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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1,525 365
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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1,296 341
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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969 350
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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706 324
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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504 325
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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462 304
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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312 233
Dino Crisis is listed (or ranked) 8 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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221 165
Parasite Eve II is listed (or ranked) 9 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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316 290
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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226 255
Alone in the Dark 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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193 228
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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95 83
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is listed (or ranked) 13 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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180 231
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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180 231
Clock Tower II: The Struggle W... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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230 324
Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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187 257
D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D 1995

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153 233
Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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144 227
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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145 234
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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115 213
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Sanitarium 1998

Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better

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28 47
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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88 184
The 11th Hour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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91 201
Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Blood Jun 20 1997

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30 65
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added BloodRayne 2002

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18 52
Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Logan Spurlock added Koudelka 1999

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62 174
Nocturne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Nocturne 1999

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8 31
Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 28 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>

The Scariest, Most Blood Chilling Moments In Video Games That Will Haunt You For Life

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Dark Seed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Dark Seed 1992

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55 184
D2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D2 1999

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53 180
Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Night Trap 1992

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11 59
Waxworks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added Waxworks 1992

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19 89
Realms of the Haunting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
James Beal added Realms of the Haunting Jan 01 1997

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42 168
Dark Seed II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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41 165
They Hunger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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40 162
Hellnight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Hellnight 1998

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36 149
Shivers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Pam Hosford added Shivers Sep 30 1995

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43 175
Harvester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Harvester 1996

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36 160
Blue Stinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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33 161
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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31 159
Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Anchorhead Jan 01 1998