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Our Picks For The 31 Greatest Horror Video Games of All Time

Horror has always been a popular theme in gaming and no matter the time of year, getting chased by zombies, ghosts, madmen, aliens, or teddy bears in games is always a good time, even if we all jump and scream like little school girls. Here’s our favourites, the 31 greatest horror video games of all time.

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Alan Wake (2010)
Despite strong critical praise, this game sadly ended up being overlooked by a lot of gamers, though still worth rediscovering now especially if your a fan of Twin Peaks or the Silent Hill Games.

Alone In The Dark (1992)
The grandfather of survival horror games as well as critically acclaimed when it was released back in 1992. Designed by Frédérick Raynal and developed and published by Infogrames for the PC. In 1994, the game was ported for the 3DO. It has since spawned four follow-up games as well as two movies loosely based on them which unlike the games are best skipped.

Altered Beast (1988)
An arcade classic from way back in 1988 as you play a shape shifting centurion battling through the underworld to save Zeus' daughter and much like Golden Axe got a decent home console port for the Mega Drive.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
First personal survival horror which relies on players hiding, running away from or construcing blockades to escape it's monsters. The series has become a favourite with youtube gamers while boosting its reputation as one of the scariest games ever made.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
Ignoring the obsession of making classic games 3D, this 1997 sleeper hit kept the long running series in 2D. A direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and features Dracula's vampire son Alucard as the protagonist. It marks a break from previous games in the series, which are action platformers. The game features more emphasis on exploration, non-linear level design, and role-playing elements.

Clock Tower: The First Fear (1995)
Inspired by Dario Argento's Phenomena, this would also be one of the key titles that established the survival horror genre as it introduced the world to Scissorman!

Code 7 (Releasing 2017)
Code 7 is an episodic next-gen text adventure using hacking gameplay alongside immersive writing as you try to find out what has gone wrong on an interstellar colony only to soon encounter the colony's dangerous and intelligent AI. Read our early game-play review here.

Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005)
An early launch title for the Xbox 360, which places the emphasis on melee combat (as opposed to gunplay) and puzzle solving, including searching for fingerprints and gathering evidence combined with nerve shredding atmosphere.

Dark Seed (1992)
Based on the artwork of H.R. Giger this was pyschological horror point and click adventure was also the first point-and-click adventure games to use high-resolution (640 × 350 pixels) graphics. The game also featured a strict time limit which if not met would leave the game unwinnable, forcing players to reset and start over.

Dead Space (2008)
Playing as Isaac Clarke, a ship systems engineer, players have to fight their way through a mining starship infested with an alien scourge that has slaughtered the crew and reanimated their corpses into creatures known as "Necromorphs". Various types of necromorphs appear throughout the game, each with different abilities and requiring different tactics to defeat making this more than just another survival horror shooter.

Eternal Darkness : Sanity's Requiem (2002)
While most gamers remember just the Sanity effects in this game, they sadly overlook what is actually a pretty sprawling game set over multiple characters and timelines including the Forbidden City in Persia, a Cambodian temple in Angkor Thom, the Oublié Cathedral in Amiens, France and the Roivas family mansion with the Ruined City of Ehn'gha in Rhode Island, United States.

Evil Dead Regeneration (2005)
The best Evil Dead game to date as this time is paired with a Half-deadite sidekick Sam, who you can spend the whole game finding new and unique ways to abuse, such as kicking him into a woodchipper or using him like a basketball.

F.E.A.R: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005)
F.E.A.R.—a fictional special forces team—is called to contain. The player assumes the role of F.E.A.R.'s Point Man, who possesses superhuman reflexes, and must uncover the secrets of a paranormal menace in the form of a little girl.

Five Nights at Freddy's (2014)
A massivly popular strategy horror game thanks to various Youtube Streamers and in which you play as the new graveyard-shift security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. On there surface a wildly popular family entertainment center at night it is an entirely different story as the animatronic entertainers turn their attention to you. Man the security cameras as you try to survive with limited electricity and a gang of robotic mascots on the prowl.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009)
While the third film languished in development hell, the original crew got back together for this game, which could easily be viewed as the much wanted Ghostbusters 3 let alone the best Ghostbusters video game to date though the Mega Drive game is also not without its charms.

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991)
Another arcade classic and prime example of how brutally tough games used to be. Not only do you run the risk of being turned into an old man or worse a duck, once you get to the end you get to replay the game . . . in reverse!

Haunting Ground
The spiritual successor to the Clock Tower series and memorable for its use of dog sidekick Hewie. Woof.

Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion / Spooky's House of Jumpscares (2015)
Can you survive 1000 rooms of cute terror? Or will you break once the cuteness starts to fade off and you're running for your life from the unspeakable hideous beings that shake and writhe in bowels of this house?

Jusou (2016)
Mobile horror game inspired by Japanese horror films such as The Grudge and Ring. Read our full review of it here.

Left 4 Dead 2  (2009)
Taking the template of the first game and tweaking to provide a much fuller zombie survival experience as it came with an improved multiplay as well as a richer yet subtle story to tie the game’s levels and characters together as this time players got to battle the zombie hordes through a shopping mall, carnival and New Orleans. The game also introduced new zombie types such as the Spitter and Pounder, while also giving the game Melee weapons such as swords, chainsaws and best of all a frying pan to back up the usual pistols, machine guns and shotguns.

Limbo (2010)
The dark puzzle platformer which launched Play Dead as you take a truly memorable walk in the woods including giant ass spiders! Read our review here.

Lollipop Chainsaw (2012)
A strangely overlooked Hack-em up penned by James Gunn with a kickass soundtrack by Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence). A fantastically funny and violent game which goes a lot deeper than it's surface titillation of playing a chainsaw welding cheerleader.

Manhunt (2003)
To date still one of the most controversial titles to be released by Rockstar Games as you play death row inmate James Earl Cash (voiced by Stephen Wilfong), a death row prisoner forced to participate in a series of snuff films for an underground director, former film producer Lionel Starkweather (Brian Cox). Grimy and unquestionably brutal this game had numerous calls for it to be banned, while a misfire sequel only served to remind us how good the original game was, despite being in all but the worst taste.

Night Trap (1992)
One of the few reasons to get a Sega CD with this vouyeristic FMV game as you switch between security cameras to protect a group of sexy ladies from vampire commando’s by triggering traps throughout the house. Read our review here.

Nightmare Creatures (1997)
While the graphics might now seem a little chunky and the camera angles are unquestionably wonky, but still a lot of fun to be had with this victorian era monster brawler.

Outlast (2013)
A story-driven survival campaign set in a dilapidated psychiatric hospital overrun by homicidal patients. You play as reporter Miles Upshur, who is incapable of combat, except for scripted sequences allowing him to shove enemies out of his way. Miles can also survive encounters with assailants by hiding inside staff lockers or under beds though more intelligent opponents may search the room making for razor edged tension throughout.

Parasite Eve (1998)
Survival Horror from Square as well as a sequel to the original Hideaki Sena. The game see's New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts to stop the monster that is sparking the creation of a creature that will destroy the human race through spontaneous human combustion.

Resident Evil 2 (1998)
While the original Survival Horror game might have put the genre on the map, this first sequel in the long running series only took what was great with the first game and improved it with the action now moving from the Mansion of the first game to the zombie infested streets of Racoon City. While the forth game might have boosted the action quota, this game remains the most memorable especially as you discovered more of the secrets hiding under the police station while crafting a world so big the third game Resident Nemesis didn’t even need to find a new location.

Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Despite numerous sequels this still remains the fan favourite and arguably the scariest entry in the series. This time following James Sunderland, who enters the town after receiving a letter from his dead wife, saying she is waiting for him in their "special place" in Silent Hill.

Splatterhouse (1988)
Another arcade port from 1988 which spawned several sequels for the home consoles, while the TurboGrafx-16 port came with the warning "The horrifying theme of this game may be inappropriate for young children... and cowards."

System Shock 2 (1999)
The unintentional sequel to the 1994 original this 2114 set cyberpunk RPG sees the player assumes the role of a soldier trying to stem the outbreak of a genetic infection that has devastated their ship.

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