Top 10 Scariest PC Games
Top 10 Scariest PC Games
One of the hardest emotions to genuinely create in a game is fear - movies have it easy, as the director can always ensure that the experience is the one intended. For something like a first person shooter it's considerably harder as the player is essentially free to look, move and act as they please. Cutscenes can help in this respect but they’re non-interactive and thus the player is removed from the event. But some do manage to pull it off, one way or another and to that end, we bring you the Top 10 Scariest PC games.
But who decided on the entries to the list? The bulk of the votes came from visitors to Futuremark's discussion board and the rest from YouGamers staff members; so a good range in types,ages and experience of players.
#1: Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2011)
Trapped in a strange castle with no recollection of how he got there, Daniel has to find his way out while simultaneously delving deeper into the recesses of his mind. Amnesia is a first person adventure game that offers terror like no other. You play as Daniel, a young man who wakes up one day in a desolate castle not remembering who he is or what he's doing there. As he explores the castle, he finds that he's overcome with bouts of madness if he stays in the dark too long. He also finds evidence of carnage, as body parts and blood is everywhere. Given all the horrors that seem to await him, Daniel may come to wish he had never tried recovering his memory!
#2: Clive Barker’s Undying (2001)
Written by well-known and highly successful horror novelist Clive Barker, the story of Undying begins in 1923. War veteran Patrick Galloway receives an urgent letter from his friend, which sends him to the strange and secluded Covenant estate in Ireland, where he must exorcise a house haunted by the spirits of his dying friend’s deceased family.
Perhaps the best twist in the game is one of the spells that the lead character can employ: Scrye allows one to view the world clairvoyantly, seeing past events and even hearing conversations and sounds long gone. One is never given too much information this way either, leading the player to fill in the missing pieces via their own imagination, and it’s remarkably effective at giving you the creeps.
#3: Slender: The Arrival (2013)
The survival horror genre gets another gem in the form of Slender: The Arrival, one of the most terrifying games in recent memory. For years, conventional thought has said that the survival horror genre is on the decline, if not dying outright. As classic bastions of slower, more psychological play drifted into twitch gameplay and heavy commercialization, more and more independent games have managed to keep vigil for those who appreciate genuine terror. Slender: The Arrival is the latest game in this modern revival. Built up from an elegantly distilled core of exploration and vulnerability, The Arrival asserts the brilliantly masochistic joy of fear.
#4: Dead Space I & II (2008/2011)
Dead Space puts players in the role of Isaac Clarke, an engineer sent to investigate the USG Ishimura, a large mining starship which unearthed a mysterious alien artifact. His ship is damaged upon landing, and he finds himself under assault by undead ‘necromorphs’ made up of the bodies of the ship’s formerly living crew. He must find a way to get off the ship, but not before returning the alien artifact to the planet from which it was excavated.
Dead Space 2 takes place two years after the events of the first game, with Isaac Clarke incarcerated aboard Titan Station. Wanted not only for questioning but also for scientific research, Clarke must find his way off the station when all hell breaks loose, all the while battling to save his sanity.
#5: Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005)
Playing as FBI Agent Ethan Thomas, you start out in Condemned: Criminal Origins at the scene of a crime in which the murder victim is that of a serial killer named The Matchmaker. Suddenly, everyone realizes that the murderer himself is still at the crime scene, hiding away somewhere. You and your colleagues give chase and just as you're about to apprehend him, the worst happens-- they get killed and you are framed for murder. With your reputation at stake, you must race against time to prove your innocence before the authorities catch up with you.
This doesn't sound so scary, does it? Okay, imagine having to do all this in near total darkness down narrow passageways in decrepit buildings while deranged maniacs lie in wait to bash your brains in at every turn! Also imagine running out of ammo or weapons when you most need it! Scared yet? You should be! With its desolate environments filled with shadows and creepy ambient noises of pychopaths coughing or wheezing in the distance as you approach them, Condemned: Criminal Origins will definitely send your heart racing!
#6: Metro 2033
Metro 2033 is a first person shooter that takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where much of the world has been devastated by nuclear war. Set in Moscow, survivors have found refuge within the city’s underground railway. Unfortunately for the survivors, they aren’t the only ones living beneath the surface. The player must venture out into the open and find a way to destroy the monsters at their source before they make humanity extinct.
#7: Penumbra: Overture & Penumbra: The Black Plague (2008)
A first person adventure blending the elements of survival horror, first person shooter and adventure, Penumbra: Overture takes place in a cave deep within the frosts of Greenland. Phillip, the game’s protagonist, is buried alive and must find his way out of the depths of the earth.
Sequel to Penumbra: Overture, Black Plague begins from where the previous game left off, with Phillip waking up from a deep slumber after being knocked out by forces unseen at the end of the first game.
#8: F.E.A.R. 1 & 2 (2005/2009)
The title "F.E.A.R." isn't just an acronym, it's an accurate description of what you'll be feeling as you play it! In it, you play the nameless main character who is a member of F.E.A.R. (short for "First Encounter Assault Recon"). F.E.A.R. is a military group created to deal with any activities that are supernatural in nature. As the game opens, you learn that military commander Paxton Fettel (the villain) has gone insane and wreaked havoc in the city with an army of clone soldiers, leaving carnage in his wake. Your mission is simple-- track and take him down. There's just one problem-- for some bizarre reason, you keep having horrible, disturbing hallucinations that pop up out of nowhere. One of them involves a scary little girl named Alma, who wears a red dress and has long, scraggly black hair.
#9: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu is horror adventure game filled with monsters, serial killers andhideous extraterrestrials. You play the role of a private detective with psychic abilities who tries to unearth deep secrets of a quaint town of Innsmouth. In an attempt to solve a missing person case, the detective deals with several types of monsters including deep sea creatures, alien entities and psychos. Unlike other horror games, Dark Corners of the Earth has different classes of monsters in the most bizarre situations. With a blend of different monsters and great movie-like atmosphere, the game guarantees some of the best terrifying moments ever seen in horror games.
#10: Doom 3 (2004)
Just as in the first Doom, it's the future (2145) and you play a marine who's visiting a research facility on Mars on a routine mission. Just as you're finishing up your orientation, there's a huge explosion, things go haywire and the next thing you know, nearly everyone at the facility has turned into a man-eating zombie! Unfortunately, to stay alive you have to battle against these demons traversing narrow, dark corridors-- sometimes in pitch black darkness with little more than a tiny flashlight lighting your path.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (2007)
Jump 10 years forward and we come to one of the most heavily anticipated games of recent times. Loosely tied to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986, the player is put into the role of a Stalker - somewhat difficult to describe but in many ways, one can think of them as antique collectors with a penchant for all things highly radioactive. Doesn't sound very scary? Well initially, no, it doesn't; matters soon take a turn for worse though when one enters various underground chambers, replete with ubiquitous malfunctioning lights and mutated creatures. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. can be thought of as being scary in the same vein as Resident Evil, rather than Doom, as it too forces the player to think about ammunition levels, tactics and so on.
Alan Wake (2012)
Remedy has built a world that, despite being a fantastical realm of twisting shadows and realities, is solidly anchored in authenticity. Outstanding environmental design and some brilliant visuals and sound make Bright Falls and its mountainous surroundings look and feel alive and creepy.
Resident Evil series
Talk about survival horror games and the Resident Evil franchise will certainly make your blood curl. Popularly known as Biohazard throughout Japan, Resident Evil series can give those serious panic attacks and fear if played at night.
everyone's got their own opinion on which Resident Evil is the scariest.
Silent Hill series
Silent Hill is a survival horror video game.The silent hill series is heavily influenced by the literary genre of psychological horror, with its player characters being mostly "everymen", in contrast to action-oriented survival horror video game series featuring combat-trained player characters, such as Resident Evil, which is widely regarded as Silent Hill's strongest "rival".
System Shock 2 (1999)
System Shock 2 is a first person shooter with RPG and survival horror elements. The player wakes up aboard a derelict spaceship, where most of its crew has been killed and turned into undead creatures. The player must find out what happened to the ship’s inhabitants and, if possible, find a way off.
With stunning visuals BioShock is one of the best looking and spookiest games to hit the PC in the past couple years. Although technically not a survival horror game in the traditional sense, the eerie soundtrack and whispered conversations in the underwater utopia of Rapture will have you looking over your shoulder more than once.
By: Nick Evanson (YouGamers.com)
Last edited by babu.; May 22nd, 2013 at 03:33.
Who in their right mind would actually think L4D2 is scary...
lol RE5 wasnt actually a horror game to me, it was an action adventure game while Alan Wake was damn good in creating scary atmosphere
RE5 is not much scary to be listed.
I was afraid of the House of dead...it would come to my list.
call of cthulu whats that heard the name before
amnesia 1 no hobar motoi scary .... beshi weak gamer ra eita khelte gele hishu koira dibe sure
btw, Fallout 3 thakar dorkar chilo .... subway tunnel gula te jokhon Ghoul gula hotath chitkar dia uthe tokhon atta kaipa jai really ... ar Deathclaw gula to ritimoto epic
Old Olney and Deathclaw Sanctuary area ta te prothom jeidin dhuksilam ore ki ga shir shir kora je experience ... life time mone thakbe lol
Good article and silent hill should be into the list and i think death space 1/2 was not that kind of scary and amnesia deserve the first place. .i couldnt sleep for 3 nights when i played that game
FO 3 ato scary chilo na ;p. btw apni FO New Vegas e Deathclaw gula kivabe kill korsilen ? It's quite impossible to kill those in hardest difficulty.
Originally Posted by pollob.codename13
L4D is not on the list :/
Originally Posted by aayman
Last edited by Arif69; November 4th, 2012 at 07:22.
Of course if you didn't play the first game then its kinda scary, dudes its not how the zombies looked or the audio which did slight of the job, its the time and quantity of these Cannibals rushing just to freaking eat you up!!!Still I'd say the second game was a little scary
By the way you forgot to add Call of Clthulhu. Awesome game
I have played both extensively, 2 much more than 1 though. But it's more "fun" than scary, it's not even meant to be scary judging from the way zombies attack and the music that plays.
Where is Slender? :O
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Your list is for kids i think. Play slender/Slender : the arrival. You will piss your pant.
Last edited by Overlord; April 21st, 2013 at 19:09.
3D SexVilla 2
3rd one. Is it horror or........? can i run it in windows 7 64 bit?
Originally Posted by Vanguard
Last edited by fahimspider; April 21st, 2013 at 19:46.
I don't play Slender : the arrival yet ... but i heard lots of people piss their pant after playing Undying & Amnesia ... try that... u may too ( and those are surely not the game for kids.)
Originally Posted by Overlord
+ I posted this thread 5 or 6 months ago when that game was not yet released.
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