The Best PlayStation 2 Horror Games

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If you owned a PS2 at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few horror games in your collection. After all, is there anything better than a scary video game that will make you jump out of your skin as you play it? The games on this list pit you against zombies, mutants, animals, and even other humans that are bent on killing you.

With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we're ranking the best PS2 horror games of all time. With the updated graphics and smoother gameplay of the PS2 from its predecessor, gamers experienced new levels of terror upon playing the games on this list.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling horror games that were released for PS2. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. This poll features items like Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3.

Vote up all your favorite scary games below.


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  • Silent Hill 2
    975 votes
    • Developer: Konami, Team Silent, Creature Labs

    A psychological tour de force, Silent Hill 2 is a masterclass in atmospheric storytelling and character development. As protagonist James Sunderland searches for his deceased wife in the dense fog and darkness of the titular town, players are confronted with twisted monsters and symbolism which reflect James' guilt and torment. Sporting an unforgettable narrative twist, and boasting one of gaming's most evocative scores, this seminal survival horror entry commands respect not only for its chilling atmosphere, but also for its daring exploration of mature themes.

  • Silent Hill 3
    722 votes
    • Developer: Konami, Torus Games, Team Silent

    Taking place seventeen years after the original game, Silent Hill 3 expertly delves into the sordid secrets of a cult hell-bent on resurrecting their dark god. The story unfolds through the eyes of Heather Mason, the teenage daughter of Silent Hill's first protagonist, Harry. Utilizing the series' signature fog-ridden environments and unsettling creature design, the game forces players to navigate both the grime-coated streets of Silent Hill and Heather's own psyche. Its emotionally charged story, combined with a haunting, industrial-tinged soundtrack, make Silent Hill 3 a standout entry in the franchise.

    • Developer: Tecmo

    Delving into Japanese folklore, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly tells the harrowing tale of twin sisters Mio and Mayu, who become trapped in the haunted village of Minakami. Exploring familial bonds and chilling ghost stories, players must use the "Camera Obscura" to capture restless spirits and unravel the village's dark history. The innovative combat system, relying on snap decisions and well-timed photos, immerses players in the game's relentless tension. Building upon its predecessor's formula with improved visuals and sound design, Fatal Frame II is a must-play for fans of the supernatural.

  • Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
    335 votes
    • Developer: Tecmo

    The third installment in the Fatal Frame series, The Tormented blends the waking world with the realm of nightmares, creating an experience that is equal parts haunting and melancholic. As protagonist Rei Kurosawa is drawn into a spectral manor known as the "House of Sleep," she must navigate the treacherous divide between dreams and reality, grappling with her own grief in the process. Utilizing the "Camera Obscura" to fend off vengeful spirits, players are constantly on edge as they piece together the game's intricate narrative. Fatal Frame III's somber atmosphere and poignant storytelling make it a standout among survival horror titles.

  • Fatal Frame
    439 votes
    • Developer: Tecmo

    The chilling first entry in the Fatal Frame franchise, this game thrusts players into the eerie Himuro Mansion, a place steeped in violent rituals and restless spirits. Armed with only a camera, protagonist Miku Hinasaki must face off against malevolent ghosts while searching for her missing brother. The unique combat mechanic, requiring players to snap photos of their spectral opponents, adds a layer of tension and urgency to each encounter. Its gripping atmosphere and masterful blend of Japanese folklore make Fatal Frame a legendary debut in the horror genre.

  • Haunting Ground
    Apr 21 2005
    446 votes
    • Developer: Capcom

    Combining psychological horror with puzzle-solving gameplay, Haunting Ground tells the twisted tale of Fiona, a young woman trapped in a sprawling castle with a deranged captor. Accompanied by her loyal canine companion, Hewie, players must navigate through the castle's labyrinthine halls, solving puzzles and evading grotesque enemies. Building paranoia and uncertainty, the game's "panic system" forces players to think on their feet as they search for a way to escape. A unique gem in the PS2 horror library, Haunting Ground delivers a spine-tingling experience that lingers long after the credits roll.