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Psychological Horror

Category Tier-3 Genre

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Psychological Horror, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.81
99% 240,172 votes
8.61
98% 38,139 votes
8.46
97% 13,610 votes
8.39
95% 32,190 votes
8.35
97% 6,393 votes
8.32
96% 5,657 votes
8.26
96% 4,246 votes
8.23
96% 2,866 votes
8.23
97% 2,499 votes
8.22
94% 14,510 votes
8.21
100% 544 votes
8.20
94% 8,592 votes
8.19
94% 7,212 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Psychological Horror is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Psychological Horror, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Horror 73%
  2. Adventure 63%
  3. Singleplayer 55%
  4. Atmospheric 49%
  5. Indie 48%
  6. First-Person 43%
  7. Action 41%
  8. Story Rich 39%
  9. Dark 37%
  10. Exploration 35%
  11. Puzzle 33%
  12. 3D 32%
  13. Mystery 30%
  14. Survival Horror 30%
  15. Casual 28%
  16. 2D 25%
  17. Action-Adventure 20%
  18. Realistic 19%
  19. Walking Simulator 18%
  20. Thriller 18%
  21. Simulation 18%
  22. Multiple Endings 17%
  23. Psychological 17%
  24. Visual Novel 17%

The Psychological Horror tag describes a genre of video games that focus on psychological and emotional aspects to create a sense of fear, tension, and unease in the player. While traditional horror games often rely on jump scares, gore, or supernatural elements, psychological horror explores the human mind and exploits deep-rooted fears and anxieties.

In psychological horror games, the fear comes from unsettling atmospheres, disturbing narratives, and psychological manipulation. These games aim to mess with the player's perception of reality, blurring the lines between what is real and what is imagined. They make use of various techniques to achieve this, including:

  • Atmosphere & Sound Design Psychological horror creates a tense atmosphere through eerie environments, dim lighting, claustrophobic spaces, or unsettling sounds. The goal is to induce a feeling of unease that lingers throughout gameplay.
  • Narrative & Storytelling These games often feature complex narratives with exploration-based gameplay, where players unravel disturbing mysteries or uncover haunting backstories. The story serves as a vehicle for delving into psychologically unsettling themes.
  • Puzzles & Mind Games Psychologically driven puzzles challenge players intellectually while also playing on their fears or emotions. They require critical thinking and problem-solving skills while immersing players in an unnerving environment.
  • Mind Control Mechanics Some games may introduce mind control mechanics where players find themselves questioning their own actions and motives.

Some well-known examples:

  • Silent Hill 2 This game is often regarded as a masterpiece of psychological horror. It tells the story of James Sunderland as he explores the eerie town of Silent Hill, facing his inner demons along the way.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent In this first-person horror game, players assume the role of Daniel, who wakes up in a derelict castle with no memory and must uncover the truth while avoiding mysterious forces that lurk in darkness.
  • Layers of Fear This game puts players in the shoes of a troubled painter navigating through an ever-changing Victorian mansion. As they unravel layers of secrets and confront disturbing visions, it delves deep into themes like madness and obsession.

Overall, psychological horror games aim to create an intense and unsettling experience by preying on our deepest fears and emotions. They can be deeply atmospheric and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impact on players long after they finish playing.

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