Scratches: Director's Cut is a horror game, but not the kind that relies on cheap scares to spook players. Instead, it depends on atmosphere and subtle details to unnerve, and, despite a few stumbles along the way, it does a great job.
The game stars Michael Arthate, a horror author struggling to finish his second novel. In an attempt to isolate himself from the world and complete his book, he takes up residence in a large estate in a small, rural town in England. Unfortunately for him, the house has a long, dark history involving a grizzly murder by a crazed husband. Eventually he gets tangled up in a story that could've been ripped from one of his novels, which all begins when he starts hearing noises around the house: the titular scratches.