Gamedaily: The Most Controversial Games

Gamedaily writes, don't play these games, the eleven controversial classics that may be hazardous to your health.

1) Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat stands out as one of the most recognizable games around, thanks to its over-the-top blood splatter and brutal fatalities that have characters ripping out each other's spines. This ultra-violent fighter eventually led to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

2) Grand Theft Auto Series

Rockstar's open-ended crime simulator always draws attention, such as the public getting fired up over the "Kill All Haitians" graffiti found in Vice City and the Hot Coffee hack unlocking a secret sex game in San Andreas.

3)Manhunt Series

Rockstar decided to develop a game that would really give them something to shout about. In the flavor of high gore films like Saw and Hostel, the Manhunt games follow a killer that finds creative ways to use everyday objects as weapons of mass execution.


It has been accused of being a combat training program used by the military and a game that helped inspire the Columbine Massacre.

5) Night Trap

The game is cited as primary factor for the creation of the ESRB.

6) Phantasmagoria

Featuring loads of gore and violence including a rape scene that uses full-motion video, the game was banned in Australia and Germany, while major U.S. retailers refused to carry it.

7) Harvester

This game from 1996, which features full-motion video, has a list of offenses a mile long.

8) Mass Effect

It gained its infamy from a short and relatively tame alien lesbian sex scene.

9) Thrill Kill

Thrill Kill, a game that features characters that resemble marionettes maiming each other in four-player bloody combat, barely had time to stir controversy.

10) Hitman: Blood Money

Controversy for a game that features a bald, bar-coded assassin pursuing the perfect kills using various instruments comes from a completely unexpected place.

11) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

A hack let users remove the generic clothing from the models, essentially allowing female avatars to go topless. The ESRB responded by upgrading the game's rating from Mature to Adults Only until a subsequent patch fixed the problem.

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Cyrus3653765d ago

Wow I didn't know Mortal Kombat was the reason, or big factor in the creation of ESRB.

MK_Red3765d ago

Mk is the first game that dared to be really bloody and violent. Funny thing is that there is hardly another fighting game that has dared to follow. Aside from Bloody Roar, no other good fighting game has ever tried realistic violence (Though MK's blood and gore were realistic only fir it's own time).

MK is The KING (Sorry but I just love MK).

Cyrus3653765d ago

Yeah soo many good memories from Mortal Kombat, I think Killer instinct had some gore in it, maybe nothing on the level as Mortal Kombat, but for a Nintendo "produced" or cosigned game (Yes I know Rare made it), it had blood spilling out fighters like it was water (Arcade version), and it had finishers as well.

Cyrus3653765d ago

And Phantasmagoria how did this game go on to become one of the best sellers in 95? The hell? Especially when retailers refused to stock it, and it got probably an AO rating (Or was this before ESRB).

MK_Red3765d ago (Edited 3765d ago )

Mortal Kombat rules. MK is still my all time fave along with Fallout. Pretty awesome games there.
MK and Doom FTW!

Awesome find and read. So many memories and classics.

INehalemEXI3765d ago

I loved when their bodys would explode into little bouncy gibblets after some fatality's Lol.

Rusted3765d ago

Cyrus i think Killer Instict is really soft compared with Mortaaal Kombaaaatt!!

Thrill kill! i remember that game, it was really weird and EXTREMELY difficult to get to the PS1, the nurse was my favorite :).

There are a lot of controversial games, i remember one racist FPS, your character is KKK clan and a skinhead, pretty disgusting.