As video gamers, we have it pretty good here in the U.S. Just about anything flies in video games here – drugs, sex, violence, harsh language – we Americans get it all! Now, although we are exposed to all that good stuff, there are several other countries that are not as lucky as us. Check out our list of the best games that have been banned in various countries across the globe below!
10. Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
This game made the list not for being a great game, but just for how ridiculous it is. The main character, Larry, attends Walnut Log Community College. Yes, Walnut Log Community College. The main point of the game is to grow Larry into the ultimate ladies man in order to get on a dating show called “Swingles”. I bet you guys can figure out where this game goes and why it was banned from Australia.
9. Postal 2
Postal 2 came out in 2003 on PC and was the follow up to the controversial Postal that was released in 1997. This game was really the first of its kind and perhaps was the motivation and influence for games like Grand Theft Auto amongst others. This game was unlike anything before it and allowed the user to partake in violent, sexual and obscene acts as they choose. Lets put it this way; the game was so violent that the Black Eyed Peas featured clips of it in their music video for “Where Is The Love?” The game-play involves you controlling The Postal Dude who simply needs to complete normal tasks. The catch is that you can find any way to complete them that you would like, with obvious encouragement to being as violent as possible. You can even urinate on dead bodies; even I think that is taking things a little too far. This brutal game has been banned in Australia and New Zealand.
8. BMX XXX
Think Matt Hoffman’s Pro BMX, but with strippers, pimps, and violence. Oh yeah, and a commercial for the game saying, “We’re going to hell for this, and you’re all coming with us.” Can’t imagine why this one was banned right? In the most uncensored version of the game you could create your rider as a topless woman, and if you won enough competitions you unlocked life-action videos of strippers! The game did have a pretty rockin’ soundtrack with the likes of Green Day, N.E.R.D., Taking Back Sunday, Ice T and New Found Glory to name a few. This game was banned in Australia.
7. Manhunt/Manhunt 2
Off the top of my head, the Manhunt games are the most violent and disturbing video games out there. I have played both versions of the game, most recently Manhunt 2 for Wii, which allows users to use the Wii remote as an assortment of gruesome weapons. This is one of the most widely banned video games, and at one time or another was banned/prohibited in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea. The story was kind of cool in the first game, but it was clear that the main point of this one was to allow you to use literally anything as a weapon. From a plastic bag, to a shard of broken glass you can kill your enemies with anything. This game is not for anyone with a weak stomach so beware before you decide to give this one a try.
6. Duke Nukem 3D
A classic series of games, Duke Nukem will always have a place in my heart. The same cannot be said about anyone in Brazil because they can’t even play Duke Nukem 3D due to its “high impact” violence. Duke Nukem was just a fun game that incorporated action, comedy and violence into one awesome package. I’m sure most of you are pretty familiar with this game so I’ll just move on to the next one.
5. Dead Rising
Dead Rising dropped in 2006 and was very well received here in the United States. It centers on character Frank West who is stranded in a zombie-infested mall in Colorado. Like in Manhunt, this game allows you to use anything as a weapon. What better place to use random objects as weapons than a massive shopping mall? You can use a frying pan, a mannequin and even a lawn mower on your quest to survive the zombie apocalypse. Germany did not want its citizens to have fun with this game and banned it from the get go, which is really unfortunate because this game is awesome.
Doom is awesome, plain and simple. As a youth, I would waste away days on my computer playing Doom. Straight up pioneer of the first shooter video game. I never really thought this game was overly violent, but apparently Brazilian authorities thought otherwise and banned it from their great nation.
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
COD 4 brought the franchise to new heights. Nothing against Call of Duty 3, but Modern Warfare was just an amazing game. The single player story mode was so well done and the online multi-player provided endless hours of fun. If you were in college when this game dropped, on any given night one of your buddies was bound to be up at like 5am stoned playing this game on XBox Live. This was banned in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for its negative portrayal of Arabs, so I can understand why these countries banned it.
2. Mortal Kombat
Arguably one of the best video games of all time. It doesn’t seem that bad to me, but I guess when it first came out in 1993 it was about as graphic as it got. Australia, Brazil and Germany all have banned this game, but the Australian authorities have taken it one step further: if anyone is caught with a copy of this game at the border, they are at risk of a fine up to a max of A$110,000! SIDE NOTE: Check out this wild Mortal Kombat tattoo!
1. Grand Theft Auto
The most controversial games of all time are also some of the most widely banned games in the world. One or all of the Grand Theft Auto games are banned or censored in Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that most of you have either tried or played these games religiously, because I know I have. I played it was back when it was an overhead game on PS2 and have played every version since. Yes, they are violent, graphic, sexual and obscene but that is what makes the games so great! All the naysayers need to remember that it is just a game, nothing more and nothing less and not to take it too seriously.