Top 10 most violent video games

6. Manhunt

Released in 2003 by Rockstar Games, this game was notorious for its violence, as it followed a Death Row inmate who was forced to appear in a series of snuff films. There were various methods of despatching enemies, but one of the most widely publicised ones was the suffocation with a plastic bag (shown above), and the murders grew more graphic and realistic with every level. The Chicago Tribune said “Manhunt is easily the most violent game ever made”.

The controversy surrounding the game exploded in 2004, when it was implicated in the murder of 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah by his friend Warren LeBlanc. the parents of the victim say that LeBlanc played the game obsesseively, but police later denied there was a link. Initial statements that a copy of Manhunt had been found in LeBlanc’s bedroom were wrong – it was found in Pakeerah’s. Still, there was a campaign against the sequel being released, amid fears that there  would be another killing.

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