Top Ten Scariest Video Games

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The Top Ten

1 Amnesia: The Dark Descent Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia is the scariest game ever to be put out. You're in a dark castle, and each corner you have to expect a monster to be there. The atmosphere really does you in. By the way, your character is going insane.

I'm glad to see this at number 1, I mean why not? Your in a dark castle plus you have amnesia. The enemies are very creepy and at times terrifying

I played the demo, with headphones and the volume up and the breathing sounds droned in my ears with the sound of water dripping and foot steps and above all that eerie music boomed. I could not complete even the demo however above all that I would recommend this game to anyone whose looking for a new scary game

My brother rarely gets scared of video games, but he was terrified playing this one, while I haven't played the game myself, it does scare my unlike any other game I have seen. The sense of paranoia fuels the scare factor. And don't even get me started on the wine cellar, that area was TERRIFYING! It was a scary game alright, and scare us it did. While people go "SLENDER MAEN IS the BEAST GAEM ever! "... Really? Slender was nothing but jump scares, this game isn't like that at all. I don't know about anyone else, but when I play a horror game I want something to chase me, Amnesia: The Dark Descent did this perfectly without making it repetitive or stupid. You could play this game several times over and still get scared of it. In my opinion, the best horror game ever released.

Meh, haven't really played this game, but here is my view of it in 10 words; scary, can't fight back, castle, amnesia, monsters with weird faces. The end, there. That's my review. Done. Goodbye.

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2 Dead Space Dead Space

This one is all about atmosphere. And a sense of hopelessness. That is what makes is scary to me. Lighting, or lack thereof, and creepy/strange sounds all add to a truly absorbing setting, and make you feel as if you could be attacked from anywhere, at any time, by pretty much anything. Also, you can feel the sheer terror of the supporting characters, which only adds to your own. Fantastic game. - Kazzong

Honestly, how can a game scare you that much?! I was literally sweating with fear, awaiting for something to pop out.

One of the few modern horrors that focus on atmospere, the creepy dark and flickering lighting, the corpses gore and blood pools, the disturbing enemies, and the hopelessness. These create tense and scary areas, and the enemy placement creates climaxes to keep the game from getting boring while creating jump scares, and intense and frantic firefights. I'm glad the other two sequels stayed true to the original.

At least this is the only get that my employer EA didn't literally ruin, unlike especially The Sims is completely ruined. - JomartheGreat

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3 Slender

Slender is a game where no matter how old or young you are you will always be scared by Slender. Creepy music followed be whispering in your ear and random blood all over the walls, you cannot argue that Slender will always scare the crap out of you!

You're walking through a forest at night. You pick up a page that says something like "LEAVE ME ALONE. " Then this ominous thudding music kicks in. The next thing you know Slender man is standing in front of you and it's game over. - guest1

This game is the scariest one that I played. And I like it SO much because it's a different kind of scary, it's simple, and scares the crap outta people. The simplicity of it makes it scary.

That souds cool that no matter how old or young you are you will allays be scard

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4 Silent Hill 2 Silent Hill 2

Probably my favorite game of all ti me. d on't know about now but it scared me back in the day, I constantly found myself pacing back and forth or just standing still with the profound dilemma of whether I even should proceed to the next room or simply continue down a pitch black hallway or not. Yeah. That nerve wracking, numb-with-fear, stop-dead-in-your-tracks kinda scare. Oh and ofc probably the best game OST ever in terms of ambiance, which was actually probably the biggest contributing factor as to why it's so scary. But others would definitely be the empty/quite town, the thick fog, the alarmingly unconcerned people you meet, the eerily "human-like" creatures with their "thingy" textures and features, which never really poses any physical threat yet still manages to make you wanna take another route if possible. Just to give you an idea of what it felt like; it always bothered me as soon as James made a teeny weeny sound -for instance those creaks from ...more

As opposed to bland jump scares, Silent Hill 2 is disturbing as it is iconic. Games like Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space just shove something scary in your face, but SH2 makes you walk away from the game mentally disturbed.

I...disagree. Don't get me wrong. Silent Hill 2 is one of the most fantastic games I've ever played, and the story was phenomenal, but let's be realistic. Silent Hill 2 wasn't the scariest Silent Hill game. It had some amazing atmosphere, but out of the first 4 games, it was probably the least scariest. I never played anything past 4, so I can't judge its placement there. Like I said, amazing game, probably the best in the series, but I don't think it's the scariest. - Ornsmoughstein

Best ever in the horror genre, nothing else compares.

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5 Outlast

It could've been better. The atmosphere in the game was really creepy and made me feel tense at every corner, but then they ruin the experience with a crappy jump scare! These type of things don't even scare you, they trigger a natural reaction inside you to defend yourself. The character A.I was crap too. Sometimes when I hid from the doctor, I'd hide under a bed, the doctor would then check the bed next to me and apparently he wouldn't be able to see me. Even when he's looking straight at me! That's bull! Even thought the game had great graphics, an awesome atmosphere and truly scary characters, it was ruined by these two things. The DLC suffered the same exact problems too. Except maybe there were fewer jump scares.

- G

The only reason this isn't #1 is because it just came out and hasn't had time to be voted on like the rest of these. Trust me, it's definitely number one.

I watched my boyfriend play this game and it was so scary, we were screaming at every turn. I mean you can't go wrong with an abandoned asylum with crazy people running around. Plus you are unarmed, you run or hide and it makes it that much scarier and heart wrenching.

Outlast was pretty scary but I unintentionally screamed only once to be honest
Its DLC whistleblower was the scariest game I have ever played jumpscares were smart and not repetitive and my parents always yell at me for screaming that's why I always play it when I'm home alone

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6 Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 4

I don't mind Zombie games. This isn't a zombie game, this is a what IS THAT MUTATNT DOING WITH A CHAINSAW, or, wHAT IS THAT THING CRAWLING OUT OF THAT BODY. Don't turn that corner. Doom or Manhunt were a little creepy, and what is Bioshock doing on this list.

I haven't played many of the titles on this list, so my opinion may be invalid. The amount of time that I spent wiping sweat off my controller during the first survival sequence in the village square added up to more time than I spent on the game itself.

Nothing makes you wet your pants more than a regenerator reviving itself after you have waisted all of your ammo shooting at its head only to see it completely healed just moments later.

Great game. Wouldn't exactly call it scary though.

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7 Five Nights at Freddy's Five Nights at Freddy's

I don't really think this game belongs in the top ten. It's only here because it's a popular game and people think it's scary even though it's not. There's no gore, no nothing. Purely terrible jump scares. Don't get me wrong, it's a really fun game, it's just not scary. However, FNAF 4, is very scary, being based in a house rather than a restaurant. I just think the original FNAF isn't scary or creepy enough to be in the top ten.

This game really plays more with your paranoia than it does with suspense and jumpscares, which is not as prominent in many games. Although it does have plenty of both of those horror elements, you are just constantly paranoid of what the animatronics will do. The game also has moments where you are dighting to squeeze through a final stretch, such as the heart-stopping moment when you run low on power at 5:00, and have no idea how long you have left until morning.

I absolutely adore this name. It's challenging, incredibly so, and Scott uses jumpscares differently. He doesn't just flash it in your face and wait until the suspense builds again. He tells you it's coming, gives you cams to figure out when, and the paranoia of knowing those facts make them all the more effective. Plus, even after the original terror has worn off, you can spend hours and hours pacing a room or searching the internet and developing your own theory for what happened in this twisted restaurant. Deep, disturbing, and so scary you may think twice about going back to Chuck E. Cheese's for your birthday this year.

Well I say sister location is REALLY SCARY because you can do stuff to the animatronics and walk around Circus Baby's Pizza World the jumpscare are really one step further the face and so that's my opinion

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8 Silent Hill Silent Hill

Laugh out loud. This list is really sad. There are only a few actually scary games on here, and this is pretty much the only one I couldn't finish due to how scary it was. I really tried to finish, but I couldn't T-T

This game touched me deep inside, Besides the horror that scared the fritz out of me when I first played it at night and the down right sic monsters, the story showed so much! I stand to my answer, Silent hill is pure perfection!

Took me six years to get up the courage to finish this game. Even then, it took moral support: :"Open the door. No! OPEN THE DOOR! FINE! "

This is a true horror classic series nothing else can compare to Silent Hill

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9 Doom 3 Doom 3

Holy! @#$, this is terrifying! I've seriously never played a game that's scarier than this. It's ridiculously frightening, every single moment. There's not a second where you're not on the edge of your seat. Easily the scariest game of all time.

This is the scariest game list not a survival game list! Resident Evil 4 or any of the resident evil games were not scary like Doom 3's pot outs or scary demon images.

Holy God, I watched my dad play this, and I got scared to death. - jprg12

Hell yeah, I have it for PC, definitely one of the scariest games I've never played. But trust me, this is nothing compared to F.E.A.R Project Origin, you must played that one.

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10 Fatal Frame 2 Fatal Frame 2

It is scary. What makes it even scarier is the fact that it was based on a Japanese urban legend that has to do with a haunted house, Himuro Mansion. You take pictures of ghosts and if you take a picture of a hostile ghost, it will pounce at you and grab the camera lens and you have to use a special camera effect in order to shoo it away.

Oh man it's so creepy that there are little ghost girls saying wanna play?

I wanna play unless if I am manly enough to play it.

The most mentally scarring game out there.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R.

Because it sets out the feeling of fear with Alma's apparitions and tricks and when I first played it gave me shivers down my spine

Fear is such a great game, but the remakes are nowhere near as scary as the original. (extraction point and perseus mandate) Fear 2 and 3 are more action than horror and are never going to be as scary. - TheGrammarPolice

The best thing about this game is it has both ghosts and humans as enemies

This is a classic mixure of horror and fps. Start playing and feel your ghoosebumps. Should be. On the top

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12 Manhunt Manhunt

It may not be scary, but it's a bloody great game. The unique gameplay, the levels of atmosphere, the social commentary about media violence and the black humour makes Manhunt not scary but instead one of the most underrated games of the noughties. - Mrveteran

My dad has this game and even the cover looks scary! - funnyuser

Manhunt 2 is very, very dark and actually spooks me.

Nothing spell's creepy like mass murder's and insane asylum's

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13 Dead Space 2 Dead Space 2

This should be in the top three easy. Kids these days don't know good horror.

Most beautiful graphics to see the blood & deads. Nice storyline to give you the adrenaline.
It's the future of horror.

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14 BioShock BioShock

If you saw the scenes with Sander Cohen, Dr. Steinman, and Suchong and the Puppy(an audio diary), you would be freaked out. Not to mention big daddy fights. But Sander Cohen having you photograph corpses of his students for his "masterpiece" is just creepy. - Razor79

The ambiance is VERY creepy, and then add that creatures can appear behind you seemingly out of nowhere and that you can step on a metal tray and it makes you think something is creeping up behind you, etc. Just the whole game is very creepy.

This is one of my favorite games, but it isn't too scary. It just has a few terrifying scripted events, that's all.

Not that scary - Spiral_stairs

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15 Silent Hill: Homecoming Silent Hill: Homecoming

That's a very good horror game with amazing story. I don't know why it's so underrated. Maybe because of some retards who never played it and then judged it...

Definitely very underrated horror game, I found it scarier than Silent 1,2,3, and 4. And the enemies very fantastic, very creepy.

Very scary you should play it if you love horror games very unique game very fun

An amazing game

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16 Slender Rising

This game is scarier than any game I played but not scarier than amnesia

This is much scarier version than any other slender game

This is more scarier than the original honestly

17 Alien: Isolation Alien: Isolation

This game makes me very nervous, creepy atmosphere, alien and it's A.I. ,soundtrack... This is very creepy horror game and it should be in at least top 5!

Amazing alien A.I., great lighting, amazing sound effects, does an excellent job of cultivating a constant sense of dread; this game has it all if you're looking for a great atmospheric horror.

Should be higher than Five Nights At Teddy Bear whatever it's called.

Should be in top 10

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18 P.T.

This was the first horror game I was actually scared while playing. Most games have jump scares that sometimes work on me. But this game made me not want to go down the halls and see what's next. It's a real shame Silent Hills was canceled after they showed off this masterpiece. "Is it the best horror game? " No, it is only a demo, but I feel like it should be in top ten.

For real I've never been scared of a game before but this was crazy, not surprised it got cancelled its seriously terrifying! Quite F'd up as well with a dead fetus in the sink, the storyline being of a horrible nature, all the twists and turns, not many jump scares BUT NONE ARE NEEDED it's freaky enough without them but it certainly adds to the whole atmosphere. Everything changes as you go round and round but yet it's all the same, you will see it and think wow it's repetitive, but, trust me if you have a ps4 or somebody you know has one download Silent Hills P.T (playable teaser) I guarantee you, it will leave you bones feeling icy cold...

This is the most scariest experience I've ever been in, god this is scary this was worse then the exorcist and amnesia and slender and dead space but alien isolation was a close second but this is the most scariest experience I've ever been in, and I did not even beat it

Such a scary masterpiece.

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19 Five Night's at Freddy's 2 Five Night's at Freddy's 2

I find this game scarier than the first game. When I began this game, it became fun. I knew what to do because my brother played it. Then Toy Freddy came. He's easily the creepiest character in the game ( aside from the Puppet). I closed out of the game because he's sooo creepy. Love it and hate it.

Will terrify you out of your wits, because the old animatronics and the new ones are there and you never know when they will pop up out of thin air and murder your face like crazy. The suspense is crazy and the jumpstart are sudden so you could probably faint after being attacked. You are paying for total horror when you buy this <:0

What gets u the most is the suspense of when your gonna get scared

@Powerfulgirl10
This game may not be scary to you, but it is to some. Scott did a great job combining the story elements with the survival part.

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20 Amnesia Amnesia V 1 Comment
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