When you have more time to talk about games, than actually play them.
Scary games take the fun and mix it with the pulse pounding feelings of terror to give you an extra shot of stimulus. Watching horror movies or those with jump scares are not for everyone, but scary games can be more enticing. Watching victims in movies do dumb things can frustrate people, so having control of where characters go makes the games a better option for people that don’t like scary movies.
The Resident Evil franchise is one of the most well known set of scary games. I skipped the first games and then saw the movie. I was then willing to try Resident Evil 4 and was lucky it was one of the best. All the games revolve around the T-virus and the zombies it creates. The Umbrella corporation is the central evil in the game that uses the virus for their own gain and designs on world domination.
Alan Wake took a refreshing take on scary games with a horror novel style of story telling. It’s a great story with a flashlight mechanic that is used to weaken enemies before you can kill them. The dark is the real enemy in the game, so it hits that lizard part of your brain.
More recently, Phasmophobia has possessed the scary game genre. The game gives you the tools of a ghost hunter and sets you lose on a haunted location. You use those tools to figure out what type of ghost is in the location, while the ghost tries to hunt you. It can all be played in VR, making the scares all the more intense. You can play it coop in order to dial up the fun and dial down some of the fear.