The bloodiest games you've never played

Ah, Halloween. Easily one of the most predictable weeks of the year. See, as a content site, we have to come up with ideas every single day, so when a massive holiday comes around, it’s like a free ticket that tempts any and all websites to jump on the festive bandwagon. In fact, holiday-themed internet articles are now the easiest way to tell what time of the year it is.

Above: Literally a joke 

A few years ago we presented the Top 7... bloodiest games you’ve never played, and this year, having now written about every possible Halloween  topic there is, we’ve decided to expand that old idea into a larger collection of lesser-known bloodbaths. And that’s really all the set-up you need. Like we said, freebie.


Time Killers is fairly accepted as the most gratuitously bloody fighting game ever made. That kind of notoriety leads people to play and document said game, making it too known for this list. Bloodstorm, the arcade follow-up apparently named on the set of Fox & Friends, did manage to slip through the cracks and offer more of the red stuff than its already generous predecessor.

Above: We’re not even to the actual game yet 

Whereas Mortal Kombat was content with an end-of-match fatality, both Time Killers and Bloodstorm let you dismember, decapitate and literally kill your opponent at any time… and they would be alive for round two. Naturally this leads to incalculable gallons of blood.

Above: Yes, you are allowed to keep fighting without arms or legs 

It’s no secret why both titles are so relentlessly violent – they’re shit games. The first got by on shock value alone, and by the time Bloodstorm oozed into arcades, the fighting scene was decimated. Just watch a video of the finishing moves and you’ve experienced all there is.


Nanobreaker and the next entry have something in common – they’re both Japanese games specifically designed to appeal to the expanding Western audience. Somehow that translated to stupid amounts of blood.

Above: Wow 

You play as a guy with a lot of weapons. Your goal is to kill Orgamechs, who are half organic (so they bleed) and half robot (so they don’t matter). And that’s about it. Maybe that’s why it’s hemorrhaging review scores with a 51 Metacritic average.

Above: You can change the blood to “rainbows,” if you like 

Hm. Now here’s something interesting. Nanobreaker’s Wiki page uses GamesRadar as a reference, saying we named it the bloodiest game ever. Not true! It was number one on the old “Top 7… bloodiest games you’ve never played.” Someone should edit this grievous error.

Shadow of Rome

It’s no surprise that a game set in a crumbling, gladiator-obsessed Rome would be a non-stop shower of crimson rain, but in a strange case, this solid slasher published by Capcom managed to disappear into the sunset with barely a second glance. Believe us, if it sold well, Capcom would be on Shadow of Rome EX2: Mark of Lupercus.

Above: Smash, slice and tear your opponents to pieces 

If you cared, there was a surprisingly decent story about an arena fighter caught in the assassination of Julius Caesar, though if you’re like us, you played it just to pop heads, sever limbs and liberate as many torsos from their tyrannical legs as possible.

Above: Whoa, even a little spine in there 

Above: Did you know most of our blood is in our neck? If so, you’re wrong 

So obviously, dismemberment was a key feature in Shadow of Rome. How important was it? Well, even the options screen made it clear just how ruthless the game was going to be:




  • phoenix_wings - October 29, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    I was never really impressed with DS in the first place to play through something similar on the Wii. But seeing as it will probably be cheaper in a few months (hopefully not bargain-bin cheaper) than it might be worth a pick-up. I miss some of the gratuitous violence in video games. That, and having my parents tell me it would warp my mind, and actually believe it.
  • GAYMER - October 29, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    I guess I'm just not into bloody games.The only game on here that Ive played is Soldier of Fortune. sphincter doorways lol
  • Appsro - October 29, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Wow, I'm surprised "Loaded" or it's aptly named sequel "Re-Loaded" didn't get a mention. Still, I actually remember playing some of these. :)
  • Cyberninja - October 29, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    where is madworld its bloody and it didnt sell well
  • edw0027 - October 29, 2009 9 p.m.

    i too was never really impressed with the ds
  • Samael - October 29, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    Oh I played Shaow of Rome. So much bloody fun...except for the buttfucked steath sections.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - October 29, 2009 9:48 p.m.

  • Conman93 - October 29, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    @ cyberninja. I agree. I actually bought madworld and it was the most violent thing I had ever played. Still good though! I would recommend it.
  • TURbo - October 29, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    Yay it mentioned Soldier of Fortune II Double Helix. I have that game. LOL Charlie Barratt. I didn't know Gears of War had poor sales and was an indie game with a small cult following.
  • CuddlyBomber - October 29, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    I know you mentioned fallout 3, but it probably deserved its own paragraph.
  • MarcoX - October 29, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    how about turok 2?
  • MarcoX - October 29, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    how about turok 2?
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 29, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    Well theres on good thing about this much artial fluids. Dead Space E. is going to be way cheap when I come around to it.
  • jimmdogg - October 29, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    Another homerun article. Where did you get some of those games? Kudos
  • Hobojedi - October 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Well I'm creeped out for the day
  • JoeMasturbaby - October 30, 2009 12:34 a.m.

    my friend and i took turns playing Abadox one time when i spent the night. we were like 14 or 15 at the time. it was really fun just seeing the creatures in the game.
  • kor2disturbed - October 30, 2009 12:53 a.m.

    I've played dark sector in fact I own it I've also played dad space extraction and abadox but thats it on this list
  • TURbo - October 30, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    Once again people mention vidjagames like Fallout 3, but it sold millions. For Soldier of Fortune 2, you didn't get the intestines falling out of the body, or showing after a good shotgun blast.
  • Amnesiac - October 30, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    Shadow of Rome is actually a pretty enjoyable game. Maybe in part because it's so violent?
  • FamousMortimer - October 30, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    Jesus... I remember Chiller from the arcade. It freaked me out then, too. I saw maybe 2 people play it in my many trips... even at the tender age of 9, I knew that shit was wrong.

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