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These are the best survival horror games ever to hit gaming consoles. These scary video games take you out of your element to fight evil forces, and this list includes zombie games, RPG video games, and are some of the most addictive games of all time. Survival horror games are classified by their ability to make the player feel less powerful because of limited ammunition, health, speed, or a multitude of enemies. The best survival horror games of all time strike the right balance between making the player feel out of control and like they can still beat the game.

The survival horror genre has been prolific since it's inception during the days of the original Playstation. Early games combined the elements of slasher films, science fiction, and haunted house stories, and other horror games included monster adversaries as well as varying degrees of gore or violence. Popular series such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill and releases like Amnesia: The Dark Descent are widely considered the most terrifying and groundbreaking of this killing games genre, which is constantly testing its own boundaries.

What are the top survival horror games? Vote for your favorite zombie survival, dino-horror, and even ghost-terrorizing games to move them up the list, or press re-rank to create your own best survival video games list.
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Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,054 329
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,049 293
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,033 229
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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929 455
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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755 256
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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974 333
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

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758 247
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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494 240
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Fatal Frame March 4, 2002

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527 199
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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542 473
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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376 505
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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471 218
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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568 192
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
F.E.A.R. 2005

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Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Parasite Eve September 9, 1998

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Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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290 216
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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377 183
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

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422 135
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
mchu4545 added The Last of Us Jun 14, 2013

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242 242
Siren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Siren 2003

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298 188
Dino Crisis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dino Crisis Jan 01, 1999

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Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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269 71
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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297 63
Outland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Outlast Feb 4, 2014

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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Resident Evil 5 Mar 05, 2009

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Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Silent Hill: Origins Nov 06, 2007

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Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Parasite Eve II Dec 16, 1999

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Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

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220 256
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Left 4 Dead 2 Nov 17, 2009

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Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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Dead Rising is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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175 134
F.E.A.R. 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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133 96
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
The Suffering Mar 08, 2004

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Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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133 52
Resident Evil Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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203 249
Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dead Island Sep 06, 2011

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124 47
Resident Evil Outbreak: File #... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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155 147
Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Doom Dec 10, 1993

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141 70
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
GabrielJ.Casados added The Evil Within 2014

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168 96
Resident Evil Revelations is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
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Dino Crisis 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dino Crisis 2 Sep 30, 2000

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The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
The Walking Dead Apr 24, 2012

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153 88
Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
buffyvssatan added Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Jan 01, 2009

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143 160
Haunting Ground is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Haunting Ground Apr 21, 2005

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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
BioShock 2 Feb 09, 2010

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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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Silent Hill: Downpour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Silent Hill: Downpour Mar 13, 2012