Top 10 Horror Video Games of the 90s

We List The Best Horror Games You Need To Play Before You Die 

Happy Halloween month, my fellow gamers and ghouls! As a special treat for the season, I’m doing another listicle, but instead of superhero games, this time we’ll be ranking Horror video games throughout the month of October. So without further ado, the following lists these upcoming weeks are the most highly acclaimed horror video games of the past three decades. Each title is thoroughly researched and ranked according to Metacritic score, but also by its historical impact in the gaming industry. Beginning right here with the top horror games of the 90s. 


10. Doom

According to the Doom’s original programmer, John Carmack, Doom is what you get when you combine the movies Evil Dead 2 and Aliens. A battle between technology and hordes of possessed demon monsters. In Doom, you play as a Martian space Marine, who due to a botched teleportation experiment is the last survivor on a space station filled with demons. He is also humanity’s only hope for survival. Doom was one of the biggest pioneers of the FPS genre, 3D videogames in general and even online gaming (back in 1993, mind you!). It was so influential to the industry that it deserved a spot at number 10 on the list.


9. Silent Hill

The first game to incorporate the ‘John Everyman’ into the survival horror genre, Silent Hill is easily one of the creepiest survival horror video games ever made. The story about a man looking for his missing adopted daughter, the series is famous for its use of low lighting and incorporation of atmospheric psychological horror. Between limited save areas, the terrifying air raid horn, creepy heartbeat vibration on the controller if low on health and static radio that serves as a type of radar, Silent Hill truly brought survival horror to the next level. With deranged monster designs inspired by the awful sins of a person’s past. All combined for a unique take on the genre.


8. Resident Evil 2

As someone who’s obsessed with zombies, I’m going to admit something many zombiphiles won’t: that Resident Evil 2 is as equally important to the modern zombie as Night Of The Living Dead. What Resident Evil did well was thanks to its atmosphere, graphics, and full-on zombie apocalypse where the situation escalated so terribly that it led to the inevitable nuking of the city. It serves as one of the first zombie genre stories to really popularize and take literally the ‘nuclear option’. What’s also unique about the game is its inherent ‘zapping system’. Where a storyline could be seen and played out through different A and B type scenarios, each from a different character’s perspective.


A screenplay and comic book writer who grew up on playing everything Blizzard and Final Fantasy, Christian is a part-time entertainment journalist who covers just about everything. He loves attending conventions, meeting fellow creatives, and of course, gaming.

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