There’s no good yin without a healthy dose of yang. That’s why the world of storytelling needs good villains: to make the hero shine. From Darth Vader to Thanos, the world of films, video games and comic books is full of fantastic villains. Here, we run down a list of some memorable villains, the games they’re featured in, and even a game or two where you can be the villains themselves!
Injustice 2 – Gods Among Us
Predictable, for a reason. Considering this is a fighting game, Injustice 2 brings a incredible amount of depth to its story, made all the better in no small way thanks to its memorable villains. Play as The Joker, Two-Face and more iconic villains in this DC Universe Free-For-All. An amazing game that, thankfully, graced the Vita. Not only that: it runs really well on it, too. Visit Gamivo to find Injustice 2 and many other games available on various platforms.
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
We’ve spoken about DC, so it’s only fair that we touch on Marvel. Not only is it Marvel, but a crossover of legendary proportions. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is a fantastic fighting game whose Vita port is incredibly close to the original arcade version in terms of presentation, a feat that is by no means small. Another great thing about UMVC3 is the fact that it featured some cross-play functionality with the PS3 version. This is one of my favorite fighting games of all time, and to be able to team Magneto (one of my favorite Marvel villains) with Ryu is the icing on the cake. Did I mention it’s very easy to pick up and play? It’s very easy to pick up and play. As a game that is no longer available digitally, though, physical copies can be a bit on the expensive side.
J-Stars Victory VS+
If you, like me, grew up watching anime on Saturday mornings, then J-Stars Victory VS+ is a dream come true when it comes to fighting games. It includes A TON of characters (both playable and supportive) from classic anime series. My personal favorites include characters from Saint Seiya, Rurouni Kenshin, and of course, Dragon Ball. You can also find characters from Bleach, Gin Tama, Naruto, One Piece and more. This is another title that is a bit on the expensive side to pick up for the Vita, but if you’re willing to put up with the Japanese version, the fighting is just as solid and it can be had for 50% to 30% of the cost of the Western version. Favorite villains here include Shishio Makoto, from Rurouni Kenshin, and Frieza, from Dragon Ball.
So, there you have it: three fighting games on the Vita that feature amazing villains to play as. You don’t always have to be the hero, so if you’re in the mood for some mischief, I hope this list will help you find a game where you can relive the fantasy of being the bad guy in the hero’s story.
Do you like playing as villains? Or do you prefer to be the hero? sound off in the comments below!