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10 Video Games Where Evil Won

And there was nothing you could do to stop them.

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Many writers base their stories off the well-established “Hero’s Journey” structure, seeing their main character go on an adventure, overcome dramatic odds to defeat evil and find themselves a changed person.

But some try to subvert this structure, showing us what happens when the good side loses despite their best efforts and evil triumphs.

It’s not a new idea by any means, but gaming’s interactive nature makes it more personal and instead of watching it unfold like you would in a film, your actions can be instrumental to evil’s success.

This comes in several forms, be it a deliberate effort on the protagonist’s part, a major deception by the big bad or unconsciously assisting them in other means. Prequels often see this occur, finding themselves constrained by established history.

There might be a pre-determined outcome but it doesn’t stop developers choosing to depict a tragic event to expand franchise lore.

Many games provide bad endings, usually as a non-canon game over scenario or alternative ending, but some games see evil winning regardless of your actions and here are some of these titles.

Note: Spoilers within

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Long-time fan of games, counting Virtual Reality and platformers amongst my main interests but we could easily spend hours discussing comics or Doctor Who. Graduated in Computing so sometimes has an opinion on technology, can be found on Twitter at @Terranauts93