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List Rules Not best overall games, but the video games that are the most terrifying. (Games only.)

List of the most frightening video games ever, ranked by hardcore survival horror fans and casual gamers alike. Unlike the Ultimate List of the Best Survival Horror Games of all time, which attempts to rank the horror genre's overall BEST games, this list is about defining the most terrifying or unsettling gaming experiences. So even if a game perhaps wasn't your favorite in terms of the characters or the controls, if it made you jump out of your seat in shock, perhaps it might still qualify.

In the early days of gaming, "scary" games tended to refer to platformers and action games inspired by horror literature or films. The games themselves, however, were rarely scary, and mainly just used a 'horror' setting for personality or flavor. (Consider the early "Castlevania" adventures, which essentially replicated a "Mario"-type experience but in a world full of classic movie monsters.) There were exceptions to this rule - 1982's "Haunted House" included many elements recognizable from later horror games - but it was really not until the late '80s and early '90s that truly frightening games were starting to get released.

So what are athe scariest video games of all time?

Over time, particularly with the release of influential horror titles like "Resident Evil" and "Silent Hill," the genre became more defined, and currently nearly all games inspired by horror movies that intend to make the player jump are classified as "survival horror." These games include elements usually identified with action games - including combat, puzzle-solving, navigating mazes and so on - but manipulate these elements to make gameplay more intense and increase the player's vulnerability. This can include limiting the player's ammunition or ability to fight, manipulating game physics to make actions less predictable, obscuring enemies and makign the environment darker and, of course, using loud noises and unexpected turnabouts to provide 'scares.'

The games listed here are the most effective at creating a chilling environment to manipulate the players emotions, and elicit fear. Vote up the games that you won't play in a dark room alone, and if one of your favorites isn't listed, re-rank the list yourself and add whatever you like.
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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

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+ - 968 186
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 972 279
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 717 340
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 562 323
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Outlast 2013

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Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 539 221
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 449 97
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 439 237
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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+ - 379 97
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 380 103
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 307 198
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

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Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
F.E.A.R. 2005

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

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Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Five Night at Freddys

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+ - 192 91
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

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+ - 145 142
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 196 228
Slender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Slender

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+ - 182 172
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 103 227
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 141 178
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 119 175
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 71 192
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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+ - 175 243
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010

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+ - 96 160
Penumbra: Black Plague is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Clive Barker's Jericho is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time