Halloween has officially arrived and we are here to help celebrate by presenting you with the winners of our best horror video game face-off. Not only do you now have an idea of what terrifying games you need to play for the first time or hundredth during this spooky season, but we also now know which horror game IGN’s audience believes is the best of the best.
So, after 1.2 million battles with matchups like Resident Evil 4 vs. Dead Space and Silent Hill vs. P.T., which game earned the right to be called the greatest horror game of all time? Bloody drumroll please…
Pyramid Head fans, rejoice! Silent Hill 2 has won our horror game face-off with a commanding win percentage of 88.5%. The game from 2001 that is officially getting a remake from The Medium’s Bloober Team won 19,747 of its 22,308 duels, indicating that the idea of a remake was probably a great decision.
Speaking of remakes, Resident Evil 2 Remake came in second place with a win percentage of 83.8% and narrowly surpassed Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’s 83.2% win percentage. We chose Resident Evil 2 Remake as our second-favorite Resident Evil game of all time recently, and it beat every game aside from Resident Evil 4, another game getting a remake.
In perhaps a bit of an upset, Resident Evil 4 only made it to #5 and was dismembered by Dead Space, which is also due for a remake on January 27, 2023.
Rounding out the top 10 were Silent Hill, Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 2, Silent Hill 3, and Resident Evil Remake. P.T. placed eleventh, meaning 10 of the top 11 games were from either the Silent Hill or Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil accounted for six spots and Silent Hill took four.
On the other end of the spooky spectrum stands Cooking Companions, the game with the least amount of wins at 20%. It was joined by games like The Coma: Cutting Class, Bigfoot, Scarlet Hollow, and Enemy Zero.
Slay the Princess, Nightmare Creatures 2, Uncanny Valley, Sweet Home, and Atama rounded out the bottom 10. It should be noted that many of these are well-regarded games that are indie titles without the AAA budgets found in the games from the top 10. There is still plenty to like and be horrified within these games, but they don’t have the popularity of some of the bigger titles.
Are you wondering where your favorite horror video game landed, like maybe Bloodborne? (It took spot #21) For all the rankings, you can check out the full list of where all 122 horror games that competed in this face-off ended up.
For more, check out our picks for the 25 scariest games of this generation, the 12 best horror games on PC, and our picks for the top 10 spookiest games of all time.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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