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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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1,762 406
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,472 581
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

3
1,401 294
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,334 387
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
812 353
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
952 458
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
711 480
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
942 258
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

9
855 546
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
764 288
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
698 149
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Silent Hill 3 2003

12
754 146
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 2 1998

13
428 396
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

14
614 380
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added The Evil Within 2014

The Scariest Video Game Monsters of All Time

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501 243
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

16
595 141
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999

17
588 368
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

18
562 618
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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624 151
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

20
331 467
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Slender: the Eight Pages 2012

21
429 260
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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418 291
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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536 393
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us 2013

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487 130
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
vijaymohanp added F.E.A.R. 2005

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325 171
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shaurya-kapoor added Until Dawn Video Game

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332 446
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

27
364 187
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009

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325 345
Doom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

The Most Popular Horror Video Games Right Now

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315 244
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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214 292
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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274 506
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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318 134
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

33
139 372
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

34
232 234
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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189 228
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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310 337
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
viogoulding added Five Night at Freddys

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201 317
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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229 349
Slender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
beastmodeonthebears added Slender

39
232 25
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Esmail Poryosef added Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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318 77
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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120 332
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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189 41
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

The Greatest Survival Horror Games of All Time

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145 228
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added Resident Evil: Revelations 2012

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176 273
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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165 258
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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94 283
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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88 316
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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94 274
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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211 364
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added Left 4 Dead 2008

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215 343
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010