I've been an avid gamer for more than 20 years, and especially love the genres of horror, RPGs, and puzzle.
The survival horror genre is one of my favorites. Playing a video game that scares the hell out of you is great fun! Here is a list of my top ten picks for survival horror video games. Most of these are older games, although recently the survival horror genre has seen a huge revival through indie games. Check these out if you can and look for my other, more modern horror list coming soon!
Siren is a survival horror game for the Playstation 2, set in a small Japanese village. This game is very challenging. The characters you play as have no combat skills, and stealth is your biggest asset. Siren was developed with many members from Team Silent, who is responsible for the Silent Hill games.
9) Haunting Ground
This is another Playstation 2 game by Capcom. It plays similarly to Clock Tower 3. The game focuses on the main character, Fiona, and her dog Hewie. Rather than engaging in combat, you must hide from enemies and solve puzzles to succeed. It's a hidden gem that I highly recommend for any horror genre fan.
8) Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark is credited with helping spur on the popularity of the survival horror genre. This 1992 game is on the original Playstation, and there have been a lot of spin-offs. The original let you choose from playing the male or female character who gets trapped in a scary mansion. It's a classic that is definitely worth checking out.
7) Clock Tower
Clock Tower is a classic survival horror. This is a point and click game that involves the main character having to hide from the Scissorman. Since there is no combat options, this is a really intense survival horror experience!
6) Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
This was a great little gem found on the Nintendo Gamecube. This was a really innovative game, featuring a lot of psychological scares! Eternal Darkness also had a great storyline that really kept you playing, because you wanted to know what would happen next. Fans are really hoping for a sequel, but so far it doesn't look like one is in the works.
5) Dead Space
Dead Space was one of the first survival horror games on the next generation consoles, and it was a huge success. This game is awesomely creepy, and the plot was clearly well thought out. There are two sequels - Dead Space 2 & 3. There are also a few spin-off games, like Ignition. None of these are as good as the original, but they are all definitely worth checking out.
4) Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve is more action and combat focused then some of the other games on this list, but in my opinion it definitely fits the survival horror category. There are many different puzzles you must solve in order to survive, and the games storyline fits in perfectly with the genre. The second entry in the series is a little more action based, but it's also really good and definitely fits in the horror genre.
3) Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
When people think of survival horror, a lot of people think of the Resident Evil series. My personal favorite from the series is Resident Evil Code: Veronica X. This game featured Claire and Chris Redfield and had a really engaging plot. There are many other excellent Resident Evil games too - I highly recommend 1-3 especially. They are all pretty good, but the newer ones are lacking a little something when compared to the originals.
2) Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame is a very different type of survival horror game. You are armed only with your camera as you face ghosts in a scary Japanese setting. The second installation in the series is my favorite, with two unique characters and a great plot. There are also other entries in the series, and all of them are worth checking out.
1) Silent Hill 2
To me, the king of survival horror is the Silent Hill series. In my opinion, the best game in the series is number two. The story is absolutely incredible and very psychological. Silent Hill 2 is one of the creepiest games out there, while it also offers horrors of the mind.
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