04 Alma FEAR
Over the course of the FEAR games, Alma goes from sinister ghost-girl to full-on, dear-lord-what-did-you-do-to-me malevolent spirit. But she’s most effective early on. The glimpses of her you catch in the first FEAR game are perfectly done, with the same kind of restraint you’d expect from the East Asian horror films which clearly inform her design. It works because they’re specifically designed for games – things like seeing her appear at the top of a ladder a split-second before you descend. As you progress through the game you discover she’s got a good reason for being consumed by vengeance, but it doesn’t make her any less terrifying.