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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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1,419 557
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

3
1,334 280
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,288 361
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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758 338
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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912 441
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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690 461
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
881 250
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

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825 528
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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730 281
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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662 142
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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726 136
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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593 363
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added The Evil Within 2014

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414 390
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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479 237
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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567 134
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

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566 357
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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545 600
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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586 148
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

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319 456
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

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413 253
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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517 376
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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401 283
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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463 127
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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316 162
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325 435
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

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317 334
Doom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

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347 183
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009

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300 243
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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206 285
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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270 494
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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299 132
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

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133 360
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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225 226
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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304 324
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
viogoulding added Five Night at Freddys

The Best God Games of All Time

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183 220
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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196 308
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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223 339
Slender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
beastmodeonthebears added Slender

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300 75
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added Resident Evil Code: Veronica 2000

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117 323
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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197 23
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Esmail Poryosef added Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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162 40
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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170 262
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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138 224
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added Resident Evil: Revelations 2012

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157 248
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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92 272
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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85 304
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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207 353
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added Left 4 Dead 2008

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90 267
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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213 337
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010