I love scary video games because I love getting scared. I'm not afraid to admit that some video games scare the crap out of me because, just like hypnotism, you have to want to get scared to actually get scared. I know some people try to act macho and suggest that no movie or video game ever scared them, and I really feel bad for those people because fear is an awesome thing. So, what are some of the scariest games you've ever played?
I just played the Slender Man game after watching all Marble Hornets entries in a row. I tried once, got one page and then stared at Slender Man for too long because I didn't know that would kill you. The second time I got scared again because I was up to five pages and I had a couple scares before I got cornered. I might have yelled a bit, but now the game has lost its scariness aspect.
I played two Silent Hill games. The first one I played there was a big hole in the bathroom that I crawled through, there was a hole in the wall and I could see a big stuffed animal and I got to a part where giant bird-men-women attacked me. That's all I remember about the game, but I remember being terrified to take three steps without looking in every direction. The other Silent Hill game had such bad gameplay I stopped after half an hour.
Dead Space destroyed me mentally. I remember the first run-in with the necromorph where you're supposed to run, and I didn't know how to run. So instead of trying to figure it out, I just threw my remote at the TV on impulse, and I didn't put the game back in for about six months. When I finally did start playing it again, it took me probably a month to finish it because I was so chickenshit I would run up five feet then run back all the way through the game.
Dead Space II I thought would be less scary because I had finished the first one. I thought I'd be used to the scares. I thought I could handle it. Then the babies were introduced and the infants. I lost my **** in those parts.
A little known Xbox game I played called Run Like Hell got to me too. I would say it was very similar to Dead Space in that aliens took over a deep space vessel, you had limited ammo, you played most of the game in isolation and the music added to the tension. Also, like Dead Space, one of the first altercations with an alien involved you simply having to run. Run Like Hell is one of my personal favorite games of all-time because it was probably one of the first survival horror games I ever played, and I loved the problem solving aspect of it. I remember it was that game that first introduced me to Breaking Benjamin because their song Polyamorous was on the soundtrack, and the first time it started scared the crap out of me because it launched an alien fight. Anybody else play this game?