No matter its form, horror is embedded into nearly every aspect of our society. From gothic clothing, to reams of occult-centric text, and especially your cooking skills in university, it seems that everywhere we look there's something to remind us of death, chaos, and our fear of the unknown.
And there is no better medium to exploit our darkest worries than video games. By placing the player in direct control of a digitized avatar you blur the separation of the two worlds and therefore any damage or harm done to the character has a greater impact on the person holding the controller.
It's certainly a popular section of the gaming industry, as horror titles have been flooding the market with jump scares, horrible beasts and of course brutal depictions of violence for years. However, such a cavalcade of corpses means that some true horror gems have been buried more than six-foot deep. Therefore, it's time to bust out the shovel and unearth those that might not have been given enough chance to shine but can still send shivers down those spines.
10. Sweet Home
So there's some good news and some bad news with this game.
The good news is that Sweet Home is one of the most engaging horror titles released for the Famicom, presenting a truly creepy art style, and genuinely impressive RPG elements. The bad news is that this game is a Japanese exclusive so you best get to learning the language or pay a hefty price tag for an import.
That being said, it's truly worth the investment as this survival horror/RPG tale delivers a devilishly tense tale of a group of filmmakers who break into a mansion in search of some rare artwork, only to discover that this huge house is haunted from top to bottom.
What makes this game so tense is that you've got RPG tropes like random battles and exploration, mixed in with survival horror elements like limited resources and often overwhelming enemies. It's thrilling and will leave you screaming when enemies pop up at the worst time.
It's also a title based on a film, so if you don't fancy having what amounts to a 10-hour heart attack, you can catch the original Sweet Home online.