For fans of horror, playing video games takes fear up a notch as it puts you in control of a terrifying situation as opposed to being a viewer. Horror games have been around since the early 1980’s, and have only improved with time. Here are 5 of the scariest horror games ever released, in no particular order.
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill is one of the scariest horror game franchises of all time, but the sequel to the first game is acclaimed by critics and fans alike as one of the best. Silent Hill 2 is famous for invoking feelings of dread and uncertainty in players. The game’s psychological narrative is complex for the time as it was released in 2001, and loosens players’ grip on reality while producing terrifying visuals that move the complex yet horrifying plot along.
Many gamers praise Outlast as being the first true survival game on the market. Unlike other “survival games” which actually allow players to utilize weapons and other tools to stay alive and win, Outlast’s only objective is simple: stay alive. Players must run and hide through the dark from terrifying characters while trying to make it to the end of the game. This might sound easy, but proves to be especially difficult especially for those who are easily scared.
P.T.’s plot repeats itself over and over, leaving players disoriented and struggling to feel connected to reality and completely immersed in its terror. Set in a haunted house, this first person game moves players throughout a home much like a labyrinth which resets every time a loop around the home is completed. This game will not only terrify you but will make you feel pretty dizzy – this might not be the best game to play after finishing your dinner from Lean Kitchen Company.
Resident Evil Biohazard
The seventh installment of the Resident Evil video game franchise is widely considered to be the most terrifying. Venturing from the plot of the franchise’s previous games, gamers play as Ethan Winters, a man in search of his missing wife who must fight off the terrifying, violent family who has captured her. This game has a little bit of something for everyone with common phobias including claustrophobia, fear of insects, fear of ghosts, and more. Plus, the compelling story and plot twists along the way keep gamers engaged throughout all of the horror.