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Top 20 Survival Horror/Scary Games

Browse some of the best survival horror games for the PC

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Everyone loves a good scare now and then. Survival horror video games have become increasingly popular over the past few years as graphics and visuals have become more realistic. There are hundreds of great PC games that will give you a good jump, but the games in my top survival horror games list should give you the frights from start to finish. So forget seeing this week's B horror movie...turn off the lights, turn up the volume and try playing one of these horrifying PC games instead.

1. Left 4 Dead 2

Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer co-op
Series: Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2 follows a group of four survivors, through five campaigns that stretch from Savannah, GA to New Orleans, LA. Much like the original Left 4 Dead, this zombie thriller will have you racing for safe areas while fighting off hordes of zombies. The new zombies and environments will have your heart jumping and lands Left 4 Dead 2 as my top scary game for 2010.
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2. Resident Evil 5

Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer co-op
Series: Resident Evil
Chris Redfield, hero from the original Resident Evil game, is back in Resident Evil 5. Set 10 years since the events of the first game Resident Evil 5 takes place in a fictionalized west African region. Chris and Sheva Alomar are on a mission to capture an arms dealer before he is able to sell a bio weapon on the black market. Along the way they encounter scores of parasite infected zombies know as Majini.
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3. Left 4 Dead

Release Date: Nov 18, 2008
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer co-op
Series: Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead is a co-op multiplayer first person shooter that tells the story of four survivors in a post-apocalyptic world with each player taking on the role of one of these survivors. The world has been in the grips of a pandemic that has transformed the infected into mutated zombie type creatures. A highly anticipated sequel Left 4 Dead 2 tells the story of 4 differnt survivors in the southern United States.
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4. BioShock

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Release Date: Aug 21, 2007
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: BioShock
With stunning visuals BioShock is one of the best looking and spookiest games to hit the PC in the past couple years. Although technically not a survival horror game in the traditional sense, the eerie soundtrack and whispered conversations in the underwater utopia of Rapture will have you looking over your shoulder more than once. Players will once again return to Rapture in 2010 with the release of BioShock 2
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5. System Shock 2

Release Date: Aug 11, 1999
Genre: Action Role Playing
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer co-op
System Shock 2 was released nearly 10 years ago but is still one of the best sci-fi survival horror games. Set in the year 2114, players awake from a cryo-sleep on the space craft Von Braun to find they are the lone survivor. Players then set out to uncover what has gone wrong on the Von Braun.
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6. F.E.A.R.

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Release Date: Oct 17, 2005
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: F.E.A.R.
The spine-tingling tension of F.E.A.R. puts it near the top of the list of the most scary games. Mysterious paramilitary force and eerie interruptions of radio communications are just the beginning of this terrorizing supernatural storyline which will give you more scares than a horror movie!
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7. Dead Space

Release Date: Oct 20, 2008
Genre: Action Third Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player
Set in the 26th century players are sent on a mission to rescue two mining ships in the far reaches of the galaxy. However, their ship is damaged while trying to dock and the discovery of alien life forces them to fight their way out against Necromorphs, which are deceased humans that have been animated by a mysterious alien organism.
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8. Indigo Prophecy/Fharenheit

Release Date: Sep 20, 2005
Genre: Adventure
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player
Known as Fahrenheit in Europe, Indigo Prophecy, like F.E.A.R. has a mysterious supernatural story line. As story begins you find yourself standing over a dead body with a bloody knife. Possession, an ancient prophecy and the fate of humankind hang in the balance as you try to uncover what behind all of the supernatural events occurring around you.
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9. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Release Date: Feb 10, 2009
Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Series: F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin is the follow up to F.E.A.R, the highly rated survival horror game of supernatural suspense and pulse pounding action. In it players will again encounter Alma as they explore the city that was destroyed at the end of the first game as well as other large outdoor environments. The game's storyline actually starts some half-hour before the end of the first F.E.A.R. game so the final scene and destruction will come roaring back in all it's glory.
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10. The Orange Box

Release Date: Oct 9, 2007
Genre: Action First Person Shooter
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
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With humanity sold out to alien forces it is your job to escape and lead the resistance. Although not much of a horror game, the storyline's tension, twists and turns make it one of those thrillers that will not soon be forgotten. Player will take on the role of crobar wielding, glasses wearing Gordon Freeman in this compliation that includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode One and Half-Life 2 Episode Two.
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