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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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1,887 453
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,562 643
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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3
887 387
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,015 503
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,423 425
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
750 516
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,517 319
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,046 297
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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9
918 584
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
814 314
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
462 420
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
763 166
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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604 673
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

14
613 409
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

15
686 406
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

16
363 507
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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532 266
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
821 160
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
651 153
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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674 174
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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21
353 477
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
455 282
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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350 374
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

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151 398
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
444 308
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

26
580 428
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013

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524 152
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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362 190
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286 541
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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386 205
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
124 353
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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339 263
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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222 319
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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246 251
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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198 241
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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206 340
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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346 149
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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289 38
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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228 50
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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347 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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144 49
FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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98 298
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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101 288
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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160 242
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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93 333
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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217 210
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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185 285
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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172 269
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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139 53
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

50
230 389
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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