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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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1,878 451
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,557 641
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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3
885 386
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,011 501
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
1,417 423
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
748 515
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,509 319
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,038 296
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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9
913 583
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
812 313
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
461 419
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
757 166
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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13
602 670
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

14
612 408
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

15
683 403
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

16
361 505
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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530 265
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
815 160
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
647 152
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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20
669 172
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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21
353 475
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
454 281
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

23
349 373
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

24
151 396
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
441 308
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

26
577 426
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013

27
521 151
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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362 189
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283 541
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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384 204
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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31
124 351
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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338 262
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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222 318
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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246 250
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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198 239
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

36
206 338
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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344 148
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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283 38
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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224 49
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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40
344 89
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added 2000

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143 48
FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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98 296
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

43
101 286
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

44
93 331
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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158 241
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added 2012

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216 208
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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185 283
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

48
172 267
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

49
138 52
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

50
230 386
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added 2008