I play a lot of video games, and I’m very indecisive with regards to things like favourite moments, characters, weapons etc. But I’m proud to share with you my official top 5 video game bad guys of all time!
Vaas is by far my most favourite video game villain. The distinct Spanish accent, the scars, the Mohawk, the swearing and the insanity speech are without a doubt going to go down in the history books as one of the all time best characters. With a performance that has constantly been compared to Heath Ledgers Joker in The Dark Knight, Michael Mando, a relatively unknown actor has managed to construct a sick, murdering psychopath that we all love. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with Vaas as soon as you meet him, and although he is not the main antagonist, he sure as hell offers a lot more entertainment than his boss Hoyt Volker. I only hope we get to see more of Vaas in the future.
Ganondorf comes in at number 2 for me because he’s really the first proper villain that I ever encountered in a video game. The first console game I played was The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, and to this day I still get shivers down my spine whenever I play the game and look over to his castle. Ganondorf has pretty much become the steeple of evil in The Legend of Zelda series, but does not always feature in them. For example in Majora’s Mask, he’s nowhere to be seen, and he is only foreshadowed in Skyward Sword, but he still remains in the minds of those who have experience the series from its beginning. In my opinion, there’s no Zelda game without Ganondorf, or his mutant pig mutation Ganon.
Tiny Tiger remains my favourite character in the Crash Bandicoot games, and whenever I think back to those early days on the Play Station 1, the main memories that come to me are racing on Crash Tag Team Racing as him, or fighting his boss battles on Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3! It’s been awhile since I’ve played a Play Station properly, choosing the side of Xbox of Play Station any day of the week, and looking back on Tiny and my memories with him always remind me that once I did enjoy the Play Station, and that they’re not all bad. Those little memories make all the difference, and that’s why Tiny Tiger is at number 3.
Now I only started playing World of Warcraft weeks before Cataclysm was released, and the reason Deathwing comes in at number 4 is because of the total brain-buster he presented with me. I never really had any details about Cataclysm, and after about a week of not playing, I logged back in to be greeted with pure destruction. Deathwing literally tore apart the world of Azeroth, which is undoubtedly one of the largest worlds in video game history. With over 10 million subscribed players, he managed to change World of Warcraft for all of them forever. Entire zones were sunk, water levels rose, fleets were destroyed and this is all down to Deathwing. There’s no way he couldn’t be missed out for me, so he comes in at number 4.
Raul Menendez and his cult following Cordis Die feature at number 5 because they managed to give me the most enjoyable story campaign of any Call of Duty. The games have never really been fabled for their stories, they’ve been enveloped in this reputation of being a multiplayer game, and that’s what most people likely go for. It was so refreshing to be greeted with a campaign that not only plays well, but engages players. Raul Menendez is not just a murdering conqueror, he shows real emotion, and he almost makes it seem that Mason and his team are the heartless villains, responsible for killing his innocent sister. All Menendez wants is revenge, and I think it’s safe to say he gets it in the most effective way. He destroys the world of those who destroyed his.
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