The Halloween season is upon us, filled with spooks, scares and other horrors. It's a time where it's actually a good thing to be creeped out, and many people jump into video games to celebrate. Some want hardcore jump scares, while others are looking for something a bit cosier to play on the dark evenings.
It doesn't have to be all blood and guts, as there are a fair few titles for younger audiences too. But of course, for those looking for something a bit darker, you have plenty to choose from.
Xbox Game Pass is a gold mine for Halloween themed titles, so we've curated a list of games you'll want to check out over the holiday.
With the sequel announced at Xbox's E3 showcase, and coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, there's no reason not to check out the original game while it's still in the service. Recently updated for Xbox Series X|S, A Plague Tale: Innocence provides an emotional story of two siblings caught in a horrific situation. Set in France, a plague of rats is overrunning the country, and the pair of you will have to navigate through many trials and tribulations to survive. Packed with heartbreak, tense set-pieces and beautiful character moments, it's a Halloween treat for those looking for something with an emotional core.
One of the most recent and biggest additions to Xbox Game Pass is Back 4 Blood - a thrilling co-operative shooter which sees teams of four tackling waves of the undead. Sound familiar? That's because it's helmed by the creators of the Left 4 Dead series and contains a lot of the same DNA. While the experience has been refined, it still manages to capture its own identity and has proven to be an addictive multiplayer shooter in the Xbox Game Pass library. If you're looking for some intense, thrilling zombie killing action this Halloween, Back 4 Blood has got your back.
If you've ever watched shows such as Twin Peaks or The X-Files, you'll be right at home with Control. It's a game so bizarre, weird, and yet wonderful, you'll want to explore every corner. Set in the Federal Bureau of Control, you'll slowly peel back the layers of an unnerving mystery, filled with twists and turns. All while this is happening, new abilities are gifted to you throughout, giving you an array of powers to play with. There's something eerie about the world of Control and you never once feel comfortable. It's isolating, creepy and filled with spooky moments. Definitely check it out on Xbox Game Pass.
If you want something a bit more lighthearted this Halloween, then Costume Quest 2 from Double Fine is a perfect choice. The colourful RPG mixes elements of Stranger Things with Saturday morning cartoons. You play as a group of kids uncovering a diabolical plot in your neighbourhood, all while completing quests, engaging in turn-based battles and donning various Halloween costumes. What it lacks in scares, it makes up for in family-friendly spooky vibes and is a perfect title for those who can't handle the darker games on offer.
Another lighthearted title for those wanting something a bit more chill is LucasArts' classic Day of the Tentacle Remastered. With incredible minds behind the project such as Tim Schafer, the point and click adventure has you travelling through time to advance through an increasingly bizarre plot. It's become something of a cult classic over the years, with many flocking to the game since it joined Xbox Game Pass. If you're looking for some comedy this Halloween, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything more enjoyable.
Dead Space is not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for something blood curlingly terrifying, then this is for you. Pitting you in a classic third-person view akin to classic Resident Evil titles, you'll explore an abandoned space station that has been overrun by aliens known as Necromorphs. There's no running and hiding here, as you're forced to dismember each creature limb by limb. There's nothing more terrifying than hacking off its legs to see it then crawl towards you. Dead Space has become a huge hit in the horror scene and is well worth checking out ahead of the upcoming remake.