Here are the 10 scariest video games ever made. Whether it’s a simple jump scare or a gruesome torture scene, there have only been a few truly terrifying video games that have been regarded as the best of the best. This is a list devoted to these bone-chilling, heart-racing, and overall creepy video games. This may include some spoilers: so readers beware.
10. Slender: The Arrival
It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t know about Slender: The Eight Pages, the prequel to Slender: The Arrival. It’s even harder to find someone who hasn’t heard about Slender Man in general.
A single-player survival horror, Slender: The Arrival was developed by Blue Isle Studios and Parsec Productions. It was first released in March 2013 for PC and later released for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U.
The plot takes place several years after Slender: The Eight Pages. The eerie settings of the game include an abandoned house, an abandoned mine, and the woods.
In Slender: The Arrival, the main character, Lauren, is going to visit her childhood friend, Kate, presumed to be the main character from the prequel. After finding the front door open, the furniture and house wrecked, and disturbing drawings and messages found throughout the house, Lauren hears a woman scream, possibly Kate and goes to find her friend.
Regarded as one of the best first-person shooter games, having traditional firearms but also contains unique superhuman reflexes and abilities, F.E.A.R. is also one of the freakiest games out there, having been inspired by Japanese horror and its core elements. GameSpy gave it an award for “Best Story” for the Game of the Year award.
A single-player and multiplayer first-person shooter, survival horror game, F.E.A.R. was developed by Monolith Productions. The game was released in October 2005 for PC and later released for Xbox 360 and PS3.
The main character, Point Man, works for an organization known as F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) and is working with others in their team to hunt down Paxton Fettel, who is leading a group of mind-controlled supersoldier clones, killing many in their path. While searching for Fettel, the player sees many paranormal phenomena, life-threatening hallucinations, and a frightening young girl in a red dress who seems to be far more powerful than Fettel.
8. The Evil Within 2
Labeled as a worthy sequel and a solid horror game that expands the scope of the series, The Evil Within 2 has provided many with plenty of nightmares. The game had been nominated for several awards, however, didn’t win any.
A single-player survival horror game, The Evil Within 2 was developed by Tango Gameworks. Released in October 2017, the game is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Evil Within 2 takes place three years after the first game, The Evil Within. Sebastian Castellanos, the returning main character from the first game, quit the police force and became an alcoholic. After being approached by his old partner and told that his daughter, Lily, is still alive, he goes to a slaughtered town, where she is. Either using weapons or stealth, Sebastian must get past all monstrous humans, murderous operatives, and many psychopaths to find his daughter.
7. Outlast 2
Agreeably a game that makes you not look away from the screen, despite the gruesome and dread-filled scenes, players of Outlast 2 can agree that the game is an exhilarating, traumatic experience. The game was nominated for best “Use of Sound in a Franchise”.
Outlast 2 is a first-person, single-player survival horror game that was developed by Red Barrels. It first released in April 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One and then was released for Nintendo Switch in March 2018.
Set in Northern Arizona, Blake Langermann, the main character, is a cameraman and investigative journalist. While flying in a helicopter with his wife, Lynn, the two begin to report a mysterious murder of a pregnant woman. After an eerie flash of light and the helicopter crashing, Blake looks for his missing wife and discovers she’s been kidnapped and taken to an unknown town that’s filled with a cult and a nearby mine filled with a rival cult, both of which want Lynn and Blake for their own twisted purposes.
6. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Known for its ominous elements and horrifying atmosphere, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is no joke. This game has left even the strong of heart rocking back and forth and crying. Four months after its release, the developer reported almost 200,000 units had been sold. The success became more visible after receiving several awards at the Independent Games Festival.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first-person, single-player survival horror game that was developed by Frictional Games. It first released in September 2010 for PC. It wasn’t until November of 2016 that the game was released on PS4.
Set in August 1839, a London man named Daniel wakes up with barely any memory and a note written by himself for himself. The note told him he deliberately erased his own memory and that he’s being hunted by a “shadow” along with some instructions. As he explores the castle, Daniel learns about its mysteries and his own dark past, all the while encountering terrifying monsters that were formerly humans, which he can only run or hide from.
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