Let’s face it video games  where you can be evil are a luxury which can be rarely found. Even the RPGs, which lure you with the possibility of being a bad guy, are not a good choice. Mainly due to the fact, that being a goody-two-shoes provides you with a much better reward.

In Bioshock you can either save little girls and be provided with, a relatively small amount of Adam (a substance used for upgrades) or kill them and gain much more of it. However, if you are a good guy, Tenenbaum is not only going to provide you with Adam, but you are also going to get powerful items and plasmids (which you cannot gain through other means). Most of the time you want to be a hero.

Savior of the universe, powerful warrior loved by everyone etc. However, sometimes we simply want to take a break from that. Become a villain, killing everyone just for giggles. Burning villages, destroying families, torturing people. Yeah, it is something worth doing. At least in games. This is why we decided to provide you with a list of games where you can be evil. In these productions, you can do evil deeds and you are not going to face any consequences.

List of games where you can play as the bad guy
GameRelease dateGenre
Lucius 1 Oct 26, 2012 Survival horror, Adventure Find out more!
Grand Theft Auto Collection May 21, 2002 Action-adventure Find out more!
Lucius 2 Feb 13, 2015 Survival horror, stealth, sandbox Find out more!
Grand Theft Auto V Apr 14, 2015 Action-Adventure Find out more!
Grand Theft Auto IV Complete Edition Dec 2, 2008 Action-adventure Find out more!
Hatred June 1, 2015 Shoot 'em up Find out more!
Carmageddon Max Damage May 21, 2015 Vehicular combat, racing Find out more!
Saints Row 2 Jan 28, 2009 Action-adventure Find out more!
Evil Genius Sep 28, 2004 Real-time strategy, simulation Find out more!
Fable Anniversary Sep 12, 2014 RPG Find out more!
Fable III Oct 26, 2010 RPG Find out more
Fallout Sep 30, 1997 Role-playing Find out more
Fallout 2 Sep 30, 1998 RPG Find out more
Fallout: New Vegas Oct 21, 2010 RPG Find out more
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Oct 13, 2009 Action-RPG Find out more
Fallout 4 Nov 9, 2015 RPG Find out more
Dungeon Keeper June 26, 1997 Construction and management, God game Find out more!
Dungeon Keeper 2 July 7, 1999 Real-Time Strategy, Dungeon Management, Fantasy Find out more!
Knights of the Old Republic Nov 19, 2003 Role-playing Find out more!
Tropico 6 Mar 29, 2019 Construction & management simulation Find out more!
Plague Inc: Evolved Feb 18, 2016 Real-time strategy, simulation Find out more!
Overlord June 26, 2007 Action role-playing Find out more!
Saints Row: The Third Nov 15, 2011 Action-adventure Find out more!
Postal 2 Apr 13, 2003 first-person shooter Find out more!
Postal Nov 14, 1997 Top-down shooter Find out more!
Tyranny Nov 10, 2016 Role-playing game Find out more!
Grand Theft Auto III May 21, 2002 Action-adventure Find out more!
Untitled Goose Game Sep 20, 2019 Indie, Simulator Find out more!
Saints Row IV Aug 20, 2013 Action-adventure Find out more!
Mafia II Mar 22, 2011 Action-Adventure Find out more!
Mafia: Definitive Edition Sep 25, 2020 Action, Adventure Find out more!
Mafia III Oct 7, 2016 Action-adventure Find out more!
Manhunt Apr 4, 2004 Stealth, Survival Horror Find out more!
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Nov 5, 2019 Action-adventure Find out more!
Prototype June 9, 2009 Action-adventure Find out more!
Prototype 2 July 26, 2012 Action-adventure Find out more!

Black & White (series)

PC
Release year:2002 (B&W), 2005 (B&W2)
Genre:Simulation, god game

Some say that it’s tough to be a god, but if Black & White games are anything to judge by, it’s actually pretty easy. The secret ingredient is “evil”. While you can be a nice and benevolent god in Lionhead Studios’ Black & White games… where’s the fun in that? Throw your people into the ocean with your godly hand and set a rain of fire upon their farms. They’ll never disobey you again.

Black & White homes

Better yet, you get a giant pet, called simply “the Creature”, which can learn from you and mimic your spells and tendencies towards villagers. Before long, the Creature will begin chucking people into the ocean itself, they grow up so fast. Even your temple gets a nifty design full of edges and spikes. There’s no other game that gives being an evil god so many fun bells and whistles.

Key features
  • You can be a nice god or an evil god, or both, if you want to
  • Your titanic Creature can and will learn all the wrong things from you
  • You cast spells by drawing shapes with your godly hand
  • The games don’t take themselves too seriously

Evil Genius

PC
Release year:2004 (EG1), 2021 (EG2)
Genre:Real-time strategy, simulation

Some games on this list present evil as a choice the players can actively make at any point of the experience. Evil Genius isn’t that kind of game, here you start out as a true spy fiction villain with private islands, volcano lairs, and neatly uniformed goons. What’s important is that it’s a lair of your own design, with all the 1960s aesthetic, arguably the golden age of spy fiction.

evil genius trap

You will prepare interrogation rooms, assign goons and minions to their stations, and deal with an occasional spy trying to get dirt on your operation of infiltrating governments and trying to take over the world. You even get to pick one of several avatars, each inspired by a different spy fiction villain archetype. There is also a sequel scheduled for a 2021 release, and it’s worth taking a look.

Key features
  • You get your own minions, goons, and other highly qualified staff
  • Design a lair of your dreams
  • Set up traps to deal with government agents and dispose of the bodies
  • Pick your villain avatar from one of several archetypes

Fable (series)

PC
Xbox
Xbox 360
Release year:2004 (Fable), 2005 (F2), 2010 (F3)
Genre:Action role-playing

The Fable series never shied away from giving the players a chance to be massive jerks. Ever since the very first game you can choose to be good or evil, and there are visual changes to go with committing to one path over the other. If you gladly kill innocent people, disobey town guards, and are generally a big ol’ jerk, you’re on a good way to become a villain.

Fable game

The eviller acts you commit, the more it’s going to affect you and your surroundings. Your complexion becomes sickly at best, devilish at worst, you’re surrounded by an infernal aura, and it’s likely that people will react with fear and revulsion to your presence. Interestingly, being evil takes some effort, since many normal activities would give you these rose-scented goody two-shoes points.

Key features
  • Be good or evil, pure or corrupt, the game responds to both paths
  • Your character changes in appearance depending on your choice and the passage of time
  • You can interact with NPCs through emotes, and it may affect your reputation
  • A series of very pleasant action RPG adventures

Frostpunk

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year:2018
Genre:City-building, survival

Frostpunk is an interesting case, because all you’re doing is meant to save as many lives as possible during a global cooling. What matters, is that you can do your best to keep high morale and not work people to the bone…or you could just… not. You can enforce child labour, control your citizens with an iron fist, leading the city towards theocracy or autocracy, neither if which ends up to nicely.

Frostpunk user interface

Frostpunk is a rare game, where in a way you can become an anti-villain: someone who does horrible things, because it’s the only way to accomplish a greater good, in this case: humanity’s survival. You can be evil, you can be callous, or weep as you send another batch of freshly made children to the coal mines, because it’s necessary. It’s a cold, cruel world out there, you can reflect that.

Key features
  • You can do terrible things for good reason, that’s rare
  • You need to manage your people’s survival and give them a reason to want to survive
  • Ultimately, you’ll need to go towards autocracy of theocracy
  • Interesting expansions

 

Knights of the Old Republic

PC
Xbox
Release year:2003
Genre:Role-playing

Some say that the Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities, but in the context of BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic it’s mostly a discount on the cost of highly destructive Force powers. Thankfully, outside of combat you can let your aspiring Sith Lord flag fly by being just the worst to everyone you meet on your journey, including plucky teenagers.

Knights of the old republic

Although being nice is generally recommended, KotOR allows you to be such a despicable, rude, callous parody of a human and it will not only lead you organically to a different ending, but can also be very entertaining. The Obsidian-made sequel boost the potential for evil by letting you corrupt your followers and drag them to the Dark Side with you, complete with appearance changes.

Key features
  • You can dive head-first into the Dark Side
  • One of the best Star Wars games ever made
  • Every conversation is a new chance to make a potential enemy
  • The sequel allows you to corrupt your followers

Overlord

PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release year:2007
Genre:Action role-playing

As the title suggest, in Overlord you play an evil ruler who tries to conquer land after land and exploit it for fun and profit. You have an ever-growing, and disposable, army of multi-coloured minions, an ominous tower, and a lot of potential for sowing fear among people you encounter. You also have a cool helmet that makes you look like a more personally involved Sauron.

overlord video game

Letting your goblin-like minions loose on an enemy, a village, or a particularly ripe patch of pumpkins results in a delightful chaos, a few potential new helmets, and a lot of unhappy people. And somehow you’re STILL not the worst person around, because there are some decadent former heroes you need to put in their place and show them who’s the true villain here.

Key features
  • In the sequel the newbie Overlord can also decide to brainwash people with foul sorcery
  • Your minions are an endless source of amusement…
  • …and you can melt them to get better weapons
  • Decide what kind of evil overlord you want to be

Plague Inc: Evolved

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2015
Genre:Real-time strategy, simulation

A villain doesn’t always need to be sentient to threaten everything people hold dear. As Plague In: Evolved proves, you could just be a very persistent infection deadly enough to spread across the entire globe and kill everyone. You are in control of the direction your chosen pathogen evolves, including transmission, symptoms, and a few other features, some unique to each pathogen.

Plague Inc: Evolved - gamescreen

If you actually need a sentient villain, there is a way. Instead of picking a virus or a parasite you can become a vampire, freshly awakened from a long slumber and ready to spread the curse of vampirism across the world. If you’ve ever wanted to roleplay a supervillain intend on destroying humanity, you can do it in Plague Inc: Evolved. You even get to name every disease you concoct.

Key features
  • You design a unique disease, like a supervillain would be
  • There are many different scenarios and pathogens
  • Inspired by a Flash classic Pandemic 2
  • It’s fun to watch world news scrolling by as your disease ravages the world

Red Dead Redemption 2

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year:2018
Genre:Action-adventure

Red Dead Redemption 2 gives you a choice. You could be as “white hat” as being in a notorious gang would allow, or you could go full “black hat”, stopping just short of twirling your moustache as you put a hogtied victim on the train tracks. You can kill enemies you already defeated in a duel, you can shoot innocents willy-nilly, and conduct yourself like a boorish lout in general.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The game even gives you button prompts if instead of being nice you want to antagonise people. The examples here aren’t as dramatic, even overstated as in other entries on this list, but even the small ways you can be a good-for-nothing bandit make the world feel more grounded and believable. Thanks to the game’s dialogue system you can also basically pull the classic “NOT!” card.

Key features
  • You be as „black hat” as it gets without going cartoony
  • Antagonizing people can lead to very entertaining zingers
  • One of the most detail-rich open world games ever launched
  • Your Honor level influences your ending

Tyranny

PC
Release year:2016
Genre:Role-playing

Tyranny’s big thing is that you’re an agent of an evil Overlord, Kyros. Your task is simple: remove the last bits of resistance preventing Kyros’ conquest from being complete. You are also a Judge Dredd of the land, except you can twist the law to suit your needs if you want to. Tyranny is, or can be, if you want it to be, a game about being a Lawful Evil agent of an evil empire. How cool is that?

Tyranny

Depending on how smart you are, the laws can also turn out to be quite pliable, especially when it would benefit your goals. Thanks to the way reputations work in the game you can also instil fear in your companions without losing their loyalty, and you can make all factions hate you, but also kind of need you. You can also betray whoever you’ve allied with at the beginning and conquer Tiers for yourself.

Key features
  • You can be an evil fantasy Judge Dredd
  • Interesting, unique companions
  • Several different paths make for great replayability
  • Customisable spells

Untitled Goose Game

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year:2019
Genre:Puzzle, stealth

Arguably the worst villain on the list: the Goose. The Goose is a menace, and a constant threat to the idyllic English countryside. Across the campaign you’ll steal property, put humans in compromised positions, and gather treasures for your lair. At least that’s one way of presenting it. Another would be just that you’re playing as a mischievous goose who’s up to some harmless pranks.

Untitled Goose Game

What remains true is that the Goose can sow some chaos in the clearly languid and peaceful life of an English village. The humans try to oppose your machinations, and sometime will even use a broom to shoo you away. The is even an end game: when you complete the game for the first time you get a series of additional objectives: more pranks and more things to steal.

Key features
  • Wreak mild chaos on an English countryside
  • Very pleasant art style
  • You play as a sneaky, cheeky goose
  • Expert goose controls include flapping the wings and honking on command

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Prototype 2

Genre:Action Game
Release year:2012

In Prototype 2 you are James Heller, a former US Marine who lived in Manhattan with his daughter and wife. However, when you were on a mission a virus outbreak started and your wife was killed, while the daughter was taken by the government. Hence, you swore revenge on Alex Mercer and the government itself. However, during your confrontation with Alex, he infected you with the same virus he had in his veins.

Prototype 2 game character

Now you are an abomination similar to him. You can shapeshift, produce weapons from your own body, jump on buildings, run super-fast, break tanks with your punches, consume people and their memories etc. You are like a mix of the Hulk and that monster you might know from a movie The Thing. However, you are not going to be a hero in this game. The only thing you have in mind is the revenge against Mercer.

If citizens of New York are going to die because of that? Who cares about that? You are even going to kill many people yourself. You are not going to stop until Mercer is dead. Hence, if you want to destroy Manhattan then you should definitely invest in the Prototype 2.

Lucius 1 & Lucius 2

Genre:Survival Horror
Release year:2012 / 2015

Here we decided to present two games from the series at the same time, due to the fact that they pretty much follow the same pattern (with small changes, connected mainly to the plot).

lucius game - character - cold room

Well, if you know the movie, then you know what type of game Lucius is. You are Lucius Wagner, a boy who was born on June 6th, 1966 in room 666 of the St. Benedict Memorial Hospital. Judging by the number you probably already know who you really are. Yes, Lucius is an Antichrist. Your main task in the first game is to kill all your family members and residents of the Dante’s Manor. However, you cannot simply “kill them” with your demonic powers. You have to maintain your child-like persona. Hence, each death needs to look like an accident. You are going to have so much fun setting various traps.

You can poison the food, break a leg of the piano in order to make it fall on someone’s head. Hell (no pun intended), you are even going to feign someone suicide. Everything to make your real father Lucifer, happy. In this game, you are an antichrist. You simply cannot be eviler than that. Are you going to sell your soul to the demon lord?

Grand Theft Auto 5

Genre:Action Game
Release year:2013

While we specifically mention Grand Theft Auto 5 in this list, you can actually put any Grand Theft Auto game you want. In all games from the series you can be a bad boy. Steal cars, kill people, fight the police, destroy everything. Do whatever you want. In GTA 5 you land in the city of Los Santos (which you should already know if you are a fan of the series). Here you are going to take a control of three different characters.

Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar

The first one is Michael, a simple thief who found out that his wife is cheating on him. In an attack of rage he destroyed the villa of her lover. Soon it turned out that it was an estate of a very powerful drug lord. Hence, Michael needs to come back to his old job and start stealing again. The second character is Trevor. An old friend of Michael, who is encouraging Michael to come back to their partnership. Soon, they become a criminal duo.

The third character in Grand Theft Auto 5 is Franklin. A young boy from the ghetto who simply wants to earn a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. Michael immediately recognizes that this is a bad idea but he has no choice but to cooperate. While all three of them (especially Michael and Franklin), are really likable characters still they cannot be called good guys. You are going to stand against the police, you are going to kill random people. Not to mention how many of them are going to die under the wheels of your car.

Hatred

Genre:Action Game
Release year:2008

To be honest, we were thinking for a while whether this game should be mentioned in this list. There is no denying that in Hatred you are going to be one of the most evil bastards in history.

Hatred game charakter

Personally, I am a person who enjoys games like Postal 2 , Prototype or Carmageddon so as you can see I pretty much like to be a bad guy.

However, in Hatred the case is different. The main “protagonist” of the game has no redeeming qualities. In most games where you can play as an evil bastard, this character has something likable about him or her. In Postal, the Postal Dude is a funny guy who simply draws weird situations towards himself. He also loves animals and he is quite open-minded towards people. However, when town and townsfolk literally start to piss on him, well, he snaps. However, if you want the Postal Dude can be a pacifist.

Evil spawns from Overlord or Dungeon Keeper are very often incompetent and goofy. Besides, they do not want to simply kill everyone but rather to create their own “Kingdom”. Even Lucius and Lucifer are somehow likable when you learn that all they do is related to the God’s plan. However, in Hatred you are going to hate the main character. The unnamed protagonist of Hatred is a guy who just kidnapped and murdered a civilian in a basement.

Then he picked AK-47, a few grenades and started something, called “Genocide Crusade”. Your main aim is to kill as many people as possible, before you die. You are going to hear people scream for mercy while you shoot them in the face.

Yeah, you are an evil bastard without redeeming qualities. Do you think that you can pull it off?

Carmageddon: Max Damage

Genre:Racing Game
Release year:2016

Who doesn’t know Carmageddon? Even since the first game appeared in 1997 the media and public opinion went crazy. After all, in games from the series you are a driver who participates in a crazy race. A race where one of your main tasks is to blindside as many people as possible.

Carmageddon: Max Damage - auto parts

One of the most remembered moments in the entire series is the stadium scene. Yeah, you could literally drive to the stadium during the NFL match and drive through both teams. Carmageddon: Max Damage is the remake of the first game. Once again you are going to take control over either Max Damage or Die Anna and participate in the craziest and bloodiest race ever. Even though this is the remake of the first Carmageddon, Max Damage is much more complex.

Each race is going to provide you with a different challenge. Still, the most important thing for you are going to be screams of pedestrians while you smack them around and throw sarcastic comments when their brains land on your windshield. It is going to be even funnier when you find one of many power ups hidden in the area. There is a power up which turns pedestrians into morons who instead of running away, go straight into your car.

There is also a power up which allows you to use powerful spring to literally send pedestrians (or enemy vehicles) straight into the stratosphere with a funny “boink” sound. You are going to have a lot of fun with Carmageddon.

Saints Row 2

Genre:Adventure Game
Release year:2008

The reason why we decided to mention only Saints Row 2 in this list instead of the entire series is relatively simple. Saints Row 2 is literally the only one game in the entire series, where you are an evil bastard. In the first game your character is only a small fish in the pond so his actions are not as “damaging” and “evil” as they could be. On the other hand in both Saints Row 3 and Saints Row 4 the protagonist is developing into a good guy.

Saints Row 2 - the hostage

However, Saints Row 2 is different. In this game you just run away from prison, your gang is almost destroyed and you are visibly pissed by the situation. Your main aim in this game is to take control over the city. However, in order to do so first you need to get rid of three gangs which control the city since the absence of the Third Row Saints. These gangs are The Brotherhood, Sons of Samedi, and the Ronins.

In battles against them, you are not going to take prisoners. To provide you with an example. In this game you are going to bury someone alive. A young son of one of your enemies. Furthermore, during your struggle for power you probably are going to kill many innocent people during shoot outs, chase scenes etc.

Even though you are an evil bastard you have at least one redeeming quality. Your singing talent (or rather lack of it) when AHA – Take on Me starts to play in the radio. Fun fact, every time this song is going to start your character is going to sing it. When you create the protagonist you can choose one of six different voices. One of the game achievements is to sing Take on Me with all of these voices.

As it can be seen, there are quite a few games in which you can take the role of a bad guy. However, we still did not mention all of them. Remember that there are also much more subtle titles which are not going to tell you straight away that you are a bad guy.

For example, Spec Ops: The Line is going to force you to question your own morals. Furthermore, this game is going to make you realize than at war, there are no good people. On the other hand there is Shadow of Colossus where you do not even know that you are a bad guy until the end.

Then there is Blood Omen 2 where you know that you are a monster but on the other hand, people with who you fight, are even worse. There are so many possibilities for you to choose that it is up to you what kind of evil bastard you are going to be.