Scariest Moments in Gaming
Scariest Moments in Gaming
Many of us love playing survival horror games, and there’s something about being underpowered, overwhelmed by ghostly, demonic, or zombified pursuers that keeps us hooked until the very end, regardless of how scared or perturbed we are. Because of that, I wanted to write about what are (for me) some of the scariest moments in gaming history:
Ju-On: The Grudge – First contact with Kayako and Toshio
I still remember the first time I played Ju-On earlier this year clearly. I was in an abandoned factory armed with a rapidly dying flashlight, already freaked out by various apparitions of a creepy little boy making cat sounds. I lowered my guard as I stepped into a fairly lit hallway and was about to open the door to the next room when a hand takes ahold of my wrist, startled I looked up to see an eerily familiar ghost of a lady with long dark hair covering her face, a disturbing gurgling sound coming from her throat as she tries to drag me into the abyss. Surprised and scared, I started waggling my Wii remote left and right as fast as I could to shake off Kayako, eventually I was able to escape her tight grasp only to realize that perhaps there’s no escaping her wrath….
Calling – The First Phone Call
I wake up in the music room in the fourth floor of an abandoned high school; no lights, no flashlight anywhere in sight. I knew I was in trouble. I exit the music room and head for the hallway only to be startled by the sudden sound of a rintone melody farther down the passage. I walked slowly, following the sound and found a cellphone on the ground. Picking it up and answering the call I hear a strange voice on the other side of the line:
“That’s my phone, you have to return my phone… I’m in the ground floor and coming to get it from you now. RETURN IT!” Click. Already freaked out by the call, I was not prepared for the next phone call three seconds later.
“I’m now on the second floor.” Click. Three seconds pass and another call.
“I’m no on the third floor.” Click. Three seconds pass and the final call.
“I’m on the staircase on the fourth floor.” Click.
Resident Evil – The First Zombie
Back in 1996, Zombies have not yet perforated the airwaves. Resident Evil brought them into the gaming masses with a scene so powerful and scary that it left me deathly afraid of the walking dead after.
Having barely escaped death from a pack of wild dogs, I stepped into a large mansion with my team. After hearing gunshots coming from another room, I separated from the rest of the group to investigate. Imagine my horror when I see a man hunched over another munching on the flesh of his neck, separating the head from the rest of the body.
Having noticed someone behind him, the man slowly looked back his rotten, blood-stained face coming into my view. A zombie! Armed with only a knife, I tried to defend myself against the undead’s aggressive advances to no avail. One final bite to the neck had sealed my fate. Game Over.
Silent Hill – The Death that Starts the Adventure
Having crashed my car, I wake up to find that my daughter – who was sitting beside me in the car – was missing. I leave the car to find her, and end up walking into dark alley. As I continued forward, the hair on my arms stood straight, there were gurney’s all scattered all over the alley with dead bodies underneath the sheets. There’s definitely something wrong here, but I know that my daughter went through here, so I continued despite the fear. I end up at the end of the alley, a dead-end with no exit in sight. I look up to see a dead, desecrated body hanging from a cage. I turn around to run away only to realize that I was surrounded by demons who wanted me dead. With no weapons to defend myself with, I was overrun and stabbed to death.
Only to wake up and realize that it was all a dream. Or was it?
Fatal Frame 2 – The Entire Game
Alone and trapped in a haunted village and armed with only a camera, I walked cautiously keeping my eye out for anything so as to not get caught by surprise. I walked into a Kimono room, a number of bright red and white kimonos are on display, in the back of the room sits a box, with its cover slightly moved to the side. I could feel that there was something in the room with me but couldn’t see anything, so I raised to camera and looked through its viewfinder. To my horror, a lady ghost with black flowing hair covering her face started crawling out of the box and straight towards me.
So there are a few of my scariest gaming moments. What are yours? Let me know in the comment section!
Posted on May 20, 2011, in Gaming Top Lists and tagged calling wii, horror games, ju on the grudge, ju-on, resident evil, resident evil zombie, scariest gaming moments, scary game scenes, scary games, silent hill, survival horror. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.