The Many Throat-Stabbings of E3 2012

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E3 2012 wasn't just a banner year for bows and helicopters, it was also quite the year for throat-trauma. From Splinter Cell to Resident Evil to Far Cry 3, game after game featured resplendent, flinch-inducing throat violence.

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Chris pulled together some gifs for you, in case you're you're into this sort of thing, or in case you want to get a sense of just how violent E3 2012 got.

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Brace for impact:


Assassin's Creed III

Connor wings out a redcoat's throat with a single swipe of his tomahawk.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 6

Far Cry 3 Part 1

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Nothing says "tropical island resort" like a machete to the neck.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 4

Far Cry 3 Part 2

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Hey, this looks like the same guy as before! What does Jason Brody have against dudes in red turbans and sunglasses? Sheesh.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 3

The Last of Us

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This is the only one that doesn't involve stabbing. But my word, that looks trachea-crushingly intense!

Throat-Trauma Rating: 5

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Whoo boy, the high-frequency blade is a nasty piece of work. Also a nasty piece of work? This sequence from the game. Yeesh. Bonus points for psychological damage.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 10

Resident Evil 6

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Yeah, it's a zombie, so it's "not quite as troubling" as the others. Still though… dagger into the skull. Dang.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 5

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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My goodness. Sam Fisher takes down an enemy in most brutal fashion. Ag.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 9

Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft isn't content to let the guys have all the fun, so she also stabs a dude hard in the neck. I heard that this game was where she had to kill someone for the first time. Considering that, she's pretty awesome at it!

Throat-Trauma Rating: 7

ZombiU

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Let's end on another zombie one, and a nifty one at that; this comes from ZombiU's debut trailer, which doesn't show gameplay but does show some wicked zombie-action.

Throat-Trauma Rating: 6

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fernandojorge
Fernando Jorge

Was anybody else bothered by Lara straight up murdering everyone like it's just another day? I thought the whole premise was "random person tossed into extraordinary situation". That's how the game starts, but it seems she quickly evolves into stone cold killer. All of those screams Lara lets out feel out of place after she shoves an arrow up a man's chin.