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 The Guy Game

Banned almost immediately due to oblivious reasons - PerfectImpulseX

The Contenders

11 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"

12 Ethnic Cleansing
13 Manhunt

Its rated a for christsakes

14 Hatred

My name is not important... - Not_A_Weeaboo

15 Bully
16 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

17 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.

18 Grand Theft Auto IV
19 Daikatana
20 Tales of Zestiria

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

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

21 Gal*Gun: Double Peace

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

22 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
23 Postal 2
24 Mighty No. 9

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

25 Ride to Hell: Retribution
26 Grand Theft Auto V
27 Star Wars Battlefront II

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

28 Spore

People either like it or hate it. - PerfectImpulseX

29 Love Live! School Idol Festival Love Live! School Idol Festival
30 Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

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

31 Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

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

32 Active Shooter

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

33 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
34 Death Race
35 Carmageddon
36 J.B. Harold Murder Club
37 State of Emergency
38 Gotcha
39 Tomb Raider (2013)
40 Soldier of Fortune
41 Chiller
42 Prototype
43 The Punisher
44 Shadow Warrior
45 25 to Life
46 Soldier of Fortune II Double Helix
47 Resident Evil 5
48 Bioshock Infinite
49 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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

"No Russian" is racist!

50 Dead or Alive Paradise
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1. Custer's Revenge
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Wolfenstein 3D
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2. Grand Theft Auto
3. Daikatana
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