2017 has already proved to be a great year for the video game industry, with lots of quality titles already available and plenty more coming in the near future. Among those are a few titles with a decidedly devilish amount of gore and brutality in them. While it may be a little early for Halloween, it's never too soon to enjoy a good bloodbath in your games. Here's the top 5 goriest games of 2017 so far (in no particular order).
1. Friday the 13th: The Game
Despite a rather unconventional production cycle, Friday the 13th: The Game delivers everything you'd expect from one of the most prolific horror franchises in history. With that right combination of '80s cheese and buckets upon buckets of blood and guts, it has what it takes to make you really feel like a camper out on Crystal Lake, or, if you're lucky, the killer himself.
2. Outlast 2
The original Outlast was an unexpected hit upon release, taking the almost cliche premise of a man stuck in an asylum to new heights no one really thought possible. While the sequel may fall short in several ways, one area it certainly doesn't skimp on is the violence. If you're the demented soul who thought the original was a bit too tame for your tastes, one look at the burned baby pit (yes, that's really in this game) should sell you wholeheartedly on this one.
3. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
In a lot of ways, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a return to form for the series that had turned off many fans of the classic installments as it progressively focused more on run-and-gun action as opposed to scares. RE7, though, is in no way lacking in blood and guts horror. Taking some atmospheric queues from its longtime rival Silent Hill, the game ups the ante of a traditional haunted house scenario reminiscent of the first Resident Evil with a cast of immortal cannibals and mold monsters as our villains. While it starts to overstay its welcome by the final third, what it never lacks is chunky, disgusting violence and visceral gore.
Any game that markets itself as "the world's bloodiest roguelike first-person shooter" better be willing to back that up. Lucky for us, STRAFE delivers on that promise in spades. Set in a futuristic world full of monsters, you'll have to tune your reflexes to the max in order to ensure that the blood and guts coating every inch of the walls and ceiling is only your enemies' and not your own.
Unlike the other games on this list, Agony from Madmind Studio hasn't yet come out save for a short demo available online. Even so, that has more than earned it a spot on this list all by itself. Agony does what no other game has ever managed to truly do, and that's to make you feel like you've actually gone to Hell. Like stepping into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, Agony delivers a truly unforgettable and visceral experience rendered in such painful detail as to show every one of the lacerations on the flesh of the tortured souls.
That's our list of the top 5 goriest games of 2017. Did we miss any hidden gems? What are you all time favorites?