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Gorn: Visceral Reality is a Virtual Reality fighting game developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital, available on Steam Early Access. Players are tasked with winning gladiatorial death matches.

As a VR game, the main focus of ‘'Gorn’’ is using your hands to massacre everyone in your way. The game features a highly detailed gore system that dynamically keeps track of your enemies’ bodies, allowing you to really go to town on them. Tear off heads, cleave people in half, and use all manner of deadly weapons.


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  • Achilles' Heel: Played literally, one of the champions is Achilles himself and the trope is the key to killing him. In Endless and Custom games, Achilles can appear as a random boss but the weakpoint location can be completely different.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Your opponents can lose their limbs and still continue to fight, until they eventually bleed out.
  • And Show It to You: Sticking a thrusting weapon such as the rapier or the spear into an enemy's chest may result in their hearts getting ripped out.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of many weapons available.
  • Artistic License – History: The game is set in Ancient Rome, but you have access to weapons never ever seen in that place and time, such as nunchakus. Rule of Cool is a plausible explanation.
  • Asymmetric Multiplayer: A rather well-hidden mode of play allows a second player to seat up at the monitor with a gamepad and assume direct control over one of the many Mooks, automatically switching when the currently-controlled character dies. Some players even like to unofficially play the game in this manner, dubbing it "Gorn Souls".
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  • Bad Ol' Badger: One champion, appropriately dubbed the Badgermancer, literally uses badgers to fight you. They are incredibly vicious and will attack anyone, including their owner.
  • Batter Up!: One of the weapons you can get is a bat that has nails pounded into it.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Guess what happens if you stab an opponent in the chest?
  • BFS: The Greatsword, which can be described as a Berserk-esque slab of iron with a handle.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The violence reaches such ludicrous degrees that it swings right around to funny. In fact, killing enemies in a gruesome manner results in a Laugh Track playing.
  • Boom, Headshot!: A solid hit from most bladed weapons, an arrow, or a thrown dagger will usually kill an enemy instantly.
  • Bullet Time: Obvious lack of bullets aside, time noticeably slows down if you successfully parry an enemy's attack. Since your movements aren't really slowed down, you can easily use those few seconds to execute a killing blow and eliminate any other nearby mooks before you're overwhelmed.
  • Deadly Disc: A bladed discus can be used either by slashing directly or by throwing it with the added benefit that it will return directly to you after its first rebound off of a wall or enemy, making it a great ranged weapon if you can grab it when it returns.
  • Drop the Hammer: A two-handed, heavy-headed warhammer, specifically. It works wonders for smashing armor and sending the Mooks flying.
  • Dual Wielding: Thanks to the VR system, very doable - more reasonably so with some weapons than others. Two-handed weapons will fall to the floor if you attempt to use them with one hand... Unless you use the crab caestuses in which you can grab and use the larger weapons with one hand.
  • Epic Flail: One of the available weapons is a huge, two-handed flail.
  • Flipping the Bird: You can do this with the VR controls. In fact, flipping off the audience will often cause them to pelt you with stones!
  • Gladiator Games: The game places you in an arena to fight against other gladiators for the enjoyment of the rich and powerful.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: If you want, you can just punch your opponents in the face. Unarmed enemies will do this to you, too.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: You can use any body parts you lop off of your opponents (or their whole corpse) as a weapon.
  • Gorn: It's the game's title, and it certainly deserves it!
  • Made of Iron: The amount of punishment your opponents can take is pretty ludicrous, but then again...
  • Made of Plasticine: Ripping off your opponents limbs with your bare hands is surprisingly easy.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: It doesn't matter if you plucked out their eyes or hacked off one to all four of their limbs, your fellow gladiators will still attempt to get up and fight you until they expire!
  • Multi-Mook Melee: Since the enemies are all more or less the same, save for the loadout, this is in full effect.
  • Off with His Head!: You can cut off an opponent's head with a sword, knock their block off with a mace, or rip it off of their shoulders with your bare hands.
  • Ragdoll Physics: In full effect, and perfectly weaponizable.
  • Silliness Switch: There's a Low Violence option that replaces the combatants with pinata versions of them that gush candy when struck, their ribs and bones are made of candy cane and their hearts are replaced by heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. This is both for squeamish players and getting past the content filters on YouTube.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: You can indeed throw your sword (or whatever weapon you're wielding) to kill your adversaries. In addition, there's also throwing knives.
  • Wolverine Claws: Caestus-type weapons were added in a recent update, one of them being these. Hell, this weapon basically does its best to emulate the Trope Namer as they retract and extract with a very familiar-sounding *snkt*. See it in action or try it out yourself and try not to think of Wolverine.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Barring Custom Game mode's Battle Royale toggle and the free-for-all stages of a champion's challenge, it's you versus everyone else. This doesn't stop enemy archers from shooting their fellow mooks In the Back if you set up the positioning just right! Same goes for whiffed melee attacks.
    • This is even more amusing when the General appears in a Custom game with Battle Royale turned on, the General's flunkies will wind up targeting each other or even the General himself.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The chain caestuses allow you to fire off a claw on a chain to pull weapons, enemies, and other objects toward you. The claws even home in on the nearest valid object as they shoot out. Originally, these replaced your hands entirely, using the claws to hold onto weapons for use but was changed to having them mounted above the backs of your hands.

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