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10 Best Reverse Horror Games That Are Worth Playing

By Eric Soul | Updated 8 months ago | 6 Min Read

For those of you who know about horror games but don’t know about reverse horror games, then let me give you a quick introduction. In games where you probably take on the role of antagonist, or the character, who is merciless, and badass is called reverse horror games.

So most of the zombie killing games fall into the reverse horror genre. Most of these games are the reverse of survival and horror. Instead of taking the role of victim or fellow survivor, you take on the role of assassin.

You will encounter strong violence, language, and blood. So for this list, I have picked top reverse horror games that will give you an earth-shattering experience. The reverse horror genre is quite new, so most of the games can be played by modern gamers.

I’m a guy from old retro games, have played all sorts of games on different devices, genres, and series. So one thing I have noticed is the people who may not like horror survival games, do like reverse horror games, and people who like FPS games, love reverse horror games.

Doom

Doom Game
Doom

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, PS4, NS, Xbox One
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Going back to 1993, Doom was a popular game with 3D pixel graphics, and I played this game on Java Machine. Coming to Doom 2016, everything is changed from graphics, sound, technology, story, to platforms except for reverse horror style.

The player takes on the role of an unknown space marine on Mars where he fights against the creatures that are straight from hell. The demonic forces are unleashed by Union Aerospace Corporation during energy mining.

You can say that game has ultimate action, violence, blood, and gore. The game runs at a fast pace and support singleplayer campaign mode and multiplayer action mode. You can also create a custom level with SnapMap editor. Doom 2016 is the top-rated game in the Doom series.

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: PS4, NS, Xbox One, Android, Windows
Mode: Multiplayer

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric survival horror game where a group of survivors tries to escape a killer. Asymmetric meaning the player can be a survivor or a killer. There are up to four survivors playing third-person and a killer in First-person. There are more than 20 survivors that players can select from each with pros and cons. Every killer has its own perks, some are powerful but difficult to master, while some are fast but not so powerful.

The characters in the game are selected from various horror series and movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Left 4 Dead, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Stranger Things, Saw, Evil Dead, and Silent Hill. The main goal of the survivors is to fix generators to open the escape gate, and the killer’s goal is to disable generators & kill all the survivors.

Carrion

Carrion
Carrion

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2020
Platforms: NS, Xbox One, Windows, Linux, macOS
Mode: Singleplayer

Carrion is a hardcore reverse horror survival game with great pixel art graphics and soundtrack. The player controls a red, amorphous worm-like creature of unknown origin. The creature is being held in a containment unit within a bio-hazard facility.

One day the creature breaks through the prison and tries to find an exit, destroying everything that comes into the way. The creature takes revenge on the people who made it suffer. As the game progresses, different genetic pieces of the creature are found, and that gets merged with its body, making it stronger, bigger, and deadly.

Hitman

Hitman
Hitman

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, Xbox One
Mode: Singleplayer

Even though hitman does not fall in the horror part much, but it is the best example of a reverse survival game with hardcore action and story. Most of the games in the Hitman series fall under action survival, and Hitman 2016, I feel, is a reverse horror game. Horror does not necessarily mean supernatural, ghost, or zombies. It can be a thriller.

The player takes on the role of an enhanced assassin called Agent 47, who works with the International Contract Agency (ICA) as an undercover agent completing all missions successfully. One day an anonymous group called shadow clients ruins the ICA and life of Agent 47. Now Agent 47 has to fix things by himself.

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead

Rating: 10/10
Year: 2008
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox 360
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Left 4 Dead is one of the most popular survival horror games, more of a zombie killing game. The main objective is to kill zombies and survive somehow. The game begins when there is a worldwide zombie outbreak. The four protagonists who are immune to zombification, fight against the hordes of zombies that are infested across the city.

The game offers four modes: singleplayer campaign mode, four-player co-op mode, 4Pv4P, and survival mode. L4D was probably the first game that has praised team-work in the horror survival genre. The game has pretty good AI for zombies and other 3 players on singleplayer mode. The difficulty and the environments are set dynamically based on the player’s performance.

The Darkness

The Darkness
The Darkness

Rating: 8.6/10
Year: 2007
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The games follow a very dark story of Jackie Estacado, who lost everything after the massacres plotted by his uncle Paulie Franchetti. He lost his family, his girlfriend, by an evil force that inhabited his family for centuries. With a serious trauma, he commits suicide.

After a while, he wakes up in hell like a place resembling the atmosphere of World War I. There he finds similar energy like the Darkness that killed everyone on a tragic night. Now he has to learn the secrets of the Darkness and avenge his lost family.

White Noise 2

White Noise 2
White Noise 2

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 2017
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, Xbox One
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The game is similar to Dead by Daylight as an asymmetric horror game where the player can be a part of the investigation team or a monster who devours them. So it is a reverse horror game for the player who controls the monster.

As an investigator, you need to be careful while exploring, teamwork is most important, working alone is not a good idea. If you get lost, the creature will devour you as soon as possible. As a monster, you need to stalk your prey and hunt them, light is your enemy. So attack from behind. Play and unlock new characters, collect items, flashlights, skills, perks, and much more.

Mushroom 11

Mushroom 11
Mushroom 11

Rating: 8.9/10
Year: 2015
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

It is a puzzle-solving reverse horror game, a 2D side-scroller platformer that follows a green mushroom that simulates cells by destroying and reproducing. Control a mysterious amorphic organism making its way through the world facing various obstacles. Various types of puzzles involve racing, precise control, pattern matching, etc.

Stubbs the Zombie

Stubbs the Zombie
Stubbs the Zombie

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 2005
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, macOS, Xbox
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

It’s a fun reverse horror survival game where the player controls a zombie in a third-perspective. The main goal is to kill humans and eat their brains that can help to recover lost health. You can either kill a human with a melee attack or turn them into a zombie that can fight along with you. If you look at the graphic of the game, it looks like a horror-comedy game and that ture. But if the same game was designed like the graphics of Dead by DayLight than it would certainly be thrilling. So play it for fun.

Manhunt 2

Manhunt 2
Manhunt 2

Rating: 8.6/10
Year: 2007
Platforms: Windows, Wii, PS2
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

The first thing I will say after playing this game is that it actually has disturbing graphics, looks like a real webcam, and terrifying sound. The game was criticized for many things including poor voice quality, old graphics, and was opposed by anti-video game activist Jack Thompson. It is one of the goriest games of all time. The game shares the universe of GTA, set in the fictional city of Cottonmouth.

Last Words

Well, now I guess you know which game is best for you. So for multiplayer play DBDL & L4D, for solo play Doom & Hitman, for retro play Carrion & Mushroom 11, and for fun play Stubbs the Zombie. It depends on what game you like, there is no proper definition to reverse horror games. You will find that most of the games contain the reverse horror genre. So play what you like. Just Chill.

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