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The bloodiest games you've never played

Chiller

Remember arcades? Of course you don’t! On one hand, we feel sorry for the younger generations who grew up without such dimly lit havens, spending untold hours playing After Burner and Street Fighter II. And on the other, we’re glad you never had to deal with the light gun aisle of shame, usually led by the shocking grotesque Chiller.


Above: Mom, listen. I really need 50 cents 

The idea was, of course, to shoot everything that moves. Or didn’t move, because it was bound to a guillotine or torture rack. Blasting chunks of flesh off the prisoners netted you points, but the real score came from nailing a set number of monsters on the screen. When you were done, it looked like this:


Above: Take the time to compare this shot to the other 

Chiller was short, fairly easy and far too graphic to be placed in a Wal-Mart vestibule, so it was condemned to a crap-ass (and unlicensed) NES port way late in the game. We were going to embed the YouTube video, but it’s horribly boring. So horrible… it’s scary. Like Halloween.


Death Duel

Before Mortal Kombat, before the ESRB, even before Sega’s self-imposed rating system (GA through MA-17), there was Death Duel, a game that glamorized intense violence as if it were as wholesome as a drunken monster truck race.


Above: Yeeee haw? 

Yessir, nothing as lovely as systematically disarming (legging, heading) a giant dragon monster thing in front of a cheering crowd while grating Genesis music blares in the background. As was the case with most overly graphic games in the ‘90s, the gameplay was total crap – you’re in an arena, but can only move left or right and have a limited number of shots. We’re supposed to keep playing because OMGBLOOD, as blood of any kind was still a novelty.


Above: HAY GUISE 


Above: HURRG GUURGGG 

This is where we’d mention some neat trivia about the game, or relate it all back in some amazingly clever joke. But there’s next to no surplus love for Death Duel online, so we just have to assume no one ever cared. And thus, no one ever played.


Guwange

Most scrolling shooters involve a lone spaceship dodging a billion projectiles a second. While theoretically violent, they usually only involve machines… except for the Japan-only Guwange, where you control a possessed ninja and reduce countless soldiers to red paste.


Above: Those red things used to be people 


Above: So, this boss was 72% blood 

The only way you’ll be able to experience the rush of ruining Japan’s Muromachi era is through the magic of emulation, which, if we’ve heard right, results in Marines storming through your windows and hauling you off to jail. How dare you play a game that isn’t for sale!


Thrill Kill

Its development is well chronicled, having begun at EA in the mid ‘90s as a groundbreaking 4-player PlayStation brawler. Eventually the focus shifted from “wow, four players at once” to excessive limb tearing and face eating, and EA refused to publish it at all. So, you didn’t play this one because it never made it out the door.


Above: Dr. Faustus performs some much-needed heart surgery 

Thrill Kill was so completely done, however, that it did end up as a readily available download for anyone willing to sniff around. Unsurprisingly, the gore blinded the dev team so completely they were unable to make a fighting game that’s loaded with fatalities, disturbing characters and set in Hell’s bathroom fun at all.


Above: There’s what, five fatalities per character?

Activision took the guts of Thrill Kill and tossed them into the equally shitty Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style, and then powered 2000’s X-Men: Mutant Academy with the leftovers. Bam, we all just learned something.


Dual Blades

There are only nine M-Rated games for GBA. There’s a GTA, a Max Payne, a couple of Mortal Kombats, but the one we're sure absolutely no one paid any attention to is Dual Blades, a glacially paced fighter that bothered to fill a niche that didn’t exist.


Above: Every match ends with a bloody stump

As with most one-on-one fighters, there’s some semblance of story and reasoning as to why these colorfully dressed idiots are banging swords together. And, as with most one-on-one fighters, said story comes down to this:


Above: Big thanks to Mrs. Finch’s 3rd grade class for the art!!!!!

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49 comments

  • grizzly311 - October 27, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    poor dead space ignition. been sitting on my shelf since last xmas just waiting patiently. i'll get to you eventually... pinky swears
  • 2cute2Bcruel - September 11, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    Oh, Chiller. I learned about that infamous bonus room from Stuff magazine years ago. Hated it instantly. Violence in games rarely shocks me, but that's one of the worst things I've ever seen. Another bloody game you could have mentioned: Monster Party (NES). Wikipedia it. You'll be creeped out by it far more than you could ever imagine.
  • Staadsyboy - July 30, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Dude what about Conker: Live and Reloaded? Why do you people always forget about that game? That game has so much gore if you hold a grenade for too long the upper half of your body blows up. There's blood and guts everywhere. You people that post these remember to think about that game. I've seen it in one of these things and it was great re-makes. So just take it in consideration. Or I will destroy you
  • SwampRock - July 29, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    what about postal i've never met anyone but myself thats actually played it
  • Jalygtra - July 28, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Dragon age was pretty bloody too.
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is a masterpiece! Also, check the gore in OPFPDR. It's both exhilarating and disturbing.
  • Blackbird - February 11, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    @Thrill Kill: Why doesn't thiss have a current-gen sequel? Captha: be bummers
  • Metroidhunter32 - December 21, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    You lied to me GR. Dead space e. is still going for 50 clean. I wanted it so bad, but now I can't afford it.
  • vicmyster101 - November 6, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    haha never thougt that ds would bring smetin dis cool hopefully the graphics wnt be bad,but looks interesting of the chart
  • Romination - November 4, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    I played Abadox! It it pretty fun, too, I miss games like that... Thrill Kill has surprisingly good animation. I love the crazy metal soundtrack as that one girl does the macarena @crumb dunky well... i really have to say that absolutely no one cares why you're pissed. And why not blame Wii owners for not buying it? It's a solid, competent game. I don't have it simply because i'm a poor college student and can't afford all the crap I want. You also contradict yourself by saying that everyone wanted a Dead Space game but then that they provided a game that no one wanted. Actually, you kind of frighten me. someone hold me...
  • FiftyDollarCurse - November 4, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Wat. You guys forgot Techno Cop.
  • fatpenguin69 - November 1, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    i have dark sector on PC from PCPowerPlay. u got it free with the mag a couple issues ago so i dunno y iv never played it. good article btw
  • dmaster225 - November 1, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    dam thrill kill sure is creepy, I think that is the most grim game Ive ever seen. I mean the dark and small levels, the creepy characters it sure is a creepy game.
  • crazyqazqaz - October 31, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    oh.. if u scroll sideways on the comment u can see them. There are 5000, honest! If u dont believe me count them. Yeah, thought not!
  • crazyqazqaz - October 31, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    you are joking... i used all the 5000 in dots and it didnt show up?!? for f***s sake!
  • crazyqazqaz - October 31, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    @crumb dunky You know where it says you've got 5000 characters remaining? 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  • crazyqazqaz - October 31, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    OUCH CHARLIE! lol :D-
  • GameManiac - October 31, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    Can this article's title BE any more true (except for the last page, I've clearly heard about those last games). Turning your blood to the colors of the rainbow... SEE the rainbow! Taste the rainbow! (from the skittles commercial) Massive LOL
  • crumbdunky - October 31, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    I can't agree with you guys n the Dark Sector stuff too much. I had the misfortune of playing it on both 360 AND the uber fiddly PS3 sixaxis-glaive-driving version(man-I thought the controls for Lair were weak!)AND as I'd rented it at launch I also beheld the terminal dullness that the epitomy of tacked on multiplayer managed to be with actual opponents! Had the sodded the MP off and spent the cash on a better SP it ould have been saved as some of the takedowns with the gld special powers were cool. That said, it stole the glaive off Blade2 FFS. BLADE2! I think you understand me.And in that game you could, IIRC, lop off at least seven or eight vampire hoggins inone throw with Blade's glaive! So, a game with pi55 weak MP and a glaive weakler than that in a movie tie in game which sank without trace is one of GR's "favourite" games o? I do NOT believe you and $3.50 sounds about fair to me. However, kudoringing up the one arcade game that always bothered me a little-Chiller. Funnily enough I NEVER saw anyone actually play it but watchgo through it's demo used to attract a queasy crowd sometimes. TestDDs adds a good question about what kind of umen the game would appeal to though. Thankfully very few if our greasy spoon and bandit fuelled arcade was much to by! It was just called The Arcade for ages but once they brought in a bandit for the first time it became The Monte Carlo! FFS!Good times with the SF cabs though, good times! Plenty of 1942 as well. Anyway, no. Dark Sector was pants and the public got it right with that one in much the same way that EA got it totally wrong by continuing the trens of Rail shooters on the Wii. EVERYONE wanted a real DS experience and no matter now good and good looking Extraction would be could EVER make up for the fact they made entirely the wrong game for a consle populous starved of a decent TPS survival horror to play since the awesome Wii edition of RE4 And they ignored the fact that if you don't stick "Resident" and "Evil" on your Wii rail shooter it's as good as dead. Then in an act befitting the old EA(or modern Acti) they blamed Wii owners for not buying a game they never wanted in the first place and made it quite clear to EA at the time! Seriously does anyone know anyone who wasn't less interested once the words rail, lightgun and shooter start being used here? Even EA knew it which is why they won't call it a rail shooter but a "guided FP game" or whatever. So why is it the game's fan EA? And why did you then fail to advertise it at all outside of the odd gaming site that 0.007 percent of Wii owners will ever visit? Sorry, I'm in a bad mood. I HATE Hallowe'en since ours in the UK went all American and trick or treaty. In my day my dad would have made me take ALL the loot back and apologize for behaving like some dirty homeless beggar. What's more the miserable git would have been right. A move back towards "mischeif night" is what's needed in the UK-a move back to stealing people's gates and kicking the wing mirrors off of cars and supergluing EVERYTHING possible while using copious amounts of fireworks. And not US aping collecting door to door dressed in a sheet with a glowing placcy pumkin. Hey, fine for the States but it just isn't English. We should stop it.
  • TestDDs - October 30, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Now i am a fan of the bloodiest games ever but that game Chilller... Jesus motherfucking Christ that shit is wrong on many levels. Who the fuck makes torture games and who the fuck plays them?

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