The Nintendo The GameCube holds a special place in the hearts of gamers everywhere, and the console’s library is filled with fun games. GameCube games were often either fantastic solo adventures or fun co-op experiences, although horror titles can also be found on the shelves of classic game stores.
The scary games released in the GameCube’s generation were exciting for the time, and these titles are definitely responsible for a few scares and screams in the early 2000s. These games are loaded with ghosts, demons and all kinds of undead spirits. In many of these games, the player has the option to fight back, if they are brave enough.
10/10 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Nemesis is a menacing individual, to say the least. Of all the animals in Resident Evil universe, Nemesis may be the most threatening, and unfortunately for the player, he is all over this game. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is filled with survival horror stress, making the ever-present stress of being chased by Nemesis even worse.
The game also presents choices that create different outcomes, so replay is encouraged Resident Evil 3: Nemesis several times for the whole experience. The game is on the short side, so this is a nice addition, although players may be hesitant to jump back into Nemesis’ playground.
9/10 Killer 7
Killer 7 has a crazy story and mixes puzzles with FPS action and RPG elements. There are several characters to play as, including a speedy blind man and an invisible assassin. The enemies in the game are called “Heaven Smiles” and they announce their presence by laughing, and are unseen at first.
These days, Killer 7 has a cult following, as it is a classic from No more heroes director Goichi Suda. The game received several nominations for its thought-provoking narrative, despite critics disagreeing with the combat systems.
8/10 Resident Evil Zero
Resident Evil Zero is a prequel to the first Resident Evil, and splits the gameplay between the two main characters, Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen. Chambers is an officer while Coen is a convicted criminal, and the two are tasked with exploring an abandoned Umbrella training facility.
Mostly, Resident Evil Zero is more classic RE fun, with a good combination of undead terror and puzzles. A key title for fans of the series, this game is full of lore that affects the overall narrative.
7/10 Hunter The Reckoning
Monsters and vampires seek the destruction of humanity, and it’s up to four different hunters to take them down and end the madness. There are 23 levels of mayhem, all of which take place in Ashcroft, a prison town in the World of Darkness.
After the prison is overrun by the beasts, inmates begin to rise from the dead as vampires, only fueling the fire more. Games can use many ranged and melee weapons, as well as cast spells called “edges”. The combat is a blast and the art style is dark and macabre, so anyone with a GameCube should definitely give it a shot Hunter The Reckoning an attempt.
6/10 Resident Evil
The first Resident Evil is an icon at this point. In 2022, almost no series of horror games has been able to withstand the test of time as well Resident Evil have, and it all started in that mansion. The game allows the player to choose to play as either Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield, but of course the beautiful Barry Burton is here too.
Resident Evil’s its release on the GameCube allowed a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with the franchise. The game is a staple of the horror game genre, and a pioneer in zombie games in general. With the game continuously ported through generations of consoles, it still makes gamers feel claustrophobic and horrified to this day.
5/10 The Legacy Of Kain: Blood Omen 2
The Legacy Of Kain: Blood Omen 2 was incredibly ahead of its time, and definitely deserves credit for its struggle and innovative storytelling. The player controls Kain, now one of the last vampires in the world, seeking revenge against the vampire hunters who put an end to his kind.
The game has a weapon system that Breath of the Wild, with the player picking up and using weapons until they break, rather than having permanent weapons throughout. This game should definitely be on the radar of anyone who owns a GameCube and loves vampires.
BloodRayne puts the player in the shoes of a half-vampire destined to rid the world of every kind of beast imaginable. BloodRayne can use all types of firearms and can even tear machine gun turrets out of the ground, although the blades attached to her arms are just as good at ripping through monsters.
This game is another vampire hack and slash, although the abilities this half-vampire protagonist can acquire later in the game make for great grizzly fun. BloodRayne is a fantastic game and deserves the attention of any gamer with a thirst for blood.
3/10 Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is the top Resident Evil game on the GameCube, and some fans of the franchise praise this title as the pinnacle of the series. It’s easy to see why, Resident Evil 4 is makes the player feel uneasy from start to finish, despite Leon having a fair amount of firepower.
There are so many great moments in this game, from Leon bonding emotionally with a dog to running in terror from a chainsaw wielding maniac. Resident Evil 4 is headed for a remake soon, but fans will always remember popping this disc into the GameCube and being greeted with the finest terrifying zombie action video games had to offer at the time.
2/10 Luigi’s Mansion
Listen, Luigi’s Mansion got everyone at least once. There’s a whole bunch of ghosts in this landmark launch title, and Nintendo found just about every way to pack them in places players wouldn’t see coming. Ghosts jump scare Luigi from the ceiling and all manner of furniture, and fake doors are scattered throughout to trick Luigi and damage his health.
Although it is unlikely Luigi’s Mansion will scare any player a second time, the first run was a harrowing experience for any kid in 2001. Not to mention that Luigi’s constant moans and screams are often more disturbing than the ghosts themselves.
1/10 Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Many players first experienced psychological horror with this masterpiece. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem allowed for more horror titles on the GameCube due to its success, and it’s easy to see why. The game is constantly changing depending on the main character’s sanity meter, which allows for some terrifying hallucinations.
The game was definitely not aimed at the traditional Nintendo fan, as it lacks round colorful characters and focuses more on gruesome existential terror. Fans of fourth wall breaking and unreliable characters will love Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, as it is one of the most compelling horror games ever made.
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