Video games can be fun and help you kill your spare time, but that’s not the case for every avid gamer. There are brave souls out there who are seeking horror in everything they do, whether that means in reading, watching films, listening to music or video gaming. This Halloween just like in Halloweens past, classic and not-so-classic horror video games will see a huge boost in sales and here at List25 we’re willing to help you get your share of scare-on with what else, but a list of some of the most horrifying video games that will give you the creeps right through your consoles.
There are people who say Siren is the kind of game that only hard-core survival horror game fans will appreciate, and this might not be much of an overstatement after all. The graphics are not that good, the controls are poorly designed, and the voice-overs aren’t the most thrilling out there, but the game can still be challenging if you’re willing to be patient. If you can make your way past the first couple missions you might end up even being addicted to it, even though there’s a good chance you might fall asleep in the process.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
This masterpiece first came out back in the early ‘90s and despite its primitive graphics it’s an all-time classic game that you will love. There are 55 levels in the game, each one increasing in difficulty, and it involves any horror film character you have ever seen. Zombies and other disgusting little evil creatures try to kill your neighbors while you run around and shoot at them with a water gun.
Amy is a relatively new survival horror video game, since it was released worldwide for the first time last year. Amy is an autistic, psychic child and the only remaining human being in a city where a zombie-type infection (which Amy is apparently immune to) has turned everybody into the undead. Along with her adult friend Lana, who’s slowly turning into a zombie and must reverse this transformation before it’s too late, Amy has to solve puzzles, including computer hacking, vent-climbing, and button pushing, to advance and save the world. Will you help them make it?
Despite its silly and irrelevant title, NecroVisioN is quite a fun supernatural-themed PC game that you will definitely enjoy especially if you’re into sci-fi horror. NecroVisioN is set in 1916 during World War I and the hero of the game is a brave, young American soldier who was recently recruited into a British battalion. Simon (the soldier) soon finds himself battling supernatural forces, including zombies, demons, vampires, and other little evil spirits and beasts, as well as blood-thirsty German troops in order to survive. Auf Wiedersehen!
Deep Fear is another classic from the late ‘90s and we’re afraid that you need to still own your Sega Saturn system to play it since it was the only platform you could play it on. In the role of an ex-Navy SEAL named John Mayor you will have to kill mutants, zombies, monsters, and crazy-looking animals in order to survive, and there’s a chance you’ll notice similarities in the plot to films such as Leviathan and The Abyss because the developers of this game were deeply inspired by these movies. If you’re looking for horror 300 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean then this game was made for you.
Clock Tower 3
Let’s make it clear first that Clock Tower 3 has its own hard-core followers but the truth is that if you’re a fan of true horror games such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil then this game isn’t for you really. However, if you’re the type that’s afraid of true horror but would like to play something spooky with your friends on Halloween, then you should definitely start off with a soft-core game like Clock Tower 3. This game is nowhere near as frightening as other classic horror games on this list but it still has its creepy moments and is ideal for softies.
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi’s plot is heavily influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with further inspiration from F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and John Polidori’s short story “The Vampyre.” This is the strongest point of this PC game—that they designed it so as to make it appear more like a classic horror film than a video game. So we suppose that the images are purposefully “grainy” in order to create this eerie, shadowy effect. The token graphics add to the already horrific atmosphere and overall this game makes the perfect “treat” for your Halloween night.
Any video game that is based on the classic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley would be worth mentioning on our list and that’s the case for this ancient game from the ‘80s. We aren’t going to fool you; there’s no way you can play Frankenstein nowadays simply because it was first released in 1987 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum home computers that are pretty much extinct. However, this text adventure with static graphics (!) video game is the equivalent of the Parthenon for horror video games and for its historical value alone it gets an honorable mention.
Even though the graphics show their age in this game—not that they are really terrible or anything, yet you can’t help but sometimes feel like you’re playing an early generation game on PS2 or Xbox—Dead Rising gives you the power to kill more zombies than Rambo killed Soviets in Rambo III. We recommend it to anybody who enjoys zombies, zombies, and guess what? More zombies!
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
This game requires a different intellect to get into it and we’re afraid that the avid gamers of the more classic horror games such as DOOM 3 and Splatterhouse might be disappointed. However, if you’re a gamer that also happens to be a little weird and a hard-core fan of H. P. Lovecraft, then this game might become your “precious.” It’s really different, it’s spooky, and it will definitely scare you and mess with your mind if you dare to play it alone in the dark.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
Truth be told Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines can be a little glitchy at times, but the depth of the game and the graphics completely make up for it. The haunted house mission gives you a taste of how flexible the game really is as you discover the narrative of how the hotel became cursed, while you jump out of your seat multiple times in the process. To sum up, this is the ideal title for any vampire lover and you need to trust us when we say that this game “bites.”
Fatal Frame, also known as Project Zero, is a video game that uses psychological terror that you’ll definitely love if you are already a fan of Silent Hill and there’s a good chance it might scare you even more. Unlike most other video games that rely on the horror of gore to scare you, Fatal Frame plays with your mind and will make you check twice that you’ve locked the door. If you’re looking for a good scare, lots of suspense, and good graphics (for a PS2 title) for this Halloween, then go for it.
Eurogamer gave it a 9/10 score and called it a bold, bloody, opulent romp that gets better and better with every player you add and one of the best co-op games money can buy. As for the fans? They described the game as the most “satanic” experience one can get on Xbox 360, PS3, and ultimately PS4, with its gameplay graphics considered as “smooth” as butter. Have I sold you on it yet?
The Black Mirror
The Black Mirror offers you great adventure, nice “creepy” music, high-quality voice-overs and visuals, and an even more realistic “dark” atmosphere, but we warn you that it can be highly depressing at times. There will be moments it will feel more like you’re a cast member in a psychological thriller surrounded by a bunch of mentally unstable people, while the long, repetitive dialogue might tire you.
It’s definitely not the kind of game you should allow your children play, but we guarantee that adult fans of psychological thrillers will love The Black Mirror.
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Doesn’t the title of this game sound scary and sick enough as it is before you even open the box? No? Okay then, let’s say a few things about this classic PC game. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a point-and-click horror/adventure game based on Harlan Ellison’s 1967 short story of the same name that entered the gaming world in 1995. The storyline is beautifully dark and depressing and it will most likely make you tingle if you love ironic tragedy and drama. If you are into dystopian fiction and fancy some insanity and paranoia in your gaming then this is a must-have addition to your collection.
Dead Space is without a doubt a gem in the video gaming world. The graphics, use of audio and music, as well as the controls are all of incredible quality. The game is really scary but the developers made sure to create enough powerful weapons for the gamer with which you can destroy all the hideous creatures that are after you. To make a long story short, Dead Space takes sci-fi survival horror to another level but it can be highly addictive, so take it easy.
Luigi of the famous Mario Bros. has inherited a creepy old mansion and he doesn’t know that the place is filled with evil spirits and ghosts, so it is up to him to catch them all by using his trusty vacuum cleaner and flashlight. Who said kids can’t play horror video games too?
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is everything a great video game should be and then some. Scary, dark, and really claustrophobic, it offers great moments of terror especially if you play it on PS3 where you’ll enjoy its graphics to the max. Additionally, the storyline is really interesting while the gameplay is smooth and transitions perfectly well from one level to the next. A truly great game overall and a must-have for every gamer or PS3 owner.
If you don’t own any DOOM games this is the one to start with simply because it’s the best of the series. DOOM 1 and 2 are way too outdated in terms of graphics but of course they remain classics and still fun to play if you are in a retro, nostalgic mood. DOOM 3, on the other hand, is ideal to play on Halloween since it is really intense and scary with monsters jumping out of the dark and contemporary graphics (thank God).
Bioshock is the kind of video game that will walk you through step-by-step on how to play it. It’s a first-person shooter game much like Halo, but way scarier and creepier of course. The graphics are superb, the gameplay is really good, and the story is one of the best of any game ever according to the bible of video gaming, IGN. Ideal for Halloween and we’re 100 percent sure that once you play for the first time you will be addicted to it for the rest of the year.
Some describe Haunting Ground as the best horror video game and despite this sounding like an overstatement it might not be that far from the truth. In this game you are truly defenseless, unarmed, and you are being chased by people who want nothing else but to kill you. Your survival literally depends on how well you can hide and how quietly you can walk or even breathe. All you have is your loyal dog to help guide you through the twisted mansion and trust us, the quote “A dog is man’s best friend” was never more true as it is for this game.
Silent Hill: Downpour
Anyone who has been a die-hard fan of the Silent Hill series ever since the first release back in the late ‘90s will most likely recommend that you play this masterpiece alone in the dark. If you’re thrilled by creepy environments it’s kind of hard not to notice that the developers of Silent Hill: Downpour put lots of time and effort into detailing the abandoned homes, trees, and rain puddles for a uniquely terrifying experience. Great game, but why did they pick Korn for the soundtrack? Why? Just why?
Resident Evil (The Whole Series)
There’s not much to say about Resident Evil that your ordinary videogame fan doesn’t know already. This game, ladies and gents, is for video games what Titanic was for film, what Michael Jackson’s Thriller was for pop music, and what Superman has been for comics—the boss! How many survival horror video games series do you know that branched out into blockbuster films, novelizations, comic books, and sound dramas? And yep, any game you pick from the long list of sequels to the 1996 original is ideal for a Halloween night of merciless video gaming.
Splatterhouse is one of the most brutal and bloody video games ever made and every avid gamer will agree on this. The 2010 edition is a marvelous remake of the cult classic version from 1988.The storyline is pretty much the same as the original, but the gameplay is easily more improved and up-to-date, with more weapons to pick up and use against the monsters.
The superb metal soundtrack and the profanity make things even nastier and as long as children stay away from this game we highly recommend it to everyone who’s seeking pure horror videogame action.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is played from a first-person perspective, and it’s really dark, as it takes place at night in a castle in the 1800s, so there’s no electricity, but only certain areas and rooms with pre-lit candles, torches, and lanterns. The game can be very intense, unnerving, and scary since there are no weapons similar to other horror games to save you from the monsters. You cannot kill your “enemies” and the only way to hide from the monsters is to hide in the dark or try and run from them. In our humble opinion at List25 this is the ideal and most atmospheric game to play on Halloween night.