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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
2,664 622
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2
2,110 876
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2008
3
1,186 630
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
4
1,984 585
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
5
1,325 693
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
6
992 684
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
7
2,035 399
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
8
1,526 429
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2013
9
1,222 775
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
10
1,119 415
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
11
593 566
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
12
1,067 244
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2003
13
1,023 527
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014
14
780 947
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007
15
764 589
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004
16
477 705
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 2012
17
715 359
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
18
1,157 229
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998
19
914 236
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Sep 22 1999
20
510 619
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003
21
912 274
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added 2014
22
625 362
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
23
467 530
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993
24
191 524
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998
25
810 575
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013