When you play a Survival Horror game you expect to be scared. You are expecting to be jumping, screaming and generally just shitting yourself. Well I doubt you’ll be screaming (Or literally shitting yourself) but my point still stands, they are supposed to scare you. Through many techniques including atmosphere, sound etc the good ones will have you at the edge of your seat, scared and filled with tension. It’s not just horror games that scare you though; plenty of games have horror parts in them, like Thief: Deadly Shadows which the people who played it will know about. Then you get each, individual genre which can surprisingly be scary in a completely different way. This list will talk about how each genre can be scary without even having horror elements within it.
The first person shooter surprisingly does have its scary moments. I could mention games like F.E.A.R that place a large emphasis on the horror elements of the game and I could also mention the like of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Fallout 3 which both have horror elements within them but it isn’t the main focus. Instead, I’m going to mention the one that everybody has faced before. I am of course, referring to running round a corner to be faced with an enemy. Every time this happens I just can’t help but jump out of my seat in sheer shock and surprise. It truly is a terrifying moment in gaming that is guaranteed to get you every time. The fact that enemies in FPS’ tend to be ugly, bald guys, ugly aliens, ugly monsters or ugly robots adds to the fear as you a greeted with a horrible and shocking sight.