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31/31 Day XXX: Tear it Down

There are several prevalent themes and conflicts in the world of video games. Sometimes it's revenge by against powerful figures, or entire armies fighting each other. One of the more interesting concepts, though, is a protagonist(or small group of them) combating an entity that is much larger than them. This can be an evil corporation, an empire, or something even larger.

Several of my favorite games involve this sort of conflict, and for the second to last day of this 31/31, I'm going to take a look at them, and why I find the protagonists' stories so engrossing.

S.T.A.R.S. vs. Umbrella

Umbrella is pretty much the reason the world went to Hell in the Resident Evil universe. They introduced multiple viruses, such as the G Virus, which caused several major incidents that almost all culminated in the destruction of mankind. Because of Umbrella, Albert Wesker became the antagonist he is, and also spread Uroborous over the world, to create "evolution". However, members of the Raccoon City Special Tactics and Rescue Service managed to thwart the results of Umbrella and take them down. Granted, some characters, like Leon S. Kennedy, weren't ever a part of S.T.A.R.S., but they all worked together in some respects, so they can just be grouped as members of S.T.A.R.S. Their efforts saved mankind from several terror attacks, and will always be noted in the world of gaming.

*Insert Pokemon Trainer name here* vs. *Insert Team _____ here*

Yeah, that formula has been used a lot in this series. Sure, some have incorporated such figures as Looker from Pokemon Platinum, who aid the protagonist in their efforts, but the main effort is performed by a young adult. The fact that all of these large, evil corporations can be taken down by children shows how competent the adults are in this universe.

Isaac Clarke vs. Necromorphs

******SPOILERS FOR DEAD SPACE 3*******

Isaac's journey to take down the plague of the Markers and Necromorphs shows how large of an entity he was(is?) fighting. After it turns out how many civilizations have fallen to the scourge of the Necromorphs, it's evident that Isaac's struggle is comparable to an ant fighting fighting a lot of humans. Yet he manages to tear through all that opposes him, and destroys The Moon above Tau Volantis, ending the influence of the Markers in the galaxy. Though, if the chapters and ending indicate anything, they reveal Isaac may still have more work to do.

Gordon Freeman vs. The Combine

This is pretty much the prime example of one small protagonist taking on a large enemy. However, that large enemy isn't just an evil corporation, or alien race; it's an empire that spans multiple dimensions and universes. The will of humanity to fight against the Combine is astounding, and makes Freeman's struggle throughout Half-Life 2 and its episodes apparent. He is forced to accomplish tasks no other species has been able to do against the Combine, which pretty much shows how much of a BAMF he is. Gordon Freeman's continuing struggle is the defining struggle in video games, more epic than almost anything in any other medium.

Honorable Mentions:

Commander Shepard vs. The Reapers

I would include this...but I really hate Mass Effect 2 so far, because of how bad it is compared to ME1. :P So sorry Shepard.

The Lone Wanderer vs. The Enclave

While Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games, I think that the struggle between the Lone Wanderer and the Enclave isn't as memorable over the long term. It pretty much only takes a real interesting point at the end. LIBERTY PRIME!

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