10 Best Horror Video Games

Den of Geek's Robert Bernstein shares his top horror games with us just in time for Halloween.

10.  Silent Hill 2 (PS2)

This game terrified me upon its release.  It is ultra spooky, to say the least.  The eerie soundtrack greatly contributes to the creepy feel of this game and the horrifying cinematics will leave you shaking in your boots.

9.  Dead Space (Xbox 360)

Another survival horror game makes this list by creating a completely terrifying environment.  The plot–you’re stuck onboard a spaceship in which monsters have been created from an alien virus and dead bodies.  With unexpected scares, and uniquely gruesome ideas, this game should be on the shelves of gamers everywhere.

8.  Alan Wake (Xbox 360)

The town of Bright Falls isn’t so bright, setting the stage for an epic story that is scary, to say the least.  This game plays more like a user-controlled movie, with beautifully drawn cinematics and a soundtrack that is rivaled by no other.  The video game is a unique concept; the horrifying events are based on a book written by the game’s main character.

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7.  Doom 3 (PC)

ID games creates a horror gem with Doom 3.  You’re on a remote research facility when all hell breaks loose.  The environment is dark and players have to use a single flashlight, generally, to light their way through the facility.  I recommend turning off all the lights, throwing on some headphones and completely engulfing yourself with this game for a night.  This is not your father’s Doom game.

6.  Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

This game is not only scary, but it is one of the best multiplayer experiences of this generation of consoles.  You play one of your group of four people fighting to survive the apocalypse.  With waves of zombies at every turn, users get frantic gameplay and satisfying zombie kills.  The scariest moment of the game is when you’re alone in a tall building and you hear a witch crying and then screaming at you.  Well scripted in-game movies and voice acting add to the game’s appeal.

5. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)

Set in an African desert, this game will rattle your bones for sure.  The game looks phenomenal.  Environments are rich with detail and color.  As if crazy looking tribal zombies aren’t enough, some of them have chainsaws and spears and monsters growing out of their limbs.  The game is a genuinely exciting and terrifying experience.

4.  Bioshock (Xbox 360)

The game is set in Rapture, an underwater city, which the main character discovers after his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean.  The underwater city creates a truly immersive experience for the player to explore and that in turn creates an eerie story to unravel. 

3.  Cryostasis: Sleep Of Reason (PC)

Cryostasis puts you out in the arctic to survive and keep up your body heat by using flames and lights.  Alexander, the main character, falls through the ice and enters a ship which, unbeknownst to him, contains dead crewman that have been transformed into monsters.  The game is tense and spooky, as you make your way around the “abandoned” ship. 

2.  S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)

The open world gameplay in Chernobyl, Ukraine allows users to explore the mutant filled wastelands at their leisure.  These mutants, in which there are many different varieties, were created by extreme exposure to radiation.  There are both human and animal mutants.  The mutant design is what makes this game absolutely terrifying.

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1.  F.E.A.R. (PC)

You wouldn’t think that a little girl in a red dress would be as terrifying as she is in this game–but I assure you, she is THAT scary.  She toys with your mind and makes your heart skip a beat or two or three.  The scariest moment in the game is when you’re climbing a ladder, in low light and you just see a glimpse of the little girl’s feet at the top of the ladder–it is one of the best unexpected scares in a video game that I can remember.  You also trudge through bloody hallways throughout the game.