Horror games are very successful on consoles and PC and are always one of the most popular on platforms like Steam. The most modern titles in the genre, such as Resident Evil Village, can be heavy on modest PCs, but there are many examples of games of this style that are good and work well on PCs that are considered weak. Among them, Outlast, Amnesia, Little Nightmares and Limbo are the most praised. considering this, TechTudo Made a list of tips for horror games that run well on older PCs. It is important to note that the list considers three basic minimum requirements: RAM, processors and video cards.
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Outlast and other games are among the horror games that run on any PC — Photo: Disclosure / Red Barrels
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Outlast is a first-person horror game where players take on the role of investigative journalist Miles Upshur. The main character needs to investigate complaints of violence and abuse in a mental hospital, but when he tries to understand what is happening there, he encounters unexpected horrors. In Outlast, the fear is constant and the player is always dealing with the darkness while having to turn around to look for batteries for his camera. Using the car’s night vision is essential to progress, but it doesn’t guarantee that the player won’t be surprised.
Mixing survival with the need for light, Outlast is one of the scariest in recent memory — Photo: Disclosure
Outlast was released in 2013 and therefore works well on older devices. It is also considered a classic that has influenced other horror games. The title requires a machine with at least 2 GB of RAM, a 2.2 GHz dual-core processor, and any video card with 512 MB of memory to handle its graphics.
2. Little Nightmares – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Imagine controlling a child in a 2D game where you have to walk around a stage, avoid violent deaths, giant creatures that want to devour you, and at the same time try to keep yourself in the light. That’s how Little Nightmares works, an indie game released in 2017 for PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, as well as PC. The title was so successful that it has already been extended. The game features well-designed puzzle mechanics and inventive combat, and is somewhat reminiscent of director Tim Burton’s film aesthetic.
Little Nightmares combines 2D and 3D elements with horror and Tim Burton film aesthetics.
Although newer, Little Nightmares requires a computer with at least 4GB of RAM in addition to an Intel Core i3 processor (or equivalent) and an Nvidia GTX 460 video card to run. It is also recommended to play with a controller. Improve your experience if you enjoy it on PC.
Manhunt 2 is a classic from Rockstar, the same company that owns the GTA and Red Dead Redemption series. However, there is no open world here, and the main thing is stealth. Third-person gameplay is the main mechanism, as we control the character Daniel Lamb in an asylum full of psychopaths who must find ways to kill each other. The game was praised for its extreme violence, but it also caused controversy and its distribution was halted on several platforms.
Manhunt 2 was deemed too violent for release in several countries, including Brazil — Photo: Disclosure/Rockstar
For this reason, for example, it is not possible to buy the digital version of Manhunt 2 for PC legally in Brazil, only physical copies for PC, PlayStation 2, Wii and PSP are available on product resale sites. If you can find one, you only need a computer with 512 MB of RAM, an Intel Pentium 4 processor, and any video card of at least 128 MB.
Released in 2006 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, FEAR is one of the oldest games on the list, considered one of the horror classics. The game combines horror and suspense with first-person shooter gameplay, bringing some action-packed moments. In the story, you control a soldier who investigates a mysterious and paranormal force with the support of the FEAR team, or First Encounter Assault Recon. Before filming, it is necessary to analyze each scenario and deal with the threats created by the game’s “villain” Alma.
FEAR combines shooting games with horror and supernatural elements — Photo: Disclosure / Warner
FEAR has gone viral with a viral video made by reduplicated streamer Rato Borachudo, the protagonist of “Fala do”, where he makes several jokes about the fear of the game. To play FEAR on your PC, you need at least 512MB of RAM, at least an Intel Pentium 4 processor, and a video card of just 64MB.
5. Amnesia: Dark Origins – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android
Another game that is already considered a classic and has aged very well, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, was released in 2010 and is another horror game that bets on first-person gameplay to increase the scares and heighten the scares. In the game, the player embarks on a journey with a character who has no memory in an unknown environment and must escape from there to discover more of his past.
Amnesia: In the Dark Origins adventure, your character wakes up in an abandoned castle with no memory – Photo: Disclosure / Friction Games
The character, eventually identified as Daniel, is trapped in a prison and over time discovers that his memories may not be so pleasant. Amnesia: Dark Descent requires a PC with at least 2GB of RAM, a 2.0GHz processor, and any integrated video card – typically 512MB configurations will do the trick to run at full capacity.
Alan Wake is a game that has gained attention since it was announced by Remedy Entertainment, the producer originally responsible for the Max Payne series. Furthermore, when it was released in 2010, the title was one of the best Xbox 360 exclusives on the market, where it remained for a long time until it gained versions for several other platforms. The Nintendo Switch edition is still in the works and is scheduled for release in late 2022, while the Remastered version for PS4 and PS5 was released in October 2021.
Alan Wake is produced by the same producer as the Max Payne series and, more recently, Control — Photo: Disclosure/Remedy
In Alan Wake, we control the character that gives the game its name, a crime fiction writer who begins to interact with a dark force that possesses things and even people. The game is third-person and has an investigative tone, despite containing some horror elements. Its PC version requires a computer with at least 2 GB of RAM, a 2 GHz dual-core processor, and a 512 MB video card.
7. Alien: Isolation – PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS
Alien: Isolation was released in 2014 and is considered to be the best game in the entire Alien cinematic saga so far. In addition to the graphic quality, the game also offers an adventure that is guaranteed with a good story and interesting gameplay. Despite being in first person, Alien: Isolation is not a brutal action game. Rather, the game offers a cat-and-mouse experience where the player has to think a lot before each move in order not to surprise the terrifying xenomorph.
In Alien: Isolation you control Lieutenant Ripley’s daughter — Photo: Disclosure / SEGA
In the game, you control Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Lt. Ellen Ripley, the classic character from the film series. A young woman works on a space station when things go wrong and aliens take over. It’s up to Amanda to save the survivors and try to save herself by telling the story, doing justice to her legacy. Alien: Isolation is a bit heavier than other games, but not by much. He wants a computer with 4 GB of RAM, a 1 GB video card and a processor with a maximum frequency of 3.16 GHz.
8. Limbo – PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, Android, iPhone (iOS)
Limbo may have a relatively similar proposition to Little Nightmares, but deep down it’s a very different game. The two are very similar in terms of gameplay as they are 2D platform adventures, however Limbo also has a strong aesthetic appeal. The game uses the concept of shadows – all characters are shadows, both the hero and the enemies and the scenario. The dark environment sets the right tone of dread and constant concern for players to sense the atmosphere of danger.
In Limbo, you control a young man who may have a violent death — Photo: Disclosure / Playdead
In Limbo, we control a nameless young man who must overcome a nightmare to save his sister. The 2010 game challenges you to overcome obstacles and various monsters, with encounters that can lead to the child’s violent death. Limbo only requires 512MB of RAM, a 2GHz processor and a Shader Model 3.0 compatible video card – usually anything over 512MB will run smoothly.