Everybody has heard of big name titles like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dead Space. However, there are some lesser-known titles that can give you frights with the best of them. These games embrace some of the key themes to horror games that make them terrifying. Even the lesser known Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a big name title compared to some of these.
The Dark Eye (PC)
However, you can experience the stories through the eyes of both the victim and the murder which adds for some fun replayabilty. The art style is far from realistic, but it adds to the macabre in its own way. The Dark Eye uses a claymation style that creates ugly and creepy characters to go with the story.
Hotel 626 (Flash Game)
There is very little plot to Hotel 626 and it is sadly kind of a short game, but essentially you spend your time trying to escape a reimagining of what I think is Hotel California. You spend your time solving puzzles and dodging ghosts while trying to escape this haunted hotel hell hole.
The game dares you to play without any lights on if you dare, and it makes the game experience so much better if you do. Seeing a flash game on this list is probably the last thing you would expected. I am a hardened horror game playing veteran and this game made me look like quite the coward as I could not finish it, so this is just something I could not leave out.
The Grudge (Wii)
You go through the scenes in the movie where you experience the story from the perspective of the character. Sadly, the game is not so much a game as it is an interactive movie, but it still has some heart stopping scares.
LSD: Dream Emulator (PS)
Dreams last around ten minutes where you wonder around and watch the world transmute into disturbing images and backgrounds. However, if you should happen to die in your dream you are transported to the title screen. The same thing happens when the dream ends.
Haunting Ground (PS2)
Unlike Resident Evil, the creatures are not out to kill you so much as they are out to rape and torture you. You also cannot defend yourself in the traditional means with weapons, so it makes it all the more terrorizing.
The story of the game revolves around Fiona. She awakes to find herself in the butcher's room of a strange castle after she was involved in a car accident with her parents. The cage that kept her prisoner is left unlocked but there is a rabid beast lurking somewhere nearby. After she leaves the cage, she befriends a white german Shepard named Hewie who then becomes something like a weapon for her. It is a good thing too, because all the occupants of the castle are after something called Azoth which Fiona has inside her.
Cry of Fear (PC)
Cry of Fear is a first person shooter, but ammo is not exactly plentiful. It is similar to early Silent Hill and Resident Evil games where you had to constantly manage your inventory and conserve if you wanted to not die painfully. Essentially that is the problem with horror games today, there's not that fear of running out of bullets anymore. The sheer terror of not being able to defend yourself is just about a must for any horror game.