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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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1,801 421
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,497 601
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008

3
1,441 301
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,361 401
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
837 362
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
970 467
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
723 489
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
978 265
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Outlast 2013

9
876 554
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
782 292
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
718 152
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Silent Hill 3 2003

12
771 150
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added Resident Evil 2 1998

13
635 385
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added The Evil Within 2014

14
433 402
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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511 247
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

16
608 145
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
641 154
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
ColtNorr added Alien: Isolation

18
601 374
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 3 2004

19
575 627
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
BioShock 2007

20
340 474
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

21
497 132
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
vijaymohanp added F.E.A.R. 2005

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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437 263
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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426 293
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

24
545 400
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added The Last of Us 2013

25
370 190
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 2009

26
335 176
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shaurya-kapoor added Until Dawn Video Game

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335 451
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Manhunt 2003

28
334 350
Doom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Doom 1993

The Most Popular Horror Video Games Right Now

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322 248
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

30
144 375
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Sanitarium 1998

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217 296
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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326 137
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Alan Wake 2010

33
276 513
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

34
235 237
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

35
121 336
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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

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191 231
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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129 40
FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Arnold Sandí Calderón added FEAR 2

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314 344
Five Night at Freddys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
viogoulding added Five Night at Freddys

39
202 323
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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234 357
Slender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
beastmodeonthebears added Slender

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243 29
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

42
201 43
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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324 80
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added Resident Evil Code: Veronica 2000

44
147 233
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added Resident Evil: Revelations 2012

45
180 276
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

46
166 261
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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95 286
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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89 320
The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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218 372
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added Left 4 Dead 2008

50
95 278
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time