What’s the Scariest Game Ever? Win a $10 Game From GOG.com!

We’re just a week out from Halloween, and in honor of scaring the crap out of yourself while gaming in the dark on All Hallow’s Eve, we’re giving away a bunch of codes courtesy of the folks at Good Old Games, each good for any game valued at $9.99.

Want a code for a game on GoG.com? Great — then we’re going to play a little game. We want you to delve into your memories for those most vicious horror moments you’ve ever experienced in front of a monitor or behind a controller. Here’s how to win:

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63 Comments on What’s the Scariest Game Ever? Win a $10 Game From GOG.com!

EdenArtist

On October 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

i think the scariest game ever is Painkiller battle out of hell. Those creatures scared the sh*t out of me especially those from lvl 1 ,oh and there was a ghost nun verry verry creepy.

xscorpion

On October 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

would say Parasite eve 2 from ps1 times, enjoyed to play it on night, special when first encounter the invisible guys :)

Badmoren

On October 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Resident evil 3 :P

SupremeAllah

On October 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

The first Silent Hill.

I have fond memories of playing it in a small room in my basement, in the dark, which was located next to the furnate and water heater. Walking around that school in the dark, while shadow midget children with scalples hack at my ankles, going into the bathroom then finding myself on the second floor somehow…and then going into the basement’s basement to fight that sloar beast thing. Just great.

Only Silent Hill 3 could compare.

BlastedChango

On October 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Silent Hill 2

Maurice

On October 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Minesweeper, i always got a jump scare, when i clicked on the wrong button ;-;

folklore

On October 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I’d have to say fear extraction point. Game still creeps the heck out of me.

AlmightyGERM

On October 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

The scariest to this day would be Resident Evil 1… Walking down that hallway for the first time.. Lightning flashing and the storm going on.. Slow pace as you walk to that first window and CRASH! A F*ing zombie dog jumps through the window and all I could do is turn around and RUN out of the hallway..
Sat there for a couple minutes going OMG OMG OMG…
yes I went back into that room and the dogs didn’t jump through the window a 2nd time.. But to this day every time I pick up that game, I relive that moment.. I don’t run back anymore I just run through but I will always remember that..

Michael

On October 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Siren Lost Translation.

AshHousewares

On October 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Condemned: Criminal Origins is a game that was really fun, but very scary. Trapped in a abandoned library, low on ammo, and with creeper crawlers ready to jump out at you, had made the game too spooky. I wish I had gone back to finish that game :p

Vazgen

On October 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth for me. The hotel escape sequence was one of the most horrific and adrenaline-filled moments I had in video games

cj1798

On October 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Metroid Prime.

That game was legit scary. The Space Pirate music made me turn off the game more times than i’ll admit

M4cR1II3n

On October 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thief: Deadly Shadows! The Cradle level near the end… *shudders*

Mathias

On October 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Probably Dead Space 1 for me. I hadn’t played many horror games before that one, so it did manage to scare the bejesus out of me on more than one occasion. The effect was mostly gone in the later games though…

AxΣtwin

On October 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

My vote for scariest game is Silent Hill.

Everyone talks about how the cat in the locker scared them really good. For me, it was that sonofa phone in the middle of the classroom. You go to walk about and ‘BRING BRING’ “Hello? Cheyrl?” “Daddy? Daddy where are you?!”. I nearly shat my pants.

However, my real scariest moment doesn’t come from a scary game. It comes from Batman Arkham Asylum. Did you know the third and final Scarecrow encounter starts off by simulating both the graphic and audio glitches you experience at the exact moment your console happens to Red Ring? Its true. I know this because I played Arkham Asylum less than a month after getting my console back from having it repaired because it red ringed on me. I got to that part, the audio started skipping, then you got the purple and green pixelated boxes all over the screen and then nothing….just blackness. I reset my console and tried it again…..still nothing. I freaked out for 3 days. That is not an exaggeration, 3 days of trying that part and resetting before the red lights had a chance of popping up. 3 days of gamer hell in total terror of those little red lights. Nearing the end of those three days I said “screw it, if it’s going to happen, then it’ll happen”. So I let it sit in the blackness……..then the auto save symbol popped up and the game resumed like normal. Thats when I realized just how much of a bag of Richards the guys over at Rocksteady were. They perfected simulated Red Ring with the 10 seconds of blackscreen being the iceing on the terror cake. No other game has managed to get in my head like that before or since. Psychological terror at its finest.

Teylor Bustamante

On October 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Probably Silent Hill 1, for me at least. I replayed it few years ago, and the graphics back then makes it even more scary than i think it would be if it were created now (crystal clear). Honestly the first time I played it I got so scared after only a few minutes that I couldn’t finish it right away. And I’m pretty sure I got the bad ending lol. The creatures were creepy as hell, and all I know is even now, at 18 years old, I’d still get chills playing this at night.

Michael Hajik

On October 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

For me, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream was a terrifying game. It continually filled me with a sense of dread and hopelessness; It literally felt like a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from.

Amanda

On October 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

The scariest game I’ve ever seen/played was the first Silent Hill. My older sister (13) my cousin (11) and myself (9) all played it together. We played in my cousin’s gaming room of her basement in broad daylight with all the lights turned on and it scared the outta us! We got so scared we didn’t even get past the school. And even today (I’m 23) I still have yet to play the first silent hill game.

Michael

On October 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Hardly any jump scares but walking through that castle at night could not have been any scarier. And dem monsters :/

Mathias

On October 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I haven’t played many spooky games because I get easily scared. I have played the two Amnesiagames and Outlast tho, and I can say that Outlast is pretty scary.
The reason I pick Outlast is that it gives me maximum panic feeling when I get chased by the ugly inmates in the Asylum. I hate it and love it at the same time.

gasmaskangel

On October 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Minecraft is one of the best games I’ve ever played when it comes to building an atmosphere of fear and dread.

Yes, genuine horror games do it well to, but in general you know to expect it in games like System Shock 2 (which I will claim still has one of the greatest antagonists of any video games, SHODAN is menacing, viscous and she hates you, personally), but in Minecraft everything you see when you first boot it up invites you in. The blocky, simplistic graphics, the bright color palate, the barnyard noises of animals like pigs and chickens.

Then night falls and you quickly learn that there are so many reasons to fear the dark. The first time you hear something moan, or rattle or god help you hiss and something hurts you… well you’ll just be praying that you can make it till morning.

The best part is that the game still draws you in, you build shelter and make tools knowing you’ve got a way to survive the nights, and then you sit huddled in whatever shelter you’ve made and you can hear them out there, moaning and hissing for your blood, but you know you’re safe. Might as well pass some time till morning. You dig down, deeper and deeper into the bowels of the earth, and every now and then as you mine deeper and deeper you will hear a hiss or a groan and know that something is near by, and it smells you.

This isn’t even touching on things like finding a cavern rich in everything you could ever want, and looking nervously over your shoulder for a creeper or skeleton at every noise, or finding some endless stretch of abandoned mine where all you can do is wonder what happened to the people who made it?

And through it all you are alone, utterly, completely alone, the only human soul on the planet.

Minecraft will leave you isolated and fearing the dark, but it will always draw you deeper to even greater horrors with its promise of riches.

Jon

On October 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Three games come to mind – F.E.A.R., Doom 3, and AvP 2

I think Alien Vs Predator 2 would have to be the scariest simply for the marine campaign.

Wandering through those dark corridors, running low on health, when suddenly your motion detector starts pulsing at you. You watch as those white dots grow closer and closer to you, and larger clusters appear on the horizon. You’re backed into a corner, take a breath. reload your last clip. And then you wait…

Jonah O'Syrus

On October 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon was definitely the scariest game for me because of all the jump scares and hallucinations that YOU and The Point Man were experiencing.

Joder

On October 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Clock Tower, any of them.

Max

On October 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Cry of Fear has one of the scariest intros to a game i’ve ever played

Aedelric

On October 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Depending on what age I was I have been scared by various games in my time, right now it takes a lot.

It has been a very long time but my `fondest´ memory was Alone in the Dark (original). Though I am sure if I go back now it would all seem like a joke. I am not going to win because it is not the scariest ever, every generation of games tops the previous in that matter, but this one has good personal memories for me.

Hell, I still remember being terrified of the original TV show V when I sneakily stay up late to watch it when I was a small child, now that really freaked me out.

Jeco0357

On October 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

The scariest game I think I played was [REC] Shutter. It has so many intense moments like the chase 10 minutes in the game. I love how it emphazises on exploration; however punishes failures with huge scares.

Kober

On October 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Anyone from the Silent Hill franchise.
Those games could make me scream like a little girl.

Aidan smith

On October 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Amnesia because that game gave me a mini heart attack (not joking )

shaneomight

On October 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

FEAR – scared me and my brother so much when we were younger. we would play it late at night in the dark and be wetting ourselves!! good times

Sinnick

On October 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I think your cover picture was the best call. No game to this day has given my the crawling sense of dread that System Shock 2 did. What got to me the most was the realization that the victims of the parasites where still trapped in their bodies, very much aware of what was happening. I think the first time I had ever fled from an enemy was when one of them groaned ‘please kill me’ as it lumbered up to attack me.

Underlaw

On October 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

The scariest game i ever play, was Phantasmagoria.
But the Halloween game from atari 2600…..man, i ty myself when i was younger…i think the best music from atari 2600 was from that fuking game. U are runing like a girls, and BAM!!!! u are decapitated!!!

Matchoo

On October 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I was going to say the original AvP but thinking about it I would have to say F.E.A.R.. One of the scariest moments I had in that game was walking towards a ladder that went down. I walked up to the ladder, turned around get on it so I could climb down and as soon as I got on it there was a ghost standing right in front of me where I had just been. It disappeared quickly but not before my heart was pounding. I go ahead and climb down the ladder, get off of it at the bottom, turn to my left and there is another one……

I’d play that game for 10 minutes at a time then turn the lights back on for an hour and take a break.

darthbdaman

On October 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

This will sound sad but half life 2 ravenholm. I was really young when i first played it and ravenholm scared the crap out of me :)

Keenan Jackson

On October 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I remember being just a wee bit too scared in the further levels of the doom demo way back. The first zombie encounter, with cinematic, in resident evil 1 and maybe the first run through doom 3.

Monkey's_Uncle

On October 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

The original Rayman… I still get nightmares about those little wasp things to this day…

Ghost_Null

On October 25, 2013 at 12:58 am

I think Resident Evil 2 and The Thing gave me a scare when i was younger.

Ghost_Null

On October 25, 2013 at 1:01 am

Correction, The most scary one i ever played was ObsCure

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ObsCure_(video_game)

Nishant Kajekar

On October 25, 2013 at 1:36 am

ofcourse it was F.E.A.R. the moment you are about to climb down the stair and u see everything is safe except the moment you turn around the stairs to climb down and Alma standing there in front of u … draining your soul !!! :p

John

On October 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

Condemned: Criminal Origins, first game that legitimately made me turn on the lights and take a break, the Abandoned Mall level was not cool, the Mannequins, not cool……(B**** whimpering in corner)

tinwe

On October 25, 2013 at 6:55 am

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Instant scare moments aside (hello controller!) it’s the constant sense of threat, insecurity and hopeless loneliness, the oppressive and nightmarish atmosphere that kept me fearful, nonstop.

Andrusil

On October 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

For me….Clive Barker’s Undying

Phoenix

On October 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

Silent Hill (the very first one). Profoundly scary from the very beginning (intro music, anyone?) and deeply disturbing as the story behind the town of Silent Hill unfolds. And the sirens, oh my Zeus, the sirens…

Zorxen

On October 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

i saw someone say parasite eve 2.. that was one of the first “scary games” i played (at least that i can remember, played way too many to remember em all) and the first levels were indeed scary and actually made me scared to sleep first time i played it, though that was like 5-6 years ago…

besides that the latest scary game i could think of (despite dead space 1 has good scares.. no not that)
was F.E.A.R 1, the way the whole game builds itself and reminds the ring and other movies such as those.. that was really surprising and scary (in a good way) that honestly made u drawn in and want to see where it all goes.. especially one moment on the expansion pack Extraction Point where ur going with ur ally to a room and then the lights start to flicker while the creatures come at your partner surrounding u all.. that was truely a brilliant scary moment

Jacob

On October 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

I generally try to avoid horror games. :)

…but I did play Silent Hill and I recall that being quite scary (I never finished it, tho’, as, if memory serves, it was on my friend’s console and I didn’t have one of my own).

lol @ the person who said minesweeper. yeah. that tends to produce quite a jump scare, esp. if you forgot that your volume settings were a bit high :D

Jason S

On October 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

Scariest game I’ve ever played? It’s actually a tie for me, between the first Resident Evil to be released on GameCube and Amnesia:The Dark Descent. RE I rented when it first came out for GC, got about an hour into it and said, “Nope. Not doing this.”

Actually, I did the same thing with Amnesia.

Rape an Ape

On October 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

The first two Siren games and the first two Fatal Frame games are both really scary at times. A lot of the games being called scary just resorted to jump scares rather than actual full-blown horror and terror. Eternal Darkness wasn’t the best for jump scares but it had that really good system where it would actually attempt to fool the player into thinking they’d lost their mind by changing aspects of the scenery, removing items, making it look like marks were on the screen etc. I wish this would be used more often.

Caildir

On October 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The very first Dead Space. I won’t count the number of nightmares I had because of that game…

JC

On October 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I think I’d have to say Amnesia The Dark Descent, though that might be because it’s the most recent.

If the memory of it wasn’t so long ago I might go with System Shock 2, not making the player completely helpless and still managing to scare them is far more tricky to pull off yet it was so well done in that.

kanish

On October 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

For me it would probably be Outlast.
that game was pretty scary…

Goody

On October 26, 2013 at 3:32 am

For me it has to be Resident Evil 1 and the very first time those bloody dogs jump through the window.
It was one of the very first 3d gaming moments that made you drop you your controller. Not very scary now but back then when you had never played that sort of game before (because there wasn’t one before) it just set the whole tone of the game and gave birth to a genre of games that scary the bejesus out of us all today.

Austin

On October 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

Has to be the first encounter with the licker from Resident Evil 2, a cut scene of looking up to the ceiling and seeing it snarling at you as it jumps toward the camera. The first time I pulled out my pistol and quickly realized it was completely ineffective and had to turn tail and run away.

Spartan717

On October 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The scariest game has to be RAGE. All the enemies are scary because of their creepy voices and you don’t know where they’re gonna attack from :( .

Horcus

On October 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

The scariest game I’ve played is Amnesia (not campaing, but the mods) because sometimes you play in the scariest atmosphere you can imagine. You keep wondering “if “that” appears in front of me, what will i do?”.
IMPORTANT: You have to play it at night, alone, in a dark room with headsphones.

Tai Tsing

On October 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Resident Evil 3

Volt

On October 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Silent Hill 2 takes the prize for it’s atmosphere, although the Penumbra series and the first Amnesia could easily be considered for that too. Unraveling SH 2 story was bone chilling…!

Lee

On October 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I would say one of the scariest games for me was hands down The Suffering. Disturbing characters, monsters that represent death and suffering, and not to mention being haunted by your dead family helps with all the scary tone of the game. Plus it has references to other horrer films as well.

GorgeousJoystick

On October 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

scariest game has to be Outlast.. its TOO scary, the only game i haven’t been able to finish! It’s life an advanced Amnesia game!!

psycros

On October 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The new X-Com. When you get a few missions into it and realize that all the hype was utter BS and that you’re never getting that $50 back…now *that’s* horror.

brazinwyld

On October 28, 2013 at 11:21 am

Clive Barker’s Undying: i remember going down this long hallway with drapes blowing in the wind. About halfway down the hallway i see a howler and I was like “OH CRAP!!!” Then i confidently thought, “heh i’ve got plenty of room to backpedal and take him out, no problem” I never saw that 2nd howler coming from behind i just remember the screen going red, and later the reloading screen. I don’t think i’ve ever lost control of the mouse that bad.

Kaloyan Zhelev

On October 29, 2013 at 4:36 am

The scariest moment for me was definately in Penumbra (the first of the 3 games) even scarier than Amnesia. The part where you are trying to make progress deeper into th eminning complex and are currently at the part where you have to turn on the generator by truning valves in a specific order to make the machine work after you try it by pulling the power switch. On that place in the game where there are so many zombie dogs, those really scare me off esspecially with the music in the background. When you hit them with the hammer a few times and they run away disappear at the next corner and start howling to call the others. That is my scariest moment probably which I can remmeber

Peace45

On October 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Dead Space 1 or 2 ,almost every moment in those games is scary.But beautiful game tho.

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On October 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I’m not a big horror guy, but I did enjoy Dead Space 1. Great atmosphere.