The Combination Carnage/Doctor Octopus from the first Neversoft Spider-Man game. He freaked me the fuck out as a kid with his Juggernaut like presence and horrible screams
First time I got legitimately terrified by a game was when playing Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned. This was in 1999 so I was around 9 years old. There was a specific part where you inspect a winery and a manor that may or may not be run by a local cult. And a bunch of freaky shit involving a crying baby and an old lady.
Ratchet and Clank 1's water gauntlet. The lurkersharks in Jak. Sly Cooper 2. The Prague level. That combination of being that character they lock you into and the level.
I didn't really have any games before those that had anything remotely frightening.
I get jumped by other people's scares a lot more.
I know this probably isn't actually the first one for me, but the first one I can remember is the zombies in Ocarina of Time when you first become adult Link (chalk up another one for OoT!).
Same. We borrowed the cartridge from someone, and when we took a peek at his save file, we were shocked. We were also scared by the ReDead we found as kid Link under Hyrule Field. I wish Nintendo still made games that could evoke those emotions.
I did NOT like this sound as a kid. I literally ran out of the room whenever I tried to play this game. That, and my fear of drowning for real if you drown in the game, and fuckin' Chain Chomp in world 1, 3D platformers were just too much for me at the time. Banjo Kazooie scared me as well.
The first thing that came to mind was the T-Rex coming in through the the window in Dino Crisis.
I've probably been creeped out by game before then (see everyone post about LoZ: OoT), but this one just stands out to me. It might have been the fact that I was playing it with a friend and we both jumped and yelped when the Rex appeared. So yeah...DIno Crisis.
I was genuinely scared playing Driver or Driver 2 when I accidentally drove onto the water and the entire game went extremely bright white and all I could see was my car driving on nothing. Like I had this uneasy sick feeling deep inside of me that wasn’t just a jump scare.
Also every time night started in Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time I had to change it to day time because I just couldn’t handle it.
The SA-X in Metroid Fusion. I was 10 or 11 at the time, first Metroid game, still pretty new to video games. And now here’s an enemy you can’t kill, can’t even hurt, that forces you to just hide when it shows up...until you have to run away while it chases you. Obvious now that it only shows up at scripted points, but 11 year old me sure didn’t know that. Felt like it could be anywhere. The way its footsteps echo even when you can’t see it was, kinda still is, terrifying.
I tried playing Silent Hill: Origins on PSP with lights off, headphones on, sitting alone in my room. I lasted about 15 minutes before I threw the UMD behind a dresser.
This isn't what you asked, but it's tangentially related: I have had a recurring dream about a scary game for a long time now, since before I even played Silent Hill. I'm sitting on my couch, playing a game. Monster approaches. I am horrified. I try to pause. Pause screen does not come up. I am overtaken by the monster. It gnaws on me. I close my eyes. The same images play in my eyelids. I open my eyes. The game is pause. I catch my breathe. I unpause. I am in the game. I try to pause again. It doesn't work. I am slowly consumed.
Oh yeah, in addition to The Flood reveal in Halo, Ravenholm in Half Life 2 fucked me up. Me and a friend were playing on and off together when it released, and I clearly remember us exiting a building and seeing the fast zombies sprinting across the roofs. And then we made the mistake of turning around, so we didn't see one of them jump down towards us, and we turned back around just as it leaped at our faces.
Ravenholm's now just a playground of physics to me whenever I play, but that moment back then was a pretty intense jump scare and it wasn't even really suppose to be one. It also just does "dead zombie city" really well, with great enemy placements and some good scripted moments.
Nightmare Creatures on the ps1. I was only 9 or 10yrs old at the time. The first time a videogame gave me nightmares (I should have known better xD), and I wasn't even playing it...lol (I was watching a family member play it with the lights out). The sounds of that game are burned in to my memory!!! =0
The horror....THE HORROR! =(
I forgot the age but I was in elementary school, it was when I was at the end of Zelda Ocarina of Time; not dead hand, redeads or bongo bongo, I got to the final form of Ganondorf and I was so scared I had to give the controller to my older brother to finish the game for me and tell me when he did so I can see the end of the game. No surprise that the Majora's Mask final boss was something little me could't handle either.
I had it pretty bad compared to most of the responses. It probably scarred me for life and I don't even realize it.
I went over to a friend's house when I was 8 or so, and he booted up D on his brother's PC for us to play.
Never had I seen such gore in my life, the main character opened up a closet and inside was a rotting dead guy who got impaled by a spike trap through his body. It was a very realistic looking cinematic sequence, too.
The earliest truly shocking jump scare I can recall was in Dino Crisis. I was playing it at a friend's house (or maybe I had borrowed it), and I was trying to line up with a door when a raptor leapt in from off-frame and nearly killed me. I remember actually screaming and having to turn the game off once I escaped to safety.
Now, if we're talking about actually, legitimately terrified, then that easily goes to Amnesia, which gave me full on anxiety attacks. I would probably do significantly better with it now, but there was nothing like it when it came out, and it got to me on a level that I didn't think possible.
Im still not completely sure which game it was. It was on Master System or Genesis? I must have been 3 or 4 and watched my brother get eaten by a giant alien head that then ascended into space. That was scary enough, but then he took it a step further and told me that this was a regular thing that happens to everyone.
I of course had a nightmare that I got eaten and taken into space. The best part was my brother complaining that i woke him up and my mom yelling at him that it was his fault in the first place.
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