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Top 10 Creepiest Video Game Glitches!

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nathan Sharp What’s scarier that a game breaking glitch? Apparently not much. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Creepiest Video Game Glitches! Special thanks to our user “Jedimperial96 ” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Creepy Video Game Glitches

Some developers make intentionally creepy games. Others make magic through sheer accident. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top ten creepy video game glitches.

For this list, we’ll be looking at what we consider to be the most terrifying glitches found in video games, ones that make us crap our pants through unintentional delight. In order to be eligible, the glitch must be unintentional, as we will not be including mods, cheats, or anything else that requires direct player interaction.

#10: Ghosts of Halo

“Halo” series (2001-)

Spotted primarily throughout “Halo 2,” 3, and Reach, the Ghosts of Halo are terrifying apparitions that will make you want to stay far far away from the nightmare that is the series’ multiplayer. These ghosts are essentially spectral figures that randomly show up on various maps and behave erratically, including gliding across the floor and attacking other players like a vengeful poltergeist. They have no gamertags, do not appear on the scoreboard, and are seemingly impervious to damage. Some possible causes for these ghosts include stress on the game’s engine and severe network lag, but let’s be serious, the real reason is that the games are cursed with the souls of the damned.

#9: Manimals

“Red Dead Redemption” (2010)

The world of “Red Dead Redemption” is filled with crooks, liars, and murderers. And that’s just in the city! Travel outside the town limits and you could be faced with obstacles just as dangerous, like scam artists, bloodthirsty bears, and OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!? As if the Wild West wasn’t frightening enough, it was apparently littered with lightning-fast baby-faced creatures that wanted to eat your brains, animals with the heads of human men, and bodies flying through the air like souls trapped between heaven and Earth. That’s it, I’m moving to New York City.

#8: The Dead Live

“Call of Duty” series (2003-)

These probably weren’t the zombies that the developers had in mind when they implemented zombie mode. Throughout the “Call of Duty” series, and especially prevalent in “Black Ops,” a glitch occurs which sees dead bodies rising from the grave in some form or another, like moving their mouths or standing in the path of the player, their soulless eyes endlessly judging you for sending them to the afterlife. It’s somewhat jarring being immersed in a military shooter one second and seeing the risen and bloodied corpses of your victims standing in front of you the next, their arms outstretched as if welcoming you to the kingdom of the damned. Apparently war really is Hell on Earth.

#7: Demon Children

“The Sims 3” (2009)

We get it, children can be a little scary. They’re a lot of responsibility, they scream a lot for seemingly no reason, and they projectile pea-coloured bile like Reagan from “The Exorcist.” But that’s nothing compared to the nightmares that are the demon children of “The Sims 3.” This glitch makes certain babies and children extremely deformed, with some becoming nothing but elongated limbs left to scuttle around on the floor like the spider head from “The Thing.” We understand not wanting to burn your house down, but it’s the only way to combat these alien figures and save the world from total annihilation, so sacrifices have to be made. Honey, where do we keep the flamethrower?

#6: Geralt’s Creepy Face

“The Witcher” (2007)

If there’s two things that we can state as facts about this game they would be 1) it’s awesome, and 2) Geralt’s a total babe. In some instances throughout the game, a glitch occurs which sees Geralt’s face become extremely droopy and grotesque, while his weapons float around him via Witcher magic (or something). The glitch only affects the appearance of his face, which makes it hilarious to have everyday interactions with the townsfolk while you’re wearing the face of Satan himself.

#5: Incomplete Faces

“Assassin’s Creed Unity” (2014)

A textbook example as to what happens when you try to push out yearly releases, “Unity” when it launched was a glitchy mess from beginning to end. What stood out however were these incomplete faces that were such a great balance between terrifying and hilarious that they became a widespread joke on the internet. It’s a good thing that the history books omitted the fact that people in 18thcentury France walked around with floating eyeballs and invisible faces, because these would give anybody nightmares.

#4: Alma Won’t Go Away

“F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin” (2009)

“F.E.A.R. 2” was a worthy successor to one of the creepiest games of all time, and it featured some fantastic scares throughout, with most of them centering around the sinister little girl named Alma. Alma would randomly appear in the player’s field of vision, giggling like a madwoman and just generally causing tomfoolery. However, some players experienced a glitch, particularly in the swimming pool section, which would see Alma simply hover and never disappear. It’s creepy enough seeing a little girl pop in out of nowhere. It’s something else entirely to have her glide through the air like a demon, inching ever closer towards you, her gazing black eyes staring into your own…

#3: Mannequin Mom

“Mafia II” (2010)

During one particular cutscene, and especially prevalent when played on a Macbook, a nasty glitch can occur which sees the protagonist’s mother turn into a terrifying mannequin-esque monstrosity. Her skin becomes a leathery and nightmarish dark brown, her eyes turn into little black beads, and she moves with the grace of a puppet, all while talking to her son as if nothing is happening. What makes the glitch even better is the fact that the real mother makes brief appearances throughout the conversation, like her soul is trying to fight the Satanic possession that has overtaken her, but all to no avail.

#2: Doc’s Exorcist Head
“Fallout: New Vegas” (2010)

This infamous glitch almost fits with the game’s narrative, as the opening has the player getting shot in the head, and the good doc here telling you that he had to reassemble your brain. Think you did more harm than good Doc. Not content with simply creeping you out, he will also float through the air with limp limbs and a completely upside down head, ensuring that you eject the game, snap it in half, and bury it in a landfill where it can never be touched by human hands again.

#1: Creepy Watson

“Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis” (2008)

The granddaddy of disturbing glitches, Creepy Watson has terrified millions of players and YouTube viewers around the world since his first appearance in 2008. The glitch sees Watson acting like a Weeping Angel from “Doctor Who,” only ten times more frightening. He will stand completely still when you’re looking at him, yet the second you turn away, he makes his move and attacks. When you turn around again, boom, he’s directly in front of you, waiting patiently for the moment you blink. Various other instances of this glitch appeared in the retail version of the game, including Watson teleporting between rooms and behind locked doors. As if Sherlock didn’t have enough things to worry about…

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