Since the beginning of the 2000s, video games have begun to embrace foul language. It used to be very rare to hear a curse word in gaming, but now it’s a lot more common. Of course, expletives aren’t in every game. For instance, you’re not going to see Mario drop an f-bomb on Bowser anytime soon. But the more mature games include a fair number of explicit words in their scripts.
A lot of the time this is a good thing as it often fits the story and characters. After all, if you’ve got a game about gangsters, it would be weird if they kept their language clean. Some titles push the accepted boundaries, though. The games in question don’t just include the odd swear here and there – they include an excessive amount of cursing. The following ones certainly fit this description.
7 Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Looks can be deceiving, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day is the perfect example of that. From the outside, it seems to be a wholesome game, where you go on an adventure as a little woodland creature. But in reality, that creature is hungover, and the adventure is filled with questionable characters.
Throughout the game, these individuals spout plenty of curse words and make a bunch of sexual references. Conker, to his credit, doesn’t deliver as much profanity as the creatures he meets. Yet, he’s still not the most child-friendly animal.
6 Grand Theft Auto 5
For many years, Grand Theft Auto has been one of the most controversial series in gaming. And that controversy comes from various aspects of the games. The heavy use of curse words is one of the reasons certain parts of the media aren’t a fan of these titles.
Grand Theft Auto 5, in particular, includes plenty of profanity. In fact, some of the best quotes in the title include a few expletives. The swearing mainly comes from the three protagonists, who use curse words whether they’re talking to friends, enemies, or even family members. In fairness, it would be strange if these people who rob and kill for a living had an issue with cursing.
5 The Last Of Us Part 2
While playing through The Last Of Us Part 2, it’s easy to miss the explicit language in the script. After all, you are witnessing some of the most violent and heartbreaking moments in gaming history, so some curse words aren’t going to grab your attention. But there is a lot of swearing in this title.
It’s hard to blame the characters as they’re living in a post-apocalyptic world and regularly having to witness their loved ones die. When you’re in that situation, throwing out curse words is completely justified.
4 House Of The Dead: Overkill
The campaign for House of the Dead: Overkill only lasts four-six hours. Yet, somehow in that brief period, the writers managed to fit in enough f-bombs to earn the record for the most in a video game at that time. The game isn’t one-note, though, as plenty of other expletives are said throughout the campaign, too.
Most come from Detective Isaac Washington, who constantly provides foul-mouthed rants that help make Overkilll one of the funniest FPS titles. But he shouldn’t get all the credit as Varla Guns also does her fair share of cursing.
3 Mafia 2
When going into a game about gangsters and the mob, it’s fair to assume there’s going to be some bad language. The second Mafia title takes it to the extreme, however, especially when it comes to the f-word. In fact, it is another game that once held the record for most f-bombs in gaming history.
Many of them are delivered by playable character Vito Scaletta and his best buddy Joe Barbaro. They use the word in cut-scenes, car rides, and even while shooting people. With the messed-up situations they find themselves in, their use of the word is often appropriate.
2 Rogue Warrior
Rogue Warrior is certainly not Bethesda’s best ever game, but the company has never published a title that includes more curse words. The protagonist Richard Marcinko is based on a real former Navy Seal. And in the game, he rarely, if ever, delivers a sentence that doesn’t include profanity.
That is not hyperbole, either, as he literally spends the entire game spouting expletives, usually directed at the people he’s killed or is about the kill. It feels so forced and inorganic that it’s actually hilarious. What makes it even better is that the voice actor is the Academy Award nominee, Mickey Rourke.
1 Scarface: The World Is Yours
This game currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most profane game of all time. Of course, nobody has counted the number of curse words in every single game. Even so, as it contains a whopping 5688 uses of the f-word (according to the Guinness World Record), it’s hard to imagine many titles beating it.
The excessive use of swear words shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the subject matter. After all, this is a sort-of sequel to the Al Pacino Scarface movie, which had its fair share of profanity. The actor doesn’t reprise his role, but his character Tony Montana is in the game and is culpable for a lot of the bad language.
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