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The goriest games on Xbox One

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Games don’t have to be gory to be fun, but sometimes it helps. Take Gears of War, for example: would using the chainsaw on your Lancer be even half as much fun if the screen didn’t get covered in blood as a result? We don’t think so. There’s just something rather rewarding and cathartic about it. The good news is that there are plenty more gory games on Xbox One, too, but what are the goriest?

If you’re a gorehound who likes blood and guts, you’ve come to the right place. Take a gander at our list of the goriest games on Xbox One and you might just discover your next favourite game. Play these and you’ll be popping heads, dismembering limbs and creating rivers of blood in no time. Just don’t play them if you’re squeamish, yeah? Otherwise we won’t be held responsible for any mess that’s caused.

1. Dead Island 2

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We waited so long for Dead Island 2 that we thought it would never happen. But after being handed from developer to developer for nearly a decade it was finally released upon us. And you know what? It’s actually really good.

Unsurprisingly, Dead Island 2 is very much like the original Dead Island. There are multiple semi-open environments to explore, you can craft and upgrade outrageous weapons, and you can choose whether to go it alone or play in co-op. What Dead Island 2 has that the original didn’t, however, is a cutting edge gore system.

Basically, Dead Island 2 is one of the goriest games ever made, with every attack you landing on a zombie leaving some kind of mark. You can chop limbs off, break jaws, and even melt skin – it really isn’t a game for the faint of heart. If you’re after the goriest games on Xbox One, then, this is a must have.

Read our review of Dead Island 2

2. Wanted: Dead

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We weren’t too hot on Wanted: Dead when it released, but patches since launch have improved it somewhat. And if you’re after the goriest games on Xbox One, it’s worth a look.

In Wanted: Dead you’re put in control of Hannah Stone, a member of an elite unit known as Zombie. She’s not having a good week, with a series of unfortunate events requiring her to face off against an army of supersoldiers, robots and more. Thankfully she’s more than capable of dealing with anything thrown at her, being similarly skilled in both gunplay and close-quarters combat as John Wick.

Making your way through one hair-raising encounter after another, you’ll find yourself both blasting enemies at range and getting up close and personal with your katana. It’s with the latter that you’ll be slicing off limbs at every opportunity, making Wanted: Dead rather gory indeed.

Read our review of Wanted: Dead

3. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

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Like sneaking around and removing unsuspecting victims of their heads and limbs? This is the game for you.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 presents you with a range of missions, each one requiring you to utilise your stealth and sniping skills. It’s fairly gory on the whole, but it’s when you make use of the game’s most powerful weapons – sniper rifles capable of taking out targets over 1,000 metres away – that you’ll really reel in horror.

It’s not an easy game, but if you want to test your sniping skills and enjoy being able to complete objectives how and when you like, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 really is worth checking out.

Read our review of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

4. The Gears of War Series

It doesn’t matter which Gears of War game you play – they are all gory.

If you’re not blowing enemies into little bits with the Boomshot or well-aimed grenades, why not get in close to perform some truly gruesome executions when they’re downed? It’s the chainsaw-equipped Lancer that’s the real star of the show here though. When playing through the campaign, cutting enemies in two with the chainsaw really is more fun than it should be. In multiplayer, however, it’s the true way to rub salt into an opponent’s wounds.

If you’re after some of the goriest games on Xbox One, then, simply pick up some Gears of War games and you’re sorted.

Read our review of Gears of War 4

5. Zombie Army 4: Dead War

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Co-op focused third-person shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War pits you against thousands of undead monstrosities. Luckily for you, you’ve got access to an arsenal of weapons that can make short work of them.

With the sniper rifle you can revel in your best shots as the camera zooms in to provide a view of your bullets ripping through enemy corpses. With pistols and assault rifles you can pop skulls if your aim is good enough. The best weapon for gorehounds in Zombie Army 4: Dead War, however, is the shotgun, which can obliterate many enemies up-close. And if you’re still not happy with the amount of gore caused, you can stomp on your enemies until they’re nothing but mulch. Gross.

Aside from being one of the goriest games on Xbox One, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is also bloody good. Definitely pick it up if you want to engage in some zombie slaughter with friends.

Read our review of Zombie Army 4: Dead War

6. Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t have to be a gory game. If you want it to be, however, it can indeed be quite disturbing.

Go hunting, for example, and you can witness harrowing depictions of animals being skinned. It’s when you flip into first-person mode and start running around with a shotgun that it can get really disturbing though.

You’ll find that you can blow the heads off of enemies and NPCs that are milling around. You can also shoot their arms and legs off, too. You probably shouldn’t, because it’s not very nice. But hey, it’s a virtual world – do what you gotta do.

While Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely one of the goriest games on Xbox One, don’t buy it because of that. Buy it because it’s simply one of the best open world games instead.

Read our review of Red Dead Redemption 2

7. DOOM Eternal

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The DOOM series has always been gory. But the latest entry, DOOM Eternal, is perhaps the goriest yet.

Many of the weapons in DOOM Eternal turn enemies into bloody piles of gloop with minimal effort. Honestly, just equip the shotgun, get in close, then shoot, and you’ll see what we mean. If you want your blood and guts to be delivered more manually, however, you can decimate your opponents with violent melee finishers.

DOOM Guy doesn’t care how he makes his enemies bleed as long as they do it quickly, and if you’re running low on ammo you can even make him open them up like pinatas with a chainsaw. It’s a glorious sight to behold, and the ammo that litters the floor afterwards enables you to continue your carnage.

Every Xbox One owner over the age of 18 should have a copy of DOOM Eternal in their library; it’s one of the best games available. And yeah, it’s also one of the goriest.

Read our review of DOOM Eternal

8. Mortal Kombat 11

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The Mortal Kombat games have always been violent and gory, and Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the most brutal of them all.

Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t the newest Mortal Kombat game, but it’s the newest one playable on Xbox One. To play the new Mortal Kombat 1 you need an Xbox Series X/S, unfortunately. You’re not missing much if you do pick up Mortal Kombat 11, however, as its combat is top-notch and its fatalities really are gruesome and wince-inducing.

If you want to see people sliced into bits, internal organs removed or bodies exploded, Mortal Kombat 11 is the game for you. And once you’re tired of it, pick up Mortal Kombat X if you haven’t already got it for even more bloodshed and ultra-violence. They’re both some of the goriest games on Xbox One.

Read our review of Mortal Kombat 11

9. The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2 is one of the best horror games of the last decade. Placing you once again in the shoes of Sebastian Castellanos, it throws you into a horrific world full of monsters in order to save your daughter. And along the way, you’ll see some very gruesome and grotesque sights.

Dispatching the game’s monsters results in buckets of blood being spilled, while blowing them up will send their limbs flying. Perhaps the goriest of The Evil Within 2’s scenes are created by one of its villains, though.

Stefano Valentini is a curious fellow who likes to create art with people’s innards, it would seem. You’ll encounter many of his creations as you make your way through the game, and every time you’ll be a little bit disgusted by his warped mind.

If you’ve got an Xbox One you should really give The Evil Within 2 a try. It’s a much better game than its predecessor, which was still entertaining in its own right. And it is indeed very gory.

Read our review of The Evil Within 2

10. Killing Floor 2

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One to play with friends, Killing Floor 2 is a team-based shooter that’s sometimes a bit scary but also wildly entertaining.

Throwing a whole assortment of grotesque enemies at you, it’s up to you to take them down. Between each wave you’ll be given a small window to upgrade your arsenal, and you’ll be wanting to do so to make short work of your enemies. With the right weapons equipped you’ll be tearing your enemies to shreds in no time, with the action slowing down at times so you can really enjoy seeing the decapitations you just pulled off. And of course, everything around you gets covered in copious amounts of blood.

If you have a few like-minded friends that are willing to play it with you, Killing Floor 2 is perhaps the most fun you can have dissecting monsters that would otherwise appear in nightmares.

Read our review of Killing Floor 2

11. Resident Evil 7

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Resident Evil games have always been gory, but Resident Evil 7 is definitely the goriest of them all.

When you’re not blasting enemies to bits, they’ll be having fun torturing and maiming the supporting characters. Though you don’t escape the horror, either; early on in the game you get your hand chainsawed off in brutal detail.

What makes Resident Evil 7 such a visceral experience compared to its predecessors is the move to a first-person viewpoint. It makes everything so much more alarming and real. If you want to play a game that is genuinely scary, and gory with it, you must play Resident Evil 7.

Read our review of Resident Evil 7

12. Shadow Warrior 2

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Flying Wild Hog’s Shadow Warrior games are great, but you know what makes them even better? Slicing up the enemies it throws at you with swords.

Shadow Warrior 2 has you once again taking control of Lo Wang, but like all good sequels it looks and plays better than its predecessor. With more open levels and a wider range of weapons it allows you some creative freedom, and chances are you’ll use that freedom to make its environments tainted with blood and guts.

While shooting your enemies with guns can be fun, there’s nothing better than slicing them with a good sword. And as you do so, you see limbs fly off, heads get decapitated, and blood splatter into the air. Honestly, Shadow Warrior 2’s grisly combat is so beautiful that you’ll go into photo mode often to capture your hard work.

Funny, brutal and fun, if you’ve got an Xbox One and a taste for gore, Shadow Warrior 2 is a must.

Read our review of Shadow Warrior 2

13. Fallout 4

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If you’re a fan of Bethesda’s Fallout series, you’re likely to have seen your fair share of gore.

While seeing heads explode isn’t all that uncommon in Fallout 4, especially when making use of V.A.T.S., by investing in the Bloody Mess perk you can make your experience a hell of a lot more gory.

Increasing your damage output, Bloody Mess also has the effect of making enemies randomly explode upon landing a killing blow. Honestly, it’s as amusing as it is graphic, with limbs and gibs flying in all directions. It certainly makes playing the game more interesting.

If you want to make your Fallout 4 experience more surreal, definitely invest in the Bloody Mess perk. It undoubtedly makes Fallout 4 one of the goriest games on Xbox One.

Read our review of Fallout 4

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!