PC gaming has come a long ways over the past few years. Some of the biggest advances have been made in the scary games industry, where the latest video and audio technologies are used to scare the living daylights out of gamers.
Some gamers love the suspense and tension that comes with a well-orchestrated scary game. If you’re one of those gamers, then you’ll like what we’ve got for you today. Here are the top five scariest PC games currently available:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
When you think of scary PC games released over the last few years, you think of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In Amnesia, players take control of a character who is slowly going insane. While traveling through dark underground spaces, players encounter all sorts of frightening creatures. The most unique feature of Amnesia is the fact that you cannot fight back, which means you are completely powerless against monsters and must basically run away every time you see one. Armed with just a simple lantern that you can raise or lower, you can expect a lot of deaths in Amnesia.
Day Z is the closest thing to a zombie apocalypse simulator. In Day Z, players enter a desolate post-apocalyptic world with no supplies, no weapons, and just the clothes on your back. Your job is to survive by foraging for food, weapons, vehicles, friends, and everything else you need to survive. Oh and did I mention that there are dozens of other players out there who can kill you with a single shot? With Day Z, you trust no one. Everybody you meet has the potential to send you to the ‘Game Over’ screen, and villages are populated with hundreds of zombies that will run after you and bite your face off. To get an idea of the type of fear and paranoia this inspires in gamers, watch the video below.
There aren’t very many nuclear wastelands on our planet. But the ruins of Chernobyl and Pripyat, in Ukraine, are one such wasteland. Stalker takes place in this wasteland, and you just know there are scary things in the ruins waiting to be discovered. In Stalker, you’re just trying to survive against mutant animals and other abominations. Between day and night, your game playing journey will blend into one traumatic situation after another until you reach the end and feel like you’ve actually traveled through the ruins of a nuclear power plant.
Check out the scene in Stalker below to realize why this game is so freaking scary:
I don’t know what’s up with scary games and all caps acronyms, but F.E.A.R. certainly deserves a spot on our list. Although it’s a few years old at this point, it still manages to evoke chills with its dimly lit environments and weird little girl motif. F.E.A.R. stands for First Encounter Assault Recon, so you can imagine the horrors that a team with that title would find during a normal day on the job.
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins has most of the elements of other horror games on this list, but it adds horrific, brutal, first person violence to all of those elements. There are gruesome, awful battles that will leave you with near-PTSD. If you’re looking for a horror game that goes above and beyond what you would expect of a video game, then Condemned: Criminal Origins is one to try out. For maximum effect, play this game late at night with the lights off. If you don’t want to give yourself a heart attack, play this game in the middle of the day surrounded by loving friends, family members, and a puppy.