I should preface this article with that I don’t normally play the horror genre. I get massive anxiety, I then panic and end up dead. I love the games on this list for providing me with that sense of dread, I also hate them for that. I’m a big horror movie fan, and think that’s because I’m able to separate myself from the movie, you can’t do that in a video game because you are controlling the character. The monsters I've chosen on this list have caused me the greatest sense of dread I've ever experienced in a video game. Just writing this article is giving me heart palpitations, let’s get this over with. (Warning: Spoiler Alert)
6. Pyramid Heads from Silent Hill 2
I know they show up in later installments but I will remember them specifically from Silent Hill 2 due to it being the last one I ever played. The first time you see one of the Pyramid Heads, he is doing something very strange to decapitated bodies. He doesn't speak, he just makes very low tone that makes you empty your bowels. He seems to show up at the worst moments and scare you right out of your seat. You can’t kill them either which makes them that more terrifying. Later they are given a giant sword just to make you feel even more feeble, cause immortality wasn't enough.
5. The Ghosts of Himuro Mansion from Fatal Frame
I played Fatal Frame back in high school, my senior year, and it made me feel as if i was about to graduate elementary school. The mechanic with this game, to prevent your death, is by photographing ghosts that you can only see through your magical, antique camera that also can expel said ghosts. You only know a ghost is in the vicinity because it will make some kind of haunting noise. What makes this so frightening is you don’t know where they are, so upon searching for them through your camera, they could be right in front of you. I’ll just say that this made me change my underpants more than once.
4. Slenderman from Slender: The Eight Pages
The Internets boogeyman, little ol' Slendey over here has become modern history's urban legend. I don't know much of his lore beyond his fondness of children, but what I am sure about is that he is right behind you. In this freeware game, you are tasked with collecting 8 pieces of paper with disturbing scribblings to keep him from turning you into...static, I assume. This one is a bit different because you aren't seen dead like the other games on this list. You are moving along, knowing that he's behind you and you know if you stop and look, he'll get you. That's what makes it so freighting, you know he's there and you can't do anything about it. Good luck sleeping anytime soon.
3. The Gatherers from Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Imagine if you will, a place where you are at odds with your own sanity because you literally can't remember anything, hence it being titled "Amnesia". What makes matters worse are the gatherers who will chase you down and kill you very indiscriminately. The second you see one, you will want to either run or hide because you have no means of killing them. Escape is the only way out and you'd better not even fart while hiding because they will open whatever you're in and destroy you. The other major component to their level of scary is the horrid look to them. Clive Barker has wet dreams of these monsters due to their deformed design.
2. The Necromorphs from Dead Space
When you are first introduced to necromorphs, they aren't as big a threat as some other monsters on this list. Using Isaac Clarke's futuristic mining tools are fun and easy to use, you are given a decent amount of ammo and the ability to make things slow down. Sounds like a cake walk, right? This is where you'd be wrong. After a short while, ammo becomes scarce, necromorphs become stronger and more silent, everything becomes more deadly. Continuing on for around 15 to 20 minutes with nothing trying to kill you, you end up letting your guard down, and that’s when it happens, your bladder releases as a necromorph leaps out of a vent and grabs you. Now this may be an ambiance thing because the developers want to keep you scared but if it weren't for the monsters in the dark, the ambiance wouldn't be as nerve racking.
1. Nemesis from Resident Evil 3
I became a huge fan of the resident evil series from the first game, I loved the idea of abandonment and survival. The sequel has an even better story and I couldn’t wait for the next installment after I had beaten it. I remember being very excited that you played as Jill Valentine because she was chosen over Chris Redfield when I had played the first game. Everything was all going according to plan until I heard the sound that still haunts my dreams, “SSSSTAAAAARRRRRSSSS!”. Nemesis is a huge undead, unkillable monster that will annihilate you very quickly. I literally screamed and threw my controller when he first appeared because I was so unprepared for him. Every Time I would hear him say his morbid catch phrase, I would clench so hard, you could say it was a work out. I still get chills when I hear it today. His final boss battle was probably the most memorable thing from the game for me since it was when you finally escaped his grasp. It was a relief when he finally was defeated and you watched him burn along with all of Raccoon City in a nuclear explosion, but something tells me he survived and is still hunting down S.T.A.R.S. members.
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