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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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2,123 513
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

2
1,730 711
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2008

3
970 470
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

4
1,584 473
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

5
1,106 571
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

6
817 575
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

7
1,654 348
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

8
1,176 330
Outlast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2013

9
993 647
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

10
886 352
Silent Hill 4: The Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

11
503 468
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Req... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

12
830 200
Silent Hill 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 2003

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661 753
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2007

14
661 468
Doom 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2004

15
789 436
The Evil Within is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
lostshadow added 2014

16
398 567
Slender: The Eight Pages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 2012

17
581 294
Fatal Frame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

18
907 184
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1998

19
714 180
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
mperry0765173 added 1999

20
725 197
Alien: Isolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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21
392 514
Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
2003

22
489 300
Silent Hill: Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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383 420
Doom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1993

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159 429
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
1998

25
644 456
The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2013

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471 338
Resident Evil Zero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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598 178
F.E.A.R. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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412 208
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423 232
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
SaifurRehman added 2009

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313 587
Resident Evil 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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384 282
Condemned: Criminal Origins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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137 381
Clive Barker's Undying is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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236 358
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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260 281
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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224 264
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

36
230 366
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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360 53
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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365 171
Alan Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added 2010

39
260 63
Outlast: Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
fwq added Outlast: Whistleblower

40
179 70
FEAR 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
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375 108
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
David Melik added 2000

42
107 325
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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116 313
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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176 268
Resident Evil: Revelations is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Staypuffmarsh added 2012

45
102 355
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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242 246
Five Nights at Freddy's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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198 306
Clock Tower 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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184 287
Siren: Blood Curse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time

49
176 69
The Suffering is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
Will Philp added 2004

50
256 418
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Video Games of All Time
wiabux added 2008