The question came to me upon reading posts here about possible Half-Life 3 screenshots, and people discussing being scared while playing HL2 long ago.
I started thinking about my introduction to Diablo and how it was the first video game to ever make me JUMP at a virtual terror. I used to play Diablo 1 when I was a kid, about 12 years old, late into the night on weekends. Because everyone else was asleep in the house, I had the lights off and wore headphones so my slaughter-sprees wouldn't disturb the rest of the family.
I recall the very first time I encountered Diablo himself. I knew I was approaching the end of the game but wasn't sure how much further away big D was. So there I sat. All alone. In the dark. With headphones turned up a little too loud. Concentrating hard on the screen waiting to get a glimpse of him, when suddenly...
Nearly knocked me outa my chair.
Anyone else recall any scary moments from video games?
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Huh, I was actually considering making a topic like this after reading the Half Life stuff too.
The only game I can think of that scared me was the original(1992) Alone in the Dark when I was a kid. No particular part, it was just a creepy game. I even had a nightmare or two from it. Then again I guess I would have been about 6 at the time.
Other than that, games that were supposed to be scary just haven't been. I suppose there have been a few with a sudden enough noise to make me jump, but not really scare me.
What made my heart skip a beat-
Resident evil 4- first time i met chainsaw guy and realised I couldn't down him with a single bullet..there were also zombies coming to grasp me...Combined effect interesting!
Diablo 1- BUTCHER!!!! Yay.
Half Life 1 when wandering alone trough that scary lab. Never knowing what creature might jump on you around the next corner.
And ofcourse Diablo 1, altough it was a bit more unrealistic with the top camera view. And Doom1 actualy gave me nightmares when I was about 8 years old ^^
Heretic: ambient sounds of random monsters making weird sounds behind doors; D'Sparil laughing.
heXen: chaos serpents, right after we killed D'Sparil who was on an unkillable chaos serpent; ambient effects in Guardian of Steel level; random levels with centaurs, most of the game, really, the music was creepy enough.
Diablo: Butcher, fresh meat and all that; the knights in Hell. Also Hellfire opening video was awesome.
heXen II: Skull Wizards at the beginning on hardest difficulty level due to a bug (WTF???); first encounter with red Knight Archer laughing.
Heretic II: any Cloud Fortress area.
Clive Baker's Undying: pictures with people moving in them.
HL2: the bridge area. Music + falling down every five seconds did it.
Dead Space had me screaming for the first bit, but eventually I was able to get used to it, but goddamn is that game scary. F.E.A.R. is another one a bit like that, although that had me more scared throughout as opposed to the initial frightening alone.