Bioshock (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
What is it about Bioshock that makes the game so darn creepy? Could it be the blood harvesting little girls? The eternally ill-tempered behemoths in 1920s diving suits? The poor structural condition of the atmospheric Rapture? The references to Ayn Rand? We think it’s probably all this and much, much more.
Doom 3 (Xbox/PC)
The first game to ever scare anyone in 3D, Doom is the granddaddy of first person shooters. The third game in the series borrows a lot from survival horror, which basically involves monsters jumping out of cupboards shouting “aboogah!”. As amusing as it might sound, it still makes us faint like society ladies every time.
Clive Barker’s Undying (PC)
Poor Clive Barker wasn’t as good at game design as he was at writing books. This horror epic was a bit of a flop, but even so, you can’t say that it wasn’t rather scary.
Aliens vs Predator (PC)
A silent spaceship. A long metal corridor. The ever-present threat of having your noggin torn from your shoulders at any moment… Yep, this was one scary game! It was pretty cool that you could actually be the alien though. Looks like the worm has turned!
Condemned 2 (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)
The thing about scary games is that they don't necessarily have to play that well to do their job. The Condemned games would be pretty ordinary if it wasn't for their ability to turn grown men into blubbering babies. Especially the bit with the bear.
Dead Space (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC)
Dead Space has it all: ugly monsters, not enough ammo and a genuine fear of what's around the next corner. The sequels were far more action-orientated than the original, and didn’t make us jump quite as much, so this one is still the king.
You've probably never heard of this, but it's easily the freakiest on the list. Reality keeps changing around you but also you keep transforming yourself – from a little girl to a four-armed Cyclops. Truly a mind-bending horror classic.
Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly (PlayStation 2/Xbox)
As far as we’re concerned, this crash course in spirit photography is the scariest game ever. Also known as Fatal Frame, the Japanese horror game has given us a profound fear of both the dark and cameras.
Siren: Blood Curse (PlayStation 3)
Technically this is just a remake of the original Forbidden Siren on PS2, but the upgrade to the graphics and voiceovers make it an entirely different game. Using the sight-jacking gimmick to see the world through a zombie's eyes, as it attacks and kills you, is not the best thing to do before bed.
Resident Evil (GameCube)
Easily one of the most famous horror games, the first remake of the original Resident Evil was the best of the bunch. Not only were the zombies terrifying (especially Lisa Trevor), but the voice acting was horrific too! “You almost became a Jill sandwich!” You go Barry, you go.
Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2/Xbox/PC)
The last few Silent Hill games have been pretty lame. But the first three are still the most disgustingly scary games of all time, particularly number two with the infamous mannequin-killing Pyramid Head. We’ve been too scared to visit a hospital ever since.
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