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5 Games Scarier Than Five Nights at Freddy’s

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It's no secret that Five Nights at Freddy's is a scary game. But what other games are out there that can rival its fear factor?  From survival horror games that will make your heart skip a beat, to first-person shooters that will have you jumping out of your seat, there are plenty of games that are scarier than Five Nights at Freddy's

So if you're looking for a little more terror in your life, here are five games scarier than Five Nights at Freddy’s. You won't be disappointed!


5. The Evil Within 

From the original creator of the Resident Evil franchise, The Evil Within brings yet another creepy, horrifying, intricate story to players’ fingertips. In case you’re looking for immersion, challenging gameplay, and a subtle touch of dreadful wonder, this game is for you. 

The Evil Within nails highly-crafted environments to the bone. The game provides eerie feels and out-of-this-world enemies that are genuinely frightening. While the gameplay poses a challenge for newcomers, with the casual difficulty mode just as challenging as the upper modes, this game does offer replayability to always come back for more gaming sessions.

That said, players may want a little more evil and character development, which, thankfully, Shinji Mikami delivers in the sequel, The Evil Within 2. So if you skip the first game, do not worry, as the sequel picks up on an engaging story, where you don’t have to play the first game to catch on. 

Overall, this survival horror game offers an intense horror experience that challenges you to bizarre and intricate places of absolute fear and requires a strong will to survive.


4. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

After playing through Amnesia: The Dark Decent — we'd probably avoid loitering around the cellar, to be fair.

With two games on the rails, the Amnesia series has kept its consistency for horror games worth playing. Also a survival horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent tells an exciting, twisted tale that continuously has you begging for more. Unlike The Evil Within, Amnesia: The Dark Descent focuses on spooky experiences rather than challenging gameplay. 

In a world where psychology plays more on you than physical horrors, living through a nightmare feels just about as accurate as it can be. Using audio and visual cues, you’ll often hear footsteps or feel a stalker creep on you without actually seeing them. Imagination and the overall morbid atmosphere play heavily on players’ hearts. There are more puzzles to solve than weapons to aim as your amnesiac character, Daniels, tries to recall his purpose in a haunted ruin. 

Though Amnesia: The Dark Descent’s environment differs from Five Nights at Freddy’s, the game offers an immersive first-person experience you’ll likely love. And if the atmospheric morbidness feels short-lived, you could always check out the sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs that only gets better.


3. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

5 Games Scarier Than Five Nights at Freddy's

Horror games will probably have no place in our hearts save for the ‘80s when jump scares really paid off. So if you’re looking to reminisce about the one by one teen slasher charade, you may want to check out the Until Dawn series. It’s beyond jump scares though, as Supermassive Games greatly mastered keeping players on edge in the series. 

If you’d like to really dive into the ‘80s horror cinema, then check out Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, a spin-off title offering interactive VR gameplay. Here, yelling “don’t go there!” and “turn around!” is absurd because you’d be the one determining who lives and who dies by the actions you take.   

Combining great acting, excellent voice overs, and a spooky, grim setting, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood may just be the rollercoaster deal that even the most diehard horror fans squirm to.


2. Silent Hill 3

Silent Hill never fails to deliver on all fronts in psychological horror.

Alternatively, you could play as a teenage girl, frightened to bits as she ought to be. From the onset of the Silent Hill series, Team Silent seldom fails to deliver, with its third installment to the series more spooky than ever. Set in the Lakeside Amusement Park, Heather Morris once again fights through the most dreadful monsters, mascots, and all things creepy amusement parks in the hope of finding her missing father. 

Silent Hill 3’s psychological-thriller narrative takes its time to build up into a wholesome piece. By the time you’re soaked in, all hell’s broke loose, and you’re sitting in a world crawling with monsters. Unexpectedly, there’s a wide array of weapons to choose from. The high-end graphics also does well to immerse you in its eerie world. If continually disturbing is your gem, then Silent Hill can’t wait to have you. 


1. Resident Evil Village

5 Games Scarier Than Five Nights at Freddy's

We saved the best for last, as always. By far, Resident Evil Village is scarier than Five Nights at Freddy’s, and here’s why. The Resident Evil franchise is known to many. Starting out in 1996, the franchise has constantly evolved to become one of the most popularly revered games of today. 

Resident Evil Village in particular is the latest 8th addition to the franchise, and a must-play. Monsters, zombies, and lethal murderers all bring their A-game. So as far as horror games go, frightening endeavors are an everyday treat.  While Resident Evil Village continues the Ethan Winters story, newcomers will soak in the premise rather quickly to harbor less worries of missing out. 

Further, the snowy village drips with a dark, eerie atmosphere that craves attention. So get ready to face increasingly challenging monsters, deadly vampires and a killer porcelain doll through a series of action-packed survival and psychological slow-burning thrills. Resident Evil Village is a wild roller-coaster ride that’s ready for you to jump right in.


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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.