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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2,119 284
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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1,805 412
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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1,565 384
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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1,166 406
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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926 386
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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608 413
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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535 376
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
325 214
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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426 317
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
370 352
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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172 154
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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262 316
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
231 287
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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218 284
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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213 278
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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224 309
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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276 400
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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170 282
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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169 285
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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161 275
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

21
142 259
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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56 101
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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60 122
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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108 245
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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99 225
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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69 215
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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70 227
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 96
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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61 224
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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60 223
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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55 212
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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47 200
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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46 200
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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44 197
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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40 184
Shivers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Pam Hosford added 1995

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11 68
Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 36 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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42 196
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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23 123
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 94
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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37 197
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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34 192
Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
1998