Horror Japanese Role-Playing Games
ConsoleNameReleaseDeveloperLucca's Notes
DreamcastD22000WarpMore of a survival horror adventure game, with random battles (in which you aim and fire) and XP to gain to increase your small pool of stats, kind of a slog in pacing
PS4Dead or School (DL only)2020Studio NanafushiSidescrolling horror ARPG/Metroidvania; lots of jank in the programming; a bit fanservicey in design
SwitchDead or School (DL only)2020Studio NanafushiSee PS4
SwitchDeath end re;Quest2021Compile HeartSee PS4
PS4Death end re;Quest2019Compile HeartMany VN elements; a semi-horror JRPG about getting trapped in a VRMMO; some genre-switching elements while exploring, positioning is crucial to combat
PS4Death end re;Quest 22020Compile Heart/Idea FactoryKnocking enemies around in battle returns; VN elements and dark themes are still present, less "virtual" features than the first game
SwitchDeath end re;Quest 22022Compile Heart/Idea FactorySee PS4
WiiFragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon2010Tri-Crescendo/Namco BandaiA lonely post-apocalyptic ARPG/slight horror hybrid where you fight off ghosts and discover remnants of civilization
PSXKoudelka2000SacnothHorror-themed JRPG, the precursor to the Shadow hearts series
Wii UNecromancer (VC)2018Hudson SoftAn untranslated horror-themed JRPG originally made for the PC Engine
PSXParasite Eve1998SquareHorror JRPG based on a novel, positioning-based combat system
VitaParasite Eve (PSone Classics)2012SquareSee PSX
PSXParasite Eve II2000SquareMore of a survival-horror slant than the first game, including tank controls!
VitaParasite Eve II (PSone Classics)2012SquareSee PSX
Xbox SeriesRaging Bytes (DL only)2023Hit-PointAbsolutely not your usual Kemco fare- taking place during a zombie apocalypse in the '70s! Small gameplay loop and a very dedicated aesthetic
PS2Shadow Hearts2001SacnothTakes place after Koudelka's bad ending, incorporates cosmic horror, alternate history, and a timing-based disc that affects success
PS2Shadow Hearts: Covenant2004NautilusMore of the above, but it has a vampire wrestler, so it's immediately 5203487203 times better
PS2Shadow Hearts: From the New World2006NautilusSimliar gameplay to the previous entries, but more of a comedic tone and weaker dungeon design
JP FCSweet Home1989CapcomWithout this, Resident Evil doesn't exist; a horror turn-based game with character permadeath
Xbox 360The Undead Syndrome (DL only)2012Mukago Software DevelopmentA very strange, very budget indie horror game with ARPG elements and leveling