Dark, Scary and Disturbing Videogames

by ninjaalexs | created - 06 Jul 2012 | updated - 15 May 2015 | Public

A list of dark, frightening and disturbing videogames, the kind which give you nightmares.

I'm trying to compile a complete list, so if you see a game missing, leave a comment and I'll add it.

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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1983 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Horror

6.1
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You control leatherface as you murder women with your chainsaw while trying to avoid obstacles.

Votes: 88

One of the early video game nasties.

2. Splatterhouse (1988 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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A side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Director: Shigeru Yokoyama

Votes: 108

Play a Jason look-a-like and murder mutants, good gory fun.

3. Personal Nightmare (1989 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror

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An early PC DOS adventure game. It's dated, now, but may have scared gamers back in the day.

4. Waxworks (1992 Video Game)

Horror

7.3
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Directors: Alan Bridgman, Mike Woodroffe, Simon Woodroffe

Votes: 20

This weird dungeon crawler adventure game was notable for its gory death scenes and unusual gameplay. From Horrorsoft.

5. Alone in the Dark (1992 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

8.4
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Jeremy Hartwood, owner of Derceto has died recently. As either Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood, explore the now abandoned mansion to discover why Jeremy committed suicide and what terrible secret lies within the walls.

Director: Frederick Raynal

Votes: 232

Before there was Resident Evil, there was this game.

6. Mortal Kombat (1992 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy

8.1
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Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament.

Stars: Daniel Pesina, Richard Divizio, Carlos Pesina, Ho-Sung Pak

Votes: 2,368

In the Mortal Kombat series some of the fatalitys are quite disturbing, albeit slightly silly.

7. Dark Seed (1992 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror, Mystery

7.9
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Point and click adventure about a phlegmatic small town horror novelist Mike Dawson who learns that his mind has been impregnated with the embryo of a monstrous alien invader from an evil alien parallel dimension.

Stars: Mike Dawson, John Krause, Paul Drzeweicki, Heidi Marendi

Votes: 60

This videogame featured artwork by HR Giger and was very disturbing in its day.

8. Night Trap (1992 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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Strange things have been occurring at the Martins' residence. Five teenagers have already disappeared while saying there. Your job is to find out what is happening and assist the SCAT ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Riley, Randy Field | Stars: Dana Plato, Tracy Matheson, Debra Parks, Allison Rhea

Votes: 196

One of the most controversial games of all times. Despite the supposedly "shocking" content, most gamers found the game amusing and a bit camp.

9. RoboCop versus The Terminator (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A side-scrolling shoot-em-up platformer based on Frank Miller's Dark Horse comic-book.

Director: John Botti | Stars: Robert John Burke, Jose Villeta

Votes: 192

The Megadrive\Genesis version featured what could be classed as gory violence at the time. The SNES version removed some of the blood.

10. The 7th Guest (1993 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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An unidentified man finds himself in the foyer of an old mansion that was once the property of a well known toy maker, a Mr. Stauf. As the man explores the mansion, he discovers that the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe McDermott | Stars: Robert Hirschboeck, Douglas Knapp, Michael Pocaro, Larry Roher

Votes: 186

This point and click horror game was forerunner to Phantasmagoria and others of its type.

11. Doom (1993 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.7
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A rogue tough space marine (referred as Doomguy) is the only survivor in a hell-infested facility. He must fight his way to uncover a bitter truth

Director: Tom Hall | Stars: Mike Dopud, David Koseruba, Christopher Murvey, Kevin Cloud

Votes: 2,988

This classic FPS, had gamers hungering for faster, more violent shooting games. This is included because some of the monsters are scary (or at least were at the time) and it's set in hell.

12. Kasumi Ninja (1994 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

2.4
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Stop the Evil Ninja Lord Gyaku from opening the Dragon Cloud temple's portal to Hell and unleashing his demon minions upon Kasumi Island and the world.

Stars: Andrew S. Gavin, Lynn Lowton, Gene Sovo

Votes: 5

This Mortal Kombat copycat, for the Atari Jaguar was panned for it's bad controls and derrivative nature, but like Mortal Kombat it features some disturbing, gory violence and fatalities.

13. Psychic Detective (1994 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

8.3
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Smalltime nightclub entertainer Eric Fox is a telepath hired by odd Laina Pozok to find out if one of her weird relatives had killed her father. Eric uncovers a bizarre conspiracy centered around a missing collection of mystical objects.

Director: John Sanborn | Stars: Beata Pozniak, Kevin Breznahan, Marcia Pizzo, Jarion Monroe

Votes: 34

Early FMV game. Some disturbing video scenes earned it an 18 rating in the UK.

14. Burn: Cycle (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Data thief Sol Cutter has been infected with the Burn Cycle virus that will kill him in two hours. He must find out why the data he stole from Softech are worth killing over. The player must beat the game in two hours to win.

Director: Eitan Arrusi | Stars: Abigail Canton, Viva Duce, Tanya Pohlkotte, Indra Sinha

Votes: 35

This largely FMV game featured some literally eye-popping scenes.

15. The 11th Hour (1995 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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It has been 62 years ever since the murders of the six guests in Henry Stauf's abandoned mansion of puzzles. The year is 1995, and you are reporter Carl Denning, for a TV forensic program, ... See full summary »

Director: David Wheeler | Stars: Robert Hirschboeck, Douglas O'Keeffe, Suzy Joachim, Frances King

Votes: 67

Sequel to 7th guest, features more violence and complex adult themes.

16. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1995 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Based upon Harlan Ellison's classic short story, this CD-ROM adventure stars an omnipotent supercomputer calling itself AM (as in "I think, therefore I am."). Built by the Americans as the ... See full summary »

Director: David Mullich | Stars: Harlan Ellison, Tom Myers, Julio Jeinson, Anton Latreque

Votes: 143

This PC adventure game, often features in disturbing games lists.

17. Phantasmagoria (1995 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror

8.3
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A young successful author and her photographer husband buy a stunning and mysterious mansion on the outskirts of a small town in New England, but soon enough start to experience maddening horrors of its previous owner.

Director: Peter Maris | Stars: Victoria Morsell, David Homb, Robert Miano, Taylor Bernard

Votes: 489

Arguably one of the first truly "grown up" video games. This is an interactive horror movie, as a video game.

18. Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh (1996 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Horror

7.6
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Curtis Craig, a totally normal man begins to hear strange voices. Could it be that he is an insane killer..?

Director: Andy Hoyos | Stars: Paul Morgan Stetler, Monique Parent, Ragna Sigrun, Paul Mitri

Votes: 287

Big budget sequel, to the first one. Quite controversial in its day for its violent imagery.

19. Enemy Zero (1996 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Horror

7.1
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The crew of a research vessel on its way back to Earth are suddenly set upon by a silent predator who cannot be seen.

Director: Kenji Eno | Stars: Yui Komazuka, Naoko Koda, Akio Ôtsuka, Hôchû Ôtsuka

Votes: 13

Released on the Saturn and PC this is a survival horror game worth playing.

20. Clock Tower (1996 Video Game)

M | Horror, Mystery

8.5
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Get ready for terror as Scissorman is back to cause a bloody massacre that spread from Romsdaleen to Oslo.

Director: Hifumi Kôno | Stars: Rumiko Varnes, Risa Shiraishi, Peter Stone, Jeff Manning

Votes: 116

I couldn't find the first game, but this point-and-click survival horror features a murderer with giant shearers and some disturbing murder scenes.

21. Resident Evil (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

9.1
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The RPD are investigating strange cannibalized corpses on the outskirts of the city. The Alpha squad, Jill and Chris, are sent to locate missing team members. While there mutated dogs cause them to flee into a supposedly abandoned mansion.

Directors: Shinji Mikami, Mitsuhisa Hosoki | Stars: Charlie Kraslavsky, Inezh, Greg Smith, Linda Rodriguez

Votes: 3,857

A classic. Scary and disturbing.

22. Duke Nukem 3D (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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Blonde action hero Duke Nukem takes on murderous aliens and mutated Los Angeles police officers that have taken over Los Angeles.

Director: George Broussard | Stars: Lee Jackson, Lani Minella, Jon St. John

Votes: 2,241

This game was funny in places, but the Octobrains for me are one of the scariest video game monsters of all time. Some other disturbing bits such as dead bodies and women captured by aliens.

23. Harvester (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Steve, a man in his early twenties, one day wakes up to find himself in the sick, backwards town of Harvest.

Director: G.P. Austin | Stars: Mary Allen, Christopher Reagan Ammons, Charles Beecham, Matt Bentele

Votes: 105

This point-and-click adventure featured some offensive and disturbing scenes and was actually banned in some countries.

24. Postal (1997 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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Controversial first person shooter video game where you play the Postal Dude who's goal in life is to cause as much murder and mayhem as humanly possible!

Stars: Tony Agee, Andrea Barrett, J. Barrow, Randy Briley

Votes: 234

This controversial video game offended many people, it has a very dark sense of humor running through it and plenty of disturbing and violent scenes.

25. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy, Horror

8.4
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The fragile balance of Nosgoth is in danger. Disputes within the Circle of Nine, the guardians of the Pillars of Nosgoth, have caused strife across the land. Ariel, the Guardian of Balance,... See full summary »

Director: Denis Dyack | Stars: Simon Templeman, Tony Jay, Paul Lukather, Anna Gunn

Votes: 273

Play a vampire, drink blood, murder etc - this Gothic adventure was surprisingly spooky and very immersive.

26. Deception (1996 Video Game)

T | Action, Crime, Fantasy

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Director: Takeshi Ohmori | Stars: Keiko Sugimoto, Hiroyuki Goto, Makoto Shibata

Votes: 5

Tecmo's Deception - An early adventure which featured the devil as one of the main characters. It's very dated now, but shocked some people at the time.

27. Realms of the Haunting (1997 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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To uncover the secrets of his dead father's haunted mansion in order to find portals to other dimension like hell and heaven and stop a demon from taking over the world, Adam Randall has to solve puzzles and kill monsters. Or does he?

Director: Alan Coltman | Stars: David Tuomi, Emma Powell, David Learner, Marc Finn

Votes: 59

Another horror adventure game. This one is milder in terms of violence and shocks than Phantasmagoria etc.

28. Carmageddon (1997 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

8.3
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Drive through cities, mine and industrial areas collecting bonuses, damaging competitors' cars, or by running over pedestrians in Carmageddon.

Director: Ilyas Kaduji

Votes: 314

Running over pedestrians and cattle, not everyone's idea of fun, but i liked it.

29. Blood (1997 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Horror

8.6
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Betrayed by the evil deity that he served in life (and death), Caleb rises from the grave seeking vengeance and answers. None shall stand in his path as he visits his wrath on the Servants ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephan Weyte, Jace Hall

Votes: 272

At the time of its release, it was one of the most violent FPS games. Gothic atmosphere, great sound effects and some reasonably scary monsters make for a slightly unsettling experience.

30. Nightmare Creatures (1997 Video Game)

M | Horror

7.4
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London is besieged by hoards of creatures created by a mad man to eventually take over the world.

Director: David Grijns

Votes: 96

This adventure games is sort of like Tomb Raider set in a Gothic Victorian London. Features some fairly scary boss monsters, well worth playing.

31. Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

9.4
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After being sent by the overseer of his vault to search for a new water purifying chip, the player discovers the horrors of post apocalyptic America, and the threat of the Master's Army.

Director: Feargus Urquhart | Stars: Charlie Adler, Richard Dean Anderson, Jeff Bennett, Clancy Brown

Votes: 2,805

Post-apocalyptic fun.

32. CarnEvil (1998 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Horror

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Stars: Phoebe Fuller-Spichiger, Marc Falkenberg, Scott Pikulski, Stephanie Eckles

Votes: 45

More silly and camp than scary, but it's carnival atmosphere and excessive gore allow for an entry.

33. Sanitarium (1998 Video Game)

T | Drama, Horror, Mystery

9.1
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After a horrific car crash your character ends up in an asylum. You must find out how you came to be there and recover your identity.

Director: Martin Stoltz | Stars: Frank Schurter, Stephen Bennett, Brad Broman, Amanda Crocker

Votes: 317

A dark adventure game.

34. Parasite Eve (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Drama, Horror

8.7
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It all began on December 24th, 1997. At Carnegie Hall, a massacre ensued, leaving only a lone New York police detective and a mysterious actress alive. For Aya Brea, the five days that ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Tokita

Votes: 483

This Playstation adventure game, featured a disturbing storyline.

35. The House of the Dead (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

7.6
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A pair of government agents are called in to investigate disappearances at an abandoned mansion, only to be confronted with an army of genetically engineered zombies.

Director: Takashi Oda | Star: Lynn Harris

Votes: 250

This lightgun shooting game isn't that scary, but it features some good monsters and plenty of action to keep gamers on their toes.

36. Aliens vs. Predator (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A first-person shooter (FPS) featuring three separate story lines for each of the factions; Aliens, Colonial Marines, and Predators. Unlike later titles the three campaigns are unrelated and independent of each other.

Director: Chris Miller | Stars: Julian Breddy, Ken Turner, Dominic Jeffrey, April Chung

Votes: 498

The film was a let-down, but this arguably, classic shooting game caused many gamers to need a change of underwear.

37. Shadow Man (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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Cryptic action adventure about the undead voodoo warrior known as the Shadow Man who must stop Jack the Ripper and the biblical demon called Legion who plan to bring about the apocalypse using the souls of five notorious serial killers.

Stars: Redd Pepper, Barry Meade, Lani Minella, Travis

Votes: 179

A voodoo man possessing souls and reading up on serial killers, of course it's disturbing.

38. System Shock 2 (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

9.1
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An agent is deployed on a mission to explore a distant planet, but instead wakes up from his cryosleep five months later only to discover that the ship's artificial intelligence has been corrupted and the humans infected by an alien race.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: Kemal Amarasingham, Laura Baldwin, Matt Boynton, Eric Brosius

Votes: 854

This critically acclaimed PC game, is included in many scariest games lists.

39. Dino Crisis (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

7.9
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On a remote island, scientist Doctor Kirk has been exploring the deeper reaches of science. After disaster strikes, he is left as one of the only survivors. Regina, a military soldier and 4 teammates deploy on the island.

Director: Shinji Mikami | Stars: Stephanie Morgenstern, Richard Yearwood, Adrian Truss, Alex Karzis

Votes: 1,081

From the makers of Resident Evil. If you found Jurassic Park too frightening don't play this.

40. Galerians (1999 Video Game)

M | Horror

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Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi | Stars: Frank Newman, Richard Epcar, Derek Stephen Prince, Kirk Baily

Votes: 23

Critically acclaimed PS1 horror.

41. Nocturne (1999 Video Game)

R | Action, Adventure, Horror

9.2
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Stars: Lynn Mathis, Candace Evans, John William Galt, Brazos MacDonald

Votes: 81

Detective style noir based horror.

42. Silent Hill (1999 Video Game)

M | Drama, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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Writer Harry Mason finds that the sleepy seaside resort town he is trapped in is literally hell on Earth.

Director: Keiichiro Toyama | Stars: Michael G., Susan Papa, Thessaly Lerner, Jarion Monroe

Votes: 4,076

Another entry into the scariest games of all time. This game features many disturbing scenes and jump moments.

43. Soldier of Fortune (2000 Video Game)

M | Action

8.0
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When John Mullins, a soldier in U.S. based mercenary known as "soldier of fortune" and his partner Aaron "Hawk" Parsons are assigned to stop the nukes from falling in the wrong hands and prevent any terrorists from their deadly plans.

Stars: Todd Susman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Wyner, Earl Boen

Votes: 386

At the time this featured the most realistic, violence in a video game. If you don't like violent video games, you wouldn't like it.

44. Alice (2000 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy, Horror

9.0
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A game with an all new story that takes place after Lewis Carroll's stories. Alice must return to Wonderland and defeat the Queen of Hearts once and for all.

Stars: Susie Brann, Jarion Monroe, Roger Jackson, Andrew Chaikin

Votes: 1,195

A twisted take on Alice in Wonderland.

45. Illbleed (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.5
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A famous media mogul has issued a challenge: he'll award $1 million to anyone who can make it out of his latest horror theme park, Illbleed, alive. After her three friends get trapped within, Eiko sets out to rescue them.

Stars: Marc Biagi, Steve Brodie, Dan Castle, Bill Corkery

Votes: 25

A Dreamcast horror game - very camp and silly, some horror-purists hate it, but it is more fun than some games and has a surprisingly twisted feel.

46. Fatal Frame (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Horror, Mystery

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Armed with a camera capable of fighting ghosts, a teenage girl searches a haunted house in search of her brother.

Director: Makoto Shibata | Stars: Rumiko Varnes, Dominic Allen, Bianca Allen, Lenne Hardt

Votes: 409

Project Zero - This cool survival horror game features many disturbing and scary moments.

47. Silent Hill 2 (2001 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Horror

9.4
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After receiving a letter from his late wife, from Silent Hill, James Sunderland makes his way to the town in an attempt to find her.

Directors: Takayuki Kobayashi, Masashi Tsuboyama | Stars: Guy Cihi, Monica Horgan, Donna Burke, David Schaufele

Votes: 4,548

The Playstation 2 game deserves a special mention for some disturbing cutscenes.

48. Max Payne (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

9.3
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A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

Stars: James McCaffrey, Haviland Morris, Chris Phillips, Jane Gennaro

Votes: 11,206

A surprisingly grim storyline.

49. Undying (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

9.1
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Patrick Galloway is a former soldier turned writer and an authority on occult phenomena. In 1922 he recieves a plea for help from his old friend and former comrade in arms Jeremiah Covenant... See full summary »

Director: Brady Bell | Stars: Kai Vilhelmsen, Ryan Drummond, Clive Barker, Marc Biagi

Votes: 698

A game by the 'master of horror', Clive Barker deserves to be included and this is a good game.

50. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

9.1
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Over the course of two millenia, twelve men and women are linked together by an accursed book known as the Tome of Eternal Darkness.

Director: Denis Dyack | Stars: Michael Bell, Earl Boen, Cam Clarke, Neil Dickson

Votes: 620

Possibly the darkest Gamecube game.

51. Manhunt (2003 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Death-row inmate James Earl Cash awakens from his "execution" to discover that prison officials were bribed to fake his death and deliver him into the clutches of a snuff film ring that wants to use him as its newest star.

Director: Navid Khonsari | Stars: Sean R. Lynch, John Doman, Lenny Venito, Gregory Salata

Votes: 1,640

Very controversial in its day, a game where you play a serial killer.

52. Siren (2003 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.1
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Director: Keiichiro Toyama | Stars: Mitsuyoshi Shinoda, Natsuki Okamoto, Masaki Tachi, Masami Mizuno

Votes: 159

AKA: Forbidden Siren. Scary survival horror.

53. The Suffering (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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A death row convict must fight his way to freedom when nightmarish monsters invade the prison.

Director: Alan Patmore | Stars: Mark Berry, John Patrick Lowrie, John Armstrong, Ross Douglas

Votes: 603

Another serial killer game, undoubtedly one of the most disturbing games of all time.

54. Michigan (2004 Video Game)

Horror

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Director: Lynn Harris | Stars: Greg Irwin, Lynn Harris, Terry Osada, Peggy Woo

Votes: 12

This is another survival game, well worth checking out.

55. The Punisher (2004 Video Game)

AO | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Frank Castle's war on crime has him face the mafia, the Russian mob and the Yakuza as well as his famous archenemies from The Punisher comics. Along the way, he gets to briefly team up with some of his S.H.I.E.L.D. allies.

Stars: Thomas Jane, Bob Joles, Darryl Kurylo, David Sobolov

Votes: 1,229

Incredibly graphic violence, lead to the game having its torture scenes cut in Europe.

56. Painkiller (2004 Video Game)

Action

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Everything was going great in Daniel Garner's life. He had a loving wife, a house, a job...until one rainy night, his attention wandered and he and his wife were killed in a car crash. ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Adams | Stars: Cam Clarke, Lex Lang, Vanessa Marshall, Jim Ward

Votes: 365

Violent and action packed, fantasy FPS.

57. JFK Reloaded (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime

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Votes: 27

A game were you assassinate JFK, a disturbing and offensive topic for a videogame

58. Yume Nikki (2004 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

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Players explore the dreams of a reclusive and mysterious little girl named Madotsuki. Travelling through her dreams, the player encounters surreal and sometimes disturbing scenes, such as ... See full summary »

Director: Kikiyama

Votes: 34

This homebrew game features a lot of dark, disturbing imagery. The game divided gamers.

Thanks to Joshua Goldberg for the recommendation.

59. Echo Night: Beyond (2004 Video Game)

Horror

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A horrific crash on the Moon Colony has left you separated from your fiance. To reunite with her, you must journey into the paranormal world of Echo Night: Beyond. As you explore the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Atherlay, Christiane Crawford, Evelyn Huynh, Roger Jackson

Votes: 12

Echo Night: Beyond - Space horror.

60. Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Horror

8.3
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FBI Agent Ethan Thomas is framed for the murder of a detective and officer. In order to uncover who murdered the two officers with his gun, he has to do whatever it takes and fight his way through violent, psychotic individuals.

Director: Nathan Hendrickson | Stars: John Armstrong, Greg Grunberg, Kimberli Colbourne, Peter Jacobs

Votes: 958

A very grim game with some brutal violence.

61. Pathologic (2005 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime, Horror

8.5
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Three people try to uncover the source of a lethal virus.

Director: Airat Zakirov | Stars: Titus Adam, Daniel Barnes, Martin Cooke, Rob Corpuz

Votes: 32

This adventure\survival horror is more of a mystery based game than some similar games, guaranteed to scare some gamers.

62. F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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You play an elite commando for a unique covert operations unit hunting for a mysterious fugitive who commands a clone army while mysterious things occur around you.

Director: Craig Hubbard | Stars: Greg Baldwin, Jock Blaney, Susanna Burney, Colby Chester

Votes: 1,956

Said to be one of the most frightening games of all time, fear by name and nature.

63. Stubbs the Zombie in 'Rebel Without a Pulse' (2005 Video Game)

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.4
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Director: Alexander Seropian | Stars: Mitch Apley, Dustin Foster, Matt Soell, Craig Brolley

Votes: 163

Another zombie game, gore-tastic, but not a great game.

64. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is an expansion pack and sequel to Doom 3 (2004), featuring eight multiplayer game modes, twelve new single player levels, six new enemies, as well as new weapons.

Stars: Philip L. Clarke, Jennifer Hale, Wally Wingert, Grey DeLisle

Votes: 640

This updated version of Doom features some scary monsters, extra violence (compared to the original) and at the time it was released, amazing graphics.

65. Super Columbine Massacre RPG! (2005 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime

5.8
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This game delves into the morning of April 20th, 1999 and asks players to relive that day through the eyes of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, those responsible for the deadliest school shooting in American history.

Votes: 60

This incredibly poor taste video game seems purposely designed to offend.

66. ObsCure (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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A group of classmates try to find their missing friend in a high school with a dark sordid past.

Stars: Scott Haze, Tara Platt, Sam Riegel, Stephanie Sheh

Votes: 251

Another survival horror, it's a bit like Resident Evil in terms of gameplay, but it's well worth playing.

67. God of War (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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After 10 years of endless nightmares and servitude to the gods of Olympus, Kratos is assigned with a final task, to kill the Ares, the God Of War.

Directors: David Jaffe, Greg Tiernan | Stars: Linda Hunt, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Carole Ruggier, Steve Blum

Votes: 6,859

It's violent, but it's also features a grown-up, dark plot.

68. Still Life (2005 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A young FBI agent is on the trail of a brutal serial killer. She discovers that her grandfather worked on a very similar case in Central Europe more than half a century earlier.

Stars: Claudia Besso, Mark Camacho, Sven Eriksson, Holly Gauthier-Frankel

Votes: 231

Survival horror for the Xbox and PC.

69. Prey (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

7.7
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Cherokee Tommy (Domassi) must rescue his girlfriend and grandfather from the clutches of an Alien spaceship orbiting earth.

Director: Chris Rhinehart | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Crystle Lightning, John William Galt, Lee Ernst

Votes: 849

This FPS features some disturbing torture scenes and some gruesome violence.

70. Dead Rising (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Photojournalist Frank West finds himself trapped in a shopping mall overrun by flesh eating zombies.

Director: Yoshinori Kawano | Stars: Terence J. Rotolo, Kim Mai Guest, Laura Napoli, T.J. Storm

Votes: 2,237

A very bloody game, murder zombies and watch the gore fly.

71. Rule of Rose (2006 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror, Thriller

8.8
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In 1930's England, a young woman enters an abandoned manor while looking for someone and becomes imprisoned by a cult of young girls who live on a strange airship. They force her to work for them. She must get her bearings and escape.

Director: Shuji Ishikawa | Stars: Jo Wyatt, Teresa Gallagher, Christopher Fairbank, Joanna Hall

Votes: 118

A controversial plot and an eery atmosphere, makes for a tense gaming experience.

72. Jericho (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

7.5
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A team of elite warriors with mysterious powers enter a city immersed in a sandstorm.

Directors: Brian Gomez, Mark Estdale | Stars: James Horan, Steve Blum, Michele Specht, Kimberly Brooks

Votes: 571

Another Clive Barker game, scary monsters and gory violence.

73. The Darkness (2007 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Crime

8.4
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On his 21st birthday, mafia hit man Jackie Estacado is possessed by an ancient demonic force called The Darkness. This further complicates his relationships with his mafia family, a corrupt police department and his childhood love Jenny.

Stars: Kirk Acevedo, Lauren Ambrose, Mike Patton, Dwight Schultz

Votes: 1,382

Scary monsters and plenty of jump moments.

74. BioShock (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: John Ahlin, Greg Baldwin, Jane Beller, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 13,332

Plenty of shock moments in this great game.

75. Left 4 Dead (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.4
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A multi player co-op in post-apocalyptic Pennsylvania, where four immune survivors, Francis, Bill, Zoey, and Louis fight through hordes of zombies and Special Infected as they make their way to extraction zones.

Directors: Mike Booth, Chris Ashton | Stars: Earl Alexander, Jim French, Jen Taylor, Vince Valenzuela

Votes: 4,250

Zombies!

76. Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9.2
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Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of an underground vault in order to find their father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.

Director: Todd Howard | Stars: Liam Neeson, Malcolm McDowell, Ron Perlman, Odette Annable

Votes: 14,651

All of the Fallout games are disturbing in some way, this one improved the graphics of the original and gave the game a more cinematic feel.

77. Dead Space (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.9
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Engineer Isaac Clarke and his crew get stranded on a large, abandoned mining ship. There, Clarke needs to repair the giant ship while battling nasty aliens and solving the mystery of what happened to the ship.

Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, J.G. Hertzler, Iyari Limon, Peter Mensah

Votes: 6,693

A horror\shooting game set in space. Violent death scenes and plenty of scary aliens.

78. MadWorld (2009 Video Game)

M | Action

7.5
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When Varrigan City is overrun by a group of terrorists and is turned into a game show called "DeathWatch," a man with a retractable chainsaw built onto one arm, enters the game with an unclear motive.

Directors: Jack Fletcher, Shigenori Nishikawa | Stars: Masasa Moyo, Danny Cooksey, Fred Tatasciore, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 121

This game features some insane ultra violence, surprisingly it was released for the Wii.

79. The House of the Dead: Overkill (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Special Agent G -- is given his first assignment fresh out of the AMS academy. Teamed up with hard-boiled Detective Washington, they are sent to investigate stories of mysterious ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Sierra, Sora Connor, Anthony Aroya, Armand St. Juste

Votes: 126

This Lightgun shooting game sequel increased the gore, action and scares more than the previous games.

80. Deadly Premonition (2010 Video Game)

M | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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Schizophrenic detective Francis York Morgan has been called in to investigate the murder of Anna Graham in the small town of Greenvale. With every clue he finds a new mystery unravels, leaving you to piece together this insane puzzle.

Director: Swery | Stars: Melissa Hutchison, Amy Provenzano, Amy Rubinate, Christiane Crawford

Votes: 286

Divided gamers, some love it, some hate it, but it's a worthy entry in the survival horror genre.

81. Dementium II (2010 Video Game)

Horror

6.9
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Play in first person in this next, intense installment of the Dementium series. Utilize several different types of weapons to defeat prison guards and 16+ different types of enemies down halls and rooms with a nightmarish twist.

Votes: 16

The DS provides gamers with a FPS horror game, surprisingly disturbing for the usually child friendly gaming device.

82. Splatterhouse (2010 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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Follow Rick and his mysterious Terror Mask as he unmercifully tears, cuts and beats his way through denizens of unearthly creatures in an epic adventure to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of deranged occult figure Dr. West.

Directors: Mo Davoudian, Ali Donovan | Stars: Josh Keaton, Jim Cummings, Shanelle Workman, Richard Doyle

Votes: 151

Remake of the 80s arcade game, with increased gore.

83. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.5
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After a highly-infectious undead plague spreads across the frontier, John Marston does anything he can to find a cure.

Directors: Rod Edge, John Zurhellen | Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Josh Blaylock, Brandi Burkhardt, Hector Luis Bustamante

Votes: 2,509

The excellent cowboy game gets the zombie treatment.

84. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

8.5
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Daniel, a young man, awakes in a dreary castle with no memory of his past and discovers that he deliberately erased his memory and must travel through the dark halls to kill the evil baron Alexander.

Stars: Richard Topping, Sam A. Mowry, Bill Corkery, Eric Newsome

Votes: 1,147

Survival horror PC game, probably one of the scariest and most disturbing games of the last few years.

85. Heavy Rain (2010 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Drama

9.1
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As a child goes missing, his father tirelessly works to rescue him, while a journalist, an FBI agent, and a private detective try to identify his kidnapper known only as the "Origami Killer".

Director: David Cage | Stars: Pascal Langdale, Jacqui Ainsley, Judi Beecher, Sam Douglas

Votes: 7,973

A dark and disturbing storyline.

86. Rise of Nightmares (2011 Video Game)

Horror

8.6
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Director: Jack Fletcher | Stars: Braeden Marcott, Amy Ellenberger, Kristina Klebe, Jessica DiCicco

Votes: 27

Used the kinect to interact with this first person horror. Some scary moments, but a fairly average game.

87. Ikenie no yoru (2011 Video Game)

Adventure

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Night of Sacrifice - Wii's balance board provides a new level of interaction in this horror game.

88. Dead Island (2011 Video Game)

Action, Drama, Horror

7.3
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A picturesque resort falls into madness after a mysterious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere. Four individuals strangely find themselves immune and must use that power to ... See full summary »

Director: Aljen Juchefskey | Stars: Phil LaMarr, Kim Mai Guest, David Kaye, Peta Johnson

Votes: 2,909

Another undead game.

89. Kyasarin (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy, Horror

8.3
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Vincent Brooks, who is being pressured into marriage by his current girlfriend, is plunged into a surreal nightmare world every time he falls asleep after having an affair with a mysterious girl named, Catherine.

Director: Katsura Hashino | Stars: Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Richard Epcar, Erin Fitzgerald

Votes: 503

Catherine - a crazy Japanese adventure\RPG type game. Features some weird monsters.

90. Twisted Metal (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Follow the story of three desperate souls being driven by his most intimate desires and weakneses.

Director: David Jaffe | Stars: J.S. Gilbert, Annie Hayden, Jimmy Hodson, David Gazzana

Votes: 164

The video intros are disturbing enough to be included here.

91. The Cat Lady (2012 Video Game)

Horror

8.8
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The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day she discovers that five strangers will come along and change everything.

Director: Remigiusz Michalski | Stars: Bryarley Biship, Pete Bucknall, Margaret Cowen, Miranda Evans

Votes: 142

A dark and mature adventure game.

92. The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.8
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In a hostile, post-pandemic world, Joel and Ellie, brought together by desperate circumstances, must rely on each other to survive a brutal journey across what remains of the United States.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Hana Hayes, Jeffrey Pierce

Votes: 32,244

This one has a grim plot and atmosphere. Sure to be a future classic.