Perhaps the most iconic fighting franchise of all time, Mortal Kombat never skimped on the blood and gore, whether it was Johnny Cage literally punching someone's head off or Sub-Zero ripping out his opponent's spine.
Over a year after its release, Night Trap came under fire in the US Senate. Senators took games like it and Mortal Kombat to task for their graphic content. The hearings eventually led to the establishment of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), which applies ratings to games.
While racing titles are common in video games, ones that give you bonuses for running over pedestrians are not. That led some countries, including Germany, to censor Carmageddon. Pedestrians were replaced with zombies and robots. Brazil outright banned the title.
This 2003 survival horror title, filled with gruesome executions, is considered one of the most graphic and violent video games ever. It was banned from sale in Australia.
Manhunt also wound up at the center of the investigation of the murder of a 14-year-old in England. Initial media reports alleged that the killer was inspired by the game, but it was later determined that the title played no role in the crime.
It should come as no surprise that the Grand Theft Auto series has been courting criticism since its very beginning. The games include violence, killing (even cops), drug use and torture.
While GTA has become one of the most popular franchises in gaming with 15 titles thus far, that has not stopped some countries -- including Thailand and the United Arab Emirates -- from banning the series.
As the name suggests, Postal follows a man with mental health problems as he kills civilians and law enforcement. The game was popular enough that sequels, spinoffs and a (terrible) film were all made.
Its sequel, Postal 2, was banned in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Germany and Sweden.
This 1987 fighting game was banned in Germany due to its level of violence and blood. Its cover art, which featured a model in a bikini, drew further criticism from those who believed video games were for children only.
The sole purpose of this game is, essentially, to engage in a "genocide crusade" in New York City. Its Adult Only rating kept it from being sold in most retail stores, while its extreme violence got it (temporarily) pulled from Steam.
Billed as a historical simulation, JFK: Reloaded (2004) recreated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with players taking on the role of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Nor surprisingly, Kennedy's family -- in this case, Senator Ted Kennedy -- condemned the game.
Loaded with lewd humor, sexual innuendo and a quest to seduce women, the Leisure Suit Larry franchise has always been a magnet for controversy.
It wasn't until 2004's Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude that things went too far though. Australia refused to give the game an age classification, essentially banning it from sale, due to the inclusion of sex scenes and nudity.
Not only did Duke Nukem 3D feature violence and gore, but it also included nudity in the form of women the main character encountered throughout gameplay. Australia initially refused to grade the game for sale until developer 3D Realms included a parental lock option.
This game drew heavy criticism for its "No Russian" mission, which allows you to take part in mass shooting attack at a Moscow airport and murder civilians. The mission was removed entirely from the game in Russia.
Based on the "Saw" films, this game was seen by many critics as "torture porn," filled with gruesome death traps. Still, even with its graphic content, Saw: The Video Game managed to avoid being banned by any countries.
The sixth installment in the Silent Hill franchise was also the most graphic. Due to its content, which included torture, dismembered bodies and decapitations, the game was banned in Australia and Germany.
Based on the "Left Behind" book series, Eternal Forces gained a lot of negative attention. Set after the rapture, you wander around New York City trying to convert those left behind to Christianity... or just kill them.
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Publisher Ubisoft opted to censor portions of this game for international audiences, including its alien anal probe scene. Nazi-related imagery was also removed from the German version.