There are few video games intros more memorable than the first few minutes of Bioshock. As your player descends into a sunken utopia, you quickly begin to uncover the tragedies that have been left behind. Bioshocksucceeds at terrifying players by creating a compelling world to explore and get lost in.
Sure, the creepy little girl may be a tired horror trope, but it’s stuck around for a reason. Demonic children are simply terrifying. The developers behind F.E.A.R. manipulate the trope to maximum effect as players constantly use brute force to try and outsmart one evil child.
17. Manhunt 2
Few games have caused as much controversy as Manhunt 2. When the title was announced, anti-video game activists and even Hillary Clinton sought to have it banned for its sadistic focus on torture. The game initially received an Adults Only rating for its brutality. Rockstar Games was then forced to tone down the brutality by blurring out its bloody torture scenes. Despite the censorship, Manhunt 2 still offers players an intensely grisly experience.
18. System Shock 2
System Shock 2 failed to garner adequate sales upon its release. Despite this setback, the survival horror classic enamored critics with its unique role-playing elements that innovated first-person shooters. Fans have reason to rejoice as a true sequel is finally in the works.
19. Clock Tower: The First Fear
Before video games were advanced enough to incorporate complex combat systems, developers had to innovate with simpler means. Clock Tower: The First Fear only supported a point and click system where players had to escape a murderer throughout a creepy mansion. Despite these limited settings, the influential game managed to set a new standard in survival horror.