Four Favorite Video Game Villains (of the Past Decade)

Far Cry 4 comes out tomorrow, November 18th, and reasons 1-10 for me wanting to get it have to do with the game’s main antagonist, Pagan Min.

He’s everything I love in a villain: sarcastic, witty, highly quotable, casually violent, awesome fashion sense, and, from what I can tell, an unrepentant bad guy with very little of that redemption backstory people are so fond of these days.

I can already tell he’s going to be a favorite, which naturally got me thinking about what other video game villains I love to hate to love (I’m only considering ones from the past ten years, otherwise we’d be here all damn day.)

You’ll probably notice going through this list that I have a Type when it comes to bad guys. I admit this, I embrace it, I am unabashed. Give me tons more of these types of villains and I will be a happy, happy gamer.

In no particular order:

Vaas Montenegro, Far Cry 3

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Spoileriffic ‘Far Cry 4’ 101 Trailer Gives Us The 4-1-1 On Kyrat

I’m not kidding when I say this thing is full of spoilers. Narrated by an exuberant radio talk show host who somehow seems to know everything about everything, this whopping eight minute trailer for Far Cry 4 starts off with, “Kyrat’s got so much stuff to see, terrains to explore, people to meet, animals to hunt, wrongs to right, and trippy sacred realms to explore.” It then goes on to describe all of that, in massive detail, including a few major characters and plot points that would’ve probably better served as surprises.

For someone who isn’t too picky over spoilers, though, this trailer is a good way to stave off the anticipation until Far Cry 4 is released next week. There are some awesome moments with Pagan Min and cohorts (the delivery on “You have been a naughty little shit, haven’t you?” further cemented my undying Pagan Min love) as well as some introductions to potential allies. There’s also a section on weaponry (“switch it up to keep ’em guessing on how they’ll die!”), vehicles, skills and crafting (just like in Far Cry 3, apparently stabbing an animal once and tossing a perfectly shaped hunk of meat into your pack is all it takes to skin it), quests types, and more.

Far Cry 4 drops November 18 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC.

Far Cry 4 Meets Childish Gambino’s ‘Crawl’ in New Gameplay Trailer

Maybe I’m easily manipulated, but put a good song in a trailer and I’m 60% more likely to want whatever it is the trailer is promoting. Far Cry 4‘s latest gameplay trailer takes advantage of this by pairing gorgeous, violent game footage with Childish Gambino’s “Crawl,” off his 2013 album Because the Internet.

Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min. Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat.

There are scores of cool moments to dissect in this, but by far my favorite is two minutes in, where player character Ajay Ghale climbs onto a moving airplane, grabs a briefcase, jumps out, then blows up the plane while parachuting to safety. Bad. Ass. Also, the “booooty” line combined with those majestic elephants made me cackle out loud. Whoever came up with the idea for that deserves a lot of applause.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video game trailer with a minute long, dramatically shot intro by a rapper before, but now I have. Childish Gambino AKA writer/actor/comedian Donald Glover, describes his song as “amazing but also terrifying… I feel like life is fucked up, so why wouldn’t it be fucked up?” Here’s hoping when Far Cry 4 releases it’ll fit that description as well.

Far Cry 4 comes to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on November 18, 2014.

Trailers: Top 11 Most Anticipated E3 2014 Video Games

Here’s a look at the top 11 most talked about games to come out of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (randomly ordered, of course), along with my first impressions of the trailers, whether or not I’d throw any money at those games, and when exactly you can throw money at those games, provided you want to.

Note: For the “Will I Buy It” sections, let’s just assume I have a giant stockpile of cash I am able to spend willy nilly, but am still moderately stingy about it (which, let’s be real, is exactly what would happen if I were to ever become rich) instead of the flat broke, Can’t Even Afford The Consoles For These Let Alone The Games Themselves person that I actually am. Let’s get to the list!

1. Dragon Age: Inquisiton (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)

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