The Top 7... Bloodiest fighting games

4 – Thrill Kill

Even if you weren’t aware of Thrill Kill when it was originally planned for the PS1, it’s since been in so many “most violent games” lists that just about everyone with an internet connection should know its entire story. The short version is that EA ultimately felt it was too bloody and offensive to release, so it canned the finished game and sat on it. Not too long after, the full thing spread across the internet and we all realized it wasn’t that great of a game in the first place.

Above: Several minutes of shattering bodies and writhing nurses. Enjoy!

But, true to its reputation, it was pretty nasty and had some legitimately disturbing characters beating the hell out of each other, and apparently relishing every second of it. And even though the visuals look dated and rough by today’s standards, Thrill Kill’s mean spirited mutilation still contains some of the most intense images to (sort of) appear on the PlayStation

Most effed up fatality: There’s a whole lot to choose from here, but the kicker would have to be from Cletus, who tears the loser’s head off and dangles it over his mouth while he gulps down a torrent of brainy blood. That video is filled with some really weird shit.

3 – Kasumi Ninja

There are several misguided fighting games of the ‘90s (Way of the Warrior, Ultra Vortek, Cosmic Carnage, Tattoo Assassins), but one of the best/worst is Kasumi Ninja, an irredeemably trashy fighter that desperately attempted to cash in on Mortal Kombat’s meteoric rise to fame. That means motion-captured actors turned into crudely animated sprites that slowly and embarrassingly paw at each other while cartoony red glop flies across the screen.

Above: Probably the dumbest two minutes of your day

It ranks higher than the others because it’s so absurdly blanketed in blood. The life bars drip blood, the floor retains blood splatter from the fight, the fatalities squirt blood across the screen… blood blood blood everywhere, and not a single drop matters because it’s all done so poorly.

Most effed up fatality: I’m not even sure what that red thing is, but it’s so misshapen and ambiguous that it’s actually kinda scary. Apparently it likes to tear people’s heads off and hold them up as if to consume, but instead freezes and just stares at them, as if admiring the disembodied skull. Creepy.


Halloweek Top 7


  • sternparez - October 30, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    oh god that was before I watched the last video, Lazarus! "Good, now I can use yer boady as a raft"
  • sternparez - October 30, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    "Och aye" nice to see Angus represent my country on the Atari Jaguar
  • SuperStingray - October 30, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Where's MadWorld?
  • Kezmer - October 29, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    I am going for that piece of dog shit Way of the Warrior 3D0 game... Shaky Jake was so bad ass !! !! !!
  • Genericpenisjoketista - October 26, 2010 8 p.m.

    Holy shit... I thought that no game could make me queasy, but that Mortal Kombat fatality actually did! Which is good!! Also, the number one game on this list is hilarious. It's so bad that it's kind of creepy, actually. I can't wait to hear what they have to say about it on Talkradar...
  • philipshaw - October 26, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Here was me thinking Mortal Kombat would be number 1, you clearly did your research Mr. Elston
  • EricBratcher - October 26, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    @ventanger, Thrillkill wasn't a vehicle for Wu-Tang to get into games, but the Wu-tang fighting game that came out later used the same game engine, so that's probably what led to the rumor you heard. The one I'm now kicking myself for not remembering sooner is Samurai Shodown Sen, which can be seen here: I think it could have ranked.
  • FoxdenRacing - October 26, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    @GR Brett: Looks like yesterday falling apart on me shone through there; reading it again today, I didn't intend to be anywhere near that snarky, and for that you've got my apologies. It was weirder, yeah, but not nearly as censor-bendingly over the top like the bits mentioned for the other games. The cavemen didn't do much except look like Circus Atari outcasts in 16-bit; the arcade is where they were the most gory. Huh...I remember reading about it when I was younger, but that was years and years ago. A quick trip to wiki talks about several changes to the arcade cabinet and a recall of console versions, but to be perfectly honest 1996 was a long time ago now.
  • pimlicosound - October 26, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I remember playing Time Slaughter. I had a feeling it would make the top spot on this list. That game is absolutely bonkers.
  • papergoon - October 26, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    I don't know ANY of these games. Guess it sucks to be a young gamer
  • ThePigHostage - October 26, 2010 9:24 a.m.

  • BurntToShreds - October 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.

    If Matt Groening ever decided to make a game based on Bonestorm, I would buy five copies. For those who don't know what Bonestorm is, look here:
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 26, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    I thought bonestorm was just a Simpson's gag. also Mojumbo's fatality made me roar out a huge lol.
  • elpurplemonkey - October 26, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    Those last two games look like one of those Adult Swim joke games. And hooray a theme week! I missed these.
  • Embolado - October 26, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Why does GR video player always start with the audio bar all the way down? Please fix
  • taterboob - October 26, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Never heard of Kasumi Ninja, that is.
  • taterboob - October 26, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    It's funny, I had never even heard until I watched AVGN's videos about the Jaguar yesterday and then, boom, it pops up on this week's top 7.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - October 26, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    ohhhh that's rayden, i thought he was some curly guy or something
  • JADENkOTOR - October 26, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    @ skiallday: wow... that shit is for real
  • Robusken - October 26, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    Dammit even now Thrill Kill freaks the hell out of me. A few years ago I stumbled across a video of the story mode and it horrified me for some reason. Great top 7 Brett! Im eager to see what else is gonna show up for Halloweek.

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