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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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2,394 574
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,934 796
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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3
1,075 555
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,792 527
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
1,223 633
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
893 630
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,835 375
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,345 375
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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9
1,102 709
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
996 381
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
544 516
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
935 220
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2003

13
909 478
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

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721 846
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

15
712 527
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

16
441 630
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 2012

17
639 328
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
1,031 207
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
808 210
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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819 229
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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21
446 558
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
550 327
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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420 472
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

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173 470
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
722 507
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013

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517 370
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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489 233
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676 203
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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357 639
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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470 256
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added 2009

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426 304
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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148 415
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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254 394
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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279 315
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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244 291
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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462 70
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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258 394
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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404 192
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added 2010

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224 86
FEAR 2: Reborn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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40
309 80
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added 2014

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410 128
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added 2000

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136 336
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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112 354
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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203 294
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added 2012

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111 383
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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273 285
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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212 332
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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225 84
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

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191 315
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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291 462
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added 2008