Video game violence is far from the controversial topic it once was. In fact, it's hard to believe just how much furore and debate surrounded depictions of violence in games as recent as a decade ago.
Gone are the days of Fox News being loaded with 'experts' talking about how violence in GTA is turning our kids into psychopaths, and it's generally been accepted that the medium's focus on violence is no more harmful than your average action movie or HBO show.
Consequently, with greater technical advancements and a more lax approach to censorship, games have embraced the gore this generation. Fatalities in Mortal Kombat have never looked better or been grosser, and players have enjoyed more imaginative ways to dispatch their enemies in COD than ever before.
Just because the industry doesn't receive anywhere near the attention or criticism it once did though, doesn't mean that some video games don't go too far with their violence. Issues of taste and sensitivity still have to be taken into account when unpacking a new release, and there's no denying that a few games this generation have definitely pushed the boundaries of these standards as far as possible.