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11 Terrifying Abandoned Areas In Video Games That Will Give You The Creeps

It's only a game, and these places can't hurt you... honest.

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Video games can inspire feelings across the whole spectrum of human emotion.

They can make us laugh, they can make us cry, and they can make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They can also grip us so tightly that sometimes it begins to feel as though we're a part of their world, which for the most part isn't too bad. Escapism, after all, is what we're there for.

Every so often, though, developers throw something into their games that makes us wish we were anywhere else. Stumbling into an abandoned area is always disconcerting, and there are titles in the horror genre that use that feeling as the basis for their tone (Silent Hill, anyone?). Even more unsettling is a game in which the world is otherwise populated - even wholesome, in some cases - but turning a corner leads you into an area that is eerily silent, causing you to realise that there might just be something untoward going on, and as the game's protagonist, it's almost always up to you to sort it out.

Some of these areas were easier to anticipate than others, but each and every entry on this list contains at least one ingredient in the recipe for a change of trousers.

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