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The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time 

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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.

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Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Factor 5)
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Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (Konami)
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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Capcom)
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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Konami)
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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Visceral Games)
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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Capcom)
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Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Capcom)
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Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Konami)
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Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (Visceral Games)
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Resident Evil Code: Vero... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2000 (Capcom)
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Silent Hill 4: The Room ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Konami)
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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
mchu4545 added Released: 2013 (Naughty Dog)
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Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
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Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Remedy Entertainment)
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Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Capcom)
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Outland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
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Fatal Frame II: Crimson ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Tecmo)
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Dino Crisis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Capcom)
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F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Monolith Productions)
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Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
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The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
GabrielJ.Casados added Released: 2014 (Tango Gameworks)
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Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Released: 2014 (The Creative Assembly)
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Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Climax LA)
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Amnesia: The Dark Descen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Irrational Games)