Content Type: Gaming News
Date: December 21, 2016
Whether you want to say it out loud or not, it’s always more fun to play the bad guy. As is said in many superhero films, the good guys are bound by codes of honor and being generally good to everyone. The bad guys can pretty much do whatever they want, and as such games where you get to play the bad guy tend to be just that little bit more fun.
Out of all the games I’ve played in my lifetime which ones would I recommend? Which games are the most fun to play the bad guy at its evil, black-hearted fullest? These are my top ten, and in reverse order of course. I’ve gotta build that suspense.
Rampage (On Most Formats)
We’ll kick off with a retro-gaming classic. Rampage puts you in charge of one of three classic movie monsters, King Kong, Godzilla and err some giant werewolf guy. Climb up buildings to smash them down and eat the inhabitants. Just watch out for the army trying to end your gigantic monsteresque rampage.
Prototype (PC, xBox 360, xBox1, PS3, PS4)
In Prototype you play as an amnesic shape-shifter called Alex Mercer who’s trying to stop the spread of this weird plague called Blacklight, as well as the ability to change form to that of any individual, he can also turn his limbs into giant weapons, consume individuals and slaughter anyone he comes into contact with. Getting bored of the storyline? Just roam Manhattan and kill everyone then.
Overlord (xBox 360, PS3, PC)
Want to control hordes of goblins and take over enemy kingdoms then Overlord is just what you’re looking for. Although, you have the option of playing the game a little more white-heartedly, it’s far more fun to give in to your corruption and kill, steal and pillage to get your wicket way.
Evil Genius (PC)
In Evil Genius you don’t just play a bad guy but a James Bond villain, with an evil fortress cut out of the rock. You decide which crime sprees you go on, and when the secret agents come calling, you decide which traps are going to stop them. The only real difficulty with Evil Genius is finding a white cat to stroke as you play.
Black & White (PC)
A little higher up the ethereal scale, but in Black & White you play a newly awakened god, with a giant animal to call your own. As you rule your town-folk your creature changes accordingly. Sure, you can get your villagers to worship your kindness and generosity, but burning their fields and throwing the villagers into the sea is another way to gain their respect, plus a truly evil cow is a thing to behold.
Silent Hill 2(PS2, xBox, PC)
SPOILER Alert! You don’t actually find out James’ past until the end of the game. You’re invited to Silent Hill by your dead wife, and once you’ve fought your way through the intense madness and met all the crazy people wandering in Silent Hill. You find out you killed your terminally ill wife because she was becoming a burden. Actions like that certainly put James in the bad column. After all you don’t get to Silent Hill by being a truly wonderful person.
GTA3 (PS2, xBox, PC)
There’s no getting away from this one. GTA3 is all about Crime, and in particular committing large amounts of crimes and getting away with it. Grand theft auto, murder, assault, drugs, everything is fair game as you build your criminal empire. The first of the non-top down view Grand Theft Auto’s but in my opinion it’s still the best. Its sandbox mode is also huge amounts of fun, when you just want to cause some carnage.
Fable Series (PC, xBox, PS)
The Fable series practically embodies good and evil decisions. Sure as the series goes on those decisions have larger implications but they are still basically black and white decisions. Do you kill the mercenary boss or hire him? Do you make the townspeople love you or slaughter them on sight. In Fable you can be a complete bad-ass and take the land of Albion with you.
Knights of the Old Republic (xBox , PC)
At the start of Knights of the Old Republic set several years after the defeat or Darth Revan a seriously evil arsehole responsible for the deaths of many, many people and strong user of the dark force. Well his apprentice, Darth Malik is following on from his master and causing just as much trouble. The game is all about stopping Darth Malik. But wait! Another spoiler alert! When you get to the end, you find out you’re Darth Revan all along, with their memory wiped.
Dungeon Keeper (PC)
Dungeon Keeper ranks very highly for me as a game anyway, so it’s certainly the best game you get to play the bad guy. In Dungeon Keeper you are the eponymously titled Dungeon Keeper, with a disembodied hand you can use to get your dungeon ready. Build your dungeon, train your creatures and get ready for all those dumb adventurers breaking into your dungeon for loot. Don’t forget about the other Dungeon Keepers, they can be just as dangerous, but take over their lands and the world will be plunged into your darkness.