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The Scariest Video Games of All Time

Oct 16, 2018

By: Max Cannon

October is here! Time to whip out the Halloween decorations, turn off the lights, and turn on a scary movie. But if you're feeling really brave you can play through a horror game. Unlike a movie, you can't shut your eyes and let the game finish itself. You're an active participant in every second of the frightening experience. So, when the person makes the dumb decision to walk into the scary basement you can't blame anyone but yourself.

What is your favorite scary game?What is your favorite scary game?

There are a lot of horror games out there and it can be hard to decide which are worth your time. Luckily the horror-gaming experts at Kidzworld have you covered. Here's our list of the top 3 scariest games of all time.

Slender: The Eight Pages

Simple yet terrifying, Slender: The Eight Pages is a game based upon the internet inspired myth of the Slenderman. The Slenderman would lure people into the woods and they'd mysteriously never be seen again. Though the story was clearly a myth that was never proven to be true, it made for a creepy game that made the urban legend see new levels of popularity.

Players were tasked with finding eight drawings of Slenderman through a closed-off park, but he's out there watching you. Armed with only a flashlight and a brisk jog you'll need to collect the pages without letting the monster get too close. You'll never see Slenderman move as he freezes whenever you're looking at him, but you feel his presence at all times. A deep, pounding bass drum grows louder and louder with each page you grab as his pursuit of you gets more intense. An awesome game made even more awesome by its free price on even the weakest of PCs.

Slenderman watches from the woods.Slenderman watches from the woods.Courtesy of Slender: The Eight Pages

Dead Space

Outer space is terrifying enough as is, add in giant mutated monsters, an abandoned spaceship, and a missing girlfriend and you have one of the most important 3rd person horror games since Resident Evil 4. Isaac Clarke is an engineer assigned to repair the damaged mining ship, the USG Ishimura, but he finds that what damaged the ship is still aboard.

Rather than fighting with typical guns you'll use futuristic construction tools to finish your foes - ok there are a few legit guns. Isaac's frightened punch, stomp, and blasts to dismember the horrifying monsters still onboard was influential to 3rd person horror in a way that few games can boast. If you have a capable PC, a PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360 the game is probably around the $5 mark these days. A cheap price to pay to be totally terrified. 

Isaac Clarke, the hero of Dead Space.Isaac Clarke, the hero of Dead Space.Courtesy of E.A.

P.T. (Silent Hills)

Silent Hill is an important franchise to horror that started on the PlayStation in 1999 and even had a few movies made that weren't absolutely horrible, well at least the first one. In 2014, Sony announced that a new horror demo was playable on the PlayStation store, P.T. The game trapped players in a looping hallway that could only be beaten with the knowledge of multiple languages, a penchant for solving riddles, and a microphone - or at least the ability to google. Upon beating the game you were told that legendary game developer Hideo Kojima had teamed up with Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus to release a new Silent Hill game: Silent Hills.

Sadly, the game was canceled in 2015 by the publisher Konami and Silent Hills won't ever be made. To add insult to injury, Konami removed the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store and if you don't have it saved on your console now you won't ever be playing it again. Truly terrifying.

The menacing hallway of P.T.The menacing hallway of P.T.Courtesy of GameSpot
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