Top Ten Scariest Games (Just in time for Halloween!)
Just for the record, this top ten list isn’t based on any popular game statistics found on the internet. This is my personal top ten. Ten games that I played personally over the years that have stuck with me as some of the scariest games I’ve ever played. Some you may have heard of, and others maybe not. Hope you enjoy this top ten, and try out some of the games you’ve never played/and or heard of. Sweet nightmares all!
10. Fatal Frame (PS2):
Ah, Fatal Frame…the game where you take pictures of the dead’s lost souls with your special camera, Camera Obscura, to inflict damage to the hostile spirits and trap them in the camera. Sounds screwy enough…but be warned: It’s scarier than you think! As strange as the premise of the game sounds, it’s a true survival horror game. The spirits you encounter vary from ghost to ghost. While some may look like your typical run-of-the-mill ghoul, others will terrify you. It takes everything you have to just stay in the room long enough to damage them enough to capture them. Me playing this game? Well, I ran from the first few scary ones I came across only to realize the most terrifying ones are the ones you HAVE to capture. It’s a great horror game, don’t dismiss it based on just the premise alone. If you have access to this game, and you haven’t already played it, play it.
9. Slender: The 8 Pages (PC):
One word: SLENDERMAN. What could be more terrifying than the infamous Slenderman hunting you down in a dark, vast forest? This game is awesome on another level because you don’t have to go anywhere or purchase anything to obtain it. You simply download it for free to you PC, and thus your journey into Slenderman’s forest begins. For those reading this who have never heard of Slenderman…Google it…you’ll understand why this game will scare the soul out of you.
8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube):
This is one of my favorite games for the GameCube. Not only is this game creepy and chilling as you travel throughout various eras of time where you play multiple protagonists out to stop an unspeakable evil, but this game will mess with you, the player, as well. This game literally plays mind games on you, from lowering your television’s volume, as well as making the volume louder all on it’s own, to making you think the game itself is messed up and you cannot continue to play it. It’ll also go as far as to make you think your game shut off due to error, and lost your entire save data. If you’re a hardcore and dedicated gamer, you know the terror of having your save data go corrupt on you after all your hard work and hours have been put into it. If you want a true psychological game, this game should be one of your first choices of play.
7. Deadly Premonition (360):
In this game, you play the role of a detective with a split personality of sorts, traveling to a small town to investigate the mysterious ritualistic murder of a young woman. Some parts of this game seem fairly boring in the beginning, but trust me, it gets better. In certain areas, you become trapped in, you face white, ghost-like beings with distorted faces. They approach you slowly, but then suddenly flash-step to a whole other location closer to you. Seeing as how you stop moving in order to use a weapon, make you extremely vulnerable to their unexpected attacks. And trust me, they will come out of nowhere. Some of them will even turn with their backs to you, bend all the way over backwards, and shuffle towards you, almost too fast for you to even react in time. And in all the time fending these ghastly creatures off, you hear eerie voices begging, saying “I want to diiiiiie…” Oh, the spine-chilling creepiness of it all! It’s worth checking out. If you like horror games out of the ordinary, this game is for you.
6. Dead Space (PS3/360):
You’re on the starship, USG Ishimura, there’s been an outbreak, and you’re the one responsible to explore and check everything out. The main protagonist, Isaac, travels through this dark starship out in the middle of space. The only people left are you, what little of the crew is alive, and the mutated human corpses called “Necromorphs” that plague you throughout the game. This game was incredible! The sounds and background noises made it suspenseful, and made you terrified to enter some areas of the ship. If you haven’t played this game yet, play it ASAP…and after you finish, go pick up Dead Space 2, it’s just as terrifying as the first one.
5. Theresia (Nintendo DS):
Probably the best horror game I’ve played for the Nintendo DS. The game is in first-person fashion, where you explore your confinements, which seem to be similar to a prison or asylum. In this psychological thriller of a game, you come face to face with personal demons and terrifying surroundings. The atmosphere of the game is very eerie and dark. Each door you come to, you’re almost too scared to open it, fearing what horrid scene you’ll stumble upon next. I was very surprised at this game, I didn’t think I could find a game as creepy as this for the Nintendo DS…but I was wrong.
4. Clock Tower 3 (PS2):
This game scared me…and because of this game, I now dislike the name “Alyssa”. In this game you play as a girl named Alyssa and journey back to your childhood boarding home in search of you mother only to end up going back in time to London, England. There you witness a replay of a murder, and the murderer begins and obsessive hunt for you. All you can do is hide and evade him and his giant sledgehammer best you can. He comes out of nowhere, yelling in a raspy voice, “Alyssa…where are you?!” Throughout the game you will encounter angry ghosts and poltergeists. And the story progresses, you begin to piece the various puzzle pieces together. This is a great survival horror game, and if you haven’t played it, I recommend you try it out.
3. Resident Evil (PS1/GameCube):
One of my all time favorite game series. My top favorites being Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. With all of those being as terrifying as possible, the most terrifying has to be the original for the PS1, and then re-made for Nintendo GameCube. It was the creepiest because it was the original, you had no idea what to expect. And who doesn’t love zombies? Scariest thing that stands out to me was the one scene where you’re playing as the main character Jill Valentine and you come across the first zombie, who ever so slowly raises and turns his gaze towards you. Yup…Not going to lie, it gave me nightmares. And the fact that all the zombies you kill in the first run, come back as reanimated zombies who RUN and chase you down only adds to the thrill! Only way to avoid that: Burn them with gasoline and a lighter. Still to this day when I wanna play a scary game, this is one of my go-to horror games. It’s timeless.
2. Silent Hill Series (PS1/PS2/PS3/360):
Anyone who’s played any of the Silent Hill games knows why I gave it this spot. Creepy surroundings, eerie background music, and the craziest bunch of characters known to the horror gaming genre. I love this series…the only one I need to play is Homecoming. What more can I ask for in a horror game? Darkness, multiple ‘weapons’ to defend yourself, from anything to a wooden stick to a pistol, twitching nurses, creepy and twisted creatures, and last but not least, Pyramid Head. Come on, admit it, Pyramid Head haunts all our dreams.
1. Haunting Grounds (PS2):
I played this game quite awhile back when I still had my PS2…This was a true survival horror game. You’re in a car wreck, you wake up and find yourself in an unknown place, where you befriend a white wolf and have multiple characters coming after you. How do you defend yourself? You can command the wolf to fend them off, but they keep coming. The only choice you have is to run and hide, and hope they don’t find you. You don’t have a health gauge in this game, you have a panic meter. Panic too much, your game screen goes blurry, you start bumping into stuff and before you know it, you’re dead. I had a love/hate relationship with this game. Loved it because it was so good, hated it because it gave me nightmares.