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[FEAR Awards] The Scariest Games of 2014!

2014 saw the release of more horror games than we’ve seen since the golden age of survival horror in the early 2000’s, but it was the quality of the games which impressed me the most, not the quantity. For the first time since we started doing this six years ago, it was actually easy for me to come up with a list of worthy contenders for Scariest Game of the Year.

Below you’ll find our nominees for the most shit-out-your-spine scary games that arrived last year. Now go and vote for the one that scared you the most!

Greatest Gore | Scariest Game | Best Monster | Best Multiplayer | Most Original
Best DLC | Best New IP | Most Disappointing | Best Indie | Horror Game of the Year

For the unfamiliar, The FEAR Awards is your chance to pick the best and worst horror games of the year. I’ll reveal a new category and its respective nominees every day until Jan 10. From there, voting will remain open until Jan 15, followed by a reveal of all of the winners on Jan 16.


  • Sick_skwerl

    Alien: Isolation got my heart pumping

    • Phendranah

      Agreed, the best thing is it remains scary the whole way through the game too! Well for me it did xD

      • Here is Subzero Now Plain 0

        I played it for a bit, then returned it (rental). Should I keep going?

        • Phendranah

          Yeah for sure if you don’t mind it being a little bit longer than most horror games. (Also your name is awesome XP)

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    I feel whistleblower wins all of these so far…

  • A.S.S

    Freddys is probably the most popular at the moment, outlast definietly imo brings true survivor horror. Alien yet to play

  • Brodequin

    Alien: Isolation made me screaming…

  • James Patrick Bowler

    You’re all going to troll me but P.T. was pretty terrifying and not in the scary monsters jumping up at you sense, but the psychological thrill of it….plus wholey fuck it was a goddamn trailer… wasn’t even a real game, it was an announcement to the main game. How can anything be better than that?

    • Rob

      I was literally just typing about P.T. as well. It just had a sense of dread and the fact you could only walk (besides near the end) made it even more terrifying. I also think that The Forest should be on here. It’s incredibly heart pounding when you see the cannibals watching you, not knowing if they’ll attack you or not.

  • opfghiopfh0-DHK

    P.T. is not really a game.

  • Tomas Ripley

    I loved Alien: Isolation

  • †Insurgent Girl†

    Whistleblower ♥

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    While I dig the concept of Five Nights at Freddy’s, come on guys, it’s really not scary. It’s actually sometimes rather silly. Ah well. I love Alien: Isolation though for being a good Alien game that actually gets the franchise. The tension is definitely there.

    P.T. was also very impressive even though it’s not technically a full blown game. We can only imagine now what awaits in Silent Hills.

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  • ragethorn

    P.T. isn’t just the scariest game of 2014. I think it’s the beginning of a revolution. Add Alien Isolation to that mix and think of all the horror licenses that can come back to gaming.

  • RiesenRatte

    P.T. all the way. I’ve often enough written down why I think that PT is not just a great horror game, but a complete and worthy game changer in a well loved, but rather worn out genre.

    After this Silent HIlls as a full game needs to be stellar at least to not disappoint, a task at wich “The Evil Within” failed sadly and we’ll see what Kojima brings to a full horror game with a supergroup of people (Del Toro, Reedus)

  • 12golden

    alien isolation done

  • Ryan 741

    Alien Isolation, absolutely brilliant game.

  • Mike Wilson-Barrett

    Alien Isolation without a shadow of a doubt. Best game in the last 2 years!

    • Мирослав Татић

      Are you serious? Without a shadow of a doubt? Have you even played Outlast yet ?
      I played both Outlast and A.I. and I was sweatin’ while playing Outlast and A.I. had less scares but was a cool game tho.

      • Mike Wilson-Barrett

        Yeah its no where near the caliber of Alien Isolation

      • Mike Wilson-Barrett

        Yes and that game was pants

  • TheCheese

    Alien Isolation.
    It’s not only tense but it depicts the original movie (Alien) incredibly well with its atmosphere and sound effects. It’s also (arguably) one of the prettiest games of 2014 (IMO and i’m sure a lot of others). When you’re on the outside of the ship and you see space… you’ll see what i mean.

  • redeyedjedi410

    PT was scary as fuck but it’s just a Playable Trailer technically. So I’ll go with Outlast, Alien a close second.

  • Adolf Franz

    sorry, but i vote spongebob

  • ابراهيم الحديدى

    Actually, all horror games nowadays is just ridiculous. I need games like silent hill and resident evil, those are the true survival horror games for me, I played 2 hours in alien isolation, what the hell, so the point of the game to run from monsters WOW, it didnt scare me at all, I even turned off the lights, what a waste of my time… please bring back old survival horror games.

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