The best horror games on Xbox Game Pass for Halloween

HALLOWEEN is fast approaching and nothing quite gets you excited for the spooky season as a horror game.

However, we don’t always have the wherewithal to buy new titles.

All of these games are playable on Game Pass.

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All of these games are playable on Game Pass.Photo credit: Getty

We’ve rounded up the best horror games currently available on Xbox Game Pass, giving you a month of terrifying games for the price of one subscription.

Dim the lights and shut your doors tight; Things are getting spooky just in time for Halloween.

10. Grim Fandango Remastered

A point and click adventure.

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A point and click adventure.Credit: Double fine

Based on Day of the Dead and not Halloween, Grim Fandango has you playing as a skeleton, so it’s spooky enough for us.

Similar to the recent Return to Monkey Island, in this point-and-click adventure you play the role of Manny as he tries to make his way through the land of the dead to save a virtuous soul.

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Definitely more humorous than scary, it still contains many of the spooky images the season is known for.

This one is for those who want to experience the holiday season without fearing too much.

9. Danganronpa

Murder meets courtroom drama.

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Murder meets courtroom drama.Credit: Spike Chunsoft

All three main Danganronpa games are currently on Xbox Game Pass and we recommend that you play them in order.

In the first game, you play as a kid trapped with 14 other students in a school where the only way out is murder.

You may not think of murder, but you are tasked with solving the murders committed by other students.

Think Phoenix Wright Meets Hercule Poirot if you want to try your hand at the series.

8. Alice: Madness Returns

A darker version of the classic story.

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A darker version of the classic story.Photo credit: Spicy Horse

The only Xbox 360 Classic on the list, Alice: Madness Returns is a horror game loosely based on the original Alice in Wonderland story.

It has a strong gothic look to it and is part of the psychological horror genre if that’s your kind of scare.

In this hack-and-slash adventure, you assume the role of Alice as she journeys through a twisted version of Wonderland.

Everyday objects like a kitchen knife and a pepper mill transform into a sword and Gatling gun, adding to the dark theme.

7. Inside

An ending you cannot foresee.

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An ending you cannot foresee.Photo credit: Playdead

Anyone who played the developer’s previous masterpiece, Limbo, knows how terrifying these games can be.

While Inside shares a similar style to the previous game, both featuring a small lost child, Inside has more of a twist.

Based more on the real world than a fantasy forest, there is a greater variety of areas to explore.

For those who enjoy it when games get completely out of hand, Inside is the place to be.

6. This my war

This game shows the true horror of war.

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This game shows the true horror of war.Credit: 11-Bit Studios

Grounded in reality, This War of Mine explores the horrors of war through the perspective of civilians left behind in war-torn countries.

You manage a house full of people while walking the line between survival and morality.

Do you take on more people when you already have little to eat? Do you indulge people’s vices to make them happy, but give away valuable negotiation tools?

It feels impossible to save everyone as the war drags on.

5. The Door of Death

Play a game with the Reeper.

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Play a game with the Reeper.Credit: Acidnerve

You take on a crow who plays the role of the grim reaper who must defeat monsters and steal the souls of those who do not wish to enter the afterlife.

While the story sounds similar to Grim Fandango, the atmosphere and gameplay are very different.

Death’s Door is not for the faint of heart as it offers a fairly challenging difficulty setting for those not used to isometric brawlers.

However, if you’re not afraid of a challenge, then Death’s Door will set the perfect Halloween atmosphere.

4. Downfall (2016)

Rip and tear through hell.

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Rip and tear through hell.Credit: id software

While most players have fond memories of the original Doom, we recommend the 2016 remake to really give you hair on your chest.

It’s a high-speed first-person action game that rewards you for playing aggressively.

Tear and tear through every layer of hell to one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

While Doom Eternal was released recently, 2016’s game is by far the more memorable.

3. Metal: Hellsinger

An FPS with a twist.

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An FPS with a twist.Photo credit: The Outsiders

A rhythm-based FPS that released in September, Metal: Hellsinger throws a very recent release into the mix.

Killing enemies to the beat of the heavy metal soundtrack is the key to success here as you fight your way past the demons of Hell.

It has a wide variety of weapons to choose from, making each playthrough a little different.

A different take on the horror genre for those who are good with beats.

2. Omori

Appearances can be deceiving.

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Appearances can be deceiving.Photo credit: OMOCAT

Don’t let Omori’s cartoonish looks fool you, it’s a much darker game than the artwork suggests.

It’s an RPG where you play as a boy who has cut himself off from the world and instead explores his feelings through his dreams.

Fear, sadness, and anger all play a role in how powerful each character can be.

Another one that fits more into the psychological horror box, Omori plays with your emotions more than an aversion to blood.

1. Alien: Isolation

Hidden horrors are all the more frightening.

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Hidden horrors are all the more frightening.Photo credit: SEGA

While we’ve tried to give you a bunch of different types of horror games in this list, Alien: Isolation is the pure kind.

The kind you have to take out so you don’t soil your pants while a Xenomorph relentlessly pursues you around a space station.

Unknown horrors are always more terrifying as your imagination fills in the holes your eyes can’t see.

The alien lurks around and is rarely seen, but you can hear it, feel it, and if you’re unlucky, walk inside.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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