Alexis counts down the top five scariest games that go bump in the night.
Halloween is here and stores are stocked up on candies, costumes, and other spooky items for that special time of year where we embrace frightful terrors. And what better way but to embrace them than to play some video games that will send shivers down your spine and tremble your hands as you navigate suspicious corridors and hear noises that seem to come out of nowhere. Here’s a list what I believe to be the top 5 scariest games.
5. Resident Evil 4
Compared to other zombie games, this may not seem too bad. After having played it myself on two different systems and completing it multiple times, you tend to get used to most of the things on here. However, it’s difficult not to become frightful of what enemies lurk around at corners, to have people screaming about how they plan to kill you as they chase you around with knives and pitchforks. Then there are those that have weapons that do most of the talking with chainsaws, machine guns, or sharp claws. The main reason however for why I placed this game on this list is for the Regenerators. These creatures are always a terrifying enemy to face when killing them is no easy task without incredibly powerful weapons capable of destroying Las Plagas inside them. If you’ve played the game, you’d know that when these creatures are around, they tend to make a distinct sound that along with being creepy with their ability to regenerate and extend their limbs, slow walk, and at times prickly bodies, the background music doesn’t make things any easier. Once Ashley is entered into the gameplay, then there’s that worry for her safety; whether or not you really do care for her, but she is essential to the completion of the game. Overall, this game has elements of great zombie horror games and is just a great game to play if you’re looking for great gameplay and possibly worrying about what made that noise in your room.
4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
A Legend of Zelda game on this list? Oh yes! There was no way that a game with a scary-looking moon, a cursed land, Happy Mask man, and an evil imp was going to escape this list. I have never finished this game, so I can’t go too far as to what can be awaited in regards to just how creepy this game can get, but from what I can remember, I could not play this game past midnight. The game itself is placed in a dark setting where Link enters a world in danger by the hands of an imp who has contained the powers of an ancient mask. In his adventure, Link undergoes multiple transformations and disguises with the masks he gathers throughout the game. Considering that these masks come from dying characters, the idea of wearing a dead person’s face in the act to become them while deceiving others does sound quite evil had Link had other intentions than to save the world. Link also confronts suspicious looking people like the creepy man who intends to steal the woman’s bombs and later on your sword. The ReDeads, Gibdos, ominous dungeons, and even the aliens (or “they”) along with the 3-day limit worry hovering over your head is just a handful of what placed this game on the list. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is a great game with a evilly twisted story line that if you’re as scared as I am, will have you worrying more than the supposed “Ben Drowning Creepy Pasta” legend of the game.
3. Telltale Games The Walking Dead Season 1
Not to play favorites here on choosing zombie games on this list, but The Walking Dead : Season 1 has made a great enough impact dealing with survival in facing an airborne zombie invasion in an apocalyptic world where little is a lot and lives are always in peril. This game is set up in a roleplaying style that gives players the ability to choose the words an actions as they play Lee and unlock his past along with that of others. People are not always what they seem and are never the same when they “turn”. Aside from the idea that zombies are lurking around and always a major issue, the game also shows that even people cannot be trusted as traitors, thieves, killers, and even cannibals lurk everywhere as they struggle for survival by any means necessary. In being set up as an RPG, players can be left cautious in selecting the right option during tense situations that could hold the life of others at stake. The unknown really has this game set in a scary and suspenseful ride for those who are daring enough to play.
2. Silent Hill 3
The Silent Hill video game series has been one of the most well known horror games that still grips onto people’s spines as they . People have compared Silent Hill and Resident Evil in being quite alike in regards to narrow paths and fighting the undead. However, Silent Hill 3 has its own special form of play that in a way seems that of the older Resident Evil titles, but in a more gruesome environment and mysterious storyline. In the hospital, Heather Mason must navigate through narrow hallways, shoot and step on zombies, evade her fear of mirrors, get passed rotting dead bodies, go one-on-one against giant monsters, and sneak past bloody nurse zombies, and even fight a god. . Elsewhere, the dangers don’t end as more grotesque creatures and dangerous adventures lie ahead especially from beings like the well-known, Pyramid Head.
1. Amnesia: Dark Descent
Does this game have you losing your mind? (Excuse the pun) Amnesia is sure to haunt players in their dreams with the idea of monsters lurking behind every door in depths of darkness where every step taken is cautiously placed and the light can be difficult to spot. This first-person horror game has won its way to the top of the list with its well-done horror music and Lovecraft-inspired gameplay, the terrifying creatures with disfigured faces and bodies following by their growls and fear in them coming after you. The game even warns players not to look at enemies for too long otherwise sanity will be drained and they will be able to spot them. That alone sounds frightful, but the worst is yet to come in knowing that these creatures live to drive others mad to later shred them to pieces in ways that can be very disturbing to some. The addition of puzzles and brain teasers add on to just what might be lurking ahead when they are solved.
What games do you find to be the most frightening?