The Top 7... Sadistic moments in games


The Hall of Meat. While it may sound like some nightmarish room with walls made of stretched skin and cartilage, it's actually the sadist's version of the score attack – how spectacularly can you hurt your little skateboard dude?

Amped and Tony Hawk's Project 8 may have featured this kind of mode before Skate 2 did, but while we like Project 8 for the idea of how big your hospital bill is, it just can't match the sense of impact that Skate 2 has. Here are a few of our most painful (and high-scoring) bails.

Unlike the Tony Hawk series, Skate 2 doesn't feature any blood. It also stops short of showing broken limbs, which is probably for the best as some of the falls here would leave skulls crushed and backbones sticking out through cheesegrated flesh.

How sick is it?
Tame in terms of censorship, but there's a world of pain here.


Fable 2 prides itself on its consequence-heavy decisions. Will you be a Mr G Two-shoes, or become a corrupt, evil bastard who kills anyone who looks at him? Either way, by the time you reach the Tattered Spire, you'd better know exactly which one you are. You see, every time you choose the righteous path here, you'll lose loads of EXP. Do bad things and you'll keep your abilities, but you'll turn more and more evil with every act.


This includes starving prisoners (or giving them food) and being on the end of some S&M whippings ("Say 'thank you!'"). As for us, well, we did the good thing to start with. We helped out the prisoners, struck the Commandant with the sword… but then stabbed Bob to death. Well, it was taking too long, y'know?

Above: This is Bob. He's not dead here. But you can change that...

YouTube is full of videos of people doing evil things in Fable 2. But we reckon this one takes the sadistic biscuit. This player takes his own wife to the Temple of Shadows and... well: 

There's another similar video on YouTube where the guy goes through all this but finishes by farting on the corpse. Isn't the imagination a wonderful thing?

How sick is it?
Literally as sick as your mind. Want to kill your mate's wife? Here's a consequence-free way to live out your fantasy.


The first time you see Lara fall and break her neck, you'll feel it too. The sound of her skull hitting the floor, the way her back bends in a way it shouldn't... witness:

Above: Number 4 there is just wrong. Necks aren't supposed to do that

But, as the control scheme gets the better of you for the billionth time, something else snaps. You'll give up playing properly and start exacting your revenge on Lara. A beautiful, majestic swan dive from the very top of St Francis' Folly is highly recommended. Check it out here in our video of our favourite ways to kill Lara in the Saturn version of the first game:

How sick is it?
Compared to the ragdoll meh-ness of modern Tomb Raider deaths, Core Design's hand-animated death sequences are convincingly final-looking. And she slides down spikes after being impaled. Uck.


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  • gamefreakl1996 - July 22, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    BWA HAH HAH in Fable 2 i did EVERY evil thing i could think of, including taking my 3 wives and 5 children to the shawdow temple, then i replayed it on a seperate file and did nothing but good, good, good, except at the end i always picked the option for myself, i like my lil doggy
  • TheBoz - March 9, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Obviously you not played or remember Creatures 1 or 2 on the Commodore C64. Brilliant graphics for it's day, even comparable to the Amiga. Don't let the cartoony graphics put you off, there is some really sick things going on there ha ha ha ha ha
  • Savannah1994 - June 2, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    what about madworld, that's the most bloodiest , sadistic and well lets face it greatest game ive ever played , gone with the sims , madworld rules!
  • EmmaXII - May 22, 2009 9:54 a.m.

    Hmm. . . . I was expecting more Larxene from Kingdom hearts re:CoM. . . shes pretty damn sadistic!!
  • Demonflare - May 1, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    I exspected to see gore and blood from stupid kid games. Ether way, they both suxed
  • botn9 - March 1, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    lol #1 is definately the sickest...
  • RaIdEn - February 28, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    i like making sims swan dive off the high board then take away the pool. never gets old XD
  • pogo - February 27, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    the farther down the list ui go the more obvious it is
  • puceking - February 27, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    Most sadistic moment in a game? That's gotta be from Harvester. In the last scene of the game, you can "win" by slaughtering your defenseless girlfriend with a blade, while she cries and pleads you to stop. You then become a serial killer. And that's how the game ends. I've played a lot of violent and sadistic games before, but Harvester is the first game that ever made me feel disgusted with myself for playing it. Anyone else played this?
  • Jason.Darksavior - February 26, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    #2 is serious!
  • reyalejandro13 - February 25, 2009 midnight

    from the top... #7: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. If i had to buy a PS3 based off of one game, this would be it. also.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA #6: wow. HAhAhAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAH. i'd feel so much worse if these things were ugly. #5: I actually felt the pain from these after 30 seconds into the video. it's just wrong. This is the only one that made me feel it. #4: I understand why people fell sadist for doing this, but i just don't. I chose evil from the beginning anyway. Maybe it's just one of those things you have to do to feel it. #3: MORE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAhAhA. Ragdoll deaths ftw! loved the spikes death. #2 Yeah, how could you have a list without this game. i was going to get it, but I decided not to. Very Weird. #1: No Comment. I never played one of these games, and I never will. If i had to add some, i would add... Dead Rising. I mean, i know that they're zombies, but still... and the psycopaths were just freaky with what they did. The clown one was the best. Chainsaw deaths ftw. Of course, the Disembowerl atack is no laughing matter either. Pokemon: Yeah, not the first thing on most people's lists, but come on. Going back to the beginning routes with your Level 100 legendaries, and meeting a poor level 2 Bidoof who's just looking for food or something. You could just run, but no. You tell your pokemon to attack with Hyper Beam. Fainted my ass. SSBB: again, not the most sadistic game, but one thing sticks out in my mind: Near Kirby-ciding. Take a character who has a grab like move and an awesome recovery, like kirby, and get the character into your mouth, hands, etc. Jump off of the edge. now spit them out or throw them, and jump safely back onto the ground. That's just mean. ( Kirby, DeDeDe, Donkey Kong, and yoshi can all do this, and there are some others, if anyones wondering.)
  • drprofessor - February 24, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    I HATE the living shit out of pain. Easily one of the most boring games EVER. *tick tick tick, rrrrr, floomp* ahhhhhhh *repeat*. ugh! Shit, I had way more fun with the insurance fraud minigame in Saints Row 1-2.
  • midna365 - February 24, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    Wheres GOd of WAR
  • StonedMagician99 - February 24, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    Hilarious list (especially Pain), but what about harvesting your first Little Sister in Bioshock?
  • rollaire - February 24, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    PAIN like totally rocked! I thought it would be higher on the list! RT
  • Sash - February 24, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    I thought GTA4 would be worse than Tomb Raider. Mostly because of the excellent ragdolls they have now. You can jump off buildings into helicopters hovering below and launch yourself across the whole map bouncing off whatever you hit lol.
  • it_burns - February 24, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    I'm glad to see The Sims at #1. Nothing is funnier in that game than seeing sims die horrible deaths, whether you put them into those situations intentionally or otherwise.
  • AyJay - February 24, 2009 7:36 a.m.

    in sims bustin out, i made a family, made a swimming pool and and diving board. then, while they were jumping off i removed the pool, so they hit concrete. the two adults died. lol
  • Defguru7777 - February 24, 2009 2:44 a.m.

    I'm surprised Flatout wasn't on this list. Just watching those ragdoll physics makes me flinch.
  • Gotxxrock - February 24, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    WOW, where was the first KOTOR!? At the end of the game, when you can have Zaalbar kill Mission the Twi'lek, his life long companion and friend, simply because he owes you a life debt!! Nothing beats that!! Great list otherwise, loved the Lummings spot =D