Top Ten Scariest Video Games

The Top Ten
1 Amnesia: The Dark Descent Amnesia: The Dark Descent Product Image

I can't even bring myself to play it myself. Once upon a time, I first saw this game when my dad got it, saying "oh, hey, I got this new creepy little game, I'll play it tonight! " I was 7 at the time, and my siblings were only a bit older. Little did we know it wasn't just a creepy little game.

We watched our dad play it for maybe an hour or so every night, but when literally all my siblings, including me, became WAY TOO SCARED of this game to the point where we couldn't go the bathroom by ourselves, or open doors or go in dark room; heck, we were too terrified to to anything alone. Our dad then decided he shouldn't play it anymore...

Now, several years later, my older siblings bought it again, and we didn't know whether to be excited... Or really, really nervous.

We waited until midnight... Turned off all the lights and turned the volume really high... And yeah, we're all too scared of candles and lanterns now. And hallways. And all that good stuff. I guess that ...more

The reason I vote for this is because of the way it scares the crap out of you.

It doesn't use a cheap, cheesy jump scare.
It doesn't have scripted events that you expect to happen after a while.
It doesn't let you look at where the monsters are.

Instead, it builds up dread, tenses up the atmosphere to the point where you get skittish of every change in the light. It randomizes the monster encounters, making their encounters that much scarier. And with the sanity counter, you can't afford to lose it looking at the monsters.

Outlast was decent, but the jump scares got repetitive and predictable. Silent Hill was extremely close (I would've voted for it a couple years back) but had its moments, and don't get me started on FNAF. I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm rambling here, but Amnesia is hands-down the most terrifying game I've seen.

Amnesia is an indie game where you play this man who finds himself in this dark castle, remembering only his name, Daniel. He finds a note from his former self, telling him that the amnesia was deliberate, and he needs to find and kill this old guy named Alexander without question, who is hiding somewhere in the castle. He must run from the Shadow hunting him, while also running from other wandering horrors, while also (lol) trying to keep himself from going insane.

The developers wanted viewers to focus mainly on the storyline, as that helps immerse them into the game. Sadly most gamers do not have this patience, and often skip the reading. I suggest you read as much as you are able, as it makes for a much scarier experience.

The sound is amazing and the graphics are great, especially for being created a decade ago. It doesn't use cheap jumpscares, and relies on the suspense. You have no weapons, and must survive by running, hiding and using your wits. Everything is ...more

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.

2 Dead Space Dead Space Product Image

To be more specific, the game is set on a giant mining ship that has sent out a distress signal and you're part of the rescue team that's been ordered to investigate. You soon discover that every crewmember has mutated into a violent monster. When most of your team is killed it's up to you to rescue the dark and claustrophobic ship while aliens jump out at you from every corner. It's tense, bleak and immersive, thanks to a superbly designed setting and some truly creepy audio.

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.

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.

A truly terrifying experience. I had gotten the game from a friend who wanted to see my reaction to it. He forgot to mention it was a horror game. I've never been more scared and terrified in my life. Every step you take requires so much courage and fortitude, because in any room, in any hallway, those harbingers of death and destruction, the necromorphs, can be waiting to end you once and for all.

3 Slender

I got a 13 year old kid and he's scared of the game. It's annoying cause he keeps yelling. It could scare adults too. I played it once and when I saw slender. I didn't make me scared or anything. I also saw slender in real life and it scared me so hard. Lucky he's gone. I almost died when that happened. But I survived

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!

This is a terrible game. Wandering around in the forest looking for some paper stuck to a bunch of stuff isn't scary. When a pedophile in a tuxedo comes out and breaks your camera, people act like it is the most scary thing in the world.

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.

4 Silent Hill 2 Silent Hill 2 Product Image

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 turning a locked doorknob, ...more

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.

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.

Scary, just plain scary. I'm not scared of huge monsters, I'm scared of a seemingly normal everyday place with unknown things coming at you, things that are realistic

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.

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I played this game with my friends and we all got scared so many time the graphics are amazing the game-play is already scary and on top of that all u can do is run and hide if u hide later in the game its harder to get away but I also agree the ending could be better but its truly the best horror game out there it needs more time to be voted on.

A very scary, disturbing and umm... Frontal game (you know what I mean) But I found the ending disappointing. And the second one I haven't seen the ending but I hope it's a lot better. In conclusion: messed up imagery, not knowing much, somewhat gross and creepy characters, all make a scary game.

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.

6 Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 4 Product Image

Lots of ammo. Tons of enemies everywhere and a strong tough protaganist. This is a great game but I feel it is more action than horror. Its got elements of horror but I can't call this that scary.

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.

OK this wasn't too scary I remember playing this back in the year 2011 when I was 10 years old I played this for PC it was so good than on consoles even though it came out in 2007 it had really gross monsters or evil looking!

7 Five Nights at Freddy's Five Nights at Freddy's Product Image

Let's be honest here, guys: this game is one of the scariest games in existance! It's edgy, cool, and pure horror when the animtronics start moving! The backstory is horrifying and the concept is dark. This game will go down as one of the best games in history because of how unique and horrible it really is.

Do I believe the game is scary? No. However, I have watched playthroughs of every game multiple times, watched more theory videos than games in the franchise, listened to hundreds of songs, and read nearly all of the books. It has lost its horror gameplay wise. Yet, there are a few famous Youtubing groups (OneyPlays and Game Grumps) who dived into this expecting to meme their way through. Once the animatronics started to wander, they quickly started rambling, shutting doors, frantically switching cameras, before they jump at the inevitable jumpscare. The game is an anxiety attack waiting to happen, and, with many mechanics being added to freak you out more with each passing game, it is a very frightful experience. The lore is horrible, in a good way. Watch The Game Theorists 20+ theory videos to get an idea on why many people still trouble with both solving and stomaching this franchise's intense lore.

Its sad that few have never, or even heard of this game. I think it should at least be in the top 100. When you first start the game, you will probably be confused about what to do. However, at the same time, you get this strange feeling that something is about to pop out and kill you. I never played the game, but this is what I saw when my friend was playing it at his house, and I came in once in a while to watch him: You seem to be a secruity guard watching secruity cameras. As time goes on, the teddy bears start doing strange and scary things. Then a bear appears in your room, and the lights go out. Then the bear jumps out at you from the shadows, and the screen gets all statically, and the screen then changes to words: Game Over.

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.

8 Manhunt Manhunt Product Image

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.

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

Probably the most gory game out there, this game at times can be creepy. Especially the Piggsy jumpscare.

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

9 Silent Hill Silent Hill Product Image

What you may also wish to consider is that, bar it's own sequel, no game in the top 10 here are anywhere near as old as the original Silent Hill. In this era detail wasn't what it is now, and the PSOne (or anything Gen 5 systeem) could never take anything like a regenerator. I know it's been said countless times but, this game laid the foundation for horror in gaming, arguably even more so than the 2 Resident Evil games that already existed at the time of it's release.

I have only ever watched my friend play it, I couldent build up the nerve to give it a shot. My friend couldent even finish it. I want to hear if anyone acually can finish it AND say they didn't get scared. If I hear this I will declare you a LIAR! I almost peed watching my friend play. I loved it though and acually do want to play it. Wish me luck...

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!

Absolute classic. I am 30, an avid video game enthusiast and respect the lines that this classic game has set. Therefore, I have not gotten more than an hour in, more than 15 years later lol. It's on my to do list for 2018...I swear

10 Dead Space 2 Dead Space 2 Product Image

Even though I haven't played the Dead Space games, if the eye poke machine mini-game from this installment is anything to go by, you'll be thanking God that you don't live in a reality with that kind of nightmare fuel. Also, seeing the Necromorph transformations on YouTube firsthand will probably have me scarred for a day or two until then. Truly the perfect blend of science fiction and survival horror.

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

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

I know, that's why new horror movies are mostly rated pg 13 and suk

The Contenders
11 Doom 3 Doom 3 Product Image

I played this when I was around ten years old. It was so scary that I didn't even get passed 3 missions. I never even finished the game. Your flashlight will come very much in handy but you can't use your weapon at the same time. The graphics of this game still hold up in 2020. If you love horror then I definitely recommend checking this game out.

This is the scariest game at level 2 mars city underground when the radio chatter starts chatting. I played this since I was like 4 or 5 years old when the lights when out I got so scared also my therapist said that to me he got scared too when the lights when out I played this so many times. This came back in 2004 for the PC and 2005 for the Xbox So this is more better than Resident Evil 4.

Nope not so scary but when I was 10 years old in 2011 my therapist said he played Doom 3 he liked it I was in 4th grade when he told me When hebllayed that mission where the lights when off he got really scared! So I played this as a childhood when I was 4 or 5 years old until I was 10. Ugh... I even couldn't sleep I had nightmares I was scared my parents were with me had jumpscares too!

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.

12 F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R. Product Image

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.

I usually enjoy FPS games, but not this one. I quickly quit this game because it is just too scary.

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

Your heart could get problem if u really getting the true feel of fear

13 BioShock BioShock Product Image

Although I (sadly) missed the huge surgeon in steamed room jumpscare that everyone says is the scariest moment in gaming, I got s jumpscare that involved seeing a large shadow of "surgery", all lights going off, the guy disappearing, some time spent searching, and then the surgeon bursting out of a closet.
It scared the &@! # out of me, okay.
And yes, the puppy audio file is very disturbing.

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.

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.

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

14 Fatal Frame 2 Fatal Frame 2 Product Image

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.

15 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

16 Alien: Isolation Alien: Isolation Product Image

A game which fills you with stress, anxiety, total fear and dread for playing the video game, that is what a horror game is. Alien: Isolation hits all the marks for being so terrifying. You are on a space station and have to complete several missions whilst trying to escape that terrifying Xenomorph which makes the atmosphere just perfect. Not only that this game gives you so much fear that you feel like your in Amanda Ripley's shoes. No matter what happens when that Xenomorph finds you and you have to run your heart is going to beat so fast it will burst just like the alien chest burst. Good luck sleeping tonight if you have played this game.

The Xenomorph is fantastic, it's A.I. is top notch, and the model is amazing too. The gameplay is very smooth, the graphics are great too. The game makes you feel like you're in the ship with the characters, when you hide from the alien I actually feel fear. I rarely get that from games. Or even movies. So yeah, this is probably the scariest game I've ever played.

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.

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!

17 P.T.

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 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.

P.T. is like dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, but worse and scarier than this. P.T. is a kind of a horror game when I don't like horror or scary game but every second in this game feels like "I am playing the game I hate by nightmares" this is it... every second follows spooky music, spooky graphics, unspeakable gameplay (that too much spooky), unavoidable hazards, based on silent hills, that's all P.T.

You people need to understand what real horror is. Horror isn't about jump scares or lazy cliches. It's time for you flamers and squeakers and trolls to just grow up.

18 Silent Hill: Homecoming Silent Hill: Homecoming Product Image

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

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

I think the phone guy is the killer. Here are some edvidence I collect from research:
1. On Villains Wiki, There is a image of the killer holding a phone and wearing a security guard badge
2. It's kinda hard to accuse Mike Schmidt as the killer because their pupil colors don't match. So, It's impossible to accuse Mike as the culprit
3. All of the animatronics killed the phone guy on night 4 of the first game. So probably the animatronics seek revenge or maybe, They are helping the police to catch the killer. Check the killer on Villains wiki. It says that the killer is arrested.
4. The Phone Guy worked as a night guard

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

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.

Two words: The Puppet. He is easily one of the most terrifying animatronics in the game.

20 Five Nights at Freddy's 3

I don't know, I like fnaf as a whole, but honestly I only played this for its story. This is probably the worst game in the franchise with Springtrap's 'jumpscare' being the worst jumpscare out of any of the fnaf games. The gaming mechanics were interesting and this game added a lot to the story with some sense of 'closure' (there were obviously still some plot holes and the story was continued). I loved the minigames though and the atmosphere with the minigames made a very uncanny atmosphere where you did not know what to expect as you progressed further into the game.

Scariest game ever I played this game and screamed very very loud I did not make It to the end but I did my best.

Eh its scary but I like the others better

What happened to the fluffy cute animals?

21 Scary Maze Game

Even though I've never played this game, I heard that this will make you crap bricks. It's kind of annoying though, because just as soon as you reach the door...BAM! The exorcist girl's face pops out. It's like, just let me win, dangit! I can imagine that's what goes through the minds of gamers that play this, along with the idea of hiding in a corner and crying like a little girl because they didn't expect to see something so ugly. I don't know, but I'm not playing the game ever. Sorry.

When my friend made me play this I hated him and gave him the cold shoulder for weeks, but I once saw a video of a guy who played this, and he punched his computer and broke it, hilarious!

By the time you're on Level 3, you start to get scared in case you die in the second half of the level, because there is that scary scream.

Not scary. It's scary the first time, but really, it's just one jumpscare. Good luck even getting so far into this game that you see the jumpscare.

22 Resident Evil

The scariest in the entire series in my opinion. Plus I don't know if this is for REmake but that game was exceptional at what it set out to do and the additional scares from Lisa and the Crimson heads enhanced this creepy atmosphere while 4 is a good game, I really don't find it scary, at all!

In my opinion, this game was the most scariest game, and the hardest of the resident evil series. Have to survive on a limited amount of ammunition against insanely strong zombies.

Soon as them zombie dogs jumped through the window I was gone.

Can't wait til the whistleblower is released!

23 Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Guys, this game should be at least in the top 10. Because it's the hardest game for me. I'm so scared that when I close a door, my hands are shaking too much!

Drug fuelled child's nightmares are a lot scarier than Chuck E. Cheese animatronics.
By the way Bonnie is a man. FFS I'm not a fan and I can tell immediately.

Utterly terrifying, should be ahead of game 1

This game is so scary but mine has a glich were it doesn't give you the minigames besides fun with plushtrap

24 Left 4 Dead Left 4 Dead Product Image

The Hunter zombie is one of the scariest. It crawls and jumps on you and tears out your insides. The Witch is also scary. She appears out of nowhere and scratches you up with her long black fingernails. Sometimes she's just sitting down with her back facing you. If you walk behind her she will look behind her back and attack you if she sees you.

It's not too scary because you mow down zombies very easily

Great game but not even remotely scary

It's a great game, but it's not that scary.

25 Twisted Metal Twisted Metal Product Image

All of the twisted metal games are not scary except twisted metal black
that game is big time scary

Twisted Metal isn't scary.

I saw this and sweet tooth traumatized me more than any killer clown sightings I've ever seen it's so scary I have to wake up every 5 minutes when I go to sleep to look out the window and make sure that bastard clown isn't outside

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