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Best Types of Jump Scares in Horror Gaming

Join Screen Critics Madison as she explores what makes a great jump scare in horror video games. Why do so many games get it wrong?

Some horror games are most well-known for their jump scares. This is what makes the game complete, and what everyone can recognise it by. Jump scares can vary in intensity and style, but they all can successfully make a horror game loved and truly terrifying. If done right, each type of scare can raise the bar for other games to follow the level of fear after it. Here are some of the best types of jump scares in horror gaming.

Freddy Fazbear’s jump scare from FNAF 1 is one of the most iconic of all time. Five Nights at Freddy’s is known for pulling off this particular trick, and this is easily the most memorable one. It is loud, intense, and unexpected. The sound that accompanies this animatronic bear popping in the player’s face is high-pitched and piercingly loud, which really gives the player a good scare. It is what gave FNAF its start to fame, and that is why it is one of the best types of jump scares in horror gaming.

Slenderman has been one of the most popular games in the horror industry. It has had plenty of controversy surrounding it, but despite that, it has held true to be one of the best horror games out there. It formed its own style of horror gaming that many games have followed after. Slenderman’s jump scare is filled with a loud static noise that makes the player leap out of their chair. The suspense that Slenderman builds leading up to the jump scare is impeccable. This horror is terrifying due to the built up suspense that Slenderman is able to create. It is one of the most popular jump scares out there, and this style is one of the best kinds in horror gaming.

The funny thing is that jump scares don’t always have to be loud and in your face to be successful. Nightmare’s appearance from FNAF 4 is an example of this. His jump scare is a still picture accompanied with creepy static noises. The goal is not to make the player terrified and leap of their chair, but to creep them out and make them feel unsettled. Another example of this kind of thing is Golden Freddy’s jump scare from FNAF 1. While this is a rare occurrence, it is still scary nonetheless. After this still image occurs, the game will crash. These types of terrors are different from what you would normally expect it to be like, but they are still just as effective. Although the opinions for these kinds of scares are split, I feel that these can be some of the best types that are used in horror gaming.

When it comes to horror games, jump scares can either make or break the gameplay. When it comes to the games listed above, the scares are what made them a one-of-a-kind experience. Each type of terror has their own style that makes the game a stand out from the others. Personally, I love when they are incorporated correctly into a horror game. They can really raise the level of fear, and allow the game to more easily develop suspense for the player. When done right, these types of jump scares can make a horror game successful.

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