A history of videogame chainsaw killings

Resident Evil 4 | Gamecube | 2005

Things were now getting very impressive indeed. The state of Resi 4's graphics would have made us fall in unbreakable love with it had it merely been a collection of still-frame photographs which sporadically punched us in the face, but with the inclusion of the most pant-twistingly menacing chainsaw killer yet (his ominous signature sound effect even beat ZAMN's, fuggodsake!), it could have stabbed us in the eyes with hot pokers and we'd still have given it at least a 9 out of 10.

Evil Dead: Regeneration | Multi | 2005

It came out hot on the tail of Resi 4. It featured the most iconic and inventive chainsaw weapon in horror cinema. It had Bruce bloody Campbell in it! Was it the greatest chainsaw-killing-based game yet?

No. No, it wasn't overly impressive at all. Moving swiftly on...

Scarface | Multi | 2006

Al Pacino. Cocaine. Chainsaw murder. Giorgio Moroder New Wave synth. It couldn't crystalise the spirit of the '80s any more effectively if it was wearing a rah-rah skirt.

Gears of War 2 | Xbox 360 | 2008

Do we need to explain this one? Do we? Do we really? Have any of you not spent the last week exploding glorious, viscous Locust blood all over your screen with whirring metal shark teeth?

With Gears, we witnessed the evolution of the humble chainsaw into something rivalling the wonder of the Heavens themselves, through the simple but epoch-defining inspiration to attach them to bloody huge great guns. Gears 2 was chosen over the original for this feature for the simple fact that co-op play proves that two blades into one Locust will go.

MadWorld | Wii | 2009

It's chainsaw murder. It looks like Sin City. It sounds like The Running Man spliced with Smash TV. It's coming from the guys behind Okami, Viewtiful Joe and God Hand. It's on the Wii! Nintendo's little white waggle wonder justified for the entirety of 2009? Quite possibly so friends, quite possibly so.

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  • megalodon - February 21, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    i know they arent great but certainly The Evil Dead Games at least one of them should have been mentioned for their Pro Chainsaw Prowess
  • Metroidhunter32 - November 3, 2009 12:38 a.m.

    I think that RE 4 has the best chainsaw ever, even if I disagree with anything involving him being frightening.
  • ozzy910 - November 23, 2008 4 p.m.

    where the hells gears 1 ?!?!
  • grammarnazi - November 23, 2008 4:16 a.m.

    seriously was this article written by a four year old with a thesaurus? there are so many mistakes even in the first freakin paragraph. cmon guys
  • Mystery514 - November 22, 2008 6:42 p.m.

    Seriously, I would have been shocked if they didnt include Gears of War2 in this segment
  • bratman_13 - November 22, 2008 1:33 a.m.

    Dead Rising should be included. You can just camp out in the hardware stores and chainsaw as many zombies as you want! Mmm, juicy.
  • CashWheel - November 22, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    Same here, Juriasu.
  • Juriasu - November 21, 2008 8:50 p.m.

    Oh man. I'm really hoping MadWorld will turn out to be a good game.
  • hareguu - November 21, 2008 3:21 p.m.

    Awesome article.
  • NotoriousBOB - November 21, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    Awesome guys. Oh and FIRST!
  • Tasty_Pasta - November 24, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    I don't know what you guys are talking about, but I was almost positive MadWorld was going to be all black & white with red blood. It's just some crazy artsy style.
  • Defguru7777 - November 23, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    Too bad they didn't make this in time for Halloween.
  • Smeggs - November 23, 2008 4:47 a.m.

    Gears wins simply because I find it more fun to run up holding B and watch Marcus carve them up.
  • adrenaguy - November 22, 2008 9:48 p.m.

    yeah, what's up with that, I am hoping madworld will not ACTUALLY be in black and white
  • I_aM_GoD - November 22, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    Madworld looks decent...but why is it black and white ??
  • brutbrot - November 22, 2008 7:16 a.m.

    Hmm.. why I always cant play the video (unless hosted by youtube)? do you guys know why?
  • Bryce2552 - November 22, 2008 3:54 a.m.

    Someone looked at my comment on 34 ways to kill a zombie. You'll know what im talkiing about if you see it.
  • GoldenMe - November 22, 2008 1:32 a.m.

    Figures that Gears and Resident Evil would be on there. Great article though!
  • ChickenStew - November 22, 2008 1:18 a.m.

    What about Saint's Row 2?
  • Tasty_Pasta - November 21, 2008 7:50 p.m.

    Scarface will always have the best chainsaw. Full Body Dismemberment ftw!

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