The Top 7… least scary moments in scary games: Redux

Resident Evil 4 not only revolutionized the RE series - it changed perceptions of what a survival-horror game could be. But like all the other games in this article, even it had moments when mind-blowing terror gave way to abject stupidity. And nothing was more stupid than sawed-off little villain Ramon Salazar, the arrogant castellan who went so far as to make a giant statue carved in his own image:

Above: Right, like we didn’t see this coming six miles away

It was obvious just from looking at this thing that it was eventually going to chase us, so when it finally broke free from its moorings and lumbered in our direction, we couldn't keep from laughing. It was a little creepy, maybe, but in the middle of a game filled with mutant insects, giant parasites and berserker chainsaw murderers, it wasn't exactly scary.

Of all the twisted creatures encountered across the six Silent Hill games, the silent hunter known only as Pyramid Head left the biggest mark on gamer psyches. Voiceless and faceless, he'd appear at inopportune times throughout Silent Hill 2, his presence announced only by the scraping of his big, big knife on the floor.

Above: Remember, kids – Pyramid Head hates you

When you confront him for the last time, you'll have that knife in your possession, and you'll be ready to shove it up his undead ass for all the times he popped up and tried to murder you. And you’ll apparently have two chances to do it, because he’ll double-team you with a spear-toting clone of himself. Sadly, your revenge ends up kind of empty; while you can deal some damage, the killing blow doesn’t come until the Pyramid Heads get bored and kill themselves in unison. That's kind of terrifying, we guess. In a completely non-terrifying way.

(And before you complain, we're not counting the infamous dog ending, because it's intentionally not scary. That's just too easy.)




  • NellyDaHobo - October 30, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure that the Pyramid Heads killed themselves because James finally overcame his fear, and fought back. Without something to terrorize, they had no point in life.
  • ShokuaHyuga - November 10, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    I've never played SIlent HIll, but if I did I wouldn't even bother killing that thing; it's too pathetic.
  • big rudy - November 3, 2008 11:02 p.m.

    @carsonnik, so when you fought a regenerator for the first time, without the infrared scope it didn't scare you?
  • DeathByGamer - October 29, 2008 2:57 p.m.

    I love the reapeated kicking of the dino-chicken.
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - October 29, 2008 1:53 a.m.

    Haha. I still love the Pyramid Head suicide. Classic.
  • KEEPFROMFREEZIN - October 28, 2008 8:55 p.m.

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh poor voice actors!
  • CAPST3R - October 28, 2008 11:42 a.m.

    that statue was one of the 2 parts of the game that i did 1st time. the other was the final boss which was just too easy. and that sea monster.
  • carsonnik - October 28, 2008 4:05 a.m.

    I must be the only person in the world who didn't think RE 4 was very scary.
  • Corsair89 - October 28, 2008 3:44 a.m.

    Congrats on two years of those excellent Top 7's. Keep them coming!
  • Coolbeans69 - October 28, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    How come you guys didn't rate gh4??? Do u still need to get it? Please review it soon I'm trying to decide whether to get it or not.
  • RaIdEn - October 28, 2008 1:06 a.m.

    i remember the first time i encountered one of those chickens. i heard it coming and i was like " oh crap somethin really big is gonna eat me!" then that thing came and i was like "WTF?"
  • Fluxnard - October 27, 2008 11:55 p.m.

    I am the master of unlocking!!!1!!11!!!one!
  • ragrappy1 - October 27, 2008 11:54 p.m.

    Wow, This stuff is sad. Let me be scary about it SSSSSAAAAAAAADDDD.
  • key0blade - October 27, 2008 11:08 p.m.

    I remember the old days... They were full of crap! :D joking, but good article GR!!
  • CuddlyBomber - October 27, 2008 10:14 p.m.

    Oh ya and four pages! OH NOES!!!!! Now thats scary!
  • CuddlyBomber - October 27, 2008 10:13 p.m.

    Ohman have you guys ever come a long way from your early days. Stay funny G-Radar.
  • zeldagirl64 - November 22, 2008 4:52 p.m.

    *starts to laugh* RE-DEADS. Re deads are scarier than numb bodies. XD (The ones from Zelda, yknow? Yeah. Those dead humpers.) Fear being a teenage GUY with zomie babies up juu butt. *rofl*
  • CashWheel - November 2, 2008 4:03 p.m.

    You should've added the section in BioShock where you put on a Big Daddy costume - it's hard to be afraid when you're dressed in armor and the enemies won't even touch you.
  • ShadowGHX - October 31, 2008 8:57 p.m.

    This article rocks.
  • NelosAngelos - October 30, 2008 9:47 p.m.

    If something like the Numb Bodies started walking (waddling?) up to me, shit that would be scary. I hate that crying whining sound they make. But when you look at it, they aren't too bad. They are about half your size, no mouth full of razor sharp teeth, no arms or even hands to strangle you or hit you, it's just the fact that at first you don't know what the hell they might do to you if you let them get close.

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