Recently in April the winds have been brisk, the nights hung in gloom and all those dodgy characters on the bus looked even creepier. I thought I’d countdown the best villains gaming has given us over the past generation of consoles. Unleash the sinners!
10. Ganondorf/Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
A classic gaming villain that hasn’t featured as prominently over the course of this generation (possibly due to his absence in Skyward Sword) but one that still deserves a place in this countdown. He represents a third of the Triforce, has a ferocious beast-form and frequently shows an interest in becoming the evil ruler of Hyrule. Did I mention he has some wonderfully curly ginger locks? Oh no, I wasn’t pinning the two togeth.. fine. Forget it.
9. The Illusive Man – Mass Effect 3
The man who brought the incredible Mass Effect Trilogy to a controversial close. Voiced by Martin Sheen, The Illusive Man could be argued as not even a villain at all. He could possibly just represent an alternative and slightly unethical viewpoint of how the cycle of life should operate. But as this is my countdown, and because he sure knows how to rock a cigarette, he is getting a place amongst this villainous hall of fame.
8. Liquid Ocelot – Metal Gear Solid 4
To be perfectly honest, I’m yet to play Metal Gear Solid 4. But judging from previous appearances and past villains in the series, it would be sacrilege not to mention at least one character from the prestigious franchise. So here is Liquid Ocelot. Edge magazine stated that ‘ Kojima has forged a superb villain, far more complete than in MGS2’. He sounds great..
7. Dr. Fetus – Super Meat Boy
This entry needs no explanation. He is a fetus in a box. Next!
6. Zombies – Left 4 Dead/ The Walking Dead/ ZombiU/ Plants Vs. Zombies/ Call of Duty
This spot is dedicated to the influx of zombie carnage that has graced our gaming lives over the past few years. Whether it was teaming up co-operatively in Left 4 Dead, crying our little eyes out in The Walking Dead or fiendishly trying to protect our crops in Plants Vs. Zombies. These little undead blighters have been pestering us throughout this entire gaming generation. Perhaps now is the time to lay their knackered souls to rest. Dinosaurs anyone?
5. Bowser – Super Mario Galaxy
A true titan of video-game villainy, Bowser has been nabbing Princess Peach for decades and still hasn’t quite noticed the reoccurring failures of his work. Then again, if he didn’t scream of desperation we wouldn’t have fabulous games like Super Mario Galaxy to hold within our mitts. It’s hard to fault Bowser really, I’d throw that cake-baking temptress into a black-hole if it helped to create games of that quality.
4. Vaas – Far Cry 3
Sure, Vaas takes a few riffs from the Dark Knight’s Joker. But when it is done this well, it’s hard to care. Considering how little he actually appears in the game, it is even more impressive that he can crawl so far up this list. It might have something to do with that freaky sequence where he repeatedly spawns and runs at the screen with a machete. It refuses to leave my brain. What’s the definition of insanity again?
3. Andrew Ryan – Bioshock
Bioshock Infinite was recently release and boy did it live up in the tyrannous villain department. Andrew Ryan is the founder of the underwater city of Rapture. A place he envisaged as a capitalist utopia away from the bothersome blights of religion, communism and altruism. It’s all a bit fancy, but when you’re forced to crack open his skull with a golf club whilst lines like ‘a man chooses, a slave obeys’ are thrown your way. It all starts to make beautiful evil sense.
2. The Joker – Batman Arkham City/Asylum
Oh Mark Hamill. Who could have predicted that your callous pipes would fit so perfectly to the role of the Joker after playing Luke Skywalker? Creepily popping up on TV screens all over the place and shocking us with that fantastic ending to Arkham City. He has been simply unforgettable over the past generation of games. If only every villain could crack-out a one-liner like the Joker whilst they run rampant over the world.
1. GLaDOS – Portal 1/2
She is the tour-de-force of gaming villainy and just tragically perfect. Gamers will echo her sentiments throughout the ages and all promises of cakes shall be labelled as lies. That cheeky yet terrifying voice, the innocent-looking robot eye and the fact that her personality can be implanted into a potato. These are only a handful reasons why she is such a glorious monstrosity. She also calls you fat on a regular basis. No other gaming villain cuts so deep.
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