Total Nerd '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark  

Devon Ashby
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List Rules Vote for the video games that legit scared you when you played them in the '90s.

What are the scariest horror video games from the '90s? The 1990s were a great time for video games, horror games in particular. As PC gaming was picking up steam, new graphical technology made it possible for both PC and console game designers to incorporate more realistic visuals and sophisticated play dynamics into '90s games. Suddenly, scary video games didn't have to be awkward point-and-click adventures or text-based multiple choice stories. The result was the first wave of truly scary, gory, and atmospheric horror video games, a wave that included fan favorite franchises like Silent Hill, Alone In the Dark, and the Resident Evil.

Zombies and survival horror became big during the '90s. There was also an upsurge of weird, scary role-playing games, mostly for PC. These games often relied on real shot-on-video footage of actors and were inspired by the ultra-gory slasher films that had dominated the '80s. Some were surrealistic or sci-fi influenced, like H.R. Giger's Dark Seed and the legendarily bizarre System Shock.

Whether you like your horror games gore-drenched and full of bloodthirsty zombies or low-key eerie and sure to keep you awake until the sun comes up, vote on the most terrifying horror video games of the 1990s.

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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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1,550 382
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Parasite Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Clock Tower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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532 372
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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322 212
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Stanley Santiago added Parasite Eve II 1999

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Dino Crisis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Tyler Auguste Chaffee added Dino Crisis 1999

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Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Alone in the Dark 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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229 284
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Clock Tower II: The Struggle W... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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213 283
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D 1995

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Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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166 279
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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167 282
Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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159 272
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Sanitarium 1998

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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996

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58 119
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added BloodRayne 2002

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Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Blood 1997

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97 223
The 11th Hour is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Nocturne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Nocturne 1999

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Dark Seed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Dark Seed 1992

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Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Logan Spurlock added Koudelka 1999

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D2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D2 1999

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Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Night Trap 1992

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Harvester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Harvester 1996

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Dark Seed II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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46 198
They Hunger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Emily Lopes added Horror Scary Games <a href="http://www.horrorscarygames.com/">http://www.horrorscarygames.com/</a>

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Hellnight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Hellnight 1998

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Shivers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Pam Hosford added Shivers 1995

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Blue Stinger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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23 121
Realms of the Haunting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
James Beal added Realms of the Haunting 1997

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Waxworks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added Waxworks 1992

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Bad Mojo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Bad Mojo 1996

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Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Anchorhead 1998