7 Games to Make You Feel Like a Complete Bad-Ass
As our own Ben Richardson once put it, the function of video games at their heart, more often than not, is to make players feel bad-ass. I have to say that I very much agree with that assessment, but while most games give you some manner of bad-assery, other games take things over the top to a degree that borders on godlike.
Prototype 2 is heading for consoles next week and PC this summer, and from what we’ve seen of the game so far, its sole purpose for existing is to convey unto players as much bad-assery as possible in a digital medium. But it won’t be out until next week — which means you’re going to need to curb your desire for curb-stompage and phenomenal powers in some other way. We’ve got a list of games that can sate your hunger for punching guys so hard, their faces explode. Check them out below, in no particular order.
It seems only right that we start with Prototype, since it’s getting a sequel on Tuesday that has gone out of its way to make it possible to turn enemies into bombs that suck up everything around them and then explode. The first Prototype was concerned greatly with turning players into powerful weapons of destruction as well. As Alex Mercer, players had the ability to thrash people in a number of very imaginative ways, and they got to shapeshift themselves like Clayface to do it. Sure, kung-fu is cool. Gun fights are fun. But turning your arm into a blade and disemboweling a guy who one second earlier thought you were his co-worker? That’s kind of a different level.
Batman: Arkham City
One of the big selling points of Batman: Arkham City when it was being marketed last year was its ability to throw tons of bad guys at Batman at once, giving him both the tools to beat the snot out of them and the ability to get pummeled by them en masse. The fighting was further deepened by making timing a lot more important to making sure Batman blasts people to within an inch of their lives, and giving Batman the ability to set and detonate explosive gel in between breaking noses. Awesome.
Breaking up the wailing on dudes portion of the game were the many sequences of flying, crashing into people while flying, solving mysteries and thrashing just about every Batman nemesis ever. That’s quite a bit of bad-assery. Also, you’re Batman, which pretty much tops out the bad-ass scale.