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Top 5 violent videogames on PlayStation consoles

Sony Santa Monica has decided to bring about some dramatic changes to everything we’ve come to learn and love about the testosterone-filled anti-villain who gets his kicks from beating on mythological gods, dissecting legendary creatures, and ripping the heads off three-headed dogs. Utter shame. It would seem that with the upcoming God of War – in development exclusively for PlayStation 4 – our good friend Kratos will no longer be screaming "Aries!" Frankly, I’m not okay with that. I mean, I don’t mind the change, to a certain extent, because let’s face it, Kratos is by all means a violent, non-rational prick, one that doesn’t seem to care for his actions and the impending results of his ways.

But I also like characters I can relate to – I guess I should be questioning what that says about me as a person, but hey, I don’t really care, it’s a videogame. Regardless, as Kratos will now be venturing into his new career path of Daddy’s Second Day Care Centre, it seems that now would be a good time to take a look back at few forgotten titles that also exist within the mindless-violence variety. The majority of which a great deal of people would have never played, nor given enough credit. Unconventional, peculiar, and slightly abnormal; all of which would be truly outstanding if they were to someday make a return.

The best violent videogames 

Kane and Lynch: Dead Men
Two middle-aged men – one’s a thief, the other a genuine psychopath. They’re on the run after being convicted of manslaughter and they’re hunting down ex-gang members who have taken loved ones hostage. Regardless of how many delinquents they massacre on their path to revenge, it’s clear that this isn’t going to end well. And yet, it somehow spawned a sequel. Both criminally underrated, both brutal and sadistic. Unlike the majority of third-person-shooters that were released at the start of 2007, Kane and Lynch didn’t follow the same ham-fisted approach of souped-up military soldiers equipped with two to five guns, hugging stone pillars screaming "Tango down" and "On me". No, just no.

Kane and Lynch provided you with the choice of two blood-thirsty degenerates who are purely self-aware of their hypocritical, genocidal nature and by no means are they looking for redemption. Kane wants his daughter and he wants to kill. Lynch wants to kill and he wants to…well, kill. And how are they dressed? Tatty filthy suits, stained white vests, and dirty brown plasters. Utterly atrocious and downright sickening. In the sequel, they’re actually naked. Covered in blood mind you, but naked. This is as grounded as it gets for shooters. They’re wretched, repulsive and they look like they stink –which they probably do. No, they do, badly. Kane and Lynch is dirty, gritty and holds no bars when it comes to torture. It’s irresponsibly great.

Lollipop Chainsaw
Here’s the great thing about Lollipop Chainsaw; it’s humorous, stupid, and it’s just about as gamey as it gets for what normal people would consider a videogame. Big boobs, zombies, and high school chainsaw massacre. That tale as old as time theory regarding video games being responsible for the influence of violence amongst young people – I applaud Lollipop Chainsaw for the contribution, honestly. There’s something for everyone; that lonely teenage nerd sitting in his room, constantly panning the in-game camera just to gain a peek up the cheerleader’s skirt. It’s ridiculous level of gore that’s filled with nonsensical, cartoonish violence catering to the undercover psychopath who hates his mother. Hey, let’s not stereotype here but they’re one of the same, and the game caters well.

the best violent videogames

Lollipop Chainsaw places the player in the pumps of Juliet Starling, a high school cheerleader trying to survive a zombie outbreak. And what’s her weapons of choice? A bloody pink chainsaw and the decapitated talking head of her cowardice boyfriend, Nick. Or as I call him: Nick, the dick. While the plot is dire and Nick’s a certified ass-hat, Lollipop Chainsaw is all about its gameplay. This may not be hack ‘n’ slash at its finest but the combos are impressive to pull off and it’s visually amusing. Butchering zombies, filling the screen with blood, and gazing at Juliet as she poses for the camera. How do you like those breast physics?

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Manhunt
Right, let’s get serious. We all know how this story goes: It’s banned in just about every country, it was tied to a series of court cases regarding the UK media, and videogames are responsible for violent behaviour and influencing children to hate their parents. So what is Manhunt and why’s it so controversial? Well first of all, it’s developed by Rockstar Games, so that should tell you everything, but from the perspective of playing the game, players take on the role of a death row inmate named James Earl Cash, whose survived the lethal injection and is now being blackmailed into slaughtering gang members around the fictional location of Carcer City, all for the purposes of sick entertainment.

And depending on how one chooses to look at the game, that’s exactly what it is. Pure guilt-free entertainment: a psychopath simulator. There’s no denying the greatness of Manhunt’s sick and disturbing appeal, it’s no different from any other game which invokes a series of grand scale violence and savage fantasies. The difference with Manhunt however, is that there’s no hero of the story paired with a justification for his actions residing within its narrative. Manhunt is by all its namesake, a game about murder. Suffocate victims with a plastic carrier bag, thrust a crowbar through the rear of some poor sap’s throat, or pound away with a baseball bat until your heart’s content. If you’ve seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or even The Purge, then Manhunt may hold some attraction for you.

Predator: Concrete Jungle
The year is 1930, there’s two rival gangs, and just like the movies an 8ft reptilian-rastafarian decides to interfere and hunt down both of the parties. Honestly, this is as close as we’ll ever get to a genuine Predator movie in the form of a videogame. The one thing that’s quite interesting and unique about the game however, lies within its switching of roles. Due to the incompetence and irresponsible nature of our young and dangerous hunter leaving behind his technology and weaponry, humans have reproduced them for the purposes of warfare and the planet has gone to sh*t. Now disgraced and looked upon with disgust and shame, the now fully-grown Hunter is sent back to earth to reclaim the technology and retrieve his reputation. But as previously said, there’s a switching of roles.

One-hundred years have passed since his last visit and the humans are almost as dangerous as him. So in actual fact, he’s not necessarily a Predator, he’s just an Alien with a hockey mask. The good news is that everything we’ve seen in the movies is repeatable in the game. And I mean everything. Go on, tear his head off, rip out his spine and beat him with it. But don’t stop there: gut him and skin him then watch as his allies flee in fear with a tri-laser marking on the back of their heads.

This is the game for both fans of the movies and for fans of prior games within the franchise. And while the gore and bloodshed serves to be the most interesting aspect of the game it does contain a reasonable upgrade system for the Hunter’s gear, armour, weapons, and skills, and it all takes places in a semi-open world which can be traversed via leaping, climbing and running along rooftops. The game does well to capture the essence of the movies, particularly Predator 2.

The Warriors
Videogames based on movies are bad, always bad. They’re never good, they’re all trash. Let’s make a few exceptions here: Spiderman 2, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Enter The Matrix, Ghostbusters. But the rest, they’re all a load of junk. There’s no defending them. They don’t deserve it. But The Warriors – developed by Rockstar Games – is another addition to the few that’s actually amazing. The game does its best to follow the events that take place in the 1980s movie but it also does well to expand upon it through the use of an explorable semi-open world, the engagement of side-missions, and the grand theft robbery of the local jewellery store.

The game provides enough to do and captures the experience of being one of The Warriors. Best of all, it’s Grand Theft Auto with an emphasis on melee brutality. Using any of The Warriors in both single-player and split-screen co-op to progress throughout the game’s story, whether you choose to flee when outnumbered or take it to the masses when backed by your crew, there’s always an amazing choice of tools at your disposal to punish your enemies. Beat ‘em senseless with a pipe, throw ‘em through a window, stamp ‘em on the floor and adore the repetitive animations of low-res scum bouncing up and down. In the words of Ajax: "I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a popsicle." Rockstar Games created a superb video game adaption of an already amazing film, one that clearly deserves more credit and still holds up well till this day.

I’m all for the artsy, colourful, and expressive iterations of love and misery that the indie-game scene has provided us with, but you know what? I like blood and guts and testosterone filled violence that appeals to the reckless instincts in the back of my mind. So do tell us, which games of the violent, heart-ripping, head dividing genre would you like to see make a return. Let us know in the comments.

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