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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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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1,481 375
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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1,110 391
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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878 360
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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576 385
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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512 355
Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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397 294
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 Dino Crisis 1999

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297 199
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 Parasite Eve II 1999

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362 329
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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152 122
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 Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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251 295
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

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219 268
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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206 262
Clock Tower II: The Struggle W... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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202 267
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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214 291
D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D 1995

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259 377
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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164 269
Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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156 260
System Shock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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159 268
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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134 244
Sanitarium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Sanitarium 1998

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51 83
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 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996

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51 104
BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
ThiNghiem added BloodRayne 2002

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103 230
Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Blood Jun 20 1997

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94 210
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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66 201
Nocturne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Nocturne 1999

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69 212
Dark Seed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Dark Seed 1992

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21 81
Koudelka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Logan Spurlock added Koudelka 1999

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D2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
D2 1999

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57 210
Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Night Trap 1992

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10 56
Horror Scary Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
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They Hunger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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44 183
Hellnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Hellnight 1998

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40 171
Shivers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Pam Hosford added Shivers Sep 30 1995

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45 189
Dark Seed II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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23 111
Realms of the Haunting is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
James Beal added Realms of the Haunting Jan 01 1997

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15 81
Waxworks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
mikeyman2321 added Waxworks 1992

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Harvester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Harvester 1996

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40 182
Blue Stinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark

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37 183
Bad Mojo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Bad Mojo 1996

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Anchorhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Video Games You Were Too Afraid to Play in the Dark
Anchorhead Jan 01 1998