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Gore. Since the time a certain video game on this list have arrived, video game makers have pushed the boundary for shock and awe factor, delivering blood spill splatter like horror icons such as Jason, Leatherface, Saw, or the Final Destination films. While many would stay far from the M rating in hopes to avoid lack of sales and media targeting when it comes to violence in video games, these select few have shown that some adult theme can make the game worth playing and worth the money. For this week, I'm going to present to you the top 10 most goriest video games. Let's do this. 10 Thrill Kill It's a game you probably never heard of since it was never released by EA due to its standards and reputation they had in the late 90's. Releasing this game to their minds may mean that they are no good of a company who sells ultra violent video games like Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto. But the game was released for free so yeah it does go on this list. Thrill Kill is a brawling fighting game where the object is to survive against 3 other competitors. The game holds a variety of twisted characters, all who are dead by the way, murdering each other for a chance to live once more. What makes this game so grotuatise is their fatality system. Filling up your special meter during the fight allows you to kill your opponent one by one, until the last man standing will unleash their thrill kill on the poor soul. These deaths contain limb breaking, decapitation, electrocution, some voodoo spell that shrinks opponents, and the worst death of all…...getting a foot massage from a bdsm mistress. Oh the horror!!! This game is only available for the Playstation 1, and it is out for free so long you can burn the game properly. There is no copyright against the game at all so if you can find it and burn it, by all means, try it out. 9 Happy Wheels What's best about this particular game is that it is free. And boy do they sure on making gore comical. Happy Wheels is a series of challenges created by people that forces players to think fast and think carefully. The characters are ordinary people, like a man on a bicycle with his kid, an obese woman on a scooter, a pogo jumper, a man on a wheelchair, and many more. But what makes this game so gory is the fact that each challenge, your character starts to lose their limbs. Each limb lost can be vital depending on the challenge, you might not even make it at all. Strangely, this game has a mixed influential of a Saw film and an evening cartoon show. Grueling and grotesque yet charming in a sick way. You can easily access this game anywhere or check out some Youtubers reaction while playing this game. It is worthwhile. 8 Manhunt For every non-violent game Rockstar make, like Monster Madness Monster Truck and Ping Pong game, Rockstar makes 4 more GTAs, but this particular game takes the cake. Manhunt is a stealth action game with a twist on the goal. Instead of retrieving items, or escaping, you must kill your way to the next level, often by gruesome means due to their execution scenes. These scenes feel straight out of a horror film, with means of severe beatings, multiple stabbings, and decapitations. While the first game is almost tamed, the sequel pushed the boundary more on their executions. The game is very grueling and disgusting that many countries outside of the US has banned the game, demonstrating how disturbing the game is. Although the thought of murdering your victims were the true purpose as to why the game is banned, there is no mistake that Manhunt can be gory in unexpected moments. 7 Splatterhouse This Friday the 13th Horror look alike icon has delivery pain misery, and a shit load of dead bodies in it’s wake. Splatterhouse centers around a Super Humanoid Monster name Rick who ventures through a horrific mansion in a landmark known as Splatterhouse, coincidence, in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend from a mad scientist. Depending on what version of the game you are playing, either the late 80’s early 90’s beat ‘em up side scroller, or the remake in 2010, Splatterhouse has a reputation of hardcore music, gruesome characters, an eerrie and ominous enviroment, and best of all, all the bloodthirsty blood and dismantelling the game can deliver. Depaitcations, limb ripping, fleshing dissolving, and of course, all the blood that would make the man behind the hockey mask himself smile, if he could ever smile in the first place. Splatterhouse is oddly enough a isn’t a red herring to Mortal Kombat, as the idea of video game violence was done in the arcades when this game was released, yet the demonic, monstrous, and fantasy like that Splatterhouse offer may have people over looked this game in the first place. And besides, when would there ever be a time during that era that you can play as someone who looks similar to Jason himself. That is awesome! 6 Doom This is just one satisfying, aggressive, hardcore, wildly wicked video game that any game makers could have ever created. Doom puts you in the role as a space marine from Mars on a mission to send back the demons of Hell by any means necessary. And by any means necessary, means that you can use all the weapons that are available in space! Shotguns, Rocket Launchers, Beam Rifles, Chainsaw, BFG!!! Even your bare hands can be used as a weapon to turn all these imps, demons, monsters, and Hell Knights into mulch. Things do pick up in later editions of Doom, especially the 2016 reboot of Doom, where graphical kills demonstration how fancisintating it is to dismantle the poor bastards and send them back to hell, or maybe somewhere worse than hell. The amount of kills you can do in this game is nothing but an amazing artwork painting, fill with limbs, bones, guts, and blood, to create a portrait of mastery with exquisite brutally and beauty. 5 Mad World Who said that Nintendo has to be family friendly. With games such as WiiSports, Super Mario Galaxy, and Smash Bros., Nintendo can get dirty every now and then with some M rated games to their line up. And Mad World really fits in the idea of Nintendo going out of it’s way to allow gore into their library list. Mad World centers around a violent game show where protagonist Jack Cayman must kill each of the top contenders in the game show to settle a personal vendetta with the show’s creator and terrorist group. For all the games Nintendo put out, this game is a big relief in terms of adult content, especially how amazing the artwork is, mixing with the ink like artwork from an old school comic book but keeping the color of the blood for it’s gore factor. This helps out a lot as the game look more exciting and spectacular as well as creative when it comes to the violence that the game breaks out. And speaking of creative, the executions that Mad World have and the finishers are by far the most creative deaths Platinum Games have congregate. Just check out some of the finishers on each boss, including popular ones like RinRin, The Shamans, and The Black Baron. It’s an amazing game to own and something enjoyable to play with the nunchuck controller. Which btw the way also makes the game great, the controller is smooth and interesting. 4 God of War The God of War series follows a brutal and gut wrenching story of a Spartan that goes by the name of Kratos, who is on a vendetta mission to slay all of the Geek Gods for betraying him after he murder his family and the innocent and holds the ashes on their death and sins on his body. There hasn’t been any violent game in the Playstation 2 and 3 era such as this game and it shows. As Kratos you can violently tear enemies in half with your bare hands, slice up all foes with his trademark weapons, or use the weapons gifted by the gods to slay all beasts and demons. But by far, the best examples as to how gory the game can be is its cinematic quick time events and cutscenes. With just a combination of correct button pressing, Kratos can display how destructive he can be by tearing apart his victims piece by piece. From sea monster in the first God of War game, to Poseidon and Helios, Hermes and Zues. Even the recent God of War games with Norse mythology gods and warriors have received brutal deaths at the hands of Kratos himself. Each decapitation, limb ripping, eye gouging, and implement has filled the drama and excitement that God of War offer in all four installments including the side stories for the PSP. If you ever want to feel like a true god slayer and be the one to hold the power of all the gods, get this game and find out how vicious you can be with a mad man like Kratos. 3 Dead Space Strange that in all the horror themed games I have on this list or action pack games, none can has been known as a survival horror game like what Dead Space has to offer. Not even Resident Evil has the top honors on this list, and the recent Resident Evil games were brutal and vicious indeed. But when it comes to how gory it can get, Resident Evil can’t hold a candle to what Dead Space has done in only their three game release. Dead Space center around a maintenance worker in space aboard a distress signal on a deserted ship. Inside are a pack of zombie like aliens who has infested the dead in the ship and is out to murder anyone who they find. One of the best things about Dead Space is how creative the kill has to be. You see, normally to kill a zombie, a well placed head shot is all you need to take down the undead. However, in this case you need to severed the limbs on the undead or face the consequence of death at the hands of this dead alien zombies. The dark and eerie environment is what also helps improve the tense horror that Dead Space offer and the wide variety of deaths our poor hero will suffer helps amps up the ranking of this game. Each death is both savage and vicious for its own rights. The Decapitation and head replacement of one alien, being sucked in through a damaged vent and having your entire body crushed and folded while ripped apart, and the most famous of all, getting your eyeball pierced and screwed with massive amount of blood spewing out. For all the crap we give about EA today, at least with Dead Space they knew what they were doing. 2 Gears of War Let's make no mistake, Gears of War is not just a sad and cruel story, but it is also barbaric and nasty when it comes to the kills. As a member of the COGs, your mission is one thing and one thing only, survive and attempt mass genocide of the enemy horde for mankind sake. Throughout the game there are tons of ways to murder your foes, with traditional shooting, explosives, posioning, or by far everyones favorite, the chainsaw on the lancer gun. Players can get a full on experience online with team deathmatch that allow players to get a chance to deliver an execution on their opponents as either a member of the COGs or Horde team. Each execution various as tradition curb stomps or brutal pounding have their victims head explode, while each weapons do have uniqueness added to the kills, with weapons like the shotgun and snipers are used as golf clubs, or weapons like the torque bows or and boomshots. Whoever you side with online, or together against a horde of enemies, just be sure to bring in a towel to wipe off the blood following this vicious kills. 1 Mortal Kombat It's the game that truly pushes the blood and gore, it caught the attention of everyone, including the news media and the government. Mortal Kombat needed to be something different than what Street Fighter was at that time, and thankfully it did, putting in a fatality system that allow players to kill their opponents after winning a fight. Each fatality a character perform can be classified as weak, Lui Kang MK1 and Quan Chi MK:Deadly Alliance, to Brutally Awesome, Sub-Zero MK1 and most of MKX fatalities. While games do their best to ease up over the years with less blood or finishers, Mortal Kombat goes a step further as if the game is becoming a thriller film. No matter which edition of Mortal Kombat you pick up, with the exception of MK vs DCU, you'll always find that one fatality that gives you the nod of how gory the game is. Here’s to the king of killing people with style! Like what you read? Be sure to follow me here on Ember. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Xeno9933. Stay Awesome everyone!
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is EA's last chance at keeping the Star Wars license. Here's why I think so: A Lucrative Licence Imagine having exclusive rights to one of the largest franchises in entertainment history. Now imagine everyone hating you for this fact. This is EA. They have their hands on a multi-billion dollar monster of a franchise, and one that is growing year on year. Since Disney's $4 billion purchase of LucasFilm back in 2012, they have laid out a grand plan from a cinematic perspective. This includes the new Skywalker story arc, the stand alone Star Wars stories (which IMO are brilliant) and the upcoming series The Mandalorian. A very punchy production schedule, and one that is delivering a medium to high standard of content. But what about the games? George being George EA has held the license for Star Wars since 2013, and since then has produced a sorry 2 "full" star wars games: Battlefront 1 and 2. Oh and a heap of mobile cash-grab garbage that aren't even worth commenting on. Whilst Battlefront 1 was average at best, we all know Battlefront 2 was a complete mess. A game some fundamentally intertwined in monetisation that 2 years later they are still trying to untangle the mess they created with updates and additional content (which apparently are not bad, more on that in the future). So where does this leave EA and the Star Wars franchise? The conditions of the Star Wars license sets out and expiration date of 2023, so with less that 4 years to go, EA have really yet to prove themselves as a worthy developer to produce an experience fans can truly enjoy. Experiences such as Tie Fighter, Rogue Squadron or Jedi Knight 2. The clock is ticking, and EA need to act. Graveyard of Games EA could have been in a better position, but for reasons that still aren't clear, they have cancelled a number of Star Wars projects which from the little information we have, sounded promising. For example Star Wars 1313 was slated as a gritty bounty hunter title set on Coruscant. It had some impressive concept art and even had an E3 demo that sent the Star Wars fanbase in bit of a spin. "It's as if a million fanboys cried out when 1313 got cancelled" Another example was 'Project RagTag' which had the talented Amy Hennig (Uncharted) attached to it, and was planned to be produced by Visceral Studios. That was however, until EA decided to put a bullet in Visceral's head, and the game was dusted. Lessons Learned? Pressure is certainly mounting on EA to produce a Star Wars game that does the franchise justice and appeals to actual fans. And with the 2023 deadline looming on the horizon, rumors have already started spreading that Disney will not be renewing their contract. To me, it no longer makes much sense to a behemoth like Disney to outsource work like this. Not when they can whip up a game studio in no time with the seemingly endless resources they have. So enter stage left Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. Produced by Respawn (Apex Legends), and slated for release in November (to captialise on the movie hype at the time). Jedi Fallen Order is seemingly EA's last and largest chance at retaining the license, and also producing a worthy Star Wars game. The marketing to date has been amusingly informative. Developers have repeatedly stressed that it is a single player game, with no loot boxes and no micro-transactions. They are obviously eager to regain trust in fans who were heavily burnt by the Battlefront 2 debacle. In fact Respawn have been eager to point out that EA's involvement has been minimal. It's a hilarious state of affairs when studios are distancing themselves from their own publisher to ensure players stay interested. A last hope? So have EA learned their lesson from Battlefront 2? Only time will tell when Jedi Fallen Order releases later this year. The signs are promising, and EA might even get to keep the franchise should it be a success. But I'm sure you and many others will agree with me when I say, that is not a good thing. Which leaves us in a predicament, we want a good game, but we also don't want EA to keep the license. We shall just have to wait and see what Disney decides. May the force be with us Harlan
Top 10 EA Games When you look at it today, EA has been known to be the but end of the jokes and memes when it comes to their games and business practice. They’ve always made a marketing disaster that soon turn one of their popular titles or upcoming biggest hit, into a s**t fest of insults and backlash that even the Chicago Firefighter team would have a difficult time to put out these flames. Which is such as shame because EA, like several other companies out there, could put out great hits and games now compare to their past. And speaking of the past, I think it is time to see how great these games are, and the games you ought to play that’ll give your head a double take, and ask yourself what went wrong with EA. This is the top ten EA games of all time. 10 Mirror’s Edge There was a time when parkour was a fad all over the world. The art of freestyle running sounds bizarre, weird, and stupid, as runners would sprint, leap, jump, lunge, or swing their way from one object to the next without stopping at all. It sounds even more ridiculous when you learn that people would do this on rooftops and ledges of their own city or town. EA took this fad and decided to make a game out of it, having players assume the role of Faith and run through a city that is corrupted by political tyranny, crooked police officers, and controlled media. Gamers get the full on experience in first person view as the sound and visual look as the game offers are amazing in terms of graphics and gameplay. Being able to leap from building to building, sliding under poles and climbing gates, and the ever almighty big leap of faith that can literally kill anyone, the game has deliver the thought of what parkours would dangerously do to fuel their adrenaline. The story was a downfall on the third act of the game and the combat mechanics feels pretty sloppy at worst, but it’s the participation that gamers get and the challenge on getting a better time and a better run that pushes this game to be on the top list. 9. EA Sports game I know is cheating, but if I were to rank each EA sports game individually, it would take up most of the space on this list, and thus some of the games that do deserve to be here won’t make it. EA is known for their licensing of the NFL, FIFA, and UFC, and making games based off those three leagues. They also still release NBA licensing games in the form of NBA Live, a direct competition of 2K NBA games, and NHL games, a series that once was known for receiving sports game of the year for a long run. Yet surprisingly enough, EA has a large list of sporting games to this point. There is the MLB licensing games MVP in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The NCAA Football and Baseball games. Grand Slams of Tennis in 2009 and 2012. PGA golf tour, dated back in 1990 up to 2015. And even Nascar from 97 to 2008. They even gone as far as making Cricket and Rugby, two games you most certainly won’t find outside of their regional area. But by far the best has to be the BIG series, a list of EA games, even their sport series, turning into arcade wonderland. Games such as NFL and NBA getting a streets edition, having players with attitude and style compare to the professional games. SSX, a snowboarding game that takes style and fancess to a whole new level. And Def Jam Vendetta, a wrestling game that pits popular rappers against each other for supremacy. EA sporting games still continues today and may still be going on strong thanks to their communities. There’s always a sports game for everyone, so go on and search for the one you would enjoy today. 8 Burnout Paradise While many people are inclined to say that Burnout 3 Takedown is the best Burnout game of all time, I however feel like my heart is more towards Burnout Paradise. While there isn’t a couch co-op just like the last four games, Burnout Paradise takes an open world approach as the city is now your playground to perform stunts, go as fast as you can while dodging a series of a traffic filled world, and bash any opponents into oncoming traffic or objects on the road. The single player lets players compete in a series of races and special competition while searching for a secret car roaming around the paradise city and crash it to add it into the garage. Burnout Paradise holds three different classes, making the game more distinctive towards what style the player wants to control, either getting more turbo by successful boosting without crash, performing stunts to add more boosts, or crash other players to get more boosts. While the single player is fun, the multiplayer online makes it all worth the money well spent, players can cooperate with one another to complete a group challenge or try to outdo one another in a skills challenge. Or get involved in a classical racing challenge with traffic setting and car selection from unlock vehicles are allowed before the race starts. It’s a thrilling game that gets your blood pumping and your heart beating fast, especially when one small mistake can pretty much ruin your involvement in the game 7 Rock Band 2 The Rock Band series took a concept that was already popular, which is rhythm games that included a plastic guitar controller, and added in a full scale band set, that allow more people to have fun and making everyone feel like their are in an actual band. The series started off well with great classical rock and metal music, character customization, and some extra DLC songs to carry on. While the third one included a keyboard and symphony lyrics to have more than one singer involved, it's the second of the series that brought out the best of the Rock Band series. Being able to play songs not just from the game, but songs from the first Rock Band game was asthoning, making it feel like Rock Band can be backwards compatible without the need to just playing one or the other. The game offers up more customization when creating a character and an online mode to play with anyone online. Rock Band 2 also have one of the most difficult playlists and update their playlist with new tracks on a weekly basis. Anyway you wanted, that's what you'll get from this amazing game. So go on and feel like a rock star. 6 Sims series Once again it’s a series that has a lot of love from their communities and can capture the attention of those who are curious of a new genre. The Sims series basically have you play narrator as you take control of the world and shape it into a universe of your own. EA has created a large list of Sims games from the late 80’s and early 90’s, but the ever popular SimCity and The Sims are well remember today. Allowing players to create a city as the mayor of SimCity, players get the ability to put down towns, buildings, schools, and other objects to make their own imaginative world while also enduring the natural disasters of earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, and the ever dangerous alien invasion. It endured for the test of time and may be forgettable thanks to the latest disastrous PR EA has done with the last SimCity game. Then there is The Sims, a game where players can create a character and live out a life of their own, building a career of their own, meeting new people, and raising a family. It’s one of EA’s greatest games and has four releases to this point, all having great improvement thanks to the expansion packs that The Sims have. The Sims now have add ons that put in more work, new seasons, and of course pets, cause who doesn’t want a cute dog in their life. 5 Dead Space The concept of survival horror game has shifted thanks to the release of Resident Evil 4. While the game did contain the element of survival horror, it felt more like an adventure game with freaky monsters, and the ability to stack up and pack your weapons properly to defeat the final boss. Other games did attempt to creature their own unique twist of survival horror, but none has been able to capture it more like what EA did with Dead Space. The idea of a survival horror in space is entirely new and felt pretty original since we are dealing with zombie aliens of all things. Being armed with only a plasma cutter, it’s not like taking their heads off would be easy as they take a new twist on how to defeat the undead rather than the traditional sense. Along with this comes the dark and gloomy environment, surrounding it with traps and creatures who are searching for more survivors to kill, while others have either been mauled or mutilated to death, or worse, commited suicide. Even some survivors are impaled and stuck on the wall as they struggle with all their might to escape this nightmare with a grunt of pain and desperation. Add in the gruesome gore EA has ever created, which was shocking something they weren’t really into nor wanted to be viewed as, and you have yourself one of the most entertaining games to play with the lights out. The game can be so freaky and so tough that you’ll only have a number of saves on the hardest difficulty and thus forcing you to think on your feet on when to save and when to continue on. A real example on how a survival horror really works in a brink of adrenaline. 4 Def Jam Fight for NY Now we did talk about Def Jam being one of the best EA BIG games since it included rappers getting involved in wrestling for power and glory. What follows of course is what really happens when you have a turf war that needs to be settled with fists than with weapons. Def Jam Fight for NY change the landscape of Def Jam games by having a 1 v 1 fighting game with characters having their own unique fighting style and attitude, it feels like another Wu Tang Clan film coming Straight Outta Compton between the East Side and West Side. The characters involved in the game are actual rappers themselves perfectly portrayed as real life imagery, and well depicted on who they are and what style they do. Add in a solid gameplay and a great variety of options in the game and you have yourself a winner. The golden ticket of course has to be the story, as the game has you play as the protagonist of the game in a clan war between the D-Mob’s Crew and the Crow’s Crew for control of NY, that even director Spike Lee could have made this an Oscar nominated film. All of this coming from a game that was once intended for a wrestling company but soon after help gave birth to something fun and grew into a spectacular sequel. 3 Battlefield 3 While Call of Duty has been a popular multiplayer game and embrace the concept of a warfare set in a modern timeline, many still feel Battlefield is the superior game thanks to its larger map setting and use of vehicle combat that Call of Duty abandon following the release of the first Modern Warfare games. After two releases set in the World War II era, EA decided to jump shift into the Modern era and release the third Battlefield game set in the modern era with huge positive remarks. Not only have Battlefield been able to keep up with Call of Duty, it pretty much surpass them as they involve modern vehicles and air ships to accommodate the mass war between 32 players pitted in one map. Battlefield 3 didn’t have a strong single player campaign unlike Call of Duty which knocks a few points down on this list, but it didn’t matter as you and several other of your friends and strangers gather around to cause mayhem and explosive in the city. And because of this, the idea and feel of how war really should be is included in this game. If a tank blows up a building, that building better crumble, or you are just being one of the most strongest material man has ever produced in a fictional realm. 2 Need for Speed Underground 2 The hype of fast pace racing grew larger in the early 2000’s thanks to movies such as Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast and 2 Furious, as well as meet ups of said car modding. EA seen this and decided to milk it for all it is worth with their own twist on the Need for Speed Series. Need for Speed Underground was a hit and have been critical acclaim by fans as one of the best racing games ever produced. Need for Speed Underground 2 make it better, with more cars and more customization options, the introduction to SUVs, better control and gameplay, the ability to change the setting of the car to specify certain races, and better yet, an open world to cruise around and venture while challenging other drivers on the road for a cat and mouse chase. The game also had great soundtrack to it and the look and feel to it makes it almost movie like quality. While the story is once again almost non existence, something that EA has attempted to do in future Need for Speed games, this one however, didn’t really need any story or narration, but rather being one of the top crew members or racers in your city and drive feeling pimped out and a bad ass that drivers and people around have no other choice but to respect you on it. And respect is what you want to earn if you want to make it to the top in this game. 1 Mass Effect 2 Of course it is by far one of EA’s greatest games. After the success but before the downfall, EA and Developer BioWare made sure the sequel was a huge improvement than the prequel, with more interactive story, better character customization and better gameplay than before. What’s best is that if you own the first Mass Effect game, you can transfer your stats from the previous game onto this one thou the game isn’t too easy to play. Certain choices must be made in order to preserve piece among the galaxy and choices that are made may have server consequence either a lost of a teammate who had been with you from the very start, to almost a lost of an entire planet. Interesting dialogue and story is what makes this game purely amazing, with the heart felt of betrayal and pain, to companionship and romance, especially hot alien action between two people. Character development is also a great improvement during the dialogue and people would have their favorite character besides Shepherd him or herself. The series did continue on with more DLC to keep the action going and bringing us more characters that we can account on during the galaxy travel. All this, wrapped up in one spectacular game that can counteract against popular RPG games out there.