What scares you? This is a question, the answer to which everyone knows instantly, it is innately located somewhere in the subcortex of the brain. As an individual as a fingerprint. Accordingly, in the most terrible computer games, everything that is in the books was tried to scare any players: lawlessness, alienation, animatronic jumps, and eroticism, and the rude destruction of the damn fourth wall, and so on and so forth.
The story of horror games, where the environment does not become cleaner, but only expands every year, becoming more disorienting, complex, and abstract. Games are home to experimentation where conventions and taboos are broken. But at the same time, they are also damn fun. Our article presents a ranking of the ten scariest computer games.
FEAR (S.T.R.A.H.) confidently opens our list of the scariest computer games. This is a series of first-person shooters very close to horror. FEAR is not just an exemplary shooter, it mixes up a lot of unpredictable and shocking monster sequences. Take, for example, the same ghosts that appear out of nowhere.
The plot revolves around the First Encounter Assault Recon team. The first and best part of the game, the third part of the game, is narrated from the point of view of the Pointman, a man without a name who is not the entirely successful project of Armacham Technology Corporation (ATC). The hero has superpowers, thanks to which his reflexes are accelerated so much that he sees reality in 5 times slower time, which is called “slowdown” (English Slow-Mo).
Paxton Vettel (“second prototype”) – the second main antagonist, also possessing telepathic and other very dangerous superpowers. It is something that FEAR fighters must neutralize. In each series of games, goals, and players change, but they are united by the main task – to neutralize Alma Wade. She is the main antagonist, a strong psychic within Project Origin.
The actions of the game are mainly divided into the attempts of the FEAR squad to find Paxton Vettel and prevent Alma, desperate shootouts with an army of clone soldiers, and at times moments of real shock and injustice. The player is immersed in the constant realization that even when he feels like the most brutal killer in the building, there are such creatures who care little about how harsh he is. The gut anyone with a glance.
9. Silent Hill
Silent Hill (Silent Hill) is a cult scary game based on which the film of the same name was filmed. The main characters in different parts changed, and the main evil turned out to be not some mystical creatures, but ordinary people. The town is waiting for you: incredibly thick fog and mysterious air sirens that periodically cover everything with a layer of horrible rust!
A ghost town that can be found in the godforsaken corners of every American state. An overwhelming psychic space in which ash falls from the sky. The tortured, vaguely sexualized abominations you encounter emerge from somewhere in the darkest depths of the subconscious. And Silent Hill itself seems to be mapped according to some morbid psychological logic as if its city planners were using the Rorschach test as a blueprint.
What is gradually learned in the course of the plot, these horrifying details, in general, the whole game looks like a therapeutic Odyssey: every riddle, a locked door, and a dead-end street leads you to one single path – to the inevitable truth.
8. Resident Evil
One of the most terrifying computer games – Resident Evil (Resident Evil) – has always knocked players out of the rut, pinning them to the wall with, particularly sophisticated violence. Many films have been filmed based on her storyline because she is one of the coolest in the survival horror genre.
Perfect camera layouts and emblematic, almost impressionistic backgrounds provide a first-class level of ambiance. There is simply not a single design detail that seems superfluous. The realism of the game is of the highest level.
The protagonists are STARS fighters Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, who are sent to the secret underground laboratory of the Umbrella Co, where the military, together with pharmacists, developed biological weapons of mass destruction. The deadly virus is out of control. Stopping it is a matter on which the survival of the entire human population depends. The earth is threatened with a zombie apocalypse in a few hours, if it is not stopped right there, in the dungeons of Umbrella.
7. Anabiosis: Sleep of Reason
Anabiosis: Sleep of Reason is a psychological horror game. The plot begins in 1981 on an Arctic-class nuclear icebreaker called the North Wind at the North Pole. The main character, Alexander Nesterov, who is a Russian meteorologist, had to board a ship to get home after completing his service; however, he discovered that a shipwreck had occurred and the dead crew members had undergone a strange metamorphosis. Through the game, the character finds fragments of Maxim Gorky’s fairy tale “The Flaming Heart of Danko”, which is parallel to what happened to the ship and its crew.
6. Dead Space
The sixth place in the list of the most terrible computer games was taken by Dead Space (Dead space) with its completely silent protagonist and endless strips of rusty corridors. You play as an engineer named Isaac Clarke, trapped in an abandoned spaceship. Together with the rescue team, they were supposed to help the crew members in distress. It turned out that part of the team was killed, and some were turned into bloodthirsty “necromorphs”.
Almost immediately, they start throwing themselves at the player from all sides, which continues regularly until the end of the game. Monsters scurry annoyingly here and there on the Ishimura drilling station, slowly plowing open space. The tension is also held up by all those flickering loading and combat bays for mechanics, where you need to look for tools to complete all the tasks to evacuate the squad. At the same time, blind shooting will not work, you will first have to understand the vulnerabilities of all these alien creatures, of which there are really a lot.
5. Aliens versus Predator 3
The fifth place in the ranking of the most terrifying computer games goes to Aliens versus Predator 3, also known as AVP. This is another top-notch survival horror shooter. The Alien series is based on the film Aliens directed by Ridley Scott.
The predecessors of this game had terrible graphics and were not that interesting, but AVP3 towers over them with graphics and storylines. This scary game offers three different campaigns with three different playstyles: humans, aliens, and predators. It is an indisputable fact that predators and aliens are great, and the idea of controlling them in the game is really good.
4. Doom 3
The fourth place in the top of the most terrible computer games is occupied by Doom 3 (Doom 3). The cult game is arguably pretty much the progenitor of the modern shooter. No one should forget about the impact of his nightmarish tunnel vision on horror games. The most famous first-person shooter, legend, Doom 3 was released for Windows on August 3, 2004, later for the rest of the OS and Xbox.
Ignoring the events of the previous Doom series, the game is a fresh reboot. The plot is set in 2145 on Mars, where a military-industrial conglomerate has set up a research center for developments in areas such as teleportation, biological research, and advanced weapons. However, teleportation experiments inadvertently opened the gates to hell, resulting in a catastrophic demonic invasion. The player, an anonymous Space Marine, must fight their way through the base and find a way to stop the demons attacking Mars.
3. Alien Isolation
Alien Isolation is another space odyssey with horror elements. The game with amazing accuracy pulls out one of the most resonant fears in modern pop culture: nothing but your mind and a flamethrower in an abandoned place, where you are being chased by a xenomorph from the Alien. The atmosphere is relentlessly oppressive, and the cover-up brings only temporary peace. According to the plot of the game, Amanda is looking for her mother – officer Ellen Ripley.
2. Metro 2033
Metro 2033 ranks second in the ranking of the scariest computer games. This is a 2010 first-person shooter based on the apocalyptic book of the same name. Most of the population of Moscow perished and the best refuge for the survivors is the underground. Players face enemies – humans and mutants, who can be killed with a variety of firearms; alternatively, players can use stealth to dodge or quietly kill enemies.
Ammunition and other necessary items must either be removed from the bodies of dead enemies, or purchased from merchants. Some areas of the subway tunnels, in addition to the surface of the Earth, are covered in radiation and the player must wear a gas mask to explore these areas. If a gas mask is worn during combat, it can be damaged and the player must quickly find a replacement before he dies.
1.Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame 2, known in Europe as Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly, is the scariest computer game ever. It is a Japanese survival horror video game. In the fictional Japanese region of Minakami, in a provincial town, the “Crimson Ritual of Sacrifice” was held, which, by some mystical accident, led to the disappearance of the settlement. Now it is called the lost village.
The main characters are twin sisters Mio and Mayu Amakura, who loved to play on the playground in Minakami before she was lost. The main antagonist is the vengeful spirit of Sae Kurosawa, the only virgin of the Twin Temple sacrificed for a failed ritual. She longs to reunite with her twin sister Yae.
Collecting the most terrible computer games in one list means peering into the abyss for so long that the abyss not only begins to peer at you but also shakes you by the hand and invites you to coffee. This is a long battle with monsters until you become a monster yourself. Then take a train trip across Europe with other monsters and really make friends after a few beers in a pub.
It’s also a great way to explore all sorts of fiction scenarios. There is something for everyone, even the squeamish and slightly faint of heart. Yes, there are blood-curdling horrors, but there are also slow psychological dramas. There are disgustingly weird, wild things, but amid the turmoil, there will be smiles and smirks.