We play horror games because of the catharsis of experiencing fear in a safe setting. We play them because a creepy atmosphere can immerse us in a video game like nothing else. Sometimes we play them to prove to ourselves or others that we can persist and keep our composure, despite the terrifying situations that present themselves. Sometimes, it isn’t always the monsters that make these games scary so much as it is the environment. I’ve got a lot of respect for that approach; Alan Wake is a good example of that. But I want to pay respects to the truly interesting, truly unique, and truly scary monsters that have left lasting impressions on gamers everywhere. Here are five such creatures.
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