This generation of consoles has been great so far, and with is coming to a near close we decided to take a look back at what it had to offer starting with its villains.
We'll start with the recent ones and work our way back. Please note that there are spoilers ahead, so read the heading carefully before continuing.
Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Handsome Jack, the man behind the curtains. Every Time he talks you want to sit there and laugh at his witty remarks, yet at the same time punch him in the face. The writing and voice acting from handsome Jack are some of the best ever seen in today's games. This is one guy that never gives a second thought. While everything presented to you shows him being a comedic person, make no mistake that handsome Jack is one of the most brutal and crucial villain around.
Vaas (Far Cry 3)
I feel as if Vaas and Handsome Jack would be best friends trying to kill one another if they meet in real-life. Vaas, like Handsome Jack always has a sense of humor to guide him through a killing. He’s not crazy, he's insane and it's just fun to watch him. Every torture that Vaas does shows just about every amount of insanity that surges through his body. Yet, at the very same time one could fear him seeing that this is an average man who had his world turned upside down.
Colonial Mael Radec (Killzone 2)
What is there to say about this guy other then he's completely bad-ass. Right hand of Scholar Visari (or at least was), Radec the defender of Helghast and founder of Radec Academy, Radec is ruthless and cunning leader. Unlike many of the other leaders in charge of Helghast, Radec requires a breath mask and is one of those leaders who is highly regarded by his own people. Nonetheless he is one of the most dangerous people to ever come out of the Killzone series.
King Bohan (Heavenly Sword)
I know Ninja Theory hasn't been receiving much praise from gamers lately, but one still can't help to take note their first PS3 title, Heavenly Sword. While yes, it was short, the game did offer a unique villain who was also well scripted and voiced over.
GlaDOS (Portal Series)
Who knew even being a potato that GlaDOS would still have plots to kill you? That favorite Aperture science killer robot has turned out to be one of the most beloved villains to come out of this console generation. Down below are just some of the many humorous things she says during the campaign of Portal 2.
Zeus (God of War Series)
Originally filled with pure intentions, after the opening of Pandora Box, Zeus and the rest of the gods became infected with evilness. That's just what's explained towards the end of God of War 3, so while gamers are unaware of this throughout Kratos journey, Zeus has and always will be the God that betrayed Kratos and keeping him enslaved in his dreams of nightmares.
The Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City)
I'm probably not the only who had a tear in their eye when the Joker died at the end of Batman: Arkham City. Like in nearly all iterations of Batman, the Joker is his biggest enemy. Even bigger than Brainiac, Darkseid, and the Man of Steel himself. Why is that? Well as the Joker puts it, they complete one another. The Joker is just a mere mortal like Batman, yet this man has caused so much pain in Bats and other people’s lives that it's unforgiving, yet the Batman still feels remorse for him , even in death. At least he died laughing.
Well he did leave Batman with one last message before he died, which is pretty daunting if you ask me.
Fontaine (Bioshock 1)
Talk about your major plot twist. Throughout the whole campaign you’re told that the villain is the man behind Rapture, Andrew Ryan. And while there are some contents that show this, confronting Ryan for the first time in person reveals the truth.
This is one of those plot-twists that had gamers everywhere amazed. Unknowly, you were a slave this whole time, and the meaning behind Ryan’s death was to show this and to try to set you free from Fontaine control, which was the very same man who claimed that he was helping you.
Liquid Revolver Ocelot and Big Boss (MGS Series)
Not only was he one of Solid Snake's greatest enemy, but he was also the rival of Big Boss. Ocelot is literally the biggest Big Boss fan boy out there. While Big Boss had noble intention, his execution is what made him a villain, and with Ocelot following him and trying to fulfill his dream, they both in the end killed many innocent people, trying to plunge the world into chaos.
Whether any of you like it or not, Big Boss was a villain. He was the main villain for Metal Gear (not solid) and towards the end of MGS4 he explains to Snake the mistake he had made, even if his dream had good intentions. In reality, no one in the MGS universe is truly evil or good. To put it simply like Big Boss said, they were all just tools, and while Big Boss did separate from the pack, his intention of still using nuclear war and his army against Zero as a deterrence is still not better than what was already happening.
Origami Killer (Heavy Rain)
I loved Heavy Rain, and although the Origami Killer identity was no surprise, it’s still one of those moments that you wish wasn't completely true. After watching his brother drown to death due to his drunken father, the child grew up searching for a father who would go to the ends to protect his son. Kidding napping children from un-expecting fathers, time after time they failed and he continued until he found the right one. His calling card was an origami left after the child had died from drowning.
Kessler brings the true meaning of "you are your own enemy". Imagine living in a world being hunted down by a monster known as "the beast". Everyone in your life is now gone, and it could have been prevented if only you were strong enough. What if there was a way to erase it all? Would you risk the lives of millions just to prevent it? Well in truth (Spoiler Alert) Kessler is Cole from the future, and while looking at it from Cole point of view, Kessler was indeed a great and formidable foe. He may be one of those villains who are actually trying to save humanity, but none-the-less the action taken to do so are what makes him a villain.
Grunty (Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Kanjooie Nuts and Bolts)
I loved the original Banjo-Kazzoie for the N64, and Grunty was always a unique light-hearted villain. Bringing her back again in Buts and Bolts sure was a nice thing to do, even if she is now artificial.
Who doesn't love him? He's been Mario's main villain ever since the NES era and yet he's still a very lovable villain. Always kidnapping Princess Peach and then having his plans foiled by Mario, Bowser is one of those villains that'll never have his way. Even his spawn, Bowser Jr. can't catch a break.
The next episode will be about the heroes of this generation. Now would you kindly leave a comment below discussing other memorable villains?