What's the scariest video game you've ever played?

Picture_1_2Last week, I got a chance to chat with game designer Shigeru Miyamoto — this was the third time I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him.(A quick aside: Whenever I read his official title at Nintendo — Senior Managing Director/General Manager; Entertainment Analysis and Development Division — I wanna laugh. This is the dude who gave us Donkey Kong and Mario and Zelda! His office door should read "Vice President of Awesome"!) Anyway, it being Halloween, I asked him to name the scariest video game he ever played. You can read the interview when it goes up in a few minutes. In the meantime, let me ask you the same question. Think about it for a sec. Is it a fan favorite like something from the Silent Hill (pictured) or Resident Evil series? Or perhaps the more recent Dead Space? And who can forget the goosebump-raising thrills of Spyro? [Shudder] That purple dragon was all kinds of scary! Okay, tough guys (and gals) — let’s hear from you!

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  • Tenna

    Silent Hill 2. Not just scary but a total work of art too — the way the story fits together is amazing (not to mention the music, the monsters, etc.). Also, Pyramid Head still gives me nightmares!

  • neillfilm

    I’ve got to say that the CONDEMNED series are really disturbing. Playing that in the dark with the surround sound on is better than any “scary” movie out there.
    Also, the CLOCK TOWER game that came out years ago gave me the creeps.

  • Dennis N.

    RE and Silent Hill have their fair share of jumpy moments, but one game had be constantly in terror of what was going to come at me next: Fatal Frame. Who knew that a video game that features a retro camera as the sole weapon to vanquish ghosts would be so unbelievably frightening? Everything from the grainy first-person camera view (this is the only view in which you can actually SEE the ghosts coming at you) to the haunting creaks and distant voices had me nearly soiling myself on several occasions.

  • John Book

    Nope: Bioshock freaked me out big time.

  • Ceballos

    Definitely, Resident Evil: Original flavor back in the day.
    The part where you’re walking in that long hallway near the outside of the house and the zombie dogs jump in through the window made me jump every time, even though I knew it was coming.

  • joopiter

    When my brother got his PS2, I got his hand-me-down PS1. I bought a whole bunch of used games to play on it – including Silent Hill.
    Didn’t even make it ten minutes before freaking the hell out and shutting the game off. I still haven’t played it again.

  • NPH fan

    7th guest
    but i don’t think anybody remembers this game from the mid 90s
    solving puzzles in the stauff mansion and his dead guests…

  • Tree Hugger

    Dead Space is wicked. I’m a watcher, not a player… but that creepy girl singing her rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Litttle Star is enough to make the strongest of gamers wet their pants! I make my husband play it with all of the lights on.

  • Michael

    My vote has to go to Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem on the Gamecube.
    With its crazy “sanity” meter and accompanying effects (opening a door to a room to find everything upside down, bleeding walls, etc), and overall general creepiness factor, I could never play it for longer than 30 minutes at a time.

  • Rob Grizzly

    The first time a videogame ever scared me was when the dogs crash through the windows and attack you early in the first Resident Evil.
    Resident Evil 4 was also unnerving pretty much throughout. I dreaded having to deal with those chainsaw-wielding psychos.
    I should also mention Bioshock. That’s one disturbing trip! I think I started crying about 10 minutes in…
    But the all time scariest game I’ve ever played is still Silent Hill 2. Won’t go near it. Ever again.

  • S

    to NPH fan – I was going to say the 7th Guest too! My cousins and I used to play it all the time! Red Balloon!

  • Brad

    Condemned and Fatal Frame are the scariest games I’ve ever played.

  • p

    diablo, lights off, speakers on high, first time running into the “Butcher”

  • t3hdow

    I’ve refrained from playing too many survival horror games besides the Resident Evil series, because I’m convinced I’m too big a pansy to endure through them. I never touched any Silent Hill game and probably never will.
    Still, Resident Evil 1 and 2 provided a lot of chilling, jump-from-your seat moments. The Gamecube remake of RE1 gets bonus points for its much creepier atmosphere. Forget the dogs through the window. When the first dead zombie rose to become a Crimson Head, I nearly crapped my pants. Same with the much more devious Hunters leaping off balconies and tearing through doors to kill you. The scariest moment had to be the zombie coming off from a snapped noose. The act itself was bothersome enough, but if you read the suicide diary entry that led to the zombie’s hanging, it’s much creepier. RE2 made me really paranoid too, but when the Licker crashed through the magic mirror or Mr. X ran through a wall, I practically screamed. I never saw either one coming.

  • t3hdow

    Resident Evil 4, on the other hand, was kind of tame on the scare factor. It’s one of the best games in the series, but rarely did it make me fidgety like the Gamecube RE1 and RE2. The zombie on fire coming from the refrigerator surprised me, but not much else. I thought RE4 would take advantage of the new over-the-shoulder perspective a bit more.

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