Button Mash '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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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
2
2,054 449
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
3
1,803 412
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
4
1,364 445
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
5
1,075 422
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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669 466
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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606 419
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
411 255
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
518 374
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
428 402
Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
11
237 198
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
12
84 35
Doom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1993
13
297 363
Alone in the Dark 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
14
244 327
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
15
245 331
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
16
235 321
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
17
311 449
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
18
246 346
D is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1995
19
55 27
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
20
188 316
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
21
185 317
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
22
168 310
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
23
158 292
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998
24
79 141
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
25
87 162
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added 2002