5. Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
Welcome to taking pictures of things that shouldn’t be. The camera is your weapon, and you can upgrade it, which I think is what makes this game so great. This game is just really cool. It does get scary, especially when there are hostile ghosts and it’s dark, and you can only defeat them or die. I can’t wait until the next installment of this game so I can put it on my list for its horrific awesomeness!
4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
So, you have your general and mutated chills and thrills in this classic, but with the addition of the sanity meter. The sanity meter and sanity effects are what give this game its terrifying thrill. If the meter becomes too depleted, random events begin to take place. To me, the most terrifying random event is the skewed camera, paired with the sounds of whispers, cries, and creepy sounds of terrifying things in hiding. I generally freak out if I can hear something without being able to see it. Oh, and did I mention that the walls bleed? There are many sanity effects in this game, and for that, it makes my list.
3. Resident Evil 4
I spent more time running away from this guy with a chainsaw than I did actually playing the game. Seriously, chainsaws are horrifying. I don’t like being chased by them, and I definitely don’t like the sound. So, instead of attacking like I should, I spent more time freaking out, running away, and dying. Plus, all of the other mutations that appear in RE4 are almost just as horrifying. Add in the enhanced graphics, and you have yourself one scary-as-hell game.
2. F.E.A.R. 2
I can’t stand things pop out at me. In real life, I love haunted mazes and stuff, but I will always scream. Always. Welcome to F.E.A.R. 2, the game where your enemies love to hide in any cover they can while you’re haunted by a young girl hell-bent on replacing reality with her own hellish nightmare for all her wrongdoings. Did I mention that I hate creepy, dead-looking girls? The dead-girl revenge seems to be a trend — i.e. the Silent Hill and F.E.A.R. franchises. I had to sleep with the light on for almost a year after watching The Ring, so it’s my ultimate horror weakness.
1. Silent Hill
This brings me to Silent Hill, another reality taken over by a hellish nightmare, brought to you by a little dead girl! I mean, she was really mistreated, and I feel bad for her…but crap! All right, I have to be honest and tell you that I haven’t played a Silent Hill game since the first one. It terrified me. I’ve watched people play the other games, but I could never bring myself to play another one. Walking around in conditions that make the world around you barely visible, and having the most grotesque creatures I have ever seen crawl out at me, gave me panic attacks while playing. Pyramid Head might be one of the coolest horror villains out there, and I’m a big fan of him — just not in-game. Silent Hill has everything that terrifies me the most, and that’s why it’s my number one on my Scare you to Death games list.
So, there you have it, my five most horrifying games. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion based on what scares me most. These games might not scare you at all, or they may be even more terrifying (though that’s hard to believe). If you are in the mood for some classic horror games, give one of these a shot! You might not sleep, but hey, it’s all in good fun, right? Right?