What Spooks You?
It's that time of year again! The time when the leaves change color, the air gets crisp, and ghosts and ghouls come out to play. That's right, it's Halloween! And what better way to celebrate this spooky holiday than by compiling our the Top 5 Scariest Games of all time? So put on your bravest face and let's get started…if you dare.
5. Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2)
Konami's Silent Hill franchise is renowned for its ability to send chills down players' spines, and the second installment is widely considered to be the best in the series. With its eerie atmosphere, gory creature designs, and unnerving soundtrack, Silent Hill 2 is a masterclass in horror gaming that still holds up today. Just be sure to keep the lights on while you play.
4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PlayStation 4)
The Resident Evil franchise has always been known for its scares, but the seventh mainline installment took things to a whole new level with its first-person perspective and incredibly tense atmosphere. From the opening minutes in which you're being chased by a hammer-wielding madman to the final confrontation with the game's main antagonist, Resident Evil 7 will have your heart pounding from beginning to end. And if you're brave enough to play it on PlayStation VR, you'll be in for an even more immersive—and terrifying—experience.
3. Outlast (PC)
This 2013 indie title puts players in the shoes of investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he explores Mount Massive Asylum—a psychiatric hospital with a dark secret. Outlast is consistently scary throughout its campaign, with plenty of jump scares and gory violence to keep even the most hardcore horror fans happy. Oh, and did we mention that you can't fight back against enemies? Yeah, good luck sleeping tonight…or ever again.
2. Alien: Isolation (PlayStation 4)
Based on the classic 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Isolation tasks players with surviving against a single Xenomorph as they attempt to escape from a deserted space station. The game does an excellent job of capturing the feel of Scott's movie, from its 20th-century setting to its retro-futuristic aesthetic. Oh, and did we mention that the Alien is practically impossible to kill? Have fun!
1. The Last of Us (PlayStation 3)
Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic action-adventure game takes place in a world overrun by deadly creatures known as Clickers—fungus-infected humans that have lost their sight and rely on echolocation to find prey. While Clickers are certainly creepy enough on their own, it's The Last of Us' masterful narrative that will really stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
Featuring some of the best writing and character development in video games, The Last of Us will keep you guessing until the very end—and leave you eager for more even after that. If zombie games aren't usually your thing, trust us when we say that this one is worth checking out.
Now that you've made it through our list of top 5 scary video games, we hope your bravery hasn't deserted you. These games are not for the faint of heart—but if you're looking for a truly spine-tingling gaming experience this Halloween season, any one of them would make an excellent choice. Just make sure you leave the lights on…just in case.