Horror video games are the best way to scare yourself. They are better than movies and novels because you actually have to be the protagonist and face all the monsters and demons on your own. With better graphics, improved game engines and professionally written suspense stories, horror video games have gotten very good at scaring people. If you are looking for some thrill, you should try some of the horror video games on this list.
7. Doom 3:
Doom 3 was a reboot of the Doom franchise and they moved from a simple first person shooter to a survival horror shooter. Doom 3 was released in 2004 by Activision. You play as an unnamed space marine working on a research facility on Mars where a teleportation experiment has gone wrong and demons from hell have taken over the facility. You need to fight the scary monsters that jump out from nowhere and stop them from making their way to earth.
6. Fatal Frame:
Fatal Frame is one of the best survival horror video games out there. It was unique at the time of its launch because the players had to take photographs of the ghosts to defeat them. It is very well written and all the games in the series are pretty scary. Fatal Frame 2 is probably the best. It was known as Project Zero in Europe. There are exorcisms, ghosts and Japanese Shinto rituals that will scare the hell out of you.
5. Dead Space:
The Dead Space series started in 2008 and 2 more games have been launched till now. All the games are positively scary and you play as an engineer onboard a mining space ship, USG Ishimura. You have to fight Necromorphs who are zombie like undead corpses. The great thing about this game is that unlike other shooter games you can’t defeat the zombies by shooting off their head. Instead you have to cut off their limbs to stop them.
4. Resident Evil:
Resident Evil is one of the most famous horror franchise. There have been so many adaptations of this game, from movies to comic books and sound plays. It was created by Shinji Mikami and the first game came out in 1996. Since then many versions have come out with the latest being Resident Evil 6. The earlier games were more horror and puzzle solving type of games but the latest ones have become more action oriented with more focus on weapons and shooting dead people.
3. Condemned: Criminal Origins:
Sega came out with Condemned: Criminal Origins in 2005. It is a psychological horror video game and focuses on puzzle solving along with melee combat. You play as a detective solving cases and chasing an insane serial killer. The game has been inspired by Silence of the Lambs and Seven so you should expect a good scare accordingly. This is more of a psychological horror game and not just a shoot ’em up.
F.E.A.R. stands for First Encounter Assault Recon and in this game you play a member of a Special Forces unit that deals with paranormal phenomenon. The game was launched in 2005 by Vivendi Universal. There have been two more installments and a few expansion packs in this series. In the first series you fight a little girl and we all know that there is nothing more scary than little girl ghosts. Your character also has some superhuman reflexes that helps you to deal with the ghosts. It is a first person shooter later and a psychological horror game first.
1. Silent Hill:
Silent Hill is a very scary survival horror video game series. There have been 10 versions launched and each one is pretty scary. The movies Silent Hill and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D was based on this series. It is one of the most successful horror games ever, competing with Resident Evil series. The scary thing about the game is the use of great sound effects to induce specific emotions in the players. For example in most games of the series, the player carries a device that alerts the presence of nearby creatures with static. So every time you hear that sound your heart starts pumping and you get ready to face some very creepy monsters.