One thing that games have always done well throughout the years is knowing just how to scare us silly. Whether it’s being chased around a mental hospital by some mutant psychopath, investigating paranormal goings-on in a creepy mansion, or, you know, just mannequins standing around in a dilapidated shopping centre, horror games can affect us like no other genre can.
With the widespread release of Virtual Reality headsets imminent, things are about to get a lot scarier too. Trust us. In the meantime however, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 horror games that have kept us on the edge of our seats.
10. Haunting Ground
A spin-off to the popular horror series Clock Tower, Haunting Ground puts you in control of Fiona Belli, a young girl that finds herself in the dungeon of a castle after being knocked unconscious in a car crash.
Unlike the other games on this list, Haunting Ground doesn’t generally rely on dark, foreboding environments or blood and gore to generate a feeling of unease. Instead, it opts to create moments of sheer panic as you are pursued by the various inhabitants of the castle. Assisted by her dog Hewie, to whom you can issue commands, Fiona must run and hide in order to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, lest she become panicked, causing you to lose control of her as she runs for her life.
9. Clive Barker’s Undying
2001 saw the release of Undying, which had its plot and background planned by the highly acclaimed Clive Barker of Hellraiser fame.
Playing an Irish man by the name of Patrick Galloway, you’re tasked with investigating the paranormal activities taking place within your friends’ estate. Little does Patrick know of the true Occult horrors that lie in wait as you try to unravel events set in motion. Played from a first person perspective, Undying was an unnerving game, with grotesque enemies and foreboding environments that shocked and disturbed in equal measure throughout its lengthy campaign.