Most Controversial Video Games


The Top Ten

1 Mortal Kombat

People fighting to the death heads being decapitated hearts being ripped out and people being knocked into a pit of spikes yeah that's controversial all right. - egnomac

It made the game rating system.this is the reason there is a game rating system

Mortal Kombat is the whole reason we have an ESRB Rating system thanks to its over the top violence and bloody Fatality's. - ZZDOORAL

2 Grand Theft Auto

This series is to video games as Madonna is to music artists. - PerfectImpulseX

3 Night Trap
4 Wolfenstein 3D

It's a game were you go around killing Nazi's which is for some reason considered a bad thing. - ZZDOORAL

This game is awesome, but killing Nazis is the only reason why its banned from Germany!

5 Grand Theft Auto III
6 Conker's Bad Fur Day

This game was too underrated to fall under controversy. - FondaSu

7 Doom

Two teenager committed a massacre at a columbine School in the USA. They all now killed themselves.


I'm surprised the game didn't receive an A Rating.

9 Custer's Revenge

It's a game about General Custer rising from the dead to rape Indian girls how can anyone not be offended. - egnomac

10 Manhunt

Its rated a for christsakes

The Contenders

11 The Guy Game

Banned almost immediately due to oblivious reasons - PerfectImpulseX

12 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

I love playing this game though that Hot Coffee mod I saw on YouTube is a bit too bad enough :P

Want some "HOT COFFEE"

13 Ethnic Cleansing
14 Hatred

My name is not important... - Not_A_Weeaboo

15 Bully
16 Gal*Gun: Double Peace

I think it even got banned in some countries due to obvious reasons. - PerfectImpulseX

17 Tales of Zestiria

But everyone can agree that Tales of the Tempest is the worst Tales game ever made. - PerfectImpulseX

Also controversial due to pushing the supposed "main heroine" Alisha off to the sidelines halfway through the game - PerfectImpulseX

This caused controversy when it first came out in Japan due to Sorey and Milkeo having a very blatant homoerotic canon relationship with each other.
Kudos to Namco Bandai for getting away with having a gay couple in a JRPG!
I imagine this getting banned in some place like Russia though. - PerfectImpulseX

18 Twisted Metal: Black

Was really controversial mostly due to its incredibly violent and disturbing cut scenes, it was the first Twisted Metal game to garner an M rating. - egnomac

19 Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em

Probably the most vile porno game for the Atari 2600 I'd like to explain more about it but demons would probably drag me down to hell. - egnomac

When you get 69 points, you get a new life. enough said.

20 Grand Theft Auto IV
21 Daikatana
22 Postal 2
23 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

I played the mission "No Russian". It is cool but somewhat demoralizing.

"No Russian" is racist!

24 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
25 Star Wars Battlefront II

The loot box controversy warrants a spot on this list - ikerevievs

26 Mighty No. 9

Controversial due to the mayhem that happened during the development of the game - PerfectImpulseX

27 Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

Controversial due to the infamous rubbing mini-game in the Japanese version - PerfectImpulseX

28 Active Shooter

Hmm that is my favorite game!

If you haven't heard by now its main focus is obvious by title, and the graphics look god awful thus a huge amount of outcry to even have this game released would of been disgusting to see on Steam. - htoutlaws2012

29 Fortnite
30 Ride to Hell: Retribution

It's controversial, and controversial. - LightningStrike

31 Grand Theft Auto V
32 Spore

People either like it or hate it. - PerfectImpulseX

33 Love Live! School Idol Festival Love Live! School Idol Festival
34 Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

This was only released in Japan and some other Asian territories because of obvious reasons. - PerfectImpulseX

35 Yooka-Laylee
36 Sonic the Hedgehog

What the hell

37 Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
38 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
39 Death Race
40 Carmageddon
41 J.B. Harold Murder Club
42 State of Emergency
43 Gotcha
44 Tomb Raider (2013)
45 Soldier of Fortune
46 Chiller
47 Prototype
48 The Punisher
49 Shadow Warrior
50 25 to Life
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1. Custer's Revenge
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Wolfenstein 3D
1. Bully
2. Grand Theft Auto
3. Daikatana
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