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The Top 7... Bloodiest games you've never played

5.  Guwange - Atlus, 1999 - Arcade

You've never heard of this one unless you've spent a lot of time in Japanese arcades. But through the magic of emulation - and our "hellacious amount of carnage" radar - we happened upon this oddball coin-op and fell in love with it's unique approach to medieval Japanese ultraviolence.

Picture a vertical shooter like 1942 or Raiden, replace the airplane with a flying samurai, change all the enemy tanks to enemy cavalry, people, and ox carts and destroy destroy destroy. Those mounted warriors and the horses they rode in on simply explode in clouds of red only to leave a splotch of gore behind.



Above: Yeah, the explosions in Guwange actually look more like red fireballs than blood, but give 'em a break - it was 1999.

The "bad" guys also give up hundreds of levitating coins for reasons that aren't really clear, but we have to admit that slaughtering enemies and taking their money just feels that much more satisfying than merely slaughtering them.

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18 comments

  • lukescaz - April 9, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    jeezus dats bloody
  • danmc - October 25, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    i got my hands on a copy of thrill kill when i was like 8 haha i thought it was amazing back then
  • pyro9393 - December 7, 2008 11:27 p.m.

    did a gay guy just get put through a blender
  • ryno - November 21, 2008 10:47 p.m.

    ive played Nanobreaker before and its pretty cool
  • Smeggs - November 19, 2008 2:01 a.m.

    Somebody stabbed the Trix Rabbit in that last picture.
  • Gingerbread - October 23, 2008 10:50 p.m.

    Wow.. some of those have such bad graphics but the blood and mutilation is awesome!!!
  • FancyRat - September 17, 2008 1:31 a.m.

    Nice.
  • Dude - December 8, 2008 11:31 p.m.

    Shadow of Rome was an amazing game but kinda felt immature with the gore... like it was there olny gimick. Would have been an amazing game if i could take it seriously.
  • musashi1596 - November 18, 2008 3:28 p.m.

    I'm surprised 'Eternal Champions' didn't make it in...
  • hareguu - November 18, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    I completly agree.
  • kryptkeeper666 - July 9, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    If anyones ever played the game "Die By The Sword" i personally think tht shouldve been in there due to the dismemberment of limbs factor of it.
  • ericgirasole - April 24, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    gruesome but where the fck is gears of war 1 and 2
  • Kipp56 - April 16, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    Just goes to show that anything in excess eventually becomes hilarious. I don't know why No More Heros wasn't on this list (the uncensored U.S. version at least), and it's too bad Madworld wasn't released in time for this article, it would fit right in.
  • AA95mp - December 14, 2008 2:39 p.m.

    mmmmmmmm...... meat pudding
  • Billiam101 - July 29, 2009 5:52 a.m.

    you know i have never got a first for at least 5 years of seeing this site and planning and staying up late. Ahh F*ck it FIRST.
  • cracker33 - June 22, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is freaking amazing. I still play the multiplayer on that game. The single player is still entertaining to me.
  • jerome0003 - April 26, 2009 8:14 a.m.

    i somehow managed to get a copy of thrill kill
  • OrpheusZero - April 24, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    @ericairasole : In the beginning of the article, it says that it would address the games that were more obscure, as opposed to more mainstream ones. I'm pretty sure GoW 1 and 2 fall under the "mainstream" category.

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