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What are the most violent video games ever made? Video games get a lot of flack for being "too violent," but like it or not, some of the most important and memorable titles in video game history are filled with blood, guts, and machine gun fire. Some games are violent just for shock value, but some are really hellbent on unhinging you. Video games have been shocking people with their violence since the 1970s, back when games were still confined to nickel arcades. Violent racing games, violent shooters, and violent punch-out games like Mortal Kombat have been proliferating ever since. Console and PC gaming have only increased the popularity.

Whether you're a fan of bloody fight-to-the-death battle games, open world crime games like Grand Theft Auto, or still have nostalgia for the DOOM series, vote below on the goriest, most brutal, most cartoonishly violent video games ever.

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There are plenty of driving games out there to choose from, but not many that aggressively encourage acts of antisocial violence as brazenly as this one does. Carmageddon is a game where the entire scoring system revolves around running over pedestrians and causing other varied damage to your environment. Every time you hit a person (or persons), the game helpfully creates a huge red blood-smear on the road behind your vehicle so that you will understand the person has just been totally pureed by your car. You can also gain an advantage over your racing opponents by totaling their cars, using your own car.

DOOM was one of the earliest first person shooter games to really become popular. Like Wolfenstein, it ignited controversy for its nowadays relatively innocuous onscreen gore. Wolfenstein got flack for its Nazi imagery, while DOOM ignited additional controversy within religious circles for its heavily Satanic themes.

Gears of War
The Gears of War series is popular for many reasons, but one of them is that you are allowed to do all kinds of heinous and gross things to your enemies. Highlights include copious amounts of hot and heavy chainsaw action, curb-stomping, using people's torsos as living bullet shields, and playing catch with people's severed heads.

One of many games where you stalk around secret locations, cornering people and murdering them in various horrific ways, Manhunt caused a huge stir when Rockstar games first launched it for the PS2, most notably for a murder in which the victim gets anally impaled by a sickle.

Night Trap
This very weird, horror-themed video game has become legendary for the outrage it provoked upon its release. Trying to be innovative, the game creators basically made a cheesy early-'90s slasher film with some playable parts in between. Riddled with shot-on-video boobs, strangulation, and stabbing, the game was really a lot more like an interactive storybook (you know, like those weirdos over in Japan are so into these days). What really upset the game's critics, though, was that you were allowed to play as the murderer himself, meaning YOU were the one stalking and attempting to murder all these naked, big-breasted '90s women. Yikes.

Soldier of Fortune
Soldier of Fortune is a combat-based survival game that is known for its incredible, unholy amounts of blood and gore. Its main attraction, though, is that it allows you to sadistically torture and brutalize your enemies.

Just as the name implies, Postal is a game about going on a mass murder rampage, while also being an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. This bacchanalian shower of bloody, dismembered limbs naturally outraged the real-life USPS (as well as the then-governor of Arkansas) but it was still a popular and memorable game.

Grand Theft Auto
Of course, no list of controversial video games would be complete without the Grand Theft Auto series. The granddaddy of wackadoodle, open world crime adventure games, Grand Theft Auto offers a relentless torrent of wanton murder and assault, public indecency, petty traffic violations, and generally rude behavior.

The Evil Within
If you're not good with blood and gore, then just playing through the intro of this game will probably make you sick to your stomach. Given that it was directed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, i should be no surprise that The Evil Within is both violent and scary as hell.
Hatred might actually be the most controversial video game title of all time. Supposedly it was developed as a rebuttal to excessive "political correctness" in the games industry, though it's hard to really understand what the developers are talking about, since there are still tons of outrageously violent shooter games out there, and the genre doesn't seem to need defending.

The main character of Hatred is an unbalanced bigot who decides to go on a "genocidal rampage" (his own words) and mass murder everybody, particularly cops and ethnic minorities. So pretty much it's similar to other shooting games, except it's supposedly more violent, and your character is a racist. Fun!

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<![CDATA[The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-addictive-video-games-of-all-time
The most addictive games of all time, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can add their video game addictions to this list, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the video games that gamers just can't put down. Voting on this list is easier than figuring out the Konami code, so add your two cents and see how your gaming obsessions stack up against everyone else's.

GoldenEye 007

Grand Theft Auto III

Mario Kart 64

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Smash Bros.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

World of Warcraft


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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<![CDATA[The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-rpg-video-games-ever-made
This list shows the ranking of the best pure Role-Playing Games, Action-RPG hybrids and MMORPG's of all time, as voted on by the Ranker Community. The popularity of role-playing games far predates video game technology entirely, and many of the genre's standards, settings and concepts continue to draw strong influence from the pen-and-paper games of the past (particularly the granddaddy of them all, Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D.)

In traditional Role-Playing Games, the player controls a character in a fictional world or setting, and takes a strong hand in determining how that character chooses to progress through the environment. This can involve determining the character's nature and outlook, his or her development through quests and missions and potentially joining up with other characters, either NPC or representing other human players. They tend to be more character and plot-driven games in many ways, as opposed to games that put more emphasis on stealth, puzzle-solving or combat. In some ways, new technology has simply made RPG's easier to organize and faster to play through, removing the need for a "gamemaster" and reliance on dice or other physical means of determining game outcomes.

Many of the most popular RPGs are part of a larger franchise, set in a familiar world that has been established over the course of numerous games (and sometimes tie-in novels, short films or other media.) The "Final Fantasy" RPG franchise is perhaps the most significant and long-standing in video game history, and in fact at this point has branched out beyond traditional role-playing games to include entires focused on tactical role-playing, action role-playing, MMORPG's, racing games, third person shooters and even rhythm and fighting games. It has also inspired numerous animated films, tie in novels and comic books.

(Unlike many other RPG series that are all based in a single setting or universe - such as the "Elder Scrolls" series Tamriel or Azeroth from Blizzard's "Warcraft" games - "Final Fantasy" entries tend to take place in different settings and have sharply distinguished plotlines.)

Chrono Trigger

Dragon Age: Origins

Fallout 3

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy X

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Mass Effect 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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<![CDATA[The Best Video Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-games-of-all-time
These are the greatest games of all time, as voted on and reranked by gamers like yourself. Video games are more popular than ever. Since the early '80 when gaming systems like Atari, Nintendo and Sega first took arcade favorite and made them available to a wider audience, video games have become a part of the pop culture lexicon. Many of the best video games are action and adventure games, usually with an ultimate goal to reach in the end. That could mean rescuing a princess, like in games like the Super Mario franchise and Legend of Zelda, or it could mean battling it out with iconic villains like in Goldeneye. Sometime whooping some butt is fun and if that's your favorite type of video game, then you would be partial to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Contra and Mortal Kombat as the best video games.

The 00's produced some of the best video games of all time. Halo, Assassin's Creed and The Sims have remained popular ten year after their respective releases. People love playing these games and they've taken their place as classics within the gaming community. 

Vote for your favorite games on this Ultimate List of The Best Video Games of All Time. If there are any of your favorite video games that aren't on this list, feel free to add them. 


Red Dead Redemption

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario World

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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<![CDATA[The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-video-game-music-soundtracks/ranker-games
Asking a group of gamers what the best video game soundtrack of all time is is like asking baseball fans who the best pitcher of all time is - there are sure to be very strong opinions and definitely a few heated arguments. For this list we've compiled some of the greatest video game music of all time, and we're leaving it up to you to decide which is best. In recent years games like Braid and Bastion have been praised for their beautiful songs, while older favorites seem to be Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 7

Video game music can be good for different reasons. Some songs are epic, some sweet, some scary, intense, catchy, sad, etc... Whatever the reason, vote for the video games that you truly believe have the greatest soundtracks of all time.

If one of your favorite games with great music is missing, feel free to add it to the list so it has a chance for other people to vote on it too. You can add a game from any console, whether it's an older platform like SNES or it's a newer game for PC. Just make sure it has an amazing soundtrack before throwing it with these other greats!


Chrono Trigger


Halo: Combat Evolved

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts II

Metal Gear Solid

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros. 3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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<![CDATA[The Worst Video Game Cutscenes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-video-game-cutscenes/adam-dorsey
This is a list of the Worst Video Game Cutscenes. There have been a lot of bad video game cutscenes in the history of videogames, but to qualify for this list, you need to have a little extra something. Horrendous voice-over. High-school-play-quality acting in your full motion video. Writing that takes your characters from believable heroes to fantasy alien monsters who speak only in exposition.

Storytelling has come a long way since 1982 and the first videogame cutscene, when a circle met a circle with a bow in Ms. Pac-Man. Now we have voice-acting, full motion video, motion-capture, and -gasp- button-mashing quicktime events. The road to the truly cinematic video game cutscene future is full of awkward half-formed cutscene potholes. When brave, not-so-talented souls were first given the gifts of CD-ROMs and polygons, they tried and failed to make cinematic video game history. This list is full of those half-formed monsters, along with the results of decisions like "We don't need to hire real actors, we can just hire our friends," and "Maybe we should cast a playboy playmate in a role where she speaks."

When motion pictures finally added sound to their moving images, there were many mistakes made as artists struggled with this new technology. Video games are no different, except that they have huge fundamental changes in their technology every few years. Unfortunately for gamers (but fortunately for this list), that means there are going to continue to be terrible mistakes in storytelling and cutscenes as creators accustom themselves to these new technologies.

Game on, I guess.

Devil May Cry
Dante, the protagonist of the Devil May Cry series is famous for being a half angel/half demon/all badass combo machine. In the original Devil May Cry, when the humanoid demon creation Trish dies, Dante, like some sort of demon Hamlet, takes a moment to soliloquy his regrets. What was probably meant to be an emotionally staggering moment in gaming storytelling, unfortunately culminates in an embarrassingly hokey, voice-cracking climax where Dante proclaims: “I SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO FILL YOUR DARK SOUL WITH LIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!”
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X brought a new level of emotion, gameplay, and cinematic storytelling to the classic roleplaying series, harnessing the raw power of the Playstation 2. And then, well, there’s this scene where the main character Tidus laughs. Or learns to laugh? But he’s a person, so he’s probably laughed before? Like there are probably sitcoms in the Final Fantasy X universe, and people probably watch those and laugh, right? “How I Met Your Moogle” isn’t as good as it was in it’s first season anymore, but Tidus must have seen that and laughed, right? So why does this scene exist where he learns to laugh? And why was it seemingly written by the same master of human emotion that wrote the characters in the movie Showgirls?
Hotel Mario
In 1994, Hotel Mario released for the Philips CD-i. Philips was going to develop a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES (WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN RAD), but when Nintendo cancelled that project, they licensed several Nintendo properties to Philips. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn't give them any of the time, funding, or creative care that they gave to their other Mario projects. Not just a puzzle game, Hotel Mario took “full advantage” of the brand new CD-ROM format to include amazing animated cutscenes like the one above, where Mario tells the player to read the instruction manual.
Infinite Undiscovery
Video games can be really bad at capturing humor. When they succeed, it can be the best part of a game. When they fail, they fail miserably. In this cutscene from the Xbox 360 RPG Infinite Undiscovery, they embrace the latter execution of video game humor, making players laugh for very wrong reasons.


Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
It’s hard to make a video game cutscene worse than the movie Mortal Kombat II, but Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero tried its hardest. Released in 1997, the game took the character of Sub-Zero and set him off on a solo adventure where he battled clunky controls and laughable cutscenes. Horrible costumes? Unnecessary exposition? Amazing green-screen special effects? A Playboy model as a mini-boss? It all feels like a really bad Power Rangers fan film, or an adult film parody that never gets to the adult film part.

Remember kids, friends don’t let friends make video games with full motion video.

Resident Evil
In this “classic” scene from the original Resident Evil, Barry Burton gives a lock pick to the player’s character Jill Valentine, because she is “The master of unlocking.”

It just seems like—if she really was the master of unlocking—she’d have a lock pick already. Or she wouldn’t even need one, because she was such a master. Could Barry be talking about something else? Like his heart? Is she the master of unlocking… his heart?

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
What’s the worst Zelda game? The repetitive Majora’s Mask? The thirty-five hour tutorial Skyward Sword? NOPE. NOPE. In 1993, the two worst Legend of Zelda games were released, for Philips CD-i, Link: Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon.

Please don’t ask me what a Gamelon is. 
Poorly animated and poorly acted, these CD-ROM based games should have grown the world of Hyrule in a way that the 8-bit and 16-bit games weren’t able to, and yet the original Zelda’s “IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS” is better storytelling than anything found in either of these relics. Somewhere they’re sitting in a pile of AOL free trial discs, wondering how things could have gone differently.

Sonic the Hedgehog
In 2006, Sega sorta reboot Sonic the Hedgehog, with this Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 game, titled simply Sonic The Hedgehog. Towards the end of the game, they made a million Sonic fan-fiction writers cry out in a mix of joy and terror when Princess Elise (AN ALIVE HUMAN) kisses a dead Sonic the Hedgehog (A DEAD HEDGEHOG), and through the power of chaos emeralds and fanboy juices brings Sonic back to life as Super Sonic.

The above clip is game footage that has been re-edited to show what would really happen to the world if a human kissed a dead hedgehog.

Castlevania Judgement
Fighting game stories always struggle to justify why their characters must fight each other. Sometimes it’s ancient rivalries or mind-altering drugs, but in Castlevania Judgement, a 2009 fighting game for the Nintendo Wii, the character of Maria is fighting for a more original reason: breast size. It’s too bad Castlevania Judgement was a critical and commercial failure, or maybe we would have gotten Soul Calibur’s Ivy as a final boss for Maria as DLC or something.
Muppet Monster Adventure
The Muppets have brought joy to countless children across multiple generations. Now let's take a moment of silence please for the Playstation generation, who had to endure Muppet Monster Adventure, and this incredibly awful opening cutscene. It is five minutes of crudely animated exposition, where the most important parts aren’t animated, and are instead explained to the player after their character conveniently passes out.

It’s boring, bad storytelling, and I’d recommend counting the polygons to stay awake, but you’d probably count them all before the video ended.

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<![CDATA[Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-super-nintendo-_snes_-games
List of the best games ever released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The 16-bit Super Nintendo (or SNES) video game console was available beginning in 1990 in Japan (where it was known as the Super Famicom) and the following year in North America, and was not discontinued until 2003 and 1999, respectively. During the 16-bit era (which primarily featured SNES competition from the Sega Genesis console), Super Nintendo was the world's best-selling video game system. Over 39 million SNES units were sold around the world (still shy of the incredible 61.91 million original Nintendo systems sold.) Even into the 32-bit era, Super Nintendo systems remained commonplace in homes around the world.

794 total games were officially released for the Super Nintendo system. The first games available for the new system were "Super Mario World," "F-Zero," "Pilotwings," "SimCity" and "Gradius III." "Super Mario World" - which was often bundled and sold with the system in its early days - remained the best-selling SNES game of all time, with over 20 million units sold. Many Super Nintendo titles have remained popular through the use of emulators, which can currently recreate the SNES experience on computers.

Check out more lists like a collection of all Super Nintendo games made, the most loved Super Smash Bros characters, and which Nintendo system was the best.


Chrono Trigger

Donkey Kong Country

Final Fantasy VI

Star Fox

Street Fighter II

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Super Mario World

Super Metroid

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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<![CDATA[The Best Female Video Game Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-video-game-characters/devon-ashby
What are the best female video game characters of all time? Women in video games has become a huge subject recently with the advent of GamerGate and video game feminists. Whatever your stance on the issue, it's always a good time to celebrate some of the amazing women characters in games who are already part of video game history and video game culture. From Tomb Raider's badass Lara Croft, to adorable moppets like Cave Story's Curly Brace - and, of course, the inimitable Princess Zelda - without these female video game characters, the world of video games just wouldn't be the same.

Who's your favorite female video game character? A playable female character like Faith from Mirror's Edge? A damsel in distress like Princess Peach? Or maybe just an interesting side character, like Red Dead Redemption's Bonnie MacFarlane? Below are the all-time best and most popular female video game characters of all time.



Jill Valentine

Lara Croft

Princess Zelda

Samus Aran

Tifa Lockhart





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<![CDATA[The Best the Price Is Right Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-the-price-is-right-games/lauren-slocum
Think back to your youngster years - what's one thing that sick days, snow days, and summer vacation all had in common? Daytime TV! And at the top of that list of game shows and sitcoms sits the classic game show, The Price Is Right. On this list, we're paying homage to that 11am time slot and commemorating all the best The Price is Right games.

While all 75 of the featured games held our attention and kept us glued to the cushions, there were definitely some stand-out challenges that got us more excited than others. Who can resist watching Bob Barker or Drew Carrey practicing their put put game in Hole in One? Or how about that inexplicably exciting little Yodeler that ascends the fake mountainside in Cliff Hangers? And then there's Pinko - the Holy Grail of Price Is Right games.

Maybe it's the games themselves, or the skinny microphone, or maybe it's the audience that acts like it's the first time the show's ever aired, every time, but there's something about The Price Is Right that surpasses all your other favorite game shows. So vote for your favorite The Price is Right games, rerank the list if you feel so inclined, and add any of your favorite games that aren't listed yet!

Price Tags

Hole in One

Race Game

Money Game

Dice Game

Punch a Bunch

Clock Game



Cliff Hangers

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<![CDATA[The Best Dragon Ball Z Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dragon-ball-z-games/ranker-anime
Dragon Ball Z video games have been around since the 90's, but which ones stand out from the others? These are the best games for the Dragon ball Z series, ranked by your votes. They cover only Dragon Ball Z and not the other Dragon Ball properties, so no games featuring the original or GT will be included below. There are a staggering amount of games that this franchise has given birth to, but this list only includes the top DBZ games. Is there anything better than controlling Goku or Vegeta and executing their special attacks? One thing that's unique about DBZ fighting games is that they allow you to fight in the sky, something that you won't see in most other games. There are definitely some fun Dragon Ball Z RPGs as well, and we've included them on this poll. If one of your favorite games is missing, don't worry- you can add whatever DBZ games you want to the list.

Dragon Ball Z: Collectible Card Game

Dragon Ball Z: Buyu Retsuden

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

Dragon Ball XenoVerse

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans

Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu

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