Among the many themes marking this year’s E3, we’ve noticed a newfound enthusiasm from developers for intense moments of pointless violence.
Just kidding — that’s E3 every year.
But in 2018, there’s a definite fondness in the air for head-stomps, squishes and other brutal attacks from above. We dusted off the old GIF maker to remember the most special moments from this year’s trailers.
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We begin at the top of the alphabet, with this strong stamp from BioWare’s Anthem.
Who says romance is dead?
Someday I’m going to figure out how often the old skull-crush has been used in a game trailer.
Monster Hunter: World in Final Fantasy 14
This dragon is more into slamming than swooping.
Just Cause 4
The sideways double-squish.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure
It’s time for a little comic relief, courtesy of the new Donkey Kong DLC for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
Yeah, they’re not called Overkill for nothing.
A rare first-person view of being squished.
Resident Evil 2 remake
The consequences of being a rat in a video game are usually not good.
This game had a lot of squashings, but we picked only the most satisfying one.
That’s it! If you recall any moments of particularly gratuitous unpleasantness, feel free to add them in the comments.