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

Crystal Brackett
Updated January 2, 2018 680 votes 185 voters 9.6k views 21 items

List 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. 

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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. 

Developer: Tecmo

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Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pretty Good Horror Games, Ranked By Gamers Who Appreciate A Solid Scare
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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.

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FEAR: First Encounter Assault Recon
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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.

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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.

Release: 2003

Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment, SCE Japan Studio