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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.

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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
AlCool

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
LoneWolf6:16

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 Staff
Henley

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

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tnathan475
tnathan475

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

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Sanjuaro
Sanjuaro

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
Sanjuaro

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 Staff
Henley

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
ConfusedMaster

paranoia for president :O

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Mutant1988
Mutant1988

Agreed. Paranoia was awesome.

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c3lhas
c3lhas

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

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Henley Staff
Henley

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

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HL-Rul3z
HL-Rul3z

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
Cheesezorz

GoldSRC for great justice.

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origin93
origin93

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
Plinkotink

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
LORDDEREX

damn i got to try zombie master !!!

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

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

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX

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

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dethtoll
dethtoll

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
Crashday

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
AlCool

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
CrabPeople

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
bjoe.fogman

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

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
Av4l0n

Braindread doesn't appears? omg, sacrilege

Moddb.com

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Henley Staff
Henley

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

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

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

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Bocca
Bocca

ZM scary? A big lol to you.

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Blashca
Blashca

Yes! Zombie Master made the list at number 6.

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Xylemon
Xylemon

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
EricFong

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

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Xylemon
Xylemon

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
Xylemon

PARANOIA did scare me a little

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123freezo
123freezo

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
Xylemon

agreed

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123freezo
123freezo

<censored>

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medve
medve

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
AlCool

*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
DarthNader26

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
HarmonBlues

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
daBSman57

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
DOLBYdigital

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
GIJames

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

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NicholasGatewood
NicholasGatewood

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
killerloro

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
DevilDog6

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
skrongstyle

Real great list! Well picked!

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koschi104
koschi104

Killig floor is the best mod ever!!!!

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EricFong
EricFong

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
skrongstyle

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

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