There was once a time when the media and even the government were up in the arms about games like Mortal Kombat. Back then, the brutal fatalities and blood effects were considered far too violent, especially for kids, and there were many calls for those sorts of games to be banned outright.
What must those people be thinking now? With advances in graphical fidelity and technology, many scenes in modern video games make those old Mortal Kombat finishers look like child’s play. Over the last decade or so, violence has become an increasingly integral part of many games, with some scenes almost too hard to watch.
With high-definition graphics and 4K TVs, watching people get their fingers snipped away or their heads chopped off in video games is more ‘real’ than ever before, and some of these violent scenes stick with us, long after we’ve finished the games in which they were found.
Some of these scenes were purely gratuitous, while others actually contributed to the plots of their games in some interesting ways. Either way, they’ll go down in history as some of the most brutal and gory sequences that gamers ever experienced.
10. Quiet Breaks A Guy's Teeth (Metal Gear Solid V)
Superhuman assassin Quiet does a whole bunch of nasty stuff in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but this scene was one of the worst to watch. It begins with a panicked soldier bumping into some of his colleagues while fleeing from Quiet, who calmly marches towards them, sending one flying with a powerful punch before choking two others out.
She then acrobatically lands on the final guy and jams a giant blade into his mouth. The soldier painfully bites down on the knife, to try and stop it from penetrating the back of his skull, but Quiet keeps pushing and eventually we hear a horrifying crack as his front teeth shatter.
Fortunately for the soldier, Snake arrives in time to subdue Quiet before she can finish the job, but the scene was still so hard to watch and especially to listen to, with the noise of the teeth clattering on the blade one of the most shiver-inducing sound effects heard throughout the entire game.