Before we get this show on the road, let me tell you this: In regards to horror games… I’m a pussy… I’ve played a lot of horror games, but I have never gotten used to them. We have a kind of “love-hate” relationship, me and horror and I guess it’ll always be like that.
So I hope you’ll enjoy the top 10 games that scares the crap out of me…
Ok OK, I know, we start out pretty weird, but let me just explain to you why I once found this game scary.
Have you, in Minecraft, ever fallen into a cave without torches? Heard the growling of Zombies and your own footsteps on the dirt. Wandered in the dark without any clue of how to get out? Turned the corner and stood eye to eye with a creeper?
Notch has created the perfect game for me. I love being creative in Minecraft, but I also love being scared once in a while, and Minecraft manages to do that as well. And with the addition of Endermen in 1.8 I was set… This was my favorite game in years!
9: Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis
“Wait… Why is this here?” You may ask. Well to sum it up, I’m just going let you watch this video:
Now let me explain what is going on here.
The game lets you switch between Holmes and Watson for the most part, with the exception of a few moments. The programmers, of course, made sure to never let your friend be too far away from you when playing as Holmes. There was, however, one problem: They forgot to give Watson a walking animation. This made Watson one of the creepiest characters in any videogames of all time.
8: Condemned: Criminal Origins
A bucket falling over has never scared me more. This game, being as close reality as it is, really plays with your psyche, “what was that?! Someone there? No one? OK.. ARGH WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?”
The times that I’ve been scared of nothing in this game is too many for me to count. It shall always be one of my all-time scariest games.
7: Alone in the dark
This game… I don’t even know why it scares me… Is it the graphics? No, I’m not that shallow. Is it the monsters themselves? No, not really… Is it the general idea of being alone in a dark, unknown, monster-infected house, while having somewhat clunky controls and not knowing what is behind the next door?… Yeah… What else can I say? This game scares the crap out of me.
6: Resident Evil
Did anyone else back away when seeing the first zombie? I sure as hell did!
This game is designed to be scary (Well duh!), with its odd camera angles and spooky lighting. The nauseating silence at times leaves you with the slight suspicion that something isn’t right… that something is about to go horribly wrong.
5: Silent Hill
Here’s what went through Konami’s head when making this game: This game have way to many details to be able to play on the Playstation. What can we do to make it better? I know let’s make it foggy so the console doesn’t have to render too much.
Here’s what “I” think went through their head: Let’s put up a f*cking fog so people can only see a few feet in front of them, and then throw a flying demon to their face!
This is my Silent Hill experience in a nutshell. When I for the first time stood in the alley, everything turning rusty and bloody, I simply stood… And turned off my Playstation… Didn’t play the game for the next 2 weeks.
4: Fatal Frame
What really scares me about this game, not counting the fact that I’m a total wuss, is the uneasy feeling I get whenever I see something in this game… or rather, when I don’t.
This game is a perfect example of the Japanese horror-survival genre, which so many people love. Why do people love it? Because it is unknown to them. What many Asian gamers might consider to be moderately scary, may make a non-Asian gamer, shit his trousers… Seriously Japan! What’s with the dolls?!
Never in my life have I been more scared of the sudden call I got while playing this. Sure this game has jump scares and therefore shouldn’t be worth the time of my day. But what makes it worth playing is the tense feeling you have while playing. Seeing things change places, a sudden sound from behind you, that feeling you get whenever you feel like you really should be somewhere else at the moment. Turning around to see the crack in the door is now filled with demonic dolls! SERIOUSLY JAPAN, WHY DOLLS!?
2: Eternal Darkness
Creepy mansion, check. Creepy ruins, check. Creepy temple, check. Creepy underground city, check. Creepy church, check. THIS GAME HAS EVERYTHING! As well as an engaging story told through time itself. This game is scary as none other, even if you don’t find the mansion scary, and by god you will, then you’ll at least find something else frightening as f*ck. This is one of the few games that I actually found to be so scary, that I did NOT play it through to the end, and for that, I am sorry. Might go back to one day, but for now I’ll just lie under my bed, writing the last of this top 10…
1: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Yeah yeah, don’t act like you didn’t know it was gonna be here. Of course this game would be the one to turn me into a timid schoolgirl. Walking the halls of a creepy castle, knowing you cannot defend yourself, there’s only one thing to do: Hide yo’ sorry ass mother*cker!
I remember a certain game reviewer once saying that there are 3 kinds of horror games:
The first is you, in a dark room, and a spooky masked man jumps out of the cupboard going “ABLOOGY WOOGY WOO”. This would be like Doom 3.
The second is the kind where the guy in the spooky mask isn’t in the cupboard, but standing right behind you and you just know he’s gonna go “ABLOOGY WOOGY WOO” at some point, but he isn’t, and everything keeps getting more and more tense, but you don’t want to turn around in fear of him sticking his cock in your eye! That would be Silent Hill 2.
And then there’s the last type, where the guy in the spooky mask is standing on the other sid
e of a brightly lit room, slowly walking towards you, playing a Violin and then hitting you with a T-bone steak, while saying “ABLOOGY WOOGY WOO”. That would be Dead Space.
The second one is the best and the one that belongs to Amnesia, because it’s your imagination doing all the work, and therefore making everything all the more scary!
To end this top 10, I have a quote from the reviewer, which pretty much sums up my experience in Amnesia:
“Oh pissing blimey there’s jam coming out of the walls!” -BEN “YAHTZEE” CROSHAW