The 2000s was one of the most defining decades for video games. New flourishing technology and graphics inspired many game companies and indie game creators to explore new, fresh, creative stories and ideas. This is especially true for games in the horror genre. The innovations in the game industry made way for uniquely horrifying storylines and art styles. Here are some examples of the best horror games to come out of the Y2k decade.
Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil is a third-person survival horror game where you solve puzzles as you explore a gothic mansion and its surrounding area dodging and killing monsters such as giant spiders and zombies.
With its fast-paced gameplay and grotesquely beautiful character and backgrounds, the first installment of the iconic Resident Evil franchise remains a well-loved classic with a massive loyal fanbase.
Silent Hill 2 (2001)
The sequel to the fan-favorite 1999 game Silent Hill, this survival horror game follows the main character of the franchise, James Sunderland as he veers through and fights for survival in the monster-filled town of Silent Hill.
Silent Hill has been a beloved horror game franchise for over twenty years. Its impact can be felt even today. With many new installments continuing into the present day and even a movie series. Even with all the new installments of the Silent Hill franchise over the years, Silent Hill 2 remains a favorite among longtime fans.
Dead Space (2008)
Dead Space is a 2008 survival Sci-fi horror game where the player as an engineer named Issac Clark navigates a mining spacecraft and avoids space monsters known as Necromorphs all the while battling a growing psychosis that threatens to drive him insane.
Dead Space was originally pitched in early 2006, Creator Glen Schofield wanted to create a truly terrifying game in the same vein as the before-mentioned Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchise. 2008s Dead Space remains a beloved cult classic among horror game fans.
Dead Rising (2006)
Inspiring many zombie survival horror games such as Dead by Daylight (that has a lot of customizations and you can get them all unlocked when you buy DBD account), Dead Rising is a 2006 action-adventure open-world horror game centered around a zombie apocalypse. You play as photojournalist Frank West as he gets trapped in an abandoned shopping mall with the legions of the undead.
Dead Rising has a unique open world and third-person format that always the player to explore the abandoned shopping mall at their leisure. The gameplay involves scavenging for items around the mall and fighting off zombies as well as hostile human NPCs is known as “Psychopaths”. This type of gameplay is very unique for horror games of the time, making it a memorable 2000s games
Bioshock is a 2007 Sci first-person shooter game that takes place in an alternate history of the 1960s. You play as a man named Jack as he explores the underwater city of Rapture. Rapture was created by a business mogal named Andrew Ryan as a perfect utopian society after the discovery of a superhuman power-inducing property known as ADAM. Playing as Jack, you must fight to escape Rapture while evading ADAM-obsessed enemies and inhuman creatures know as Big Daddies.
Bioshock’s concept was heavily inspired by the cold war era dystopian and utopian fiction of the mid-20th century such as Brave New World and 1894. It also takes inspiration from the writings of predominant 20th-century authors such as Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley. It is also hard to miss the resemblance the main villain of the series, Andrew Ryan has to prominent business moguls such as Walt Disney and John D Rockafeller. There was clearly a lot of thought and research put into Bioshocks development.
Bioshock had many sequels and reboots over the years, but the 2007 original remains an immensely popular classic