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Report content RSS feed Top 10 Spookiest Mods EVER!

This Halloween ModDB digs into the horror archives, and takes a look at the top 10 spookiest mods of all time as voted by our community.

Posted by INtense! on Nov 2nd, 2008

Horror has always been an area modders have explored in great detail over the years. In fact one of the first "big name" showcased mods, featured in PC Gamer and plenty of other places (back in the day when PC mags ruled the world) was They Hunger - a horror classic. Since They Hunger many horror themed mods have been released, some dark, some zombie based, some eerieely quiet and some edge of your seat "packed full of action".

So if you are prone to wetting your pants at the slightest scare these are probably not the titles for you. If however you crave something spooky this Halloween - sit back, dim the lights and enjoy ModDBs first ever mod countdown - as we take a look at the top 10 spookiest mods of all time as voted by our community.

Don't forget to watch this group for any more ModDB Mod Countdown's to come!

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AlCool Nov 3 2008 says:

Just wait for KF 2.51 :D. Hope some people have some great story maps in the making for the mapping contest. Really, people should have looked away from HL1 and HL2 altogether if they wanted scary mods, because they disregarded alot of good ones for mediocre ones.

I Still believe ZP:S is worthy of this section but ZM I still say no to.

I'm still HL2 = ZP:S, HL1 = Paranoia, UT2k4 = KF and UT3 = The Haunted

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LoneWolf6:16 Nov 3 2008 says:

The whole problem is people didn't vote for which mods were scariest, they voted for which mods they liked to play most. Too bad that wasn't the point of the poll.

For the life of me, I'll never understand how anyone can find a multiplayer game scary. How the heck can you be scared when you have potentially dozens of other people with you all shooting and chatting away? I think a lot of times people also confuse panic and excitement with fear. There are plenty of times in Zombie Panic: Source where you'll be the last survivor left, low on ammo, and have a swarm of zombies chasing you. That usually causes me to panic (in-game with the panic button and in real-life), but it doesn't terrify me or startle me so badly that I think I'm going to have a heart attack the way a good singleplayer experience can.

Of the 7 games on the list I've played (Hidden, They Hunger, AoM DC, ZPS, Ravenholm, Paranoia, ZM) Afraid of Monsters Director's Cut is without a doubt the scariest. The Haunted and Killing Floor look like a lot of fun, but way too much action to be scary. (And again, they're multiplayer) I've heard Dear Esther is very creepy, but to my understanding it's more or less an adventure game and as such you don't have things jumping out and actually threatening your life. I could be wrong, but most of the footage I've seen shows the player doing a lot of walking around and not much else. Personally, I need enemies to threaten me in order to be scared.

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Henley Nov 3 2008 replied:

dear esther just gets under your skin, spooked me out when i was recording the video.

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tnathan475 Nov 5 2008 replied:

certainly does, I can only play the game during the daytime, lol

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Sanjuaro Nov 3 2008 replied:

I agree completely with you, no multiplayer game, especially on the Source engine can be scary. Dear Esther is pretty much an interactive story and if you actually pay attention to the story you can get some goosebumps but that's it.

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Sanjuaro Nov 3 2008 says:

I'm sorry but I don't understand how multiplayer games are scary. I've played both Zombie Panic: Source and Zombie Master and they are far from being even remotely scary. Other mods like Afraid of Monsters, They Hunger, or Paranoia can be scary.

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Henley Nov 3 2008 replied:

Well people get scared by lots of things, I sure dont know how people are freaked out by snaked but a heap of people are.. So it comes down to what people like and what they voted for.

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ConfusedMaster Nov 3 2008 says:

paranoia for president :O

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Mutant1988 Nov 3 2008 replied:

Agreed. Paranoia was awesome.

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c3lhas Nov 3 2008 says:

Where is Nightmare House for HL2? It's a bit unfare to be out of this top ten...

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Henley Nov 4 2008 replied:

well no one voted for it, you could have voted for it tho....

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HL-Rul3z Nov 4 2008 says:

you guys notice that all the cool mods are on half-life or half-life 2? xD yea the source engine rockx

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Cheesezorz Jun 1 2009 replied:

GoldSRC for great justice.

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origin93 Nov 4 2008 says:

This is all BS, Theres total bias in this.
The title said 'Spooky games'.
Zombie panic source isnt scary, it wont make you jump out of your seat.
Now, Afraid of monsters or paranoia, that will make you pumped and scared

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Plinkotink Nov 4 2008 says:

Ahh I love count downs! I can agree with it too!
However do you guys need a voice over dude? Lemme do it? :)

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LORDDEREX Nov 5 2008 says:

damn i got to try zombie master !!!

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Killer_man_1996 Nov 9 2008 replied:

Zombie Master is bad it isnĀ“t spookie. It's funny like OMFGZOMBIESLOL

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LORDDEREX Nov 5 2008 says:

Agree and A multiplayer horror, I dont find any multiplayer game scary only singleplayer!

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dethtoll Nov 5 2008 says:

I agree that Ravenholm belongs on the list. Very creepy.

I also agree that ZPS belongs too- it's very creepy at times. The subway especially; I remember some tense rounds as we tried to get the door open in the storeroom.

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Crashday Nov 6 2008 says:

you forgot about "mistake" which for sure was a little bit inferior to AoM, but for sure its A REAL SCARY MOD....not just a crappy zombie mod to waste your time with (how "they hunger" and "zombie master" and are into the list....thaz something i just dont understand. they are sure both funny and nice to play, but realy not something "spooky" or "scary".....FOR NOT TALKING ABOUT "THE HUNTED" lol...thaz mod looks retarded).
you know what? mabye the only mod that has zombies that will have some real spookines at all its "Left 4 Dead".)
for me AoM should be first in the list and ZPS should be second

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AlCool Nov 26 2008 replied:

The *Haunted* is an epic mod. Its a good thing you played it before you even sullied its name :P. If you can run UT3.

Left4Dead (as its out now) is really only tense, but not scary. You don't sit yourself at any moment cause you know regardless of your situation you can mash right click and be safe from almost anything (even on expert). It's only the Boss Zombies that are any trouble and thats only on harder difficulties.

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CrabPeople Nov 6 2008 says:

Afraid of Zombies DC is defintely the scarest on these 10 zombie games. I actually find it the only scarest. The rest has some suspense but it's not scary. And if you don't have tried Killing Floor, try it, cause it's damn good.

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bjoe.fogman Nov 7 2008 says:

ok. Im a Serious game/movie horror freak. But is it just me? ore are NO ONE of theys mods Scarry? serious? Zps At 1. Duuude? wtf? i find doom 3 more scarry than theys mods (and yes i know doom 3 is a game not a mod)

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Henley Staff
Henley Nov 7 2008 replied:

ok let me state again this list was selected by the community not by me, when the next mod countdown comes along maybe you can vote and be apart of the process.

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Av4l0n Nov 8 2008 says:

Braindread doesn't appears? omg, sacrilege

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Henley Staff
Henley Nov 9 2008 replied:

again community voted, no one voted for it so it didnt get in.

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Killer_man_1996 Nov 9 2008 says:

This mod countdown is good and i'm waitng for one more

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Bocca Nov 9 2008 says:

ZM scary? A big lol to you.

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Blashca Nov 12 2008 says:

Yes! Zombie Master made the list at number 6.

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Xylemon Nov 12 2008 replied:

zomibe master was an okay mod. cool idea, I guess it's the models I don't like in my opinion.

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EricFong Feb 19 2009 replied:

zombie master was good,but i don't think it was scaring you.

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Xylemon Nov 12 2008 says:

The only mod that's scarred me is AOM, I played They Hunger when I was little, nothing. (Still is a great mod though)

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Xylemon Nov 12 2008 says:

PARANOIA did scare me a little

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123freezo Nov 12 2008 says:

i don't get it, when i was voting everyone(including me) was either voting for they hunger or afraid of monsters directors cut. So how the hell did zombie panic get number 1? It's not that it's a bad mod, it's just that it's not scary enough to be number 1. (note: zombie panic is however one of the funnest mods ever)

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Xylemon Nov 12 2008 replied:


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123freezo Nov 12 2008 says:


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medve Nov 20 2008 says:

killing floor is not the scariest, but it's still got a good coop, and great maps, and weapons. it should be indie.

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AlCool Nov 26 2008 says:

*sigh* this polls whole general idea was lost long ago...

HL1 and HL2 are harshly overrated on Moddb. Goto play more then 1 (or 2) engines to find the real gold for good mods :P. Ida voted more had I known the community was gonna disregard every good game out there. Glad The Haunted and Killing Floor made it in there.

I'm surprised noone voted for Resident Evil: Cold Blood.

PPL don't seem to understand that a game is as scary as you make it. With dedicated SERIOUS players (Good players not newbs), any game can startle you. ZP:S is deserving of this list as many of the others. Personally no HL1 mod has ever scared me though paranoia and Cold Blood were the best 2 I've played (and possibly Master Sword which also could have been nominated had anyone ventured the spider caverns 8|) Zombie Masters I've never found to be a very good mod. It seems too much like HL:2 Deathmatch style which ruined it for me.

Maybe make these polls per engine so people who care about the games vote instead of bias and mindless mod spamming. (IE Source, UT, Crytek, ID Tech, etc)

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DarthNader26 Dec 13 2008 replied:

The thing is that EVERYONE knows how to mod for source. It's damn easy. Any 15 year old with enough spare time can learn to use the Source engine to make whatever he wants. Engines like Unreal and the like are harder to learn and aren't as well supported.

The reason there are so many HL and HL2 mods is because there ARE that many HL and HL2 mods, simply because it's so easy to mod.

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HarmonBlues Nov 29 2008 says:

Zombie panic isn't the only game where players can be infected or turn into zombies.

Brainbread allowed players to become infected and turn into zombies. The human survivors would have to duke it out in a landscape filled with NPC zombies while watching their backs for player-controlled zombies.

I enjoyed both ZP and BB for HL1. I just might give ZP:S a try sometime in the future.

I absolutely loved Paranoia. The soundtrack is just great. I do wish that the team would invest in a sequel that would allow the player to spend a bit more time in the world. I felt that Paranoia was sadly too short and that the ending was a bit anti-climatic. I never really play many single player games or mods but I really loved that one.

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daBSman57 Dec 2 2008 says:

Ok. big mistakes were made. If your voting for the scariest mod, then AoMDC shoulda made #1, if its the scarriest anything, i would say the nightmare house mappack for hl2, and if its just the overall best funnest zombie game, then brainbread shoulda made it on the list at least

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DOLBYdigital Dec 21 2008 says:

Hidden Source and Killing Floor have given me some good scares. Not bad list but I would've changed the order around a little ;)

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GIJames Jan 9 2009 says:

Check out Get a Life for HL2 for extremely creepy singleplayer along with some great gameplay

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NicholasGatewood Jan 19 2009 says:

Wow, Paranoia looks amazing! Also, I've been interesting to see more of They Hunger. Can't wait to play that! Killing Floor still looks great, and Dear Esther looks like one of the best adventure games to hit PCs in a while. Afraid Of Monsters looks like a gem, but I don't like the idea of rationing my items very much.

Nice list, but Zombie Panic: Source shouldn't have 1st place. It's nice, but not scary.

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killerloro Jan 26 2009 says:

downloading ravenholm

paranoia was simply awesome, great graphics, great sound, even the game has an ironsight... IN HALF-LIFE just an amazing mod

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DevilDog6 Jan 28 2009 says:

these games are all good, some of them look apsolutely pants graphics wise however - why not make the same mod for a later game ? ZPS shouldn't be number one, but then again what will take its place, i suppose ZPS is the best "horror" but i think it's lacking some things.

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skrongstyle Jan 29 2009 says:

Real great list! Well picked!

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koschi104 Feb 6 2009 says:

Killig floor is the best mod ever!!!!

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EricFong Feb 19 2009 says:

Afraid Of Monsters DC was the scariest,and the Nightmare house remake still scare the hell out of me.where is it?

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skrongstyle Feb 21 2009 says:

I'm sorry but I don't get how ZP:S got 1st. AoM should have gotten the #1 spot. :|

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