Hello everyone! Zachary “Crash” Ronson here. I’m a big fan of horror video games, be they action horror like Dead Space or survival horror like Silent Hill, and one of the things I like about horror in video games especially is the enemies. Everything from bog-standard zombies to eldritch abominations from beyond the veil of time and space, even to the little subtle horrors that take everyday objects and occurrences and make something nightmarish out of them; I like a good scare. So I thought I’d list five of what I feel are the most terrifying video game antagonists, measured on a scale of “nopes” out of ten. Anything from major characters and bosses to lowly common horrors; it’s all equal-opportunity horror here! I’ve taken a couple suggestions from my colleagues, but most of these will be based on my own gaming experiences. So without further ado here are the top 5 scariest enemies in gaming, in my opinion.
Warning: There may be unmarked spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk.
5. Dr. Richard Trager – Outlast (2013)
Red Barrels’ excellent 2013 independent first-person horror game Outlast was a scary game where scary things happened. One of the scariest parts of the game was the encounter with Dr. Richard Trager. The bad doctor is one of the few lucid characters in the game, coming off as almost affable even when he’s doing unspeakably cruel things to you and the other asylum denizens. In a game where you’re constantly being pursued by an ex-military police member who can rip your head off, a terrifying vision of a thing called “The Walrider”, and various other asylum horrors, Trager stands out as something truly terrifying despite only appearing for a short time. What makes him so terrifying is that people like him actually exist, and while some of the less realistic enemies that I’m going to list are a little higher up on my own personal list of horrors, Dr. Trager is certainly the most tangible and believable one on my list. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Verdict: 8 out of 10 nopes.
4. Nemesis – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)
One of the definitions of the word “nemesis” is defined as “an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome”. Nemesis, the main antagonist of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, is very aptly named when keeping that usage of the word in mind. He’s extraordinarily persistent, deadly, and worst of all: Is specifically programmed to hunt down and destroy the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S) that main character Jill Valentine belongs to. The first encounter sticks out in my mind despite having not played the game in years; the sudden appearance of Nemesis as he kills your wounded squadmate, the snap decision to either stay and fight him or run away, and the sheer amount of punishment he takes before finally going down if you choose to fight him. The victory is short lived, though, as he continues to live up to his namesake and attack you over the course of the game. For his sheer persistence and his terrifying first encounter, Nemesis deserves his spot on this list.
Verdict: 8.5 out of 10 nopes.
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