Society’s definition of masculinity might have gravitated away from the mustached, Charles Bronson-esque, tough-guy image of the 1960’s. However, it’s still important for men to indulge in manly activities, if only to periodically reassure themselves that their masculinity is intact. Things like tackle football, drinking beer, eating under-cooked meat, watching war movies starring John Wayne or Lee Marvin and improperly using power tools are considered to be traditional hobbies worthy of a man, but with the rise in popularity of digital entertainment, video games too have emerged as a viable medium of carrying on the masculine tradition.
While some games emphasize strategy, storytelling, art direction or other pointless things that hairy-chested men don’t waste their time dwelling on, here are ten totally awesome games packed with explosions, gunfights, and unchecked murder and bloodshed that will inspire you to go out, devour a raw steak, rip the sleeves off your shirt and roundhouse kick a hippie in the face.
God of War III / God of War: Ghost of Sparta
When you think of what it means to be a man, most would tell you it has something to do with going around, stomping faces and having sex with loads of chicks. I have absolutely no idea if this is the correct definition, but that’s more or less what “God of War III” and “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” are all about. Kratos, the legendary killer of gods, continues to live up to his reputation of being an all around badass and total dick. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, brutally mutilating humans and mythological monsters with a bloodthirsty savagery that make even serial killers take pause, and his adventures are always punctuated with periodic fornication and naked breasts.
If you actually end up feeling less of a man after being humbled by the unparalleled badassery of Kratos, don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Not even Chuck Norris or Don Frye could hope to rival the manliness of Kratos, and if they can’t, no mortal man stands a chance. Just go buy a chainsaw and cut down some trees shirtless. Hopefully that will make you feel better.
Army of Two: The 40th Day
“Army of Two: The 40th Day” makes absolutely no sense, but like any good piece of action entertainment, that’s a good thing. Instead of worrying about character development or plot progression, 40th Day focuses on creating a combat experience where you and your favorite bud can totally bro out while demolishing the crap out of Chinese culture. You can pimp out your guns to your hearts content, and assuming your bro is of decent skill, spend a good amount of time spraying bullets and shooting grenades at a bunch of evil mercenary bastards that need a good killing. Also, just to make sure there’s absolutely no doubt in your mind that “Army of Two: The 40th Day” is incredibly hardcore, things blow up all the time, seemingly for no reason. Seriously. Buildings will dissolve into fireballs at random with more regularity than a Michael Bay movie, but you know what? Who cares.
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