These heroes mean well but they're bad news for your morning drive to work. What does it mean to be a "hero"? Earning fame and fortune or serving the people? In video games, most of the heroes are in...
These heroes mean well but they're bad news for your morning drive to work.
What does it mean to be a "hero"? Earning fame and fortune or serving the people? In video games, most of the heroes are invested in doing the right thing. Some heroes have a dangerous way of going about it though, leveling entire cities in the name of justice. Who are the most destructive heroes in gaming? How much property damage have they gotten away with? Why are they so awesome? Let's take a closer look with the help of some 100 percent, mathematically accurate disaster estimates. Currency exchange rates may differ across eras, post-apocalyptic and otherwise.
Alex Mercer (Prototype)
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Waking up in a morgue one fine day with shape shifting powers? That’s the least of your worries when you’re Alex Mercer in Prototype. Mercer is at the centre of a dangerous virus spreading through New York City and combats the United States Marines and Blackwatch Special Forces in the process. That's not counting the dangerous mutants created by the virus, ranging from zombie-like husks to hulking mutations. His heart may be in the right place but karate kicking helicopters seems like a poor way to get your point across. Add in dive bombing entire streets of civilians, hurling cars left and right, and leveling entire military bases and you have to wonder who's left foot the bill afterwards. Then again, with the game keeping track of the millions in property damage you do, it’s hard to feel all that guilty.
Total Destructive Potential: Enough to make Superman blush.
Kratos (God of War)
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Kratos is arguably one of the greatest anti-heroes in video game history. As a son of Zeus, Kratos led his Spartan army on bloody crusades in the name of Ares, the God of War. Kratos then gained the title for himself, going up against Zeus and his pantheon of gods. His rampage – which includes murdering Hades, Hercules, Helios, Hermes and finally Zeus (not to mention a few Titans) – is pretty justified. However, the world falls into dire straits when the sun is blacked out, plagues infest the lands and plants wither with the death of the gods. Sure, Kratos eventually released Hope so humanity could endure but maybe he shouldn't have decimated the world to begin with.
Total Destructive Potential: Eight Greek gods, three Titans and thousands of stupid foot soldiers.
The Sole Survivor (Fallout 4)
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Now, we know what you're thinking. "The Sole Survivor in Fallout 4? But he/she is just out to save his/her son Shaun in a post-nuclear world!" And we would agree. However, this is Bethesda we’re talking. If you haven’t achieved earned yourself a trip to Hell in the first hour of play, you’re doing something wrong. Fallout 4 understands this and grants you numerous Power Armours, portable nuke launchers, laser Gatling guns and explosives to make radioactive mincemeat out of The Commonwealth. The Sole Survivor's true power lies in the factions he/she joins. This allows you to call in Vertibirds with the Brotherhood of Steel or Synths from the Institute. Tame a Deathclaw or Super Mutant and relish in the towns that fall before you. Who was Shaun again?
Total destructive potential: 200 million Bottlecaps, give or take a few million depending on skill points in bartering.
Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy 9)
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Final Fantasy 9's lord of weirdoes, Zidane Tribal, looks like your average guy with a monkey's tail (we know, boy next door). He's flirtatious and pretty cool, especially when it comes to kidnapping princesses. Unfortunately, Zidane has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time - nearly every city he visits ends up destroyed. This occurs often enough to birth the cliché "Zidane's Curse". However, near the end it's revealed that Zidane is actually a messenger of Death, sent to exterminate all life. He just happened to lose his memory along the way (and no, his original name isn't Kakarot).
Total destructive potential: Several avatars of Death, the Iifa Tree and the heart of a rambunctious princess.
The Guardian (Destiny)
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Picture this: You're a Guardian, one of the few remaining heroes, the savior of The Last City from the forces of The Darkness. After following the voice of Peter Dinklage (or Nolan North depending on when you started), you head to "hostile" planets and murder hundreds upon thousands of aliens, robots and space zombies. That crazy time-manipulating glass thing? Dead. The Hive god? Dead, with his own sword nonetheless. Hive god’s sisters? They sing a great duet but dead and dead. It's crazy to think about the chaos one's Guardian causes in Destiny. But really, at the end of the day, it's all about that sweet, sweet raid gear.
Total destructive potential: Not nearly enough to get you that King's Fall hard mode helmet.
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