Thia Halloween instead of candy, we're gonna to give you the Top Ten Horror Video Games. Clearly this list is very subjective but we'll do our best to explain our reasoning.
10: Friday the Thirteenth on the NES. Most people think of this title as the terrible epitome of LJN's game making career. However there's actually some genuine 8-bit terror going on here. The music is excellent, with the cabin theme taking the cake for some of the eeriest video game music of the 8bit era and the music when you encounter Jason is the perfect NES counterpoint to classic killer themes. The real terror though, comes when you make your way to one of the surprisingly labyrinthine cabins never knowing where exactly Jason going to pop up until BAM! he's on your screen.
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Halloween on the Atari. Widely considered to be a terrible game and a failure. However, it's got some surprisingly upsetting parts. Michael pops up from a random location at random times which can cause some distress. You'll know him by his tell-tale theme song. But once you get into the harder difficulties, even that clear warning sign (the game is otherwise fairly quiet) won't help you as Michael Myers gets fast, mean and unpredictable.
Haunted House on the Atari. One of the first survival horror games to ever grace a home console. Not so bad on normal/easy difficulty levels, but on hard when you find yourself running from the extremely speedy ghost of Mr.graves into unseen walls and locked doors it's one hell of a shot of adrenaline.
3: Fatal Frame 1&2. We decided to just focus on 1&2 rather than just one game because the mechanics and environments are very similar. These games contain the one element that scares every game player, a lack of weapon. Oh sure, you have the Camera Obscura,but it is much harder to deal with your enemies when you can't just beat them down and make them go away. Not only can you not beat on them but you have to patiently wait for them to come at you horrifying faces in full view, before you can snap your shot. Of course the game isn't all snapping ghost pics there's also wandering through dark dilapidated buildings with eerie sounds, random events and upsetting voices. Fatal Frame will change the way you look at your camera forever.
1: Silent Hill, the original on PS1. It deserves it places at the top of this list if for no other reason than it's got admittedly crappy early first gen PS1 graphics and it still leaves you sleeping with the light on. The environments are some of the dirtiest, grittiest, and most unsettling you're ever going to see in any media. The music the audio manifestation of abject horror, you could set it to a sunny field of flowers and butterflies and it would still leave you foul taste in your mouth and a healthy sense of paranoia. This game is all about atmosphere, the monsters don't scare you, the story doesn't scare you, you scare you. The eerie music, creepy environments, and random sounds provide just enough background to allow you to wrap yourself in your own personal hell every time you play with horrifying results. We normally like to take our own videos but it wasn't possible this time. However, this video for the intro part of Silent Hill (PAL version) sums up the game a lot better than anything we could ever say about it.
So if you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate Halloween night, why not pick one of these for a perfectly horrifying and fantastic experience.
~Stephanie, Jen & Richard
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