Let’s explore the Top 10 Horror Video Games. Horror is one of the greatest genres in gaming. We all love a good scare, and there’s nothing better (or worse) than being in control of an immersive experience that focuses on us trying to survive the unimaginable.
You can be the biggest horror fan and enjoy the genre in film form, but when it comes to games, there are some that even the bravest of us struggle to cope with.
Top 10 Horror Video Games
Do you like to play Horror games to burn your calories? If you don’t, you can try to play these games; I can bet you it will be so scary to finish the game.
10. Remothered: Tormented Fathers
For an indie game, Remothered: Tormented Fathers started very well. While the graphics aren’t perfect, the controls are a little clunky, and a child could have written the dialogue; it all hit all the right survival horror notes.
Rosemary investigates the mysterious disappearance of a young girl and finds herself questioning Richard Felton, who she suspects is involved. After their interview, Rosemary hides in the house until the nurse leaves. That night she discovers that Richard is a psychopath and has to sneak around, evading the murderous man as she tries to uncover the truth about Celeste.
The game borrows a lot of inspiration from the classic Clock Tower series and is a wonderful homage to survival horror in general. It’s filled with atmosphere and nerve-shredding moments as we sneak around the house, hoping to remain hidden.
Like many games with stalker enemies, it’ll leave you too scared to move. But, later, we discover that there are even worse things than Richard lurking in the shadows when we meet the terrifying Red Nun.
It’s just sad that the “shocking” twist involves transphobic tropes which ruin what would otherwise be a solid indie horror.
9. Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
If you’re new to Fatal Frame, or Project Zero in the UK, it’s a series that sees protagonists in various haunted locations having to fight ghosts using a camera. Yep. You can only defeat these spooky apparitions by going into a first-person mode and getting up close and personal with them. Lovely.
There are multiple games in the franchise, but Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly is widely regarded as the best by fans. It follows two young sisters who enter a ghost town and uncover its shocking secrets. It’s a grim story filled with themes of death, cultish sacrifices, and twisted traditions. As the sisters explore and reveal the secrets of the past, they are personally drawn towards horrifying fates.
Fatal Frame 2 may be an older game, but it is still just as terrifying now as it was back when it was released almost twenty years ago. It’s peak Japanese horror, and if you’re a fan of the genre, it’s an absolute must-play. But, of course, whether you finish it or not is an entirely different story.
8. Dead Space 2
Okay…hear us out on this one. We know the original Dead Space is one of the scariest games of all time. The claustrophobia and horror of exploring the dingy, metal corridors of the USG Ishimura was an experience we barely managed to survive without wetting ourselves.
However, Dead Space 2 pushed that experience even further. While it’s no longer a combination of Alien and The Thing on a plagued spaceship, we’re onboard a space station city called The Sprawl. Just like the Ishimura, it has been overrun with necromorphs. The game begins with Isaac being attacked and having to run for his life.
Once it gets going, it never slows down.
There are still dark, dingy areas to explore and even more variants of necromorph to deal with. This time though, there’s a massive variety of locations. We get to explore the sinister, gothic Church of Unitology and the nightmarish nursery, to name just a couple of the most horrific areas.
Throughout this game’s duration, you will experience some of the greatest horrors that will push you to your limits. Yes, this is the game with the infamous eye surgery scene.
Thankfully, Dead Space 2 utilizes a lot of action to balance out the horror, so you’ll spend a lot of time running, screaming, and panicking. However, the scares are mostly in your face, which makes it easier to deal with.
7. Forbidden Siren
Siren, aka Forbidden Siren, is another Japanese horror that we wish we’d never come across in some countries. Actually, that’s a lie. We’re glad we discovered it, but our dreams aren’t.
Following several survivors of a disaster, players take on these characters and try to piece together what happened in the remote mountain village of Hanuda. But, of course, to make things even scarier, this was no natural disaster. Instead, as we learn, later on, it’s the result of a sacrifice to a cultish God gone wrong, and the entire town has been transported to another dimension. The mountain town is now an island surrounded by red water.
The town is also filled with subito who have responded to the titular siren’s call and submerged themselves in the red water that flows through the town, only to come out as zombie-like monsters. In this state, they create a nest, ready for their God once it has been summoned. They also kill or convert any humans who aren’t already like them.
To make things more interesting, players gain the ability to sight jack. That means they can see through the eyes of their enemies and figure out where they’re lurking. It’s a handy tool, but there’s nothing worse than hiding in a corner and realizing that the person you can see in the distance is you. Nope. It’s too much.
6. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
In Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Daniel awakens in a dingy, gothic castle with no idea who he is, why he’s there, or what’s going on. It soon turns out that Daniel seemingly wiped his memory and is being stalked by something called The Shadow.
As we venture into the castle, we discover that it’s filled with all kinds of monsters. These hideous creatures chase the player, who must use the game’s physics to escape by blocking doors or moving things to hide behind. The game relies on quick thinking and nerve to survive, and to make things worse, Daniel’s sanity can start to suffer the more scared he gets.
You’ll spend a lot of time in the dark, watching monsters while you hide and coming across some gruesome scenes you’d rather forget; all these things wreck your sanity. When sanity drops too low, the player is more vulnerable to attack, and enemies find it easier to discover their location.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a shocking game, filled with twists, turns, and scares, but it’s one where you’ll be lucky if you’re able to complete it.