Greetings, fellow ghosts and ghouls. Are you ready for a haunted handful of sinister suggestions that’ll get you feeling suitably spooked for Samhain?
The terrifying talons of October are snapping at our heels, so we’ve prepared a list of five extra eerie gothic games to get you in the mood for the macabre.
Peer below, brave soul, and let’s begin our slow descent into darkness!
5 Games That’ll Help You Channel Your Inner Ghoul
#5 - Medieval
Sir Daniel Fortesque leads the charge on our list!
First released back in 1998 on the PlayStation, MediEvil follows the tale of the Hero of Gallowmere, brought back to life after an unfortunate run-in with an arrow to the eye, as he slashes and smashes his way after the evil necromancer, Zarok.
Expect possessed pumpkins, stained glass gargoyles, and more in this beloved classic.
There was even a sequel that took place in Victorian London, which had the player don a suit and top hat to battle zombies in Whitechapel.
The original game was remastered back in 2019 for the PlayStation 4, so you can relive the classic in a shiny new form today!
#4 - V Rising
Survival and crafting more of your (blood) bag?
Take up the mantle as a creature of the night and craft the Gothic castle of your dreams in both PVP and PVE modes on V Rising.
Available in Early Access on Steam, V Rising encourages you to scour the land for resources, draining humans, animals, monsters, and more of their blood and resources in order to grow your own powers and dominate the land.
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Turn into a wolf, fire flames from your hands or just settle down with a nice glass of red on your very own ramparts.
Nothing says Halloween like a coterie of vampire thralls and a six-foot throne!
#3 - Darkest Dungeon
Feeling too cheerful and looking for a more realistic Gothic experience? Darkest Dungeon has you covered!
Raise a rag-tag group of adventurers and delve into the darkness on your quest to liberate the land of foul beasts and eldritch evils in this turn-based rogue-lite.
Available on console and PC, Darkest Dungeon puts your sanity to the test, both outside and in the game, forcing players to balance the mental state of their team against the promise of treasure and rewards.
Lost your favorite hero or heroine to a maniacal monster? Sorry, they’re gone and they’re not coming back!
Sure, you’ll end up feeling exhausted and downtrodden, but isn’t that exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to a realistic Victorian experience this Halloween?
#2 - Lost in Random
Explore a mysterious and warped world that feels like a cross between Henry Selick’s Coraline and American McGee’s Alice in Wonderland in Lost in Random.
In the world of Random, the roll of a dice could mean the difference between life and death, so you’re going to need to make the most of your companion Dicey to overcome the odds.
Collect cards and roll Dicey to activate abilities that will give you the edge in combat against the evil Queen’s forces.
Created by the same studio as the critically acclaimed It Takes Two, Lost in Random is just more proof that Swedish company, Thunderful Games is one to watch.
#1 - Bloodborne
Welcome, dear hunter, to our top pick on the list.
Don your cape, grab your transforming whip-cane, and lose yourself in the blood-soaked streets of Yharnam as you battle werewolves and witches within the hauntingly beautiful, Victorian-esque architecture of the city.
Released by FromSoftware, the studio behind games such as the Dark Souls series and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Bloodborne promises to keep you busy for all of October, primarily because that may be how long it takes you to beat the first boss.
Initially released back in 2015, the game still boasts some beautiful vistas and incredibly smooth combat, as well as a wealth of lore and mystery to really sink your teeth into.
We’d love to recommend Bloodborne, but we don’t want to be held responsible for your rage and fury when you finally face off against the Orphan of Kos (we’re sorry in advance!)
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Featured image courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment.