Revenge is a dish better served cold. This is a classic proverb which holds much truth, but in videogames things must first get really heated up before you can seek retaliation. The majority of instances allow us to hack and slash our enemies, giving way to some really satisfying moments that are to be remembered for a long time after finishing the level so, in order to celebrate getting even with our enemies, we’re going to take a look at 10 of the best video games that focus on intense, cold hearted vengeance!
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The renegade DEA agent and former NYPD officer, Max Payne forms an unlikely alliance with a Russian mafia gangster and a female vigilante while on his personal quest for settling scores with the ones responsible for his wife’s and child’s assassination. As the plot thickens, some other drug related conflicts appear and Max is caught amidst this mix of sentimental revenge and cold hearted justice he must deal with.
Assassin’s Creed II
The main focus in this Assassin’s Creed title falls on the revenge tale of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who must find those responsible for betraying his family and make them pay for their immoral deeds. Set during the peak of the Renaissance period in Italy, during the 15th and early 16th century, this action-adventure title allows players to take control of the main character and guide him through the storyline using the stealth and combat abilities available.
The immensely popular stealth action-adventure video game known as Dishonored is yet another title that builds its plot around the classical tale of betrayal and revenge. Corvo Attano is a bodyguard for the Empress of the Isles and after she is murdered by a mysterious killer, he is the one to be wrongfully convicted of the crime. Forced to become an assassin, Corvo now seeks vengeance on those who framed him and, aided by the Loyalists and the Outsider, he embarks on the classical quest of getting retribution.
Shenmue is an open-world action-adventure video game known for its innovative gameplay mechanics and intense storyline. The teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuk returns to his family dojo only to find his father fighting another man and ultimately getting killed in the process. As the next logical thing to do, Ryu embarks on a quest of honor to find his father’s assassin and enact his own justice upon the murderer.
God of War Series
We all know Kratos, the Spartan warrior turned God of War who took it upon himself to absolutely destroy all the gods of the Pantheon, punishing them for the machinations they used to trick him into killing his wife and daughter. Imbued with immense power and wrath, this unlikely hero offered us hours of button mashing frenzy with the sole goal of serving a nice portion of cold revenge to those who wronged us!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The famous mercenary Venom Snake embarks on yet another killing spree adventure to hunt down the people who almost got him killed during the climax of the events that happened during Ground Zeroes. His obvious goal is to show them who is the Big Boss and put them into their places while getting the ever so satisfying revenge he craves for. Metal Gear Solid V is yet another masterpiece signed by the talented Hideo Kojima where the thick plotline perfectly mixes with the engaging gameplay.
Described in the media as an “interactive anime”, Asura’s Wrath is a beat ’em up video game that tells the story of the eponymous main character, a demigod who seeks revenge on the pantheon. Once betrayed by his kin, Asura made it his life’s goal to exact vengeance on them and the player is in charge of this quest, being the one who frantically smashes all the buttons when performing a devastating attack or a shattering combo.
Ninja Gaiden (1988)
The storyline of Ninja Gayden is set in motion by Ryu Hayabusa’s need of revenge. He travels to America to seek and destroy the people who killed his father but in the meantime another plotline unfolds and complicates the entire narrative. Ryu must now stop a man named “the Jaquio” from destroying the world by preventing him from his plan to unleash an ancient demon that will bring mayhem and destruction. Anyway, this tale of revenge has a happy ending, spoilers incoming by the way, because Ryu finds out in the end that his father is, in fact, alive.
The already twisted scenario of the Darkness becomes even gloomier when Jenny, the main character’s girlfriend, is killed by a mobster right in front of his lover’s eyes. Being possessed by the demonic power known as “The Darkness” Jackie cannot intervene and save his girlfriend but instead he takes it upon himself to seek revenge against her killers. The gameplay will heavily revolve around this subject, the players being able to control the main character and his dark powers in the pursuit of vengeance.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
After Raziel is killed by the vampire lord Kain, he is brought back to life by The Elder God to act as his “soul reaver” and to exact revenge on his murderer. The players take the role of the disfigured and ghostly vampire Raziel and begin their tale of retribution, shifting between the material and the spectral planes of existence in order to progress through the story, complete puzzles and kill various enemies.