Video games have long been an escape from reality; a place where one can go to escape the world they live in and be someone else for a while. Players get generally invested in the characters they play, making the fictitious world around them seem all that more real.
This is usually a pleasurable experience when the character you’re playing as is a hero, someone who has super powers or some high powered weapon capable of mowing down an entire block of people at once. It’s great when you play as a protagonist who is constantly in control, with the knowledge that you’re going to win, or at least not get yourself into too much trouble along the way.
This sense of safety is a good thing. And that’s exactly what psychological horror games take away from you.