Horror games can be more frightening than horror movies because they stimulate your senses in ways we can hardly describe. We've seen iconic horror franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil, and although many of their games are fun, they are not always scary. Horror video games can be frightening for a variety of reasons.
They can contain jump scares, tense moments, or other elements of horror. The ones that surprise us are often the most terrifying. Facing your fears head-on is something few people can do. So close the blinds and turn the lights off. These are the 10 scariest horror video games of all time.
10 Doki Doki Literature Club
What starts as a cheery dating simulator escalates into a dark, twisted psychological horror game. 2017's Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that becomes more engrossing as the game progresses.
The lightheartedness of the beginning leaves a lot of players confused after it grows into a nightmare. Being able to choose dialogue options to influence the results of the game makes Doki Doki Literature Club stand out from other horror games. Especially for those expecting to play a dating simulator, it can be exceedingly scary.
9 Alien: Isolation
When Alien: Isolation released in 2014, it was overlooked by many. This gem of a horror game provides a cohesive narrative that will keep you entertained throughout it. To make things more exciting, the game is set in outer space.
Gazing upon the stars gives you a feeling of isolation that is eerily fitting for a horror game. Although technology in the game appears futuristic, at the same time, it resembles technology from the '80s. This is on par with the earliest Alien movies, which were released in the late '70s and '80s.
P.T. is a playable teaser by Kojima Productions that was going to be titled Silent Hills if it were completed. It was planned to be a part of the Silent Hill game series. Technically, this is not a full game. Had it been, it would have placed higher on this list.
Concerning scariness, P.T. exceeds expectations. This short playable teaser is scarier than most finished horror games. Not only are jump scares frightening, but it has parts that will have you curling your toes because of how scary it is. It can be difficult to download this unreleased game, but it is worth the effort if you can.
7 Resident Evil Remake
Time and time again, the first Resident Evil remake is regarded as the scariest Resident Evil game in the series. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has more horrific elements, but the spine-chilling rustic atmosphere of the first Resident Evil remake is unique in its own way. This remake initially released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002.
Since then, it has been ported to a variety of consoles including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A constant feeling of isolation is what makes Resident Evil remake one of the most frightening games of all time.
6 The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 could be a more enjoyable experience than the first; it is also scarier. The Evil Within 2 is loaded with jumpscares and graphic content that is not for the faint of heart.
To top it off, the story of this game is genuinely exciting. All-around, it is one of the most enjoyable horror experiences of all time. The visuals of the game are stunning. The Evil Within 2 is one survival horror game that you can't miss.
Although the second Outlast may have had improved visuals and a more interesting story, the first was much more frightening. Using a camcorder's night vision mode with limited battery life to progress through the game is disheartening.
The remote mental asylum that you progress through is filled with psychotic patients that are far from ordinary. For a low-budget game, it had remarkable sales figures. Outlast is one of the scariest games of all time.
4 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a strong entry in the Resident Evil series. Taking on a new format, the game takes bold risks that pay off. At times, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard can be quite scary. However, the game has its parts where horror is absent, which is why Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is not considered the most terrifying game of all time.
Had it been consistent throughout the story, it would have placed higher on this list. Creepy, to say the least, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is not for scaredy-cats. Solving puzzles with the ongoing threat of supernatural entities will keep you on the edge of your seat.
3 Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
This Japanese horror sequel to the first Fatal Frame could be twice as scary. It is debatable which Fatal Frame is the most terrifying, yet Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly has the most enjoyable story and gameplay.
The first was a scare-fest, but the story was not interesting enough for many players to finish. The game revolves around taking photographs of ghosts and using exorcism to free their spirits. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly released for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox.
2 Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill is a fictional remote town based on a town in Pennsylvania. Silent Hill is like Resident Evil, but more horrific. Its enemy variety makes Silent Hill 2 exceptional.
The best way to play Silent Hill 2 is by playing the original version. Although Silent Hill 2 HD is a good game, the atmosphere of the original was tarnished because of HD effects which reduced the fog among other reasons. Notably, there have been a few Silent Hill movies based on the video games which are equally terrifying.
1 Amnesia: The Dark Descent
This hair-raising survival horror game has been the inspiration for games like Slender: The Arrival and Outlast. Let alone being in dark areas with the omnipresent threat of murderous monsters; Amnesia: The Dark Descent will leave you so frightened that you may even stop playing. The puzzles are fun to solve, and the game has overall enjoyable gameplay.
This is one scary horror game you have to play in the dark to get the most out of. You won't regret the decision to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent.