Good vs. Evil: Which Do You Typically Choose In Games?
These days, you can very often choose if you wish to be good or evil in your virtual adventure.
Which do you usually choose?
You know, I'm willing to bet a lot of older gamers might opt for evil, just because they've spent decades playing the quintessential hero role. I mean, how many times did we say it'd be cool to actually play as Dr. Eggman or Bowser? When playing Final Fantasy VII, I remember thinking I'd love to see a sequel or follow-up effort where we played as Sephiroth the entire time. There are so many iconic villains in history, and we never got a chance to actually play as any of them.
But I think it mostly depends on mood and the type of game. In a role-playing game, I think I'll invariably be good, just because I love the idea of being a fantasy hero of old, the kind bards would sing songs about in taverns around the world. When it comes to something like inFamous: Second Son, however, my temptation is to be evil. An open-world game that doesn't force you to pull any punches? And on top of which, a storyline that makes you want to embrace revenge, anyway? Yeah, let me at 'em. There are numerous reasons to go with one over the other, but I imagine some of those reasons are personal.
It also may have something to do with your play style. If you tend to move quickly and you're not big into patience and tact, you might end up being evil more often than not. The good route usually requires some careful maneuvering so as not to injure innocent bystanders.
What's your path?
4/8/2014 11:26:01 PM Ben Dutka