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

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  • Galaga: In the face of alien invasion, a pilot allows himself to be captured so that another pilot can rescue him. That way, they can fight off the invaders together.
  • Galaxy Angel: Incredibly... weird soldiers have to protect a small child and keep the moon from being eaten by its evil twin.
  • Galerians: A drug-addicted amnesiac makes peoples heads explode.
  • Game Boy Camera: A game that allows players to take heavily compressed pictures.
  • Garden Gnome Carnage: With the help of a cat, a princess and lots of bricks, a garden gnome swinging on a house with remote-controlled wheels knocks around Christmas elves.
  • Garry's Mod: In a mostly-empty map, create physics contraptions and pose ragdolls.
  • Gatling Gears: A Mini-Mecha of The Empire takes down a rebel army! Something's not quite right.
  • Gauntlet: A warrior, a wizard, a valkyrie, and an elf walk into a dungeon. Yellow wizard shot the food, and a ghostly voice won't let him forget it.
  • Gears of War: Huge, musclebound men with chainsaw guns fight genocidal mutants through a series of ruined buildings.
    • Gears of War 2: Huge, musclebound men with chainsaw guns drill underground.
      • An ex-con and a wife-beater drill for worms and flood their house.
    • Gears of War 3: A group of muscle bound men and a few token women learn that environmental pollution is bad for your health and the only cure is genocide.
  • Geist: A dead man scares people with inanimate objects. In a First-Person Shooter.
  • Gender Wars: Men and women give up sex and instead kill each other to determine who gets to reproduce. Everything is fueled by gender stereotypes.
  • Geneforge: People shipwrecked on an island discover genetic engineering.
    • Geneforge 2: Genetic engineering is a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that everyone uses. Gang warfare ensues.
    • Geneforge 3: Two Cowardly Sidekicks discuss the ethics of genetic engineering with you while helping you steal everyone's stuff.
    • Geneforge 4: Rebellion: Crazy dragons want to unleash even crazier, genetically-modified dragons on the world. It's your job to help them.
    • Geneforge 5: Overthrow: A failed genetic experiment must decide the fate of the world while battling a massive case of heartworm.
  • Genji: Days of the Blade: You play a game based on famous battles which actually took place in Ancient Japan. You fight giant enemy crabs and attack their weak point For Massive Damage.
  • Gex: Procrastinating lizard man is Trapped in TV Land by a robot.
    • Gex: Enter The Gecko: Lizard man is tasked by The Men in Black to chase the robot through TV land.
    • Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko: Lizard man saves a government agent from the robot... by chasing them through TV land again.
  • Ghost Trick: Housepets develop a bond while solving the problems of their frequently dead owners (and their owners' frequently dead co-workers and associates) in four-minute increments over a period of 10 years.
    • Alternatively: A cat has an identity crisis, and a dog masquerades as a lamp. Alternate timelines are involved.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game: A rookie exterminator causes property damage around New York City as he and his snarky co-workers try to thwart the machinations of a dead cultist.
  • Ghosts N Goblins: Legendary knight journeys to save his girlfriend from demons that strip him down to his underwear if he gets too close. And then does it again, because he forgot some trivial piece of equipment.
    • Gargoyles Quest: The Boss in Mook Clothing tries his claw at Noble Demonhood.
    • Maximo: Ghosts to Glory: Young knight with similar armor issues rises from his grave to win back his beloved, who was never taken.
      • Maximo vs. Army of Zin: He steals robots' souls and makes them his slaves. Death helps him.
  • Giga Wing: A piece of jewelry is the cause of global warring.
  • Ginormo Sword: A man in pink pajamas gathers money to make his sword bigger.
  • Gish: You play as a tarball and controls take a while to get used to. The first level already takes place in sewers.
  • Gitaroo Man: A young boy puts on a goofy outfit and plays keytaur in order to save the universe.
  • Glider: Sneak a folded piece of paper past a cat to get it out of a well-ventilated building.
    • Glider 4: The same, except no cat. Also, it's a dark and stormy night.
    • Glider PRO: Now leaving the building isn't the goal. The last Plot Coupon might be floating somewhere in outer space.
  • Glitch: It's an extremely glitchy MMO with no fighting and only vague hints at a plot.
  • Gobtron: Kill loads of SpongeBobs using the power of Toilet Humour.
  • God Hand: A cocky punk fights against demons, dominatrices, wrestling gorillas, gay thugs and other freaks capable of killing him very dead with his replacement arm.
  • God of War: A serial killer hopes to please his current boss by killing his old boss.
    • God of War II: Said serial killer now sets out to kill his boss and his associates.
    • God of War III: Serial killer goes batshit nuts and just decides to kill whatever is left of Greek mythology.
  • Golden Eye 1997: Everything you shoot explodes. It's stealth, and if you set off alarms, lots of enemies arrive. You can't kill everyone in sight, and sometimes have to prevent specific NPCs from dying. And it's based on a movie.
  • Golden Sun: Two groups of Psychic Teenagers travel the world, one to light lighthouses of power, while the other tries to stop them. The world either withers and dies or erupts in war.
    • The game is based around coloured gems being dropped into holes. It is not a puzzle game.
    • Alternatively: Four teenagers must save the world by keeping lighthouses unlit. In the second game, more teenagers are forced to save the ones they love by lighting lighthouses.
      • ...Eventually finding out they have to light lighthouses to save the world.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Thirty years later, children of the first set of teenagers go on a quest to get a feather. Things go badly wr-.
      • Alternatively: A Chessmaster manipulates the heroes, villains, and entire countries for some unknown goal, while racking up the Power Levels and body count.
  • Gone Home: Ransack your parents' house and invade your whole family's privacy in a quest to find out every last detail of your sister's love life.
  • Gotcha Force: Kids throw action figures at each other.
  • Gothic: Live the exciting life of a typical prison inmate.
  • Gradius: Pilot your rickety space fighter into battle against volcanoes, Moai heads, and a disembodied brain.
  • Grandia: You aren't The Chosen One. This allows you to become The Chosen One.
    • Grandia II: A stoic mercenary with a talking bird must protect a singer with really bad schizophrenia, beat up his beloved older brother, and save the world from the Pope.
    • Grandia III: A boy and his mother embark on a quest to get laid.
  • Grand Theft Auto: You run around stealing cars and working for or killing gangsters.
    • Or: A series where you commit felonies where the majority of the characters are mobsters who can't swim.
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: A less then sympathetic gangster gets his money exchange screwed over and vows revenge on those responsible...then says "screw it" and decides to become his own boss. How? By running around stealing cars and sometimes working for or killing gangsters.
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas A slightly sympathetic Gangbanger runs around stealing cars and working for or killing gangsters. One of the missions recreates the opening level of Superman 64.
    • Grand Theft Auto IV: A sympathetically portrayed protagonist runs around stealing cars and working for or killing gangsters in a bad Big Applesauce expy.
      • Grand Theft Auto IV + DLC: The interesting journey of a bag of diamonds as seen through the eyes of 3 different people.
  • Gran Turismo: You drive around in circles for a while. In order to drive around in longer and more complex circles, it is necessary to take license tests.
  • Gravity Rush: An amnesiac with a magic cat falls from the sky into a floating city that seems to be the universe's only existing space, and uses her powers of Not Quite Flight to save the city by fighting demons and collecting gems.
  • Grim Fandango: A travel agent must stop an evil plot to steal train tickets. Everyone dies before the game even begins.
  • Grim Grimoire: A cute young witch transfers to a prestigious magic school and goes to class. Over and Over again.
  • Gruntz: You control a bunch of not very bright guys who got themselves being sent far away from home and you must bring them back by not only making them do all sorts of manual labor, but also by sucking up the remains of the dead and even resorting to using drugs that make them work overtime.
  • Guacamelee!: The Love Interest has been kidnapped by the dead. Are you a bad enough Luchador to rescue her?
  • Guardian Heroes: Hunky blonde swordsman and the spirit of an undead warrior get caught in a conflict between heaven and hell (and giant robots, because why the hell not?).
  • The Guardian Legend: Female cyborg is sent to scuttle MIR before it gets germs on the rest of the planet.
  • Guardians Crusade: Anorexic teenaged knight wannabe goes out on a quest to save his hometown from a bad harvesting season, finds a flying baby pig who's also The Chosen One, and goes around the world trying to collect gemstones while murdering evil shapeshifting cultists and one-eyed world-ending tentacle demons with said pig and some children's toys. The Tower of Babel is destroyed in the process.
  • Guerrilla War: Che Guevara and Fidel Castro end the Batista Regime.
  • The Guided Fate Paradox: Unlucky High School Boy wins the lottery. The winning prize is that he becomes God. Being God involves putting your life in danger to answer the prayers of fairy tale characters, zombies, mermaids, etc. So technically, he's still unlucky.
  • Guild Wars: Heroes save the world from destruction in four different ways. Then they do it all over again with stronger enemies because they're bored.
    • Prophecies: Furries drop crystal bombs on your kingdom. Apparently this is the fault of an animated skeleton.
    • Factions: Goths with giant organic robots and nomads with quadrupedic Blastoise hate each other, but get together briefly to destroy an ancient spirit with nothing better to do than turn the populace into mutants.
    • Nightfall: You get to kill God. And then put a blind lady in his place.
    • Eye of the North: Midgets turn to living stone and fight monsters made of animated lava.
  • Guild Wars 2: Your main objective is to kill a grave robber for the heinous crime of waking up from a nap. Hundreds of allies are required for this task. You can also make people stop hating each other by following them into various death traps. Eventually, you end up playing sidekick to the world's most stoic tree.
  • Guilty Gear: Centuries after living weapons blew Japan off the map, one of them tries to wake up his old boss. Among those out to stop him are a walking Queen reference, a holy knight, and a little girl with a big anchor.
    • A bunch of weird people beat the shit out of each other. Music gets referenced. A legendary transvestite is born.
    • Guilty Gear X: Three years later, a girl with wings and a tail gets a massive bounty placed on her. Everyone wants it except the walking Queen reference, who wants to know about the girl's mother.
    • Guilty Gear XX: A woman in red leather causes havoc, and just about everyone wants her to stop.
  • Guitar Hero: You get to tap buttons on what looks like a plastic toy guitar to the tune of pre-recorded rock music. Now repeat with fourteen different games.
  • Gungrave: Young man gets involved in a Godfather like mafia story, then there's zombies. Said young man becomes an undead gunslinger who kills zombies and drug addicts.
  • Gun Nac: An ace fighter pilot (who is actually a Japanese shrine maiden) has to save the universe from genocidal rabbits, octopi, trees, coins, and pottery.
  • Gunstar Heroes: Two twins blow stuff up with combining weapons in order to get some jewels and prevent thematically-named villains from taking over the world. They fight these same villains on the moon after fighting them on their home world.
    • Two generic dudes in jumpsuits fire triangles, circles, and rectangles at colors. Involves an anti-gravity minecart.
  • .hack//INFECTION: You play a game about a kid playing a MMORPG. He tries to save the world from the evil AI that runs the game. He fails.
  • .hack//G.U.: It's a game... about playing a game. Specifically, an MMORPG.
  • Half-Life: Nerd with thick glasses tries to solve his problems with a crowbar.
    • Alternatively: nerd with thick glasses accidentally applies for a new job when his current employer goes under.
    • Alternatively: A Ph.D. graduate is employed to push a cart. He still manages to screw it up.
    • Half-Life: Blue Shift: A security guard does almost exactly what the aforementioned nerd with thick glasses does, albeit more successfully, and with less armor, weapons, and recognition.
    • Half-Life: Opposing Force: A soldier doesn't make it to a helicopter in time, and later gets stuck on a helicopter for ALL ETERNITY.
    • Half-Life 2: Nerd with thick glasses tries to solve everyone's problems with a crowbar.
      • Alternatively: nerd with thick glasses gets first contract after several years in a nap. First day at work is much better than expected, though his ex-boss wants him dead.
    • Half-Life 2: Episode One: Nerd with thick glasses is forced to solve problems while looking for a crowbar.
      • Alternatively: Nerd with thick glasses goes on a rampage at the city while attempting to flee from the police after he loses his job. The police blow up the city in an attempt to attract backup.
    • Half-Life 2: Episode Two: Nerd with thick glasses looks for a crowbar and a military base.
      • Alternatively: Nerd with thick glasses undoes decades of work at his second week of unemployment.
  • Half-Minute Hero: It only takes 30 seconds...
    • Hero 30: ...to save the world from a bunch of pissed-off Evil Overlords.
    • Evil Lord 30: ...to kick those pesky humans out of your beautiful castle.
    • Princess 30: ...for the guards to shut the castle gates because the crossbow-wielding adventurer princess missed her curfew.
    • Knight 30: ...for a wizard to set off a magical nuke while he uses an undead warrior as a meat shield.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved: An ancient ring possessing ultimate power must be destroyed before the evil forces seeking it can obtain it and use it to destroy all life. No, not that one, this one has Space Marines.
  • Hard Reset: A first-person shooter where you can only carry only two weapons.
  • Harry The Handsome Executive: An action game in which you sit and swivel.
  • Harvest Moon: You take over the old family farm, hang with the locals, and get married. That's about it.
    • Or: A young man takes over an old farm and all the responsibilities associated with it. Probably fits this trope better than anything else... ever.
    • Or: Do virtual chores. You will love it and not know why.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend: Your protagonist, a female high school student, delights in zoophilia and reveals a massive government conspiracy while she's at it. Did we mention that she dies before the major plot of the game comes into action?
  • Haunting Ground: A girl and her dog attempt to escape a castle owned by a relative of her dead parents.
    • Or: A girl and her dog attempt to fight off a retarded giant, an insane maid, the girl's incestuous uncle, and her batshit insane grandfather who was quite the looker when he was young. Fanservice all around.
    • Or: A young girl with magic blood has an awkward day at her grandfather's house. One of the endings has her driven insane from a rape-pregnancy.
  • Head Over Heels: A dog on a cat faces Prince Charles on a Dalek to liberate Ancient Egypt, a prison, a jungle and a library dedicated to cowboy books.
  • Hearts of Iron: A German makes bad weather forecasts.
  • Heavenly Sword: A woman uses a forbidden weapon to save her people from an evil empire. Reminiscent of a previous game.
  • Heavy Barrel: Find parts to build a gun.
  • Heavy Rain: Quick-Time Events: The Game.
  • Heavy Weapon: A tank destroys Communist Russia.
  • Hedgehog Launch: A tiny island nation decides to enter the space race using vermin and archaic weaponry.
  • Hellsinker: A shmup with a large number of on-screen gauges, nonsensical-seeming scoring, and a quest to find a missing cat.
  • Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure: The biggest British stereotype ever goes hunting for a shiny suit while being opposed by evil Steampunk Willy Wonka. The player suffers.
    • Or: A platformer/block puzzle hybrid on a handheld system made by EA's casual division. A gimmick designed by Nintendo is a vital gameplay element.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Spend your summer days alternating between playing tabletop games with friends at school, and investigating town folklore while growing progressively paranoid.
  • Hitman: Bald clone murders for profit. No one seems to notice.
  • Hitogata Happa: The Empire kills a girl's family. She decides to take revenge by playing with dolls.
  • Hoard: TROGDOR!: The Video Game.
  • Holdover: A girl who wakes up from a coma, and the self-sacrificing swimsuit that protects her.
  • Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! (or: What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord??): Demon lord who looks suspiciously like Vegeta and Dracula's love-child defends his underground home from groups of meddling heroes by wreaking havoc on the land's ecosystem.
  • Homeworld: War criminals violate a treaty regarding methods of transportation, get busted, run from the law, settle family differences and beat up the cops with help from an incredibly ancient friendly neighbourhood weapons trader as well as a corrupt officer, then move into the cops' house. You're the leader of these war criminals.
    • Homeworld: Cataclysm: War criminals' children find a box full of evil goo that tries to eat everyone and everything.
    • Homeworld 2: War criminals' children under original leader fight other war criminals over something they already have.
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215: Ex-cop spends the night in a cheap hotel counting the number of apples in paintings. If he thinks fast he can use a vending machine.
    • Last Window: Same ex-cop spends a week lounging around in his room. If he thinks fast he can use a different vending machine.
  • The House of the Dead: Secret agents who can't act save civilians who can't act from zombies that look oddly alike.
    • House of The Dead 2 Same secret non-acting agents save civilians in a city that totally not Venice from another equally non-acting yet different mastermind.
    • House of the Dead 3: One of the agents from the first game team up with the daughter of his partner to find them in an industrial building in a Post Apocalyptic future. They said pistols are for chumps and instead use shotguns. Also the civilians got tired of being shot at or skewered by zombies. So they decide to let the heroes save themselves. Least the acting got better..right?
    • House of the Dead 4: Before 3, an agent from the second game takes a young rookie through the underground fighting zombies while speaking about hope every chance he gets. Oh yeah shotguns were so last season, so they traded up to machine guns.
    • The Typing of the Dead: Type faster, or the zombies will get you!
    • Zombie Revenge: Three agents decide they rather fight with their fists (though still use guns) while going after a new evil mastermind. Overacting ensures.
    • The House of the Dead: Overkill: Foul mouthed exploitation film characters do battle with mutants while appearing to be on train tracks.
    • House of the Dead EX: Romeo and Juliet the lightgun mini-game game! Oh yeah, you're playing as the zombies this time.
  • Hover Bovver: Borrow your neighbor's lawnmower...and then don't give it back!
  • Ib: A nine year old girl and a purple haired man get lost in an art gallery and must burn a painting to escape.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy: The world's most killable child seeks to defeat a number of classic video game villains. He fails. A lot.
    • I Wanna Be The Fangame: Defeat several demons to storm a castle and destroy a computer accessibility option.
  • Ice Climber: Two children smash endangered animals while making their way up a mountain.
  • Icewind Dale: Several powerful demons spend all their time looking for a small gem and get killed for it.
    • Icewind Dale II: Two mixed-race children try and fail to conquer the world after a crappy childhood.
  • Ico: A boy tries to save a girl from her mother by breaking out of her house.
    • Or: Horny boy travels around with a white chick and beats up black guys with a stick. The whole thing is one big Escort Mission.
  • Icy Tower: Jump up an infinite number of falling platforms and don't fall. Forever.
  • The Idolmaster: You get to give singing lessons and back rubs to one of nine cute teenage girls (or one sexy, ditzy college girl in her early twenties).
  • Iji: A teenage cyborg girl has access to an armoury of destructive guns to mow down an army of alien invaders. The goal is not to use them.
  • Ikaruga: Change your color from white to black and black to white to stay alive.
  • Illbleed: A girl goes to a theme park in order to win a hundred million dollars.
  • Illusion of Gaia/Time: A boy goes on a journey to various cultural landmarks and fights creatures with a flute. He also has psychic powers that pull statues and let him cheat at card games. Some say the story is connected to that of at least two other games.
  • Impossible Creatures: Create abominations and build armies of them to fight other armies of abominations.
  • The Impossible Quiz: You must wrack the inner reaches of your brain to come up with a logical answer to determine how many holes there are in a polo.
  • In The Hunt: Red submarine saves the day from evil terrorists.
  • Inazuma Eleven: Play soccer with superpowers and Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Incredible Crisis: A Japanese Salaryman and his family are having some difficulty getting home for his mother's birthday.
  • Indigo Prophecy / Fahrenheit: A man murders a complete stranger in a diner bathroom, and tries to figure out why, while dodging the cops (who are playable characters), The Omniscient Council of Vagueness, and giant phantom mites.
    • Alternatively: Mayans vs. Hobos vs. the Internet.
  • inFAMOUS: A bike messenger resolves relationship issues with his ex-girlfriend, who blames him for a terrorist attack. She's right.
    • Or: A man with superpowers launches an elaborate conspiracy in which he commits genocide and kills the woman he loves in an effort to make himself strong enough to defeat his arch-nemesis. The man nearly kills himself with his plan, but instead gains superpowers. Ultimately, he successfully kills himself, thus proving himself strong enough to save the world.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Immigrant has one bad day and takes over the world. Rich guy calls in for backup.
  • Insaniquarium: You own a fish tank. You feed fish and fight off aliens. And your fish poop money.
  • Insecticide: A Cute Monster Girl with a Mysterious Past. A veteran cop and giant cockroach. They Fight Crime... in the soft drink industry.
  • Irisu Syndrome: A really hard Falling Blocks game from Japan that 4chan translated. As you play, it generates text files involving teenagers who angst over not having friends.
  • Itadaki Street: Dragon-slaying adventurers ruthlessly exploit the real estate industry, occasionally joined by plumbers.
  • Ivy the Kiwi?: Even the game's title is dumbstruck at the choice of protagonist. She goes where she wants if there's no plants around to walk on.
  • Izuna: You're a ninja who's been fired and, for trespassing, has to fight some really irritated gods.
    • Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns: The ninja and her friends team up with their enemies from the first game to fight some other really irritated gods.
  • Jade Empire: A ragtag bunch of martial artists traverse a world that's almost China and almost Japan on their quest to kill the player character's sensei's brother.
  • Jagged Alliance: A collection of dysfunctional mercenaries must avoid murdering each other long enough to protect some trees.
    • Jagged Alliance 2: Largely the same collection of dysfunctional mercenaries must now save an entire country, though they spend most of their time piling up and sorting through hundreds of items.
    • Jagged Alliance 2 v1.13: Replace "hundreds" with "thousands and thousands".
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy: The tale of a boy and his weasel.
    • Jak II: Renegade: The same as above, but Darker and Edgier.
      • Or: A boy tries to kill a government official over a failed medical operation.
    • Jak 3: Wastelander: More of the same, but with desert cars of unusual size.
    • Jak X: Same as above, but now the big cars are everywhere.
    • Daxter: A weasel lets his friend rot in jail while he becomes a fluffy version of the Orkin Man.
    • Jak And Daxter - The Lost Frontier: A boy, his mechanic girlfriend, and a weasel fly around in a plane and try to figure out why the planet's mojo has stopped working. The weasel turns into a nine foot tall bloodthirsty monster, but no one seems to mind.
  • Jazz Jackrabbit: An Aesop tale is Recycled IN SPACE! as off-colour rabbit with big gun hunts down a turtle with big glasses.
    • Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Second off-colour rabbit joins up in fight against aforementioned turtle, which now involve time travel and a pact with the devil.
    • Jazz Jackrabbit 3: First off-colour rabbit's children are lost in a world ruled by the turtles, he and two other off-colour rabbits must save them. Wait, that has been cancelled.
  • Jeanne D Arc: A young French woman rallies against the English/demons with the help of a set of magic bracelets, a jewel-vomiting purple frog, an alliterative couple and other people/animal/things.
  • Jetpack Joyride: A businessman steals classified scientific propulsion technology.
  • Jet Set Radio: Kids hang out in Tokyo and engage in art competitions. They are threatened by rival gangs and an army of riot police led by a man with an obnoxious pompadour. They eventually stop a Corrupt Corporate Executive from making the world worship a giant golden hippopotamus.
    • Jet Set Radio Future: Kids hang out in Tokyo, listen to music, and use rocket skates and graffiti to defeat a Corrupt Corporate Executive and his personal army of riot police.
      • Alternatively: Tokyo's vandalism problem is so severe that riot police and tanks are called in to deal with it.
  • Jet Set Willy: A nouveau riche guy's maid won't let him go to bed until he tidies up after his housewarming party.
  • Journey: Wander vast, empty landscapes with a second, anonymous person.
    • Or: Nomad runs around desert and sings.
  • Joust: Flying flightless avians collide with enemy soldiers in a manner that causes their steeds to give birth to their riders.
    • Joust II: Now your avians can turn into winged equines.
  • jubeat: Musical Whack-A-Mole.
  • Jumper: A failed experiment attempts to escape the lab.
  • Jumping Flash!: You are a robot bunny who can triple jump and attack with fireworks. You save people with palm trees on their heads carrying signs. Bonus points if you save them in the right order.
  • Jurassic Park: Trespasser: A HUD-less first-person shooter based on a major film by a big-name director where the player uses guns and other environmental objects to kill dinosaurs while exploring a tropical island.
  • Just Cause: Wanton Property Damage: The Game. Or, Player Character Beats Up Everyone.
  • Kagero Deception: Sort of like Home Alone. Only without a less likable lead character.
    • Kagero Deception 2/Trapt: A princess dressed like a French maid is framed by the queen (who is also dressed like a French maid) for murdering the king (who is NOT dressed like a French maid). Said princess ends up getting a demonic arm that also allows her to play the first game.
  • Kakurenbo Battle Monster Tactics: In a monster hunting tournament run by a king who has been acting suspiciously lately, a combat student goes through dark dungeons trying to combat monsters hide and seek style.
  • Kana: Little Sister: The title character is dying. You may or may not end up sleeping with her. Either way, bring plenty of tissue.
  • Kantai Collection: Personified WW2 Japanese watercraft and their struggle against alien ships from the deep.
  • Karaoke Revolution: Follow the line with your voice and try to beat your friends.
  • Karoshi: Kill yourself, except that the game makes it very hard to suicide.
  • Kart Fighter: Two plumbers, two tortoises, a princess, a dinosaur, an ape and a mushroom decide to beat the crap out of each other for no good reason. Depending on how you view it, it may or may not be as bad.
  • Katamari Damacy: A prince must pick up litter in order to make up for his father's alcoholism.
    • OR: The King of Space breaks all the stars while drunk and makes his son use a bunch of sticky balls to fix it.
    • We Love Katamari: The prince has to do it again because the first game was so popular. Seriously, they say as such.
    • Me and My Katamari: The prince has to do it again after his father floods a chain of islands.
    • Beautiful Katamari: The prince has to do it yet again after his father's tennis serve nearly dooms the universe.
    • Katamari Forever: The prince has to do it again after his father gets Easy Amnesia.
  • Katawa Shoujo: Seduce crippled teen girls in a Visual Novel from The Imageboard That Must Not Be Named.
    • Alternately, discuss disabilities and manage personal crises with crippled girls and your paranoid, sexist neighbor while coming to terms with your heart arrhythmia.
    • Katawa Crash: Fangame from the above game where the main character is thrown in the air and fall onto girls, only to get higher and faster.
  • Kenka Bancho: Field trips are boring. Spice things up by beating the crap out of people (who, coincidentally, are also taking boring field trips).
  • Kickle Cubicle: An Ice Person has to bring about global warming.
  • Kid Icarus: A pretty boy with wings fights an evil eggplant to rescue a goddess.
  • Kiki Kai Kai: Your gods have been kidnapped by monsters. Are you a bad enough shrine maiden to rescue them?
    • Pocky & Rocky: The shrine maiden and a raccoon change names and kills some poorly described embodiment of darkness.
    • Pocky & Rocky 2: The shrine maiden and the raccoon + some others saves the moon princess.
  • Killer7: A Mexican luchador, a blind kid, a shirtless guy with horrible posture, a cocky guy with a huge revolver, a high-jumping thief, a barefoot woman who cuts her wrists a lot, and a black man in a suit shoot smiling, exploding people at the behest of an old Jew in a wheelchair, who spends his days playing chess with a crazed Korean demigod. The whole thing may or may not be a metaphor for something.
  • Killer Instinct: An evil organization beta-tests its best weapons by making them destroy each other.
    • Killer Instinct 2: Everyone who survived the first game goes back 1000 years to try again.
  • Killing Floor: Disgruntled militia murder a man's children for money, loudly complaining about their sense of dress.
  • Killzone: Gas mask-wearing British Nazis invade a planet. The locals object.
  • Kinetica: People in literal bike suits do races. You are distracted by half of the racers' panties/exposed butt.
  • The King of Fighters: Whenever criminals want to hide their misdeeds, they sponsor a martial arts competition. However, half of the tournament's participants are more concerned about a White Hair, Black Heart Captain Planet wannabe demigod who thinks that the only way to bring pollution down to zero is to wipe out all of humanity.
  • King's Quest: Members of a royal family have adventures and interact with Expys of Fairy Tale characters.
  • Kingdom Hearts: A kid tries to save the entire multiverse by beating up monsters with a giant key. His strongest allies are a duck and a dog thing.
    • Alternatively, a Disney/Final Fantasy crossover fic where your primary weapons are giant keys.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories One boy must recover his lost memories, the other must conquer his darkness. They accomplish this using trading cards.
      • Reverse Rebirth The boy's significantly less brain-damaged friend attempts to fix this by giving himself a lobotomy.
    • Kingdom Hearts II: A bunch of nobodies invade a world where the most badass person is Mickey Mouse. They lose.
    • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days: Two nobodies go around collecting hearts. One of them tries cosplaying, and goes too far. Tear Jerker ensues.
      • Or, Kid works at dead end job where his superiors are mostly Jerk Ass bishounen and eats ice cream.
      • The clone of the kid finds out he's a bad guy, but is promptly murdered by the good guys for attempting to atone.
    • Kingdom Hearts Coded: A cricket runs across a mysterious message, and creates a familiar-looking AI to solve it. Also, an inanimate object tries its hand at cosplaying.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: Three friends chase each other around the multiverse while searching for a friend of their teacher's. The bad guys win.
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance: All two friends have to do to earn their masters is to fall asleep, unlock seven keyholes in their dream, then wake up. Only one of them passes.
      • Alternatively, the boy and his friend attempt to go on a world-saving adventure, only to learn that the bad guys just wanted to watch Inception.
  • Kingdom of Loathing: An epic quest that spoofs just about every RPG convention known to man or beast... done entirely in stick figures.
    • You're a stick person with a drinking problem.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: You are Back from the Dead. That gives you the ability to Screw Destiny.
  • Kirby: Pink puffball fights a greedy hammer-wielding penguin by eating his enemies and absorbing their powers. He tends to make things worse by accident.
    • Kirby's Adventure: Puffball attacks penguin because he can't have any dreams.
    • Kirby's Avalanche: Falling Blocks puzzles are Serious Business. Wait a second, they stole the idea from that game mentioned below where "Stacking and killing cute little blobs is a sport"!
    • Kirby's Dream Course: Puffball tries to win a golf tournament - by disguising as the ball.
    • Kirby's Pinball Land: Puffball defeats penguin through use of flippers.
    • Kirby Super Star: Puffball's magnum opus. Game descriptions follow below:
      • Spring Breeze: Puffball fights penguin in a much shorter reimagining of his first game.
      • Dyna Blade: Puffball attacks a bird and raises its chicks.
      • Gourmet Race: Puffball and penguin race to pig themselves out.
      • The Great Cave Offensive: Puffball falls into a cave and right into a Metroidvania.
      • Revenge of Meta Knight: Puffball blows up his rival's ship.
      • Milky Way Wishes: Some guy creates a plan by causing the Sun and Moon to duke it out, then goes One-Winged Angel to fight puffball.
      • The Arena: Puffball must beat 19 opponents in order to unlock a sound test.
    • Kirby's Dream Land: Puffball attacks penguin for stealing everybody's food.
    • Kirby's Dream Land 2: Puffball repairs some Broken Bridges by beating up anyone possessed by a Faceless Eye. An owl, hamster, and fish join him.
    • Kirby's Dream Land 3: Puffball must do good deeds every level for some Heart Power. More animal friends join in. And the Faceless Eye is back again.
    • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: Faceless Eye returns to break a crystal. Puffball is joined by a painter, a mook, and the penguin in his quest to help a fairy put the crystal back together.
    • Kirby's Tilt-n-Tumble: Puffball is too lazy to move, so he lets someone beyond the Fourth Wall roll him around.
    • Kirby and The Amazing Mirror: Puffball is split into four and sent into a maze connected by mirrors in order to repair a mirror.
    • Kirby: Canvas Curse: Puffball needs someone beyond the Fourth Wall to help him move, build roads, and stun enemies.
    • Kirby Squeak Squad: Puffball attacks rodents in the name of cake.
    • Kirby Air Ride: Puffball races on star-like machines, except sometimes they're not very star-like at all.
    • Kirby Super Star Ultra: A reimagining of puffball's magnum opus. Game descriptions follow below:
      • Revenge of the King: Penguin extracts revenge on puffball in yet another, yet slightly longer reimagining of the first game, this time adding a boss that wasn't there the first second time around.
      • Helper to Hero: Various mooks fight 13 bosses to unlock the original SNES cutscenes.
      • Meta Knightmare Ultra: Puffball's rival redoes the first six games, even though this means blowing up his own ship.
      • The TRUE Arena: Puffball now must beat 10 bosses to unlock a movie theater.
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn: Puffball turns into yarn... that's epic.
    • Kirby Mass Attack: Puffball is spilt into ten, and needs someone beyond the Fourth Wall to help him move.
    • Kirby's Return to Dream Land: Puffball teams up with Penguin, rival and Ensemble Dark Horse to help the villain fix his ride.
    • Kirby Triple Deluxe: Puffball chases after a bug themed antagonist because he kidnapped the Penguin.
  • Klonoa: Door to Phantomile: A rabbit cat which looks exactly like a rabbit blows up balloons and throws them at wild animals.
    • Klonoa: Moonlight Museum: A rabbit cat which looks exactly like a rabbit rampages around a museum and wreaks havoc with the exhibits.
    • Klonoa: Empire of Dreams: You are drafted into service by an evil king who sends you to eliminate troublesome subjects. The king's plan works perfectly; your character doesn't make it to the end of the game.
    • Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil: A rabbit cat who looks exactly like a rabbit magically inflates animals and uses them as ammunition to defeat a Lady of War Sky Pirate.
    • Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament: A rabbit cat which looks exactly like a rabbit enters a tournament, but never gets around to actually fighting any of the other contestants.
    • Klonoa Heroes: Legendary Star Medal: A biker takes advantage of a young boy and abandons him in the desert.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: You play an amnesiac helping the guys who brainwashed you defeat their enemies. Your assistants include a sassy robot, a teenaged alien, a frigid sorceress, and an emo gunslinger.
    • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: You play a highly-trained warrior monk who was cast out and depowered for committing war crimes, you've suddenly become the number one target for the bad guys, and your new powers all come from the reason you're a war criminal.
  • Knytt: Stockholm Syndrome: The Game. You are abducted by aliens, and you roam far and wide to find the parts needed to repair their spacecraft.
  • La-Mulana: Illiterate archaeologist battles monsters in a vast tomb, smashes pots with his whip and loots the corpses of his fellow researchers in search of video games. He helps get a statue pregnant so he can talk to other statues and solve their mother issues.
  • L.A. Noire: An ex-Sergeant Failure with no concept of anger management fights crime by rotating objects and solving riddles.
  • La Pucelle: Tactics: Cute demon hunter befriends cuddly monsters and sells them into eternal slavery in Hell.
  • Last Ninja II: As the last ninja, you must fight hundreds of other ninja.
  • Last Scenario: A Cliché Storm that actually isn't. The last third of the game consists of trying and failing to get a relative of one of the main characters to see a therapist.
  • The Last Story: The hero's best friend tries to make his life better by slowly turning him into a villain.
  • League of Legends: After a planet-crippling world war, countries settle disputes by mentally subjugating renowned heroes and villains and making them compete in prize fights.
  • Left 4 Dead: You and your friends are surrounded by fast zombies and friendly fire is on.
    • A group of strangers go for a walk, thousands of sick people try to stop them.
    • Left 4 Dead 2: The same as above, but down on the bayou! Yee-haw!
      • 4 people battle their way through the Deep South and learn the meaning of friendship (or they laugh at each other's demise at the hands of an emo, depends on the people).
  • Legacy of Kain: Vampires travel through time in their battle to overcome a giant squid.
    • Blood Omen: A young nobleman gets mugged, and is promptly hired as an assassin by a necromancer and a ghost who both want him to kill their old friends so that the world can be restored.
    • Soul Reaver: A loyal employee grows wings, gets thrown off a cliff for annoying his boss, and is promptly hired as an assassin by a giant squid who wants him to kill his brothers and eat their souls.
    • Soul Reaver 2: The loyal employee travels back in time in pursuit of his ex-boss, only to decide that he doesn't like himself that much after all.
    • Blood Omen 2: The young nobleman gets Punched Out By Cthulhu and spends a hundred years snoozing in a slum while vampire hunters try to form a police state.
    • Defiance: The young nobleman (who is now several thousand years old) tries to figure out where an old man and a squid are hiding the loyal employee, while the loyal employee tries to figure out a way to stop himself from being eaten by his sword.
  • Legacy Of The Wizard: A boy must slay a dragon even though his mother, father, little sister and dog are all far better suited to the task.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: Boy goes out to kill monster, ends up fighting Fairies while humping things for stardust, and decides he doesn't want to kill that monster after all.
  • The Legend of Kage: Ninja with ridiculous gait must save a Princess three or four times from the same castle.
    • The Legend of Kage 2: Ninja with ridiculous gait buffs up and a Kunoichi saves that same Princess from the villains from the first game who also have been buffing up. We are revealed why the Princess got kidnapped so often.
  • Legend of Legaia: You and two friends get Parasites and decide to go beat up one of your friend's misty eyed older brother.
    • Legaia II: Duel Saga: In a different world, you are born with a awesome tattoo that lets you either beat up a guy who was also born with an awesome tattoo, or go decorate your room.
  • Legend of Mana: Every attempt you make to put little knick-knacks on a paper map turns into an incredibly depressing story.
  • Legend Of The Mystical Ninja: At the behest of a cat, two ninja slaughter an army in search of a missing princess only to learn that someone else kidnapped her. Oops.
  • The Legend of Zelda Series: A boy (sometimes a young man) in a green skirt and tights fights monsters for yellow triangles and other doohickeys while pushing blocks around a lot. His nemesis is a pig.
  • The Legendary Starfy: A smiling star escapes into the ocean after shadowy goons kick him off his cloud.
  • Lego Adaptation Game series: You pretend to play classic movies, but you're actually playing with a bunch of toys.
    • Lego Harry Potter: Toy blocks fight a Naziësque lich.
    • Lego Lord of the Rings: Toy blocks fight a devil.
    • Lego Star Wars: Toy blocks fight a tyrant.
  • LEGO Island: You do stuff as one of five people on an island entirely made of plastic blocks. Eventually the island's sole prisoner escapes who tries to deconstruct the entire island and you have to lure him back to prison by dropping pizza from a helicopter.
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Middle-aged dork tries to get laid.
  • Lemmings: You are tasked with guiding a bunch of incredibly dumb, suicidal rodents to safety.
  • Lets Go Jungle: A British couple (possibly) bonds over an attack by giant arthropods.
  • Level Up: Forgetful girl searches for gems, starts relationship with amnesiac boy who broke her fence, and tries to cure her insomnia by doing the same mundane actions repeatedly. They break up when she's cured.
  • Libble Rabble: Two arrows must round up mushrooms and odd hooded creatures while tending to their garden.
  • LIMBO: A boy goes looking for his sister. She's already dead.
  • LittleBigPlanet: Sack-like beings run around a world created through dreams and imagination. The sack people can also create their own areas.
  • Little Kings Story: After becoming the king of a small island by taking the (vacant) throne, you move to unite its regions under your malevolent benevolent rule.
  • Little Nemo The Dream Master: A young boy must save the princess of Slumberland by drugging poor, defenseless woodland creatures and wearing their skin.
  • Little Samson: A boy that likes spinning and throws bells, a dragon, a golem and a mouse are told to lock three of them in a giant bell and defeat four evil wizards and their leader. The dragon disagrees on the bell part.
  • Live A Live: Seven unrelated heroes all fight the same boss they all already killed before.
  • Llamatron: Everything Trying to Kill You, where "everything" means Coke cans, brains, cigarette packets, telephone boxes and absolutely anything else, and "you" means a laser-spitting llama. Actually, that's just a straight description.
  • Loco Roco: A game where you escort amorphous blobs to the exit. Not only can't those asexually reproducing blobs fight on their own, but they'll almost never stop singing with blue people. After that you'll get several Ear Worms.
  • Logical Journey Of The Zoombinis: A population escapes slavery by going through a journey filled with puzzles. The puzzles are conveniently always related to each person's personal features, and nearly everyone the population comes across is obsessed with order and logic.
    • Zoombinis Mountain Rescue Another population of the same creatures does all of it again to rescue some people trapped in a cave. They then meet up with some people who only ever look happy or sad, and they need to go find their king.
    • Zoombinis Island Odyssey A seagull tells ANOTHER population of the same creatures that the antagonists of the first game trashed the island they came from while they were busy getting off. They go back to fix it by reintroducing a native species of moth.
  • Lollipop Chainsaw: A cheerleader armed with a chainsaw and the severed head of her boyfriend goes on a rampage at her old high school.
  • The Longest Journey: It's like 1984, except the world can only be saved by a disgruntled 18-year-old art student who really hates her dad. She accomplishes this by befriending a creepy, old Mexican man with whom all of her friends think she is having intimate relations.
    • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey: It's still like 1984, except now the world can only be saved by a lazy college dropout who spends her days lounging in her underwear and receiving random, personalized messages from a creepy ghost girl via TVs.
  • Look Out, Mr. Johnson!: A man of the world is oblivious to danger and scared of his protector.
  • Loom: A child of a gigantic loom follows a bunch of swans to save the world from some maniac and grows feathers at the end of the game. Oh, and ripping the universe into two while he is at it.
    • Alternately: Almost everyone hates an orphan kid. He retaliates by breaking the world.
  • Lost in Blue: You're trapped on a desert island. You have to not die.
  • Lost Odyssey: Immortals try to get back at another Immortal for being a prick. This is accomplished by making the player cry like a little girl.
  • Lufia & The Fortress of Doom: The four evil gods your ancestor killed got better. The Girl Next Door has a deep, dark secret.
  • Lugaru: A rabbit fights raiders and wolves using kung-fu.
  • Luigi's Mansion: A cowardly man saves his brother from kidnappers and becomes independently wealthy, solely by vacuuming his house.
  • Lumines: You spend your time building squares of two colors, but the music you're listening to erases all of your hard work. Repeatedly.
  • Lunar: The Silver Star: A boy wants to be a hero, so an Evil Overlord obliges him by stealing his girlfriend.
  • MadWorld: A man with a chainsaw grafted to his arm goes to work painting the town red.
    • Or: Old-Timey graphics combine with a hip-hop soundtrack, rampant announcer chatter that constantly says disturbing and immature things for the sake of humor, and incredible levels of violence.
  • Magical Battle Arena: A little girl that just wants to make friends, a little girl that can't even stand ghost stories, a not-so little girl who's scared of her own sister, and other similar characters must beat each other up in a girly tournament so the Big Bad can save The Multiverse.
  • Magical Starsign: Magic-using schoolgoers go on an adventure to save the whole solar system.
  • Magic Carpet: The world got blown into tiny pieces, so obviously you have to put it back together.
  • Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times: Wake up, go to school, befriend furries, and learn magic.
    • Or: Rip-off Animal Crossing and Harry Potter while dating furries. Gather fossils to help a dead guy who is clearly planning on betraying you. Ask a creepy girl who hangs out in the boy's bathroom for dating advice.
  • Makai Kingdom: Demon lord accidentally destroys the universe and has to wish soldiers into existence to steal the universes of other overlords for him.
  • Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis: A homeless boy comes to a prestigious academy and proceeds to be ordered around by everyone, face near death for the sake of grades, and beat people up with his pet cat.
    • Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy: Years later, a manservant and a country bumpkin attend the same school. They hate each other, but work together to fix the mess caused by the new VP beating some guy in a fight.
  • Manhunt: A convict on death row becomes a movie star.
  • Maniac Mansion: An average teenager and two of his many friends break into a scientist's house with the express purpose of ruining the scientist's latest experiment.
    • Alternatively: A trio of teenagers break and enter into the residence of a family with a peculiar skin condition, vandalize everything in their reach, horribly mutilate a hamster and mess with a nuclear reactor in order to retrieve a chunk of rock.
    • Day Of The Tentacle: The geeky teenager from the first game and his two roommates break into the same scientist's house with the express purpose of saving the scientist's pets.
      • Alternatively: Three incompetent college students must travel in time-toilets to save the world from a purple cone that has grown a pair of arms. They succeed in altering the American flag.
  • MapleStory: You talk to some helpful NPC's which prepare you to endlessly commit genocide against snails, mushrooms, slimes, walking stumps, and pigs that may or may not wear ribbons. From there, the slaughter continues...
  • Mappy: A police mouse must get back stolen loot from houses that have trampolines instead of stairs. A gangster cat and his gang want to put his lights out.
  • Marathon: Door-opening computer with horrible job satisfaction sics alien bugs on human race. Faceless, Voiceless Space Marine guy defends the galaxy's most useless spaceship crew from aliens, then helps door-opening computer move house.
    • Marathon 2: Durandal: Door-opening computer kidnaps Voiceless Faceless Space Marine Guy, keeps him on ice for 17 years, then drops him into some sewage to look for long-gone alien race.
    • Marathon Infinity: Sore loser alien bugs Kick the Dog, Voiceless Faceless Space Marine Guy tries to fix the mess. Things get weird.
  • MARDEK: Video game characters become self-aware. Dirty jokes ensue.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: Two plumbing brothers go to the land of beans to fight a witch and her minion who has FURY!
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games: Two former arch-enemies and their friends enter the olympics. Every other athlete is completely absent.
    • Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games: Same arch-enemies enter the winter olympics. The other athletes are still absent.
    • Mario and Sonic At the London 2012 Olympic Games: The arch-enemies head to jolly ol England for some more Olympic shenanigans. By this point we've given up on the other athletes.
  • Mario Kart: A relaxing drive with go-karts, with turtle shells, mushrooms and banana peels ahoy.
  • Mario Party: A plumber, his brother, and a handful of friends, enemies, and casual acquaintances play giant-scale board games. Twelve times.
  • Mario Sports Mix: A plumber and his acquaintances inadvertently steal the world-saving Cosmic Keystones from another dimension and use them as trophies in team-based physical competition.
  • The Mario Strikers series: A plumber, his friends, enemies, and enemies' henchmen play soccer/football. In addition to applying his universe's Rule of Fun, it unexpectedly makes it Darker and Edgier.
  • Mari0 Everyman with A portal gun
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: American superheroes and weird Japanese characters beat up each other senseless.
    • Marvel Vs Capcom 2: American superheroes and weird Japanese characters continue to beat each other up at the behest of a pirate lady looking for some kinda rock.
    • Marvel Vs Capcom 3: American superheroes and weird Japanese characters now have a legit plot of some of their world's bad guys teaming up to take over both worlds. They only succeed in pissing off a cosmic planet eater and putting everyone in jeopardy. But not as pissed off as gamers were when an updated re-release came out not half a year after the original game.
    • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects: Superheroes get lost, wander around aimlessly, and occasionally stop to fight supervillains who are also wandering around aimlessly.
    • Namco × Capcom: Said Japanese characters meet another group of Japanese characters and join them on a quest to save the multiverse while not beating up one another.
    • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: The original batch of Japanese characters set their sights on Japanese superheroes inspired by the American ones. They still beat the living crap out of each other.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: American superheroes in a game based on a Basebreaking storyline with a Third Act Twist involving superpowered expies of The Borg.
  • Mass Effect 1: Space Marine attempts to stop evil alien and a race of robots from bringing back an older race of robots for unknown reasons, whilst simultaneously trying to get into underling's pants. Stuff blows up.
  • Mass Effect 2: The story begins with the main character being set on fire and choking to death at the same time. Things get worse from there.
    • Alternate: An undead space cop working for a terrorist organization tries to curb a species' collective hoarding habit by committing genocide with his/her ludicrously dysfunctional team. All to stop ancient giant mecha space squids from killing everything for the 838th or more time in the history of forever.
    • Alternate 2: Cockblocking Cthulhu: The Game
    • Alternate 3: Interspecies Romance: The Game
    • Overlord: A guy tells his brother to talk to robots. Almost everyone dies.
    • Lair of the Shadow Broker: You try to talk to an information broker. In the process, an office building explodes, you get in a car chase with a corrupt cop, and you kill a rare alien.
    • Arrival: Throw rocks at portals.
  • Mass Effect 3: The enemy you just tried to stop from coming in the entirety of the last two games comes anyway. Mecha Space Squids try to kill everything. Are you a bad enough dude to stop them?
    • Leviathan: You hunt down a Mecha Space Squid killer, only to find that they're scared of you.
    • Omega: An organization ends all gang violence in the most wretched of Wretched Hives. A crime lady wants to get rid of them and reinstate the former lawlessness. You help.
    • Citadel: While on shore leave, you shoot up a sushi restaurant and a library. A toothbrush saves the day.
  • Master of Magic: Magic: The Gathering meets Civilization without even a semblance of balance and a seemingly limitless number of bugs.
  • Master Of The Monster Lair: You and your talking shovel dig holes for a living while infesting the town's only cave with monsters.
  • Master Of The Wind: Wide-Eyed Idealist and his dead best friend fight crime.
    • Arc I: Hero attempts to thwart a serial killer by throwing water at him. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't work.
    • Arc II: Local Walmart-equivalent seeks world domination with Religion and The Power of Rock.
    • Arc III: Hero goes to school, studies for class, and spends time with his classmates. Hint: Not Persona.
    • Arc IV: Heroes beat up lots and lots of people who are already dead.
    • Arc V: Hero has a heated argument with his girlfriend about their relationship.
    • Arc VI: Hero goes all emo and tries to kill himself. The villains prevent him from doing this.
    • Arc VII: The heroes and villains have thoughtful and complex theological discussions.
  • The Maw: Adorable alien solves his problems by feeding his pet.
  • Max Payne: Man seeks vengeance for the death of his friend while overdosing on meds and thinking in metaphors.
  • Meat Boy: Skinless boy saves mummy girl from unborn baby in a jar.
  • MechWarrior: Man goes on quest of revenge after his family is murdered.
    • MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat: Two tribes go to war when the leader of those tribes and some others is threatened with impeachment.
      • Ghost Bear's Legacy: A different tribe goes on a lengthy quest to right the wrongs done to them after the military of Space Japan steals the tribe's sperm bank.
      • Mercenaries: Years before the events of the above two items, a mercenary enters the profession after another mercenary was killed in combat.
    • MechWarrior 3: Several empires band together to curbstomp yet another tribe.
      • Pirate's Moon: Two kinds of people who kill for riches fight each other.
    • MechWarrior 4: Vengeance: A different man goes on a quest of revenge after his family is murdered.
      • Black Knight: He then faces some mercenaries.
      • Mercenaries: A grizzled veteran relates stories about him killing people for money.
  • Mega Man 1: Two scientists make their robots fight each other.
    • Mega Man 2: The two scientists make their robots fight each other. Again.
    • Mega Man 3: One of the scientists pretends to go straight, but secretly makes his robots fight the other scientist's robot while the two scientists build a Humongous Mecha.
    • Mega Man 4: A new scientist makes his robots fight one of the original scientists's robot. It turns out he was manipulated by the other scientist.
    • Mega Man 5: One of the scientists's robots makes his new robot friends fight his robot brother. It turns out he was a copycat created by the other scientist.
    • Mega Man 6: A tournament sponsor makes some robots fight one of the scientists's robot. It turns out he was just the other scientist in a Paper-Thin Disguise. That scientist finally goes to jail.
    • Mega Man 7: One of the scientists escapes from jail and resumes making his robots fight the other scientist's robot.
    • Mega Man 8: The two scientists make their robots fight each other while a robot from space destroys some energy.
    • Mega Man & Bass: Two scientists make their robots fight... not each other, but another robot entirely. Turns out the other robot was made by one of the scientists.
    • Mega Man 9: One of the scientists's robot must fight his creator's new robots while the other scientist raises money. Also, uses powerhouse consoles...for NES graphics!
    • Mega Man 10: Two robots made by one of the scientists attack the ill. The other scientist is behind it, and somehow the first scientist and his robots are actually surprised. Still uses NES graphics.
    • Mega Man X: A Technical Pacifist kills a bunch of animals and a bald man. His friend dies.
    • Mega Man Zero: Humans are winning the fight against the robot rebellion. The robots retaliate by sacrificing many of their own to unseal an ancient god of destruction. It can be destroyed rather easily though.
      • Mega Man Zero 2: The robot commander attempts another unsealing in a bid for more power, with the god of destruction following close behind. Everyone wants to fight with you rather than protect the can.
      • Mega Man Zero 3: The half-clone of the god of destruction must beat his half-original self to renounce his title. No one tells you this.
      • Mega Man Zero 4: A century-old war machine is used to stop climate change.
    • Mega Man ZX: The eponymous character tries to commit genocide and reset the world. Same eponymous character tries to stop him.
    • Mega Man Legends: The hero shoots robots and collects their Power Crystals. This is called digging.
      • Mega Man Legends 2: The hero blows up a crystal in the center of a hurricane, and it has a naked girl inside who speaks in Creepy Monotone. She sends him on a Fetch Quest for some keys hidden behind the above robots. The moon nearly obliterates everything. Oh yeah and the hero gets stranded in a cliffhanger that almost got resolved in a coming sequel, but that game got cancelled so he's still stranded.
      • The Misadventures of Tronne Bonne: The spotlight shifts to the local Goldfish Poop Gang, who pay off a debt via crime spree and occasionally shooting robots and collecting their Power Crystals.
    • Mega Man Battle Network: Two brothers play on the Internet.
      • Battle Network 2: Said brothers stop The Mafia, travel to a radiation-infested deserted town and abuse a lonely kid, all to an awesome soundtrack.
      • Battle Network 3: Brothers then break the original Internet, shoot a wronged AI who has lost all trust in humanity, go to Internet heaven and beat its overlord to a bloody pulp.
      • Battle Network 4: Brothers win a trio of tournaments to get launched off into space where they destroy a godlike AI judge of alignment. They then go to Internet hell where they abuse said wronged AI even further and one of the brothers shoots his mirror image.
      • Battle Network 5: The Internet is actually a dog. The antagonist wants this dog to unite mankind by the soul and corrupt them by uploading the manifestation of all evil into it. Brothers stop him, break into his personal website, break it to pieces and abuse the wronged AI even further.
      • Battle Network 6: One of the brothers seals an Eldritch Abomination within himself. It is then freed and killed by the brothers. They then disrespect the dead, abuse said wronged AI who has now attained a severed animal head even further three times.
    • Mega Man Star Force: WiFi and social networking are Serious Business.
      • Star Force 2: Boy saves world by defiling the lost continent of an ancient civilization and killing their god.
      • Star Force 3: Same boy huffs corruptive exhausts to kill a celebrity, mentally break the last of the Murians, abuse a pair of orphans and stop a black hole by going into it.
  • Mercenaries: Drop into North Korea, capture terrorists, blow stuff up, and sell yourself to the highest bidder. All in a day's work.
    • Mercenaries 2: Do the same thing in Venezuela (offer void in the real Venezuela).
      • Alternatively: Your pain-in-the-ass boss won't pay you, so you'll just have to go on a shooting rampage.
  • Metal Gear series: Estranged military man sneaks into work, steals equipment, waxes philosophical with former colleagues, kills them all while experiencing life-affirming bouts of depression.
  • Metal Slug series: Soldiers do battle with the most emotional Mooks in video-game history. Later there are mummies... and zombies... and man-eating plants... and did I mention the aliens?
    • Metal Slug 6: Kill mooks, then ally with them to fight aliens, then ally with them to fight other aliens.
  • Meteos: An evil force threatens to wipe out all intelligent life in a galaxy by destroying their planets. When these civilizations learn how to use the evil force's resources against it, they join up together to blow up each other's planets instead—as a sport!
  • Metro 2033: Russians run around in the remains of the Moscow underground, kill demons.
    • A boy is told to walk to another train station with a piece of paper. Along the way, he meets Nazis, Communists, religious fanatics, and rats.
  • Metroid: Pirates try to conquer the universe using vampiric jellyfish, and the only one who can stop them is an orphaned girl raised by birds.
    • Metroid II: Return of Samus: The girl commits genocide. In hindsight, this turns out to be a bad idea.
    • Super Metroid: Pirates steal the girl's pet. She goes on a rampage to get it back. She doesn't, and blows up her home in the process.
    • Metroid: Fusion: A girl impersonates a jellyfish and runs away from her previous fashion choices.
    • Metroid Prime: The girl saves her adoptive bird parents after they've already Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence. The final boss gets his weapons through a massive plot hole.
      • Alternatively: The girl chases a giant space dragon and tries to find it. Meanwhile, the pirates try (and fail) to use this glowy blue radioactive magic fibrous stuff.
      • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes: A rock breaks a planet in two. A girl fixes things by destroying one half.
      • Alternatively: The girl lands on a planet and, after being attacked by (literal) Demonic Spiders, has to destroy all of the spiders' stuff to save some moths. She also encounters a rogue powerup and the pirates, who once again are trying (and failing) to use the glowy blue radioactive magic fibrous stuff.
      • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: More rocks are thrown. The girl's body is altered to run off of said rocks.
      • Alternatively: The pirates successfully use the glowy blue radioactive magic fibrous stuff. This time, the rogue powerup comes back and gives the girl, An Ice Person, a cyborg who gets pissed off when in his suit, and a purple electric shapeshifter girl the power to use the glowy blue radioactive magic fibrous stuff. All of this is accompanied by giant teleporting space squids which transform whatever they run into. The girl also learns how to create nuclear explosives.
      • Metroid Prime: Hunters: The girl is in a race-and-chase against five men and one person of ambiguous gender to collect eight things.
      • Alternatively: Six bounty hunters go on a quest to get the ultimate power only to find it doesn't exist.
    • Metroid Prime Pinball: Badass fights against an evil alien science project with the power of flippers, pins, bonus rounds, and copious tilting.
    • Metroid Zero Mission: Same thing as the top title. But with Fetish Fuel, which only stops after the girl fights a mirror version of herself.
    • Metroid: Other M: A girl is authorized to remember a mysterious black man and a guy in a Nice Hat. She doesn't remember the bunny.
  • Metal Wolf Chaos: The US President has a very, very heated argument with the Vice President.
  • Miasmata: A sick man hides from a cat.
  • Michigan: Report From Hell: Do nothing but watch as TV news reporters are devoured by monsters.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (entire series): You fly around in a plane.
  • A Mind Forever Voyaging: A computer runs a simulation to predict the effects of a legislative bill.
  • Minecraft: Dig holes and stack blocks in a pixelated wilderness. Then die while trying to shuffle through inventory for weapons and food.
    • Alternately, punch trees while running away from monsters.
    • Or, Dig to the center of the Earth in order to escape from Zombies and green exploding penises
    • Get lost in a cavern system, then fall into lava.
  • Minesweeper: A sadist forces you to clear a minefield the hard way.
  • Mini Robot Wars: Cute little robots fight big evil robots.
  • Mirror's Edge: Run away from cops and try not to fall to your death.
    • Mail delivery is serious business.
  • Mitadake High: An unpopular student finds a way to get others interested in his or her favorite extracurricular activity.
  • Mondo Medicals: A doctor stands in a maze shouting for a good 20 minutes and then cures cancer in the most abrupt fashion possible.
    • Alternatively, cure cancer by traversing unnecessarily confusing mazes and getting yelled at and shot at by a madman with a TV for a head.
    • Mondo Agency: A man does his best to protect the president from the locals by being screamed at by his superiors.
  • Monkey Island series: A Disney ride come to life! Well, not really.
  • Monster Hunter: You hunt monsters with weapons that are often twice as large as you are.
  • Monster Loves You!: The fate of a hidden civilization depends on the results of a personality quiz.
  • Monster Party: A gargoyle shanghais a young boy with a baseball bat into popping pills and fighting monsters, including giant fried shrimp.
  • Monster Rancher: You raise hares, mis-named wolves, pet rocks, Cute Monster Girls, eyeballs, and traditional Japanese rice cakes on a farm. Then they die.
    • Or: Turn Your Mom's Hair Metal CDs into monsters. Send the monsters on vacations where they learn to breathe fire. Receive fan mail.
  • Monster Tale: A little girl befriends a monster. The girl teams up with the monster to beat up other children.
  • Moonbase Alpha: Text-To-Speech software: The Game.
    • Or: Space organization spends a ton of money to create a painstakingly accurate simulation of moon colonization. Everyone ignores the gameplay to focus on Microsoft Sam's Texan cousin.
  • Mortal Kombat 1: A demonic horde can only conquer Earth if they can prove their kung-fu is better than our kung fu in a ritualized contest created by the elder gods.
  • Motionsports: A rider and his horse are continually reintroduced by a kindly older adult figure. This game has been known to cause a strong emotional response in some gamers. Also there's something about a Kinect minigame collection.
  • Mount & Blade: An adventurer with a Multiple Choice Past conquers multiple kingdoms with their own soldiers, funded entirely by arrogance and silk sales.
  • MouseHunt: Evil mice are invading the kingdom of Gnawnia! You have to stop them!
  • Mr. Do!'s Castle: A game where unicorns get whacked with hammers.
  • MS Saga: A New Dawn: Xenogears with Gundams.
  • M.U.G.E.N: Your own hellish - and most likely controversial - hodgepodge of a fighting game.
    • Alternatively: A generic fighting game that only has one character and two stages. Has an extensive modding community.
  • Mugen Souls: A girl conquers the world by acting moe.
  • M.U.L.E.: Learn economics with the help of space aliens and robot donkeys.
  • Muscle March: Camp muscle-men are the victims of petty larceny. They resolve their problems by relentlessly chasing the culprit (through walls, if necessary) and flexing their muscles, all set to J-Pop music.
  • Mushroom Kingdom Fusion: Two plumbers meet a lot of video game heroes. Then an eyeball squishes everything together.
  • Muv-Luv: Ordinary High-School Student loses happy life, tries to get it back, but it turns out that Failure Is the Only Option, again and again and again.
  • My Sims: You move into a town and have to build your own house. You help random citizens by building objects in your workshop (that you built) with food, emotions, fish, animals, flowers and other objects and in return get clothes and blueprints to build more stuff.
  • Myst: In the early nineteenth century, a person finds a book in a New Mexico desert and becomes involved in the life of a troubled man and his family problems.
    • Riven: You run around five islands situated in an archipelago and try to outsmart an old guy with a gun who thinks he's God. The world violently implodes into outer space at the end, but it's okay.
    • Myst III: Exile: You have to save a magical book from Gríma Wormtongue armed with a hammer. To defeat him you have to build a blimp and a roller coaster pinball machine and electrocute a bird-eating plant.
    • Myst IV: Revelation: A guy kidnaps his sister and you have to fall asleep in a giant fungus and travel through a trippy dreamworld to save her, but first you have to decide which of the girl's brothers did it. One is a murderous psychopath and the other has exploding musical crystals.
    • Uru: Ages Beyond Myst: In the present day, a whole bunch of people get to wander around various worlds touching cloths and moving pillars back and forth. However the company keeps losing funding, making you do it on your own.
      • Uru: To D'ni: Enormous scavenger hunt for invisible circles in an ancient underground city in order to turn on a giant GPS machine.
      • Uru: Path of the Shell: You have to negotiate the ridiculously complicated and misleading puzzles of a Magnificent Bastard who died two hundred years ago in order to prevent him from committing suicide. He will defeat you frequently despite this obvious impairment.
    • Myst V: End of Ages: You draw on stone slabs to tell aliens what to do while an Emo and a bald, insane member of an ancient society squabble over the fate of the creatures in question.
  • Mystery Of Time And Space: An amnesiac solves puzzles and navigates a maze of set pieces in order to figure out his identity.
    • Or: A clone busts out of a prison in a laboratory complex in space, finds out he shouldn't even have bothered. Note: This also describes 1213.
  • My World My Way: Bratty princess becomes a heroine by screwing the rules and writing her own


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