Many people wait till October to enjoy all of their scary media, but gamers partake of the macabre year-round! There are always plenty of options when it comes to horror games, and the constant stream of indie horror continues to add to that pile. But, if you’re too scared to immerse yourself in horror, there are plenty of options that allow you to head into the fray with several friends by your side. You can see some of those options on this list of the Top 6 Spooky Co-Op Horror Games to Play with Friends! So stop covering your eyes and call up your friends; it’s time to share the fear.
Kinetic Games’ first-person ghost hunting game Phasmophobia was originally released in 2020. Since then, it has continually added content and features through the Steam Early Access program, improving the game by leaps and bounds over time. Team up with 3 of your bravest friends and enter haunted abodes with the goal of luring out spirits and capturing them, cleansing the premises. To do this, you’ll have plenty of intel on the spirits as well as all kinds of gadgets to use in different situations. Minimal UI allows for complete immersion and careful study of all of your materials, but nothing can prepare you for the scares ahead. If you’re feeling extra brave, the game can also be played entirely in VR.
Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical 4v1 survival horror game created by Behavior Interactive. In it, 4 survivors with unique talents and abilities will work together to escape a single monstrous entity. The game has exploded in popularity since its original release, featuring some big-name horror film tie-ins like Leatherface, Michael Myers, and most recently Sadako from Ringu. Each level is procedurally generated, so you won’t be able to rely on knowledge of the map to gain an advantage. Cooperation and communication are the only ways to survive the supernatural threat that hunts all of you. Or, as the killer, you’ll capture and kill each survivor, sacrificing them to a mysterious eldritch power.
Back 4 Blood
If you have fond memories of the Left 4 Dead games, then you’ll love Back 4 Blood. This game is the spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead throne, created by some of the original designers of the classic who are now at Turtle Rock Studios. With these minds on the development team, Back 4 Blood feels like a bigger, more modern spin on the classic 4-player co-op zombie survival genre. Fight through extensive levels full of all different kinds of infected with your friends as you experience the story of the world you’re inhabiting. When you’re done with the narrative campaign, there is also a competitive multiplayer mode that will let you play as a survivor or a zombie.
GTFO stands for exactly what you think it does. 10 Chamber’s 4-player tactical co-op shooter combines intense suspense with terrifying horror and action. In GTFO, you will be given Work Orders by the Warden, which will have you entering an infested, abandoned research facility called the Complex on a series of expeditions called Rundowns. These Rundowns will task you with completing several different kinds of objectives while avoiding mutated monstrosities known as Sleepers. These creatures are inherently docile until they are aware of your presence, but after that, they will swarm and overpower you, killing you and your team and failing the Rundown. To avoid this painful death, you’ll need tight coordination with your team, and maybe you’ll be able to accomplish your mission and get out alive.
The Dark Pictures
This entry on the list is actually a series of games. The Dark Pictures Anthology currently consists of Man of Medan, Little Hope, and House of Ashes, each of which is a narrative choose-your-own-adventure style game where your actions and choices change how the story unfolds. The series is made by Supermassive Games, the studio that created Until Dawn. Each game includes a feature where you can be joined by friends and family either locally or online, with each person controlling a character and the decisions they make. It makes for some really tense and fun times, and the scare contained within these games will break even the toughest horror fan.
The Blackout Club
If you’re going crazy waiting for the next season of Stranger Things, development studio Question has your back with their first-person co-op survival horror game The Blackout Club. As a group of four teenagers, you will need to work together to unearth a terrifying secret being contained in their small town. Using tools and gadgets like drones and grappling hooks, the four of you will investigate top-secret facilities and even your neighbor’s homes in the hopes of finding information about the mysterious goings-on. Each player will have their own role, and if one of them fails, the whole plan might just fall apart.
Mike has been playing video games since he was able to hold a controller, having been fascinated by Sonic 2 on his mom’s Sega Genesis. That fascination and passion for the art form has grown exponentially nearly 30 years later, and he doesn’t see that fading away anytime soon.