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The Scariest Horror Game Franchise, According To Nearly 39% Of People

Video games have a penchant for spooking players who dare to step into the terrifying realm of survival horror.

Ever since the term was coined during the marketing campaign for Resident Evil in 1996, several titles have been released in a bid to spark the very worst of nightmares. The earliest examples of those types of games include 3D Monster Maze, Project Firestart, and Alone in the Dark. And the finer examples of titles that arrived post-Resident Evil are games like Silent Hill, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and Fatal Frame.


SVG presented a fitting question to its audience in regards to the survival horror genre: What's the scariest horror game franchise? 618 respondents showed up to present their choices and a bunch of recognizable IP's popped up. 

So which one of those survival horror franchises reached the top of the survey's list? To the surprise of no one, it just so happens to be Capcom's zombie and bioweapon filled gorefest.

Capcom's popular survival horror franchise unsurprisingly earned the most votes

With 38.67% of the vote, Resident Evil topped SVG's survey.

Capcom's survival horror franchise has been going strong for years now and is set to return in 2021 with Resident Evil Village. This followup to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will adopt the first-person perspective once again and pit players against a small town filled with all sorts of horrid creatures. Everyone who's watched the game's trailers have taken quite the liking to a certain vampire lady, who is much taller than you might think.


SVG's survey also included the following games: Dead Space (with 17.31% of the vote), F.E.A.R. (which earned 12.30% of the vote), Outlast (which brought in 12.30% of the vote), and Fatal Frame (which got a total of 7.93% of the vote).

In the category of "Other," respondents made sure to show some love and appreciation for lesser known survival horror franchises. Silent Hill, Phasmophobia, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent showed up on the list. One of the more humorous answers came from someone who brought up their mother-in-law as a terror-inducing individual, proving that scares can definitely be found in real life and video game form.