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JFK: Reloaded is a controversial 2004 first-person shooter that challenges the player to recreate the assassination of John F. Kennedy, scoring on how closely the attempt matches the report of the Warren Commission. The opportunity to cause mass mayhem instead is just a bonus.

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  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands / Hat Damage:
    • When players go out-and-out psycho with a sniper rifle, it is possible to shoot pistols out of the hands of all the cops who are obligingly standing around facing at right angles to your window, provided you're a quick enough shot. Due to their motions, it is possible to remove the hands as well.
    • You get consolation points for shooting the Governor's huge Stetson hat out of his hands or shooting Jackie Kennedy's hat into the air provided that you do not injure them in any way.
    • You can shoot cops' helmets off their heads or shoot off the shades of Secret Service personnel, albeit without consolation points.
  • Body Horror: Shooting people in the upper part of their head (and not just JFK) can expose their brains for all to see. It is also invariably fatal to them.
  • Dead Foot Leadfoot: Happens if you kill the limo driver. Sometimes he manages to turn the steering wheel a little bit too, most often resulting in the presidential limo crashing into the side of a building, killing everyone else in the vehicle and tossing their bodies out onto the sidewalk and street.
    • The game even accounts for this, listing the occupants as having died in a car crash in the final tally.
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  • Disaster Dominoes: A possible outcome.
  • Off the Rails: When you decide to shoot other people instead... chaos ensues.
  • One-Hit Polykill: Possible as long as the same bullet passes through the heads, necks or chests of one or more people.
  • Police are Useless: Depending on who you kill first, the cops can dismount their motorcycles and draw their revolvers to protect the president, however, they will never fire it, even when they are looking straight at you.
  • Ragdoll Physics: Despite its controversial nature, the game's wonky physics is the sole reason most people play it.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Killing the President—if not replicating the specific shots—is depressingly easy, so why not go for something more interesting? Freelance Astronauts played HORSE with the game, aiming for trick shots like shooting off the first lady's hat and hitting a special agent in the ass.
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  • Sniping Mission: The entirety of the game.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: If the point of the game is to kill JFK (and/or his wife), why not cause extra historical carnage by killing the Governor of Texas (and/or his wife), the VP (and/or his wife)? You also have the freedom to shoot cops, FBI agents, dignitaries, drivers and Secret Service Agents.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One can shoot the driver (fatally or not fatally) of the car full of FBI Agents that is right in front of the President's limo, causing said car to stop and also causing the limo and all following vehicles to stop behind it. This makes it easy to kill as many people as possible.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The game is generally used simply to see how many people you can slaughter and how much of the rag doll physics you can enjoy. And, of course, there's killing JFK by sniping out the Innocent Bystander driving the car in front of him, then scaring JFK's driver with a few rounds, then taking him out just as the car speeds up. Presidential car slams into the back of the stopped bystander car. Secret Service agent sprints into the back of the car, almost certainly ruining his chances of ever breeding. It's also possible, should you hit the driver at the exact right time, to end with the Presidential car embedding itself in a distant wall.
  • Who Shot JFK?: You did! Several times!
    • It's very easy to pull off the Warren Report shots, even the so-called "magic bullet".


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