It's pretty difficult to feel bad about killing people in a game, at least not in terms of remorse. Usually the kind of "bad" you feel has more to do with the disappointment of a lame kill than it does with regret and that's frustrating! Death should have an impact, even in your games. It would seem that the only solution to this conundrum is to do what few have done before—make killing fun!
Here Are 7 Video Games That Get Gore Right
Fun? I know, it sounds like it doesn't make a lot of sense. That's totally fair. But think back on some of recent gaming's goriest moments and what sets that one headshot apart from the hail of bullets that penetrate other enemies. You feel the urge to get it just right every time, so you keep going. That's the dopamine talking and you're a slave to its whims! Hurts so good, right?
It probably really hurts for your victims too, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to think about. As a matter of fact, the kills in these #VideoGames may be the most fun around.
1. 'Fallout 4'
It's hard to deny the supreme satisfaction that comes from a successful headshot in VATS while playing #Fallout4. Pair that with the Bloody Mess perk and you've got yourself one fantastic gore fest that can only be made better by shooting garbage out of the Junk Jet. Bring on the teddy bear headshots!
Heads will (quite literally) explode.
It just wouldn't be #Doom if you weren't tearing up some demons. Fortunately, you do plenty of that and more in the recent reboot. There are many ways to take out your enemies and not all of them involve your guns. Thanks to the game's "killing blow" mechanism, the final hit is that much more effective. Look out for that orange glow and watch the guts fly!
It certainly beats missing the finisher combos in #MortalKombat and ending the battle on a very weak light punch note...
3. 'Killing Floor 2'
Every body in Killing Floor 2 has 22 pieces that can be removed during a kill. This leaves quite a bit of room for creativity in your approach and things definitely get interesting. I'm thinking it's both the potential and the satisfaction in the execution of these methods that keeps us coming back for more with this one.
How many different ways can you blow up a group of monsters? Go find out!
4. 'Sniper Elite 4'
Move over Mortal Kombat—Sniper Elite 4 and it's ridiculous "sniper x-rays" are the latest contender in addictive kill animation arena. Successful hits as a sniper are pretty rewarding in any game but, in #SniperElite4, you can shoot guys in the balls and they'll actually react to it. It's the icing on an already more-than-sufficient cake!
I honestly don't know why I'm not playing this game right now.
5. 'BioShock Infinite
While things were already pretty gory in the underwater city of Rapture, an updated set of superpowers and a ridiculous new melee weapon (that doubled as your way around town) took the madness to a new level. Unlike the original #BioShock game, the gorefest intro in Infinite let us know exactly what to expect from the combat in the rest of the game—and we were not disappointed.
Bet you didn't know you could do that with a spinny grappling hook thing.
6. 'Gears Of War 4'
Two words: chainsaw kills.
7. 'Max Payne 3'
Say what you want about Max Payne 3 but the third time really is the charm when it comes to bullet time. This game is probably one of the few games out there that can still convey the magic of a perfectly placed headshot with only the perfect amount of gore. Too bad most enemies were bullet sponges that had a minimum kill threshold of 200 bullets.
It's a love/hate relationship with bullet time, for me. You get tired of using it but you can't really survive without it. But hey, I've never shot out so many eyeballs in my life and I'm loving it.
Which game does the best job of satisfying your thirst for blood?