Survival horror

Game genre concept

A sub-genre of video games inspired by horror fiction that focuses on survival of the character as the game tries to frighten players.


The first video game about Survival horror was released in 1975.

Capcom, Konami and Sega has published most of these games

* Limited capacity - can't carry those 400 bullets, now can you?
* Limited supplies - how else to make it a survival horror?
* Survival - you're trying to save your ass, not everyone else's.
* Anxietty
* Defenseless / overpowered
* Psychological horror
Has several notable differences to other horror games.
* Fragile protagonist — can't survive much beating, also often has much more adverse effects from damage than just numeric loss to health (e.g. limping).
* Limited munitions — weapons tend to be ineffective and ammunition is hard to come by. You can't even carry very many of them or much ammo even if you do find them.

Players accustomed to other types of games may not realize that they're meant to run away from the enemies more often than to shoot every single one of them to death.

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Linux 63
PS2 26
X360 21
Mac OS X 17
PS 17
PS3 16
Wii 12
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Xbox 8
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Dreamcast 7
GameCube 6
Atari 2600 4
Nintendo DS 4
Mac OS Classic 4
PS Vita 3
3DO 2
3DS 2
Wii U 2
NEC PC9801 2
Saturn 2
Switch 2
iOS 1
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