Nightmare Fuel / SIREN
There's a reason why the dead should stay dead...
- "Siren" is quite possibly the creepiest game ever, where out of 10 distinct characters you play as, only the little girl properly survives.
- Sightjacking in general. Looking through the eyes of a Shibito gives you not only the ability to see them coming right towards you, but also allows you to hear them talking in their own language...
- Even worse: while you're sightjacking, you cannot move. The one thing you do not want to see when you're looking through their eyes is yourself. Worse is that there's no real way to avoid doing so, either. When you're discovered you see a flash of their viewpoint with you on it. When you die, you get to watch your character's last moments from the perspective of the one that killed them.
- The Shibito themselves. In their first form, they look like deranged people, with blood seeping from their eyes. Then they mutate. The first appearance of the dog shibito, spider shibito, winged shibito... Oh, and don't forget the evolved forms of the Onda Twins...
- One advert for the game had to be pulled off Japanese TV for being too frightening. The scene in question being Tomoko who having turned into a Shibito ends up screaming for her parents with tears of blood on her face while banging on the window of the church.
- There is one boss in the game that you literally cannot beat unless you're prepared to beat it to death with an umbrella.
- The music itself is frightening at times, especially when you can hear voices in the music but can't quite make out what they're saying.
- Only a few characters have access to guns. If you cannot sneak past, or choose to go the action route, you'll need to beat Shibito to death with an umbrella, or a crowbar - that is, if you even have access to a weapon...
- More fear is added due to game mechanics; Siren is very vague about what is needed to unlock later levels or to get through the ones you're in. This means you have to go everywhere and check everything - so you have to go into that dark scary shack you don't want to because if you don't, then you might not be able to beat the game. Your map only identifies landmarks which you will need to find; there is no "you are here" marker. Have fun exploring...
- Datatsushi. Not so much in the battle against it, but in the cutscene where you first see it alive, it's terrifying. Oh, and in that battle? It's invisible. You have to sightjack it to figure out where it is from the direction you're facing in its view.
- During one of the hospital levels, the only way to survive is to hide inside the incinerator.
- The secret cutscene in which you see the 7th century villagers eating Datatsushi. It's less than a minute long, but it will be burned into your brain forever.
- Worse is that, as mentioned, this is the last thing you see in a full playthrough. You've gone through every stage, at least twice, and think you've defeated the siren... and then the last thing you hear is it's first appearance.
- Some of the Shibito speak intelligibly. And it is honestly far worse than when they're non-understandable. From Naoko's constant "won't you look at me? Please? Tell me I'm beautiful!", to Principal Eiji's constant calling out for Harumi, but the absolute worst is probably Akira waking up after blowing his own brains out to avoid becoming a Shibito.
- Risa Onda being reunited with her twin sister Mina in the hospital, having now become a Shibito. As soon as the cutscene ends with Risa screaming in horror, the level starts with the Shibito standing a few feet away in front of you and the camera suddenly flashing red and shifting to the Shibito's perspective, who has now seen Risa. Because this is likely the first time the player ventured through the hospital in the game, it is difficult to run from the Shibito in a narrow corridor and not knowing which doors behind you can be opened. Chances are, the Shibito will have strangled you to death a few times before you can get your bearings on what to do and where to escape.
- The location deteriorating and change as time goes on. Infamous mentions are the school gymnasium suddenly transforming from an barren and dark hall into a spider's nest specifically built for the Spider Shibito having made the gymnasium their home.
- Whenever Harumi Yomoda, a ten year old girl, is caught by a Shibito. The screen suddenly pans to a terrified child cowering in fear as the Shibito ominously watches her, especially when the screen darkens until the Game Over screen is displayed. The fact that you don't get to see what happens to the poor girl once she is caught makes it all the more terrifying.
- And then there's her first level where she finds herself trapped in an abandoned house occupied by fourteen year old Tomoko Maeda and her family, having recently turned into a Shibito. Not only is Harumi Yomoda completely defenceless after the death of her beloved teacher, Reiko Takato, the player is required to study all of the Shibito's patrol routes, find blindspots, steal the key from the kitchen room with the Mother Shibito occupying it, and leave trough the second floor...all without making a single mistake. And if the player does manage to escape through the exit? Reiko Takato, now a Shibito, is waiting for you.
- And finally, there is a glitch in Harumi's first level whenever she is caught by the Mother Shibito. While every playable and companion characters can be killed by being stabbed to death by a Shibito, all Shibito will never attack Harumi Yomoda...save for the Mother Shibito, who may suddenly swing her knife at a 10 year old girl without warning and with the appropriate sound effects. Though there is no blood and Harumi will still cower in terror, the sight of an adult attacking a child with a knife is enough to send a chill down your spine.
- Shibito Naoko is just generally unsettling. First is the factor that she behaves very unusually for a Shibito by not attacking Tomoko, but rather following her around and constantly begging to be looked at, occasionally interrupted by her cackling madly; a behavior that very effectively plays on Nothing Is Scarier, as you cannot help but feel a creeping fear of she suddenly turning aggressive and start to attack. Then are her facial expressions and the way she shifts between them, combined with the blood on her face.
- Yuri Kishida has a face in her chest. A face that smiles.
- She then merges with Mother, who is headless.
- There's the boss "Otoshigo." It's mercifully difficult to find a still picture, but there's a video of it here. Be warned that it includes spoilers for the final battle against it.
- The scene where Mother is first released and the following scenes of the Yamirei arriving. Seeing those terrifying white wriggling things is enough to frighten a lot of people even without Shu Mikami having been swallowed by tentacles during the same scene. On top of this, their defense against the light involves taking over the bodies of Shibito, presumably killing the Shiryo already possessing them.
- The smiles on the faces of the Yamibito.
- How about the Yamibito that have giant faces?
- The fate of poor Ichiko Yagura, who drowned years ago in the past and was found by an ancient being named Otoshigo who then takes over her corpse and resurfaces. At first the Ichiko persona remains at first until the Otoshigo persona takes over fully and becomes hell bent on destroying anything in its way. After taking too much damage, what's left of Ichiko eventually mutates into an Eldritch Abomination, its true form.
Siren: Blood Curse (aka New Translation)
- The advertising. One of the trailers for the first game featured insanely laughing shibito, as well as some gruesome environments and Gross-Up Close-Up used to full effect.
- Then a couple of years later, there was the print ad for Siren 2. A close up of a woman's face. With the eyelids sealed shut. That brought back uncomfortable memories of the trailer, as well as being terrifying.