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5 Classic Games Every Horror Lover Should Play

Rachel Wesley is both a video game and a horror enthusiast. She writes horror and designs RPG games of the same genre.


When people mention classic horror games, most minds immediately think of Resident Evil and Silent Hill. It's fitting since they are the backbone of modern horror gaming. They are the original scary games. While they may not be the first of their kind, they are the games that shed light on the horror gaming genre.

Though they are some of the best horror games out there, for this list, we will leave them out and take a look at a few lesser-known titles. These horror games are all terrifying in their own ways, and though they may not be as popular as Resident Evil or Silent Hill, they have earned their place among the great titles.

Sit back, relax, and take a journey into the terrifying world of horror gaming.

"Siren: Blood Curse"

"Siren: Blood Curse"

1. Siren: Blood Curse

Blood Curse is the reimagining of the 2003 (Japan) – 2004 (North America, Europe) survival horror game, Siren.

In Blood Curse, you play as several different characters trying to discover the secrets and horrors of the small Japanese town called Hanuda, which was washed away by a flood years before the game's events. What is leftover is used by a cult practicing the Mana religion, in which they worship a deity known as Kaiko.

Along with the creepy cult and their misguided delusions, there are several "corpse people" or risen dead that roam the town. These guys are called Shibito, and anyone that dies in Hanuda joins their ranks.

After a loop sends the characters back in time with the memories of their impending deaths, they all fight to survive and change their fates. However, much like Silent Hill, people do not simply leave the Hanuda Village.

Playable Characters:

  • Howard Wright
  • Seigo Saiga
  • Melissa Gale
  • Bella Monroe
  • Miyako Kajiro
  • Kaiko
  • Amana
  • Sol Jackson

You can grab Siren: Blood Curse for $20.00 on the PlayStation store. It is downloadable for the PS3.



2. Obscure

Released in 2004 in Europe and 2005 in North America and China, Obscure is an incredibly over-looked title. It has a couch co-op mode in which two people can play and beat the storyline together.

There are five playable characters, each with their own unique and useful skill. It is worth it to play each of them throughout the game, as they all have different reactions and dialogue for every scene.

You start the game looking for your friend in the Leafmore High School, where the characters attend classes.

There is something off about the school, though. Students disappear in alarming numbers, and as you make your way through, you discover the horrifying truth why. Now you must save your friends and make it out alive.

You may never want to attend school again!

Do yourself a favor, and don't bother playing the second Obscure title. It isn't the same type of game at all, and it doesn't flow along with the original. It turned out to be very disappointing and made no sense.

Most fans pretend it never happened.

Playable Characters:

  • Stanley Jones
  • Shannon Matthews
  • Josh Carter
  • Ashley Thompson
  • Kenny Matthews

You can find Obscure on Steam for $7.00.

"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"

"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"

3. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Eternal Darkness is unique in the way that every game should be. It has a good story, solid characters, and a perfect twist.

There are twelve playable characters with their own tales for you to guide them through.

You initially take on the role of Alexandra Roivas, whose grandfather was recently murdered in his mansion. The police have no clues, and it seems no-one will ever know what really happened to him.

Alexandra refuses to allow that and takes the investigation into her own hands. She moves into the sprawling mansion and delves head-first into the mystery.

Eternal Darkness challenges you to use your mind as well as your controller. There are some fun extras for players as well.

Dig deep into the lives of twelve unique people to find the truth about your grandfather and why he was killed.

Playable Characters:

  • Pious Augustus
  • Anthony
  • Maximillian Roivas
  • Paul Luther
  • Peter Jacob
  • Michael Edwards
  • Alexandra Roivas
  • Ellia
  • Karim
  • Edwin Lindsey
  • Roberto Bianchi
  • Edward Roivas

You can grab Eternal Darkness on GameStop for $65.00. Everywhere else is much higher.

"Haunting Ground"

"Haunting Ground"

4. Haunting Ground

Haunting Ground may come off as a typical jump-scare type, but it is so much more than that.

You play as Fiona, a girl that has just survived a car crash only to find herself inside a cage. She realizes she is in a damp basement. It will soon become clear that this is a home with a lot of dark secrets to learn. Your first order of business, however, is to escape the cage.

As the story progresses, and you run for your life from all manner of terrifying homunculi, (artificial people created with alchemy), you learn about the home and all the things in it. You also a lot about yourself and your family.

Depending on the choices you make, you can end up having an adorable and life-saving companion named Hewie. Hewie is a beautiful white dog that will help you in your time of need.

Can you survive the simple-minded, yet persistent caretaker? The crazy, jealous maid? How about all the other strange characters you meet on the massive grounds? Will you be able to lead Fiona safely through the tangled lies and deceptions and find a safe way out of the madness?

There's only one way to find out.

Haunting Ground was created from another series and takes place in the same world. It comes from the Clock Tower series, though it doesn't have anything to do with it. There are similarities, such as having different enemies, learning all of their stories, and having a lot of new places to explore with each. However, that is as far as the connections go.

Haunting Ground was developed by Capcom, the creators of Resident Evil. It is difficult to find and expensive to buy. The best price so far is $110.00 on GameStop.

Playable Characters:

  • Fiona Belli
"Fatal Frame"

"Fatal Frame"

5. Fatal Frame

If you have never played the original Fatal Frame, you have no idea the terror you've missed out on. The sequels were great scary fun, but the first game was a labyrinth of horror that no gamer forgot.

You become Miku Hinasaki, a young girl searching for her missing brother, Mafuyu, in the haunted Himoru mansion. Ironically, Mafuyu is there searching for a friend of his. Once Miku reaches the mansion, she finds the infamous Camera Obscura, and the horror begins.

As she learns of the mansion's terrible and tragic history, and her brother's ultimate fate, she must also come to terms with her own.

The individual stories are haunting, the characters are memorable, and the ending is a little surprising.

Some of the more terrifying aspects were the ghosts that would follow you. You could get rid of them for a little while by taking their picture, but they would always come back until you solved their death.

The scariest spirit was the Blinded Woman whose eyes had been gouged out. She roamed around the mansion after you crying out about her eyes in a ghostly manner that sent a shiver down your spine.

The entire Fatal Frame series is worth a play through but start at the beginning to get the full effect. The stories all tie in with each game, leaving a lot to be missed and misunderstood if not all of them are played.

Playable Characters:

  • Miku Hinasaki

You can purchase Fatal Frame on the PlayStation store for $10.00.

© 2017 Rachel Wesley