15 Top Most Banned Games & Why They are Banned

Azam TanzeemSep 11 . 10 min read

Censorship is a contentious topic in the video game industry. Some players take it personally when creators change their vision to better meet the requirements of the market. However, the alternative may be far worse. Video games have been taken off shop shelves all around the world because they were simply too much for the community to handle.

We can't tell if the censoring is warranted (although let's be honest, it probably isn't). Examining the games that were banned and attempting to determine what irritates people is informative.

It's self-evident—heavy violence, explicit sex, or obscene themes. And you'll see many of those things in the games that come after. However, there are a variety of additional reasons why games are forbidden from being sold, some of which are rather bizarre but here are the Top Most Banned Games.

Censored video games:

#15 Manhunt 2

To give you a heads up, Rockstar Games will appear on this list a couple of times. With the Grand Theft Auto games, the studio has courted controversy to great effect, but when it dipped a toe into the horrific realm of snuff erotica with the Manhunt titles, it received a little more than it bargained for. The first game in the series drew government ire in New Zealand and elsewhere, but the second—which ramped up the gore and cruelty to previously unknown levels—got slammed even harder. By way of the eye, making this one of the Top Most Banned Games.

In the United Kingdom, Manhunt 2 was “refused classification,” which effectively means the movie was too bad to be given a rating. The modified version was initially posted thereafter Rockstar went back in and added some graphics filters to hide the gore. It was banned from sale in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, as well as South Korea.

#14 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

This is one of the Top Most Banned Games and here’s why: Although there has never been a countrywide ban on any video game in Mexico, one title enraged regional authorities enough to prevent it from being marketed. Not only is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 a long game, but it's also a well-received tactical shooter. Unfortunately, the game's first objective does not positively depict Ciudad Juarez.

Your tactical squad collaborates with Mexican law enforcement to clear guerillas from the streets, resulting in violent firefights. The mayor of Juarez was not pleased with a video game depicting his city as dangerous (despite the city's high levels of real-world drug violence), so he persuaded the governor of Chihuahua to order the confiscation of all copies of the game in the state and prohibit its sale.

#13 Postal 2

Postal 2 is one of the Top Most Banned Games. Many games try to push the boundaries of poor taste, but none go as far as the Postal series. The long-running sandbox series puts you in the shoes of a regular Joe out doing errands only to be pushed into a violent, murderous frenzy (often by Gary Coleman), and its anarchic brand of comedy is an acquired taste. It is safe to claim that New Zealand never obtained it.

The game was banned in New Zealand because of its "gross, repulsive content: Urination, High Impact Violence, Animal Cruelty, Homophobia, Racial, and Ethnic Stereotypes." Let's be honest: all of those elements are there in the game. There's even a key that's linked to taking a pee. After this game, there have been multiple calls to Ban violent video games. 


Games from #12 to #10 are the games banned in the USA.

#12 Custer's Revenge

This is one of the Top Most Banned Games, why though? Here is why: People have been attempting to turn video games into erotica for nearly as long as they have existed. Custer's Revenge, released in 1982 for the Atari 2600, is one of the most well-known smutty games of all time. The game, which was developed in Canoga Park by Mystique (a subsidiary of an adult film studio), presented the user as a horny General Custer with a pixelated boner who had to travel across the screen through a shower of arrows to pork a Native American lady chained to a pole. This is one of the Dirtiest video games to date, in my opinion. 

#11 The Guy Game

What would it take to have a game banned in the United States, which is known for its tolerance of free speech? It occurred only once. We wouldn't blame you if you hadn't heard of 2004's The Guy Game—it was the sole game produced by Top Heavy Studios, and the Xbox version had a Metacritic score of 47. The gameplay was a typical multiple-choice trivia game, but the catch was that when you successfully answered questions, you were rewarded with an FMV film of young ladies removing their shirts, one of which was a minor, and this caused a monumental failure of the game as it ended up being one of the Top Most Banned Games.

#10 Kill the F****t

This is one of the Top Most Banned Games and for good reason. Skaldic Games' abhorrently anti-LGBT game places the player in a shooting gallery and assigns them the duty of killing down homosexual and transgender people. It's homophobic, with a voiceover announcer who applauds every single "Transgender Kill" and "Aids Carrier" removal and even penalises you for killing heterosexuals.

Many people were shocked to learn that the game was featured on Steam Greenlight (a now-defunct programme that allowed users to vote on which independent games should be published) in the first place and that it was not pulled down for spreading hate speech right away.

The game was eventually removed from Steam, and Skaldic Games no longer hosts it on its website, thereby erasing all traces of Kill the F***t from the internet. It was never formally prohibited by any regulatory agencies, but only because it was taken down before they had an opportunity to do so.


Games from #9 to #7 include games that are banned in India.


I’m pretty sure all of you have heard about this game before and it will come as quite a surprise for many of you to hear that PUBG Mobile is banned in India. The Indian government banned PUBG mobile in September of last year, claiming the game as a danger to the country's "sovereignty, integrity, defence, and security." Since then, Krafton has made repeated attempts to reintroduce the battle royale game to the country.

#8 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 

Moonton's Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular MOBA game on mobile devices. The game was prohibited by the Indian government in June owing to a breach of the Privacy Policy and data theft. MLBB announced the restriction on July 1st via Twitter, Facebook, and in-game announcements.

#7 Ludo World

There’s not much to say about the reason behind the banning of this game except for this, The applications were prohibited because "they are involved in actions detrimental to India's sovereignty and integrity, defence, security of the state, and public order," according to a statement from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

#6 Bully

We warned you that Rockstar would appear on this list several times. While it's understandable that governments might have issues with chaotic GTA games or over-the-top bloodshed in Manhunt, what could be so bad with Bully, the company's iconic 2006 storey of an English teenager navigating the social systems of boarding school?

Ask the administration of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost region, which slammed the brakes on Bully soon after it was launched. Putting the video game at a school would be “potentially dangerous” to kids, according to the argument.

These reasons attributed to it becoming one of the Top Most Banned Games.

#5 EA Sports MMA

What is the strangest rationale you can think of for banning a game? This one, on the other hand, is stranger. EA Sports MMA was EA Sports' effort in 2010 to cash in on the no holds barred fighting craze without obtaining the UFC licence. It was well-received and included fighters from the Strikeforce company as well as veterans like Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture. However, without the UFC name, sales were low, as fans were hesitant to take a chance.

Why, therefore, was it outlawed in Denmark? It was because of the energy drinks. Before fights, EA Sports MMA included in-game advertising for caffeine and sugar concoctions, which is illegal in that nation.

#4 Command & Conquer: Generals

Government censors don't have to be offended by a game's content if it isn't overtly sexual or violent. To have your game banned, sometimes all you have to do is blow up a country. Take, for example, Electronic Arts' 2006 real-time strategy game Command & Conquer Generals. Players might command either the United States, China, or a decentralised terrorist group targeting both in the seventh chapter of the long-running game. Making a push for the Asian market appeared to be a smart plan at the time, but it backfired, making it one of the Top Most Banned Games

The narrative mode of the game begins with the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Beijing, followed by the destruction of the Three Gorges Dam. The authorities of China was so enraged by the sight of renowned Chinese sites that they placed a blanket ban on the entire series.

#3 The Pokemon Trading Card Game

What type of government would consider it OK to outlaw something as seemingly harmless as The Pokemon Trading Card Game? Folks, welcome to Saudi Arabia. In 2001, the largely Muslim Middle Eastern country issued an injunction prohibiting the import of both electronic and physical copies of the game. The popular electric Pokemon Pikachu, as well as his fellow pocket monsters, were deemed a national security danger.

Why? Because the game's energy symbols resemble "the star of David," which "everyone knows is associated with worldwide Zionism and serves as Israel's national emblem."

#2 Football Manager 2005

Football Manager has always had its share of small snafus owing to copyright concerns, but FM2005 managed to get itself on China's prohibited list. The reason for this was that the game considered Tibetan and Taiwanese areas as distinct entities from China. Because the game's "material is detrimental to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the People's Republic of China claimed it broke Chinese law.

#1 Left 4 Dead 2

L4D2, the successor to the multi-award-winning Left 4 Dead, was prohibited in Australia last year due to its inability to be played by children under the age of 18. The first-person shooter included beheading, mutilation, wound intricacy, and mounds of dead bodies in a zombie apocalyptic setting. Sadly for the game's creators, the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) does not have a rating higher than MA15+ for the game. As a result, L4D2 found itself in a difficult situation, and a severely scaled-down version of the game was released in Australia. Around 170 individuals marched in Sydney's "Epic Zombie Lurch" protest on November 14 last year as a result of the prohibition, making this one of the topmost banned games ever.

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