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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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852 368
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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981 475
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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

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

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1,458 306
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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

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

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785 298
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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439 406
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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604 379
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Silent Hill 3 2003

GIFS So Terrifying, They Will Keep You Up All Night

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

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

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

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

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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999

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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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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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

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

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

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

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

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F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
vijaymohanp added F.E.A.R. 2005

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Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Scariest Video Game Monsters of All Time

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

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Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Esmail Poryosef added Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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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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Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

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FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Arnold Sandí Calderón added FEAR 2

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The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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

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

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Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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

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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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The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added The Suffering 2004