Game: Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Complex Says: The first time we encountered the chainsaw guy, we knew immediately that he represented all things related to serious business—but we figured that if we were to die at his hand, the screen would just fade to black while a chainsaw was getting shoved into our midsection. So when we failed to ward off CG’s attack, and Leon’s head literally got sawed off and fell to the ground, all we could muster up was a shocked "whuh?"
It’s not like we hadn’t seen video game violence before, but that was over the top, even for Resident Evil. Maybe we'd become too accustomed to seeing zombies munching our corpse in an almost peaceful, National Geographic kinda way, as we slowly died.