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My Top 10 Favorite Video Game Antagonists

This list is filled with spoilers so approach with caution. To fully understand the characters I'm describing, you must play the games and experience them first hand. Keep in mind that my favorite villains are based on my opinion. Also note that these are based on the games that I have played. Enjoy.

10) Saren (Mass Effect): From the beginning, Saren is a dick. You instantly hate him and hope for is defeat. But as the story progresses, you understand his true motivation of saving the galaxy from the Reapers, however misguided he was. In the end, he redeems himself by taking his own life to stop Sovereign's control over him. Saren is a 3-Dimensional villain and takes his place on the list.

9) Loghain (Dragon Age: Origins): His betrayal in the beginning of the game creates a deep hatred for him that only his death would satisfy. Even if you decide not to kill him in the end, the wound caused by his betrayal will never go away.

8) Cesare Borgia (Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood): All previous assassinations in the series made you question if killing them was truly the right thing to do. Cesare Borgia is the exception. He is a spoiled brat who will do anything including murdering his own family to get what he wants. Only the throne of Italy would suffice, and even if he succeeded, he would probably want more. You feel no regrets when you throw him from the top of the fortress walls.

7) Letho (The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings): Letho is a complex villain. First, he has a history with Geralt. A history that Geralt himself doesnt remember until the end of the game. Second, you have no idea what his true intentions are until the end of the game. Leto is a constant mystery until the lengthy discussion with him in the epilogue. At the beginning, you long await the final duel with Letho, but are hesitant when the option to fight and kill him finally arrives.

6) The Joker (Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, & Arkham Origins): The Joker is absolutely insane. His insanity provides an unpredictable struggle throughout each entry in the series. He is a complex individual that no one, not even the Joker, fully understands. It would be foolish not to include him on my list.

5) Zachary Comstock (Bioshock Infinite): Comstock has a serious God complex issue. He boasts about being a prophet and a servant of God while his actions prove the opposite. He is a asshole who will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants. What makes him an even greater antagonist to Booker is that he is Booker from an alternate universe. Comstock became who he is based off one simple decision when he got baptized and reborn while Booker turned away from Baptism. Comstock is an extremely complex character that all began from one decision. As a Christian, it was interesting for me to see a villain who went so far in the extreme that he actually became that which he swore to oppose.

4) Haytham Kenway (Assassin's Creed III): Through out the game, you have no idea how to feel about Haytham. As the father of Connor and the Templar Grandmaster, you really don't know how this is going to end. Haytham tries to be a father to Connor by showing him the "error" of his ways. But when Connor's conviction to the Creed and preservation of freedom, Haytham was willing to do what he thought was necessary to preserve his dream for the future.

3) The Illusive Man (Mass Effect 3): The Illusive Man's a dick. It's as if his sole purpose is to make your life difficult. He is constantly getting in your way to save the galaxy from annihilation to further his impossible goal of controlling the Reapers. He is willing to sacrifice the whole galaxy to get what he wants, to strengthen humanity.

2) Frank Fontaine (Bioshock, & Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2): Fontaine is a manipulative, lying bastard. Through out Bioshock, he pretends to be an innocent family man named Atlas while he is actually secretly controlling you to further his own goal of ruling Rapture. Once he gets what he wants, he reveals his true colors and attempts to rid himself of his useful pawn that he created. In Burial at Sea, he has very cruel methods of torture to get what he wants. Ultimately, he is nothing more than a terrorist and a atom addict. But since he's smart and clever, that makes him one of the most dangerous people imaginable.

1) Darth Malak (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic): You have a score to settle with Malak. In the very first scene with him, he orders the destruction of a whole planet. He ends the lives of billions of people. This sets the tone for Malak throughout the game. Your goal throughout is to defeat Malak, but you don't really feel a reason to on a personal level. That is until your first encounter with Malak and he reveals that you were his master, Darth Revan, and he killed you to take his place as the Dark Lord of the Sith. At least, that's what he thought. You are not ready to face Malak in that first encounter. In the end, you escape but he captures Bastila, a very important jedi and your love interest. Now, it becomes very personal. After finishing your lengthy journey to find the Star Forge, you find that Malak has turned Bastila to the Dark Side. After an emotional duel, you either kill Bastila or you turn back to the light. Either way, you feel more determined to defeat Malak than ever before. When you finally reach the final confrontation, you feel goose bumps in anticipation for this epic duel. And what an epic duel it is. When you finally defeat Malak, he realizes the mistakes of his life and the folly of his belief of being invincible. Rather than feeling happy for his defeat, you can't help but feel pity for Malak.

My Most Anticipated Games of 2014

8) The Elder Scrolls Online: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of my favorite games of all time. When I played Skyrim, I kept thinking how awesome it would be to have other players in the game the game to experience it with. I'm a little hesitant because I don't want to have to keep paying for it after purchasing it, but I'm still excited.

7) Halo: Halo is fantastic! It is my favorite first person shooter franchise. I greatly enjoyed Halo 4, and I'm excited for the continuation of the Halo franchise.

6) Destiny: Words cannot describe how great this game looks. I'm not really sure what else to say besides how awesome it looks. I hope it will be as great as we all hope.

5) Titanfall: Wow, this shooter looks awesome. It's going to change how we play first person shooters. I'm very anxious to play this game.

4) Batman: Arkham Knight: The Arkham series is fantastic. I admit that I was disappointed by Arkham Origins, but now that Rocksteady is back in charge, I'm confident that Arkham Knight will meet our expectations.

3) Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor: I haven't seen any gameplay so far, but from what I've heard and the fact that it's in middle-earth makes me very excited. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien's books and the movies. This game is so high on the list because I'm a huge fan boy.

2) Assassin's Creed: Unity: Assassin's Creed is one of my favorite video game series. AC Unity is the first AC to take place in a time period that I truly hoped for; the French Revolution. I love the French Revolution. There is so much potential for its story. The only reason this isn't my #1 is that we haven't seen much of it yet, and I have really high expectations for it. Since it's the French Revolution, my expectations must be met otherwise I'll be at least a little disappointed.

1) Dragon Age Inqusition: We've waited a long time for the third installment for Dragon Age. BioWare is my favorite video game company. They make the best RPGs. I lose myself in every game they release. I'm very excited for this game!

Best of E3 2013

This is my personal favorites of E3 2013 list. Basically, these are the games I am really excited. Note though, these decisions are based off what is coming out for the X360, and the XONE. I'm an Xbox person.

10) Ryse: Son of Rome: I have no idea why I'm excited for this game. It just looks fun. I haven't played a good old fashion non-open world action game in a while. It simply looks fun.

9) Battlefield 4: I didn't care for the campaign demo, but the multiplayer was superb! After taking out a dozen enemies with team work moving up a building that you then parachute from while it falls apart. It's impressive.

8 ) Watch Dogs: There is simply nothing like it. It's so unique that you can't not be interested.

7) Batman: Arkham Origins: It's Batman! I loved both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. I have high expectations for this game. I simply wish it was releasing for next gen consoles.

6) Halo: I was surprised by the trailer. After Halo 4, I had no idea what to expect from a sequel. I still don't. Even though they only showed a teaser trailer, Halo is #6.

5) The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt: The Witcher II was a fantastic game! The power of choice was insane! I look forward to seeing how my choices will affect the Witcher III. And, I guess I look forward to the vast open world with an imersive story and varied gameplay. Those are good too.

4) Titanfall: This game looked amazing! The multiplayer is like nothing I've ever seen. I hope it's as fun as it looks.

3) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: I love Assassin's Creed. That's as baised as it gets. I've enjoyed all the games (to a varied degree). ACIV, looks like the most unique yet. I love that there will no longer be a loading screen for changing locations or going naval, etc. Also, I'm excited to see what the story will be like and what the templar's role will be.

2) Destiny: There is simply too much to say about this game. Either you heard about it already and are excited about it, or you haven't and you should fix that. Needless to say, it looks superb!

1) Dragon Age: Inqusition: I love BioWare! They are my favorite game developers. I loved KOTOR, ME, and of course, Dragon Age (including DAII). Dragon Age: Inquisition was my most anticipated game of 2013. The trailer blew my mind whole! The graphics looked five hundred times better than the previous games. The story looked much darker and grander than the previous game, and there's Varric. He's awesome. The saddest thing, was at the end of the trailer, when it said, "Fall 2014." Why... It looks so good. But, at least BioWare is taking it's time. I think it's interesting, that the development cycle for this game is two full years longer than the cycle for DAII. Despite the fact that it was only a trailer, it was still my favorite of E3 2013.

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10) Star Wars: Republic Commandos: This was the first first-person shooter I actually liked. I didn't always like shooters, but Republic Commandos was the exception. It was constant entertainment with intense combat with a awesome squad. Giving squad commands was probably the most memorable part. I'm sure there are other games that have that, but not as smoothly and as engaging as Republic Commandos.

9) BioShock Infinite: My favorite shooter of all time! It has the perfect mix, engaging gameplay, beautiful graphics, and a very intense story. Now, the story stands out the most, because it's one of the best stories I've ever experienced. It's incredible.

8 ) The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II: Much of my childhood was spent coming home and playing Battle for Middle Earth II. I've played a lot of RTS, and for some reason, this is my favorite. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's lord of the rings. Maybe because of the different gameplay modes, or multiplayer, or hero creation. Just to be clear, this is only for the PC. I did not like the X360 version. It took away my War of the Ring mode and hero creation. My two favorite parts.

7)  Assassin's Creed: The first game I ever owned for the X360. AC was like nothing I've ever played before. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this game, and how eager I was to continue the story after. It was a fantastic start to an excellent series.

6) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: AC Brotherhood is huge! There is so much to do in it, and all of it is wonderful. I get so lost going from one side of Rome to the other. Although the story was lacking, it did have a great villian, Caesare Borgia. It was also fun to continue with Ezio.

5) Mass Effect 2: BioWare, you are the best. Mass Effect 2 is an amazing game with a great cast of characters, an engaging story, excellent graphics, and fun combat. Needless to say, it's superb.

4) Assassin's Creed III: So many people did not like this game. I'm not one of those people. I admit, it has it's problems. The cities are less fun to explore, and there are lots of glitches. But I can look past that because of the improved gameplay and the incredible story. The story was exactly what I wanted, unpredictable. I could only predict like one or two things. None of my theories were correct. The story also came back to what made the first game's story so special, there is no side that is right, or does no harm. The assassin's and templars are neither good or bad. That's what made it interesting, the grey area. The Ezio triliogy was making the conflict more and more black and white. I walked away thinking about this game for quite some time.

3) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Skyrim!! Anyone who has ever played this game knows how awesome it is! There is just so much freedom. You can do anything you want in this huge open world. It's outstanding! There are so many quests to do and they're all wonderful!

2) Mass Effect 3: The epic conclusion to and epic trilogy. This game is literally the definition of epic. Despite the amount of action, it still has an immersive story. The story was a rollercoaster of emotions. From fear to desperation to defeat to sadness to hope to more sadness and to one final epic battle! Although the ending left much to be desired, the journey of the story was unforgettable and unmatchable.

1) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The absolute best game I have ever played. Period. BioWare's masterpiece. I grew up playing this game. I have played it hundreds of times, and I will play it hundreds more and never get tired of it. It is that good. This truly is the standard for all video games. I can't imagine any other game to take its place as my #1 game of all time!

Best of 2012

Games I haven't Played Yet

I need more monery!

-Dishonored

Best of 2012

6) Call of Duty Black Ops II

5) Far Cry 3

4) The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

3) Halo 4

2) Assassin's Creed III

1) Mass Effect 3

Assassin's Creed III Conclusion

Assassin's Creed has come to be one of the best video game series of the decade. Since 2007, the AC franchise has released 5 console games and several hand held games. One thing I have come to expect from AC, is shocking endings. After the end of each game, I have asked the same question, "Oh my goodness, what's going to happen next?" It's a great feeling, to then wonder what will come next. I did not feel that way at the end of ACIII. The ending was very abrubt and provided no closure for our beloved Desmond. But there are two different endings to this story, one of the past and the present.

SPOILER ALERT!!

Connor's Conclusion: Connor's story was a very emotional one. It was arguably the most emotional story in the series. Connor's ending was much different than previous games. For starters, Sequence 12 takes place right after Connor fought and killed his father, Hatham Kenway, who was the Grandmaster of the Templars in America. That for me was surprise because I thought you would kill him last seeing as he was the Grandmaster. This was used as a spring board for the emotional conclusion. After several missions of chasing down the new Grandmaster, Charles Lee, both Connor and Charles are severly injured. Connor follows him to a tavern in the frontier. He finds Charles sitting down at a table with a bottle of beer (i assume). Connor sits down next to him and puts the knife on the table and looks at him. With no dialogue throughout the scene, Charles takes one last drink then offers it to Connor. Connor takes a drink, Charles then sits straight up silently saying it's time, he's done running. Connor grabs the knife, pulls Charles in close, then executes one single thrust into his chest. Connor takes the ammulet, and leaves. This scene throbs with emotional resonance. This killing of the main villian breaks the AC pattern of having a final epic duel with the villian, killing him, and having the classic death monologue. This time no final duel, no death monologue. Instead, a silent emotional end. I was impressed. But the story isn't over, Connor has one final dialogue with Juno back at Connor's abandoned village. Juno tells him he has succeeded, but Connor believes he has failed. This is when Connor finally learns that what he seeks, liberty and justice for all, he will never achieve. Connor then hides the ammulet where none except Desmond will find it. Connor story's conclusion is bot emotional and a satisfying end.

Desmond's Conclusion: We have come to know Desmond very well over the course of the series, which includes 5 games. 5 games were leading up to Desmond fulfilling his destiny by saving the world. 5 games of build up!! But Desmond's conclusion lacks everything Connor's ending had, it lacks emotional resonance, it's very abrubt, and it also answers almost none of my questions presented from previous games. Desmond's ending is even more dissappointing than the end of Mass Effect 3. It's that bad. Basically, Desmond uses the ammulet to open the vault. They find a glowing sphere, where Juno is standing telling to only touch and the world will be saved. Suddenly, Minerva comes and yells, "Don't!" Apparrently, Juno used their technology to contain her living self within the orb, and that by touching it the world will be saved but Juno will be free (throughout the game, you discover that Juno has a Templar view of the world. How she used the Apple to control people and even tried to use it to control the world) and suck the life from Desmond. Minerva says that the world's chance was lost, their time wasted by the Assassin vs Templar war. Juno then shows Desmond a vision of what the world will be like if he doesn't touch the orb. The world will burn, but it is not the end. The will begin a new, but all of the world's conflicts will simply begin again in a new cycle, and it will all happen again. Desmond then desides (quickly with almost no decision conflict) to use the orb and save the world, saying we'll deal with Juno and her schemes later. Desmond then gives a very quick goodbye to his dad and touches the orb and dies. Credits roll. During the credits there is a news reporter describing the world beginning to burn, but quickly ending meaning the world was saved. Then Juno walkes by Desmond's dead body and says, "you played your part well, now it's time I played mine." The end. Lame ending. First off, they could have made the ending more dramatic. I mean seriously, we've come to know Desmond over the course of 5 games, and all we get is a very quick goodbye to his dad? Sorry, only Connor gets an emotional ending. Second, there are many questions left unanswered. There is a big list, so I'll just discuss the most important one. At the end of Brotherhood, when Juno is speaking to Desmond after touching the Apple, she says, "there is another who will walk through the gate with you. She is not within our sight." Who is this "she"? I've been wondering that for two years, and they don't even add another character. That frustrates me. The reason I say Mass Effect 3's ending is better is because (SPOILER ALERT) when Shepherd dies it's at least very emotional. They ending may be nonsensical, but it's emotional. I got to say farewell to a character that I cared for after three games. Only three when compared to the five games with Desmond! Overall, It seems like Ubisoft pulled this out of their ass at the last min.

Top Ten Games

10) Halo 4

9) Assassin's Creed

8 ) Assassin's Creed II

7) Mass Effect

6) Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

5) Mass Effect 2

4) Assassin's Creed III

3) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2) Mass Effect 3

1) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The Top Ten Star Wars Games

10) Lego Star Wars

9) Star Wars: Jedi Knight II- Jedi Outcast

8 ) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

7) Lego Star Wars II The Original Trilogy

6) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

5) Star Wars: Battlefront

4) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II- The Sith Lords

3) Star Wars: Republic Commandos

2) Star Wars: Battlefront II

1) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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