GamesRadar E3 2011 Awards: Most Satisfying Gore

All gamers are carnivores and savages. Oh sure, some of us rarely eat meat in real life, but when we’re in a game, the thing we most want to see is our enemies turned into meat, the more rare and bloody the better. There’s something almost primal about seeing your foe turned inside out – you didn’t just win. You ripped them asunder. And there is satisfaction there. So which game this year looks best poised to satisfy our not-at-all-unhealthy bloodlust?


The Nominees

Capable of delivering some of the most eye-wateringly detailed graphics on the planet, Rage nonetheless keeps the gore quotient realistic and grounded. However, this creates one of those “less is more” situations – when you see the spray after unloading a shotgun shell into a mutant’s stomach, or watch as an expertly-thrown wingblade cleanly pops an enemy’s head off his body, you feel like a true master assassin.  Preview 

Dead Island
Zombies come apart more easily than not-yet-undead beings, and nowhere is that more evident than in this open world splatterfest. But the appeal here isn’t just that you can chop your foes into giblets. It’s the creative ways in which you can do it. Taking a cue from the Dead Rising series, Dead Island enables you to combine things like a hatchet and dynamite, which results in the ultimate sticky grenade when thrown.  Preview 

Prototype 2
Another open world game, but in this one you are a living bioweapon capable of incredible acts of destruction. Your body is capable of sprouting massive tendrils of living flesh, your arms can turn into blades six feet long, and nearly everything you see, be it monster, machine, human or some combination of the three, needs to be hacked into pieces. And if that wasn’t enough, you can consume people – literally – to take on their appearance.  Preview 

Rise of Nightmares
There’s no sense beating around the bush: Rise of Nightmares is not the prettiest game on this list. But it makes up for its lack of graphical detail by using Kinect to forge the most tangible connection between the player’s motions and what’s happening onscreen. It doesn’t quite come through in video, but here’s the point: It’s one thing to twiddle a controller stick to hack at a zombified face with an axe. But when you’re making the actual motion to press a chainsaw into a brain-eating ghoul and watching it rip through their rotting torso, it feels just a little bit more empowering.  Preview 

BloodRayne Betrayal
It may be the sole 2D representative on this list, but that doesn’t mean BloodRayne Betrayal is even remotely shy about letting massive gouts of crimson burst from every freshly-skewered enemy. The physiology of it all is questionable – we’re literally not sure how a creature of that size could contain that much blood. But it sure looks and feels good.  Preview 

Gears of War 3
A late entry, Gears of War 3 almost missed this list – as much as we love chainsawing friends, we’ve been doing that for years. But then we saw the E3 demo, in which a giant sea creature was attacking our heroes. Their solution? Blast it in the face until an eye bursts open, leaving the remnants dangling from its socket until the other one got blown out as well. This bodes well to us.  Preview 

And the winner is…

Prototype 2
Truthfully, this one wasn’t even close. Prototype 2 delivers the blood and guts in more different ways than you could imagine. It’s not just that your arms become blades. It’s not just that you’re practically made of gore, sprouting giant meat tentacles all the time. It’s not just that you can stabbing some poor bastard in the neck with your arm-dagger, which will make 40-foot tendrils shoot out of his body, grab everything withing range, then retract and explode. It’s all that and more. You can see this particular hell at around the 1:06 mark in the video below, but you should really just watch the whole thing. We have a winner.  Preview 

Most graphics | Coolest character reinvention
Best response to fan feedback 
Best trailer | Most satisfying gore | Guiltiest pleasure
Most shameless rip-off 
Best new game we know nothing about
Worst first impression | Best game for masochists 
Most likely to consume our lives | Artsiest-fartsiest
Most tasteless 
Might not actually suck | Proof that 2D isn't dead | BEST OF SHOW 




  • Yeager1122 - June 23, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    Most agree the gore in the first prototype was satifying iand i can see the second one being even more so.
  • mastersword369 - June 22, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    WHAT ABOUT THE DARKNESS 2?! Seriously!
  • MkLangley - June 22, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    Ninja gaiden 3 is the only answer ^^
  • kor2disturbed - June 22, 2011 3:59 a.m.

    At first I was like wtf gears is the goriest game on this list, prototype 2 just does it differently, then I saw "most satisfying gore". Prototype 2, dead island, gears 3.
  • FOZ - June 23, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    Moondoggie, Rage is made by id. NOT BETHESDA. IT'S MADE BY ID, YOU IGNORANT, FOOLISH, GODDAMN KIDS THESE DAYS RABBLE Prototype was gory, but with all the stuff happening in the first game I wasn't really paying attention after a while.
  • Dondada - June 23, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    Loved the first Prototype.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 22, 2011 6 p.m.

    I know I might spark some hate with this comment, but in all honesty I am not too impressed with Rage. I find Bethesda to be very hit or miss; I loved Brink, but couldn't stand more than a few hours of the Fallout series. Obviously, it is all subjective opinions, but Bethesda's games just seem to be the same thing rehashed time and time again with different faces and weapons. I can't wait until some new concepts are thrown into the gaming world. Alice: Madness Returns was great, had an original style, more than descent plot (Honestly, the hatred you build for the antagonist is huge) and subtle, yet satisfying gore. Anyways, bloodrayne looks pretty wicked, love the fluidity animation. Lastly, I really hope Dead Island lives up to it's hype, it looks soooo fucking good.
  • EricBratcher - June 22, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    You know, I considered throwing Ninja Gaiden 3 into the mix, but I'm not yet convinced its gore is going to be satisfying. Great suggestion, though. So is Darkness 2. It came close.
  • moan4stalone - June 22, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    Prototype was great but it had more button combos then a street fighter game. Hope they make it easier to do moves.
  • HipsterKitten - June 22, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    Dead island should've won IMO, with the real impact with the weapons will be extraordinary.
  • WrathLord03 - June 22, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    It's strange that in a previous article it was mentioned that adults wanted an emphasis on things other then killing people in games and now you're praising gore...(even though you've done that at the end of the year for who knows how long). Needless to say, I still agree wholeheartedly with everything on this page and its existence...
  • LIKEUCARE - June 22, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    Dead Island should be quite gory... and I'm actually eager to play it. Prototype 1 got solid gameplay with good gore and I'm sure the sequel will feature just that! So, no Silent Hill Downpour nominated? Probably on the fence too eh Gamesradar? I want the game to be successful but without Akira Yamaoka's involvement in the game, I'm quite wary... As for RAGE, I don't expect the game to be a gorefest... still nice to be nominated here though!
  • Baron164 - June 22, 2011 2:04 a.m.

    I still need to finish the original Prototype, so many games so little time.

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