When it comes to game ratings, Metacritic is responsible for one of the most highly-respected ranking systems out there. When it comes to horror games, though, everyone has their own opinions about what's hot and what's not. We decided to put the rankings to the test and find out what the highest-rated horror games of all time are and, well... the results might be a bit shocking.
Not only are some of these classic, but some may even be unheard of to casual horror fans. This list truly is a mixed bag of weird, but hey, for once it's not one that we've been responsible for curating! So without further distraction, here are the top-rated horror games, of all time, from any and all consoles, as ordered by Metacritic. Perhaps the true horror is that fan-favorite games didn't make the list...
It's not surprising to see Bioshock make the top ten list. However, it is a being surprising to see that it claims the number one spot. That's not to say that it doesn't shine in the horror genre, but with competition from so many games in the same category, BioShock is clearly the most beloved amongst horror fans.
With an enraptured story and characters whom one just can't help but question and analyze, the setting of the dystopian world of Rapture takes first place on this wild ride of a countdown. It goes without saying that this game's major plot twist had all of our hairs standing on end.
9 Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Perhaps it's not too surprising that Castlevania made it to this list, likely because it is a true classic in the nature of horror games. This is one that should be on everyone's list, if not for the nostalgia, then for the story. In Konami's heyday, Castlevania was revolutionary for the time it was created. Set in Dracula's castle, this unusual yet intriguing game broke the mold of traditional horror and gave fans what they craved: Something new and innovative.
It was so popular, in fact, that it has since inspired a Netflix show which has generated new interest in this classic series. Symphony of the Night is arguably, by fans, still the best Castlevania game to date.
8 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
For those who aren't familiar with Eternal Darkness, it was a horror game that came out originally for GameCube. With that being said, it's arguably one of the scariest games to come out for the console. Whether or not that's true depends on personal opinion... we're not here to make that call.
What we are here to do is discuss the games that have earned the top places, and this one comes in at a whopping number three. This was a game that got into a player's head and threw more psychological punches than many of us were ready for, complete with sounds and gruesome graphic tricks that were seemingly beyond any that had previously been witnessed.
7 Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow
While Castlevania has earned the most spots on this list, it has been rightfully so, as the series continues to celebrate its long-hailed success. Aria of Sorrow is obviously viewed as the second-best when it comes to ranking each game in the series.
With a new plot and different characters, fans were quickly hooked on this storyline set in 2035, where it's the player's job to duke it out in Dracula's castle. This game had considerably better graphics than the first and was an exciting challenge for horror fans.
6 Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon
Surprise surprise, yet another Castlevania game. However, this was the first released for the Game Boy Advance, and while not critically acclaimed, it was still innovative enough to earn it a spot in the top ten list according to Metacritic. Evidently, despite the poor reviews regarding graphic style, this game was still ranked high due to its gameplay.
Getting through the story was arguably more challenging than the others, as the gameplay was tricky, but in the best way possible. Those who were committed to seeing this one through were captivated by the challenge it provided, along with the classic horror touch Konami is known for.
5 Planescape: Torment
Planescape: Torment is a bit strange, to say the least. While it is interesting that out of all the games in the world, this one made the list, we can't discount the fact that it is a true horror. With the revolving theme of death, Planescape: Torment had an engaging story with characters who were clearly well-fleshed out and creatively written.
With its classic RPG style, it's easy to see how many fans were hooked, even if it wasn't the most popular game at the time. The downfall of this game was, unsurprisingly, the combat style, but its story and driven character development made up for it that in everything it lacked. With a solid balance of mild gore and a great story, this game rounds in at number seven.
4 Resident Evil
Now, this one is not much of a surprise. While some may believe that it should have ranked higher, there's no denying that fans are happy to see it on the list, period. Considering the fact that Resident Evil games are still being made and remade to this day, it's likely one of the greatest horrors of all time, and not just in terms of Metacritic's list.
Boasting a brilliant story with characters who are interesting and dynamic, this game outranks many others still to this day. Its above-average gore and creation of monsters only upstaged by Silent Hill, Resident Evil is a solid addition to the top ten greatest horror games out there.
3 Resident Evil 4
Commonly referred to as one of the best in the series, if not the best in the series for some, Resident Evil 4 had outranked its predecessors with monsters that gave players a run for their money. Pushing all the limits to create something truly disturbing, this survival horror continued to revolutionize the way people viewed shooters.
It also paved the way for similar zombie games to follow, quickly generating a horror-shooter-survival genre that is still thriving to this day.
2 Demon's Souls
This game, exclusive for PlayStation 3, has definitely earned its rights as a horror game, but it also follows suit as one rooted in fantasy. This game had an intriguing plot, consisting of demons who were essentially soul-eaters, throwing the inhabitants of this totally creepy island in peril 24/7.
Some may argue that this horror isn't nearly as scary or 'horror-themed' as many others on the list, but it still counts with its decent spooks and creepy backstory.
1 Left 4 Dead
In a completely and not surprising twist, we have Left 4 Dead rounding out this list as number ten. With a decent - and fairly gory - history now, the Left 4 Dead series is not for the faint of heart. Everything, from the graphics to the jump scares in this game, make it a true survival horror.
Taking after the likes of its horrific predecessors, this game was everything a gamer could ask for when it comes to turning out the lights and being scared... well, you know.