the city to discover the terrifying truth
  • Explore and chat with people you meet
  • Be a witness of the most terrible events that will never leave your head

What do we exactly like about horrors? After all, these are just scary stories full of terrible monsters, illusions, and paranormal incidents. No rational mind can be scared of such a thing. Right? And yet, we are excited to buy Halloween decorations and costumes, run night horror marathons, and spend long hours in front of immersive video games of this particular genre.

It seems we like to be scared. We love the shivers on our backs, the sense of danger, and the need to survive in the harshest conditions. We want to be surrounded by hostile creatures from another dimension, and we desire fierce shootings with bloodthirsty zombies. It turns out we just like to live. And if everyday life does not offer similar emotions, we are happy to reach for more thrills to be able to fear in peace in the comfort of our own safe home. Well, with this list, Xbox One users are sure to feel alive, right down to the last drop of blood.