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Top 10 Brutal Video Game Deaths

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Script written by Kurt Hvorp Death in video games is nothing new – but sometimes it can get pretty harsh. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Brutal Video Game Deaths. Ranging from the medium's distant past to the present day, we've found those deaths in gaming that make us both gape in awe and cringe in sympathy. We're limiting the list to one death per game, per franchise, as well as excluding any random deaths of generic enemies, unites or mobs – though player-determined deaths do qualify. Special Thanks to our users "Cheeze9592" & "Quickchance988" for suggesting this topic on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Kurt Hvorp

Top 10 Brutal Video Game Deaths


Death in video games is nothing new – but sometimes it can get pretty harsh. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Brutal Video Game Deaths.

Ranging from the medium's distant past to the present day, we've found those deaths in gaming that make us both gape in awe and cringe in sympathy. We're limiting the list to one death per game, per franchise, as well as excluding any random deaths of generic enemies, unites or mobs – though player-determined deaths do qualify.

#10: Benjamin Carmine
“Gears of War 2” (2008)

Delta Squad has seen some shit. Midway through “Gears of War 2”, the team gets swallowed by a giant Riftworm, forcing them to trek through its innards. Unfortunately, while the rest of Delta Squad managed to survive the whole…being swallowed thing, Carmine falls out of the helicopter admidst the confusion. That would probably be bad enough, but by the time Delta Squad find him, literally in the belly of the beast, Carmine’s had his own belly chewed out by ravenous parasites. Man, that name is just cursed.

#9: Adam Shepherd
“Silent Hill: Homecoming” (2008)

Leave it to Pyramid Head to suddenly make things very unpleasant. In the midst of apologizing to his son Alex, family patriarch Adam Shepherd has little time to speak his peace before his body is gruesomely bisected by the fearsome Pyramid Head. While we don't see the act in progress, the look on Alex's face says it all. And then we get to see Adam's remains in all their dubious glory. Wonderful.

#8: David
“The Last of Us” (2013)

We sense that this might be overkill. Then again, the situation didn't exactly call for a light touch. Ellie, a teenage survivor, had just spent several minutes dodging and fighting off manic survivor David – before he pins her down. In a desperate bid, Ellie manages to reach a nearby machete and take a swipe at her aggressor, giving the a brief moment to take the upper hand. And take it she does…

#7: Marcelo Branco
“Max Payne 3” (2012)

Many things can be said about Marcelo Branco, but “derserving of brutal death” isn't one of them. Yet that's how the scene is set when our hero Max Payne tries to save Marcelo – the Cracha Preto military faction's leader Milo Rego has the young mister Branco stuck in stack of tires, which he sets on fire…It's a senseless moment of violence, though it provides Max with an excuse to exact equally brutal vengeance against Marcelo's killer.

#6: Vladimir Makarov
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (2011)

A fitting end for such a tyrannical character. In the final mission of “Modern Warfare 3”, former soldiers Captain Price and Yuri conduct a raid on Makarov's hideout in Dubai. Unfortunately for Yuri, Makarov is prepared, executing him in front of Price. Price does not take this well; compelled by rage, he beats Makarov into submission before tying a noose around his neck and smashing a window out from under them. The Two men plummet, one man lives to fight another day. Harsh as this may seam, it pales in comparison to the immense human suffering Makarov has caused.

#5: Dee
“The Walking Dead: 400 Days” (2013)

She wasn’t exactly the nicest lady, but Dee probably didn't deserve this. One of the stories in “400 Days” focuses on Bonnie, a recovering drug addict travelling with married couple Leland and Dee. When Bonnie is separated from the two during a daring escape, she flees into a corn field and prepares to fight her pursuers, with a rebar as her weapon. Sadly, Bonnie misjudged her target – and it’s Dee that ends up taking a blow to the head. Her slow and painful passing, complete with harsh final words for Bonnie, makes it all the more brutal.

#4: Holiday
“F.E.A.R. Extraction Point” (2006)

Yikes, that went on for a bit. Douglas Holiday, leader of a Delta Force unit working with the First Encounter Assault Recon team, probably wasn't expecting to get harassed by ghost. And yet, that’s exactly what happens, as Holiday is surrounded quickly by demon-like entities and thrown about like a ragdoll. What's unsettling is how calm he is throughout the extended sequence, even as his limbs are twisted and his body is dragged around. Although we're morbidly impressed by the explosive conclusion, it's still a terrible way to go.

#3: Andrew Ryan
“BioShock” (2007)

Would you kindly end the brutality? You, as the voiceless hero Jack, are sent to deal with Andrew Ryan, the co-founder of the underwater city of Rapture. However, Ryan is one step ahead of you – delivering not only a speech, but also one of the best twists in videogame history. What results is a case of swift yet harsh violence, as Jack beats Ryan to death with his own golf club. There's no way to stop it, no manner of controlling Jack's actions in this scene, leaving us as witnesses to the end of an age.

#2: Mileena
“Mortal Kombat X” (2015)

In a game that gives you intimate control over the brutal violence you enact upon your enemies, it makes sense that any death that you DON’T control would be especially over the top. At this point in the single player campaign, Mileena is captured by Kotal Khan. Being to Emperor of outworld means you have to make some tough choices, so Khan orders his second in command D'Vorah to execute Mileena with what can only be described as the ultimate kiss of death. Fun fact: that's not acid eroding Mileena's face – it's actually hundreds of tiny flesh-eating insects.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Hammond
“Dead Space” (2008)
Trevor Philips
“Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)
Hoyt
“Far Cry 3” (2012)
Dr. Trager
“Outlast” (2013)
Leon Kuwata
“Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc” (2010)

#1: Helios
“God of War III” (2010)

When Kratos gets angry, it’s easy to lose your head. Sorry we just had it. Up until this point, Kratos has been unflinchingly brutal in his massacre of the entire Greek pantheon. Now setting his sights on the sun god, Kratos takes the time to beat Helios into submission – and then proceeds to slowly and painfully tear his head off. It's neither quick nor pretty, as we witness every bit of flesh and muscle slowly tear free under Kratos' meaty hands.

Do you agree with our list? What video game character's death feels brutal to you? For more intense Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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