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20 Most Rabidly Patriotic Games

The top five most unpatriotic games...

Grand Theft Auto IV
Rockstar Games | 2008

"Perhaps here things will be different."

Sorry, Niko. According to the GTA universe, America is no better than whatever poverty, war and bad fashion-stricken Eastern European country it is you came from. Within days of hopefully stepping off the boat with an optimistic gleam in his eye, Niko has been forced into theft, corruption and murder to survive. Characters are constantly lamenting the fact that Liberty City is "just like the Old Country." Money is readily available, but only for those willing to sell their souls.

The American Dream may be the overarching theme of GTA IV... but not in a good way.


Metal Gear Solid series
Konami | 1998-2008

The US government as a puppet organization controlled by a select few? Check. Scathing stance on nuclear disarmament? Check. The flow of information controlled through the media and government? Check. And let’s not forget defecting agents playing havoc with US foreign policy. Or that every military soldier is a disenfranchised pawn following orders. Yes, look past the anime weirdness and you’ll find one of the most satirical series’ on the market as it pertains to war, politics and the world at large.


JFK Reloaded
Traffic Software | 2004

Originally designed as a ballistics contest to see how close you can get to pull off the most impractical one-man assassination in history, JFK Reloaded is essentially a game that enables you to execute the former US president. Playing as Lee Harvey Oswald from the Texas Book Depository, you can fire off shots to kill John F Kennedy, his wife or even Texas Governor John Connally. Hell, disrupt the entire motorcade if you want! You’re the assassin in this actual murder simulator.


BlackSite: Area 51
Midway | 2007

On the surface, BlackSite: Area 51 is another generic alien shooter. Dig deeper - or merely be one of the few to actually play the game - and you'll discover a none-too-subtle political allegory.

The US government lies to its people about the extraterrestrial threat. Your squad mates question orders and damn their politicians. Real and recent controversies like Abu Ghraib, Walter Reed and Hurricane Katrina inspire the story and missions take their titles from infamous incidents like George W. Bush's "Mission accomplished" banner. Using the President's own words against him? Blasphemy!


American McGee’s Bad Day LA
Enlight | 2006

Despite being created by a guy whose name is “American,” this is a shitty game disguised as political satire. Bad Day LA is what happens when terrorists, earthquakes, tsunamis, zombies and gangs all come together in the worst day LA has seen in two years (har har). Playing as a homeless black stereotype, you’ll meet up with all kinds of fear-mongering kooks in what feels like a MAD TV skit that lasts for 12 hours. Who wants tired swipes at Homeland Security, George W. Bush or Arnold Schwarzenegger in their game? No one? Hello, is this thing on?

July 4, 2008

54 comments

  • beaver10666 - February 22, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    america up in that ass,bitches!(brought to you by Carl's Jr.)
  • GLaDOS13 - January 14, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    @stuffblowupnation: This website was actually made by the Brits smart one. anyways great article. I'm definitely not the most patriotic American (I plan on moving to Europe eventually), but this really riled up my patriotism.
  • FunkyDarkKnight - February 9, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    err...im actually english but i understand patriosm and these games scream 'AMERICA!' out loud. Good article
  • samgardner94 - January 12, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    I think that both countries should just get along after all most americans are desended from British and if it wasn't for our colinisation America would probably be like south america or mexico and look how terrible they are. we should get along and instead hate the French together.
  • RandyChimp - November 9, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    oh, and i hate americans who think they are superior to everyone else in the world, even though im probably smarter than the average american.
  • Bri77777 - November 8, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    So.....your NOT an American? Australian?
  • johndorean - November 8, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    hahahah im not against america but i hate people who act like america are the superior race get a life mate your counrty sucks! so does mine but that aint the point mind you it i have new found respect for you cos you voted obama into the white house:D lets see how you fuck it up this time shall we america?
  • Baconator96 - November 5, 2008 4:39 a.m.

    "blue collar plumber turned revolutionary"? its JOE THE FREEDOM FIGHTER!
  • TarkDaShark - November 4, 2008 11:26 p.m.

    comment for the Halo one, JOE THE SPARTAN
  • TyrannosaurusAlan - November 4, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    USA USA USA!
  • CarToons - November 28, 2008 11:58 p.m.

    ___GamesRadar '12 _________Palin HA! Just kidding. Good article you guys
  • Treners - November 14, 2008 7:50 p.m.

    Oh and RandyChimp- well said, well said.
  • Treners - November 14, 2008 7:30 p.m.

    America_FTW, 1. Britain was in both wars before you on YOUR GODDAMN SIDE 2. The USSR collapsed from the inside, America were too scared to do anything 3. Since when did we "get owned" in both world wars? We fucking, you only joined once you were bothered enough to get off your fat arses. 4. You conquered nothing, you liberated them from the Japanese.
  • America_FTW - November 12, 2008 11:37 p.m.

    U british commie buttt wipe america owns, who beat u in 2 wars while being the under dog?(AMERICA)who didnt get owned in WW1-2?(america) who lead D-Day(AmErIcA) who conqured the pacific islands?(aMeRiCa) and last but not least who took down the USSR(soviet union) AMERICA so EAT british person guy!
  • RandyChimp - November 9, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    im english and i hated america for the entire length of the bush administration, in the near enough words of Niko bellic, "perhaps now, things will be different!" Sure hope so
  • Basketcase676 - November 8, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    Haha, the american dream? So would anyone like to explain the amount of poverty in america these days?
  • Soulreaverm - November 8, 2008 7:36 a.m.

    Mmm, delicious irony. I very much enjoyed this article
  • xXHawkxEyeXx - November 8, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    Cod:4 ???
  • Cwf2008 - November 8, 2008 3:12 a.m.

    Damn GamesRadar. We all know Gaylo sucks, so why oh why did you go and make fun of the flag raising on Iwo Jima with that picture of some damn gay spartans raising a blue flag?
  • greenante - November 7, 2008 6:32 p.m.

    I'm so glad im irish

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