It is not only Japanese horror films, like Ring and The Grudge, that are terrifying screen masterpieces. There are also plenty of Japanese video games that will scare the bejesus out of you. Here is our selection of the scariest ones.
Ikenie no Yoru
イケニエノヨル, spelt as “Ikenie no Yoru” in Roman characters, means “Night of Sacrifice.” If you can get hold of this game, you are sure to enjoy sacrificing a night to play it. However, the game has not yet been released outside of Japan. The game involves controlling five teenagers inside a haunted mansion. And with no weapons to use, it is no easy task to successfully navigate past the ghostly attacking spirits. Ikenie no Yoru is one eerie game, but unfortunately, you will not be able to play it in the west unless you have a Japanese Nintendo Wii import. Still, you will find plenty of other Japanese games to play online, including the Matsuri slot game, which is available at an オンラインカジノ (online casino).
Siren: Blood Curse
All three of the Siren instalments will unquestionably make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, but the third part, Blood Curse, is definitely the scariest. The plot involves a group of characters attempting to survive a cursed Japanese village. You will never be ready for what is around the next corner, and the more you delve into Siren: Blood Curse, the more you will feel unnerved. The incredible graphics and character design help to make the experience even more immersive and real. If you have not yet checked out the Siren series, it is high time you did.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
All of the Resident Evil games are scary, but Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is PlayStation VR compatible, meaning you experience claustrophobic and terrifying experiences first-hand. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard really shows what virtual reality is capable of, and gives a taste of how games could evolve in the future. The game features less action than Resident Evil 5 and 6, returning to the franchise’s survival horror roots. You play as Ethan Winters who is searching for his wife in a derelict plantation that is home to an infected family.
Silent Hill 2
When Silent Hill 2 came out in 2001, most horror video games were focused on jumpy scares and gore. Silent Hill 2 was a breath of fresh air with its focus on psychological scares, just like the best horror movies. You will soon become immersed in the foreboding atmosphere of this Japanese survival horror game. It focuses on the widower James Sunderland, who journeys to the town of Silent Hill because he has received a letter from his wife telling him that she is there. The only thing is, his wife is dead. Silent Hill 2 is widely considered to be one of the greatest horror games of all time, as well as a key example of video games as an artform.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is not only the most terrifying Japanese video game, it is also widely considered to be the scariest game ever made. Period. Throughout the game, you experience a real sense of helplessness and anxiety while also encountering unexpected frightening moments that will make you use curse words you did not even know were in your vocabulary. The game involves being in the shoes of two young sisters who are trapped in a town of ghosts. The twosome’s only defense is the mystical Camera Obscura. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is emotional, creepy, and sadistic: everything you could want in a scary Japanese survival horror game.