The best PS5 horror games January 2023

From survival horror to action, these PS5 horror games will not only get you in the mood for Halloween but get your heart pumping too

PS5 horror games: A sheriff in The Quarry looks serious

What are the best PS5 horror games? For those with a love for all things scary, there’s an active desire to seek out the things that go bump in the night. But with so much horror out there, what’s the best use of your time?

If the idea of a chilling late night phone call asking you ‘What’s your favourite scary game?’ fills you with fear, don’t sweat it – we’ve all been there. The diligent staff at The Loadout have teared themselves away from writing about upcoming PS5 games and the best PS5 games and put themselves through hours of horror game related trauma to work out which ones chill the blood, and which ones should just, you know, chill out for a second.

PS5 horror games: Dani points a shotgun at Jacob in The Callisto Protocol

1. The Callisto Protocol

When Jacob Lee crashes on Callisto, the dark moon of Jupiter, he doesn’t expect to be arrested and interred in Black Iron Prison – except he is. And while he’s there, things start to go wrong and he has to stage a break out to discover why.

This claustrophobic horror game will have you crawling through vents,  even if you don’t want to – check our The Callisto Protocol review – and shooting tentacles off enemies. It’s full of jump scares and it looks beautiful too.

Best PS5 horror games: Lady D smiles in Resident Evil Village

2. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village doesn’t have the scare-factor of predecessor Resident Evil 7, but with its classic structure that pits you against four different bad guys, and then throws you into one set piece after another, it certainly gets your heart racing.

Village cranks the action all the way up, turning protagonist Ethan Winters from the victim he was in Resi 7 to an all-action survivor here in Village, but the threats are more substantial, with you coming toe to toe with a castle full of vampires, some fish people, and hordes of werewolves. This horror classic even takes all your weapons away from you in one memorable scene, leaving you to skulk around a dingy house while something is on the loose.

Village is a great pick because its a love letter to the series that came before it, and also the canon of schlocky B-movie horrors. Village might start to drag in its last couple of hours, but it’s absolutely worth your time – especially with the new Resident Evil Village DLC.

Best PS5 horror games: An Alien roars in Alien Isolation

3. Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation came out all the way back in 2014, but there isn’t another PS4 game out there that has captured the sheer horror of an intelligent creature stalking you through an enclosed space.

Here, the terror is a xenomorph, a perfect organism as long as all you want your organism to do is murder people. The enclosed space is a space station, the Sevastopol space station to be exact. During your playthrough, you’ll be expected to escape the station all while ducking from the unstoppable xenomorph and murderous androids.

Oh yeah, and the alien is smarter than you – it learns as you play. So if you think hiding in a locker or under a desk is going to save you, think again.

best ps5 horror games: Freddie Kreuger carries a survivor off into the fog in Dead By Daylight

4. Dead by Daylight

Dead By Daylight is a horror phenomenon. If you’re a Twitch fan, you’ve probably already heard of it: four survivors wake up in an otherworldly environment and they have to power up generators to power up the big gates that promise salvation.

The spanner in the works is the killer, controlled by a fifth player. The Dead by Daylight killer‘s goal is to wipe out the players, either by hanging them on hooks or by killing them with a flashy ‘Mori’, which kills them brutally.

Dead By Daylight often more closely resembles a co-operative stealth game than a horror, but when you factor in that through shrewd licensing deals Dead By Daylight could have you playing as Ghostface from Scream, Michael Myers from Halloween, or even the Nemesis from Resident Evil, there are plenty of opportunities for jump scares.

Best PS5 horror games: House of Ashes survivor with blood dripping down their face

5. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

You can play just about any game in the Dark Pictures Anthology and have a fun time – the whole series excels at dropping you in a playable horror movie and challenging you to try and make the best of it.

However, House of Ashes is the best so far – it’s more Aliens than Alien, with gun toting marines running afoul of a cursed Akkadian temple and struggling to deal with the monsters – and each other.

This is also one of the best PS5 co-op games, so buddy up and experience this differently. Just don’t expect them to rescue you if something goes bump in the night.

Best PS5 horror games: Alan Wake shines a torch in the mist

6. Alan Wake Remastered

Alan Wake Remastered is a must-play for fans of schlocky nonsense. You play as the titular author, who takes more than a little inspiration from Steven King, exploring the new town he lives in.

However, there’s something very big and very dangerous out there bumping away in the night, so in true horror fashion, you go out there armed with guns and a flashlight. While your enemies can be killed, darkness protects them and the only protection is light, so you’ll need to burn away your enemies shields with your torch.

The game might be showing its age, but it’s great fun and the remaster makes it a modern classic for those looking to get their kicks from the best PS5 horror games.

best PS5 horror games: A player kicks a mercenary in Dying Light 2

7. Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 is the sequel to the smash hit of the same name Dying Light. If you love the idea of parkouring across cityscapes, smashing zombies up, and having to run for your life atop the many rooftops, Dying Light 2 is the game for you.

Dying Light 2 thrusts players into a savaged world, overrun with all sorts of monstrosities. Thankfully the city of Villedor stands tall amongst all the other ruined cities – something you can read more about in our Dying Light 2 review. Players will have the opportunity to explore to their heart’s content, rescue survivors, scavenge for supplies, and fend off a wide variety of zombies in the most gruesome of ways.

So what are you waiting for? Buddy up or go it alone and see how long you can survive the nightmares that lurk in the darkness.

best ps5 horror games: an old lady raises her hand in The quarry

8. The Quarry

The Quarry is beyond a doubt one of the best horror games on the PS5. It’s from Supermassive Games and draws a lot from what they learned on their lauded work Until Dawn.

Unlike that game, however, The Quarry focuses on a killer in summer camp in true retro spooks style. It’s an interactive game where you have to make choices much like Until Dawn. And much like their predecessor, The Quarry places acting at the forefront of the experience.

Our The Quarry review called it wonderfully atmospheric, so it’s well worth checking out for PS5 owners.

So there you have it, our best PS5 horror games list in full. If you’re looking for more suggestions, make sure to check out or guide to the best PS5 multiplayer games – some of them have horror elements.