this list is brought to you from an article on Thought Catalog by Ray Garraty (read the full article here)
1. Lone Survivor
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Condemned: Criminal Origins
4. Dead Space
6. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
7. Silent Hill 2
seeing how I’ve only played (or watched in-depth) four of these games, I can’t say that I totally agree with the list. I played Resident Evil 4 and Silent Hill 2 – both were scary (Silent Hill being scarier than Resident Evil, but Resident Evil having better action), so I can justify their places on the list. I watched a full play through Dead Space and both Amnesia games (The Dark Descent was scarier than A Machine for Pigs). Dead Space was relatively scary, probably more so if I had been the player. Amnesia was definitely scarier – more disturbing – than Dead Space. Amnesia ranks with Silent Hill for levels of disturbing imagery.
I also think that some of the other Silent Hill games belong in this list. I’m not really refuting what Ray has said, I guess I have to try the other games. I just find it hard to believe that I’ve already seen more than half of the scariest video games there are. it’s more disappointing than anything, really. the horror and horror-survival genre has real potential if it’s not mucked up by poor storyline, graphics, or in-game mechanics. I’d love to see the genre progress in the near future, personally.