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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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1,414 557
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

3
1,332 280
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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1,287 361
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
756 338
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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909 441
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
690 460
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
879 249
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

9
824 528
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
729 281
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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661 142
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Silent Hill 3 2003

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725 136
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 2 1998

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591 362
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added The Evil Within 2014

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414 389
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Scariest Video Game Monsters of All Time

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478 237
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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566 134
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999

17
565 357
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

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544 599
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

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585 148
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

20
319 455
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Slender: the Eight Pages 2012

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412 253
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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516 376
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us 2013

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400 283
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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461 127
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
vijaymohanp added F.E.A.R. 2005

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315 162
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shaurya-kapoor added Until Dawn Video Game

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325 434
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

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317 334
Doom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

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346 183
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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299 242
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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206 285
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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270 494
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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297 132
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

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133 359
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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224 226
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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304 324
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
viogoulding added Five Night at Freddys

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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183 219
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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196 307
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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223 338
Slender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
beastmodeonthebears added Slender

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299 75
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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117 322
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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195 23
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Esmail Poryosef added Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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160 40
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

The Best Horror Movies Set in the Woods

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170 261
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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138 223
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added Resident Evil: Revelations 2012

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157 247
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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92 271
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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85 303
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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207 352
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added Left 4 Dead 2008

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90 266
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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213 336
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010