The scariest horror games have flourished under independent game developers, probably because, much like horror movies, they are cheap to make, do not require too much action, and are mainly based around building tension for a scare (usually a jump scare).
So when you can make everything dark to hide graphical quality and use sound and atmosphere to your advantage to create scary gameplay, without having to rely too much on any advanced mechanics, it becomes a lot easier for a small developer to create a game.
In today’s video Slimecicle talks about his top 5 scariest horror games, that were cool when they first came out, even if they’re not holding up as well today.
Slimecicle’s Top 5 Scariest Horror Games
5. SCP: Containment Breach
Don’t blink. Whatever you do, don’t blink. If you blink they’ll move. I am unsure on whether I’m talking about Doctor Who or SCP, but their monsters have a lot in common. SCP:CB takes something as simple as blinking and makes it a core element of gameplay, and something that you really don’t want to do.
Slender kicked off a bit of a storm and seemed to become an almost folklore like character overnight with stories, and lore surrounding him all stemming from this one game. The thing about the Slenderman is, unlike the monsters of containment breach, who you want to look at in order to halt them, you really don’t want to look at Slenderman, you’ll lose… but you never know if he’s behind you or not.
3. Five Nights at Freddy’s
It’s cool to hate Five Nights at Freddy’s, but anyone who tries to claim that it’s not scary is a liar. Everyone jumps at it and no one can deny with a straight face that there isn’t an immense amount of tension building up before the infamous jump scares.
2. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
You have to keep track of your sanity – wouldn’t want to lose it now, would we? Amnesia acts as a somewhat spiritual successor to Penumbra, the game has a sanity meter as well as a health meter, and the more loony you get, the more you hallucinate and the more monsters will be drawn to you, which is one of the last things you want in this game.
Armed with nothing but your camera, Outlast forces you to play as one of the most weak feeble characters in all of gaming, meaning you have to hide in the shadows, and keep your eyes open for all of the crazy sh*t about to be thrown at you in this abandoned mansion.
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All of these scariest horror games were pretty cool when they were first released and, while they haven’t all stood the test of time as well as we’d like to remember, there’s no denying they kicked up a storm when they first arrived on the scene.
What’s your scariest horror games list? Did we leave your favorites off of our scariest horror games list? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time, gamers.