What Makes Video Games Scary?

Kotaku Australia: Dead Space remains the defining horror title on this generation of consoles – leading the way with a believable universe and an incredible sense of place – but what makes it such a terrifying game to play? And what methods do Visceral Games employ to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire game? We asked Dead Space 2 Producer Shereif Fattouh to help us understand.

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SnakeMustDie2819d ago (Edited 2819d ago )

Immersion, Sound Effects, Story and Atmosphere. Not cheap scares like a zombie suddenly pops out of a vent.

Thrillhouse2819d ago (Edited 2819d ago )

Pacing and suspense, too.

If a monster is running at me in every single room, I usually just get used to it and am no longer affected by it.
If I don't encounter a monster in a while, I either get a false sense of security which is evemtually turned against me, or I'm paranoid the whole time.

Games and movies that let your imagination scare you are great.


The whole video is pretty much a good view on horror games. I especially agree with what Yahtzee says from 0:53 to 1:31.

Neo Nugget2819d ago


I never know WHAT'S going to happen in elevators when I play Dead Space (2) xD

Huntmaster172819d ago (Edited 2819d ago )

I'll say the only games that got to me were Fatal Frame, Alien vs Predator 2 for pc, Condemned, and Thief 3. The atmosphere of those games scared the crap outta me lol. I refused to play Fatal Frame at night.. screw that lol. AvP2 is really old now, but playing as the marine was down right scary. Well as for Condemned...... All I have to say is the locker scene. Even though the entire game isn't scary there was one level from Thief 3 called "The Cradle"... terrifying for its time. Check these games out on youtube.. scary stuff for its time.

zackacloud2819d ago

the plot it the source of horror


And no one mention Amnesia The Dark Descent, top scariest game so far, more than Dead Space 2.