Forget the time you spent sailing the seas in Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, or the time you decided to help a wounded Zulf in Bastion, it's time we went back to the dark roots of gaming and checked out the goriest and most gruesome games that will be hitting your consoles in the not too distant future.
1. The Witcher 3
Gore in the game has been improved, with more blood spewing from limbs and an increased amount of dismemberment. Let's just say you'll be splitting quite a few bandits and monsters in half. But like the game's predecessors, violence won't be over the top. Sure there will be blood and guts, but you won't see any obscene stuff like in Alien: Isolation.
Goriness Level: 7
2. Assassin's Creed Unity
The hyper-realistic combat system rewards you with genuine satisfaction as you take down enemies, and the weapons at your disposal only help you to become more efficient in felling foes. The E3 demo looked stunning this year, making killing in-game feel life-like and violent. Blood realistically splattered on surrounding walls as a player quietly took out a guard. What's better is that developers are targeting 1080p/60fps for both PS4 and Xbox One, meaning your kills will look more gruesome than ever.
Goriness Level: 7.5
3. Bayonetta 2
Bayonetta is basically Devil May Cry's sister, only you can fire guns from your feet. You'll find yourself taking on hordes of Angels, battling in the depths of Hell, and slicing and dicing up your foes like minced meat. Combos are a must in taking down multiple enemies, and this time you'll be able to do it with a friend online. I have to say, though, that from looking at the gameplay demo at this year's E3, the graphics looked a little washed out and lacked in detail. Let's hope graphics improve as the game moves towards release.
Goriness Level: 7.5
4. Sunset Overdrive
Sunset Overdrive is doing something different and I like that. This new take on zombie killing promises to be stylish, explosive and brutal. It's kind of like a cartoon version of Dead Rising, only just as violent. Players get to leap, vault, grind and wall-run over hordes of orange-colored zombies while letting rip with an arsenal of unique weapons I've never seen, or even fathomed, before. What's more, the game rewards you for getting better combos as you string kills together. It reminds me a little of Jet Set Radio, except that you'll be spraying the walls with blood and not paint.
Goriness Level: 8
5. The Order: 1886
If there's one thing we know about The Order: 1886, it's that there's going to be blood, a lot of blood. Half-breeds casually maul away at people's faces and necks, and their grotesque transformations could put the game in this list on their own. There will be plenty of rotting corpses, half-dead humans and enough Half-breed killing to make you feel like Kate Beckinsale in Underworld (which may or may not sound cool).
Goriness level: 8
6. Dying Light
Dying Light is a first-person action survival horror game, and it kind of reminds me of Dead Rising. You will have to hack and slash numerous zombies by night and scavenge for weapons and supplies during the day. Chopping away at zombies looks very realistic, and you'll get to play with toys like the Zapper Axe, which uses electricity to split a person in half. Certain kills are also rewarded with a mini slo-mo sequence, adding to the effect of each punch, stab or swing.
Goriness Level: 9
7. Alien: Isolation
I don't think I have to explain much when it comes to Alien: Isolation. From the outset you see dead bodies leaking trails of blood, most often from the gaping hole in their stomachs, and just looking at the alien is enough to give you nightmares. When an alien finally does catch you, you'll find yourself with their tail protruding from your belly, dripping with your blood. It's quite a sight and, just like in the movies, it'll happen before you even realize it.
Goriness level: 9
8. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
This 8-bit hyper-violent action shooter will have you blasting people open like ripe tomatoes. The developers have added new masks and abilities that will allow players to approach levels in a new way, a more violent way, perhaps. If you played the first one, you'll remember how badass it was to see copious amounts of blood spray all over the floor from the poor suckers you laid waste to. Well, good news. Blood splatter in Hotline Miami 2 looks even better. Oh, and did I mention dual wielding guns? There's dual wielding guns.
Goriness Level: 9.5
9. Mortal Kombat X
You had to expect this creeping into the list. Mortal Kombat is doing what it does best, taking ultra-violence to the next level. Next-gen graphics make every blow look painful, and the added detail on special powers looks absolutely stunning. You can really see Scorpion's fireball singe on impact. And where would any MK game be without finishing moves? Finishing moves in Mortal Kombat X look even more twisted and down right disgusting. Just the way we like it.
Goriness Level: 9.5
10. The Evil Within
The Evil Within is shaping up to be one of the most horrifying games in history. Whether its mad doctors hacking away at limbs, or monsters trying to eat you, or people with poles through their head trying to kill you, or, for god sake, just all of the undead roaming around, this game makes Resident Evil look like Pokémon. What the game does so well is to immerse players so deeply in this twisted and grotesque world that they feel the realness of each act of violence. Just watching the trailer made me recoil from my computer screen, so I invite you to take a look for yourself.
Goriness Level: 10
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