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Better Than It Sounds: Video Games A-F
aka: Video Games
Ah, video games. No other media allows Refuge in Audacity so often. And most of the time it works.

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  • 1213: A clone busts out of a prison in a laboratory complex in space, finds out he shouldn't even have bothered.
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes: A The Legend of Zelda homage In a World made of billions of tiny cubes.
  • 3 in Three: A personified number 3 has to fix the computer she lives in by solving puzzles.
  • 3-on-3 NHL Arcade: Bobbleheads play hockey.
  • 720°: A skateboarder tries to raise enough money to keep skateboarding. This annoys the local insects.
  • 8 Eyes: In a post-apocalyptic future, a falconer defeats and has tea with the world's royalty in a grand effort to solve a logic puzzle.
  • 99 Spirits: A wandering samurai kills ghosts masquerading as everyday objects.
  • 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors: The Pyro from Team Fortress 2 with an odd number fetish kidnaps a group of anime stereotypes to an ocean cruiser where they have to solve first grade math problems - or die a very gruesome death. A lot of debate is had over the solutions of said problems. This may eventually lead them to screw up the spacetime continuum with the dramatic use of pseudoscience. Or everyone dies. Also, mummies are involved.
    • Did we mention that you're reading text for most of the game?
  • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity: You go BASE jumping. It's a very long way to the ground.
  • Abobo's Big Adventure: A bunch of NES characters has kidnapped your son. Are you a bad enough Abobo to rescue him?
  • Ace Attorney: A visual novel series set in a courtroom where you play as lawyers.
  • Ace Combat series: Shoot Em Ups for aircraft fetishists.
  • Action 52 Owns: Remakes of 52 of the most horrible games ever made.
    • Jigsaw: A man saves his girlfriend from workbench tools. And kills her.
    • Illuminator: Save your sister from monsters... with nothing but a torchlight.
    • Meong: A Gentleman Thief explores a dungeon.
    • Non-Human: A Humongous Mecha that lacks the ability to turn around fights organic horrors.
    • Streemerz: A guy with rope avoids clowns.
  • ActRaiser: God and his sycophantic sidekick lead the people to salvation. Or destruction.
  • Adventure Island: A fat, diabetic man wearing nothing but a grass skirt and a baseball cap kills animals and eats lots of fruit in order to rescue his girlfriend.
    • Adventure Island II: Same as above, except now he enlists dinosaurs to help carry him around.
    • Super Adventure Island II: Fat diabetic man suffers from amnesia. He forgets about his malady and starts wearing clothes.
  • Adventure Of Valkyrie: Some guy drops the keys to his house; you play an angel who is sent by God to help him pick them up. The entire population of the world conspires to stop you.
  • Adventures of Lolo: To save his girlfriend, a furball steals hearts from demons and traps them in eggs. When a more marketable puffball comes along, the couple make a Face-Heel Turn.
  • Adventures To Go!: Freelance warriors become real heroes by going on simulated quests.
  • Aero Fighters: A dolphin, baby, mother and daughter, Steam Punk-style cyborg, J-pop idol, ninja, viking, gender-confused punk rocker, among others are recruited to stop an alien menace.
  • Agarest Senki: A man dies in the first few minutes. He gets revived, ends a war, and bangs one of three chicks. Rinse and repeat four more times.
  • Age of Empires: Reenact historical battles with a mouse, three times over.
  • AI War Fleet Command: Wipe out a cheating AI who can stomp you flat at any point and often will.
  • Alan Wake: An author with writer's block fights off creatures from a book he wrote last week and tries to save his wife with a flashlight. A rock concert is a viable weapon.
    • Alan Wake's American Nightmare: An author in Arizona runs around a small-town rest stop, looks at the stars in an observatory, and tries to watch a movie. The movie doesn't work, so he does it all again. And again.
  • Alien Soldier: A tiger tries to kill a bird.
  • Alley Cat: A homeless tries to impress his love interest by engaging into acts of vandalism. Brooms try to prevent this.
  • All Points Bulletin: A massive group of Virtual Paper Dolls play cops and robbers.
  • Alone In The Dark 1992: Guy or gal gets stuck in a house and cannot leave.
    • Alone In The Dark 2: Guy gets stuck in another house and cannot leave. Pirates.
    • Alone In The Dark 3: Guy goes looking for gal from first game, gets stuck in town and cannot leave. Cowboys.
  • Alpha Protocol: Secret agent has been sent to assassinate a terrorist. Turns out said terrorist has received assistance from said agent's own agency. Lots of people are going to die.
    • Alternately: A betrayed secret agent's mission of revenge leads him to shoot-outs with cape-wearing spies, crotchety old men, and a Russian gangster wearing a really tacky jacket. At the end of the story, he surrenders, has a long talk with a man with poor fashion taste, and hundreds of people get killed.
  • Altered Beast: Two guys come back from the dead as lycanthropes to rescue the daughter of a god who kinda sounds like Elmer Fudd.
    • Seven word summary: The Great Steroid Scandal of Ancient Greece.
  • American McGee's Alice: When returning to a place she visited, girl discovers it became Darker and Edgier. To fix it, the girl brutally murders playing cards and chess pieces with toys and commits regicide. This makes her more sane.
    • Alice: Madness Returns: Girl discovers that the fire that killed her family wasn't accidental and goes through her memories to see who started it.
  • American Mc Gees Grimm: A sarcastic, unhygienic, Sophisticated as Hell dwarf fouls up classic fairy tales wherever he goes.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent: You walk around in the dark trying to remember why you're walking around in the dark.
  • Amorphous+: A guy goes around whacking Blob Monsters while getting killed a million times.
  • Angband: In order to become powerful enough to defeat the Big Bad, you must kill color-coded monsters and acquire items, most of which are named based on obscure passages in The Silmarillion.
  • Angry Birds: Some eggs get stolen, so the victims retaliate by going kamikaze on their houses.
    • Or: An extremist group takes offense at a nearby civilization's eating habits and stages a long series of suicide-bombing attacks with the goal of total annihilation.
  • Animal Crossing: You become the indentured servant of a raccoon. Your neighbors randomly hand out pianos, computers, and beds as rewards for completing minor chores.
    • Alternatively: You move into a town inhabited by talking animals who give you big screen TVs and works of art for asking another animal to return a mundane item they borrowed.
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World: The same, however, there's more emphasis on online play.
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk: The same, except you have the new feature of going to a city. Most of the people you see there are Out of Character when it comes to thier personality.
    • Animal Crossing: New Leaf: You accidentally get elected mayor of a small town of eccentric talking animals. You have to pay for municipal improvements mostly out of pocket.
  • Ape Escape: Monkeys with magic helmets steal time machines, and you have to catch them.
    • Ape Escape 2: More monkeys try to Take Over the World. The first hero's cousin tries to catch them, aided by a Head Pet.
    • Ape Escape 3: This time the monkeys just want to make you watch crappy television. Their leader is aided by a man with a Funny Afro. Two kids try to catch them this time; one is an Idol Singer.
  • Aquaria: A young girl embarks on a voyage of self discovery, finds love and murders an entire pantheon. She also makes a hell of a pierogi.
  • Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia: The stupidest psychologist who ever lived fights computer viruses on the magical island of Shining Sky.
    • Alternatively: Sealed Evil in a Can causes computer problems. Among the people trying to stop this are a moron, a teenager with self-esteem issues, and the world's oldest woman.
    • Ar Tonelico II: A more competent psychologist and a mage who can't use magic escort a bitchy priestess around a different magical island while two factions try to either save or destroy it.
      • Alternatively: Girl throws tantrum upon being separated from BFF. The entire world is dragged into it.
    • Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel: Hot female singers with multiple personalities strip down to their underwear during combat. A thirteen year-old does a favor for the first game's Big Bad.
  • Arc Angle: A program that can't attack at all faces foes that fire loads of bullets.
  • Arc The Lad: The Chosen One tries to stop The End of the World as We Know It by becoming the Magic Knight version of Bin Laden; three sequels deal with new heroes trying to clean up his mess.
  • Arcana Heart: High-School girls beat the crap out of each other with Elemental Powers for no apparent reason. Ma-Ti's equivalent of the game kills an evil angel.
    • Arcana Heart 2 More girls beat the crap out of each other. The evil angel's younger sister wants you dead.
      • Arcana Heart 3 Even more girls beat the crap out of each other. A Yandere tries to blow Japan sky high.
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura: Magic and technology coexist by canceling each other out. Someone uses this to open his can.
  • Area Flat: Origami shoots other origami IN SPACE!
    • Area Flat 2: Origami shoots other origami IN SPACE with better bosses!
    • Area Flat 3: Origami shoots other origami with much better graphics and gameplay!
  • Arkanoid: An evil facelike entity intercepts the escape pod of a doomed starship. To escape, the pilot allows the vessel to be struck repeatedly by a destructive projectile.
    • Break Quest: To foil an evil corporation's plan, you have to destroy a few thousand bricks.
    • Arkanoid DS: the Prince's cousins Alien Sentai must fight off a lawsuit from Namco invading hoard of blocks.
    • Block Breaker Deluxe: Breaking blocks is Serious Business.
  • Armored Core: Two MegaCorps take the term "hostile takeover" a little too seriously.
    • Armored Core: Project Phantasma: A Battle Couple fight to stop a crazy man from hooking himself up to a computer.
    • Armored Core: Master of Arena: A young man takes time off from a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to compete in giant robot cage matches.
    • Armored Core 2: A retelling of the American Revolution on Mars only everyone is Benedict Arnold.
    • Armored Core 2: Another Age: A mercenary travels the world doing odd-jobs for various employers. He accidentally allows a terrorist to gain access to a space elevator. It's really quite boring.
    • Armored Core 3: A conspiracy nut makes REALLY good case for destroying society.
    • Silent Line: Armored Core: Three MegaCorps blatantly ignore the world's most obvious KEEP OUT sign.
    • Armored Core: Nexus: A corporation wants to make the world a better place, yet ends up destroying it.
    • Armored Core: Nine Breaker: Learn how to play the last eight games you just finished playing.
    • Armored Core: Last Raven: An endangered social class exterminates itself.
    • Armored Core 4: A young idealist and her boyfriend inadvertently a society-collapsing war. Their elderly mentor may or may have wanted this happen.
    • Armored Core for Answer: A faceless, voiceless, personality-less character somehow manages to come across as a complete asshole.
    • Armored Core V: A mercenary joins La Résistance against Big Brother right after intentionally murdering its leader.
  • Army Of Two: A bickering couple of Heterosexual Life-Partners run around in painted ski masks, complain about the military, and blow all their money on shiny guns.
  • Art of Fighting: Martial artists seek to pimp-slap a pimp for kidnapping one of the martial artist's sister.
    • Art Of Fighting 2 Martial artists and the one martial artist's sister and father seek to pimp-slap a pimp in a tournament run by a familiar sponsor.
    • Art Of Fighting 3 The other martial artist's friend is kidnapped by a rich guy who wants to be The Hulk. A young girl who tells people to "grow up" is the only memorable and most successful new character.
  • Assassin's Creed I: A bartender pretends to be the world's greatest assassin on a quest to steal the power of God, who was an alien from Earth.
    • Assassin's Creed II: Same bartender pretends to be a guy in Renaissance Italy, who is on a twenty year quest to avenge the death of most of his family. Said quest ultimately leads him into a fistfight with The Pope.
    • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: A childish hacker, a snarky British man, a psychotic blond, and a confused bartender are the world's last hope.
    • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: The confused bartender finally figures everything out with the help of his imaginary friend and pretending to be the two aforementioned men. May or may not have intentional symbolism from the Christian Bible in the title.
    • Assassin's Creed III: After the bartender stabs his girlfriend (not by choice) he must pretend to be a crotchety British man and his hot blooded but warm hearted Native American son to help his friends and his dad open a door. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.
    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: You have to pretend to be the pirate ancestor of a dead bartender so that your boss can make video games.
  • Asteroids: Break rocks into smaller rocks. Try to shoot anyone else who enters this field of rocks.
  • Asura's Wrath: Unstoppable Rage: The Game.
    • Alternate: The angriest father in the history of the universe sets out on a quest to save his daughter by applying his fist with great force to every single face he can find. He succeeds.
    • Alternate: A Hindu cyborg is framed for treason, his wife is killed, his daughter kidnapped, and then he's thrown from orbit to Earth. He comes back pissed. And every time they kill him, it just makes him angrier.
    • Alternate: A man with breathtaking anger-management issues punches a large man in the finger until he dies from it. He then punches a masked guy in the face, then an old man in the face, then another old man, then an entire fleet. It culminates in him punching a third old man in the face, followed by the planet. Then, after some impromptu heart surgery, he punches God in the face. Then he finally calms down.
  • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana: A male White Mage and his fairy companion attempt to explain video game mechanics. The world is threatened by evil balloons and a guy with a ponytail.
    • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny: Excalibur can talk. Turns out to be a total Jerkass. Also turns out to have an Evil Counterpart.
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm: A madman tricks three innocent teenagers into almost nullifying the world's most powerful defense so that an immortal serpent could destroy everything, but this is all secondary to inventing a new dessert, taking orders from a lecherous fairy and fixing a clock.
    • Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island: In order for a lazy young girl to fulfill her dream of living in paradise, she has to help build one.
    • Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland: Snarky and lazy alchemist leaves her shop in the charge of her bumbling apprentice.
    • Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland: Bumbling apprentice from the previous game adopts bumbling apprentice of her own, who wants to be an adventurer.
    • Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk: Medicine-maker keeps a diary about her journey to find her missing sister.
  • Athena: The Goddess of War gets bored and takes a walk. There are no survivors.
    • Psycho Soldier: A young girl who looks just like the heroine of the first game gets psychic powers, teams up with a kid who looks like Rambo, and goes out to kill things. Several years later the Rambo look-alike changes his look and they join a major fighting tournament.
    • Crystalis: The girl and kid pose as shapeshifting sages, one more effectively than the other, in a post-apocalyptic world. They help an amnesiac find his friend and destroy The Empire. Then they die.
  • Audiosurf: Pilot a ship listening to music through an amazing Technicolor highway and grab the blocks.
  • Avalon Code: The world is going to end, and you're the one charged with writing the epilogue.
  • Azure Dreams: Your dad goes missing after climbing a very steep monster-infested tower. Naturally, the proper thing for you to do is go there yourself and rescue him.
  • Back to the Future: The long awaited sequel to everyone's favorite trilogy.
    • Episode 1: It's about time.: A teenager goes back to the prohibition era to prevent his Mad Scientist friend to die against a gangster. It is acomplish by befriending his friend's younger self.
  • Backyard Sports: 30+ neighborhood kids play sports in sand and mud.
  • Bad Dudes: Find Ronald Reagan so he'll buy you lunch.
  • Bad Mojo: A man embezzling funds from a government grant tries to get out of his apartment building. Household pests and an heirloom from his late mother complicate things.
  • Baldur's Gate: Siblings argue over how to inherit their father's legacy.
    • Baldur's Gate: Tales Of The Sword Coast: Filler.
    • Baldur's Gate II: Shadows Of Amn: An interloper who otherwise has nothing to do with the dispute tries to steal said legacy.
    • Baldur's Gate II: Throne Of Bhaal: Siblings argue over how to inherit their father's legacy.
  • Balloon Fight: Up to two fighter pilots whose flight patterns are difficult to maneuver kill birds.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: A redneck and a snarky girl team up to crush an old woman under a boulder and do jigsaw puzzles. Redneck's sister narrowly escapes transformation into an ogre. Lots of shameless dirty jokes. Rated E.
    • Banjo-Tooie: Redneck and snarky girl team up to blow up animated skeleton of old woman and do jigsaw puzzles. Redneck's sister mysteriously vanishes forever. Numerous direct references to porn, masturbation, and vag-hair; a gay bar with a tranny waitress; and you murder a loving husband and wife for the sake of collectibles. Rated E.
    • Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge: Redneck and snarky girl IN THE PAST! Bee lady gives you an extension. Rated E.
    • Banjo-Pilot: Redneck and snarky girl team up to play Diddy Kong Racing, but find their copy is defective, only having airplanes available to race.
    • Banjo-Kazooie Nuts And Bolts: Redneck and snarky girl team up to play Grand Theft Auto, but find their copy is defective, being rated E and having some assembly required.
    • Alternatively, a bear comes out of retirement to stop his home being redeveloped into tower blocks and malls. To end the struggle, a capricious higher power engineers a bear/witch showdown through worlds of the imagination...IN VEHICLES!
  • The Bard's Tale: Snarky musician seeks coin and cleavage, while maybe saving the world, and all the while bickering with the narrator.
  • Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden: In a post-apocalyptic world, a retired basketball player runs from the police on a quest to rescue his son and save the world.
  • Bastion: A kid, an old guy, a homeless girl and a former ambassador try to rebuild a floating society After the End. There are complications.
  • Baten Kaitos: Winged Humanoids use cards to save a World in the Sky with no ocean.
    • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean: Winged Humanoids with terrible voices search for shiny cards.
    • Baten Kaitos Origins: Two Winged Humanoids and a sarcastic puppet stop the Industrial Revolution.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: An animal-cosplayer spends a night visiting a hospital, beating up patients and the personnel currently in charge, and hiding on statues.
    • Alternatively, billionaire dresses up and punches the criminally insane.
    • Batman: Arkham City: Several months later, the same animal-cosplayer is thrown into a ghetto prison and helps a clown with a terminal illness. Many accurate comparisons to Adolf Hitler are made.
    • Batman: Arkham Origins: Two years earlier, a guy who almost always wears a mask really doesn't like animal-cosplayers, so he asks people to kill the previously-mentioned animal-cosplayer. Those who take up the offer include a drug addict, a ninja, a man with a skin condition, and a burn victim. The cosplayer's butler keeps talking about ham.
  • Battle Chess: A popular board game with deaths thrown in.
  • Battle City: A tank has to protect a bird surrounded by bricks from enemy tanks. Was only popular in places it wasn't officially released.
    • Tank Force: An obscure sequel of the game above which only saw arcade release.
  • The Battle of Olympus: A musician brings his girlfriend back from the dead using brute force, taking credit for the actions of his contemporaries along the way.
  • Battlefield 1942: Fight over a bunch of meaningless flags with outdated weaponry.
    • Battlefield Vietnam: Fight over a bunch of meaningless flags with slightly less outdated weaponry.
    • Battlefield 2: Fight over a bunch of meaningless flags with modern, present day weaponry.
    • Battlefield: Bad Company: Same as above, but stuff blows up here.
      • Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Modern Warfare 2 if the developers were aware of how silly the premise was and stopped taking it seriously so they could focus on making stuff blow up.
      • Bad Company 2: Vietnam: As above, but with Call of Duty: Black Ops.
    • Battlefield 2142: 200 years later and they're still fighting over a bunch of meaningless flags, with futuristic weapon, flying fortresses and giant mechs this time.
    • Battlefield 3: Fight over the second bunch of meaningless flags with modern, present day weaponry again. Also stuff blows up.
    • Battlefield 4: Fight over the second bunch of meaningless flags with slightly different modern, present day weaponry again, again. Stuff still blows up.
  • Battletoads: Three anthropomorphic frogs must defeat a dominatrix by ramming their bikes into drywall. Nobody ever gets past the third stage.
  • BattleTanx: Blow up a post-apocalyptic America with tanks while stealing women from other people with tanks.
    • Battletanx: Global Assault: Same as above, though add tanks that shoot lasers, tanks that hover, and most of northwest Europe to blow up with them.
  • Bayonetta: Witch with amnesia kills angels. Lots of Fanservice ensues.
    • Or: a stripper wearing nothing but glasses and her own hair bumbles around a phantom dimension killing angels with guns on her feet and finding herself in impromptu photoshoots.
  • Beat Hazard: Shoot a bunch of random ships and asteroids until you have a seizure.
  • beatmania: Make musical sound effects by pressing buttons and turning a plastic disc.
  • Berzerk: Green man kills robots and is stalked by bouncy smiley face in electric maze.
  • Betrayal at Krondor: A Well-Intentioned Extremist starts a war so that he can study a big gemstone in peace.
  • Beyond: Two Souls: A Stupid Evil caricature of the American government decides to enslave a little girl and her guardian angel. This does not end well.
  • Beyond Good & Evil: A sassy photographer, a talking pig, and a rule-obsessed soldier save the world with propaganda.
  • Big Bang Mini: Kill It with Fire...works.
  • Bikini Karate Babes: A large group of attractive women leave themselves abandoned on an uninhabited island, all but one wearing nothing but bikinis, and proceed to lightly tap the crap out of each other. The Sub-Boss has the amazing ability to remove bikini tops and likes it so much she uses it on everyone INCLUDING HERSELF.
  • Billy Hatcher and The Giant Egg: A boy and his three friends get transported to a land of chickens, dress in chicken suits, then proceed to spend game rolling around eggs. Oh, and they make the eggs hatch into creatures/hats/items by feeding them fruit. Oh, and all the enemies in the game are lots of crows clumped together.
  • Billy Vs SNAKEMAN: You are a ninja. The god of luck hates ninjas.
    • Reaper plotline: Collect flower petals to lose strength.
    • The Trade plotline: Collect apples to lose stamina.
    • Monochrome plotline: You have pants. Mr. T hates pants.
    • Wasteland plotline: Lose stamina to collect junk.
    • Burger Ninja plotline: You flip burgers. Your boss hates ninjas.
    • r00t plotline: Collect time to lose rare equipment.
    • Pizza Witch plotline: You deliver pizza. The god of luck hates pizza.
    • Hero's Quest plotline: You are in the god of luck's hometown. Mr. T hates the god of luck.
  • The Binding of Isaac: There are lots of enemies. Cry on them to defeat them.
  • Bio-Hazard Battle: Giant organic creatures have taken over a planet. Exterminate them with...another giant organic creature!
  • Bio Menace: Guy with a mullet and mustache runs around shooting mutants. One level requires him to rescue someone from a completely different game.
  • Bio Metal: The galaxy is under attack by metal aliens! Exterminate them!
  • Bionic Commando: One-armed soldier must defeat thousands of well-armed troops. Without the ability to jump.
  • BioShock: Ayn Rand fights The Mafia, twenty thousand leagues under the sea. Then you show up and resolve the situation. With a magical hand that shoots bees.
    • Or: A mysterious man investigates an underwater city and kills a man who resembles Walt Disney with a golf club, which was all part of The Mafia's plan.
    • BioShock 2: About ten years later, a man in a diving suit stabs people with a drill in order to save a girl from an evil altruist.
      • BioShock 2 Multiplayer: About eleven years earlier, a football player with an obsession with winning, a southern Corrupt Corporate Executive, a man wearing goggles named after a Memetic Badass, a deranged housewife, Amelia Earheart, a sociopathic psychic, Blance, Captain Ahab, a prison inmate who knew Knuckles the Echidna, and a black guy with a love of cats fight for either Ayn Rand or The Mafia, ultimately going insane in the process.
      • BioShock Infinite: A father changes his travel plans, making his daughter very angry.
    • Or: A man saves his daughter by preventing himself from getting baptized.
    • Or: A man attempts to save a woman imprisoned by her neglectful father, only to remember that everything is really his own fault.
    • Or: A man growing a beard and finding religion drives his daughter to destroy the world.
    • Or: Girl saves the multiverse by helping her father commit suicide and turning herself back into a baby.
  • BIT.TRIP BEAT: Pong...AS A RHYTHM GAME! On drugs!
  • Black & White: It's you and your magical pet against God.
    • Alternatively: God's pet simulator.
  • Blast Chamber: Four suicide bombers fight for their lives.
  • Blast Corps: A group of demolition experts clear a path for an extremely volatile missile carrier by destroying buildings that are in its way.
  • Blaster Master: A boy commandeers a military vehicle while searching for his irradiated pet frog.
  • Blast Works (originally TUMIKI Fighters): Ships are made of building blocks.
  • BlazBlue: Three orphans do the same thing again and again whether they like it or not. The player will have a hankering for meat buns. Meanwhile, a snooty vampire lolita tries to stop a Villain Sue with both employing endless plans.
  • Blazing Star: Will you destroy the evil organism that has taken over mankind, or will YOU FAIL IT?
  • Blood: Deadpan Snarker zombie from the Wild West runs around lighting cultists and zombies on fire.
    • Blood II: Deadpan Snarker zombie from the Wild West runs around lighting business executives and leeches from the sixth dimension on fire Twenty Minutes into the Future.
    • Blood II: The Nightmare Levels: Deadpan Snarker zombie from the Wild West and his buddies camp out in the sixth dimension and dream of the times they ran around lightning cultists and zombies on fire.
  • Bloody Roar: Furries beat the crap out of each other; the boss is a little girl who turns first into an older floating woman and then into a really buff devil.
    • Bloody Roar 2: More furries beat the crap out of each other in an extended racism allegory. The boss from the last game is now a cute Cat Girl, and the new boss is a clone of a character from the last game.
    • Bloody Roar 3: Furries find magic tattoos on their bodies that will eventually kill them. They decide to fix this by beating the crap out of each other. The boss this time is a White Hair, Black Heart who turns into a beast with prehensile spikes all over its body.
      • Bloody Roar: Primal Fury/Extreme: Same as above, but for non-Sony consoles. The boss is a pint-sized effeminate penguin, unless he is on fire, or his mother.
    • Bloody Roar 4: A furry Spotlight-Stealing Squad shows up. The other furries decide to beat them up. The boss is an overpowered dragon.
  • Blue Dragon: A bunch of kids put the balls in their mouths, scare the crap out of monsters (literally), get excited over nothing, and try to stop a dude from killing people For the Evulz. There's also a giant robot ostrich. Just because.
  • Blueberry Garden: Run around a garden throwing seeds while the local wildlife overpopulates.
  • Bob Came In Pieces: Affix your ship with pipes and magnets to fly around unhindered in tunnels.
  • Bombastic: Five cousins attempt to stay alive in the deadliest game of Yahtzee ever created.
  • Boktai: The only game series able to actively cause cancer in its players.
    • Lunar Knights: The cancer part is now optional.
  • Bomberman: Robot whose only ability is blowing things up goes through mazes to stop mad scientists.
  • Boom Blox: Jenga with flying bowling balls and explosions.
  • Boppin': Angular figures throw objects around to clear the field in such locations as a sheet of paper and a Go board. When they lose all their lives, they commit suicide in an uncharacteristically graphic fashion.
  • Borderlands: Alien technology can be yours if you can survive a deserted planet. Be sure to bring plenty of ammo!
    • Alternately: Fight with your friends over who gets the best gun.
    • Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned: Zombies. Guns. Also, a doctor with a mustache.
    • Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome: A lady with heavy armaments and a love for violence throws a gladiatorial combat.
    • Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx: A general who really doesn't want to invade a deserted planet brings his army of Helghast-lookalikes. You interrupt his attempt to commit suicide after an argument with a five-year-old.
    • Borderlands: Claptrap's Robo-lution: An angry robot tries to Take Over the World. Bullets and badasses are needed to stop him.
  • Borderlands 2: A Jerkass in a mask takes over a deserted planet. The only hope to stop him is a lunatic commando, a bookworm with superpowers, a heavily-armed midget, a really weird ninja-thing no one knows anything about, a runaway high school student, and "THE CONDUCTOR OF THE POOP TRAIN!"
    • Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlet and Her Pirate's Booty: Pirates search for hidden treasure, and plot to betray you. Also, you blow up a perverted hermit.
    • Borderlands 2: Mister Torgue's Campaign of Carnage: EXPLOOOOOSSSSIONS: The DLC
    • Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt: A Gentleman Adventurer sends you out to kill big, scary things. A loser and his army of savages get in the way.
    • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep: A friendly game devolves into psycho-analysis, force-feeding a thirteen-yearold girl a salad, and shotguns that shoot swords that explode into smaller swords which also explode.
  • A Boy and His Blob: A kid tries to dethrone an evil emperor by going on a treasure hunt to purchase jelly beans and multivitamins for his friend.
    • A Boy and His Blob (Wii) Same thing, but the Anvilicious health message doesn't apply anymore because the kid is immortal and already has an infinite supply of jelly beans. Before the kid challenges the evil emperor, he takes a nap in his Evil Tower of Ominousness.
  • Braid: A guy does jigsaw puzzles in his efforts to track down his ex-girlfriend. When he finally touches her, she explodes.
    • Alternately: Retcon: The Game.
    • Alternately: How one man loved the bomb and learned to start worrying.
  • Brain Age: High school SATs as a video game. May make you remember what you said you had for breakfast a few days ago.
  • Brain Lord: A dragon rider in a world with no dragons learns to loathe his enemies' big balls. Many puzzles get in the way, and tiny fairies don't help a lot.
  • Breath of Fire: Several identically named dragon boys and bird girls team up with various furries and attempt to kill God.
  • BRINK: Either commit terrorist acts or be a racist.
  • Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: The only man in the entire world who wants to shake your hand also wants to kill you.
  • Brutal: Paws of Fury: Furries use martial arts to beat the crap out of a llama who pit them against each other.
  • Brutal Legend: An escapist metalhead rounds up a bunch of friends to beat the bloody shit out of (mostly harmless) Hair Metal fans, goths, and BDSM addicts with an axe and an E-guitar.
  • Bubble Bobble: A curse transformed two human boys into cute little dragons. They defeat enemies by blowing bubbles and jumping on them to rescue their girlfriends from a drunken giant.
    • Rainbow Islands: Two boys who die easily because they suffered under the curse throw rainbows and climb islands.
    • Bubble Bobble Part 2: A boy (or two boys) get cursed and must rescue his/their friend(s) from a skull by blowing bubbles and inflating himself/themselves.
    • Bubble Symphony aka Bubble Bobble II: Two boys and two girls get cursed by a relative of the aforementioned drunken giant, then get banished and must get back home by blowing bubbles.
      • Bubble Memories: Two boys get cursed and blow bubbles while climbing up a tower.
    • Bubble Bobble Plus: Four cute little dragons who die easily blow bubbles and jump on them.
    • Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure: Two boys race a Mad Scientist up a tower to meet a comet. Or rather, a comet girl.
    • Puzzle Bobble aka Bust-A-Move: Two duplicate cute little dragons must run a machine that shoots bubbles at bubbles to pop them and prevent them from building up too much. Letting that happen kills them like in the series this has spun off of.
      • Puzzle Bobble 2: The duplicate twins are no more, and a cute little dragon leaves the machine running to you and watches your progress. This time, letting bubbles build up too much makes him very panicky or really upset.
      • Bust-A-Move Again: Same as the above but two hands replace the cute little dragon. Since they are NOT Master Hand or Crazy Hand, failure ensues.
      • Puzzle Bobble 2, VS CPU mode: Go around the world picking shoot-bubble duels with random strangers, some of which cheat.
      • Puzzle Bobble 3 aka Bust-A-Move 3: Same as the above, but the cute little dragon looks more like he's from an anime, and the Descending Ceiling is replaced by hovering flashing dots.
      • Puzzle Bobble 3, VS CPU mode: Go inside a bunch of arcade machines to pick shoot-bubble duels with their characters. First you have to face yourself.
      • Puzzle Bobble 4 aka Bust-A-Move 4: Same as the above, but the boy cute little dragon looks normal again, and pulleys join the flashing dots. A bunch of random characters join in on the fun. This time, letting bubbles build up makes them very dizzy or something, and dropped bubbles automatically fly back up to pop other bubbles.
      • Puzzle Bobble 4, VS CPU mode: Go IN SPACE to pick shoot-bubble duels with others to get all of an implied Plot Coupon.
    • Puzzle Bobble DS: Same as the above but on a Nintendo DS and only Japan got this one.
    • Bust-A-Move DS / Hippatte Puzzle Bobble: Same as the above but the duplicate twins (of the cute little dragons and other random characters) are back with a huge ribbon slingshot.
  • Bubble Tanks: Everything is bubbles. Pop or be popped.
  • Bug!: An insect is a movie star.
    • Bug Too!: Three insects play movie stars, and have to finish filming six movies in a day.
  • Bulletstorm: Two angry mercenaries end up on a vacation resort island. Many people die in incredibly horrible ways.
  • Bully: The good guy out-bullies those school bullies.
  • Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils: A little girl really hates her ears.
  • BurgerTime: Armed only with pepper shakers and his own ingredients, a chef who makes enormous sandwiches must ward off homicidal foodstuffs.
  • Burnout: Drivers use their cars as weapons and completely ignore the rules of the road.
  • Bushido Blade: Easily-killed assassins fight to keep one of their number from leaving. It's impossible to tell when exactly this is supposed to be taking place.
  • Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth: While investigating the disappearance of a grocery store clerk, a man angers some alien fish who then try to kill him. May or may not involve blue lights.
  • Call of Duty series: Yet another series of World War II simulations.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: An angry old Russian causes trouble in a sandbox.
    • Modern Warfare 2: One man singlehandedly saves Burger Town from Russian Commandos, while doing everything. Almost everyone else dies.
      • Or: A brave young man averts disaster by stabbing someone with a knife. He then calls the person a "noob" and teabags him.
    • Modern Warfare 3: World War III: Endorsed by Remington Arms™!
      • Or: Man starts World War III because he thinks Russia isn't big enough.
  • Call of Juarez: An elderly preacher looks for a young delinquent who ran away from home.
  • Captain Rainbow: A washed-up superhero from Eagleland heads to an island where he can beat people up to make kids watch a television show about him. Along the way, he must help a transgendered dinosaur pick-up some men, help a lazy army become volleyball superstars, and aid a samurai-in-training in controlling his urges around women.
  • Carmageddon: A racing game that puts the "laughter" back in "vehicular manslaughter".
    • Alternatively: demolition derby in population-dense area.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Fight a gang of thieves with silly names, led by an Impossible Thief in highly visible clothing, with the power of social studies, literacy, or basic math.
  • Castle Crashers: The heroes actually get some. Then get rickrolled.
  • Castlevania: Family tradition dictates the murder of an old man in his own home. He gets better.
  • cat planet: Girl with wings talks to disembodied cat heads who speak broken English.
  • Catherine: An everyman cheats on his girlfriend. Puzzles ensues.
    • Or: Get drunk and push blocks.
    • Or: Man who can't keep his damn mouth shut and digs himself deep with every word has to sort out long term life goals and face the perverted manifestations of his fear of commitment.
  • The Cave: Seven complete strangers form groups of three and go spelunking.
  • Cave Story: Amnesiac soldier steals a sleeping old man's gun and blasts his way through a cave in the sky. His only friends are bunnies.
    • Or: Amnesiac soldier carries dogs and his girlfriend on his back. He saves the world by abandoning a mortally wounded old man, then euthanizing an even older man.
    • Or: Ten years ago, there was a war over a hat. This is the aftermath.
  • Cell Craft: Space platypi save their species from extinction with the help of molecular biology and an extremely bored robot.
  • Centipede: You kill centipedes.
  • The Chaos Engine: You and a teammate (it's obligatory) must shoot additional pylons.
  • Chaos;Head: An anime fan daydreams a lot.
  • Cherry Tree High Comedy Club: Hyperactive funny-girl runs around town trying to force her friends to join a new school club to deny her snobby Student Council President rival from shutting it down before it gets started.
  • Chibi Robo: A sentient android who is also a Heroic Mime discovers alien life, travels through time, and saves the world from evil robot spiders. Does that sound a bit too normal for Better Than It Sounds? Highlight that spoiler tag.
  • Chimera Beast: A Horde of Alien Locusts destroy a planet. You are one of the locusts.
  • Child of Eden: In the 23rd century, a virus is attacking the virtual projection of the first girl born in space. You are the antivirus. On your quest you'll battle a giant whale, a giant flower, and a giant satellite.
  • Chromehounds: A mercenary pilots a Walking Tank across three fictional countries. Everyone he meets expresses their hope that war doesn't erupt. War erupts anyway.
  • Chrono Trigger: A teenage boy goes to a fair. Apocalypse ensues.
    • Chrono Cross: A teenage boy is made to fight a cat and the local gods in between two timelines in order to free a girl from an alien parasite monster. Beating the final boss triggers the bad ending.
  • Chu Chu Rocket: You place arrows on a flat surface, causing numbers to go up and down.
  • Chulip: Kiss everybody in town!
  • Chuzzle: Matching three or more puffballs of the same color in order to make a potion of some sort.
  • Chzo Mythos: A Gentleman Thief, a construction inspector and a fake psychiatrist fight against an insane murderer, a deranged cult and a Lovecraft reject, two centuries apart from one another.
    • Alternately: An adventure game series with a stealth platformer spin-off.
  • City of Heroes: Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.
  • Civilization: The main character is the leader of a small band of primitive nomads. He is told that he must either conquer the world or take his people to another. He is given a very long lifespan in order to do so.
  • Clayfighter: Circus freaks mutated by a meteor from space beat the crap out of each other.
  • The Cliffhanger Edward Randy: Shameless ripoff character misses a date with his girlfriend.
  • Clock Tower: Girl runs away from a midget who wields a pair of hedge-trimmers.
    • Clock Tower 2: Girl, guardian and cop run away from the midget's brother. Psychiatrist and assistant dress up in an attempt at self-therapy.
    • Clock Tower: Ghost Head: Girl with a manly voice shoots her own niece, then repeatedly beats her father over the head with a fire extinguisher.
    • Clock Tower 3: An old man comes up with an overly convoluted scheme to murder his own granddaughter, never realising that she never would've suspected him if he had just greeted her normally.
  • Cloudberry Kingdom: Embittered platform hero jumps through death traps galore to rescue a princess he's already saved hundreds of times before.
  • The Clue!: A young man wins a free taxi pass, and proceeds to pursue a life of crime.
  • Code of Princess: Princess with a giant sword and a tiny metal bra attempts to save her kingdom from a queen running a Monster Protection Racket.
  • Code Name Viper: An agent is sent to destroy a South American drug cartel...by the guy who runs it.
  • The Combatribes: Remember: Cyborgs ain't ladies.
  • Comix Zone: A starving artist breaks the fourth wall.
  • Command & Conquer: The UN takes issue with a bald man who likes rocks.
  • Commander Keen 1-3: Boy genius fights aliens who intend to destroy the world. He uses stuff he made out of crap in his dad's garage and his mom's fridge. A classmate was behind it the whole time.
    • Keen Dreams: Boy genius refuses to eat his dinner and is transported to a land of evil talking vegetables. He fights them with flowers.
    • Commander Keen 4-5: Boy genius fights meaner aliens who intend to destroy the galaxy. He uses stuff he made out of crap in his dad's garage and his mom's fridge. A classmate was behind it the whole time.
    • Commander Keen 6: Boy genius fights meaner aliens who intend to eat his babysitter. He uses stuff he made out of crap in his dad's garage and his mom's fridge. A classmate was behind it the whole time.
    • Commander Keen: The Universe is Toast: Stymied by the inability of the boy genius to continue his tale, the internet sets out to defeat the classmate once and for all. People are all right with this.
  • Company of Heroes: A WWII game...if that doesn't worry you already, you're too idealistic.
    • Alternately: Get pinned down by MG fire, then blown to pieces by mortars.
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins Although he's chasing a serial killer AND on the run from a Crime He Didn't Commit, a Federal Agent spends most of his time beating homeless people to death with a lead pipe.
    • Condemned 2: Bloodshot: A Federal Agent turned hobo fights against the ancient conspiracy whose sonic devices cause crime and paranoia among men. Now Special Forces on top of the homeless face his lead pipe wrath. Later he beats them to death by yelling at them.
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day: Lost squirrel tries to get home.
    • Or: A sociopathic rodent with an accent that likes to change regularly tries to find his way home after getting drunk and ends up becoming king.
    • You fight a literal piece of shit.
    • A drunk Funny Animal gets lost, insults and kills random people, and makes an ass out of himself. Everybody agrees he would make a good king.
  • Contact: A boy battles a band for Green Rocks before turning his sights on you.
  • Contra: Two supermuscled (but fragile) soldiers, equipped with nothing but a wimpy rifle and a pair of pants, shoot up alien baddies from an army base to the insides of some giant red alien.
    • Contra: Shattered Soldier: One of the soldiers is framed for global mass murder in an effort to cover up another soldier's death. Once the first soldier finds out, he decides to kill the other soldier again. By entering his body.
  • Cookie Clicker: Baked goods become life, the universe, and everything. Just don't anger the grandmas. Seriously, we mean it.
  • Cooking Mama: You prepare various exotic dishes for your diminutive starry-eyed mother.
  • Corpse Party: High School students are trapped in a hellish dimension. Escape or die trying.
  • Cortex Command: Make a base, then defend it against hordes of idiots with heavy weaponry and the ability to headbutt through solid steel.
  • Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure: A naked green alien kid with chicken pox and plungers for hands wants to go to Disney World for his birthday. His ship crashes on a forbidden planet and, before he can find his missing parents, he gets eaten by a giant monster.
  • Costume Quest: Candy-stealing goblins and trolls are no match for a kid in his/her cardboard robot suit.
  • Counter-Strike: Counter-terrorists attempt to thwart terrorists. That's about it.
    • Counter-Strike Source: Counter-terrorists attempt to thwart terrorists with physics and bloom effects.
  • Crash Bandicoot (1996): An anthropomorphic marsupial exacts revenge on the balding scientist who granted him sentience.
    • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back: The same marsupial collects purple crystals for said scientist as a ruse to collect gems to destroy his space station.
    • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped: A giant mask escapes from a mountain to collect crystals through time with the help of a man holding a giant tuning fork.
    • Crash Team Racing: An alien challenges eight of Earth's defenders, including a cat from Ancient China and a polar bear to a race with go-karts with the fate of the world at stake. Racing is serious business!
  • Crazy Taxi: The world's worst drivers are hired as chauffeurs.
  • CreaVures: Bioluminescence is Cool: THE GAME!
  • Creatures: Breed a bunch of complex aliens.
  • The Crimson Room: You have to break out of a suicidal man's bedroom. How you got in there is never addressed.
    • The Viridian Room: To escape the apartment, you have to appease the guy's ghost. Fortunately, his life was so dull that this is easy to do.
  • Cross Channel: A group of cliche anime characters are deemed unable to adapt to society. Then they're forced to repeat the same things over again unless the pervert intervenes.
  • Cross Edge: A gun-wielding delinquent and his mellow childhood friend team up with characters from other parallel universes to find their way back to their respective home worlds.
  • Crusader: No Remorse: After he and two co-workers are terminated, a corporation's star employee sets about getting payback.
    • Crusader: No Regret: A mute conquers the moon in about a week.
  • Crusader Kings: Family deals with inheritance, marriage and trips to foreign parts.
    • Alternately: Many bad things happen to your kingdom. Then your 2-year old son inherits everything.
  • Crusader of Centy: Bright up-and-coming RPG hero is proven guilty of mass murder.
  • Crysis: A special forces soldier in a futuristic catsuit battles the Red Menace and robotic squids that spew ice.
  • Crystal Quest: A six-legged Space Cow in a flying saucer vacuums up some crystals, then moans erotically. In the sequel, she alternates crystal collecting with destroying fine art and doing four-piece jigsaw puzzles.
  • Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest: Blocks eat and mate with other blocks. Nobody Poops is averted.
  • Cursed Treasure: You are a villain trying to keep your stuff out of the heroes' hands.
  • Custom Robo: Children are encouraged to compete with each other using action figures modified to fight in warfare.
  • Cut The Rope: A monster wants candy.
  • D: A woman has two hours to kill her father before her pocketwatch eats her.
  • Dance Dance Revolution: You stomp in time to music and receive very corny compliments if you do well.
  • Danganronpa: A group of high school students are imprisoned inside of a school. The only way to graduate is by killing a fellow student and getting away with it. The principal of the school is an evil teddy bear.
  • Dante's Inferno: The Love Interest has been kidnapped by Satan! Are you a bad enough Renaissance poet to rescue the Love Interest?
  • Darius: Mechanical marine life is attacking a planet.
  • Dark Castle: A man prone to tripping over ledges confronts an Evil Overlord, who hurls mugs of substandard beer in his general direction.
  • Dark Cloud: An ancient evil is let out of its jar and is ending the world, and the only people who can stop it are a race of bunnies who live on the moon. A boy and his cat set out to find them, rearranging cities into more convenient configurations for the residents as they go.
    • Dark Cloud 2: Another ancient evil in the form of a cute fluffy bunny is tampering with the past to destroy the future, so a mama's boy whose never left his home town before and a princess from the future who both possess magic stones have to stop him.
  • Dark Forces: Some guy is responsible for letting Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star. This guy also did a lot of other stuff you've never even heard of, most of which involved shooting tons of stupid people.
    • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The guy in question, surprise surprise, turns out to be a Jedi, and has to kill the seven Dark Jedi that killed his father. Stop me if this sounds familiar.
      • Jedi Knight: Mysteries Of The Sith The guy gets himself in serious trouble, and Luke Skywalker's future wife has to bail him out. She brings her friend back from The Dark Side by not fighting him. How original.
    • Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: The guy decides he wants to be a Jedi again, because hey, what better way to get revenge for a loved one's death than The Force? I wonder how that works out for him.
    • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: The guy's apprentices squabble and go hunting for people worshipping a dead guy. In months they become more badass than he ever was.
  • Darklands: Four random people group together to wander aimlessly around 15th-century Europe, and they may or may not end up defeating the devil.
  • darkSector: You throw a lethal piece of your body at your enemies. Like a boomerang.
  • Dark Seed: A man has to deal with a headache which comes as a result from him realising how horrible his new house (which he apparently never even looked at before buying) truly is.
  • Darksiders: A swordsman, framed for a crime he didn't commit, must battle waves of enemies and solve environmental puzzles to clear his name.
    • Darksiders II: The swordsman's brother must battle waves of enemies and solve environmental puzzles to find out what really happened to the swordsman... and to clear the swordsman's name.
  • Dark Souls: Most of the people in this game are undead. Even you. And this game is absurdly difficult.
    • A man murders the esteemed rulers of a nation to start a fire.
  • Darkstalkers: Public domain monster movie characters battle each other, a perpetually-burning alien, and a demon who attacks by cutting himself.
  • Darwinia: A computer scientist's games console is a huge flop, so he networks them all together to make a virtual world. When it gets a virus, you lead the inhabitants in war. They die in droves, but you collect their souls to resurrect them.
  • De Blob: A ball of paint must recolour an entire city in order to save it from a dictatorship and their army of ink blots and giant pens.
    • Better yet: The object of the game is pretty much just to touch everything.
  • Dead or Alive: Bouncy females (and some guys, too) fight to stop a corporation from creating a Super Soldier.
    • Dead or Alive Xtreme: The girls go to an island, play games and give each other gifts.
  • Dead Rising: Journalist who likes to boast that he's covered wars gets locked in a shopping mall for 72 hours, and passes the time by killing angry people with nearly anything he can pick up and thwarting a government conspiracy.
    • Alternatively, wasps sting people and make them very hungry.
    • Or: A journalist spends 72 hours killing zombies with various items while wearing a dress. Rumor has it the game actually has a plot.
  • Dead Rising 2: A gameshow contestant takes the fall for a criminal, and works out his frustration by killing everyone around him and gambling to buy shots for his underage daughter.
  • Dead Space: A repairman is attacked when he comes to fix the interstellar phone.
  • Dead Space 2: A schizophrenic space janitor tries to cleanse himself and others around him of the next evolutionary step of thetans, using improvised means.
  • Dead to Rights: In one of the greatest Sin City stories Frank Miller never wrote, a loose cannon ex-cop and his dog look for the murderer of the ex-cop's father. Brings down international crime ring.
  • Deadly Creatures: Two brothers bicker over a hidden treasure. Instead of playing as either of them, you follow the everyday lives of a tarantula and a scorpion living in an American desert.
  • Deadly Premonition: Man who talks to coffee embarks on a quest to stop trees from growing in a country town. Along the way he eats a cornflake, jam and turkey sandwich on the FBI's dollar and shoots some locals.
  • Dear Esther: A man walks across an island. There are no puzzles, enemies, or other characters.
  • Death Smiles: Teenagers use artillery to stop the wrongdoings of a friend's abusive father.
  • DeathSpank : Lantern-jawed Idiot Hero fights evil in his underwear.
  • Deception: You're told to bring Satan to this realm by killing people, but you can only be bothered to do so by being passive-aggressive.
  • Def Jam Vendetta: A wrestling game. With rappers.
  • DEFCON: You play your part in conducting an unhurried nuclear holocaust depicted in simple wireframe graphics. Try to lose least. Would you like to play a game?
  • Defender Of The Crown: In an effort to recover a stolen artifact, you conquer England. And then it's revealed that a thief took it.
  • Déjà Vu: You wake up in a bathroom and can't remember what happened last night.
  • Delve Deeper: Colorfully-dressed dwarves who can only dig in six directions go treasure-hunting, beating the crap out of anyone who gets in the way (including each other).
  • Dementium: The Ward: A man who's just had a successful session of psychotherapy has to find his own way out of a hospital because the staff are busy dealing with some newfangled-type disease.
  • Demons Souls: You die, and then the game becomes harder.
  • Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus: You and your BFS join forces with Rie Kugimiya on fire, an emotionless girl, a travelling girl, a nun girl, an otaku girl, a psychotic angel girl, Rie Kugimiya beating up a non-delinquent, and a ghost girl to save Japanese literature.
  • Derrick the Deathfin: A shark made of paper goes on a rampage and tries to eat everything in sight.
  • Desert Moon: Engineers stranded on a desert planet wait for rescue. Some aliens and zombies are involved.
  • Destiny of the Doctors: It's up to a kludged robot who Casts From Hit Points to save the Oncoming Storm.
  • Destroy All Humans!: A little gray man and Invader Zim steal people's brains and generally cause trouble in The Fifties. The government tries to hush it up in increasingly desperate ways.
  • Deus Ex: A man wears sunglasses at night, so he can fight crime. Then the government. Then conspiracy nuts.
    • Deus Ex: Invisible War: The man from the previous entry goes insane and moves to Antarctica until his son (or daughter) snaps him out of it. There are four endings, and all of them are bad.
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Before the other two games, a disabled man wearing sunglasses never asked for this game.
      • Alt: Guy shoots you in your face. Find out who shot you in your face.
  • Devil May Cry: Son of a demon kicks Satan's ass with style and confesses a desire to fill a soul WITH LIGHT.
  • Diablo: Defeat the Sealed Evil in a Can so you can jam a sharp glass shard into your face.
    • Diablo II: Defeat the hero from the last game, who became the Sealed Evil in a Can by jamming the sharp glass shard into his face. This involves travelling all around the world and killing loads of stuff.
      • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction: Defeat the Sealed Evil in a Can's brother who you totally forgot about at the end of the last game.
    • Diablo III: Continue playing in the world of the last two games. The hero from the first game and all the interesting bosses are still dead.
  • Diddy Kong Racing: A tall punk, a peanut-lover, some guy in overalls, a goggle-lovin' Texan, a bird-lovin' Redneck, a drunken king, some guy with a shell, a Sailor Moon fanatic, a kid who inherited Hawaii, an over-sized Indian, and a sentient clock defend the world from a 50-foot tall alien and his brainwashed slaves...by RACING THEM! Lots and lots of balloons are required too.
    • Diddy Kong Racing DS: 14 years later, Hawaii is still being hollowed-out, the bird-lovin' Redneck and drunken king now work at Microsoft, the peanut-lover's fanservice-sisters take their places, said peanut-lover's island also becomes a racetrack, and all get to play with clouds and toys. Otherwise, it's still all about RACING and balloons.
  • Die Anstalt: Serve as a psychotherapist to stuffed toys.
    • Alternatively: A paranoid wanderer, a mute autistic, a hot-tempered schizophrenic, an easily-distracted Manchild, a schedule-oriented pseudo-athlete and a psychologist are all in one room. You have to take each one and alternate between going into their dreams and watching them interact with objects for ten minutes.
  • Dig Dug: A fragile guy with an air pump digs tunnels and blows up local wildlife.
    • Dig-Dug II: The guy can also destroy islands.
  • Digimon World 3: Not being able to log out from an MMORPG turns people into pigs.
  • Dino Crisis: A girl who believes dyeing her hair bright red to be proper spy attire acts incredibly bored around living proof of Time Travel, when she's not killing it.
    • Dino Crisis 2: The girl gets into a bunch of arguments with an unrelated man until he learns that he's fathered a child.
    • Dino Crisis 3: Forget what you read about the first two; also, Freddy Krueger has successfully cross-bred with dinosaurs.
  • Dino Run (Flash Game): Run away from impending doom, all while consuming smaller creatures on the food chain, stealing eggs and being a dick to everything you come across.
  • Disgaea: Hell-as-designed-by-Tim-Burton isn't so bad, but "quirky" does not even begin to describe the folks who live there. A series wherein the cast of characters tends to be as Genre Savvy and medium aware as the player.
    • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness: Demon prince oversleeps, must reclaim kingdom with dead criminals.
      • Or: Angelic assassin teaches her target's son how to love. Violence ensues.
      • Disgaea Dimension 2: A few years later, said prince inducts a PR campaign and rids the countryside of flowers while spending time with his little sister.
    • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories: Level 1 protagonist tries to fight final boss. He fails.
      • Alternatively, A human trying to summon a demonic overlord summons his daughter instead; Hilarity Ensues and at least two plot twists happen as they try to find the overlord himself.
    • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice: Nerdy but dangerous White Hair, Black Heart wishes to become the protagonist in order to win the game. Alternatively, demon wishes to open his heart so he can turn to evil; chainsaws are considered but ultimately rejected as impractical.
    • Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten: A Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who is obsessed with fish would rather kill the ruler of the humans than drink one drop of human blood.
      • The Fuka and Desco Show: Dead criminal tries to get pardoned by holding up a bank.
    • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?: Dead criminals search for food with the help of a scarf.
      • In an alternate story, the main character of a cancelled game seeks advice from dead criminals.
    • Prinny 2: Dawn Of Operation Panties, Dood: Dead criminals search for underwear with the help of a scarf.
      • Asagi Wars: the main character of a cancelled game is now a dead criminal.
    • Disgaea Infinite: A dead criminal travels through time and tries to prevent an assassination attempt against his overlord. Pudding is involved.
  • Dishonored: Go from being an esteemed public figure to skulking around in the shadows, robbing or murdering people who are just trying to get by in the middle of a crisis, sending several people to fates worse than death, and willingly becoming the plaything of a dark god.
  • Dizzy: A sentient egg saves his friends from the big bad by carrying random objects from one side of the land to another.
  • DoDonPachi: A nameless pilot with a Big F'ing Laser slaughters his own troops. Then he fights a bee.
    • Alternately: Kill thousands of innocent soldiers in a "training exercise". Then do it again, only harder.
    • DoDonPachi dai-ou-jou: A lunar doll fight.
    • DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu: Doll fighting in 2008.
    • DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou: A sentient doll wants to produce more dolls.
  • Dogyuun: An airplane pilots a mecha.
  • Dokapon Kingdom: Miserly king offers his daughter's hand in marriage to backstabbers, looters and kill-stealers.
  • Doki Doki Majo Shinpan: You must save the world from witches by feeling up underage girls.
    • Or: God tells you to touch teenaged girls.
  • Don't Shoot the Puppy: It gets harder and harder not to kill a dog.
  • Don't Starve: A mad scientist is stranded in a hostile wilderness. He passes the time with cookery, scientific research, and making dummies of himself out of meat and his own facial hair. Later, you get the ability to play as an adorable pyromaniac, a haunted girl, a hulk speaking strong-man, a psychotic robot, an insomniac librarian, a lumberjack who talks to his axe, or a wimpy mime.
  • Donkey Kong: A carpenter climbs an unfinished tower in pursuit of a giant beast who has kidnapped his lover. Background music loops once to four times per second.
    • Donkey Kong Junior: A young lad must rescue his father from a carpenter.
    • Donkey Kong 3: A man must stop a giant animal from destroying his greenhouse, armed with nothing but a can of bug spray. He is never seen again.
    • Donkey Kong Country: Apes go jump on banana-stealing crocodiles.
    • Donkey Konga: Big monkeys play little drums along to popular music.
    • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat: You control a gorilla using bongos.
  • Doom: A military-industrial conglomerate's experiments with teleportation go wrong and pave the way for an invasion by The Legions of Hell. They are soundly defeated by a berserker-packing MAN-AND-A-HALF lowly grunt.
  • .hack//GU: Player Killing in an MMORPG is Serious Business.
  • Double Dragon: Two brothers must rescue a damsel from the bad guys so that they can properly kung-fu fight each other for the right to date her.
  • Double Dungeons: Knights quest to defeat a lot of random baddies to collect alphabet tiles, presumably to play Scrabble with the biggest baddie. Also they zip around and make car noises and explode just as spectacularly specifically, the knights in the game would be clocked at over 230MPH based upon how fast they move through the dungeons' tiles and you gain about 2 HP each level but a LOT of attack.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: A hero's attempts to slay a dragon are delayed when everyone makes him/her solve their problems first.
    • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: A hero's attempts to govern his/her lands are impeded by a surprisingly civilized Mad Scientist and a madwoman with way too many nipples.
    • Dragon Age: Origins - Darkspawn Chronicles DLC: After the hero bites the big one his/her friend/boyfriend (respectively) has to be the new hero. He fails... HARD.
    • Dragon Age: Origins - Golems of Amgarrak DLC: The hero works with two brothers to find out how to make magical piles of rocks and scrap metal.
    • Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt DLC: Two years after your girlfriend/ friend runs off with your/your friend/lover's future child she returns. Decide if you want to stab her or not.
    • Dragon Age: Origins - Leiliana's Song DLC: A young French thief's idol doesn't turn out to be everything she is cracked up to be.
    • Dragon Age II: An Unreliable Narrator pisses off an inquisitor during his interrogation.
  • Dragon Quest I: A random soldier searches for Ancestral Weaponry in order to fight a wizard who ran off with the king's daughter. Against his will.
    • Alternatively: Random guy has to go fight a dragon on the other side of a river. But he can't swim and boats don't exist.
    • Dragon Quest II: Three random royal cousins run around gaining EXP and Phat Lewt in order to fight an exceptionally bored evil wizard.
    • Dragon Quest III: Son of a hero sallies forth to kill the evil villain. He kills the wrong guy.
    • Dragon Quest IV: Random henchmen all have various quests that are immediately forgotten once the hero decides to stop hiding in a basement.
    • Dragon Quest V: Random guy runs around having adventures and gets married. He would kill the villain, but he can't — he's not the hero, his son is.
    • Dragon Quest VI: The hero dies in the opening. His (not so) Evil Twin from an alternate reality takes up the quest.
    • Dragon Quest VII: Random fisherman's son discovers the entire world has been turned into Sealed Good in a Can. Then he opens one too many cans.
    • Dragon Quest VIII: Random troll and his daughter, the horse, chase after an evil clown with a magic stick.
    • Dragon Quest IX: Random angel tries to get back into Heaven by collecting glowing fruit.
    • Dragon Quest Monsters: A furby kidnaps a young boy to make him fight in glorified dog fights to find his sister, who was kidnapped by an evil furby.
      • Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Two bored kids cause their island to start sinking, so they grab their father's monstrous monster-farm farm hand and go participate in glorified dog fights to find a cork.
      • Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart: Creepy old man teleports spoiled rich kid to an oddly familiar alternate universe to be a bureaucrat.
      • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker: Random punk is forced to enter a glorified dog fight because his dad wants him to, only to gain a random animal buddy and discover that dog fights are Serious Business.
    • Dragon Quest Heroes Rocket Slime: A village of the weakest monster type in the game is attacked by platypi. The one escapee sets out to get revenge. With a tomb.
    • Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors: Son of a legendary swordsman performs amazing feats for a queen who doesn't want to talk to anyone.
  • Dragon's Crown: Physically disproportionate D&D characters goes on a quest to save a kingdom from orcs.
  • Dragon's Dogma: A heartless hero must go on a quest to slay a dragon. It is accomplished by climbing and killing monsters. They are also helped by online avatars of sidekicks by other heartless heroes.
  • Dragon's Lair: You follow flashes of light in order to watch an animated fantasy movie. Press the button at exactly the right moment or you can't watch the next bit.
  • Drakengard: A mute soldier and his dragon go on a nightmarish quest to exact revenge upon a vicious Empire with the "aid" of several cursed people.
  • DRAMAtical Murder: A guy with nerves in his hair and a Compelling Voice, a guy who wears a gas mask and a lab coat and insists on calling the protagonist 'Master', a Lady Killer In Love with a sword, a stoic hacker with No Social Skills and a mysterious Badass Biker band together to save an island from Mass Hypnosis.
  • Drawn to Life: Save the world from encroaching darkness by making it your personal sketchbook.
    • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (Wii): Fetch quests, and the villain can't remember what her husband looked like.
    • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (DS): God hides his true motive from himself, and fans wish they'd never asked about the Ensemble Darkhorses' origins.
      • Alternately, The villain darns color just for there to be a world for him to rule. The ending proves a lot of people do not understand magic dreams.
  • Drill Dozer: A little girl in a tank spends her time stealing rocks.
  • Driver: San Francisco: A cop goes into a coma, thinks he can possess people, and hunts down an escaped crime lord in his dreams. This is more effective than the entire real-world police force.
  • Dr. Mario: A blue-collar repairman can cure any disease, but only if he administers the medications in exactly the right order.
    • Dr. Mario 64: Fat guy steals his pills.
    • Dr. Luigi: The same, except the pills are L-shaped.
  • Dubloon: A crew of pirates search for a specific treasure chest.
  • Duck Hunt: You are a weekend warrior. Your dog indulges in schadenfreude.
  • DuckTales: Money-grubbing duck travels the four corners of the world for more money. People just remember the Moon.
    • DuckTales 2 In the lesser known sequel, the-money grabbing duck expands his horizon. One of the level names is also humorously an animal sound.
  • DuckTales Remastered: Same game as the first, now everyone talks. They still remember the Moon. Also more emphasis on story.
  • Duke Nukem I: Man in a pink vest goes after aspiring world conqueror for interrupting his favorite talk show.
  • Dungeon Keeper: Being evil means maintaining an underground dungeon and defending it from daring heroes or other evil people with their own dungeon.
  • Dungeon Maker: To bring prosperity back to a dying town, an intrepid warrior must provide shelter for new inhabitants...and kill them in droves.
  • Dungeons: A lover's quarrel leads a man to take his frustration out on random warriors totally unrelated to the conflict.
  • Dungeons of Dredmor: Some shmuck with Big Ol' Eyebrows tries to keep an old man from escaping from prison. He (or she) gets repeatedly killed by burrowing penguins in the process.
  • Dustforce, you have tools for sweeping dust. You need to clean the floors, walls, ceilings and other objects.
  • Dwarf Fortress: A game with way outdated graphics for its time, yet with absurdly high system requirements. It has been released way before it's fully developed and can crash without warning. Gameplay has absurd physics, AI is stupid, and the game's actually unwinnable.
    • Micromanage a collection of absent-minded, depressed, alcoholic midgets with beards into building an underground house in the middle of a hostile wilderness. The official motto of the game is "Losing is fun!"
      • A fantasy world generator/simulator pairing worryingly accurate down-to-the-atom realistic game mechanics with outdated, 3-decades-ago, unrealistic ASCII graphics.
    • Fortress Mode: A bunch of midgets that often refuse to listen to you build a fortress. The fortress will crumble. Then, build some more fortress. Repeat.
    • Adventure Mode: You're a person in a giant world. There's no story, no direction whatsoever and you get brutally murdered by everything.
  • Dynamite Headdy: A puppet saves the world by headbutting everyone and everything he comes across.
  • Dynasty Warriors: The same story retold in slightly different ways seven times.
  • Earthbound (Mother 2): Four kids face such horrific monsters as moving traffic signs, violent hippies, animate cups of coffee, and living fire hydrants in order to stop a time-traveling facelike entity.
    • MOTHER: Three kids defeat the aforementioned time-traveling facelike entity ten years earlier (when he still had a body and wasn't a facelike entity) — by singing to him.
    • Mother 3: An emotionally broken boy and his dog try to stop a fat old man who uses television and lightning to control an island, with the help of weird people (and their pets).
      • Or, as put on the series's fansite's forums: Transvestites defend the world by giving a giant dragon acupuncture.
  • Earth Defense Force 2017: Every '50s monster movie happens at once. Only you can save mankind.
  • Earthworm Jim: A space suit falls onto an ordinary earthworm, who then saves a space princess from a giant queen termite...then a cow falls on the princess.
  • Eat Lead The Return Of Matt Hazard: The greatest video game hero you've never heard of tries to make his big comeback.
  • Ecco the Dolphin : Magic dolphin travels through time to heal an ancient being by going to the past and smacking it in the balls. eh also fights aliens and doesnt afraid of anything.
    • Tides of Time: Magic dolphin follows flying magic dolphin to a time that doesn't exist yet to get orders from slain ancient being to reconstruct it in the present from body parts that have been scattered to a different time that doesn't exist yet. Then a dolphin army fights aliens. And you vanish. Maybe.
    • Ecco Jr.: Magic dolphin takes time off from time travel and xenocide to play educational games with small children.
    • Defender of the Future: Aliens break time, magic dolphin makes it worse a few times before getting it right.
  • Eco Fighters: Save the world from pollution...by blowing stuff up, with help from Dr. Wily.
  • Eco Quest: A 10-year-old boy dives after a talking dolphin to discover ancient and heavily-littered Greek ruins at the bottom of the ocean, populated by talking fish who live in tenements. Everything is blamed on nuclear waste.
    • Eco Quest 2: Same boy is kidnapped by talking river otters in the deep (and heavily-littered) rainforest. He visits an English-speaking native village and (when it burns down) thwarts a single-minded poacher by planting a tree.
  • Einhänder: The Moon hates the Earth, so a plane from the moon is sent down to wreak havoc on Earth. The plane fights a griffin, a dragon, a shrimp, a spider, a wall lizard, an amphibian, a thunderbird, a mad monkey, a vulture, a black ghost, and a couple of Humongous Mecha.
  • The Elder Scrolls: The monarchy solves problems cheaply by sending amnesiac convicts to tackle them.
    • The Elder Scrolls: Arena: A convict must reconstruct a dismantled stick that the Emperor's advisor spitefully broke.
    • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall: With no convicts on hand, the monarchy sends a rare non-convict to perform an exorcism and inspect the mail system.
    • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Another convict fights a clingy former drinking buddy with a serious sleep disorder over who gets to keep a dead guy's heart.
      • The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal: That same convict reunites with his former girlfriend, and they have a disagreement.
      • The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon: The convict is then invited to a hunting trip, and ends up getting into fights with all the other hunters.
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Another convict delivers a necklace, then travels around the world closing doors whenever they find them.
      • The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine: That same convict takes a job guarding a church and beats up a very old man recently returned from retirement.
      • The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles: That same convict goes into politics and eventually goes crazy.
    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: A convict on death row learns to read and speak a new language, one word at a time, and then solves the world's problems by yelling at them.
      • The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard: That same convict gets a job looking for inordinately heavy pieces of paper that apparently have the location of a mid-tier weapon written on them.
      • The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire: That same convict builds a house and adopts a kid.
      • The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn: That same convict enters a giant library and gets into a fight with some other guy who also solves his problems by shouting at them.
    • The Elder Scrolls Legends: Battlespire: A school student uses his skills to clear unwanted critters from his training grounds.
    • The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard: A pirate looks for a lost sibling, damaging the growing hegemony in the process.
  • Elebits: A bitter young child neglected by his parents releases his anger by shooting ridiculously cute Pokemon-like creatures. This is rated E.
  • Electroplankton: Microscopic underwater creatures...make music.
  • Eliminate Down: Shoot aliens. Save Earth. One of those games that almost nobody knows.
  • Elite Beat Agents: Men in Black solve everyone's problems through spontaneous song and dance numbers.
  • Elvira II: Jaws of Cerberus: Your girlfriend gets kidnapped by a dog. On your way to save her, you are assisted by a janitor, a priest and Dr. Frankenstein.
  • End War: Terrorists cause World War III. You can optionally use your voice to win it.
  • Endless Ocean: Your employer doesn't care how much time you waste; just so long as you eventually touch as many fish as possible, you're on their payroll.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy: Author Avatar and Ms. Fanservice kill a bunch of slimes before the game gets interesting. Features blatant copyright violations, and is an RPG that solely consists of battles.
    • Epic Battle Fantasy 2: After retconning the bad ending from the first game, the same two warriors go across a damaged planet and eventually defeat a Nazi, who joins the party for the third game.
    • Epic Battle Fantasy 3: First game in the series to introduce an overworld, the group of three from before try to kill a monster that they woke up by poking it.
    • Epic Battle Fantasy 3.3: Bullet Heaven: The same three people, their Team Pet, and a girl who hasn't appeared in the main series yet shoot at stuff. All of the bosses involve cats.
    • Epic Battle Fantasy 4: A forest ranger gets pissed off at the heroes of the first overworld game for stealing everything that's not nailed down, while doing the same thing herself, and seeks them to chew them out, ending up redeeming catkind.
  • Escape Goat: A purple goat tries to escape from the dungeon with an orange rat while rescuing sheep.
  • Eternal Champions: People from various parts of time are wrongfully murdered and must fight in a tournament held by a fluorescent purple deity for one of them to regain their lives.
    • Eternal Champions: Challenge From The Dark Side: An evil fluorescent blue deity interferes and adds more competitors including wrongfully murdered animals and The Grim Reaper.
  • Eternal Darkness: Girl discovers a scary book in a big creepy mansion. Insanity ensues.
  • Eternal Fighter Zero: The result of dumping characters from Key Visual Arts works into massive (fan-made) Character Derailment.
  • Eternal Sonata: Fredric Chopin's life flashes before his eyes as an anime-styled JRPG right before he dies.
  • Etrian Odyssey: Explorers make maps of an underground forest.
    • Etrian Odyssey 2: Explorers make maps of the interior of a giant tree.
    • Etrian Odyssey 3: Explorers make maps of a basement beneath a giant tree and the ocean around it.
  • Europa Universalis Try to keep inflation down for 400 years.
  • EVE Online: The fanciest frontend to Microsoft Excel you'll ever see.
    • Alternately: Play as one of elite space ship captains, most of which spend maybe a couple hours in space every day.
      • Alternately: Hardcore Economics: The MMORPG
  • Ever17: Bored sleep-deprived people contemplate time travel, parallel dimensions and love. To understand what's really going on you have to beat the game at least five times.
  • Eversion: A cute, primitive Mario clone that requires you to change the look of the environment to progress. To hell and beyond.
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden: In his quest to meet a hot girl, a small fish learns to be a real boy, killing everybody and everything along the way, from sharks to bees to dinosaurs to yetis to giant cells. Only the aliens survive.
  • Evil Genius: Build your own underground lair, populate it with booby traps, and interrogate enemy agents by sticking them in a mixing bowl.
    • Or, alternately, a James Bond villain's revenge fantasy.
  • Eye of the Beholder: A band of adventurers venture into the city sewers to fight an unknown evil. They forget to bring a map with them, and get lost.
    • Eye Of The Beholder II: The same band of adventurers visit the temple. They forget to bring a map with them, and get lost.
    • Dungeon Hack: A lone adventurer ventures into a castle to find a magic artifact. Unlike a certain band of adventurers, he brings a map with him, and doesn't get lost.
  • Fable (general): Watch as your virtual paper doll changes appearance based on whether you smash dudes, shoot dudes, blow up dudes with your mind, or some combination thereof.
    • Fable: A boy grows up in a colourful fantasy world, and embarks on a quest for revenge against a man in a party mask.
    • Fable II: A boy (or girl) and his dog grow up in a colourful fantasy world, and embark on a quest for revenge against a rich nobleman. He has the help of an inscrutable blind woman, a fat chick with a sledgehammer, a heavily-tattooed black guy, and a smug bisexual pirate.
    • Fable III: A boy (or girl) decides he can do a better job than his brother at politics, so he and his dog embark on a quest to start a revolution.
  • Facade: Amazing new text recognition technology allows you to communicate seamlessly with a couple of stuttering, maladjusted, insufferable idiots.
  • Fallen London, née Echo Bazaar: Some time ago, a major European city was stolen by bats. Well, maybe not stolen. Now, Cthulhu's human (ish) cousins rub shoulders with devils, golems, and foreigners while the player character decides what to do with himself/herself/none-of-the-above.
  • Fallout (series): An individual walks through hostile, often lonesome wasteland in the aftermath of a worldwide thermonuclear war. Also, everyone's still culturally in The Fifties.
    • Fallout: A youth is sent off to find replacement parts for the community's water purifier. The game starts with you walking out of a rat-infested cave with little idea of where to go or what to do.
    • Fallout 2: A youth goes looking for something to help the family farm. The game starts with you running through a cave for flimsy reasons.
    • Fallout 3: A youth goes looking for a missing parental unit. The game starts with you shooting out of your mom's vagina into the waiting arms of Liam Neeson.
      • The Pitt: Youth liberates a town's populace by becoming a baby-snatcher.
      • Operation: Anchorage: Youth plays The Most Dangerous Video Game so a bunch of jerks can open a door.
      • Mothership Zeta: Youth is abducted by aliens who want to weaponize a children's toy.
      • Broken Steel: Youth is railroaded into blowing up a Base on Wheels.
      • Point Lookout: Youth is attacked by rednecks, drugged and lobotomized.
    • Fallout: New Vegas: A postal worker goes postal while looking for a missing package. The game starts with you getting shot in the face.
      • Dead Money: The postal worker teams up with a schizophrenic, a mute, and a lounge singer to get into a basement.
      • Honest Hearts: The postal worker goes hiking with the natives.
      • Old World Blues: The postal worker does science while two light switches, a robotic planter, and a scientist make sexual advances toward said worker.
      • Lonesome Road: The postal worker has a homecoming party with another coworker.
    • Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel: A youth joins a techno-religious organization and looks for an ancient bomb shelter. The game starts with you immediately shoved into a mission with two useless teammates who keep shooting you in the back.
    • Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel: A youth joins a techno-religious organization and is sent to Texas to find some lost soldiers. After fighting a Stripperiffic woman and a 10-foot-tall ghoul priest, you confront a super mutant who turns into a giant biomass, who you proceed to nuke.
  • Fancy Pants Adventures: A man embarks on elaborate quests to wake up a penguin, get revenge on a rabbit for stealing his ice-cream, and save his sister from a band of pirates who want her as captain instead of their current wussy one. All of the above (except the sister) are better drawn than him.
  • Far Cry: Ex-Special Forces fellow needs to save reporter from mercenaries and mutants on a tropical island.
  • Farm Simulator:: You own a run down farm in Europe on some unnamed island and you need to modernize it, make it produce money, and work hard for it to work for you.
  • Fat Princess: Two teams of Super-Deformed fantasy heroes test the old adage "fat people are harder to kidnap".
  • Fatal Frame: A teenaged girl screams at rope and takes pictures of dead people.
    • Fatal Frame 2: Twin lolis take pictures of dead people who make grabby hands at them.
    • Fatal Frame 3: A depressed photographer, alongside the depressed protagonist of the first game and a not-quite-as-depressed-as-everyone-else nonfiction writer wander around a dream manor and take pictures of dead people.
    • Fatal Frame 4: A teenaged girl goes to an abandoned sanatorium to try and remember things, and ends up taking pictures of dead people. Two other teenaged girls go there too, and one of them takes pictures of dead people like the other girl. There is also a detective, and he shines a flashlight at dead people.
  • Fatal Fury: Three men enter a city-wide fighting tournament. The last opponent is the sponsor. He can whup their asses.
    • Fatal Fury 2: The sponsor's half-brother foots the bill for the next tournament. Everyone plays the Updated Re-release instead.
    • Fatal Fury 3: The sponsor of the first tournament steals a book from twins who have a psychopath on their payroll. Bad move.
    • Real Bout Fatal Fury: Several martial artists band together to break into corporate property and kill the CEO.
    • Garou: Mark of the Wolves: A young man has issues with his maternal uncle.
  • Fatal Hearts: A teenage girl has a nightmare and tries to get herself killed by acting too dumb to live. Also, there are vampires and werewolves involved. Wait, that sounds kind of familiar.
  • Fate/stay night: A bunch of dead guys fight over a cup.
    • Fate: An Ordinary High-School Student falls in love with King Arthur and learns about mythology.
    • Unlimited Blade Works: Superhero from the future attempts to kill self, thwarted by self. Ancient king learns the value of fake weaponry.
    • Heaven's Feel: Nice girl goes insane and eats a town despite Medusa's best efforts. Ordinary High-School Student decides that ethics suck and beats up a priest.
  • F.E.A.R.: Mom tells her son to go eat people she doesn't like. Her other son gets in the way, and she tries to make them get along.
    • Alternatively: A battalion of soldiers made up entirely of clones of their commander go rogue because the commander's dead mother told him to. His mute, time-freezing twin brother murders them all while hallucinating a lot.
      • F.E.A.R. expansions: A dead psychic comes back as a poltergeist and decides he hates all his brother's new friends. A bald-yet-otherwise-identical man looks for mercenaries in the sewers on Steve Blum's orders.
    • Project Origin: A Delta Force operative becomes the object of affection for a ghost. She does not take 'no' for an answer.
      • F.E.A.R. 2: Reborn: A clone soldier goes on a bad acid trip and murders his entire platoon.
    • F.3.A.R: The bickering sons, one of whom is dead, work together to kill their mother and kidnap their sister. The fate of the world is at stake.
  • Feeding Frenzy: Fish (and eventually, a mammal) eat their way to the top of the food chain.
    • Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown: Fish save the sea from a strange fish, by eating each other.
  • Feel the Magic: XY/XX: Engage in bizarre, death-defying, or just plain stupid activities to try to impress a girl, with the help of performance artists in silly costumes. Also, there are villains, though their motives are unknown.
    • The Rub Rabbits!: Prequel to the above game, with similar storyline, though there are now other guys who are also in love with the girl that you're in love with, and the villain is female. At the end, you become the leader and founder of the eponymous troupe, and the other guys make up the rest of the troupe.
  • Fighters Megamix: A game with no story features characters from many different games including a giant fighting bean, a bomb-throwing duck named Bean, and a standing, fighting car.
  • Final Fantasy: Series of stories whose only common factors are a species of overgrown yellow birds, white teddy bears with wings, flying boats, and a bunch of guys with the same name...oh, and crystals. Lots of crystals.
  • Final Fight: City mayor and his buddies beat up mobsters.
  • Fire Emblem: Stories of incest and power plays where everyone only has one life.
    • Shadow Dragon: A blue-haired pants-less prince sets off to save the world from a evil priest who wants to resurrect a great dragon. Along the way, he'll meet a handful of princesses(only one of which he actually pursues), a shapeshifting dragon girl, and others who join up and kill the dragon.
    • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem: The same blue-haired pants-less prince loses his kingdom again when an ally performs a Face-Heel Turn. He joins up with old friends to get back his kingdom. Also, the dragon from before is involved and the blue-haired wonder becomes king of the world.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War: A hero goes to rescue a captured princess and gets caught up in a plot that has his wife brainwashed and made to breed with her half brother to resurrect a dark god. Oh, and he gets killed as soon as he learns of this.
      • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776: Two girls are kidnapped by a traitorous Duke. This all leads to a 15 year old boy and a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits killing a religious leader.
    • Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals: Red haired child Casanova needs to go stop a militant country from crushing the world, as well as its ruler, who made a soulless dragon girl his bitch.
      • Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword: The father of the hero of the prequel which is actually the sequel goes off on a journey to find his dad with the help of two musical dragons. Then he has to go stop a Gonk from destroying the world and sucking out everyone's soul in the universe.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: A guy's dad dies. This results in global war and nearly ends the world. Comes with the usual side order of dragons.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance: A mercenary leads a war against the kingdom whose top general killed his father. He has the help of a race of people who can change into animals.
      • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn: A holy goddess decides to punish her creations for going to war too much by killing them all. The mercenary in the previous game teams up with a side character from the previous game, his girlfriend and the goddess's "Evil" counterpart to kill the holy goddess first.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening: A thousand or so years after the first game, another blue haired prince learns that love can bloom on the battlefield and meets his Kid from the Future. He can also summon heroes from other worlds... for a price.
  • Fire Shark: A biplane burns everything to the ground.
  • The Firemen: A Dynamic Duo of everyday heroes fight flamigerous demons in a world where thermodynamics have gone completely haywire and do as they please.
  • Fish Fillets: Two fish push objects. In one year after the game was published, only six people finished it.
  • Flat Out: You race. Almost everything breaks when you crash into them.
  • Flower: You mainly just open flowers. You can't lose. The environment is your only enemy but cannot beat you anyway.
  • Folklore: Amnesiac Irish girl and occult magazine reporter attempt to solve a murder mystery connected to her past.
  • Food Fight: Eat ice cream before it melts. If you fail, tons of food throws itself at you.
  • The Force Unleashed: Guy founds his master's future undoing. He performs many awesome feats on the way.
    • The Force Unleashed II: The guy from the first game dies. His masters clone him back and try to make him evil. It doesn't work and he kills himself multiple times to attempt to get revenge on them.
  • Forgotten Worlds: Two flying, shirtless guys armed with guns go on a quest to kill a deity.
  • Forum Warz: Lay waste to a copy of the Internet.
  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon: A boy tries to find a girlfriend After the End.
  • Freelancer: Space Is an Ocean that appears to be approximately the size of Rhode Island. You fight evil blue aliens determined to wipe out humanity, and a bunch of German stereotypes.
  • FreeSpace: The Great War: Quasi-fascist human military state teams up with philosophy-spouting desert-dwelling aliens to drive off evil space bugs intent on killing anyone who is not an evil space bug and a doomsday cult with spaceships. Featureless Protagonist pilot single-handedly leads the quasi-fascists to victory in his Space Fighter.
    • FreeSpace 2: The humans and aliens have merged into the United Nations IN SPACE! They fight evil space racists and then the evil space bugs show up and start killing people again. Featureless Protagonist pilot amasses an enormous body count and the space bugs blow up a star and leave for no apparent reason.
  • Frogger: An amphibian tries to return to his home in the river. He can't swim.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light: Spaceship crew attempts to outrun an ever-expanding rebel pursuit force in order to scuttle their forces, steal their parts, and eventually destroy their mothership.
  • Full Throttle: A Genius Bruiser Badass Biker wanders the desert and makes a Wrench Wench the president of a car company.
  • Fuzion Frenzy: Four people compete with each other in minigame competitions to dominate the universe. All to the tune of an ingratiating narrator.
  • F-Zero: Aliens and monsters race in cars that have no wheels. These cars will explode if they hit the sides of the tracks. And you listen to butt-rock.


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