Top 100 Best Horror Games

by Zabon | created - 09 May 2012 | updated - 11 Feb 2015 | Public

Here's a list consisting of numerous perspectives in terms of angles, ranging from first person to third person, but limited to the genre of horror. This list has been compiled based on games that have shown some of the greatest fear factor and proven to be successful in terms of replay value. Basically, this isn't a list based on popularity level, so the more frightening games are obviously listed higher than the most popular ones.

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1. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (2003 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

Twin sisters try to escape a haunted village with the help of the Camera Obscura, a camera with the power to see the impossible.

Director: Makoto Shibata | Stars: Akemi Kanda, Ayako Kawasumi, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Michael Bell

Votes: 359

2. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

A professional photographer, still mourning the death of her fiancé, finds herself pulled into a mysterious "dream manor" whenever she falls asleep.

Director: Makoto Shibata | Stars: Kimberly Brooks, Kim Mai Guest, Josh Keaton, JD Cullum

Votes: 207

3. Fatal Frame (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Horror, Mystery

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: 414

4. Siren (2003 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

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

Votes: 159

5. Silent Hill 2 (2001 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Horror

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: 4,586

6. Siren 2 (2006 Video Game)

Horror

New Siren game takes place on a small island town in rural Japan. The town is quiet, and peaceful, until one night evil invades, and it's dark history surfaces.

Director: Keiichiro Toyama | Stars: Kiyokazu Ebina, Seiko Iwaidô, Erina Moribayashi, Hideo Nakaizumi

Votes: 86

7. The Suffering (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

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: 606

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

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

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: 623

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

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

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: 1,161

10. Silent Hill 3 (2003 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Heather is suddenly thrust into a strange alternate reality filled with demonic imagery and twisted monsters. She quickly comes to find that the events unfolding around her have something to do with her past.

Director: Kazuhide Nakazawa | Stars: Heather Morris, Richard Grosse, Donna Burke, Clifford Rippel

Votes: 2,670

11. Condemned 2: Bloodshot (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Horror

Ethan Thomas, a former Serial Crimes Unit investigator, is brought back into action to hunt down the killer of his former partner and uncover the disturbing secrets behind an increasingly dark and violent city.

Stars: Tony Doupe, André Sogliuzzo, Angel Parker, Dave B. Mitchell

Votes: 424

12. Silent Hill 4: The Room (2004 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A man wakes up and sees himself trapped inside his apartment, which is completely locked and without a way out. Without clues of how that happened, he finds an mysterious hole in his bathroom that could be the exit.

Director: Suguru Murakoshi | Stars: Robert Belgrade, Eric Bossick, Dennis Falt, Anna Kunnecke

Votes: 2,058

13. Silent Hill (1999 Video Game)

M | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 4,110

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

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

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: 1,991

15. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (2009 Video Game)

Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Sgt. Michael Becket is tapped to investigate mysterious happenings within a private aerospace company before a nuclear explosion rocked the Auburn industrial district in the first game.

Directors: Nathan Hendrickson, Peter Wyse | Stars: John Armstrong, Dennis Bateman, Jock Blaney, Holly Brewer

Votes: 1,131

16. Kuon (2004 Video Game)

M | Horror

Set in Heian-era Kyoto, Japan. The game follows three different protagonists as they explore a feudal Japanese manor at night, as well as an old mountainside temple.

Stars: Erin Beers, Evelyn Huynh, Gavin Hammon, Roger Jackson

Votes: 34

17. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (2012 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror

There's a woman who captures people and take their faces in a book.You then received the book with a camera to capture ghosts.You then try to find out what happened.

Stars: Samie Detzer, Tim Gouran, Sarah Grayson, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 11

18. Silent Hill: Homecoming (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

After returning from war, a soldier returns to his hometown, only to discover the city deserted, and his brother and father missing, and he soon learns that Silent Hill may be behind the mystery.

Directors: Rob King, Michael McCormick, Robert Taylor | Stars: Brian Bloom, Llana Barron, Fitz Houston, Dalton O'Dell

Votes: 1,239

19. The Suffering: Ties That Bind (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a uniquely American action-horror experience that surpasses the original in every way. You are Torque, armed with a deadly arsenal and your last shred of ... See full summary »

Director: Keith Arem | Stars: Michael Clarke Duncan, Rachel Griffiths, Rafeedah Keys, Arif S. Kinchen

Votes: 299

20. Jericho (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

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: 579

21. Kagero: Deception II (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Millennia, a young girl, is commanded by the immortal Timenoids (TMDs) to sacrifice humans using combinations of traps.

Director: Takeshi Ohmori

Votes: 39

22. Deception III: Dark Delusion (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Fantasy

The player controls Reina, a girl that was kidnapped alongside her family and taken to the island Alendar, where her family is killed. Reina must use the trapping powers she acquired to ... See full summary »

Director: Makoto Shibata | Stars: Rio Natsuki, Yuki Chika, Emiko Hagiwara, Daisuke Kishio

Votes: 32

23. Trapt (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Fantasy

While Allura (Alicia in the original Japanese version), the princess and daughter of King Olaf and his servants visits the grave of Allura's real mother, King Olaf was struck by a single ... See full summary »

Directors: Akihiro Arahori, Makoto Shibata | Stars: Saki Nakajima, Tomoe Hanba, Mami Kosuge, Jun Hasumi

Votes: 39

24. Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Horror

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: 966

25. Realms of the Haunting (1997 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 62

26. F.E.A.R. 3 (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Point Man and his deceased brother Paxton Fettrl both have supernatural powers and must work together to face off against an evil presence from their past.

Director: Heinz Schuller | Stars: John Armstrong, Robin Atkin Downes, Jaime Aymerich, Brian Bloom

Votes: 738

27. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

After a car crash in Silent Hill, Harry Mason wakes up to find his daughter Cheryls disappearance. In search for her in the town, he starts to find more than he was looking for.

Directors: Yoshi Aoyagi, Keith Arem, Jay Boor, Brandon Laurino, James D. Mortellaro, Michael Rajna, Mark Simmons | Stars: Laura Bailey, JB Blanc, Mari Devon, Kate Higgins

Votes: 616

28. Silent Hill: Origins (2007 Video Game)

M | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Seven years before the events of the first game, during one of his deliveries a lonely trucker passes through Silent Hill and faces his sad past in the mysteriousness of the city.

Director: Mark Simmons | Stars: Mikey O'Connor, John Chancer, Jennifer Woodward, Laurence Bouvard

Votes: 727

29. Silent Hill: Downpour (2011 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime, Horror

Murphy Pendleton, a convict stranded in the foggy, malevolent world of Silent Hill finds himself lost and alone in the woods on the outskirts of the fabled town when his prison transport bus crashes.

Director: Brian Gomez | Stars: David Boyd Konrad, Bethan Dixon Bate, Andy Hendrickson, Leer Leary

Votes: 709

30. Dead Space: Extraction (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

It revolves around a group of space colonists from the Aegis VII colony fighting against the infection of Necromorphs created when the Red Marker is removed.

Directors: Justin Villiers, Wright Bagwell | Stars: Ramon Tikaram, Joseph May, Laura Pyper, Jon Cartwright

Votes: 235

31. Dead Rising (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Drama

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: 2,245

32. Dead Rising 2 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the rise of a new zombie outbreak, the new hero Chuck Greene has to help his daughter survive this zombie nightmare.

Stars: Peter Flemming, Allyson Armstrong, Robyn Ross, Benita Ha

Votes: 1,345

33. Dead Rising 2: Case 0 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Chuck Greene fights to save his daughter and himself in a small town after a zombie outbreak occurs in Las Vegas.

Directors: Yoshinori Kawano, Alistair Abell | Stars: Peter Flemming, Allyson Armstrong, Brian Dobson, Doug Abrahams

Votes: 141

34. The Thing (2002 Video Game)

Action, Horror, Mystery

You play the part of a military team sent to investigate what happened at U.S. Outpost 31, and must face the Thing yourself.

Stars: Per Solli, Michael J. Shea, Kevin Alan Moore, Jesse O'Connell

Votes: 471

35. Dead Island (2011 Video Game)

Action, Drama, Horror

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: 2,945

36. Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror

Edward Carnby and Aline Cedrac are about to face their worst nightmare. Out to avenge the murder of their friend, Carnby and Aline arrive on Shadow Island and discover that it is caught in ... See full summary »

Director: Antoine Villette | Stars: David Gasman, Sharon Mann, Jerry Di Giacomo, Christian Erickson

Votes: 188

37. Alone in the Dark (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

Edward Carnby must investigate shadowy conspiracies that surround Central Park in New York City.

Director: David Nadal | Stars: James McCaffrey, John Cunningham, Alexandra Williamson, Chris Phillips

Votes: 454

38. Shadow Man (1999 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

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

40. Dementium II (2010 Video Game)

Horror

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

41. Calling: Kuroki chakushin (2009 Video Game)

PG-13 | Horror, Mystery

Rin is drawn to a hospital because six years ago, she made a promise to a little girl there. Over an online chat room, she promised the girl she would come visit her. When she got there, ... See full summary »

Director: Kazufumi Shimizu

Votes: 25

42. Ju-On: The Grudge (2009 Video Game)

M | Horror

Play as many characters with different stories and face the evil curse of The Grudge.

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Votes: 52

43. The Lost Crown (2008 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror

Running from his past Nigel travels to the town of Saxton in search of a lost treasure. But soon his past starts to catch up with him. Now he must use new advanced technology to capture ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Boakes | Stars: Jonathan Boakes, Matt Clark, Emma Harry, Klemens Koehring

Votes: 36

44. Alice: Madness Returns (2011 Video Game)

M | Fantasy, Horror

10 year old Alice lost her family in a fire. For 10 years she remained catatonic in an asylum while her condition caused Wonderland to turn... dark. She returned to Wonderland to defeat the... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Kerslake, Paul Kurowski | Stars: Susie Brann, Roger Jackson, Charles Meyer, Sam Gusway

Votes: 834

45. Haunt (2012 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Fantasy, Horror

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Director: Martin Newing | Star: Tim Schafer

Votes: 6

46. Haunting Ground (2005 Video Game)

M | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Fiona Belli is an 18 year old college student on her way home with her parents for a bit of rest. The car suddenly loses control and crashes, killing Fiona's parents and sending her into a ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Tsuchiya | Stars: Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, Greg Ellis, Moira Quirk, Robin Atkin Downes

Votes: 199

47. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Horror

The entire game is a "What If?" scenario where Frank West covered the Fortune City outbreak, instead of Chuck Greene. After surviving the Dead Rising zombie outbreak, Frank West quickly ... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshinori Kawano, Alistair Abell | Stars: Terence J. Rotolo, Robyn Ross, Benita Ha, Daren A. Herbert

Votes: 275

48. Clock Tower (1996 Video Game)

M | Horror, Mystery

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

49. I Am Alive (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

The game takes place in the fictional American city of Haventon, one year after a worldwide cataclysm that wiped out most of human civilization and left the world barely habitable, covered ... See full summary »

Stars: Shawn Baichoo, Claudia Besso, Teale Bishopric, Angela Galuppo

Votes: 302

50. Clock Tower 3 (2002 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young British schoolgirl receives a letter from her mother, asking her to go into hiding until her birthday. After receiving an unsettling phone call, the girl returns home to London to ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kirsty Dillon, Paul Humpoletz, Dan Johnston, Andrée Bernard

Votes: 187