The Scariest PS3 Games Of All Time

 There haven’t been as many horror titles on the PlayStation 3 compared to its predecessor; I mean the PS2 had classics like Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame Trilogy, and a few others.  To be honest, I actually had trouble thinking of games that truly scared me this generation aside from Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Siren: Blood Curse.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, I know your curious as to what these scariest titles are. Read on to find out.

Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain’s unapologetic adult story puts the characters – and the player – in very uncomfortable situations all throughout the game. Imagine – as a parent – losing your child in the mall, the crowds barely letting you pass through them. And when you do find your child it is too late, your worst fears have happened. Players will also feel the pressure of making difficult decisions that affects the direction of the story and determine whether the main characters perish or survive their ordeals.

Imagine waking up immobilized in a soundproof basement; your hands and legs tied down on a table. As you frantically look around the room for any sort of escape route, you realize that the person that you’ve run into is a psychotic doctor who wants to open you up with his electric saw. With the oh-so-good doctor coming, you realize you only have a few moments to escape before the doctor would have his way with you. Fight or die, your choice.

Scariest Moment: The aforementioned psycho doctor scene.

SCEJ’s Siren: Blood Curse

Siren: Blood Curse

The original Siren for the PS2 was an underrated classic. Critics praised the game for the incredible facial animation (for that time) as well as a deep storyline, terrifying atmosphere, and intriguing characters. It also featured a sightjack feature that allowed players to see the situation through the eyes of the hunters, the Shibito. It was also one of the few uniquely-Japanese horror games that achieved moderate success upon it’s release in North America.

Siren: Blood Curse is a re-imagining of the original game with characters and story that caters towards a North American audience and oh boy does it succeed. The slightly confusing link navigatorfrom the first and second games were taken out and replaced with a linear storyline that was a lot easier to follow. Players could now sightjack enemies while still being able to play with the new split-screen sightjack feature. It’s also one of the first PSN games to tread the episodic-game release waters, with each episode pack costing $15. So far, the game is exclusively available on the PSN in North America so you’ll have to clear up some hard drive space to get the game.

Still, if you’re cool with Asian-style chills and thrills, then you won’t get any better than Siren: Blood Curse on the PSN.

Scariest Moment: The freaky nurse Shibito who proclaims she’s in love with your character; then stalks you throughout the level. Frightening stuff.

EA and Visceral Games’ Dead Space 2

Dead Space 1 & 2

One of the most successful original IP’s of this generation, EA and Visceral’s Dead Space franchise has become the new standard in survival-horror action with it’s successful blend of truly terrifying environments and Necromorphs with action that’s as fun and as engaging as Capcom’s Resident Evil 4. What set Dead Space’s combat from others in the genre is the dismemberment component. Necromorphs will keep coming towards the player unless they cut off the Necromorphs limbs; this was especially important in Dead Space 2 where ammo was scarce and enemies were much tougher.

Both games were atmospheric, had truly terrifying enemies, and a gruesome story that would stick with players even after the game ended.

Scariest Moment: Slowly traversing through the Sprawl’s nursery and seeing all the gruesome remains of the workers and running into the Necromorph children/babies. Then seeing this scene.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Video Game

The Walking Dead

Hands down Telltale’s best game, The Walking Dead is an episodic point-and-click game that often forces players to make split-second decisions that decides a character’s fate. As well, the game tracks all the player’s decisions and choices throughout the adventure, making each playthrough different from the last. Aside from the game being a traditional point-and-click adventure, what really separates The Walking Dead from other zombie-themed games is that zombies aren’t the scariest enemies the players will face, it’s the darker side of human nature that they’ll have to be afraid of.

As well, the game has this way of ratcheting up tension to unbelievable levels. Just when I thought a situation could not get any worse, something happens or someone cracks and then the sh** really hits the fan. The deeper you get into the story, the more you start caring for the characters, and the more depressing it is when they perish because of a decision you made an episode back.

Scariest Moment: Pivotal split-second decisions that decide whether a friend lives or dies. Even characters you thought would be safe. I won’t post a video since any vids will be considered by many as spoilers.

There you go guys, my list of the scariest games on the PlayStation 3. If you have any games that you’d like to add, please leave a comment and tell us why you think the game frightens you.


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

Posted on October 30, 2012, in Gaming Top Lists and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. just started playing the walking dead yesterday, amazing game. condemned 2 was a bit of a missed opportunity. too bad we don’t have the first one ps3, that game creeps the hell out of me

    • It is too bad that the PS3 never got the original Condemned. It was a lot scarier and altogether better game than the sequel. Was actually hoping for a Fatal Frame title to hit the PS3 but it never happened.

      Oh well, at least there’s Imabikisou from Japan.

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