By Brandon Wolfson (The Campus Gamer)
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Violence and gore has always been a controversy since the debut of Mortal Kombat. It has garnered a lot of attention from parents and critics alike. The envelope on violence is always being pushed to the extreme as this industry is maturing.
The game that put the ESRB ratings on the map. Back in the early 90’s parents brought the game to congress and complained that their kids were ripping out spines. Today MK is still violent but is just a mere shadow of its former self with its over the top comic book look the series has recently taken.
Gears of War
The game that came up with the term “Meat Shield”. It is exactly as what it implies. Hold your enemy for cover and watch as his body falls apart like meat. It is also satisfying chain sawing your opponent in half with your lancer while blood splatters all over the screen.
Ninja Gaiden 2 (Xbox 360 Version)
Team Ninjas action game has always been heavy on the gore, but this sequel takes it to new levels that are rarely seen in a video game. The blood in the game actually has physics and gave the game a very visceral feel to it. Ryu can dismember his enemies in a variety of ways such as cutting off limbs, torso and heads while fountains of blood are sprayed all over the environment from the damage that Ryu has dealt with his evil opponents.
God of War
The God of War series has been overly violent since its first PS2 release. Kratos will rip the heads off of Medusa and other Greek mythological creatures. What other game series has the main character rip the head of Sun God Helios, tare the arms off of Hercules, pound Zues in the face until his face is disfigured? As Kratos kills more of his enemies he becomes a crimson figure covered in his victims blood.
From the masterminds of the GTA series, R* brings Manhunt. This game was so gritty and disturbing that it was banned in some countries. Manhunt is a stealth game where the player must kill or be killed. What makes this game most disturbing are all of the different everyday weapons that are used as instruments of death. Plastic bags, crow bars, glass shard and even hammers are used in brutal ways. This game was so violent that its sequel was almost banned and had censored death scenes. Way to kill your franchise.
As you can see there are different styles of violence and gore. Some games have the “over the top” blood spray and body parts flying all over the place similar to anime movies such as Ninja Scroll and other games go for the gritty and disturbing route similar to Hostel. Be sure to check back next week for even more violence in games. Until then, keep an eye out for the blood soaked adventures mentioned above.