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

Devon Ashby
Updated January 17, 2020 35.3k votes 5.6k voters 84.2k views 47 items

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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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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Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Jan 01 1992
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Clock Tower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
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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 Dec 16 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 Jan 01 1999
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1993
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Amnesia: The Dark Descen... 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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Doom II: Hell on Earth ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1994
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Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Jan 01 1997
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Alone in the Dark 3 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 Stru... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
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Thief: The Dark Project ... 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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System Shock 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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Castlevania: Symphony of... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
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Blood Omen: Legacy of Ka... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added Nov 15 1996
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BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 2002
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The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Jan 01 1993
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Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Sep 25 1994
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Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Jan 01 1998