With both Chainsaw Massacre and evil Dead With franchises promising us all-new video game adaptations in 2022, it looks like horror gamers have a lot to look forward to in the near future. At the very least, we’ll be having a lot of virtual chainsaw fun later this year, and it got me thinking about the popularity of chainsaws in the horror genre, especially when it comes to gaming.
From Leatherface’s sadly phallic weapon in its 1983 release on Atari consoles to online flash sensation Child Skullchainsaws fair feel law like badass power-ups and are almost always satisfying to use. That’s why they’ve become so prevalent in games despite their impracticality in the real world when it comes to anything other than boring hard work.
Of course, despite this popularity, not all digital chainsaws are created equal, so we decided to put together this list celebrating six of the best chainsaws in the game! Since there are so many to choose from, we’ll limit our selection to player-controlled in-game weapons only. This means that no Dr Salazar of Resident Evil 4 or this limited-edition chainsaw-shaped PS2 controller. We also won’t be including any hybrid weapons, which rules out items like the iconic Lancer from the armament of war series.
As usual, don’t forget to comment below with your own favorites if you think we missed an important one.
Now on the list of best gaming chainsaws!
6. Splash House (2010)
Namco’s splash house restarting has a lot to do. Sure, the engine is a little janky and the levels can get irritating and repetitive, but there’s a solid story from comic writer Gordon Rennie that keeps things interesting, and I just can’t get enough of it. charming performance by Jim Cumming as Terror Mask.
Of course, it’s the exaggerated violence that really makes a splash house title, and that’s where this virtual chainsaw comes in. First acquired after literally ripping it from the bloody arms of the infamous Biggy Man, this deadly weapon is actually a bit too fun, because the gore-induced particle effects are so over the top that they often lag the game. That’s why it’s at the bottom of this list despite being a really fun power-up .
5. Dead by daylight (2016)
Although he is now known for his impressive array of licensed murderers, Dead in broad daylight always put a lot of effort into his original killers. Of the three playable antagonists that originally shipped with the game, I think the Hillbilly stands out as one of the most fun to control due to its absolutely devastating chainsaw attack.
While the saw has to be accelerated to use and players have to deal with an annoying cool down period, it’s still one of the most incredibly powerful weapons in the game, capable of downing multiple survivors with a single blow. if you can catch them all in an enclosed space. This incredibly satisfying attack also gets bonus points for being featured in the game’s Leatherface add-on, which makes a lot of sense considering the Hillbilly was directly inspired by Tobe Hooper’s iconic cannibal.
4. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Silent Hill 2 is fascinating and hard to put down (not to mention one of my favorite games of all time), but I don’t think I’d call this depression simulator a traditionally “fun” experience. At least not on your first game. As for a new game anymore, however, SH2 allows James Sunderland to replay his favorite evil Dead moments with a familiar chainsaw that only spawns if you managed to get your hands on fuel in your previous playthrough.
the Silent Hill 2 The combat system may not be particularly entertaining, but the absurdity of wielding a weapon traditionally associated with B movies in an interactive adaptation of a Dostoyevsky novel is absolutely priceless. The chainsaw would reappear in later entries in the franchise, but I’ll never forget gunning down demonic nurses like a maniac while James cries about his dead wife.
3. Lollipop Chainsaw (2012)
With a name like that, it’s obvious that James Gunn (yes, this James Gunn) and Suda 51 Chainsaw Lollipop would be on the list. While this bizarre hack n’ slash title is kind of an acquired taste, there’s something to be said for the schlocky thrills of chainsaw zombies while taking control of a scantily clad cheerleader with a possible blood fetishism.
Not only does Juliette’s titular chainsaw sport a custom pink finish, but the shaft is beautifully decorated with a little heart to let zombies know they’re being killed with kindness. The title also gets bonus points for having probably the most dedicated chainsaw combos in any action game ever.
2. Mad World (2009)
There is no denying that the Nintendo Wii was one of the most successful video game consoles of all time. However, the Wii was also cursed with a reputation as “baby’s first console”, with most versions aimed at younger audiences. Of course, let PlatinumGames prove the critics wrong with their incredibly gory game. Crazy worlda game that appropriately features a protagonist who can turn his arm into a fucking chainsaw.
To boast Sin-City-inspired visuals, addictive gameplay and more action than you can handle, Crazy world makes this list because of the fun of setting up chainsaw executions with the Wii’s motion controls. While the moves aren’t exactly precise, it’s great fun to simulate a kill with your real hands and see it replicated in beautifully bloody glory on screen.
1. Doom (1993) to Doom Eternal (2020)
Featured in every entry in this long-running series, I don’t think anyone will disagree about having LossRecurring saws are our number one pick for the best gaming chainsaws. After all, how can you say no to the franchise that created the double-barreled chainsaw?
Called “the Great Communicator” by Doom-Guy in that infamous comic, this memorable weapon has been entertaining players for nearly three decades now. Not only does it break up the monotony with close-up fun, but the constant revving also makes the badass soundtrack even harder as you happily gut the hell out.