13 Scariest Video Games of All Time

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Marshall Honorof

Marshall Honorof is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering gaming hardware, security and streaming video. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi. Contact him at mhonorof@tomsguide.com.

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  • radium69
    Missing Doom3 which was scarier then the first doom btw... And replace the first doom with BLOOD. Now that set the lunatic/scaryness with those demons.

    Also what about the first F.E.A.R. ? That game really got on my nerves.
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  • Anonymous
    I thought Zork Nemesis was pretty scary, back in the 90s. Lots of creepy cinematic cutscenes, a scary-as-f torture chamber puzzle that I actually had to get my MOM to play through because I didn't want to :[
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  • Vorador2
    Missing the Project Zero games. I was never able to finish the second one.
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  • Marshall Honorof
    @radium69 — I went with Doom over Doom 3 because it set the standard. I agree that Doom 3 was the scarier title, though.

    F.E.A.R. is definitely a good series, though! I have the same issues with F.E.A.R. as Dead Space — a lot of the game is brightly lit and you're armed to the teeth the whole time. The final boss of the first game was really creepy, but beyond that, it was more action-packed than straight-up horror. Definitely a contender, though.
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  • electrontau
    What? No FEAR? The little girl is scary!
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  • clonazepam
    Title says scariest, not best survival horror. So, if you were a kid back in the day, playing Shadowgate on your NES, that was pretty creepy.
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  • clonazepam
    Title says scariest, not best survival horror. So, if you were a kid back in the day, playing Shadowgate on your NES, that was pretty creepy.
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  • jeepwran
    That doll in Genma Onimusha really creeps me out - to this day.
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