The Top 7... Deadliest shark attacks


Site of incident:
The open ocean

Crysis takes place mostly on a huge, beautiful tropical island that you can explore more or less freely, without artificial borders. If you insist on venturing too far beyond where those borders would be, however, you’ll make a new friend for life. Specifically for the last few seconds of it.

Above: “Oh, hello! Are you following me, Mr. Shark?” 

See, Crysis is filled with places to swim, and a lot of them are fairly shallow, safe and breathtakingly pretty, whether you’re beneath the surface or above it.

Keep swimming out toward the sea, however, and you’ll eventually come to a sandy reef that separates the island from the open ocean. And if you cross over that reef, then you’re taking your life into your own hands.

Above: Oooh, scary 

For a little while after you’ve plunged into the deep, things will be fine – assuming you would call swimming alone in murky seawater with no bottom in sight “fine.” Before long, however, you’ll notice you have company. This is your cue to haul your dumb ass back to shore before the game changes its mind about not murdering you for breaking the rules.

Above: “Hey, is he getting closer?” 

Above: “Oh look, he’s curious! I think he wants to play!” 

Above: “Wait, no, he’s still just circling me in a menacing fashion”

Crysis deserves credit for portraying shark attacks as they’ve actually been reported in real life: when the shark shows up, it starts circling you passively, like it’s sizing you up while simultaneously trying to reassure you that it’s not a threat. Its movements are languid and graceful, and then it instantly tenses up and hones in like a rocket when it goes for the kill.

Above: “I knew it! He does want to be my friend!” 

Above: “Hey little fella, do you wanna plaAAAAAAARRRRGGHH!” 

Above: For the record, the only time you see things at angles like this in FPSes is when you’re very, very dead 

The Crysis shark phenomenon has been thoroughly documented on YouTube. Here’s how a typical encounter with these aquatic fiends plays out:

And here’s a less typical encounter:

And another one with a whole lot of sharks at once:

Note: While Crysis’ shark attacks are easily the most realistic representation of such incidents in a game, real sharks don’t snarl. Just in case you were curious.


Site of incident:
Absolutely everywhere

The spiritual successor to Jaws: The Revenge, Jaws Unleashed was made not so much to be played as it was to be mocked on the internet. If you’re wondering exactly how terrible a game it really is, this screen should give you a pretty good idea:


Still, there’s one thing it does really well, and that’s giving you total control over the most gory and elaborate shark attacks ever to be featured in a videogame. As the eponymous shark, you can tear apart boats. You can sneak up on unsuspecting victims and drag them screaming across the surface of the water, like in the beginning of the first Jaws movie. And if you’re feeling really sadistic, you can pull them down into the depths and, with a quick shake of your massive head, rip their limbs off, one by one.

Above: The fun part is watching them try to swim away like that 

Above: Chewing them lazily is also an option 

Really, though, that’s only entertaining for so long, and it pales before the simple pleasure of chomping on a swimmer, spitting her out and catching her in midair, over and over again.

Above: Jaws practices catch-and-release humaning

This is a process that can be repeated almost indefinitely, to the point that if you start to feel guilty about it, you can carry your prey to the nearest beach and deposit them harmlessly on the sand, at which point they’ll run away, apparently unscathed. But that would make you a pretty crappy shark, so maybe you’d like to tail-whip them into the air instead, at which point they’ll explode for some unexplained reason.

Above: Looks like SOMEONE’S awful damn pleased with themselves 

So, ignoring that Jaws Unleashed controls like raw sewage, has one of the worst camera systems ever and is filled with complicated activities no shark could ever understand, it at least features lots and lots of really over-the-top nasty shark attacks and puts you in complete control of them. And really, isn’t that the main reason you’d want to play as this dumb asshole?


If you’d like to see what kind of antics our savage friend is capable of, here’s a sample attack caught on video. WARNING: it’s kind of gross:

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  • Csheroe - August 3, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    Eccos a happy game! D; Doesn't need sharks....
  • DontEatRawHagis - August 3, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    What about the shark from Viewtiful Joe.
  • DontEatRawHagis - August 3, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    What about the Viewtiful Joe Shark?
  • MechGyver - August 3, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    Beware!!Sharks always smile before they attack!! This info may save your life. ;)
  • LizarDAZZLE - August 3, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    I think the Ichtheosaurs from Half-life were the scariest moments of ANY game. I had to try to shoot it from above the ground with the pistol before I got in the water.
  • Amnesiac - August 3, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    I want me a Land Shark Gun.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 3, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    This makes me wish I had cable. :(
  • dragonpyro - August 3, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    lol 'Better known as the “SHIT-SHIT-SHIT-SHIT-cam'
  • DHokat - August 3, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    I loved the ending of the video of jaws when you took down the helicopter.
  • AMayer - August 4, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    I hate when I lose my keys and then a shark fucks me up. I should just get a lanyard.
  • RatPuncher - August 4, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    My favorite shark attack is the one from Crysis for the video of the sharks on land. :D
  • Sicktightyo - August 4, 2009 12:33 a.m.

    does anyone remember the shark from banjo kazooie? i was always creeped out when i was a kid of him. he should be #1
  • EffinChrys - August 4, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    A "dolphin cigar"! Hahahaahahahaah you funny. Your check is in the mail, sir and/or ma'am.
  • ReparazRoll - August 4, 2009 1:02 a.m.

    Oh Mikel, are you ever gonna let me down? Good to see GR is actually celebrating Shark Week.
  • Hurricrane - August 4, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    did the shock therapy come into play for Ecco Mr. Reparaz? *cackles* I never knew Armed and Dangerous had influenced Crysis as much as that 2nd video showed captcha: radar fish HOLY SHIT ITS A SIGN
  • FlyinMX - August 4, 2009 2:22 a.m.

    Thanks GR, Armed and Dangerous was the game I was trying to remember. Land shark gun looked awesome and I even saw the tea-drinking robot.
  • TheNinja - August 4, 2009 2:24 a.m.

  • sixboxes - August 4, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    No sharks from Tomb Raider? BULLSHIT. I remember in TR 2 being dumped from the plane (in the one cutscene) and being forced to swim around blindly to find that teeny opening to get into the sunken ship. And how many times I drowned, or got one-bite killed, or both.
  • girl - August 4, 2009 5:09 a.m.

    the shark in the world ends with you was a land shark so it is the best shark ever (also the banjo kazooie shark is amazing because it talks.)

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