Top 25 Best Horror Games of All Time

Best Horror games: A good horror story may keep most of us awake at night, but a scary video game will ensure that we won't sleep for weeks. Gameranx stepped into the wayback machine to create this tidy list of the top 25 horror games of all time.

by on 1st Oct, 2013

5. System Shock 2

There is something to be said for techno horror; it is a genre terribly overlooked by developers, or not done to it’s fullest potential. System Shock 2 is a story of the machines we created becoming the monster that’s out to destroy us—the very things we made to help make our lives easier will instead end them. 

The flickering lights and the blood all over the ship are a nice backdrop, but it is SHODAN that steals the show. It is SHODAN that will terrify you, because what recourse does anyone have against a perfect intellect who charts everything you can, or would do to oppose her, while instructing you on how to do it? 


4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is another Lovecraft-inspired title. It is arguably the grandest of them all, spanning centuries and a dozen different playable characters all around the same cult and resurrection of an Elder God, a being whose very existence will make a man go mad. 

The game will make you go mad in tandem with your character. If the setting and conflict aren’t enough to terrify you, the game will screw with you in the real world just as much as it does in the digital one. Push the sanity meter too far and you would lose the perspective, the screen or even your save file.


3. Amnesia: The Dark Decent

The last Lovecraft game on the list is also the newest game to be inspired by the author. It took several elements of previous games mentioned and raised them to new level. You play a man with amnesia and that’s all you are given to start with. You are in a castle and you have to remember something that has been forgotten for a reason. 

Staying in or looking at dark spaces will lower your sanity, while the light will heal it. You aren’t alone in the castle, which is filled with monsters. Unlike other games, you can’t fight them and your only option is to hide in a dark corner while hoping they won’t see you.  


2. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

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There is something about innocence in danger that terrifies us even more than anything else. The little girls in the haunted village are just that—the epitome of innocence being threatened by the supernatural forces. Their only defense against ghosts is a camera obscura, that’s only effective when used up close. 

You are in control of a girl, whose only means to defeat the monsters to threaten her is to throw her into harm’s way and face the horror head on. The game makes you do this over and over again with every single enemy. 


1. Silent Hill 2

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The first Silent Hell set up a great franchise and then the sequel became one of the greatest games ever made. Silent Hill 2 delves into the psyche of its protagonist, James Sunderland, in ways—and to depths—that other games only wish they could do. 

In Silent Hill, nothing is quite right; everything seems artificial and you don’t seem to be looking at the same world as anybody else within it. After a while of playing the game, you will question as to who was James Sunderland’s biggest enemy—the town, the player, or the character himself? 

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