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List Rules Any video game is the survival horror genre

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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1,274 396
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,314 352
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,315 273
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,214 523
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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945 311
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,225 378
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

8
991 284
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

9
704 246
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

10
608 321
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Fatal Frame March 4, 2002

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669 601
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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478 630
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

13
623 275
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

14
745 234
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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530 260
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
F.E.A.R. 2005

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394 430
Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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480 295
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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442 312
Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Parasite Eve September 9, 1998

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510 231
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Alan Wake 2010

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640 197
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
mchu4545 added The Last of Us Jun 14, 2013

21
354 298
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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285 330
Siren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Siren 2003

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389 249
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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480 194
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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388 106
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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405 240
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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403 476
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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473 91
Outland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Outlast Feb 4, 2014

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354 221
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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279 46
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

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282 262
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Parasite Eve II Dec 16, 1999

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261 165
F.E.A.R. 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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283 345
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Left 4 Dead 2 Nov 17, 2009

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231 121
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
The Suffering Mar 08, 2004

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226 392
Dead Rising is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

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292 105
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
GabrielJ.Casados added The Evil Within 2014

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204 259
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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234 82
Resident Evil Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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222 77
Resident Evil Outbreak: File #... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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250 185
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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216 175
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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249 115
Silent Hill: Shattered Memorie... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
buffyvssatan added Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Jan 01, 2009

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246 328
Dead Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dead Island Sep 06, 2011

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225 206
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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174 19
Resident Evil 2: Dual Shock Ed... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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220 138
Resident Evil Revelations is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
buffyvssatan added Resident Evil Revelations Feb 07, 2012

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206 30
Resident Evil 7 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Resident Evil 7

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203 193
Silent Hill: Downpour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Silent Hill: Downpour Mar 13, 2012

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156 145
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Doom II: Hell on Earth Oct 10, 1994

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212 149
The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
The Walking Dead Apr 24, 2012