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E3’s nastiest head-stomps and squashings

Ten moments of intense violence, from above

Anthem - woman in javelin with open helmet BioWare/Electronic Arts

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.

Please note that these images are sensitive.


We begin at the top of the alphabet, with this strong stamp from BioWare’s Anthem.

Anthem - head crush GIF BioWare/Electronic Arts

Cyberpunk 2077

Who says romance is dead?

Cyberpunk 2077 - parking lot beatdown GIF CD Projekt Red

Doom Eternal

Someday I’m going to figure out how often the old skull-crush has been used in a game trailer.

Doom Eternal - skull crush GIF id Software/Bethesda Softworks

Monster Hunter: World in Final Fantasy 14

This dragon is more into slamming than swooping.

Monster Hunter: World dragon in Final Fantasy 14 Square Enix

Just Cause 4

The sideways double-squish.

Just Cause 4 - two Humvees crushing two soldiers Avalanche Studios/Square Enix

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.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Yeah, they’re not called Overkill for nothing.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead - stomping on a zombie’s head Overkill Software/505 Games

Rage 2

A rare first-person view of being squished.

Rage 2 - being killed by a monster id Software, Avalanche Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Resident Evil 2 remake

The consequences of being a rat in a video game are usually not good.

Resident Evil 2 remake - crushed mouse GIF Capcom

Trials Rising

This game had a lot of squashings, but we picked only the most satisfying one.

Trials Rising - rider squashed in a giant waffle iron (?) RedLynx, Ubisoft Kiev/Ubisoft

That’s it! If you recall any moments of particularly gratuitous unpleasantness, feel free to add them in the comments.