Horror games undeservedly sit below horror films on the scare scale. They don't quite get the credit for the screams they cause, probably because so few people actually play them: the genre is hardly "mainstream".
Yet some of the best horror games also happen to be just all-round great games — hidden gems that go under-the-radar simply because no one has the guts to sit through them from start to finish.
With Dead Space 3 set to launch on February 7, the third game in Electronic Arts' action/horror series, there's no better time to familiarise yourself with the scariest games out there.
GamesFIX recommends these games be played in dark rooms on monitors so small you need to press your face up against the screen. These games aren't for the faint of heart: don't say we didn't warn you!