Gaming’s Greatest… ghosts

Gamings Greatest Ghosts - Luigi
Gamings Greatest Ghosts - Luigi

Unlike other mainstays of the horror genre – zombies, werewolves, and the like – we all know someone who claims to have seen a ghost, making the supernatural concept unsettlingly close to home.

There’s no shortage of spooky apparitions in the world of gaming – some friendly, plenty more not so much. Here are a few of our favourite phantoms…

Boo – Super Mario series

Gaming Ghosts Luigi's Mansion

Unlike other mainstays of the horror genre – zombies, werewolves, and the like – we all know someone who claims to have seen a ghost, making the supernatural concept unsettlingly close to home.

There’s no shortage of spooky apparitions in the world of gaming – some friendly, plenty more not so much. Here are a few of our favourite phantoms…

Gaming's Greatest Ghosts Mario

In the pantheon of Mario enemies, Boos are a unique threat as by virtue of being dead, they are unkillable. If only Mario had a close ally (or sibling) capable of dealing with them…

Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar – Pokémon series

Gamings Greatest Ghosts Pokemon

You’ve got a three-for-one here, with Pokémon’s original ghost trio. Given that these purple ghouls all exist on the same evolutionary scale, we felt it was only right to include all three on this list.

Sae Kurosawa – Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

Fatal Frame - Gamings Greatest Ghosts

Taking inspiration from Japanese horror classics like The Ring, Sae Kurosawa is a frankly terrifying presence in the Fatal Frame series. As her unforgettable appearance in her blood-stained kimono is firmly lodged in our nightmares, Sae gets a place on this list.

Auron – Final Fantasy X

Gamings Greatest Ghosts Auron

You wouldn’t guess it from its cheerfully colourful setting, but Final Fantasy X is actually a very dark tale with a surprisingly high headcount of undead characters. The stoic nomad Auron is by far our favourite, having refused to leave the earthly plain until his mission to destroy the destructive beast Sin was complete.

Polterpup – Luigi’s Mansion series

Gamings Greatest Ghosts

This mischievous undead doggo first appeared in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, and much to our delight, returns for more hijinks in the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3. That’s a good ghouly boy.

Hnourable Mentions

The Sorrow – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater | The Pac-Man Ghosts – Pac-Man | Lady Comstock – Bioshock Infinite | Slimer – Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered

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