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The Most Controversial Video Games Ever Made

Updated on March 19, 2017

Phantasmagoria (Game Clip)

Phantasmagoria was released on PC and later rereleased on the Sega Saturn.
Phantasmagoria was released on PC and later rereleased on the Sega Saturn. | Source

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Phantasmagoria (1995)

Phantasmagoria was released on PC in 1995 and it was rereleased on the Sega Saturn in 1997. Sierra games produced this horror, full motion video game. It has 8 discs (Saturn) and it is a point and click fear fest. The game is rated M for violence and sexual content. In the game you are mainly in a huge mansion trying to solve puzzles, find keys, read maps and ultimately save your own life. The controversies in this game include but are not limited to: Realistic looking blood and gore, a rape scene and full motion demonic scenes. A sequel called Phantasmagoria: Puzzle of Flesh was eventually released on the PC. This is my personal favorite horror video game ever.

Night Trap (Sega CD)

Augers must be stopped by setting traps for the freaks in this point and click horror game.
Augers must be stopped by setting traps for the freaks in this point and click horror game. | Source

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Night Trap (1992)

Night Trap was the first game to officially receive the M Rating. The game was released for the Sega CD (1992), 3DO 1993), Sega 32X (1994) and DOS & Mac (1994). It is a full motion video game that uses this function the entire game. This survival game is a one player trap em game where you set traps and capture the auger freaks as they pass in real time. I will sum up the controversy in this game by simply quoting a senate hearing on violence in video games. It says Night Trap is "Shameful, Sick, Disgusting and it promotes trapping and killing women". Easily one of my favorite Sega CD games that I have played.

Mortal Kombat (Sega Genesis)

Mortal Kombat featured blood and intense finishing moves.
Mortal Kombat featured blood and intense finishing moves. | Source

Mortal Kombat (1992)

Mortal Kombat as released in 1992 on the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and Amiga. It has produced several sequels and movies. It is a one on one fighting game in which you must finish or kill your opponent with a horrific move in order to win. The controversy swirls around the finishing moves and extreme blood and gore.

My favorite character was always Scorpion. This ninja would yell " Get over here" when I whipped out a rope with a spike on it to pull my enemy to me. This game seems tame now but it along with Night Trap received the first M rating for games. Super Nintendo actually cut the blood scenes from their Mortal Kombat game but the Genesis left all the blood and gore in their copies.

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Wolfenstein 3D (Hitler Game Clip)

Wolfenstein features Hitler as the final boss that you must eliminate in Nazi Germany in order to win the game.
Wolfenstein features Hitler as the final boss that you must eliminate in Nazi Germany in order to win the game. | Source

Ten More Controversial Video Games

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Duke Nukem 3D
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Bully
Ethnic Cleansing
Hatred
State of Emergency
Mass Effect
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Kingpin
 
10 video games that have stirred quite a bit of controversy for lots of reasons.

Wolfenstein 3D (1992)

This first person shooter was released on PC in 1992. It was later rereleased on many video game consoles including: Amiga, Jaguar, Super NES, PS3 and the Xbox 360. The game is rated M and the majority of the controversy comes from the fact that your goal is killing Nazi's and fighting Hitler in the game's final battle. Also, the game features swastikas and lots of hate speech.

Nintendo, for example, censored their version of the game by taking out any reference to Nazi's at all. As far as the game itself Wolfenstein is entertaining and it helped popularize games such as Doom.

Night Trap (Video Clips)

GTA 4 (PlayStation 3 Game Clip)

The Grand Theft Auto franchise courts constant controversy and is always pushing the limits of violence and language.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise courts constant controversy and is always pushing the limits of violence and language. | Source

Doom (1993)

Doom which is rated M for mature was released in 1993 for Windows and MAC. Later this first person horror shooter was ported to other gaming devices such as: Super Nintendo, Sega 32X and the Atari Jaguar. The game has tons of controversy especially because of Satan images and themes surrounding demons, hell and the devil himself. Teleportation allows the bowels of hell to open up on Mars of all places.

Personally, I love this game because of all the weaponry which was awesome for the time. Some of the weapons that can be acquired in this game are pistols, rocket launchers, shotguns, chainsaws, knives and medicines can be stored for health.

Grand Theft Auto (1997)

GTA was first released in 1997 and it has been a non stop operation ever since. GTA has came out with games for PC. Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox and even for the Game Boy. This game series has controversy left and right. In the game your character steals cars, kills people (innocent and guilty), sells and buys drugs and the cussing can be offensive. As a crime breaking criminal your missions involve Mafia bosses and blowing up enemies.

The weapons include bombs, guns, blow torches and of course you can fight hand to hand if you choose.

Manhunt (Video Game Photo)

Manhunt is a violent but popular horror game that has produced sequels.
Manhunt is a violent but popular horror game that has produced sequels. | Source

Mortal Kombat Fatalities (Video)

Manhunt (2003)

Manhunt was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2003 and it has spawned a sequel. This rated M survival horror game is full of controversy because of the constant violence. The game features a player participating in snuff films and doing evil deeds to survive the day. This one player game is played in third person view and the way enemies are dealt with is the real source of controversy.

Weapons are used but up close and personal deaths are he norm in this one. Strangle thugs, suffocate criminals with plastic bags or just beat your foes until they are beyond bloody.

Location of JFK: Reloaded (Dallas, Texas)

The Punisher (Game Clip)

The Punisher game was loosely based on the movie of the same name.
The Punisher game was loosely based on the movie of the same name. | Source

JFK: Reloaded (2004)

JFK: Reloaded came out in 2004 on Windows and it deals with a very controversial topic. In this first person shooter the player must attempt to assassinate President Kennedy. Use a mouse to point and shoot the rifle as Lee Harvey Oswald. You have to actually recreate the shooting just as it happened in order to win this game.

Out of all the games on this list, I find this one to be the most pathetic. I have played all the games on this list except for JFK and it is going to stay that way. This game is just too disrespectful in my opinion.

The Punisher (2005)

The Punisher is base on the movie f the same title and it was released in 2005 for PS2, Xbox and on PC. This one player game has brutal finishes but the controversy surround not only the kills but the interrogation tactics as well. When questioning perps The Punisher is able to torture them for information.

Some countries such as the U.K. and Australia required the game makers to edit the game drastically before it could be sold in stores. Other than the interrogating and kills the fact that you are able to completely dismember bodies is particularly gruesome.

Silent Hill: Homecoming (Final Boss)

Silent Hill has had many sequels and it has also inspired several films as well.
Silent Hill has had many sequels and it has also inspired several films as well. | Source

Silent Hill: Homecoming (2008)

Silent Hill: Homecoming is the sixth Silent Hill game and it was produced in 2008 for the PS3, Windows and the Xbox 360. The violence in this one is gory to say the least. The majority of the uproar comes from extended bloody scenes such as slow motion drilling into body parts as well as a complete bisection being carried out by an evil monster.

The graphics especially the town's graphics are superb but the murders are realistic looking and that caused several countries to ban its sale.

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