These games are capable of seriously scaring not only with their content, but also with their price tags.
In today’s digital age, games are more accessible than ever. Many rare titles released on discontinued consoles can be easily found on the current generation of consoles and even on PCs in digital stores. For games that have not yet received virtual copies, physical versions are often available in online markets – and not always at a fixed price.
And that brings us smoothly to the topic of really rare games. They are not in any digital store, and physical copies are nearly impossible to find. Horror movies are particularly affected by this. Since they belong to a niche genre, no one expects big sales from them, and therefore such games come out in modest circulations. Actually, that’s why the surviving copies of some horror movies are being sold for impressive sums today.
Nightmare on Elm Street (NES) – $80-$150
Closing the top ten is Nightmare on Elm Street for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The development of the horror was the responsibility of the Rare studio, which would later become famous for its 3D platformers, and the game was released in 1989. The main character in it was a teenager who is looking for the remains of Freddy Krueger and methodically burns them in a furnace. It is interesting that before us is not a purebred horror, but rather a mixture of horror with beat ’em up elements – the protagonist periodically has to fight various monsters at each level.
Immediately after its release, the game received a rather warm welcome from gamers and critics, and even now it is remembered mostly in a positive way. And its main plus is the cooperative mode, in which four players could fight Freddy Krueger at once.
According to an article in Nintendo Power magazine, there was an early version of the horror game in which the player could try on the role of the legendary villain, but this idea was abandoned shortly before release for unknown reasons. One way or another, at the moment a copy of Nightmare on Elm Street will cost collectors of NES games about $ 80- $ 150.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is considered one of the most successful horror games of all time and one of the best games on the Nintendo GameCube console. The local gameplay is similar to Resident Evil, but the story itself spans a whole millennium, telling about different heroes who search for artifacts associated with the three Ancients and the god of death named Mantorok. Everything is done in the best traditions of Lovecraft, and therefore the game could not do without a sanity scale.
High ratings from critics and the increased popularity of horror in recent years are reflected in the prices of rare physical copies – today they reach $ 100- $ 150.
Enemy Zero (Sega Saturn) – $100-$200
Enemy Zero was released on the Sega Saturn and, like many projects for this console, has become a rarity these days. This is a sci-fi horror game that uses an interesting mechanic: all enemies in the game are invisible, and they can only be detected by echolocation. To search for and kill monsters, the hero needs to tune his sonic weapon to the desired frequency.
To play this horror game, you first need a working Sega Saturn console, which is even harder to get hold of than some of the games on this list. And a disc with Enemy Zero will cost about $ 100- $ 200.
Silent Hill 2 (PS2) – $100-$200
Although Silent Hill did not become the first major horror franchise, it topped the list of the best horror series. Many people call Silent Hill 2 the greatest horror movie ever in the genre. The plot of the game tells the story of James Sunderland, who was led to Silent Hill by the search for his wife, whom the hero believed to be dead long ago.
However, from the very beginning, the evil lurking in the depths of Silent Hill begins to pull out from the subconscious of James all his fears and memories of his wife, forcing the protagonist to face them face to face. The classic PlayStation 2 version of this story is now selling for no less than $ 100- $ 200.
Resident Evil: Gaiden (Gameboy Color) – $150-$200
Resident Evil: Gaiden is a spin-off that only the most dedicated fans of the series will remember. For some strange reason, it only came out on Nintendo Gameboy Color. The plot follows Barry Burton and Leon S. Kennedy on a passenger ship where the T-Virus was leaked. At the heart of the game is a very creative idea, with the help of which the developers were able to bypass the strict technical limitations of the platform.
The main part of the gameplay takes place from the top, but as soon as the player approaches the zombie, the game switches to the first person view. At this moment, the sight is floating on the screen, and as soon as it aims at the enemy, you need to quickly press the shot button. On release, the game was not very popular, and now the cost of one copy reaches $ 150- $ 200.
Chiller (NES) – $150-$200
Chiller is a classic NES game with a lot of black humor, originally released on arcade machines. The main character in it was an executioner-tormentor, who had to disfigure his victims for certain periods of time. Between these scenes were inserted levels in the spirit of first-person shooters, where the protagonist fought all sorts of monsters.
The bloody horror could not find its audience at the time of its release, and therefore it is very problematic to find a copy of it today. For fans of the genre, the purchase will cost about $ 150- $ 200.
Clock Tower (PS1) – $250
The Clock Tower for the original Playstation was technically the second installment in the series, as the first was exclusive to the Super Famicom console. However, this was the first Clock Tower to reach the United States. In the center of the plot of the point-and-click adventure game, there was a hero who was striving to end the maniac named Scissor Man once and for all.
It was one of the first horror games on the Playstation, and therefore it managed to acquire a cult status and an army of fans. These days, the classic PS1 version of the Clock Tower costs around $ 250.
Haunting Ground (PS2) – $200-$500
Haunting Ground is another legendary horror game released on the PS2 console. The game tells about the adventures of Fiona, in whose soul is a rare alchemical element “nitrogen”. The heroine will have to constantly run away from dangerous opponents, without having any weapons with her, and her only assistant is the dog Huey. The game received mixed reviews in the year of its release, but over time, many gamers liked the unique character control mechanics.
The thorny road to popularity is reflected in the price tag of Haunting Ground, which ranges from $ 200 to $ 500.
Silent Hills PT (PS4) – $300-$500
Perhaps one of the most memorable stories in the gaming industry today was the story of how a potential sequel to Silent Hill eventually morphed into Death Stranding. PT (Playable Teaser) was a short horror demo that hit the Playstation Store in 2014. Quite quickly, the players jointly revealed all the secrets of PT, finding out that it was actually a teaser for Silent Hills – a future horror movie starring Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro.
And then there was a large-scale conflict between Sony and Hideo Kojima, as a result of which PT disappeared from the Playstation Store, and the development of Silent Hills was canceled altogether. At the moment, there is only one way to play Silent Hills PT: to do this, you need to purchase a Playstation 4 console, on which the demo version of the horror is already installed. You will have to pay about $ 300- $ 500 for such a PS4.
Rule of Rose (PS2) – $700-$800
Finally, we have Rule of Rose, published by Sony (in Japan), Atlus (in America) and 505 Games (in Europe). The story of the game is dedicated to a young Jennifer, who tries to suppress traumatic memories from childhood, and later finds herself drawn into the perverse rituals of the sadistic cult of the “Aristocrats of the Red Pencil”, which includes orphans. Jennifer will have to confront the members of the cult and find a way to get out of the sinister shelter.
Atlus games, as a rule, are not released in large quantities, and in this case, the situation was further complicated by public condemnation. The fact is that after the release of Rule of Rose in Europe, worried parents demanded to stop selling horror due to the fact that children were the villains in it. That is why it is incredibly difficult to find a copy of the game these days, and its price is about $ 700- $ 800.