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Best horror games on PC and consoleAs Halloween draws near we pick up our flashlight and go seek out some of our favourite horror video gamesAs Halloween draws near we pick up our flashlight and go seek out some of our favourite horror video gamesEditors2013-10-29T10:45:002013-10-29T10:45:00seo_keywordsBest horror games on PC and consoleIf you like to be scared, have a taste for flesh and buckets of gore, then you'll enjoy our spooky trip into the catacombs that house some of gaming's most frightening inhabitants.We've slaved over a bubbling cauldron to pick a deliciously devilish mix of some of the best spooky games, both old and new, that are sure to get pulses racing and controller slightly sweaty.Click on the image above to view our frightful picks.topThe Last of UsThe Last of Us (PS3)The Last of Us is the nerve-shredding, action-heavy, post-apocalyptic survival horror, from the team behind the Uncharted series. OK it might look like a third-person action game - replete with platform clambering and cover-based shooting - but it excels at breathlessly intense set-pieces, as you battle the few human, and not-so-human, survivors of a deadly, airborne plague. At the heart of the game’s bleakly atmospheric, road trip-style narrative are grizzled black marketeer Joel and 14-year-old Ellie - forced to work together if they’re to stay alive.It’s a game where patience is your best weapon in its ravaged, post-apocalyptic world, where brash set-pieces give way to slow-footed progress through derelict buildings and empty streets, with nothing to fill the silence but the rustle of leaves, the thrash of rain and the occasional halting click of the unspeakable terrors in the shadows.topThe Walking Dead The Walking Dead (PC)The Walking Dead is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name and follows a disparate group of wonderfully-rounded characters as zombies take over the world.The burgeoning father-daughter relationship between protagonist Lee and little girl Clementine gives the game a real emotional core - one that’s vital given that each tightly-paced episode is awash with misery, featuring some of the most harrowing, shockingly violent scenes ever featured in a game. It’s a breathtaking narrative accomplishment, made all the more so by the fact that even your smallest actions can impact on the story - changing how characters relate to you, even who lives or dies.If you're craving more undead action, check out the special one-off episode '400 Days' too.topResident Evil: Revelations Resident Evil: Revelations (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC)Revelations sets the bulk of its action on an ornate, abandoned ocean liner and does a grand job of recapturing that tense survival horror atmosphere first experienced in the series’ early zombie-infested haunted house hallways.Revelations enjoyed its first outing on the 3DS, but we recommend the more-recent home console port. Here Revelations benefits from a lick of high-definition gloss, new content and an updated multiplayer Raid mode.topAlan WakeAlan Wake (Xbox 360 and PC)Alan Wake was created by Max Payne developers Remedy Entertainment, Wake takes the cool action gameplay of that previous series and update it with spectacular scenery, horror trappings and modern-day storytelling.The brilliant environments, stunning visuals and effectively sparse and creepy play mechanics make Alan Wake a seriously moody game - by turns creepy, downright terrifying and solemnly beautiful.topDead SpaceDead Space (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC)In terms of ratcheting up the tension to almost unbearable levels, we think the original Dead Space has yet to be bettered. Sure, its follow-up Dead Space 2 put in a commendable effort, but let us not mention the third...Dead Space kicked off the space-set survival horror series in fine fashion - the USG Ishimura plays host to a particularly nightmarish menagerie and coupled with the menacing audio cues, zero gravity shenanigans, monstrous boss battles and dimly lit corridors, it all makes for a harrowing gameplay experience indeed...topSilent Hill 2 Silent Hill 2 (PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC)Silent Hill 2 is arguably the scariest game in the series. James Sunderland, your character, travels to the mist-shrouded town after receiving a letter from his dead wife.Soon you're embroiled in all manner of disturbing experiences and if you've seen the big screen version you'll be familiar with the worst - that would be Pyramid Head, the leather skirt-wearing monster... Old Toblerone head carries a massive meat cleaver and wears a large, pointy, metal hat.topBioShockBioShock (Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac)Something of a spiritual successor to the System Shock games, BioShock made a big 'splash' when it introduced the crumbling art deco city of Rapture to an unsuspecting public back in 2007. BioShock's Rapture is populated by insane genetic splicers and hulking Big Daddies, with their blood-guzzling Little Sisters, the combat is tactical and tense, and the visuals are stunningly atmospheric.It skillfully treaded the boards between full-on role-playing adventure and intense 3D first-person shooter thanks to its inventory system, use of plasmids (a fancy name for special powers) and morality-based narrative.topAmnesia: A Machine for PigsAmnesia: A Machine for Pigs (PC and Mac)Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is the latest combat-free, first-person endeavour from Frictional Games, the studio behind the pant-soiling Penumbra and Amnesia series.Set in Victorian London, A Machine for Pigs trades the dank castle interiors of its immediate forebear for lavish, but no less oppressive, period detail. Here, you’re forced to endure all manner of expertly orchestrated psychological tricks as you uncover the truth behind the terrible contraption of the title, hiding in the shadows as its grotesque creations come to fruition.topDeadly Premonition: The Director’s CutDeadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (PS3)The mad-as-a-bag, cult classic survival horror game with a distinctly Twin Peaks vibe sees you, playing as FBI agent Francis York Morgan, join forces with the local constabulary to solve a series of grisly murders.Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut is a super low budget endeavour but it's gloriously endearing, featuring a plot that packs a surprising emotional punch when it reaches its delirious conclusion.topRise of NightmaresRise of Nightmares (Xbox 360)Rise of Nightmares offers a spine-tingling horror experience which uses the innovative controls of Kinect to give players the ultimate fright. It's a first person horror adventure made all-the-more visceral thanks to Capcom's decision to forgo the traditional control method and traverse the game's gory world using only their body.top