25 Video Games That Are Too Scary To Play Alone
What's worse than watching something horrific unfold on screen? Being a part of the horror itself.
What's worse than watching something horrific unfold on screen? Being a part of the horror itself. And no matter how much you keep telling yourself that its only a game whilst being chased down a dark corridor by something sinister and bitey, there’s nothing quite as nerve-wracking and stressful as playing a scary video game on your lonesome.
Here are 25 video game classics you really don’t want to play alone…
1. Forbidden Siren 2
If the wailing during the title credits of this prequel to 2003’s Siren doesn’t unsettle you, then spending a few hours on Yamijima Island with 14-year-old creep Ichiko Yagura and her monstrous pals likely will.
2. Alien Isolation
Set 15 years after the events of Ridley Scott's 1979 film, Ripley's daughter Amanda - in search of her mother - finds herself stranded on the Sevastopol space station with one seriously peeved xenomorph. Absolutely chilling!
3. Silent Hill 2
Disturbing from start to finish, the second installment in the popular horror series doesn’t scrimp on the scary af sights and sounds that made the first game such a twisted pleasure to play. Shoutout to Pyramid Head! We hate you.
4. P.T. Silent Hills
The playable teaser to the now-cancelled Silent Hills game is 30 minutes of claustrophobic terror that forces you to walk down the same hallway repeatedly until you properly lose your shit.
5. Until Dawn
You won’t know whether to laugh or scream playing this tense teen slasher that has rightfully been compared to ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and follows eight teens stranded in a mountain cabin with a killer on the loose.
6. Resident Evil 3
Nemesis: We can’t think of a worse way to spend a few hours than being chased around Racoon City by “Nemesis”, the Umbrella corporation’s mutated bioweapon who gets a real kick out of jumping out on you at random points in the game.
Criminal Origins: On the hunt for a serial killer, FBI agent Ethan Thomas travels across Metro city bashing psychotic hobos and murderous mannequins over the head with a lead pipe. And yes, it truly is as horrible as it sounds.
The Dark Descent: Watching reaction videos on YouTube of gamers losing their shit whilst being chased around the halls of Brennenburg Castle by various nasties tells us this one is so not the one. The infamous “water part” looks terrifying.
It’s little surprise that the creators of Amnesia are behind last year’s shocking survival horror that takes place in an underwater research facility filled with messed up machines.
When investigating a remote psychiatric hospital without any weapons on you is a terrible idea: that’s what this game is. So you best get practicing how to sob quietly in a darkened corner real quick.
11. Fatal Frame
You know you’re in for a real shitty time when your only defence against a bunch of Japanese ghosts is your camera obscura.
12. Fatal Frame II
Swapping the haunted mansion in the first game for an abandoned town in this sequel might feel less claustrophobic, but you’re still stuck with only your ancient camera to protect you form countless ghouls and a shocking ending.
A survival-horror like no other, this chilling classic transports you to the underwater city of Rapture which as it turns out is populated with mutated citizens, bio-mechanical monstrosities, and genetically modified prepubescent girls.
We're not sure if its because of the gruesome ways you have to kill gang members or that all of the action is captured on chilling CCTV, but Rockstar’s game about a death row inmate kidnapped by a snuff film creator completely ruined us.
15. Manhunt 2
The ante is pushed to eleven in this sickening sequel that takes place in the Dixmor Asylum. After a severe thunderstorm causes the facility’s security system to go offline and open all the cell doors, all kinds of bloody mayhem ensues.
A first-person shooter with a paranormal twist that features the worst little girl ever doesn’t need sound effects in the style of Japanese horror films to fuck with your imagination. But it goes there anyway…
17. The Forest
What would you do if you woke up to find you’d survived a plane crash but your son has been kidnapped by mutant cannibals? Find a secluded corner in the woods to quietly die like we did? This was the worst.
18. Resident Evil
The original RE was the first game to ever make us consider scaling back on our dreams of owning a massive crib. Wandering around the Spencer Estate’s eerily-silent corridors remains one of the scariest gaming experiences ever.
19. Resident Evil 4
Playing as Leon Kennedy, the fourth entry in the horror franchise finds you in an eerie Spanish village filled with hostile zombie villagers and a chainsaw-wielding freak that will stop at nothing to rip you apart.
The Black Plague: Don’t be fooled into thinking just because your character is infected, the zombie-like creatures he encounters in the underground research facility he wakes up in will go easy on him. Not a chance.
21. Alan Wake
Next time your woman is dragged off into an eerie town's lake by mysterious forces just jump in the car and drive on home. She’s really not worth the misery that awaits you if you stick around Bright Falls.
22. The Last of Us
Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic tale of survivors smuggling a girl across a country that’s overrun with hordes of cannibalistic monsters is an unshakeable experience you won’t forget anytime soon.
23. Dead Space
Playing as systems engineer Isaac Clarke, you must fight your way through a mining starship infested with aliens that have slaughtered the crew and reanimated their corpses into creatures known as “necromorphs”. Not scarring one bit.
24. Resident Evil 2
Worth a mention alone for the surprise attack from a “licker” in the Raccoon City police station that makes us jump every single time no matter how many times we play.
In this free first-person horror based around the popular urban legend, your task is to run around a dark wood collecting 8 manuscripts explaining the true terror of the “Slenderman". Try and not scream whenever he appears on screen!