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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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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2,047 448
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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1,797 410
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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1,360 443
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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1,073 421
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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667 465
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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602 418
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
409 254
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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515 373
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
427 400
Nightmare Creatures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

11
235 197
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
80 33
Doom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Rickster79 added 1993

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296 361
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
244 325
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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244 330
System Shock 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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235 320
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

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310 448
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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246 345
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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53 25
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

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188 315
The 7th Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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184 316
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

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168 309
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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158 291
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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79 139
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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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