I recently wrote about Phantasmagoria the 1995, FMV point-and-click adventure game, that was considered one the most controversial games of its time, due the graphic violence it contained. However a year later, a game came out that possibly trumped it. And if it wasn't for a delay in publishing, it may well have been hailed as the most controversial adventure game of the mid-90s.
Harvester was designed to shock, to be controversial, it described itself as "The most violent adventure game of all time." Originally scheduled for release in 1994, the game didn't hit the shelves until 1996. The game was an all out assault on the media hype that video gaming made players violent. It was a no-holds-barred bloody gore-fest, where you kill pretty much just kill whoever you wanted. The deaths were brutal and bloody.
Like an exploitation film, much of the game is laughably tongue-in-cheek. Th makers knew who they were offending and who they were entertaining. It's not a great game, it's confusing at times, conversations with NPCs is stilted and seemingly pointless. But hey, aren't they also the characteristics of a good exploitation flick? Take it for what it is, don't take it too seriously, and just keep repeating to yourself... It's just a game... It's just a game!