Most Frightening Video Game Jump Scares

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Jump Scares are an old, visual narrative device that, despite their obviousness, can still manage to frighten the bajoozies out of even the most indifferent gamer who’s seen it all. There’s just something about a ghoul, a goblin or even a ghostly little girl who jumps out from nowhere that makes us all wet our diapers, no matter how many times we fall for it. Here are some of the best in video gaming history. Oh, and one more thing… Boo!
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F.E.A.R.

Perhaps the slowest jump scare game in history, the scary part is slowing down the attack from some truly frightening creatures, prolonging the terror. But, that’s pretty much your defense, so, suck it up slowhand…
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2

After the game’s release in four weekly episodes, the complete game has been jump scaring players for more than a year now. But, there are still some surprises yet to be discovered. Will you be the one who discovers them? You may not want to find out…
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Doom

We’ll have to wait until summer to see what the first jump scare will be like in this reboot of the classic video game franchise, first released in 2004. Somehow, we get the feeling it’ll be well worth the wait…
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Silent Hill

Who would have thought a little girl could be one of the scariest characters in all of gaming history? Well, like in its movie namesake, the first time Harry Mason sees a mysterious little girl standing on a dark road, he loses control of his car, his mind and his own daughter, Cheryl. Will he ever regain all three? Maybe not…
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Five Nights at Freddy’s

Watching the security camera screens at Freddy’s (a kind of nightmarish Chucky Cheese) can get boring. Until you have to admit, you just can’t believe your eyes. Is that Teddy Bear moving? Is he looking at me? The answer, unfortunately, is yes…
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Dead Space

Let’s say you were called out to rescue the crew of a mining ship floating helplessly in space, only to find out the crew have all mutated into different kinds of lifeforms. All out to kill you. The first alien bad guy who leaps out from a dark corner will have you wondering, “Do I need the job THIS bad?”
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Outlast

It doesn’t matter that your main enemies are merely lunatics in an asylum. It’s the fact you have to battle them with no weapons that tingles the spine. Wait until the first raving loony suddenly gets in your face and forces you to use your fists. And your wits. The only thing scarier is life itself…
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

The race is on to finish your quest before you lose all your memories. Or, are you actually going insane? It doesn’t matter. The first time a creature jumps out in front of you after you awake in a dungeon, you’ll barely have time to react . Either way, you’ll feel like like you’re losing your mind. Guess what? You are…
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Slender

Slender has been called the scariest game ever, and no wonder. Being jump scared by an apparently motionless (but menacing) Slenderman as you walk through a dark forest in the dead of night is enough to awaken all those childhood terrors when you were sure there was a monster hiding underneath your bed. Turns out, there is…
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