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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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2,402 574
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,939 800
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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3
1,079 556
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,800 527
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
1,227 635
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
897 631
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,841 376
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,351 378
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2013

9
1,107 709
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
1,000 382
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
544 518
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
938 221
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2003

13
912 481
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

14
723 850
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

15
714 529
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

16
442 632
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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17
641 329
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
1,034 207
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
811 210
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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823 230
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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21
447 560
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
552 328
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

23
424 473
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

24
173 472
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
725 509
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013

26
520 371
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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490 234
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678 204
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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359 640
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

30
472 257
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added 2009

31
428 305
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

32
148 417
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

33
255 395
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

34
280 316
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

35
244 293
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

36
466 71
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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37
258 396
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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405 195
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added 2010

39
226 87
FEAR 2: Reborn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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40
313 81
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added 2014

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413 128
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added 2000

42
136 337
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

43
112 355
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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206 294
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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278 285
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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112 384
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

47
212 333
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

48
226 84
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

49
191 316
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

50
294 463
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added 2008