Don’t let the harsh 1992 graphics of this game make you think it will be a walk in the park. Developed and published by Cyberdreams the game does an excellent job of balancing a normal world with its dark counterpart based on the artwork of H. R. Giger.
Much like the layers of fear this game takes place in an old mansion but instead follows Mike Dawson a successful advertising executive and writer. While in his new home, Mike begins experiencing brutal headaches and horrific nightmares of aliens ripping apart his skull to control him.
The disturbing artwork of Giger is felt throughout this point-and-click adventure as you navigate the strange environments to discover whether or not the nightmares are real. The game does a terrific job of increasing your feelings of anxiety as you complete events within a time crunch. If you happen to fail the event its back to the beginning for you, forcing you to relive the disturbing images until you get it right.
A manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by none other than Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. The game had positive reviews from the critics with most of their praise going to the video games dark tone and violent nature.
Due to the insane level of graphic violence, Manhunt was actually banned in several countries and was referenced by UK media outlets as the cause for driving a teenager to murder. The game has you sneaking around deteriorating environments as your character murders criminals by surprise.
A manhunt is a deeply disturbing game that rewards you for brutal attacks for which it never really steps off to make you think about your actions. This leads to an inherently ultraviolent video game.
Dead Space 2
It is one of the most expensive video games ever made with a staggering 120 million dollar budget that brings to life every creature from your nightmares. The entire series though is meant to disturb even the bravest of gamers.
If you haven’t played Dead Space, the enemies are absolutely horrifying and on top of that, your only way to survive is to dismember them. For Dead Space 2 they really found a way to capitalize on the strengths of previous video games while weeding out all the weak points.
If you have a stomach of steel you can make it through most of the game that is until one very specific scene where you have to stab yourself in the eye with a needle. The reason why it’s so disturbing is that the player controls the motion of jabbing the needle into your retina.
Layers of Fear
This disturbing video game is a psychological horror unlike anything else. It was published by Bloober Team and has players control a disturbed painter attempting to complete his magnum opus in a Victorian mansion.
Now I’m sure like us youre thinking how could a game about paintings be disturbing. Well just take a look for yourself The home around the painter is constantly shifting in a way that will frustrate and really mess with your head. It forces you to try and make sense of this supernatural home that’s warping constantly with horrific imagery because if you don’t make sense of it that painting will never be finished.
Post-apocalyptic worlds have been extensively explored in the video game world, but none do it justice like the Fallout series. This action role-playing open world video game was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.
The third installment of the series really does an excellent job of confronting players with the disturbing outcome of what really would happen if civil society met its demise. With all that’s going on in the game, it’s easy to gloss over the disturbing portions.
However, if you wander the town of Andale you can find a virtually pointless location, but one that will give you some serious chills. As you explore the hidden town you’ll find horrific secrets involving incest, violence and worst of all cannibalism. Fallout 3 may have scary moments, but if you look deep enough even more disturbing aspects are around every corner.
It’s not called Sanitarium for fun, it’s a game that will make you question your sanity. This simple point-and-click psychological horror game was developed by Dream Forge Intertainment and published by ASC video Games.
The game explores the levels and elements of being insane that led to it becoming a legend amongst PC gamers. In a review by Destructoid, they called Sanitarium disturbing, but not scary. Adding that the video games disfigured children, lonely freaks, grotesque aliens and mourning ghosts are far more unnerving. It’s a game that requires players to seek out hidden hints in the changing areas of the game as you attempt to connect the dots of the plot.
There are so many disturbing moments throughout this game that most people upon seeing the guy pounding his head against a bloody spot on the wall say nope that’s enough and just shut it off.
Trigger Happy Havoc
This visual novel adventure game was developed and published by Spike as the first game in the Danganronpa series. Originally released in Japan for the PSP, it was later ported to Android and iOS.
Don’t let the portableness of this game put you at ease, it’s quite disturbing. Its very saw-esque in that the story is of a group of children who are imprisoned together and forced to go through demanding tasks to stay alive. As you go, one by one the children are executed all in extreme and intricate ways all by this psycho teddy bear. The most disturbing part about this game is that you are essentially the one deciding on kids being killed or not. It makes for a lot of second-guessing.
The Silent Hill Series
The Silent Hill series is a survival horror video game published by Konami and developed by Team Silent. The first game followed Harry Mason as he searches for his missing adopted daughter in the town of Silent Hill.
The whole series set the bar for creating that feeling you get when your worst nightmares feel inescapable. They have created some of the most notorious and disturbing creatures in video game history to help that along as well. Things like possessed children, disfigured nurses and what would be the main antagonist Pyramid Head.
They combine every aspect that sets off the light receptors in our brain. Everything from off-putting noises, jump scares and disturbing visuals that push you further into the nightmare that is the Silent Hill storyline.
Developed and published by Red Barrels, Outlast is a first-person survival horror video game that revolves around a freelance investigative journalist. Your character takes it upon himself to investigate a very remote psychiatric hospital deep in the mountains.
What could go wrong? Throughout the game, you’ll come across in-patients who have now been set free to basically surprise attack when you least expect it. The further you investigate you’ll learn that a lot of them were subjected to cruel and inhumane experiments that left them disfigured and
All you have at your disposal to see in the dark corners of this insane asylum is the night vision on your camera and that’s it. The game does give you small windows of hope throughout, but for the most part, you will struggle hard with the gruesome scenarios youre faced with.
This isn’t a game to take lightly. Developed and published by Canadian indie developer Daniel Mullins, it feels like Dan collaborated with Satan to create a demonic version of My Little Pony. Kotaku even called the game – seriously twisted – Pony Island finds a way to poison your expectations with imagery that will seriously mess with your head.
In Kotakus review they confirmed this by saying – At one point I was tricked into thinking I had accidentally sent a horrible message to someone outside the game. The tricks Pony Island played on me were so clever and effective that when I finally finished playing and closed the application, I wasn’t sure if I acutally closed it. How dramatic of a review is that! If a video game can actually plague your mind to the point where you fear your own reality, then all we have to say is job well done Daniel Mullins.