10 most frightening games that will keep you up at night

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The best thing about horror games are they allow you to get immersed into the whole spooky setting, unlike in the movies where you just watch what is happening.

Fighting monsters, moving through creepy places, but mostly ensuring that your character doesn’t die a horrible death adds to the tension. That being said, here are 10 most frightening games that will keep you up at night.   

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Slender Man

This first-person survival horror title is actually a freeware based on the quasi-folklore meme figure known as the Slender Man, who is tall back figure with no facial features.

The game is set in the middle of a dense forest, in the middle of the night. The objective of the game is to collect 8 pages located in various areas of the forest, while avoiding the Slender man.   You will at any cost need to avoid looking at him or it is curtains for you.

The challenge is, your vision is limited to a torch light that you have and the creepy Slender man has the ability to teleport right next to you. You will also need to collect those written pages before a time limit, or else it’s game over.

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Silent Hill

The Silent Hill franchise is notorious for having some of the most frightening looking monsters and situations in gaming and Silent Hill 2 is simply the king of them, critically acclaimed for it engaging story line and equally frightening game-play.  

This 3rd person horror game which mostly requires your character James Sunderland to find items and solving riddles.

After receiving what seems to be a letter from his dead wife, James returns to the monster-filled town of Silent Hill. James blames himself for the death of his wife, but he must push on, battling his inner demons as well as the horrors that lurk in the streets of Silent Hill.

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P.T. belongs to the Silent Hills franchise, but unlike other games in the series, which were in third person, this is a first person horror title and will send chills down your spine. Many people have said that this game is so frightening that they quit the game halfway through.

The game places you in an infinitely looping hallway, where you need to solve complex puzzles with very little clues. Although the game has few and far-between situations where you face hideous apparitions, it is the suspense of the unknown that makes it so frightening.      

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Miles Upshur is a freelance journalist who receives an anonymous tip that inhumane experiments are being conducted on patients in a insane asylum. Upon arriving there, he is shocked to see that there are mutilated corpses lying everywhere. A dying SWAT officer informs him that the asylum is being run over was mutated bloodthirsty patients. Upshur finds out that he cannot return the way he came back and has to find a new way.

You need guid Upshur back to safety while escaping the homicidal maniacs that roam the facility.

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F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon

F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon is a critically acclaimed first-person shooter that revolves around paranormal entity in the form of a little girl. You need to play the role F.E.A.R.’s Point Man, who has superhuman reflexes and uncover the secrets behind the ghostly Alma Wade, who is on a revenge spree.

Well ghost girls are extremely scary as you might already know and also the fact that the objects in the game suddenly move on their own, makes it even more frightening.

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Dead Space

This game requires you to play Isaac Clarke, a ship systems engineer who is trapped in a mining starship where a strange alien artifact has transformed the crew into terrifying  flesh eating mutants.

The game’s disturbing atmosphere and unnerving audio is what makes it so scary to play. You are also constantly left in the dark as the creature’s abilities keep changing through the game and you to find different ways to defeat them, adding to the tension.  

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent  was classified as the scariest game of 2010, but some say of all time. You are thrown into this spooky fortress that is dark and has faint noises emanating from it.

This game has a thing called a sanity count, where your protagonist Daniel loses it the more he is in the dark. You will have to guide him towards areas of light in the building, which are quite scarce in order to regain sanity. Of course there are fearsome monsters that pop up from time to time out of nowhere and you have no weapons to defend against them.     

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Why is this game so frightening? No it’s not because of the usual jumpscares, it’s because it’s a multiplayer open world game, where other players can be unpredictable, scarcity of resources and most of all permadeath. Yes, if you die, you remain dead. This game is simply built to bring the absolute worst in the people playing it.

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Probably one of the the most unique horror games out there. Similar to Amnesia, this game also has a sanity meter and when that runs out, it triggers in game effects that are downright strange. It can  suddenly even pop up a fake windows crash screen, screen  blank out, spilling the element of horror from the game to real world.

This is for sure a game that will mess with your mind.

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Fatal Frame 2

Have you always had the habit of turning away from horrible creatures that appear in horror game? This won’t work with this one. In order for your character to survive, you will need to take photographs of the incoming ghosts and ghouls, which essentially  forces you to face your fears. The game banks on a lot of jump scares.