2011 is going to see the release of some amazing games, some of which will contain, shall we say, their fair share of blood and/or guts. We thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the goriest video games that we have come across. Here are the top ten, in no particular order.
Normally, one would never think that a racing game could make a violent games list, but in Carmageddon's case, it would be strange not to see it. Generally speaking, your goal is to win the race, but in some instances, objectives are added. For example, destroy all opposing cars. Or run over EVERY PEDESTRIAN you see. The game rewards players with points for hitting innocent people while racing (bonus points are actually awarded for hitting the guy waving the flag at the start of the race) and there is no shortage of the red stuff flying everywhere as you careen into a crowd of pedestrians at 150 mph. The game did well enough to spawn a trilogy, so I guess running people over DOES resonate with gamers. Glorious!
Chiller is an arcade game that was released in 1986, with a toned-down port that appeared on the NES a few years later. To be honest, I wasn't aware of this game's existence until a few years ago, when a friend of mine mentioned it in a conversation we were having about video games. When I mentioned I wasn't familiar with it, he immediately jumped on the internet to show me some videos and screenshots. Chiller is a light-gun shooting game; it had the gun attachment on the cabinet, and you were basically shooting zombies and people who were trapped in assorted torture devices. I was astounded at the level of graphic violence in the game, and even though this one is lesser known, it needed to be on this list.
8. Dead Rising series
Ahh, Dead Rising. Never in all of my time playing video games have I come across a franchise that is both ridiculously bloody and hilarious at the same time. The conspiracy-theory story that makes up the games is interesting, but I could play it for hours just running around, finding new ways to massacre the zombie threat. The original places players in a mall that is jam-packed with undead, and almost anything that the player comes across can be used as a weapon to achieve gory results. It wasn't until the sequel, however, that items could be combined to create new WMDs (weapons of mass dismemberment…enter punch line drum please!). I mean, where else can you use a kayak paddle with chainsaws attached to kill enemies?
Although controversial in its time (and for years after in the wake of school shootings), Doom remains one of the most influential games in history for both its impact on the FPS genre and its level of gore. Getting from point A to point B in each level was a blast thanks to the space marine's arsenal, which consisted of death dealers such as a chainsaw, shotgun, or my personal favorite, the BFG 9000. Nearly every kill resulted in an explosion of monster entrails, which made for an extremely entertaining journey. Although by today's standards Doom wouldn't raise the same ire it did in the past, it will be remembered as one of the bloodiest games ever made.
6. Dead Space series
The original Dead Space was, in my opinion, a great game and deserves a spot on this list. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and the first time I used my engineering tool turned deadly weapon on an approaching Necromorph, I was introduced to the reason for the 'M' rating on the box. By utilizing the specific characteristics of the different tools and weapons you find throughout your journey, you can systematically dismember your opposition one limb (or head) at a time. Although the gross-out moments were occasionally a little over-the-top, overall they really contributed to the mood of the game, and in Dead Space's case were appropriate.