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

Devon Ashby
Updated May 10, 2020 35.9k votes 5.8k voters 86.8k views 48 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
Released: 1999 (Konami)
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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
Released: 1996 (Capcom)
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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
Released: 1998 (Factor 5)
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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
Released: 1999 (Capcom)
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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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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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Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1992 (Krisalis Software)
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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 Released: 1999 (Capcom)
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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 Released: 1999 (Square Enix)
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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 Released: 1993 (id Software)
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Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1997 (Kalisto Entertainment)
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Amnesia: The Dark Descen... is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added Released: 1994 (Nerve Software)
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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
Released: 1995 (Infogrames Entertainment SA)
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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
Released: 1996 (Sierra Entertainment)
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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
Released: 1998 (Human Entertainment)
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D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1995 (WARP)
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System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1999 (Looking Glass Technologies)
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Castlevania: Symphony of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1997 (Konami)
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Aliens versus Predator ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
DarkChimp added Released: 1999 (Rebellion Developments)
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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 Released: 1996 (Silicon Knights)
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Quake II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
HarryBerman added Released: 1997 (id Software)
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BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added Released: 2002 (Terminal Reality)
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Splatterhouse 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mrmadmothy added Released: 1992 (Now Production)
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The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Released: 1993 (Trilobyte)