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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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1,260 391
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,302 349
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,304 271
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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1,198 519
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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932 309
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

7
1,210 378
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

8
980 284
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

9
697 245
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

10
600 320
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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665 595
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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474 627
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

13
615 275
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

14
525 258
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
F.E.A.R. 2005

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735 232
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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388 425
Silent Hill: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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474 294
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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437 312
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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504 230
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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626 195
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
350 298
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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283 329
Siren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Siren 2003

23
384 249
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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476 194
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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382 105
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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404 239
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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399 470
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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465 90
Outland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time
Outlast Feb 4, 2014

The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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351 220
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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270 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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280 262
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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260 164
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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281 344
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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229 121
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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225 389
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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283 105
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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202 258
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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233 80
Resident Evil Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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221 75
Resident Evil Outbreak: File #... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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247 185
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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212 175
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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245 113
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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244 326
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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224 206
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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170 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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219 138
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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198 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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200 191
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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156 144
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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210 147
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