Best Multiplayer Horror Games on Xbox

Playing horror games alone can be fun, but playing them with friends is even better.

While most horror games are best enjoyed on a PC versus a console, there are still plenty of good horror games that you can play on the Xbox through the Xbox Game Pass or by simply purchasing the game from the Xbox store. 

Keep reading to see the list of good multiplayer horror games on Xbox that you and your friends can play so that you and your friends can enjoy a game night of pure terror.

Too afraid to dive into the abyss alone? Check out the best co-op horror games.

Dying Light

The first game on our list is Dying Light which came out in 2015, and since then, it has been a mainstay in the horror genre of video games.

Filled with zombies that want to kill you, and the ability to parkour around the world as you explore it and complete various missions and tasks makes it one of the best games to play. However, single-player can be difficult, so co-op exists to help you even out the playing field against the hordes that want you dead. 

You can play with a max of four other players in the co-op mode, so if you got plenty of friends to add you in the battle, suit up with them.

You and your friends can then choose to parkour away from the never-ending dead, or you can stand firm and fight against them. If you choose to fight against the zombies, you have a large assortment of long-ranged and melee weapons to choose from. 

Do you want to take the zombies down before they know you’re there? Then pick up a sniper rifle. Or maybe you want to get up close and personal with the nasty little buggers. In that case, you can pick up axes, swords, or one of the game’s other melee weapons to chop off heads and limbs. 

Regardless of your play style, Dying Light has something for you, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore the open world of Dying Light!

Friday the 13th: The Game

If you are a horror movie fan, you will want to play a game based on one of the best horror titles ever.

That is correct; you can play Friday the 13th: The Game and take on the role of either a counselor or the hockey-mask machete-wielding killer, Jason Voorhees. It functions much like Dead by Daylight, though your goal as a survivor is to escape from Camp Crystal Lake without being butchered. 

On the other hand, Jason gets to employ many different powers to effectively stalk and murder the hapless humans who were unlucky enough to be chosen as counselors at what is quite possibly the most haunted campground ever to exist.

The experience is even more terrifying because the survivors must gather resources to escape from the campground. They also can only talk to one another when they are close by or if two or more players have managed to get their hands on radios.

As they scramble to escape and hide from Jason, the player playing Jason gets to stalk the campgrounds, hunting for any survivor who isn’t perfectly hidden. And when they find them, it is over in a slash and a bloody scream as Jason adds another body to his long list of kills.

So if you and your friends are horror fans looking for a great gaming experience, you will want to check out Friday the 13th: The Game. 

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight has long been number one in multiplayer horror games, with its large selection of killers and great replayability.

Everything about this game sets it above most of the previous games in the horror genre that came before it. While it may not be one of the scariest games, it can still scare you sometimes if you get into it. 

There is something about running from a serial killer in the game, only for them to appear seemingly out of nowhere and stick you on a hook. At the same time, though, it is so exhilarating when you manage to escape and help your friends repair the generators and escape from the hell you have been trapped in.

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Like many other horror multiplayer games, Dead by Daylight pits four survivors against one killer, allowing you to play with up to four of your friends. The survivors play in third-person while the killer has a first-person perspective, which does lessen their ability to see all around them. 

If you don’t have a full squad, you can also play with randoms, though that can be a disappointing experience as there is no in-game chat. So if you are looking for a horror game that will keep you entertained for hours and provide you with a great time, look no further than Dead by Daylight.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Another zombie game, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, pits you and your friends against the endless hordes of World War II Nazi zombies. That is correct. In this game, you get to fight through the occultic side of WWII while the Allies face the Axis armies elsewhere. 

The main aspect of this game is to fight your way through the zombie apocalypse by yourself while completing various mission goals and gathering many different weapons to use in the fight against the living dead.

But if you are not keen on completing the campaign alone, you can play with your friends. This can be especially helpful for boss fights which can be incredibly difficult to beat on your own as the hordes surround you from all sides. 

If you and your friends aren’t feeling the campaign, you can play a horde mode in which the five of you have to see how long you can survive against the endless hordes. During this mode, your only main objective is to survive, even as your friends fall around you. 

While this game may not be filled with plenty of jump scares, you can’t help but feel the horror creeping ever closer as you watch your friends die around you. Do you have what it takes to stand against the Nazi zombie hordes of WWII? If so, check out Zombie Army 4: Dead War.

The Zombie Army series started as a spin-off to the Sniper Elite series, which is also really cool. In that sense, Zombie Army is to Sniper Elite what the CoD: Nazi Zombies series is to Call of Duty.

Check out how to install CoD: World at War Custom Zombie maps.

Dead Island: Definitive Edition

Have you ever wanted to be stranded on an island with a max of three friends and be cut off from all society while the zombie apocalypse occurs?

If so, then welcome to Dead Island: Definitive Edition.

On the island is the resort that you and your friends are staying at, and some civilians will give you different tasks to complete. 

As you try to complete the tasks and get off the island, the zombies will try to eat your brains, but you have some ways of defending yourself.

Unlike most zombie games, you only have melee weapons to defend yourself, so you have to get close up with the zombies, making it even more terrifying. 

If you survive and complete all the tasks, you may be lucky enough to return to the mainland, but what’s the point?

After all, the real world is now nothing but a desolate world with zombies everywhere, so is it much better than the island you just escaped from? 

Evil Dead: The Game

Like the horror film game Friday the 13th: The Game, Evil Dead: The Game puts four players against one demon who is trying to kill all of them before they can escape from the infamous world of Evil Dead.

Each player can choose to play as Ash Williams if they want, so you and your friends can play as Ash while trying to escape from Deadites. 

The goal of this survival game is to complete various tasks while the player playing as the Demon sends larger and larger waves of fellow Deadites at the players.

If the different players can complete all of their tasks, they will escape from the Deadites and be able to return to their previous lives. 

While it may not be a truly terrifying game, it is still a great horror experience, especially if you are a big fan of the Evil Dead franchise. The gameplay is quite good and has the same type of replayability as Dead by Daylight. 

Back 4 Blood

If you have ever played the Left 4 Dead Franchise, you will love to play Back 4 Blood. It is the spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead games and features the same bloody zombie gameplay you got in the original games of the franchise.

It is a great game when it comes to zombie games, as it really emphasizes its multiplayer mode, which many other games fail to do. 

While it has a single-player mode, you will want to play the co-op mode for the true experience, as the game is balanced in terms of having a couple of your friends helping you blast away at the enemies who desire your death.

If you decide to play the campaign, you will get several AI companions to help you through your journey. However, as most gamers know, AI is never anywhere as good as having some friends by your side.

To fight against the zombies, you and your friends are given access to many different weapons. You can either get up close and personal with the zombies or stay at a distance and shoot them down long before they reach you.

The choice is yours, as the game gives you complete control over your gaming style when killing zombies. 

So if you are looking for a co-op horror game that leaves you and your friends wondering if you will make it out alive, check out Back 4 Blood!

Hunt Shutdown

If none of these other games have caught your interest, you may like Hunt Shutdown. In this game, you are a private investigator working as a monster bounty hunter, using your skills to track them down and then end their lives according to your client’s wishes. 

These massive behemoth monsters are mighty beings with skills and abilities that will constantly leave you wondering if you will leave this job alive. If you kill them, you can collect the bounty from the client who hired you and leave the area to find your next target. 

While you can play alone, the only way to truly experience the game is to bring along a couple of your friends. Groups are limited to either duos or groups of three, so there is no squading up to a full squad, I’m afraid.

The best part of this mode, though, is that you get dropped into a large open world with a ton of other squads.

Now you’re not just fighting against the monsters; you have to fight against other squads who want to take your bounties from you and will be more than happy to take advantage of you if you are not paying enough attention to where other players near you are located. 

So always have one guard watching for new squads coming for you unless you want to do all the work and get none of the rewards in this game.

If you think you can manage that and have the skills necessary to take on the world’s monsters and become rich, check out Hunt Shutdown.

It is cross-platform, so you don’t even have to own an Xbox to play it, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and start killing monsters!

If you’re into video game theory, check out my post on the importance of sound in horror games.

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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