boo! Resident Evil and Silent Hill fans share the best jump scare stories in video games


Ready for nostalgic terror?

Sure, while the age-old jump scare may have its fair share of detractors and naysayers, it’s safe to say that – if used correctly – they can still prove to be an effective horror technique. And that doesn’t just apply to movies. Yes, video games have adopted a similar tactic and used it brilliantly as well. As if on cue, a few horror fans on Reddit are discussing the very topic right now, and some of the takes are pretty spot on. Ready to get nostalgic folks?

Okay, so first, one jump scare that’s likely to get you hooked, especially if you’re a fan of Capcom’s legendary survival horror series, is the surprise zombie attack during a door latch animation featured in both original and Resident Evil from 1996 and the 1998 sequel Resident Evil 2. After all, 99 percent of the time it’s just a boring door animation to hide the loading times of the old-school hardware. But in a few scripted moments, a zombie pops out from behind the door and really gives you the Heebie-Jeebies. Seriously, I still have nightmares.

Elsewhere, another memorable jumping scare from Capcom’s beloved horror franchise comes in the form of – yes, you guessed it – the zombified dog who jumps through the window during the first Resident Evil. Not only are you engaged in a mystery, but the dog jumping through the window is actually much closer to the camera than your character, creating an especially shocking horror moment. Oh, and it’s not just a dog, either. *shudder*

Another chilling highlight that will be discussed at length comes from another survival horror classic: Silent Hill 2. Yes, Konami’s critically acclaimed sophomore, which is in the process of being remade, features so many spooky moments that it would be hard to do so list them all here. That said, one particular case that fans agree is genuinely chilling, in fact not a jump scare at all, which is quite symbolic of the IP as a whole as it is more associated with its terrifying atmosphere and otherworldly terror. More precisely, at this moment you meet Pyramid Head in the stairwell of the apartment building.

Of course, other jump scare moments in video games are also discussed in the long thread. From climbing down the ladder in the original FEAR to Outlast’s meticulously crafted and unrelenting jump scares, there are plenty of chilling throwbacks to the old school games of yesteryear that will likely resonate with all horror fans out there.

But tell us, what do you think is the best jumping scare in video games? Quietly sneak into the usual location below and startle us with your suggestions. boo! Resident Evil and Silent Hill fans share the best jump scare stories in video games

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