Pretty Good Horror Games, Ranked By Gamers Who Appreciate A Solid Scare

Voting Rules
Vote up the games that are sufficiently terrifying to play leisurely.

If you're looking for horror video games that aren't too overwhelmingly terrifying that you'll wet the bed, game devs have definitely made some titles that fit the bill. There are plenty of good horror video games out there that are as creepy and scary as they are underwhelming. These aren't titles known for being the best psychological horror or survival horror games, but they'll definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. 

For your casual frightful gaming pleasure, studios of all sorts have come together to bring you a collection of scary video games that are good, but not great. They're not Silent Hill, they're no Five Nights at Freddy's, and they're certainly nowhere near Eternal Darkness or Amnesia: Dark Descent, but they're still pretty decent horror games that will give you a thrill to pass the time. Vote up the games that you find pleasantly entertaining with a good enough scare. 

Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment

  • 1
    86 votes
    Fatal Frame
    Video: YouTube

    What it's about: Search an abandoned Japanese mansion and fight ghosts with your antique camera.

    When you should play it: Real haunted houses are too scary for you and Luigi's Mansion isn't scary enough. 

    • Released: 2001
    • Developer: Tecmo
  • 2
    35 votes
    Video: YouTube

    What it's about: Make your way through unmapped terrain in this survival stealth game where you pinpoint the location of zombie-creatures by tapping into their senses.

    When you should play it: When a time-consuming game where you have to sneak everywhere in some run-of-the-mill graphics sounds great to you.

    • Released: 2003
    • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment, SCE Japan Studio
  • 3
    73 votes

    FEAR: First Encounter Assault Recon

    FEAR: First Encounter Assault Recon
    Video: YouTube

    What it's about: Fight paranormal threats as a member of the US government's special ops unit. 

    When you should play it: You want a game that's just as mindless as Call of Duty but also scary.

  • Obscure: The Aftermath
    Video: YouTube

    What it's about: College bros versus some of the monsters in Silent Hill.

    When you should play it: You always thought it would be super awesome to go on a haunted house crawl with your frat house.

    • Released: 2009
    • Developer: Ignition Entertainment
  • 5
    25 votes
    Clock Tower 3
    Video: YouTube

    What it's about: Unlock the mysteries surrounding the brutal murders of various souls and banish demons into their nightmare realms before the clock strikes midnight.

    When you should play it: You want a gory game, you don't care if the story trails off, and you don't mind playing a victim.

    • Released: 2003
    • Developer: Sunsoft, Capcom
  • 6
    71 votes

    Layers of Fear

    What it's about: Navigate a horrific and psychedelic labyrinth of your own art.

    When you should play it: You're not really into a deep storyline, but you know that jump scares will get you. Every. Single. Time.