Top 5 Villains of 2008
Written Wednesday, December 17, 2008 By Dan WebbView author's profile
In a similar vein to yesterday’s Top 5, today we focus on the villains whose characters are worthy of a mention although their demise and final fight was not all that. It seems to be a cliché these days that all the great bad guys go out with a puff rather than a bang and this year is no different.
As with yesterday, there are spoilers aplenty, so for those not interested in spoiling any titles ... don’t make the jump. You’ve been warned.
Philip Clyde is your typical psychopath villain who has no regard for anyone but himself. He’s a mercenary who is described as brutal and arrogant, but equally as brilliant. Our Army of Two, Salem and Rios, were colleagues of Clyde and co. for some years but their plans to privatize the military were too much for them, so they stood up against them.Salem and Rios first come to blows with Clyde inside (of all places) a cargo plane at an ungodly height. The pair exchange bullets with Clyde and are on the receiving end of some pretty big explosives as the plane crashes in the sea. His arrogant and bullish attitude make Clyde a worthy foe throughout ... It’s just a shame that he goes out of the game with relative ease. Pushing someone out the window is hardly the way to close off such a good villain. He definitely has a creepy joker aura that follows him.
Grunty is a Banjo-Kazooie veteran and she’s been around as long as the two main protagonists have. Wherever there is Banjo-Kazooie, Grunty won’t be far behind; and Nuts and Bolts is no different.
Thankfully Rare took Grunty back along the rhyming path this year after its lack of inclusion in Banjo-Tooie. That’s right, our green witched antagonist now speaks in rhymes and thanks to LOG, Grunty now has an artificial body which adds to the comic affect. It’s nice to have a light hearted “villain” amongst the pack for once, rather the other brutal characters that make up this list.
Jacqueline Natla has been a reoccurring character in the Tomb Raider series for and first appeared in the very first Tomb Raider title. She is undoubtedly one of Tomb Raider’s greatest villains ever and we’re sure glad she made her return to Underworld this year.
From wealthy businesswoman to immortal god, Natla is most certainly a force to be reckoned with, especially with her Lara doppelganger sidekick there to watch her back. She’s cold, calculated and meticulous and tricks Lara in to helping her free the Serpent of Midgard which is by no means an easy task. An evil force throughout but another villain whose final stand is disappointing; we wanted a boss fight, not a puzzle with a cutscene.
Saints Row 2’s all star cast played a huge factor in the title’s great storyline gripping fans worldwide; whether you’re talking about Daniel Dae Kim, Elisha Dushku or Neil Patrick Harris, they all played their parts impressively, but it’s safe to say that as far as the villains go, no one else could handle a candle to Worf ... I mean Michael Dorn, AKA Maero. Maero seriously makes General RAAM look like a push over.
This man mountain was well over the 6ft mark, a walking tattoo canvas and his piercings meant he had more holes in his body than a pin cushion; everything about him screamed aggression ... or steroids - I suppose that would explain his anger actually. His gravely tones, forceful threats and his ability to make people listen makes Maero an unforgettable villain ... Did we tell you he also had a monster truck? Talk about testosterone overdose!
Skorge without a shadow of a doubt is one of the biggest, baddest, and coolest villains of the year. The predator- locust hybrid is on a total tangent to the original Gears of War super boss, General RAAM. Whereas General RAAM was built like a brick-shithouse and relied on power, Skorge relies on his speed and agility.
Skorge is a memorable villain in so many senses; whether you’re talking about his badass dreads, his staff that wields a chainsaw at each end that can cut through a tank (yes, I said a tank) or even his ninja style agility; he’s a great villain. Like everyone else before him in today’s list though, the final showdown isn’t as epic as we had anticipated and instead of an intense battle, you’re faced with more of a button tapping mini game. Still, despite that, a truly great villain that was miles ahead of the competition.