The past couple of years have seen a resurgence of the horror genre in video gaming. As a result, numerous horror games were shown at E3 2016, ranging from ambitious asymmetric multiplayer titles to heart-stopping virtual reality experiences. It can be hard to keep up with all the games shown at E3, so we took a look at all the horror titles from the show, and narrowed them down to the five we feel have the most potential.
Without further ado, here are the five horror games that impressed Game Rant the most at E3 2016.
One of the more unique horror games on this list, the asymmetric multiplayer horror game Friday the 13th had a decent showing at this year’s E3. The brand new gameplay trailer that was released for the game during E3 had the raw power of vicious killer Jason Voorhees on full display, showing players what it will be like trying to flee from him as one of the ill-fated camp counselors. If the developers are able to stick the landing, Friday the 13th could be one of the better asymmetric multiplayer games when it releases this coming October.
While it may have received the most attention, Resident Evil VII wasn’t the only virtual reality horror game that Sony showed off at E3. The mysterious and unnerving Here They Lie was also on display, and should be available for PlayStation VR around the time of the hardware’s launch in October. The game is in development at Sony’s acclaimed Santa Monica Studio, and should make for an especially creepy gaming experience to indulge in this Halloween.
While Outlast II wasn’t showcased at any of the big E3 press conferences, the game was present at the show nevertheless, with an extended gameplay demo for attendees to experience. Sporting a brand new location, new enemies, and plenty of new scares, there’s a reason why we ranked Outlast II as one of our most anticipated horror games of 2016, and its impressive showing at E3 only solidified our confidence in it.
One of the biggest surprises of E3 2016 was when Capcom revealed that its disturbing “Kitchen” VR tech demo had morphed into Resident Evil VII. Resident Evil VII is taking the series in bold new directions, ditching the third-person viewpoint of its predecessors for immersive first-person horror that will be playable from beginning to end with PlayStation VR. Presumably boasting a much larger budget than most of the other games on this list, Resident Evil VII has potential to redefine the horror genre, just as its predecessors have done in the past.
Dontnod Entertainment, the creators of 2015’s hit adventure game Life is Strange, are switching gears to the action-RPG genre with the horror game Vampyr. In Vampyr, players will take control of a vampire doctor named Jonathan E. Reid, who is forced to drink the blood of innocent people to survive. The game’s disturbing premise promises to unnerve even the bravest of gamers, and it will be interesting to see if Vampyr‘s story is as compelling as Dontnod’s previous games when it releases next year.
While the horror genre may not have been as prevalent at E3 2016 as it has in previous years, there were still a number of major horror games highlighted at the show. We thought the five listed here were the most impressive, but the other horror games at E3 2016 could be worth checking out as well. One thing’s for certain, though, and that’s with numerous promising horror games on the horizon, E3 proved it’s a good time to be a fan of the genre.
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