25 Scariest Video Games of All Time

20. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented

'Fatal Frame III' | Tecmo

After the success of the original Fatal Frame, developers managed to improve the title in nearly every way. Critics often point to Fatal Frame III: The Tormented as the greatest stride in the series because of its grisly graphics and improved gameplay. The unique camera-based battle system shined as players encountered horrifying spirits behind the lens.

21. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

H.P. Lovecraft forever revolutionized horror, so it’s only fitting that game developers incorporated his famed Cthulhu monster. In the first-person shooter Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Developer Headfirst Productions incorporated stealth and rapid gunplay to immerse gamers in a Lovecraftian universe. Though its sales were minuscule, many fans tout the game as a horror classic.

22. Haunting Ground

'Haunting Ground' | Capcom

After the end of the Clock Tower, gamers were clamoring for a game that matched its terror. Capcom fulfilled that need with Haunting Ground. The 2005 survival horror game incorporates many gameplay elements of Clock Towerwhile mixing in its own darkly captivating universe.

23. Alien: Isolation

'Alien: Isolation' | Sega

Most video games made to tie-in with movies end up being embarrassing flops. However, Alien: Isolationmanages to buck that trend. Players get to explore the engrossing future-world that takes place 15 years after the end of the first Alien movie. The developers captured the atmospheric dread of Ridley Scott’s vision through sharp graphics and a stealth-based gameplay system.

24. Forbidden Siren 2

Forbidden Siren 2

Forbidden Siren 2 | Sony Interactive Entertainment

The original Forbidden Siren received a lukewarm response from critics upon its release. Thankfully, the sequel massively improved its shortcomings. Forbidden Siren 2 dropped players into the mystery surrounding an abandoned community on an island off the coast of Japan. Critics praised the game for its distinctive, non-linear storytelling.

25. Silent Hills

'Silent Hills' | Konami

Sadly, we’ll never get to live in a world where Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima’s much-anticipated Silent Hills was actually released. However, some players can still enjoy its terrifying demo. In 90 minutes or less, the teaser created a terrifying universe that fans are still pining for.


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