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5 Games that will keep you on the edge of your seat

Every gamer has their own unique taste when it comes to playing games that they enjoy. While some prefer relaxing games like The Sims or Harvest Moon, others find enjoyment in tense and high-pressure games and activities. Games like this will keep you hooked and sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what happens next.

Below, we’ve included some of the world’s most renowned games for being highly tense and exciting:

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Within two weeks of its release, 17 million copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 was sold, and that number is likely to increase. The wild western game is open world, which means players are free to explore every inch of the land. It takes over 50 hours to complete the main story, but there’s plenty of detours and side missions to keep you engrossed in this cowboy world for much longer than that. It’s an intense game with plenty of excitement and challenges along the way. The game is set in America in 1899, and the story takes place after a robbery has gone horribly wrong. The gang of thieves must fight their way across the “heartland of America” to survive. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an extremely popular game and definitely one that’s worth checking out.

2. Silent Hill 2

If you’re a horror fan, you’ll feel right at home exploring the sinister streets of Silent Hill 2. Claimed by many to be the most disturbing game ever made, this is one that will have you right on the edge of your seat. There have been sequels since its release, but none can compare to the bone-chilling sensation gamers have when they log in to play this one. It was originally released on the PlayStation back in 1999 and proved to be a huge success. What’s interesting about Silent Hill 2 is the fact that there are multiple possible endings. The ending you get depends on your portrayal of the main character and his state of mind by the time the tale ends. This means that you could replay the game a few times and experience different closings each time you play.

3. Twilight Struggle

Not all intense games are built for the screen. Twilight Struggle is an exciting board game based in 1945. With the threat of a nuclear war on the horizon, players must try and navigate their way to gain control of their enemies. It’s a decision-making game driven by a deck of 110 event cards. But what makes Twilight Struggle so intense is the way it was able to effectively capture and mimic the fear that people would have felt in that earlier era.

4. Pick’em8

Online poker is an intense game to say the least. However, the new Pick’em8 game takes the intensity to a whole new level. What makes the game unique is that you don’t play directly against opponents. Players are also given the opportunity to multiply their bets quickly – adding an extra level of excitement to proceedings. The speed and simplistic nature of the of the game makes it a hit with poker fans, there are two buy-in levels at $0.25 and $1 – when a player joins the action, they are presented with a selection of eight cards, hence the name Pick’em8! Of the eight cards, the player then must select two. Five community cards are then placed on the table – the player should then make the best hand they possibly can. Traditional Texas Hold’em rules are in use. One player is destined to win each hand, as the house doesn’t receive a hand and the more players that join a game, the bigger the prize pool will be. Pick’em8 is a fun twist on traditional poker – making it the perfect option for beginners and experienced players alike.

5. F.E.A.R

If you’re looking for a real adrenaline rush, you might want to check out F.E.A.R (First Encounter Assault Recon) for the PC. This horror first-person shooter game is intense and very dramatic. The main story follows a strange supernatural phenomenon in the form of most people’s worst fear – a little dead girl. Both the original game and its sequel, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point, have been described by players as a "spine-chilling" game with incredible action and “some truly disturbing paranormal encounters”. This one probably isn’t for the weak, as it’s packed with spooky environments, creepy characters and lots of jump scares.

So, there you have it - five of the world’s most intense games ranging from classic video games to computer and even board games. If you’re looking for some more excitement from the next game you play, try these games yourself!