Every once in a while there comes a game that’s so violent and so explicit, everyone talks about it. These types of games create a lot of controversy that radiates beyond the usual sphere of the gaming industry. Here are the Top 5 most controversial games in the history of gaming.
This game was inspired by the movie called “The lord of the road”. The goal of the player is to win a race by any means necessary. This implies that you can destroy your opponents and everyone else in the city (people included). The PC version of this game was considered to be so violent that in the Nintendo 64 version of the game, pedestrians had to be replaced by green-blooded zombies.
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2
The first episode in the series has received 18+ classification. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 created a lot of controversy because some its special missions. The player is a U.S. double agent that’s committing a horrific attack in an airport. In order to relate to the character, the player needs to understand the cruelty of the main bad guy, Vladimir Makarov. The part was removed from the versions sold in Russia. Making the game so violent was considered a bold and rather surprising move from Activision, the creator of the game.
The Grand Theft Auto Games
If we talk about controversy in games we should mention the Grand Theft Auto games. The series, which began in 1997, has never ceased to exploit the vein of transgression. Its transition to 3D made things even worse. Violence, sex, theft, drug … The game has obviously been charged with accusations like “perverting the youth”, which has not prevented it to be sold in millions. The various lawsuits against Rockstar never succeeded, and now you can pre-order GTA V, the new installment in the series.
Rules of Rose
Although this game is less famous than other titles in the list, Rules of Rose is a survival horror in the vein of Silent Hill games, a game that raised a lot of controversy and political replies. According to complaints from various sources and official claims, “the aim of this game is to rape, beat and kill a young girl. It is a call to violence, death, rape”.
Manhunt is perhaps one of the most daring games ever made by Rockstar. Obviously inspired by the movie “Running Man”, the game puts the player in the shoes of a death row inmate called James Earl Cash, mysteriously rescued by a snuff-movie director named Lionel Starkweather. Now, filmed by hundreds of cameras, James will have to survive in a populated area of bloody fools. The game allows you to kill your enemies with several degrees of violence, and some of its actions are quite to the extreme.
The game was banned in New Zealand, it was classified as an ultra-violent game in Canada, it was confiscated in Germany … Even so, the players all over the world got their hands on the game and spread the word about it. Worse, the death of young man called Stefan Pakeera which was killed by a fellow “obsessed with the game” had burst great controversy in England. Despite all these considerations, Manhunt is an unforgettable experience for many players (warning).