Extinctions. They are scary in real life, but in video games, they make you feel like you can do anything.
In most games, you have to save the world in some way. But you’re reading this because you’re tired of always being seen as the hero. You want to put yourself in the place of a bad guy who wants to rule the world, no matter how sad his past is. You’re done trying to save the world. Now you want to cause trouble.
Because you still have a conscience, you don’t wish to destroy humans, only sentient ragdolls. In People Playground, you can put as many ragdolls as you want wherever you want and do whatever you want with them. Cut them open, shoot them, hurl them into pits, and watch their insides explode. This game lets you torture dummies if you hate them.
You can make a simulated extinction by adding as many dolls as you want and shooting them all. This sandbox gives you a lot of ways to play.
Mess around with science and you could go from being a tiny organism to becoming something like a god. In the Space Stage of the game, you can make an alien master race, explore the universe, and use the Planet Buster to destroy a lot of other civilizations. Destroying a planet creates galactic foes. Breaking the Galactic Code can start a war, therefore use this instrument with caution.
Spore doesn’t just let you wipe out species, it also lets you wipe out planets.
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
We can’t get enough zombie survival games like Left 4 Dead and Slope Game. But you can cause trouble as Stubbs the Zombie in the utopian city of Punchbowl, Pennsylvania. Bite people and rip out their brains, or turn them into zombies who will follow you as your own army of the dead. This isn’t too bad of a second chance for someone who just came back from the dead, right?
If you think that causing a mass extinction is as easy as sitting down and pressing a red button, Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse shows that sometimes the best way to get rid of people is from the bottom up.
Infectonator 3: Apocalypse
It’s another case of turning your own army of the dead into something different. This time, though, it’s in a cute, retro style that makes it look less scary than Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse. The game is scarier because you can change your own virus to turn people into monsters that eat their brains.
In Infectonator 3, your goal is clear: you want to wipe out all of humanity by dropping a virus on a population that doesn’t know what’s coming and watching as things go from bad to worse. Take over cities one by one and watch as people run away from your monsters.
Destroy All Humans!
As the name suggests, Destroy All Humans! is all about an alien character named Crypto trying to kill all humans. If you’re not an alien, eating human brains to rescue your race is awful. Invade a country, pose as its president, and serve questionable meat in a restaurant.
In addition to taking over the world, they Destroy All Humans! the franchise has some funny lines with colorful language and satire. Who knew that taking over the world could be so funny?
If destroying humanity for a mission isn’t enough, how about destroying the whole solar system? Solar Smash is as simple as it gets. You destroy the planet by shooting lasers at it or even giving it to aliens to eat. As you blow a hole in Earth, think of creative methods to scare people, like tasering it.
After you destroy Earth, you can go to the next planet where people live and find creative ways to destroy it. It’s up to you whether you want to die quickly and without pain or slowly and with a lot of pain.
Maybe you don’t want the thrill of accidentally causing a mass extinction, and you just want to mess around with planets. Life forms dying because two planets “accidentally” crash into each other shouldn’t be too bad of a lesson, right? You can play with planets, stars, and a lot more in Universe Sandbox.
Universe Sandbox is a fun way to find out what it’s like to change the way the solar system works.
Mass Effect 3
What if you can’t stand to turn people into zombies or destroy your home planet, but you don’t mind fighting Lovecraftian beings? It doesn’t make individuals sad, but your choices can wipe out a race of artificial creatures. But is it okay if they pose a threat to humans and every other living thing in space?
In Mass Effect 3, getting back on the “save the world” train might not be so bad if it means shooting interesting aliens and going on complicated missions.
Civilization 6 lets you be the smart politician you’ve always wanted to be. Take over cities and expand your country by making key decisions and not losing to other generals (that may or may not involve nuclear bombs falling out of the sky).
This game is about more than mindless destruction, nukes can kill everyone, especially if both sides are guaranteed harm.
Maybe you don’t like nukes and you don’t like shady politicians. Instead, you want to be a horrible scientist who creates a disease that kills everyone. Plague Inc. lets you do that by letting you choose your pathogen and develop and change it to the point where human medicine can’t handle it. You can also pick which country the infection starts in, which changes how the disease spreads. A little too obvious these days, but still a fun game.