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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2,108 281
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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1,794 412
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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1,554 383
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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1,161 404
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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923 381
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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604 410
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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532 374
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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324 212
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 1999

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422 316
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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370 350
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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170 147
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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262 313
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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229 286
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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216 284
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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212 278
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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221 308
D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1995

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273 398
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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166 281
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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167 284
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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159 274
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

21
139 258
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998

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55 99
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 1996

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58 120
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 2002

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108 244
Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1997

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97 224
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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69 214
Nocturne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1999

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70 226
Dark Seed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1992

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23 95
Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Logan Spurlock added 1999

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61 223
D2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1999

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59 222
Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1992

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54 211
Harvester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1996

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47 199
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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46 199
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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44 196
Hellnight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998

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11 67
Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 35 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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40 183
Shivers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Pam Hosford added 1995

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42 195
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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23 122
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 1997

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15 93
Waxworks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added 1992

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37 196
Bad Mojo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1996

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34 191
Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998