8 Violent video games to say "No" to

Jan 1, 2011 at 2:59 a.m. ET

Ever since Mortal Kombat made its dark debut back in 1992, the onslaught of violent video games hasn’t let up. If anything, the games are gorier than ever and are continuing to hit the market at breakneck (pun intended) speed. Here are eight violent video games to avoid right now.

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God of War 3God of War III

Released: 2010

Don't let this game's mythological inspiration fool you. God of War III is centered around blood and gore, with graphic depictions of revenge killings and plenty of deadly weapons. Finally, God of War III is listed in the "hack and slash" genre, if that says anything.

Left 4 Dead 2

Released: 2009

The title will probably be enough to clue you in, but if not, know that you can expect explosions, mass shootings and at least one instance of a beheading by chainsaw. And in case the violent depictions aren't enough, there are also gruesome sound effects to highlight particularly bloody killings.

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown WarsGrand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Released: 2009

It's not the goriest of games, but there's still plenty of excessive violence in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. From running over pedestrians to killing cops and making use of Molotov cocktails in order to duck drug deal charges, players can also indulge in prostitution.

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Released: 2009

Expect lots of drugs, gunplay and fights, with an option to enter a brutal underground fighting tournament. Players may free-fall to their death from a helicopter and blow things up with a grenade.

Dead Space: Extraction

Released: 2009

The violence isn't apparent from the outset, but it certainly makes an appearance once the game gets started. Expect lots of blood spatter and bloody beatings that lead to corpses piling up as the game gets underway.


Released: 2009

Creativity abounds in MadWorld, but it's put to use mainly in gross, over-the-top, deadly displays of violence. Weapons of choice including a chainsaw, meat grinder and baseball bat. And the results? Let's just say they might border on comedy if they weren't so tragically violent.

Demon's SoulsDemon's Souls

Released: 2009

Demon's Souls is billed as a dark fantasy. While that description is pretty on target (and it's certainly not anywhere near the worst of the bunch), there's still a lot of violence on display. The game's currency is taking "souls," which requires killing demons and a lot of blood spatter along the way. In addition, players constantly die but are able to return to play based on their currency levels (i.e., how many souls they've taken).

Gears of War 2

Released: 2008

The violence in Gears of War 2 is served up pretty much nonstop, from graphic and bloody killings (with blood splashing on the screen, blocking players' view) to morbid plays like using a dead body as a protective shield.

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