Since the beginning of gaming, video games started to promote violence. Like it or not, it’s very present in the gaming, especially in PC shooter games or action games. However, most of the games feature that cartoonish violence like we see in games like DOOM, but there are some that include really gruesome, violent kills. So, if you are under 18 years old, well… I suggest you skip some of these titles from the list. For those who aren’t that young, follow me into the darkest corners of gaming, as my list of best violent PC games is below.
What are Violent Games?
Gaming titles that show or simulate acts of virtual violence are referred to as violent games. These games frequently have combat-focused gameplay features where you replicate aggressive activities against other virtual opponents by employing weapons or physical force.
Many different types of violence, including fighting, shooting, stabbing, explosives, and other graphic depictions of harm, can be found in violent video games. There is a wide range of violence, from simple cartoonish action to violent and highly realistic situations. Additionally, violent or explicit aspects may be present in some video games.
22 Best Violent PC Games You Might Want to Play
If you enjoy some violence in your games, you might be interested in knowing which ones are the best. There are literally 100s of games that include a violent component, from a moderate amount to the extreme. While we do not want to include those extreme ones, we did our best to be more inclusive. Here are 22 of the best violent games on PC –
The first spot belongs to the good, new DOOM. DOOM returned to its roots last year and it’s a bloody excellent shooter! Killing demons was never this satisfying in this game. Aside from using various firearms to mutilate the shit out of them, you’ll use your fists to perform glory kills. Oh, boy, that’s vicious! Rip and tear demons heads, punch them in the face, tear their legs, smash them off the ground and much more in DOOM.
The game looks amazing and it’s surely the goriest game on the list. Blood splattering on the floor as you eradicate every living soul, while the heavy-ass metal music is pounding in the background… what more to ask for?!
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
If you read the books about Geralt of Rivia, you surely aren’t surprised by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt being on our list. Geralt is a cool protagonist, his calm voice and his presence may be relaxing, but he is pretty violent! Look at the game combat and the story. In combat, you’ll slice the limbs of your enemies and stab them directly in the face or stomach.
As the game progresses, you can pretty much see that it promotes excessive violence and s*x, so it’s definitely not the game for all ages. Despite all of this, The Witcher 3 remains one of my favorite games ever!
3. Gears of War 4
Every Gears of War game in the series kicks ass! This series of third-person shooters are all about killing every single living being you encounter. Yes, folks, I’m not joking! It’s a cover-based shooter where you’ll spend a great amount of time in cover, peaking and shooting, or throwing grenades.
Aside from that, the game’s melee attacks and kills are pretty violent. Smashing the head with your gun or slapping the crap out of your enemies is pretty brutal and requires a high spot on our list. So, if you have an Xbox One or use Windows 10 on your PC, then what are you waiting for? You aren’t, scared, are you?
4. Battlefield 1
How can a WW1 game not be violent? I know it’s impossible since the WW1 is known as the most violent war ever! This first-person shooter is made in Frostbite engine, which is known to possess the amazing visuals. On top of that, Battlefield 1′ singleplayer campaign is really good, and it’s filled with some heart-warming moments, albeit being short. On the other side, this game has an amazing multiplayer which lets you play several different modes, which is a nice addition. The game’s optimization allows for playing it on low spec PCs, so you are welcome to try it.
5. GTA V
GTA series has always been known for violence. I remember the time when my parents would forbid me to buy GTA: Vice City since it was very violent. But, now as I am older, GTA V is one of my favorite games. Aside from that violence, the game has much to offer. A great story, amazing multiplayer and a huge open world to explore. You can drive some fast cars, motorcycles and even trucks in the game and just take a deep breath and admire the graphics. A masterpiece of a game!
6. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Much like DOOM, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a brilliant shooter. But, where there is a shooting there is also a violence. Killing people is always considered a violence, and here you’ll kill a lot of Nazis. Even though they are brutal, they are still people! However, you can’t help but kill them, as the game’s shooting mechanics are awesome! It plays smoothly and the guns feel really powerful, especially that huge shotgun that blasts the enemies’ heads like it’s nothing! It’s also a brand new PC game, so expect some stunning visuals.
7. Friday the 13th: The Game
Friday the 13th: The Game is a stellar, yet flawed experience. This game’s concept is awesome. You are either a group of students trying to escape the island where Jason is, or you are Jason trying to kill your victims. Either way, the game is so much fun, especially where you are Jason, and you are looking for a most violent way to kill the poor victims. However, the game is plagued with bugs and needs some performance optimization. Hopefully, the developers are going to fix this, and I even heard rumors of adding singleplayer mode in the game.
8. Manhunt 2
Manhunt 2 is an old PC game, and its graphics are dated, and you can’t look up or down, and… well, I could go for days like this. However, this game is so GOOD! This psychological horror is here to mess with your mind and with your guts. The killing in the game is so brutal and graphical, that you’ll pause the game just to take another breath!
You can kill with every stuff you got in hand; baseball bat, baton, pistol, bag, syringe, hammer, knife, sword, shotgun and much more. There is even a bar that’s filling when you hold the left mouse click, and the more it fills the more gruesome the kill is! As I said, the point of this game is VIOLENCE, so if you aren’t scared, then go on; the game is yours!
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Almost every horror game is violent, and it’s the case with RE7: Biohazard. The game perfectly encapsulates that Japanese horror elements with some of the most bloody experience I’ve ever seen. Everything in this game is against you, and you’ll need some skills to beat it.
You can expect very violent kills, limbs dismembering, cutting throats and monsters that will send shivers down your spine. It’s all about that gore and violence here! It’s a perfect game for psychopaths, and that’s why I played it. Just joking, though; relax!
10. Hitman (2016)
Hitman or Agent 47 is a violent, cold-blooded and emotionless contract killer. He is only interested in finishing the job and get the hell out of the place. Hitman (2016) is the newest installment in the series and the game took a different approach here. It introduced open-world missions where you can kill your targets in numerous ways, making you play every mission for at least an hour! Although the missions aren’t that numerous, they offer a great replay value, so expect to return to this game at some point.
11. The Darkness II
Ever heard about this game? The Darkness II was released around six years ago, yet it’s one of the most violent games ever. The main protagonist here is Jackie Estacado, who is once again fooled by The Darkness and embraces it fully. Now, he has those snake-like tentacles that he uses in combat, aside from guns.
The game is so fun and it’s one of those cartoonish-violence games, so it’s accessible for everyone. Killing with your tentacles and shooting at the same time sounds so badass, and it is when you play it! It’s a super-duper cheap game- all the more reason to get it.
12. Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal might not look like a violent game, but those who played it know what I mean. It’s not a shooting game, as it’s set 10,000 years BC. That being said, you’ll use your clubs, spears, arrows, and traps to kill enemies and animals. Bashing a poor goat with your bat or shooting the arrow to its head is very violent if you ask me.
On the other side, the animals can also be violent to you! That giant mammoth can slam his tusks into your chest, killing you instantly. Far Cry Primal is a beautiful-looking game, full of places to explore, so I recommend it to open-world genre fans.
13. Shadow Warrior 2
Ninjas are known for their skills with swords, but if you are Wang, then you are more than just an ordinary ninja. In Shadow Warrior 2, you can wield both guns and swords, and it creates that DOOM-ish feeling to it. The overall fast pace of the game, powerful guns, and melee weapons make this game very fun to play.
Furthermore, Shadow Warrior 2 has those RPG elements, so you can progress in the levels, upgrade weapons, add skills, etc. The game’s progression system is really good, which creates a satisfying experience.
14. Mortal Kombat X
Since 1993, when the first Mortal Kombat came out, the game was immediately recognized as being violent as a drunk psychopath. It’s a PC fighting game based on the movies, which weren’t so great, but the game managed to fix that. Ever heard about Scorpion, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero or Sonya? Well, these and the other characters can kill you in a matter of seconds!
The fighting in Mortal Kombax X is much improved and the game looks terrific! It’s a smooth and satisfying experience, especially when doing those X-Ray attacks and of course- fatalities. Yummy!
15. Dead Space 3
Developed by Visceral Games and published by the notorious EA, Dead Space 3 is the finest survival-horror experience out there. Oh, and it’s pretty violent, too! In this game, you are an engineer Isaac Clarke, who is once again on the venture against Necromorphs. That makes me feel proud of being an engineer!
The game is played from the third-person perspective, which allows for great animations and intense moments during the fights. However, the game is focused more on the action, unlike the pure horror and dread in the past two games. Nevertheless, the game is awesome.
16. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a harsh action-adventure game set in feudal Japan, developed by the same FromSoftware team that brought us the brutally challenging Dark Souls series. You’ll participate in tight sword fights as a shinobi fighter to demonstrate your proficiency with the weapon. The battle system demands perfect timing and expert parrying, and it is hard yet tremendously fulfilling.
The game doesn’t hold back on the gore, as you’ll be slicing through enemies with gory finishing moves, amputating limbs from opponents, and otherwise dismembering opponents. The graphically attractive and difficult video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice honors tenacity and accuracy.
17. Metro Exodus
Players embark on an eerie trip across post-apocalyptic Russia in Metro Exodus, where survivors must battle monstrous creatures and feuding clans. As Artyom, you’ll scavenge for supplies, engage in tense firefights, and explore vast, dramatic settings. A world rife with violence and sorrow is fully rendered in the game thanks to the attention to detail.
Each shot has a significant impact in the realistic and gritty combat. A thrilling and brutal game, Metro Exodus blends first-person shooting, stealth, and exploration to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Bulletstorm is a colorful, beautiful and fast-paced experience. But don’t let those colors fool you; Bulletstorm is an ass-kicking game! Next to the game’s awesome humor, lies the need to be violent, especially when using that lash, which grabs your enemies and lifts them in the air for an easy kill. You can kick your enemies to the cactus, impale them on various objects or push them into electricity as they violently shake to death. I’m gonna play some Bulletstorm now, see ya!
Hatred is a rather pointless game, and it’s far from the best ever. Actually, Hatred isn’t that good game at all, but it’s VERY violent. It’s so violent that I’m begging you to skip it if you are a kid. The whole point of the game is to kill everything in sight, and that’s innocent people and the police. You can literally jump into the people’s house and shoot them or use executions to kill them. How does it feel to kill the innocent woman or a man? Well, not that good. Congrats to developers for being sick bastards.
20. Postal 2: Share the Pain
I remember my grandpa buying me this game when I was a kid. Although it’s violent, the game made me laugh like a lunatic! Postal 2: Share the Pain offers an open world, where you can also kill everything in sight, even animals. You can put the cat on your gun and shoot through its ass! Furthermore, you can pee on the people and throw a cow’s head at them. I know it’s violent, and I shouldn’t be laughing right now, but man… it’s hilarious!
21. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
When you play as Wolverine, the things can get really messy. His powerful claws and bones made of steel can penetrate every living being on the planet and easily rip its entrails. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is released in 2009, and it’s a satisfying hack-and-slash game. What more can I say about the game? If you like X-Men and you like Wolverine, then feel free to get it.
22. Splinter Cell: Conviction
Splinter Cell: Conviction is the only game in the series that’s focused on action, rather than being stealth. I mean, you can be stealth here, but the game constantly pushes you to kill. The stars here are those interrogations, especially the in at the beginning of the game where you slam your enemy’s head all over the bathroom. It’s an old game, but damn good!
Violent PC games aren’t for every audience out there, and surely not for kids. The game like DOOM can be enjoyed by the younger ones, but games like Hatred and Manhunt 2 are really serious when it comes to violence. At the end of the day, it all comes down to a personal preference. I played every game on the list and I’m eager to know what game did you play or you want to play? What game are you going to buy? I’m all ears!