The Nemesis is far from the ugliest guy on the block, but the way he hounds poor Jill in Resident Evil 3 is (along with Mercenaries mode) one of the things that made the game stand out. After the first few encounters you never know when he’s going to pop up, which is twice as unnerving if you’re doing your first playthrough on a harder mode. No matter how many times you kill or evade him, you know he’s never going to leave you alone because he makes it pretty obvious what his mission is.
Game: STALKER series (PC)
The element of surprise is a staple in survival horror, but another classic trick is to make the player hear the monster before you see them. The Bloodsucksers in STALKER give off a tiger-like sound before uncloaking and attacking, giving the tension a few moments to sink in. When they do attack, especially in STALKER: Call of Pripyat, you’d be better be quick on your feet or get treated to a lovely sequence of them hugging your face with their tentacles and going Dracula, all in first person view.
Game: Dead Space series (PS3, X360, Windows, iOS, Android, Wii)
The last two entries were more about go than show. This, on the other hand, is the definition of twisted. We’ve seen all kinds of claws, tentacles and other grotesque stuff before, so that’s not really a big deal. When it’s all adorned with an infant’s face right on the center, that’s a new degree of disturbing. Big kudos to Visceral Games on the creativity and the balls when designing this particular abomination.
2. Lisa Trevor
Game: Resident Evil Remake (GC)
The extremely deformed humanoid appearance and constantly moving tentacles are not a good thing for a 14 year old girl’s appearance. while the shrill voice makes her just as disturbing on the screen as off the screen. Even Wesker wants no part of her, what more can you say? The icing on the cake is when you actually learn her spine-chilling backstory, which does wonders for Umbrella’s villainous image.
1. Pyramid Head
Game: Silent Hill 2 (PS2, PS3, X360, Windows)
Pyramid Head is perhaps the most iconic character of the whole Silent Hill franchise. He is the embodiment of the series’ psychological horror. Instead of having some kind of deformed scar-ridden face, he has a mask and a tentacle sticking out, which makes any mental picture of what’s underneath pretty horrifying. His actions, like lack thereof during the first encounter with James Sunderland and the various lewd interactions with other monsters make you want to get as far away from him as possible.