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

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1,159 226
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,120 310
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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670 279
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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804 386
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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640 387
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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751 197
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

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729 472
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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638 248
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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551 116
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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609 110
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 2 1998

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369 325
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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501 298
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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420 205
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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486 515
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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490 312
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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473 110
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999

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297 381
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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472 121
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

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353 223
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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443 327
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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294 380
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

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344 255
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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271 134
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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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283 297
Doom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

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270 212
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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299 161
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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127 305
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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245 441
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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239 110
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

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168 181
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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283 278
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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206 194
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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210 284
Slender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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182 266
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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110 275
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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241 61
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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156 221
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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120 188
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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107 22
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

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142 207
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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80 259
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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80 232
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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192 294
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added Left 4 Dead 2008

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82 226
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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186 289
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010

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105 199
Penumbra: Black Plague is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
MissMarionette added Penumbra: Black Plague 2008