The Top 7... Deadliest shark attacks


Site of incident:
Anywhere you’ve been swimming for too long

When you’re playing their game, the makers of Scarface: The World is Yours want you to think and act like Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana. As such, activities like jacking cars and harming civilians are generally discouraged, if not outright forbidden. Also, Tony wouldn’t just walk down to the beach and go swimming in an expensive ‘80s suit. And if you decide to do this terrible thing, then there’s a special punishment in store.

Above: It’s a beautiful day and absolutely nothing could go wrong 

See, Tony Montana might be the baddest thing on land in Miami, but if he ventures too far out to sea – or just stays in the water too long – his status on the food chain drops dramatically. You’ll know it’s hit rock-bottom when, all of a sudden, you stop moving and your HUD disappears.

Then we’re treated to a shot of Tony looking around at the water, apparently confused…

Above: “Did I lose my keys?” 

And the next thing you know he’s just a blood spray and a Wilhelm scream.

Above: Oh well, at least he’s still got his word 

Hey, wait, where have we seen a shark leap up like that before?

Above: Oh, right 

The whole spectacle is brief, to the point and teaches a valuable lesson about not going swimming, ever. And you can see it in action right here:


Site of incident:
Fjorkin Village

After so many games in which sharks play the villain, it’s nice to see a rare instance of them helping you out. This is thanks to the Land Shark Gun, also known as “The Best Thing about Armed and Dangerous.”

Above: So awesome, they put it right there on the cover 

A vital tool in the arsenal of Armed and Dangerous’ weirdo freedom fighters, the Land Shark Gun works by storing a land shark embryo, which grows to maturity seconds after it’s launched out of the gun. It then tunnels through the ground at alarming speeds, with nothing but a fin to tell you where it is.

Then, suddenly, it’ll disappear. If it’s your first time firing the Land Shark Gun, you might think you’ve spawned a dud. That is, until the enemy you targeted starts looking at his feet nervously. You know, sort of like Tony Montana did in that last entry.

Above: “Shit, I did lose my keys!” 

That’s about the moment when your friend the Land Shark lunges out of the ground, half-swallowing your enemy before yanking him down into the earthy deep.

The best part of this deal is that Land Sharks have a huge appetite, so the first one you launched will go on killing…

And killing…

And if you launch two of them at the same time, you’ll wreak all sorts of havoc, which you can observe in the video below:

There, now aren’t you sorry you didn’t buy this when it was in stores? If so, then we’ve done our jobs as whiny perpetuators of consumer guilt.


Site of incident:
The Aqua Ring

It’s difficult to think of an encounter with sharks that’s more genuinely nerve-wracking than the one in the GameCube remake of Resident Evil. In the PSone original, the sharks were little more than slow-moving blobs that tried to bite you to death in a squarish room filled with shallow water.

Above: The “fearsome” original Neptune 

In the REmake, meanwhile, your meeting with the sharks thrusts you out onto narrow catwalks in a vast circular room filled with water that, while still only waist-high for you, can hold considerably more shark. And not only are the new game’s mutant sharks considerably more detailed – and therefore more terrifying – than their 32-bit counterparts, but they’re a lot faster, a lot more aggressive and a lot more bitey. And they aren’t even the worst thing in the room.

No, the real terror here is the revamped Neptune, reborn as a mammoth zombie shark that is, at first, only visible as a huge, looming shadow that patrols the bottom of the Aqua Ring.

Above: You probably don’t want to see what that looks like up close 

Stay in one place for too long – like you would if, say, you were to stand and fight the sharks – and that shadow will lunge up out of the water and instantly chomp the life out of you. You’re so dead that there isn’t even a body to show during the “You Are Dead” screen – just a puddle of blood.

Above: Of course, you’ll only see this if you stand around out in the open like an idiot 

Because going toe-to-toe with the sharks will almost invariably end with your death, the smart thing is to run to the control room to drain the water – at which point you’ll get another, not-so-lethal face-to-face meeting with our buddy Neptune.

Even once you’ve drained the room, the threat isn’t over – while the sharks might be gasping for air and on their last legs, you’ll still have to edge past the seemingly dead Neptune in order to get to a dangling key for one of the rooms above the Aqua Ring. And as soon as you grab it, Neptune thrashes back to life, giving you the option of A) electrocuting him, B) shooting him to death or C) stepping down from the safety of your platform and immediately being perforated by shark teeth and presumably dismembered and swallowed in a zombie shark’s final act of revenge/hunger.

Above: It's seen from underwater and therefore hard to make out, but trust us - this is Jill being mauled to death

Naturally we’ve captured the whole thing on video, which you can observe below:


  • megalodon - August 20, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    certainly the Mistake that leads to the Shark eating Batman or catwoman in the penguins lounge area of Batman Arkham City deserves to be mentioned
  • valiz - August 14, 2012 3:05 a.m.

    I feel a bit cheated, where is Hungry Shark? :(
  • FanofSaiyan - December 7, 2009 4:13 a.m.

    Do the Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank series count?
  • Chippie17 - October 26, 2009 7:23 p.m.

    Think your missing the one from Super Mario Galaxy xD
  • Kytl - October 6, 2009 12:29 a.m.

    so many sharks in video games these days, even Monster Hunter 3, though you have a giant sword or other weapons with you so no problem
  • AngryScotsman - August 11, 2009 12:25 p.m.

  • STR33TFiR3 - August 9, 2009 12:53 a.m.

    I didn't know that those menacing sharks could be actually killed in crysis. Time for a sweet revenge, huh?
  • noobeater - August 7, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    great article...megladon pfft thats nothing google: lipluradon or suming like tha. not a shark but biggest carnivore ever to live ...during age of dinosaurs in the sea.
  • Teh_Ty - August 5, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    I remember an arcade game from a while ago that was a railroad shooter, and the main enemy was sharks, and the bosses were mythical creatures and one was a HUGE shark. That boss was awesome. The last boss was impossible. It was posiden. [sp?]
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 5, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    they seem to be scary along with the game itself jaws unleashed was pretty bad crysis was even worse
  • Conman93 - August 4, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    This isn't really relevent to the article,but bear with me... This is aimed at South Park viewers.Have u ever noticed that whenever anyone in South Park goes into a game store, u can see the boxart of Okami on the shelves. I wonder why that is ?
  • IIIJabbaIII - August 4, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    I love how the song in scarface says "past the point of no return" right when you stop and get gobbled up XD
  • TreeBird1 - August 4, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    Who'd have ever thought being a video game character could be so perilous?!
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - August 4, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    i want cyisis now...=(
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - August 4, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    @dante1924: I'll cover that on Thursday.
  • silvereye - August 4, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    A SHARK TOOK DOWN A F***ING HELICOPTER! I dont care how crap that game is, Im going to get a copy just to blow up helicopter
  • stroypa - August 4, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    you didn't include banjo kazooie!!!
  • HowardRoark - August 4, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    "Above: GODDAMMIT I’M A SHARK WHAT THE HELL DO THOSE WORDS SAY" I fucking died. That was hilarious. recatcha: rhombus Nishii
  • Unoriginal - August 4, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    This reminds me of when I was just a tiny 12 year old baby. I was playing the Mario 64 water level for the first time and my friend told me there was a shark in there somewhere. I exited the level and didn't finish that level until last year on the DS, I was that afraid of sharks. Great article and thanks for the nostalgia.
  • Glides - August 4, 2009 12:20 p.m.

    Wow that shark attack in Ecco is disturbing... 48th

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