Top Ten Survival Horror Games Nobody Played

by Jake Weston, posted on 28 June 2011 / 473,729 Views

It's the last week of Resident Evil Month here at gamrFeed, and we thought we'd end the celebrations with a look at some of the most underlooked titles in survival horror, the genre that Resident Evil helped popularize. From great games that just couldn't find their audience to intriguing games whose flaws prevented huge sales, these are the top ten survival horror games that nobody played. 

 

10. Alone in the Dark: Inferno

"Jake, what is wrong with you?" hypothetical readers may ask. "Alone in the Dark for the Xbox 360 was an awful game! How could you even recommend it?" Well, dear readers, I agree whole heartedly, Alone in the Dark for the 360 IS an awful game. For the PlayStation 3 port, however, developer Eden Games did something unprecedented: They went through and fixed all of the bugs and complaints that fans had with the 360 version, almost to the point where Alone in the Dark: Inferno was almost a completely different game, and a pretty good one at that, too. 

 

9. Cold Fear 

One of the first clones to follow Resident Evil 4's monumental success, Cold Fear has the familiar set-up of players investigating a mysterious Russian boat, and soon find out the ship is over-run with zombies and other nasty creatures. Of course, the set-up is familiar, but what is cool about this game is that it employs both old school Resident Evil's use of fixed camera angles and new school Resident Evil's over-the-shoulder perspective, allowing players to switch between either on the fly. And while it may not seem like a big deal now, Cold Fear was one of the first survival horror games to allow players to move and shoot at the same time. 

 

8. ObsCure

With one of the most appropriate names of all time, this *ahem* UNDERLOOKED survival horror game follows a group of four high schoolers who discover biological experiments going on in their school, and must determine what is going on while trying to survive. It may look like a simple Resident Evil/Silent Hill knockoff at first glance, but Obscure features a co-op mode, allowing two players to play throught the story at the same time, and was one of the first survival horror games to do so.

 

7. Cursed Mountain

Cursed Mountain for the Wii features something that is sorely under represented in video games, mountain climbing, and makes it seem like the scariest thing you could ever do. Cursed Mountain takes the tried and true formula of past survival horror games and effectively applies it to a unique setting, as players slowly trek up the snowy mountain in surch for their missing brother. The atmosphere and tension is laid on thick in this game, and only a few shortcomings hold it back from greatness. Unfortunately, due to poor sales, developer Deep Silver Vienna closed down shortly after release of the game. 

 

6. Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Surprisingly few games have drawn from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu mytthos, but this 2005 first person shooter draws directly from Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and results in one of the most chilling games in recent times. Not only does the game feature terrifing creatures and atmosphere, the game also lacks a heads up display, meaning the player has no visual cues for things such as health, radar, or ammo. This surprisingly simple mechanic goes a long way in making players feel hopeless in an isolated, unforgiving world.

 

5. Haunting Ground

Developed by Capcom, Haunting Ground obviously shares some simiarities with Resident Evil, but really stands out with its mature themes and unique gameplay mechanics. Players play as Fiona, an 18 year old girl who wakes up trapped in a castle, and must find a way out while evading her deranged captors. What makes this game stand out is Fiona's companion, a white German Shepherd, who helps her on her journey. Players must treat the dog right by praising and healing it, and if they don't the dog may disobey Fiona's orders, and even attack her.

 

4. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

It could be argued that Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, a reboot of the Silent Hill series, couldn't really be called a survival horror game since it lacks many of the defining features of other survival horror titles. Nevertheless, this is one of the most interesting titles in the Silent Hill series, where the game actively psychoanalyzes the player, subtely changing the scenarios in the game depending on the player's actions. On top of featuring one of the best plot twists gaming, this is a game horror fans should check out. 

 

3. Clock Tower 3

The Clock Tower series is well known among survival horror fans, but with a measly 120K in global sales, the third entry in the series never got the attention it deserved. Departing from the series' traditional point-and-click interface, Clock Tower 3 was the first in the series to allow the player to directly control their character. Clock Tower 3 plays very similarly to Resident Evil and the aforementioned Haunting Ground, and each level features a serial killer who stalks the player (similar to Nemesis in Resident Evil 3). Running and hiding from these deranged pyschopaths make for some of the most terrifying moments in gaming. Clock Tower 3 also has the distinction of being the only video game directed by renowned Japanese film director Kinji Fukasaku. 

 

2. Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason

It seems like a lot of games on this list feature ice and snow, but the truth is survival horror and icy cold go hand in hand. Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason continues this tradition while throwing in a gripping tale of time travel, all played from the first person perspective. Similar to BioShock in many ways, Cryostasis is part of the new wave of first person horror games that live on through games such as Condemned and Amnesia: The Dark Descent

 

1. Deadly Premonition

Called by some a masterpiece, others an absolute trainwreck, Deadly Premonition is one of the only games that can be considered "so bad it's good". With horrible voice-acting, awful sound effects, and nigh-broken gameplay mechanics, yet has gained a large cult following due to its surprisingly good story, surreal comedy and everything in between. Deadly Premonition is the most "out there" game to come out in awhile, and is something that truly must be experienced.


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60 Comments

pots555 (on 28 June 2011)

Proud owner of Cursed Mountain, Shattered Memories and Deadly Premonition.


Turkish (on 28 June 2011)

I think the author needs to broaden his horizons, where is Fatal Frame, Forbidden Siren/Siren Bloodcurse, Forbidden Siren 2?


atreya2012 (on 10 April 2012)

I checked out Bloodcurse after you mentioned it here. Yeah, seems scary like hell!


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SlayerRondo (on 03 August 2012)

While those franchises could be described as low key compared to the sales of other games on the list they were roaring successes.


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elzabbul (on 28 June 2011)

Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth - great, I recommend you all, first half is just stunning. Play it on PC though, there are many patches for this game.


z101 (on 29 June 2011)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories ist one of the best survival horror games ever, especially in the Wii version. And it has solid sales (for example: The sales are higher than the sales for the last PS3 SIlent Hill-Game). So a lot of people played Shattered Memories, it should not be in this list.


primogen18 (on 28 June 2011)

silent hill had some decent sales on Wii and PS2, wii sales were stronger though. I wouldn't say "nobody played" it because that would apply to alot of the SH titles seeing as they all had similar sales. Shattered Memories actually did well in the series. Obscure is something I have been curious about though, might pick it up along with cursed mountain someday


mrstickball (on 28 June 2011)

I own 4 of the 10 listed, hehe. That makes me a horror junkie, eh?


ghaleon1980 (on 28 June 2011)

Is Amnesia: The Dark Descent too popular to be on this list?


The_Botman (on 28 June 2011)

What about Amnesia, the Dark Descent?


atreya2012 (on 10 April 2012)

Totally agree


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huaxiong90 (on 29 June 2011)

Got all these except Deadly Premonition. Also, I thought Haunting Ground was more Clock Tower-ish than Resident Evil-like. More importantly though, where is Eternal Darkness and Siren?


NYANKS (on 28 June 2011)

Aside from Fatal Frame and Eternal Darkness, this is a surprisingly good and interesting list. I might just pick a few of these up. Which user is Jake Weston (the author)?


primogen18 (on 28 June 2011)

Cursed mountain might have had better sales had it been advertised at all, same with Silent Hill


lequinow (on 28 June 2011)

I was hoping to see Forbidden Siren in this list...


wiilicious (on 04 July 2011)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is on of my favorite game on the Wii. The story is fantastic. I own Deadly premoniton but did'nt play it yet.


wiilicious (on 04 July 2011)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is on of my favorite game on the Wii. The story is fantastic. I own Deadly premoniton but did'nt play it yet.


MrT-Tar (on 03 July 2011)

I really need to try Cursed Mountain, I've been meaning to buy it for quite a while now


mundus6 (on 02 July 2011)

I played the 360 version of Alone in the Dark, it was pretty decent. The bad controls and the fact that you couldn't pause to game to change items added to the gameplay imo. Just like bad controls are signature for Silent Hill and bad camera angles is signature for RE. PS3 i have not played, but i find it hard to believe that its any better, especially when they took the 2 key features that made the 360 version scary. I've played like 7 games on this list my favorite is Cryostatis, its really good imo.


gustave154 (on 28 June 2011)

where is Siren and Eternal Darkness?


Jumpin (on 11 June 2012)

I don't think Eternal Darkness deserves to be up there, personally. It was very clunky, not scary, poorly paced, and poorly balanced.


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Jumpin (on 12 June 2012)

I don't think Eternal Darkness deserves to be up there, personally. It was very clunky, not scary, poorly paced, and poorly balanced.


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TheDarkBender (on 28 June 2011)

I really enjoy Silent Hill Shattered Memories. It's a fantastic game! Every horrorfan should have played it! :)


maximus22 (on 28 June 2011)

Either somebody played Fatal Frame or this list is completely wrong.


Smeags (on 28 June 2011)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was indeed a fantastic game. That ending is still one of my most pleasant surprises of this generation. A truly poignant moment in gaming.


KylieDog (on 28 June 2011)

Technically some of these games have been pirated to hell so lots of people played them. Clock Tower 3 especially, every survival horror fan claims to have played it.


NightDragon83 (on 28 June 2011)

Yay Clock Tower getting some props! The first game in the series with Scissorman scared the crap out of me and my friends when we rented it way back in the day, moreso than even games like Resident Evil remake and Dead Space.


superchunk (on 09 October 2012)

Yep, played exactly zero of those games.


Smlls (on 02 July 2012)

I've only heard of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Alone in the Dark, out of all the games from this list.


Etanclan4life (on 04 June 2012)

Theres something wrong here, i dont see cod.


thewastedyouth (on 02 June 2012)

amazing games


mothman (on 17 May 2012)

Weird. For a list of games nobody played I played 7 of them. Alone in the Dark:Inferno (PS3 version) Cold Fear Obscure Cursed Mountain Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii version) Tried to play it. Motion controls sucked badly. Deadly Premonition


johnsobas (on 13 May 2012)

i would like to see enemy zero on that list, although the list doesn't seem to go back that far.


atreya2012 (on 10 April 2012)

Fatal Frame series should have been included. Also, all the Silent Hill series are frightening LOL Cool list! Got to know of Cryostasis & Cold Fear.


Arfen (on 03 July 2011)

I miss Rule of Rose on that list


atreya2012 (on 10 April 2012)

exactly!


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Monges79 (on 02 July 2011)

Aside from Deadly Premonition and Clock Tower 3, the rest are garbage.


spurgeonryan (on 02 July 2011)

I have cursed mountain and it is a cool game! WAsn't obscure for the wii as well?


mothman (on 17 May 2012)

The first one was PS2 and Xbox, Obscure: The Aftermath was available for the Wii as well as PS2 and PSP.


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kupomogli (on 02 July 2011)

I think the title should be renamed "Top Ten Worst Survival Horror Games Nobody Played." Alone in the Dark PS360, PS2 game should never be on a top ten list. It's terrible. Like Turkish stated, the author needs to go out there and play some more games. Siren and Siren the Blood Curse are two of the best horror games that no one has played. I'd say Siren the Blood Curse should take #1 on this list easily.


halil23 (on 01 July 2011)

Without Siren and Fatal Frame, top 10 is invalid...


hagelt18 (on 30 June 2011)

Where is Haunted House for the 2600?! BAH!!!


Berstuck (on 30 June 2011)

Played 6 games on that list and Deadly Premonition is by far my favourite.


Squall_Leonhart (on 30 June 2011)

Shouldnt Singularity be in this list also? Surprisingly good game full of suspense and not many played that (going by VGChartz sales anyway lol)


WiseOwl (on 30 June 2011)

Silent Hill and Cursed Mountain I know of. I nerver heard of the others but will like to play them. I like these type of games.


theRepublic (on 29 June 2011)

Cursed Mountain made this list? Really? That does not bode well for the survival horror genre.


alfredofroylan (on 29 June 2011)

I've played every single game in that list. Deadly Premonition is just bad, the horror part is good but not excellent and the sandbox part of the game is awful, probably one of the most boring games I ever played, even the town in the first No More Heroes is better than this poorly executed little town called Greenvale.


Doobie_wop (on 29 June 2011)

Siren: Blood Curse is probably the scariest game released this gen and it wasn't even mentioned, not cool bro. I appreciate the effort.


Marco (on 29 June 2011)

Fatal Frame(Project Zer), Clock Tower 3 and Haunting Ground are the best.


StefanieFogel (on 28 June 2011)

Another awesome horror game that was totally ignored by gamers was Clive Barker's Undying. It was not only a scary game, but it was a little ahead of its time too. It did the dual wielding gun + magic combo long before BioShock made the mechanic popular.


Teo (on 28 June 2011)

Demon's Souls. Not only are you killed unexpectedly by hiding zombies, but 'The Hills Have Eyes'-type creatures are hiding in plain site of you and gang up on you with axes and mineral bags in horrific ways. Oh, is there any greater S.A.F. sensation as reading "xxxx has invaded your world" flashing in read on your screen?


d21lewis (on 28 June 2011)

I own Obscure, Silent Hill, and Deadly Premonition. All decent games.


Monteblanco (on 28 June 2011)

Cursed Mountain was pretty good but it was a little bit too long for the kind of gameplay the offered. If they either shortened the game a little bit or, even better, offered some cool boss fights it would be a classic. BTW, I know many reviewers had a problem with the movement controls but I hardly have any problem at all. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is not a survival horror game as your character is not really physically threatened. However, the sophisticated psychological build up make it, arguably, the best horror game I ever played.


hatmoza (on 28 June 2011)

I'm intrigued by haunting ground.


Farmageddon (on 28 June 2011)

CoC is great indeed. I've been playing it this week, some of the most intense moments in gaming are there.


jamesmarkus87 (on 28 June 2011)

What about Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem? I was certain that it would be #1 on this list.


Monteblanco (on 28 June 2011)

Eternal Darkness is a classic game that found a sizable audience. This list is about little known gems.


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ioi (on 28 June 2011)

Exactly, Eternal Darkness sold pretty well


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Fededx (on 28 June 2011)

I love Cursed Mountain, it was pretty scary!


HabinoBR (on 28 June 2011)

CoC was amazing!


HabinoBR (on 28 June 2011)

CoC was amazing!


Marco (on 28 June 2011)

Hauting Ground and Clock Tower 3 are the best survival horror-games of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (exclusiv for ps2)


pariz (on 28 June 2011)

You should add the system for every game.


Lostplanet22 (on 28 June 2011)

I have deadly premonition! Not yet openend it =p. Spending to much time on Halo Reach :(


badgenome (on 28 June 2011)

Go play Deadly Premonition. RIGHT NOW.


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Seece (on 02 July 2011)

All sucky that's why, apart from #1 :-P


O-D-C (on 28 June 2011)

Dead Space: Extraction should be here.


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djneibarger (on 28 June 2011)

add resident evil mercenaries to that list. fuck you capcom!