Gaming’s most violent double acts

Mario and Luigi. Abbott and Costello. Sunny and Cher. All fine double acts, no doubt. But you know the thing each of them were missing? Good old fashioned slaughter to really solidify their partnerships. That’s where the grizzly duos below come into play. Inspired by our recent playthrough of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, we’ve decide to document some of gaming’s recent, really homicidal pairings. Two murderers are better than one, after all.

Agents G and Washington

Teaming up for murderous mayhem in: House of the Dead: Overkill

Won’t somebody think of the zombies?! Undead mutants are people too, you know. And in Overkill, Washington and G set human rights back for video games zombies a good twenty years. If it’s not the über sweary Washington accusing them of having relations with their rotting mothers, it’s G popping lead in their crumbling craniums.

Mind you, we can’t stay mad at the killer cops. Complimenting each other like a Predator-style massacre and a massive mini-gun, the pair cut through the Deep South, murdering everything from zombie clowns to innocent zombie cheerleaders. Seriously, someone get Atticus Finch on the line. This shit will not stand.

Starkweather and Cash

Teaming up for murderous mayhem in: Manhunt

Turns out, snuff film directors and death row inmates go together like really, really violent bits of bacon and cheeseburgers. After the demented movie man breaks Cash out of the joint, the slaphead sociopath find himself starring in his very own video nasty.

At the mercy of Starkweather (who’s holding his family hostage), Cash spends the rest of the night taking orders from the director through a headset. Said orders usually take the form of having to off gang members with knives, hammers and… eh, plastic bags. Sadly, the start of their beautiful friendship is kinda ruined when our murderer finds Starkweather and introduces his bloated belly to the business end of a chainsaw.

Kane & Lynch

Teaming up for murderous mayhem in: Kane & Lynch/ Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

IO’s gruesome twosome really should have their own sitcom. After all, they’re gaming’s premier ultra stabby odd couple. One’s a chronically unhinged psychopath and the other’s a slightly more chronically unhinged, medicated psychopath. Forming an unlikely alliance in the first game, the pair spend their time looking sharp in designer suits, murdering more folk than smallpox and being inspired by every Michael Mann shootout ever.

In the upcoming Dog Days, they find themselves in Shanghai, admiring the historical landmarks and taking in the local culture. That or, y’know, killing loads of cops and drug dealers. Personally, we think they make quite the couple. Always finishing off each other’s insults and sharing romantic shootings; Lemmon and Matthau ain’t got anything on these boys.


  • Metroidhunter32 - August 6, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Come on Jak and Daxter. Daxter isn't that violent, but just look at Jak's dark form. He's got no problem killing, and he's in a T rated game. He's under the radar violent.
  • ThePeanutGangsta - July 26, 2010 3:26 a.m.

    As Revanofsith said, what about Rios and Salem from Army Of Two? They travelled the world chokeslamming, headbutting, shooting people. then to show there partnership they would do the occasional headbang or air guitar. They survived through everything, they are more of a double act then the Cash and Starkweather as Rios and Salem are actually more of a "partnership" whereas Cash is more of Starkweather's forced assassin. and btw, Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham didnt really steal the Family Guy joke, he just sort of took it and shaped it into his own, the Family Guy joke is, as didijustshard mentioned, was that the fat kid from stand by me married Rebecca Romain. Also, seriously, wtf is Stand by Me? I know it is a Stephen King novel and a movie so... why the hell did you add him in the article, I think it sorta ruined it especially putting in the Scream 2 poster thing. Anyway, Rios and Salem
  • SenatorPepper - July 24, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    No, Jerry O'Connell, I can neither forget nor forgive you for Sliders.
  • Didijustshard - July 23, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Didn't the kid from stand by me also marry rebecca romain?
  • Clovin64 - July 23, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    That fat kid is an inspiration to all fat losers everywhere! I'm not fat by the way.
  • Defguru7777 - July 23, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    Knew Gears would be on here in some form. But what about Captain Price and Soap in Modern Warfare 1 and 2? How many people did they kill?
  • Vitoruss1 - July 23, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    "cocking die"? British people really must like to turn nouns into verbs. I dunno, it's kind of unrelated to the article itself, but for some reason, the font + bold + shadow on Gamesradar's word bubbles kind of kill the comedy of what's been written. Just sayin'.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 23, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    Por que no Max 'n' Mona from Max Payne 2? I love Agent Washington - he reminds me of Chris' Dolemite clips.
  • Revanofsith - July 23, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    What about Salem and Rios from the Army of Two games? Like seriously, the name says it all. Those guys accomplish as much as Chris and Sheva, but on a global scale. That alone makes them awesome. Plus slapping your partner in the head when he does something stupid.
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 23, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Technically, since the saw on the Lancer is affixed with no chain, just teeth, shouldn't it be called a buzz saw bayonet because it vibrates instead of rotates? I think it works like a wide bladed Sawzall.
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - July 23, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    @spencerisgod1990 YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!
  • spencerisgod1990 - July 23, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    shame on you Dave Meikleham for trying to pass that fact as your own and not family guys (episode with STAND BY ME on it!!!)
  • liamcullen - July 23, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Someone been watchin family guy...
  • GreatMuerte - July 23, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    haha peer pressure, have a look infamous 2 fan's
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 23, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    Cyberninja has a good point...
  • Cyberninja - July 23, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    mario and luigi could fit well they murder alot of mushrooms and turtles
  • Redeater - July 23, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    well this is less fun... lol
  • IIBrownieII - July 23, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Lol v good article meiks, chainsaw and curbstomp being my highlight :) and lolz at the random link about that fat kids career
  • Psylockerules - July 23, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    scream2 was probably that kids highlight, i mean sliders?? damn i love when buffy gets thrown off of the balcony, oh also great article :)

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