6 Video Games That Let You Be the Bad Guy
There’s a little bit of evil in all of us. Some games give us free reign to show our inner cruelty. Other’s have us intentionally being bad. That’s the experience the games on this list offer: They let you take a break from playing the hero to see what life on the other side has to offer. And based on the quality of most of these games, it’s pretty good.
- Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Sometimes a larger outside threat can turn enemies into friends. That’s the case in Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, a truly fantastic RPG for Nintendo DS. In it, the Mushroom Kingdom has been taken over by Fawful, a scheming wizard who’s up to no good, which makes Bowser just as unhappy as it makes the Mario brothers.
Once Bowser accidentally inhales the plumbing duo, it’s only a matter of time before they all team up to get Mario and Luigi out of Bowser’s body and kick Fawful out of the Mushroom Kingdom. Meanwhile, players get to stomp around as Bowser during numerous sections of the game. And guess what? It’s a lot of fun.
Manhunt is not like other games. Rather than featuring a likable character you can relate to, it stars one of the most despicable heroes in video game history. You play as a prisoner who’s supposed to be executed by lethal injection. But just when it seems time to take your eternal nap, you wake up.
You soon find out that your savior is a demented director who tasks you with carrying out a series of gruesome gang murders to create snuff films. It’s brutal and gross, and it’s all caught on film.
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Following Manhunt is hard, because what could be worse than a protagonist from death row? How about two protagonists from death row? At the start of the game, the pair of titular thugs bust out of prison only to get wrapped up in a criminal conspiracy that involves a brutal gang called The 7, a missing stash of money, and a bunch of helpless hostages, including Kane’s wife and daughter.
The action kicks off with you murdering a phalanx of police officers and then skips quickly to a bank, where you hope to find the money missing from the The 7. Things go downhill quickly when Lynch has a psychotic episode and kills every one of the hostages. From there on out, violence, betrayal, and villainy are the rules of the day.