As a fan of the horror genre, I've gone up against some of the most terrifying things imaginable. I've seen mannequins come to life, murderous ghost children, massive pink wheelchair demons, and even a blood-spewing behemoth made of human corpses. One of the (many) great things about video games is that those who create them build their worlds and the twisted creatures that inhabit them from nothing. This means the twisted mockeries of sanity you encounter were created with the sole purpose of making you fear-pee yourself as you run to your mother's open arms. Here are ten spine-chilling creatures that did just that.
The Witch is especially interesting because you know she's nearby when you hear her pitiful sobbing. If it's your first time playing the game, you'll probably have to fight the urge to come to her aid. After all, she's a lone crying woman in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, and sane people will generally feel compelled to help someone in need. But if you did decide to put on your good Samaritan hat, you were undoubtedly torn to shreds by her bizarrely elongated claw-like fingers. As if she wasn't terrifying enough in the original Left 4 Dead, for the sequel Valve decided it'd be good fun if she was no longer constrained to a spot on the floor—now she could walk. There's also a level in Left 4 Dead 2 that has you cautiously walking through an area that's littered with Witches, and it's easily one of the most anxious moments I've ever experienced in a video game.
Whereas the Witch is a more drawn-out approach to horror that allows the tension to really build up, the Shibito are decidedly more in-your-face. The Siren series has been sadly overlooked by many, despite it being one of the best horror games to come out in the last decade. In a grotesque alternate universe where it rains blood and those who inhabit it are chilling zombie-like creatures called Shibito, your character also has a remarkable ability that lets them "hack" into the eyes of nearby creatures. At first, this sounds like an incredibly useful ability. But there is a catch. You see, the Shibito tend to roam the world looking for something to maim and/or bludgeon, so there's a pretty good chance you'll happen to hack into a Shibito's eyes right as they're silently creeping up behind you. This happened to me on more than one occasion and it terrified me each time.
Alma's character might have gotten stranger with each subsequent F.E.A.R., but it was the first game in which she was at her most terrifying. Back when she was a little girl with psychic powers and the impressive ability to cause gruesome carnage wherever she went, Alma was another reason to be terrified of little girls with dark hair. She might look a lot like the girls from Japanese horror flicks like Ju-On (The Grudge) or Ringu (The Ring), but she managed to set herself apart when she single-handedly vaporized an entire military unit, leaving nothing but crimson stains and charred skeletons in her wake.