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The bloodiest games you've never played

Harvester

We’ve written our fair share of articles loaded with niche PC games, yet have somehow almost completely overlooked Harvester, a forgotten horror title that dared to use live-action characters in 1996 – a time when we all knew better.


Above: But this is pretty funny 

Despite its rudimentary point-and-click gameplay, Harvester was still legitimately creepy, especially if you’re frightened of closed-in small towns with miniscule populations that speak in hushed tones. The game begins with “Steve” waking up in said town, scared out of his mind and arranged to be married to a woman he’s never met. He’s then asked to clean up all the eyeballs in the skin pit.


Above: Wait, what? 


Above: This isn’t helping 

Above: And then there’s this guy 

If you can stomach this type of game in 2009, it’s worth hunting down for the “huh?” appeal alone. Added bonus: there are sphincter doorways.


Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix

The Fortune series has always pushed its ridiculous violence as a selling point, a smart move when you’re on a console clogged with decent-to-amazing shooters. Double Helix failed to make a big impression when pitted against the likes of Halo, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Rainbow Six, but as advertised, its subtle, you-might-miss-it dismemberment is among the most intense we’ve ever seen.


Above: So you’ve got this dead guy ready for mutilatin’ 


Above: Blast his face away, revealing a bit of brain and a lot of blood 


Above: Or take this guy, freshly killed… 


Above: …and blow off every appendage on his body 

What’s really strange is that you have to know about the appropriately named GHOUL engine to even get these results. Blasting enemies in the head and hands, while alive, usually doesn’t do anything. Once they’re down though, they’re unwilling patients for your surgical bullet ballet.


Abadox

Nintendo of America freely swung the ban hammer throughout the ‘80s, so it’s fairly easy to find fiercely violent, Japan-only titles from that time period. Then there are games like Abadox that managed to avoid NOA’s gore/sex/religion radar altogether.


Above: Brought to you by Candy Land, Connect Four and Yahtzee 

You control a man, maybe a robot man, as he descends “into the belly of the beast,” which in this case is a living planet with innards made of lasers.


Above: In we go! 


Above: Ugh, that’s a tongue, we suppose 


Above: Some kind of throat gore, perhaps? 


Above: Uh… 


Above: Pretty sure that’s a butt with eyeballs and teeth 

It may be light on blood, but it was overflowing with graphic imagery that was unprecedented on the platform. And given that we’ve barely seen or heard anything about this game since its initial run on the NES, we’re gonna guess most of you never knew it existed until right… now.

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49 comments

  • 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.

    U FURGOT GEARS
  • 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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