Does it have to be PC gaming?
I'm looking for people to post what PC game they've played, that was the scariest for them ever.
For me, System Shock 2 is the scariest game I've ever played from start to finish.
My scariest experience, was desparately running from those midwife things in SS2. The sounds they made were simply terrifying, and I still remmeber hiding in an elevator trying to not make a sound... hopign when I opened the door they woudl not be there.
I'd also like to say DOOM3, was not scary to me at all. I stopped being scared of monsters in the sloet at like age 14. :D
Does it have to be PC gaming?
When Painkiller gave me a really frightening hard shutdown error. The speakers shrieked, this blue screen came up, and the computer turned off.
Yea, just because consoles would be the same thing over and over.
I also found the game, "Sanitarium" to be deeply disturbing.
I haven't been scared by a computer game since roughly Doom 1.
The Shalebridge Cradle level in Thief 3.
That was genuinely scary, unlike any other level or game I have played.
I'd have to say Thief provided the most scares, not just for me, but for my friend who liked to watch me play.
I had to sneak up to a door, pick the lock, and get inside before the guard came back. So I'm at the door trying to pick the lock and you can hear the guards footsteps getting closer and closer. I don't want to turn around to see where he is because that would reset my lockpick attempt. It was so tense my friend was literally squirming in his seat. Snuck in and shut the door just moments before the guard walked by. Just a great, great game.
Given the bizarre PC-only constraint, I'd have to say the original Aliens Vs Predator.
What console game has ever been scary?Originally Posted by curst
Thief, System Shock 2.
Fatal Frame 2
system shock 2 made me afraid of monkeys... and was the most consistently scary game.
silent hill freaked me out pretty good too
thief and doom 3 both had some great moments.
Scariest undead ever. Especially the sound work was outstanding.
System Shock holds a firm second place. When I heard those monkeys shrieking it sent shivers down my spine.
What the hell is that supposed to mean?Originally Posted by jpinard
That's a question that will obviously have a highly subjective answer.Originally Posted by Jakub
That being said: Fatal Frame, Fatal Frame II, the whole damn Silent Hill series, Clock Tower 3, the odd Resident Evil (the original, the remake, and Code Veronica foremost among them), Eternal Darkness, Galerians, Persona 2, Siren, and a couple of dozen others that, while not strictly horror-related, contain a good scare or two, such as the Flood levels in Halo or (and this may just be me) the end of the second level of BloodRayne, with the undead suddenly showing up and the constant descent.
Now, I know that there are a lot of people on this board who're console haters, and that's okay, but you shouldn't be too busy hating that you make hideously broad generalizations.
What game has ever been scary?What console game has ever been scary?
I dunno, none of those games were particularly scary, IMO. Maybe it's their lack of visual fidelity?
Probably AliensTC mod for Doom. I think it was the third mission, it took place in the medical/C&C area. The mission was you had to run around and close a bunch of doors that Aliens were constantly coming from. It was hectic with flashing lights and pretty dark. The doors were very slow moving and the room on the other side of them was pitch black.
So you would go into a room and hit the button to close the door. The door would be slowly closing, it took like 20 seconds to close. In the whole level you could hear the Aliens almost all the time as they were everywhere. While the door was closing an Alien or two would jump out of the blackness and attack you. Very scary stuff, also the first level in that mod was big and you had to go to alot of places in it but there were no enemies at all. It was pretty scary the first time you played through thinking every room something would jump out but never did.
AvP 1 or 2 was also a very scary.
Just last night I had a great scary moment in HL2. Spoilers watch out.
Was doing the boat mission and was at that one physics puzzle where you have to push a washing machine onto an elevator to raise the ramp to make a jump. The area where the ramp is the player needed to make a right as going forward would be a dead end after another 30ft or so. The dead end area is dark as its the start of a pipe sewer with a metal grate that can't be passed.
Before I realized you could go up above the elevator to push the washing machine in I was putting random stuff on the elevator to make it go down. After putting everything in the immediate area on the elevator and it still wasn't far down enough I walked towards the dead end area looking for something heavy. (Now i've been working at this puzzle for a few minutes and there is very little sound in this area. ) So I walk into that area and its dark so i turn on the flash light and start to look around when all the sudden a headcrab zombie guy pops up out of the water right behind me. It scared the shit out of me, was totally not expecting that to happen.
The Thief games had their share of scary levels, though the Shalebridge Cradle in Thief 3 was one the scariest game levels ever, in any game. System Shock 2, of course, was scary. The beginning of Amber: Journey Beyond was pretty spooky. If we're not talking PC-only, Fatal Frame II would have to be on the list.
System Shock 2 would get the overall nod, but the single scariest moment (and I appreciate that this might not sound very scary at all, but it struck me at the time) occurred during Deus Ex.
It happened in the level where you're infiltrating the cathedral. When you're up on the roof, nervous about what's lurking around every corner, and Gunther messages you to say he knows where you are...
...for some reason that just creeped the hell out of me. I had to stop playing and go back to it the next morning.
I agree with all the picks in both threads. My personal most scary moment:Originally Posted by Guido Jones
In Thief II, I was knocking out guards in one of the mansions and hiding their bodies in the shadows along this long hallway. So I knock the last one out, carry his body down the hallway, and dump him. He lands in the usual way. I go back down the hall to pick up some loot or something, and when I come back, that fucker is sitting bolt upright, staring at me! I've gotta tell ya, it still sends shivers down my spine to this day, just thinking about that one...
The original Half Life scared me good more than a few times... 2 has already gotten me a couple of times. It just draws me in, I feel like I'm in the game...or at least involved and [size=6]OMG, SCARY FAST MOVING HEAD CRAB THING RIGHT NEXT TO ME!1!!!!@[/size]
Ravenholm was pretty damn cool.
I don't go out of my way to play horror games or see horror movies, so my experience is limited. And merely being startled versus being disturbed shouldn't count either. That doesn't leave much.
However, in either Doom or Doom 2 (I played them out of order), the first time you see those 50-foot tall cyberdemons was a heck of a jolt. The visual didn't bug me, but the sound effect id chose for it was great at setting up a feeling of incredible menace that you kept hearing even though you were safe in the bunker. Great moment at the time. Probably would be lame if I went back and played that level now...
The undead levels in Thief were mighty creepy. The asylum in Thief 3 was also really creepy.
The worst crap-my-pants moment so far was the Skaarj ambush in Unreal, where the lights go out one by one, and a pair of glowing eyes leaps out at you from the darkness.
Undying gave me the undeniable creeps....next would be AvP and AvP 2 (the marine missions).
I can thank these games for many a midnight blood curdling scream.
Scariest gaming moment?
Uninstalling Myth II?
Testing the Sims: Unleashed. In Finnish. Creepy.
HL2, the bridge. Gave me vertigo.
The attic in the original Alone in the Dark.
The cathedral level in Thief II. (I think it was Thief II; it might have been the original Thief.)
Pretty much anything in the first three quarters of Alien Resurrection.