Halloween is almost here, which means candy, costumes and violent movies. And violent movies always lead to violent and over-the-top video games, which seems like an appropriate subject for us to examine this week. Most games are violent, it’s just the nature of the medium. Games require conflict and unlike books and movies, it’s difficult to make a character’s internal conflict fun and playable. Thus, violence.
GamesRadar has a delightful list of the Bloodiest Fighting Games of All-Time, but I thought I would open the floor for all genres. Some violence in games is so cartoonish that I can’t help but laugh at it. Personally, Fallout 3’s bloody explosions during VATS never gets old for me and neither does the chainsaw animation of Gears of War 2. Perhaps the most violent was Mutant League Football, where you could literally kill the other team and win by forfeit.
So what games struck you as the most violent? Has violence gotten worse as graphics have improved? What was the first game that shocked you? Go!