This Week In Video Game Hyper-Violence

Ever notice how violent video games are? Wonderful! Terrible! Your call, but hey, it's a thing.

So here at Kotaku, I figure, why not show just how extreme games get? Better than pretending it doesn't exist or keeping it all hidden like we're embarrassed, I say. Often violence in games is pretty fun. Not that it's always pretty.

What better way to kick off This Week In Video Game Hyper-Violence than with the newly-released Blood & Gore downloadable add-on for Total War: Rome II.


What is it? It's, what it sounds like. And it'll cost you three dollars.

So says the press release:

Experience the violent horror of the ancient world battlefield with Total War: ROME II Blood & Gore DLC

Blood & Gore brings the savagery of front-line combat to viscera-splattering life with decapitations, dismemberment and devastating impalements. Featuring hundreds of gruesome animations that play out in combat between multiple different unit types, the massed battles of Total War: ROME II will never be the same again.

Employing a more refined particle system than Shogun 2, Blood & Gore for ROME II looks and feels grittier and more brutal. Gore coats combatants, the ground will become soaked with blood, and you'll hear every stab, slash and impact with bespoke new sound effects.

Blood & Gore is available now for ROME II on Steam for $2.99 USD. Click here for further details.

Thought: if you're going to have a series as bluntly named as "Total War", you might as well have DLC called "Blood & Gore". Viscera-splattering!

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Reminds me of Shadow of Rome.

Great game, really brutal, take a look at that "18+" tag.