Top 10 Deeply Disturbing Video Games

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Top 10 Disturbing Video Games

Prepare to be unsettled. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten disturbing video games.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the video games across all genres that are likely to unnerve you for a variety of reasons, whether it’s a particular moment or its overall content. Keep in mind we will be going into spoiler territory here, so a spoiler alert is now in effect.

#10: “The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth” (2014)

The premise of the game involves you playing as a young boy, stripped naked, locked in a basement and having to wade through area after area filled with horrifying monsters with your default defence being that of projectile tears, all in the vain hope to avoid being sacrificed by Isaac’s mother. Yikes. Putting a highly addictive twist on the biblical tale, if the backstory doesn’t have players feeling a little uncomfortable then just wait until you have to face the increasingly nauseating bosses along the way. Ah man, sucks to be Isaac.

#9: “Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem” (2002)

We could go into detail about the gripping story that spans across multiple timelines, or the being tricked into to stabbing a man encased in a statue, but in reality there’s only one reason that this game strikes fear into the hearts of all those who have played through its contents; the Sanity Effects. Should you let your sanity drain to zero, then the game literally turns against you. Characters’ limbs will suddenly start exploding, bugs will start crawling everywhere, they even go as far as throw a fake Blue Screen of Death at you. Man, this game is evil.

#8: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” (2017)

Reclaiming its crown as one of the scariest survival horror franchises out there, Resident Evil’s return to glory brought with it all manner of unsettling sights courtesy of the Baker family. There are too many gruesome moments to count, but if we had to choose some of our favourites they would be getting our hand cut off via chainsaw, Jack Baker decapitating a police officer’s head via a shovel, Marguerite Baker’s hideous hive crotch or the fact that Lucas Baker seems to think of himself as the next Jigsaw. One thing’s for sure, we are never visiting Louisiana.

#7: “Inside” (2016)

So many questions, so few answers and a whole lot of WTF in-between. For example, why are we, a seemingly innocent child, being hunted down by men with guns and attack dogs? What is with the abundance of remote control corpses? Why are there killer mermaids now living underwater? And of course the one that everyone still can’t get over, what was up with that … thing at the end of the game? As beautifully dark as this game is, all it did was leave us confused and quietly horrified. Bravo.

#6: “Phantasmagoria” (1995)

Live action point and click games are something of a special breed, since the majority of them tend to fall short or feel kind of lifeless. Well, thanks to the vision of creator Roberta Williams, we not only got a game of professional quality in terms of gameplay and story, but thanks to the on-screen performances we also got some very dark and disturbing content, including some very bloody on-screen deaths. We see a woman get her head carved out like a watermelon, another get her head snapped in a vice, another is forced to ingest offal, it’s a whole parade of disgusting imagery. Gotta love the 90s.

#5: “Postal” (1997)

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to play the bad guy, if done right it can even open doors to brilliant storytelling. There’s also nothing wrong with wanting mindless action from your game, but you have to admit when all you’re doing is going around shooting innocent people over and over under the guise of a paranoid, heavily armed schizophrenic it starts to feel kind of wrong. The actual amount of blood and gore may be minimal by the real-world implications won’t sit right with some people at all. Especially during one level has you try to attack an elementary school.

#4: “This War of Mine” (2014)

Sometimes the most disturbing content of all doesn’t have to come anything excessive, sometimes all you need is a painfully realistic setting, characters you care about, and impossible choices that tear at your heartstrings. Players take control of a group of survivors in a make-shift shelter, stuck in the middle of a war-torn country. With the goal of ensuring everyone’s survival the decision you make regarding who to assist with what little you have as well dealing with whether or not you risk the wellbeing of others for the sake of your own people with sit with you long after you’ve turned the game off.

#3: “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” (1995)

Want to play a game about absolute hopelessness? Well, how about one where a crazed AI kills the world’s population save for five humans, who he then tortures for decades on end before putting them through the final challenge of overcoming their own fatal flaws? Even for a point and click adventure, the subtext on this one is pretty apocalyptic. Then of course you’ve got to deal with the bombardment of creepy visuals such as human sacrifice, demons, witches and a batshit crazy machine playing with people’s lives for fun.

#2: “Silent Hill 2” (2001)

We would not like to be James Sunderland. Drawn to the mysterious town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his thought dead wife, James soon finds himself isolated in a living nightmare as he finds that his own guilt and desire to be punished after his wife’s passing have taken physical shape, namely in the form of the iconic Pyramid Head. Drenched in atmosphere and packed with distorting visuals, if the monsters don’t make this franchise’s second outing creep you out then its multiple endings will for sure.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

“South Park: The Stick of Truth” (2014)

“The Walking Dead” (2012-)

“Blood” (1997)

#1: “Manhunt 2” (2007)

Because what else could top out list other than what many consider the goriest video game ever made! As a less than benevolent mental patient named Daniel Lamb, players must seek out the fragments of Daniel’s fractured past, all the while killing a whole lot of people in the most creative and gruesome ways possible. Whether you prefer to dispatch your enemies via barbed wire, saws, knives, crowbars, flashlights or even toilets, you have to have a pretty strong stomach to not even wince when watching this collage of violence unfold.

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