5 Major Controversial Video Games

Video games have been themed in various ways recently and the publishers usually go to any length to make sure that their video game becomes a hit no matter what content they present to the world. There are a few games which caused quite some controversial reviews on their launch and were even banned from some of the countries.

1. Manhunt & Manhunt 2 (2003 & 2007) 


Manhunt was developed by Rockstar Games and was playable on PS2, Wii and PC. The controversy against Manhunt arose when it was alleged that the game was the inspiration that led a teenager to murder another person. Violence and gore were significant part of the game and therefore it was banned in Australia. Manhunt 2 has been labeled as the most violent game of all time and is known for being the one of those two which have received an “Adult-only rating”  due to violence.

2. The Punisher (2005)

The Punisher

I know I was one of those who were quite excited to play this game on Xbox but the intense interrogation scenes mixed with violence gave The Punisher a very dark tone. The game featured bloody gun fights, drugs and killing people with impunity. The game was labeled as an “Adult Only” game before that was changed on appeal of the developers.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)


The optional level titled “No Russians” was quite a bit of controversy since it allowed the gamer to assume the role of an undercover agent and then join an airport massacre in Russian territory. Another multiplayer map was also removed since the map contained Quranic verses on a bathroom wall and the Muslim gamer’s community filed complaints for its removal.

4. Medal of Honor (2010)

Medal of Honor

Considered to be one of the best among multiplayer games, this game was released by Danger Close Games and EA Digital Illusions CE.  The game created controversy when it offered the user an option of playing as a Taliban in the multiplayer mode. The developers of Medal of Honor were of the view that the realistic nature of the game necessitated the use of such characters but upon pressure from military officials they renamed the Taliban’s as “Opposing Forces”. But even after the change, the game was not allowed to be sold on military bases.

5. Tomb Raider (2013)


It is the fifth game developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider series. The game was termed to be controversial because of a scene that depicted Lara Croft being sexually assaulted but she is forced to kill him for her own survival. People were quite dubious regarding the nature of the game since they feared a possible sequel to controversial rape scene. But the studio manager revealed that sexual assault was a theme that was never covered in any parts of Tomb Raider.

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