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By Nikita Gambhir

10 Best Serial Killer Games, Ranked



Video games have the ability to transport players to different worlds and explore various themes. As a result, it is no surprise that many games revolve around the theme of serial killers. These games allow players to indulge in their deepest desires through storytelling. From brutal horror games to mystery detective games, there are a variety of styles to choose from. Here are some of the best serial killer games that are sure to satisfy any gamer’s cravings.

10. Saw
The Saw universe’s main antagonist, Jigsaw, is a unique character who is a blend of a serial killer and a puzzle master. Instead of killing his victims directly, he creates elaborate puzzles and traps for them to try and save themselves. The game follows the same concept, where players have to find a way to escape from Jigsaw’s warehouse.

9. Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack The Ripper
This game is a rare exception as it focuses on a real-life serial killer, Jack the Ripper. The game is set in Victorian London, where players take on the role of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, tasked with catching the notorious killer. The game explores several theories about Jack the Ripper’s identity, making it a compelling detective game.

8. Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit, also known as Indigo Prophecy, is an interactive drama game that focuses on the psychological breakdown of the main character. As he becomes possessed, he turns into a serial killer. The game’s emphasis on story allows players to delve deep into the mind of the killer and understand his motivations.

7. The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is a Telltale game that revolves around a detective trying to solve a murder case. The game is set in a gritty noir city where fairy tale characters live. The game’s premise adds an extra layer of complexity to the story, making it even more interesting when the killer is revealed.

6. The Black
This detective game features a series of cases that revolve around different characters. One of the cases is based on the infamous Black Dahlia murders from LA’s history. The game’s attempt to emulate a notorious case and the serial killer involved creates an intense and immersive gaming experience.

5. Murdered: Soul Suspect
Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game that looks at a detective story from a new angle. The player takes on the role of a detective killed by the very serial killer he is trying to hunt. As a ghost, the detective gains unique powers and has to solve the crime to move on to the afterlife.

4. Manhunt
Manhunt is a controversial game that features graphic violence and a maze filled with brutal convicts. The game’s lack of plot and simple gameplay makes its violence even more shocking. However, the game still holds a legacy as a true work of horror.

3. Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins is a game that delves headfirst into the brutal and gritty world of serial killers. It features Leland Vanhorn, one of the video game world’s most sadistic killers. The game deals with the psychology and cult-like fascination of killing, making it a true horror experience.

2. Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain is a game that focuses on narrative and story above all else. Players control the narrative of multiple characters, each with their own thread and connections to a notorious serial killer. The game’s killer, the Origami Killer, leaves little pieces of origami along with his victims, making the story even more profound.

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1. Friday The 13th
Friday The 13th is a game that allows players to assume the role of the iconic supernatural killer, Jason Voorhees. As players stalk camp counselors, they feel like an invincible villain. The game even features a mode that recreates some of the franchise’s most iconic scenes.

In conclusion, serial killer games come in various styles and themes, from horror to detective games. These games allow players to explore the dark world of serial killers and indulge in their deepest desires. Each game has its unique features and storyline, making them a must-play for avid gamers.

Video games can take many different forms and highlight many different areas of our world. Because they’re largely works of fantasy, players get to live out their deepest and darkest desires through storytelling. So it’s no surprise that a lot of video games revolve around serial killers as thrillers and horror stories.


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Serial killer stories come in many different styles. They can range from brutal horror games to mystery detective games that put players in the role of hero rather than villain. But regardless of the situation, these games aren’t going away anytime soon. Here’s a list of some of the best.





10 Saw

the player is latched into a jigsaw trap

Within the Saw universe, its main antagonist, Jigsaw, occupies this weird space between serial killer and puzzle master. He’s notable for never killing anyone directly. Instead, he creates elaborate puzzles and traps for his victims to try and save themselves. This concept carries over into the games as the player has to try and find a way to escape from Jigsaw’s warehouse. The villain might not be directly chasing the player with a knife, but his presence as a singular threat is still present in every aspect of the game.

9 Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack The Ripper

watson and sherlock face off against jack the ripper

Very rarely do games focus on real life serial killers. Jack the Ripper is a notable exception, though. This is probably because there’s so much mythology around him that the public views him as a fictional killer in a way. So it makes perfect sense that a fictional detective is charged with catching him. This game was notable for looking at several different theories as to who Jack the Ripper might be. This was early on in the Sherlock Holmes series of games, when they were still working out their kinks. But it’s still fun for a great detective game.

8 Fahrenheit

A man and a woman draw their guns in a dingy room

Serial killers aren’t always about action. Sometimes they’re about the psychology of the character and what it means to go through with murder. Fahrenheit, also known as Indigo Prophecy, focuses more on story than gameplay.

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It has the player choose how the narrative unfolds as a man comes to grip with a psychological breakdown. He becomes a serial killer when possessed, and the game’s spotlight on its story allows the player to truly get inside the killer’s head as he has to reconcile with the evil deeds he’s done.

7 The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us Bigby Fight

Since its a Telltale game, The Wolf Among Us doesn’t play out like a typical serial killer game. The killer is mainly a mystery as the story revolves around a detective trying to solve the case. But the game’s premise is built around fairy tale characters living in a gritty noir city. This means that the killer’s victims and any suspects will be derived from classic tales that the player would be familiar with. It adds an extra fun and complex layer to the story that is even more interesting when the killer is uncovered.

6 The black

Cole watching a subject in an interrogation room (L.A. Noire)

As a detective game, there’s not one overarching case that the player has to work on. Instead, there are a series of cases that all revolve around different characters. One is inspired by the infamous Black Dahlia murders from that era of LA’s history. It’s rare for a game, even a Rockstar one, to try and so closely emulate a notorious case and the serial killer involved, but sometimes the mythology around a killer becomes larger than life. These murders were particularly gruesome, and they make for one of the most intense cases the game has to offer.

5 Murdered: Soul Suspect

murdered soul suspect

Murdered: Soul Suspect was an interesting game that sought to look at a detective story from a new angle. The player takes the role of a detective that is killed by the very serial killer he is trying to hunt.

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As a ghost, he gains unique powers and has to try to figure out the killer’s identity in order to move on to the afterlife. The story was quite compelling as well as the characters involved, and the best part was using his strange and bizarre abilities to solve the crime.

4 Manhunt

rockstar stealth horror action game manhunt

Manhunt caused an enormous amount of controversy when it was first released. It had a lot of graphic violence and seemed to exist as a game with the sole purpose of having killers murder each other in the most gruesome ways possible.

It barely had a plot to speak of as the player had to escape a maze filled with brutal convicts. The gameplay was fairly simple too, which is probably why its violence was so exemplified. However, the game still has a legacy as a true work of horror.

3 Condemned: Criminal Origins

leland vanhorn from Condemned: Criminal Origins

The first Condemned game and its sequel really dive head first into the brutal, raw, and gritty world of serial killing and killers. It features one of the video game world’s most sadistic killers in Leland Vanhorn.

This is a character that takes pleasure in killing and torturing the player in a game of cat and mouse. However, the game makes matters more complicated as the player is also framed for murder. It deals with the psychology and cult-like fascination of killing and leans heavily into horror.

2 Heavy Rain

Scott and Lauren (Heavy Rain)

Whatever type of game Fahrenheit had built, Heavy Rain expanded upon. The story was front and center above all else as the player had to control the narrative of multiple characters, each with their own thread and connections to a notorious serial killer.

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What makes a great killer is the mythology around him. The Origami Killer left little pieces of origami along with his victims. He also killed during intense periods of rain by drowning his victims. Those two elements combined added to the game’s mystery and made its story profound.

1 Friday The 13th

jason vorhees stalks towards the player

The word serial killer usually invokes images of a grounded human taking lives in a realistic setting. But some of the most profound serial killers in fiction are actually supernatural in nature. Jason Voorhees undoubtedly comes to mind, and the recent Friday The 13th game perfectly encapsulates what it means to be the silent, menacing killer.

As a perfect horror game, players get to assume the role of Jason and stalk camp counselors in a way that truly makes them feel like invincible villain. There’s even a mode that recreates some of the franchise’s most iconic scenes.

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