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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2,296 315
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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1,954 434
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

3
1,701 399
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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1,283 430
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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1,028 410
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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642 446
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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575 403
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

8
386 240
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

9
475 354
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

10
401 383
Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

11
212 185
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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281 343
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

13
237 314
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

14
230 311
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

15
225 303
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

16
299 429
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

17
237 330
D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1995

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40 22
Doom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1993

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180 303
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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178 304
Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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30 17
Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1994

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164 296
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

23
150 278
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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69 126
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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76 149
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 2002

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115 264
Blood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1997

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103 244
The 11th Hour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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73 233
Nocturne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1999

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71 244
Dark Seed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1992

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65 240
D2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1999

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64 243
Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1992

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58 228
Harvester is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1996

33
23 112
Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Logan Spurlock added 1999

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50 216
They Hunger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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47 215
Dark Seed II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

36
43 201
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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44 212
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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44 213
Hellnight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998

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23 139
Realms of the Haunting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
James Beal added 1997

40
37 212
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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11 86
Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Emily Lopes added Horror Scary Games

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15 109
Waxworks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added 1992

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35 207
Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998