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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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1,206 468
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

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1,099 221
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,094 306
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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643 265
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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773 377
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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621 360
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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717 173
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

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698 461
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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600 245
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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513 113
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Silent Hill 3 2003

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568 105
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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361 300
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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486 272
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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396 200
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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476 483
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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439 107
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999

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462 308
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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292 349
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Slender: the Eight Pages 2012

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435 119
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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340 214
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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422 305
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us 2013

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334 240
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

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F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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273 288
Doom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

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260 205
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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273 156
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009

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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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124 280
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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182 244
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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163 161
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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212 105
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

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275 263
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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195 189
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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204 257
Slender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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178 242
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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106 251
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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211 60
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added Resident Evil Code: Veronica 2000

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151 196
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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117 163
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added Resident Evil: Revelations 2012

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187 265
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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133 190
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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79 234
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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78 209
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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77 202
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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182 263
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010

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76 20
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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99 178
Penumbra: Black Plague is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
MissMarionette added Penumbra: Black Plague 2008