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.

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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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2,022 443
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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1,771 404
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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1,059 418
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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595 415
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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401 251
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 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 1999

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422 396
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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231 191
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

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295 354
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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Doom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1993

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System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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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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Clock Tower II: The Struggle W... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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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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D is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1995

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Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1994

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188 310
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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183 311
Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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167 304
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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155 286
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998

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76 135
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 1996

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85 157
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 2002