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


  • sepirothpk - January 21, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    To America_FTW: America was hardly the underdog in WW@, they came in half way and were the only ones with nuclear weapons. And a lot of people weren't owned and America didn't take any of the brunt from the nazis and took credit for their defeat. USSR collapsed on itself while America was causing itself troubles. And you weren't the only army in the pacific (see: australia, who helped you a lot there). America's not neccesarily bad, but they have messed up a lot
  • MUSH-RUME - January 21, 2009 5:29 p.m.

  • Bonafiide - January 22, 2009 6:33 a.m.

    plumber turned fighter? sounds a little "IT'SA ME, MARIO!" to me
  • kibblesnbits1053 - January 24, 2009 1:52 a.m.

    I'm American and I hate Americans who think they are better than everyone. I also believe that this nation has ALOT to answer for, and not just in the past administration. Who cares if we beat Britain? Who cares if we led D-Day? We've made mistakes throughout the years, and I love America just as much as the next person, but one has to admit we aren't perfect. I'm behind my country as long as it does what is right for the world as a whole. I'm behind all countries that want to work towards the betterment of this planet. HUMANITY ftw.
  • kctusincmprndd - January 31, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    no offence to anybody but why people keep saying America to the country....... come on it is named United States of America and I said OF AMERICA. It is not named America. America is the continent in which millions of people live like me. So quit it....
  • DawgsFan117 - January 31, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    I agree with the above comment it is the USA. Also why is it that every european feels the need to bash the USA. We are just trying to catch up to all of yalls fuck ups along the way. Or does colonizing everything in Africa and the Americas and murdering millions not count as a major dick move. If you are going to look back at the USA's history please look at your own as well.
  • Anonymous93 - February 19, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    I also dont think any country is the geatest and those who think theirs is are probably a bunch of retards who dont know their history
  • Anonymous93 - March 17, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    I was actually criticising the British.
  • SuperBadnik - April 1, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Ah America. A country built on genocide (of the native americans), which American's think is "freedom".
  • nadrewod999 - April 15, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    No offense to any die-hard loyalists in the chat room, but I think that we shouldn't see people from any one nation as a "superior race", but instead we should see everyone from every nation (AKA THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF HUMAN BEINGS) as "the most powerful race" on the planet Earth, and instead of getting into wars because one guy says "My country rules and your country drools." (I am looking at you, Bush. DON'T YOU DARE HIDE IN THAT TREEHOUSE, W!) Instead, we should put aside our differences (anyone who is racist/sexist/anything-else-ist should be put in solitary confinement until they decide to play nice with others) and work together, not just for the good of ourselves, but EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ON THIS PLANET AND UNDER OUR PROTECTION! Maybe, just maybe, if we do this, there might be aliens that have been hiding just out of our sight who will see that we come in peace and begin communication with us (That was for the alien lovers out there, which I am not, although it will make life much better if the only fights we have are 1 or 2 fist fights about who needs to rake up some leaves that fell off of one person's tree and into another person's lawn, which can then be bandaged up, but no amount of gauze can heal someone who got headshot by a tank shell that then exploded on the spot)
  • Zeldrin - April 16, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    MGS actually comes appealingly close to the real US once you scratch the giant walkers and clones.
  • sprog - April 24, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    Some strong feelings here eh? I'm British, proud of my country. I admire America for going from a collection of colonies to the powerhouse it is today (read Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen Ambrose - you'll be impressed). Likewise I admire Britain for staving off non-stop invasions and forging a world-spanning empire over hundreds of years, all from a tiny island. No amount of immature xenophobia will change those facts. France is still gay. Good feature btw.
  • FyshelStix - June 30, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    Great article but I don't agree with the one about Halo, in Fall of Reach I'm pretty sure it stated that the Human forces tried organise a peace between them and the Covenant. Also I've heard American, English and Australian accents in the Halo games.
  • HypureLunatic - June 30, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    @souleater77 there were 6 men raising the flag, 5 marines and 1 sailor Michael Strank, USMC; Harlon Block, USMC; Franklin Sousley, USMC; Rene Gagnon USMC; Ira Hayes, USMC; and John Bradley; Navy Corpsman just thought i'd throw that in there :)
  • DarxStar - July 1, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    GTA IV Unpatriotic? Someone's gonna pay! Wait I'm a Canadian with only a Wii and DS, what do I care?
  • Billiam101 - July 1, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    one more thing france is the best (joke)
  • bobbyjkl - July 2, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    What is this Superman 64 game? I've never heard about it before. Recaptcha: Formulas [unreadable]
  • noobeater - December 23, 2008 1:06 p.m.

    America_FTW needs to learn his history ...well said treners (note- on D-Day the brits landed and lost far less men then the americans) and randy chimp america and americans love themselves way too much great article all the same GR
  • LongRusty - December 30, 2008 10:57 a.m.

    In referece to Americat_FTW 1.You never thought us in WWII, you joined the war after you got your arses handed to you at pearl harbour by the japanese when you realised you were not quite so strong as you thought! 2. Actually we were the first country back on french soil after the retreat from dunkirk, we were meeting up with french resistance while germany STILL occupied it all. And then we were the first country to invade France, coming in on wooden gliders, at one location only 60 men took the most important bridge in normandy, which was defended by a Panzer division and 3 company's of german troops. 3. And who started 2 Wars lately that they are actually losing? Oh yeah, the good ol' US of A. Get your facts straight, frickin little 13 year old
  • neon-rainbowz - January 20, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm an American, I just dislike this country VERY MUCH, but FINALLY we get an awesome president :D (Obama!!!). But besides that, we suck.

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