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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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2,110 511
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,724 707
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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3
965 464
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,577 471
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,102 567
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
811 575
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,648 347
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,169 329
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2013

9
988 645
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
881 351
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
502 467
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
823 200
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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658 747
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

14
660 465
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

15
783 435
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

16
396 562
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 2012

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576 293
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
901 182
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
709 179
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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724 195
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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392 511
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
486 298
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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380 418
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

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159 427
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
641 453
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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468 337
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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596 175
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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410 208
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423 230
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added 2009

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311 584
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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382 281
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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136 380
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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235 356
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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258 280
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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220 264
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

36
229 365
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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356 53
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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365 169
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added 2010

39
259 62
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

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179 68
FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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373 107
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added 2000

42
106 323
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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115 312
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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175 266
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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102 352
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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240 243
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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196 305
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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182 286
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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175 68
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

50
255 416
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added 2008