STALKER is a great suggestion actually. I forgot to mention that one. It's an FPS game at it's core, and normally I wouldn't suggest an FPS to someone looking for horror, but... STALKER is an exception. I'll be damned if Shadow of Chernobyl isn't one of the scariest games I've played. It also has exploration in spades.I know STALKER is an action based game, but it has some great spooky sections.
I agree on STALKER but FO3 and NV didn't feel very survival horror-ish to me. There were a few creepy parts, mostly the abandoned vaults, but it doesn't take long before you level up into an unkillable super-soldier.What about Fallout 3 and Fallout NV? Stalker for sure.
Unless you use a mod that slows down leveling.I agree on STALKER but FO3 and NV didn't feel very survival horror-ish to me. There were a few creepy parts, mostly the abandoned vaults, but it doesn't take long before you level up into an unkillable super-soldier.
RAGE was decent, but it wasn't scary in the slightest, and I don't think it's relevant in a discussion about horror games.my friend said RAGE was pretty good game.
Additionally all three of the STALKER games are loaded with all sorts of ambient sound effects, ranging from anomalies to mutant groans and growls in the distance, or seemingly just behind you. They did an amazing job with the sounds aspect for all three of them. A fair advice of the ex-STALKER fan I am, just don't go in the X-18 Labs or the Agroprom's Sewers/Underground facility (in Shadow of Chernobyl) during night time if it's your first time there, especially not with headphones, or I'm telling you if you're easily absorbed in a game's environments (like I often am) and get yourself immersed in your character's shoes in a matter of seconds (again, like me, especially when the atmosphere just "forces" you in) then you're in for the fastest heartbeats you'll ever experience whilst playing a video game. It's just so tense and grim, it makes DOOM 3 look and feel like a child's sandbox.
There are plenty.
Your problem here is that you're looking at major, big-budget "horror" games that rely more on action and cheap scares to appeal to casual audiences (i.e. Dead Space, the newer Resident Evil games, etc, etc). Most of the good survival horror games are actually indie games. All of these games I'm about to list focus very heavily on horror, and very little on combat. They each have at least a decent level of exploration.
- Penumbra (my favorite horror series ever)
- Amnesia (from the makers of Penumbra. Not as story-heavy, but more polished and more accessible)
- Scratches (incredibly unnerving point-and-click adventure, probably my second fave)
- Slender: The Arrival (an enhanced version of the original Slenderman game)
- Lone Survivor (basically a 2D silent hill)
- Darkness Within (another damned creepy point-and-click adventure)
- Pathologic (extremely creepy, unsettling, mystifying open-world horror game from a Russian developer)
- Nightmare House 2 (an HL2 mod, but don't let that deter you. An extremely well-made, polished horror game)
All of these games are available as digital downloads, and most of them are cheap ($10 or less). I think you should try Penumbra or Amnesia first. Amnesia especially is a good introduction to terrifying horror games.