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Villain Protagonist

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Villain Protagonist, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.30
94% 22,513 votes
7.90
90% 10,265 votes
7.86
89% 13,643 votes
7.70
87% 12,067 votes
7.67
90% 1,314 votes
7.43
86% 1,112 votes
7.36
82% 17,539 votes
7.26
81% 10,100 votes
7.25
82% 5,020 votes
7.10
80% 2,587 votes
6.67
83% 35 votes
5.56
60% 109 votes
5.17
53% 1,095 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Villain Protagonist is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Villain Protagonist, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Singleplayer 70%
  2. Indie 53%
  3. Action 51%
  4. Adventure 43%
  5. Strategy 34%
  6. 2D 32%
  7. Simulation 30%
  8. Funny 29%
  9. RPG 29%
  10. Casual 29%
  11. Fantasy 27%
  12. Dark Humor 27%
  13. Story Rich 24%
  14. Pixel Graphics 23%
  15. Dark Fantasy 21%
  16. Horror 18%
  17. Comedy 18%
  18. Violent 18%
  19. Management 17%
  20. Difficult 17%
  21. Atmospheric 17%
  22. Dark 17%
  23. Top-Down 16%
  24. Open World 16%
  25. Third Person 15%

The Villain Protagonist tag is used to describe a specific type of character or narrative in video games where the player controls a main character who is typically portrayed as an antagonist or villain within the game's storyline. Unlike traditional protagonists who are often depicted as heroes or morally upright individuals, these characters embrace their darker side and engage in morally questionable actions.

Games with villain protagonists offer players a unique perspective, allowing them to explore the motives and worldview of characters who may be considered villains in traditional storytelling. Playing as a villain protagonist can provide an interesting contrast to conventional narratives, subverting expectations and providing fresh gameplay experiences.

Characteristics of games with villain protagonists include:

  • Morally Ambiguous Actions Villain protagonists are likely to engage in morally ambiguous decisions or downright evil acts throughout the game. This can involve activities such as theft, destruction, manipulation, or even committing violent acts against other characters. Examples include games where players control criminals like Grand Theft Auto V, supervillains like InFamous: Second Son, or renegade warriors like Shadow of Mordor.
  • Motivations from Different Perspectives Games featuring villain protagonists often provide opportunities for players to understand their motivations and perspectives on the world they inhabit. These characters may have complex backgrounds, tragic pasts, or unconventional ideologies that shape their actions throughout the game's story.
  • Challenging Morality Choices Depending on the game design, players controlling villainous characters may be presented with choices that test their moral compasses. These choices can range from deciding how ruthlessly they achieve their goals to determining how much collateral damage they are willing to cause. The consequences of these choices and their impact on the game world can vary, providing unique gameplay experiences.

Examples of games with villain protagonists include:

  • Overlord series In these games, players control an evil Overlord who leads an army of minions to conquer the world, spreading chaos and destruction along the way.
  • Dishonored series Players take on the role of Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin, assassins seeking revenge in a corrupt city. While not initially villains themselves, their actions may involve morally questionable decisions and violent retribution.
  • Prototype series These games allow players to control Alex Mercer or James Heller, characters infected with a deadly virus that grants them superhuman abilities. As they try to uncover conspiracies surrounding their situations, they commit violent acts against both enemies and innocent civilians.

Villain protagonist games offer a fresh perspective by challenging traditional notions of heroism and morality in gaming narratives. They provide players with opportunities for exploration, role-playing as characters who are far from virtuous while experiencing a different side to storytelling.

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