Take Tetris, for example. Who cares why there are weird falling blocks? Who cares if it’s an alien invasion? The theme of the game is simple, and even without a storyline Tetris has proven to be one of the most addictive games of all time.
But some video games are like movies, with good guys and bad guys.
In general, a lot of the fun of these games is that we, as players, get to be the good guys. It’s like we’re Neo in the Matrix, Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, and Luke Skywalker in that obscure sci-fi opera.
And so as 2014 comes upon us, many of the upcoming games are giving out a healthy serving of good vs. bad storylines that can really help you get into the gaming mood.
When you’re the good guy, it really does feel great to trump the bad guys with bullets and then cut off their heads with your huge broadsword.
Well, if you’re contemplating on the games you want to immerse yourself this year, here are the heroes and villains you’re likely to meet:
- Destiny. Set hundreds of years into the future, you play one of the Guardians of the City tasked to defend humanity from invading hordes of alien races. You can choose among three races. As a Human, you’ll be as tough and simple as a soldier. You can be one of the Awoken who seem to resemble mysterious beings like angels, vampires, and elves. Or you can be one of the Exo, who seem to give off this sinister vibe.
You also get to choose a class to go with your race. As a bounty hunter, you can be like Hans Solo. As a warlock, you’ll be a wizard in space like Yoda. Or you can be a Titan, armed to the teeth with heavy weapons.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition. You’re the leader of the Inquisition, and your goal is to save the world from itself. You can be a mage, rogue, or warrior, and you can also be a human, elf, dwarf, or qunari. As the Inquisitor, you’ll have to deal with a war between the Templars and the mages, while demons are coming in from a tear in the Veil.
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. You’re the Big Boss (aka Snake), and it’s 1975. You’re working with the Militaires Sans Frontieres to extract Andrade and Chico, who were involved with you in the previous Metal Gear installment. But now, the MSF mother base has been attacked by Skull Face and the shadow organization XOF.
- The Evil Within. You play Detective Sebastian, and when you and your partner arrive at a crime scene where a horrible mass murder took place, a powerful “mysterious force” is waiting for you. After you see your fellow officers killed one at a time, you’re attacked and lose consciousness. Then you wake up and the environment is now full of monsters roaming about, while traps may be activated with every step. Hallways, rooms, and entire buildings can change anytime; madness and death is lurking around every corner.
That’s just a sample of what’s coming in 2014. So, polish your controllers and warm up your seats. It’s gonna be bumpy (and fun) ride in the year ahead with all these glorious heroes and evil villains just waiting for you!