This Week In Video Game Hyper-Violence

This Week In Video Game Hyper-Violence

Ever notice how violent video games are? Wonderful! Terrible! Your call, but, hey, it’s a thing. I figured 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 $US2.99 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!


  • It looks awesome but should this really be a paid DLC? It’s like Gears of War and then later having to pay extra if you want to see blood pour out of the chainsaw.

  • Might wait for this in the Christmas Steam sale. I haven’t touched Rome 2 in a while. By the time I get round to it, it should be fairly decently patched up. I’ve heard positive things about the recent patches but my interest is currently held by GTA V and Skyrim

    • True, but the amount of blood spattered about in modern games (and the way it spurts as if from a high pressure hose) is a bit overdone on occasion.

      If blood pressure were really that high you would be in mortal peril from the slightest scratch. A 70kg human has around 5 litres of blood. Most games would have you think the human body is about 50% blood, based on the amount of it we see splashed around.

      Also: minor gripe (not sure if this is reflected in the game). Roman soldiers were successful because of the highly organised fashion in which they fought, with interlocked shields protecting each other. The sort of general melee that the trailer shows is exactly the sort of fighting they would be trained to avoid.

      • Ahh, just makes me think of the good old Black Knight.

        But really, the old pressure hose thing is quite overdone sometimes. I guess they need to invent a better way of making sure the player knows they’ve killed/hurt their enemy, rather than just spurting red all over the screen.

        • I suppose it’s the most ‘realistic’ thing they can do, and since often in most games when the player gets hit there are blood spurts as well, or at least red screen, so they need something that stands out more than that that works at a distance as well as close. I guess its better than a flashing light or something. Maybe what you kill gets a halo over it’s head hehe.
          I agree it looks overdone here (but actually toned down from Shogun 2), they are not soldiers but blood balloons waiting to be popped.

  • Personally I would rather they fix more of the crippling Rome 2 core issues first, before releasing DLC…
    Like getting siege AI to actually work in any way at all better than “burn down the gate, charge through”, as a priority…

    For those wondering, apparently the reason for having this as DLC is the same as the reason for it being DLC with Shogun2 as well, though the Rome 2 version is twice the price the Shogun 2 one was.
    That being, if they release the game with the blood n gore in it out of the box, it gets a higher MA15+ or R18+ (for example) rating.
    Apparently this lets them release the game with a more ‘society friendly’ M15+ (for example), thus I guess garnering more sales.
    Also something to do with having it pay for to ensure that the buyer has a credit card and is thus over 18 (or something along those lines).

  • I don’t have this game, (no PC that can run it). But someone -has to- make a Spartacus mod/scenario for this pack. That would be amazing 🙂

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