PlayStation Now: 6 Classic Horror Games to Download for PS4

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PlayStation Now: 6 Classic Horror Games to Download for PS4

PlayStation.Blog's Sid Shuman dishes on some diabolical downloads for PlayStation Now.

Halloween is a perfect chance to catch up with friends. Or, just crash on the couch and catch up on your horror game backlog. Just in time for the season, PlayStation Now members can now download many of the PS4 (and PS2) games offered by the service to the console’s HDD, in addition to usual streaming features.

Me being a big horror-game fan, and Halloween being objectively the best holiday, it only seemed appropriate to whip together some of my favorites.



FromSoftware’s best (IMO) Soulslike adds a healthy infusion of cosmic horror to its savage melee-based combat. Impressively, Bloodborne’s Lovecraft influences extend far beyond a giant tentacle here or sanity meter there there seen in many other homages. Behind Bloodborne’s macabre exterior lies a proper hidden world that is more ghastly and repulsive than you think. This true PS4 classic is now available to download or stream via PS Now, and it’s a perfect fit for All Hallow’s Eve.



If moody existential dread is more your cup of tea, Soma is your game. From the talented developers of Amnesia comes this gloomy sci-fi horror game, and it doesn’t shy from asking big questions involving the nature of humanity and artificial intelligence (spoiler: the answers are not comforting). There’s no real combat, but you will square off against an assortment of bizarre, disturbing entities as you try to unravel the secrets of the crumbing base PATHOS-II. And be sure to stick around for the devastating conclusion. Highly recommended.


XCOM 2 on PS4

XCOM 2 is unique because it forces you to face simple, naked terror. The story is chilling enough: a race of clandestine xenos is liquifying humans and harvesting DNA as it prepares for total world domination. But it’s the nail-biting turn-based tactical combat that makes this such a pulse-pounding ride. Prepare to experience true white-knuckle terror as you carefully push your scrappy commando squad through truly alarming odds. Even if you don’t normally gravitate to tactical games, give XCOM 2 a shot — it’s the best of the best, and available to download (or stream) on PS Now.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn for PS4

Here’s a Hollywood slasher elevated to glistening, interactive perfection by the talented folks at Supermassive. Featuring a star-studded cast (Rami Malek! Hayden Panettiere!) and a whole, whole lotta grisly ways for them to die, Until Dawn is a horror tale that unfolds like one of those choose-your-own adventure books. The setup contains all the requisite beats — a traumatic event, an isolated cabin in the woods, mysterious goings-on — and then dashes them all in the third Act. This genre classic is now available to download or stream with PS Now.

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition

Still my favorite Housemarque arcade shooter, partly due to my love of zombies, and partly due to the incredibly addictive gameplay loops. You play as (spoiler!) a mysterious test subject fated to battle hordes of undead creepers using shotguns, blade cannons, mines, and an ultra-satisfying default sniper rifle. The odds are definitely stacked against you, and it’ll take quick reflexes (and a co-op partner, if possible) to survive this hellscape. Housemarque’s classic is available for download or streaming via PS Now.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

This well-regarded horror adventure is visually sumptuous and seductively sinister. As perfectly-named paranormal detective Paul Prospero, you’ll investigate the disappearance of a young boy in the sleepy burg of Red Creek Valley… and, naturally, uncover the dark truths contained therein. The less said about this game, the better — it’s got some significant twists that are best experienced fresh. Luckily, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is available for download and streaming on PS Now.

The PS Now team had a few other picks to share:


  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Deadlight Director’s Cut
  • Blood Bowl 2
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition
  • Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut
  • Alienation
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Siren (PS2)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered


  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
  • The Last of Us
  • The Last of Us – Left Behind
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Infamous 2: Festival of Blood
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Telltale Games)

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  • You’re missing the big ones, also free if you’re a PlayStation plus subscriber!
    1. Resident Evil 7: If you have the Playstation VR then this is the most terrifying game, also on sale right now, for the ps4. Even without the VR it’s still makes blood borne look like.. well an rpg.
    2. Resident evil 0 Is also free with a PlayStation plus membership.
    3. The Witcher is a game designed around a world of monsters and things that bump in the night. Also practically free right now.

    Ultimately if you want a good quality thrill you need at least a good set of earbuds, it makes he gruesome deaths that much more punishing, or the PSVR. I wouldn’t justify buying it unless you’ve done your research on what it has to offer. More accurately what it has yet to deliver.

  • Oh and the evil within. Both 1 and the sequel. Great games!

  • One game is missing: Alien Isolation. Very scary game. I had to pee more often than usual while playing it.

    • Completely agree, DongreX. Alien Isolation is probably the scariest game I have ever played. Such a familiar universe, and yet, freshly frightening. I yelped out plenty of times in this game after getting the bejeezus scared out of me by the Alien.

      Could you imagine Alien Isolation in VR? Heh….I’ve played the game with the VR helmet on, and that was scary enough…but to be in FULL VR? I imagine that the goal of the game then would be trying to avoid getting a heart attack.

  • Umm where are these free games I’m a plus member and fail to see anything other the Friday the 13 and that other game?

  • This might be off topic, but when are you guys gonna allow PlayStation users the opportunity of changing the online gamer tags?

  • Will we be able to change our online gamer tags?

  • i just beat until dawn and its pretty good i liked it alot honestly im thinkin about playin it again make quake a game to download

  • Just got a new pro and some transferring ps4 to the pro the ps4 shut off and erased All my games saves including 50 plus hours of rdr2 and fallout 76 beta. Then it wiped my harddrive of 1.5 tb’s worth of games. While running a scan iiib the harddrive it said that had 131,000tb’s of space. This new pro has cost me so much, I have to cancel all my subscriptions. Thank You playstation.

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