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

Please sort new titles alphabetically to avoid duplicate entries.
  • N: A pacifist stickman ninja runs and jumps across simplistic monochrome landscapes, dodging killer drones and collecting lots of gold.
    • N+: The same thing, but on a smaller screen.
  • Nancy Drew: A series of games based on classic books that have nothing to do with the books. The best part is repeatedly killing the protagonist, then taking the option of going back to kill them again.
  • Narcissu: A car thief and his depressed friend wander around the countryside looking at flowers because they have nothing better to do.
    • Narcissu -Side 2nd-: The depressed friend from the first game spends her summer vacation tagging along with a jaded ex-Catholic.
    • Narcissu 3rd: Die Dritte Welt: A collection of stories vaguely related to the first two, now with a bigger price tag and probably No Export for You.
  • Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent: A government agent wanders a Quirky Town in the dead of winter, chewing used gum and solving puzzles in order to break into a factory. A cult of lawn-gnome worshipers is somehow involved.
    • Puzzle Agent 2: The government agent goes back to the Quirky Town to deal with some unfinished business. He chews more gum and solves more puzzles while running afoul of murderous astronauts.
  • Neo Geo Battle Coliseum: Mascot characters of varying obscurity have to fight each other for five minutes in teams of two. Then you have to fight a cloned nihilist, an alien with a god complex, a Blood Knight and a ripoff of a certain someone. Good Luck.
  • Neptunia: Console Wars AS A VIDEO GAME!
  • Not Tetris: Tetris with a Physics Engine.
    • Not Pac-Man: Pac-Man with the ability to tilt the maze.
  • NES Remix: Simple tasks in 8-bit games in the style of WarioWare. Known for its Game Mod-esque stages.
  • NetHack: A single link on NAO proves that there are over 5,000 ways to lose. And only one way to win.
  • Neutopia: A ROM hack of The Legend of Zelda, featuring no nonlinearity and 90% of the secret hidden passageways don't give you anything.
    • Neutopia II: A ROM hack of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, featuring no dark world and the secret passageways still don't give you anything. The hero from the first game dies and leaves his son some of his defective equipment as inheritance.
  • The Neverhood: A guy made of clay must fulfill a quest in a deserted world; however, he has no idea what it is he's supposed to do. It turns out he was created to fix his world's interrupted creation myth.
    • Skullmonkeys: The villain of the previous game (the original Adam of his world, corrupted through his own choice) isn't dead, but merely landed on another world. He enlists the natives to build a warship capable of obliterating his homeworld, so a tech-savvy local enlists the help of the first game's hero to save the day. The two games are of completely different genres.
  • Neverwinter Nights: Experienced, heroic champion of light hires a low-level adventurer and their henchmen to stop a plague.
    • Neverwinter Nights Hordes of the Underdark: Hero gets lost underground, gets manipulated into helping some residents of the underground fight the rest, and beats up a giant red guy with wings.
    • Neverwinter Nights The Bastard Of Kosigan: French (Burgundian!) hero with serious family issues runs off to Germany. Then things get worse.
    • Neverwinter Nights A Dance with Rogues: Spoiled princess gets deposed, her family destroyed, her city overrun with hostile soldiers out to kill her and her friends. This all in the prologue; there's worse to come.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Main character runs errands and builds a castle with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits all willing to betray them for their own gain.
  • Nicktoons Unite: Sentient sponge, spandex ghost, guy with bizarre hairdo and non-manly guy wearing pink battle Tim Curry.
  • Nicktoons MLB: Sentient sponge, spandex ghost, secret agent dog, bald kid, green omnicidal maniac, gross kitty and more face-off against real baseball players. No, you are not high.
  • NieR: Single father or older brother goes looking for medicine to cure his daughter or younger sister from extreme graphophilia. Players weep.
    • Or: The apocalypse happens twice. Both times it is your fault, but you don't find that out until later.
  • Night Trap: The player helps a former child star fight vampires that are slightly less threatening than Count Chocula using tactics straight out of an episode of Scooby-Doo. A very small number of the vampires can shoot lightning out of their hands for some inexplicable reason.
  • NiGHTS Into Dreams: An androgynous creature enters the minds of children and absorbs their spirits into itself. And he's the Good Guy.
    • Nights: Journey Of Dreams: Same androgynous creature does the same thing again, this time with different children, and also manages to confuse everyone by having a woman's voice. Also, an Owl constantly reminds them to collect DreamDrops, which if done, results in a cameo of the two children from the first game.
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors: A twelve year old uses time travel to solve a sudoku puzzle.
    • Virtue's Last Reward: To stop the spread of a virus, a deadly game with puzzles takes place long after it would do any good.
  • Ninja Gaiden (original): Everyone good and bad wants you dead, and all you want is your family heirloom, which inadvertently tries to destroy the world.
    • Ninja Gaiden (Xbox game): A Ninja finds much of his extended family dead after he returns from a visit to his uncle's and goes after The Empire responsible.
    • Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360 game): A Ninja travels the world to get back a statue. In the meantime he fights giant spiders, a big deathmachine with a sad face, dogs, a four-armed werewolf, ninjas with automatic rocket launchers, the devil who rephrases Shakespeare and Zombie Ninjas. Also, did I mention the one who took the statue is a butterfly?
  • The Ninja Warriors: Two robots kill a fat dictator.
  • Nintendo Puzzle Collection: An Italian man does double-duty as a medical doctor and baker along with his reptilian buddy. Meanwhile, a fairy reunites her friends after a devil's curse splits them apart by smashing everything with colorful blocks
  • Nintendo Wars: The four major nations of World War II, or at least two of them, have a friendly rivalry with each other but constantly end up warring due to a series of misunderstandings.
    • Alternatively: Go to war, and have fun with it! War in it's nicest, funniest way, rarely taking itself seriously.
    • Famicom Wars: In World War I, the two of those four nations battle each other on various territories. Samus Aran and a few other cameos are commanders around certain territories.
    • Super Famicom Wars: World War I is retold. This time, all 4 nations participate. Also, trains are involved.
    • Game Boy Wars 1/2/Turbo: In these 3 games for the price of 3, World War I takes place on various territories. The second of the two nations uses a different color.
    • Game Boy Wars 3: World War I takes place on various territories, with the second of the two nations again using the same different color. Military Madness occurs.
    • Advance Wars: World War II starts when Russia invades America, except it's all a Batman Gambit by an evil alien robot Snifit to take over the world. A key part of his plan is making robotic doubles of an American officer who is 15 and doesn't know what an airport is. When the plan falls apart, he drops meteors on the troops.
    • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising: The evil alien robot (who is no longer a Snifit) decides to go with the direct approach, stealing military resources through a series of tubes. As subcommanders, he hires a man dumber than the Hulk, a 12 year old Perky Goth Mad Scientist, a possibly gay man who wears blush and has no useful abilities whatsoever, and a frighteningly competent and collected lieutenant. Hiring the last one was a mistake.
    • Advance Wars: Dual Strike: Military commanders discover that by taking turns leading a single army, they can rend the very fabric of time. The hero shoots an old man's wheelchair.
    • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin: Survivors of an apocalypse fight over what's left of Earth. This all falls away to focus on the most biology-failing clone family this side of Solid Snake.
  • Nintendogs: Take care of familiar creatures that never grow up, learn a limited number of tricks, and get freaked out by various things.
  • No More Heroes: A shameless anime otaku wins a Laser Blade in an online auction, and uses it to carve his way up the leaderboard of an assassins' guild.
    • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Shameless anime otaku, now hellbent for revenge, carves his way up another leaderboard of an assassins' guild. Along the way, he's helped by his Irish twin brother and a female Afro Samurai.
  • Noby Noby Boy: A giant snake eats people then takes a huge dump.
  • Noitu Love: A small child stops an elderly man from inaccurately reversing evolution by beating the hell out of everything that moves.
    • Noitu Love 2: Devolution: A young woman finds her city is turning into a historical tourist attraction and responds by beating the hell out of everything that moves.
  • Nostalgia: British swordsman inherits his father's sweet ride and travels the world (or something like it) to find him.
  • Octodad: A Standard '50s Father goes through his morning routine. By the way, he's an octopus.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey: Slave frees his race from being turned into food.
    • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus: Slave is told to free race from becoming beer by ghosts. Leeches hang from trees.
    • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee: One legged wheelchair fish electrocutes doctors and Nurses, frees Hairy meatballs with teeth.
      • Alternatively, Slave and One-legged wheelchair fish work together to destroy the economy. This is a good thing.
    • Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath: Bounty hunting centaur attempts to bring down water bottling company by throwing animals at it.
  • Odin Sphere: Once upon a time, five strangers took up gardening. There were no survivors.
  • Offspring Fling: A cute woodland creature, separated from her many children, picks them up and tosses them into walls to get them home safely.
  • Okage: Shadow King: A family sells their son's soul to a demon in order to free their daughter from a curse causing her to speak Pig Latin.
  • Ōkami: A magical wolf paints her way to victory.
  • OMGWTFOTL: DON'T GENUFLECT. EVER. Other than that... good luck figuring this one out.
  • Onechanbara: Hot chicks with swords fight zombies while trying not to get their clothes dirty.
  • Oni Motoko Kusanagi ersatz fights terrorists and her former employers, mostly with her bare hands.
  • Onimusha: Warlords A samurai in a quest to rescue a princess gets chosen by some good monsters to fight against evil monster, collecting souls on his way to beat gigantic wasps and humongous snakes only to have another one take the snake's place as Evil Overlord.
    • Or: The princess has been kidnapped by demons. Are you a bad enough samurai to save the princess?
    • Onimusha 3: Samurai from medieval Japan ends up in today's Paris, a policeman from today ends up in medieval Japan. Timetravel extraordinaire to beat even more monsters and the Evil Overlord from the previous game. Again.
  • Operation Flashpoint: You're fighting to prevent World War III and liberate Ruritanias at the ass end of nowhere. You can drive anything, including tractors. Oh, and you die in two shots.
  • Orbiter: The Free Spaceflight Simulator. First, you study loooong instruction manuals. Then, you finally fly various missions. Most of them are mundane hard work. Piloting a spacecraft is not an easy job.
  • Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan: The people are not motivated. A squad of manly cheerleaders tries to alleviate this.
    • Moero Nekketsu Rhythm Tamashii! Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2: Six years later, the people are still not motivated. The cheerleaders from across the river are not as manly.
    • osu! A Fan Sequel of the series, with a load and loads of custom maps, along with a mode where you play the drums, catch fruit on a plate, and play the piano.
  • The Oregon Trail: Five men travel west. Everyone dies of dysentery or a broken leg, and the leader gets a silly epitaph.
  • Our Darker Purpose: Following a riot at a boarding school, a Cute Mute goes around setting people and things on fire, stealing people's toys, and getting killed repeatedly.
  • Outpost: God drops an asteroid on the Earth. Your onboard Windows 95 computer won't let you take the off ramp to Mars so you spend about a hundred years flying to the next equally barren rock where you build an <ahem> outpost of civilization.
  • Outpost 2: God drops an asteroid on the Earth ... has a novella backstory.
  • Out Zone: Two fragile cyborgs on limited fuel supply destroy aliens.
  • Overlord: The world's most benevolent Evil Overlord and his goofy sidekicks seek revenge on a morbidly obese hobbit, a lecherous knight, a lazy elf, a gold-crazed dwarf, a self-hating thief, a possessed wizard, and a barbarian with anger management issues.
  • Pac-Man: All-consuming glutton shaped like pizza takes illicit substances to consume ghosts.
    • Ms. Pac-Man: Love interest does same does same.
    • Super Pac-Man: All-consuming glutton takes growth hormones.
    • Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures: All-consuming glutton settles down, becomes overemotional and can't do the simplest tasks unless you hit stuff with a slingshot.
  • Pac-Man World series: All-consuming glutton enters the third dimension.
    • Pac-Man World: All-consuming glutton's birthday is cancelled by a robot that sorta looks like said all-consuming glutton.
    • Pac-Man World 2: All-consuming glutton tries to bury a ghost under a tree.
    • Pac-Man World 3: Extraterrestrial being makes life for spirits miserable. All-consuming glutton and said spirits try to kill the extraterrestrial being.
  • Painkiller: Guy in Purgatory gets told he'll get to see his wife in Heaven again if he kills Satan. With a weaponized weed whacker and a whole lot of other weird-ass guns.
  • Pajama Sam: There's No Need to Hide When it's Dark Outside: A kid who can't sleep with the lights off falls into his closet armed with a mask, lunchbox and flashlight. Everything talks. Everything.
    • Pajama Sam: Thunder and Lightening Aren't so Frightening: The same kid goes into the attic and gets involved in office politics.
    • Pajama Sam: You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet: The kid is kidnapped by a box of cookies and tasked with averting a war.
  • Panel de Pon: A fairy princess frees her friends from brainwashing by dropping blocks of garbage on them. Today, the game is best known for a flower that appeared in a more famous video game.
  • Pangya: Players celebrate the exploits of an island hero by playing a game most of us refer to as "golf".
  • Panzer Dragoon: The Precursors learned how to control evolution and the environment, but this ended up leading to a Crap Sack World, so it's up to a failsafe program that randomly activates in some animals to save the day from their mistake.
    • Panzer Dragoon Saga: You fall in Love at First Sight, then you're murdered, and then everybody else spends the rest of the game using your reanimated corpse.
    • Panzer Dragoon Orta: Sega found a way to turn Kick the Dog into a rail shooter.
  • Paperboy: A boy bikes down the street and delivers the morning paper, dodging a small army of unlikely obstacles.
    • Paperboy 2: Same as above, but now girls can do it too.
  • Paper Mario: Everyman tries saving a land of sentient fungi from a dragon turtle. The characters are flat.
  • PapersPlease: Bureaucracy-simulator, where the player is a border inspector.
    • Investigate the banality of evil via paperwork.
  • Para Para Paradise: Wave your hands to the tune of fast-paced eurobeat music.
  • Parappa The Rapper: A dog takes Karate lessons from an onion, takes his driver's license test with a moose, gains marketing charm from a frog and follows a chicken's instructions to make a cake out of shrimps. He does all this while rapping in order to court a flower.
    • Parappa The Rapper 2: A dog stops a brat with an afro from turning the universe into noodles using the power of cake.
    • Um Jammer Lammy: One of his friends from around town fronts an all-girl garage band.
  • Paradroid: The player uses the power of Mind Rape to clear a spaceship of cleaners, battle butlers and even daleks.
  • Parasite Eve: Genetic warfare breaks out at the opera. Your organelles hate you.
  • Patapon: As God, you command dancing eyeballs with weapons to war. You cannot control them directly so you have to use commands more complex than they need to be and be forced to wait after each command.
  • The Path: An adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood in which following the game's instructions means Game Over.
  • Pathways into Darkness: The talking corpses of your friends give you tips on helping an alien get back to sleep.
  • Peggle: Various creatures, including a unicorn, a dragon, a cat, and a flower have a school dedicated to teaching the player how to become a master at shooting balls at orange pegs.
    • Peggle Nights: The teachers of the above school have wish-fulfilling dreams.
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game Of The Movie: 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.
  • Phantasmagoria 2: Bisexual half-human hybrid cubicle dweller has both his prospective girlfriend and boyfriend stalked by an evil plant counterpart from another dimension.
  • Phantasy Star Online: You're hired to find out what happened to the daughter of the head of the spaceship you live on. You commit genocide on the planet you're trying to colonize only to discover the daughter's been absorbed by the Eldritch Abomination.
    • Phantasy Star Online: Episode 3: Later, you use trading cards to discover everything's a government conspiracy.
  • Phantom Brave: Incredibly cheery young necromancer raises the dead to fight and kill for money. Her clients are extremely stingy.
  • Photopia: A classic Mary Sue story where everyone talks about how much they love the Mary Sue who later dies a tragic death.
  • Pikmin: A cargo deliveryman escapes from being stranded on an alien world with a poisonous atmosphere with the help of an army of carrot-creatures.
    • Pikmin 2: The cargo deliveryman and a fellow employee return to the planet from the last game, and enslave the carrot-creatures to dig for "treasure" that is actually worthless junk.
    • Pikmin 3: New explorers from a planet of Big Eaters use the carrot-creatures to get fruit. The cargo deliveryman and employee from before now sleep very often.
  • Planescape: Torment: An amnesiac resolves to find out how to kill himself in a game based almost entirely on talking.
    • Alternatively: Update Your Journal: the Game
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Gardening is your only hope of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Plaque Attack: The game of dental hygiene.
  • Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: An insane entity with godlike powers gathers up a number of misfits and outcasts to fight each other, plus a few seasoned warriors, a girl and her cat, a happy amateur musician, and an even happier sentient toy. Likely cause of YouTube hiding video tags from the public.
  • Pochi and Nyaa: Raining cats and dogs—literally.
  • Pocket God: Be a dick to some islanders.
  • Pocket Tanks: Tiny vehicles with guns destroy the world with ridiculous weapons yet always come out unharmed. Fireworks ensue.
  • Pocky And Rocky: A miko sets out to eliminate youkai by throwing ofuda at them.
  • Pokémon: The player takes on the role of a child in a world where kids are allowed to leave the house at 10 years of age and traverse the world, capture, befriend, and battle with special animals, causing them to metamorphose from adorable pets into grotesque oversized monsters, and beat up the local crime syndicate.
    • Alternatively: Step into a world where pets are Serious Business.
    • Alternatively: Explore a magical region where mutated animals with bladed arms and powers thrive, the civilians have no cars, the police have no guns, the hospitals have free all-in-one healing machines, and animal cage-fighting with kids, adults, and criminals is mandatory to enter the next room or city. You're also 10 years old.
    • Pokémon Red and Blue: A young man defeats a gang of ruthless criminals while trying To Be a Master.
    • Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal: A young man or woman defeats the same gang of ruthless criminals while trying To Be a Master. Then they meet the guy who crippled said gang the first time.
    • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald: Defeat extremist ecological teams who hope to better the ecology of the region in convoluted ways.
    • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum: Defeat a terrorist organization and bend the ruler of time/space/antimatter to your will in the process.
    • Pokémon Black and White: A slightly older young man or woman embarks on a journey to foil an old man's plan to use his son's ability to talk to animals to take over the world.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: The old man and not-PETA return with a new scheme. The slightly older young man/woman isn't available, so another one has to help.
    • Pokémon X and Y: In France, orange-dressed people want to make the world beautiful. This is bad, and so a young-but-older-looking boy or girl must stop this.
      • Alternatively: a young teenager methodically eliminates an organization that was formed in order to combat worldwide overpopulation and economic scarcity, and is rewarded by being allowed to enter a gargantuan and extravagant castle that houses, at most, five people.
    • Pokémon Box: A game that allows you to save creatures on a card.
    • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Teams: A human gets turned into a monster after a personality test and is roped into rescuing other monsters in randomly generated dungeons. Said human nearly distracts a giant sky dragon from saving the world.
      • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness: A different human in the body of a monster must help stop time from freezing by causing time to freeze. There's a scene where all of your closest companions try to kill you, and it's Played for Laughs.
      • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky: Pay $30 extra just to see the fan-favorite character from the previous game live instead of die.
      • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity: A different human in the body of a monster (no personality tests this time) is roped into saving the world, and has to think with dimensional gates in order to destroy a snowflake. Why? Because a zombie dragon can see into the future.
    • Pokémon Ranger: You befriend monsters by drawing circles around them.
      • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia: You must prevent an oil company from finding a renewable energy source by drawing circles around monsters.
      • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs: Bad guys go around waking up birds, and Evil Old Folks blow up an island using a giant pinecone. You stop them by drawing circles around monsters.
    • Pokémon Snap: In the same world of exotic animals, a boy takes photographs of them to give to an old man.
    • Pokémon Stadium: A Spin-Off that heavily relies on Old Save Bonus. It's only purpose is to see sprites converted into 3D models. There's no story whatsoever.
    • Pokémon Colosseum: In a desert wasteland, an older boy takes villains' monsters in order to perform therapy for them.
      • Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: The same villains turn a seagull purple. Therapy is now done by a computer.
    • Pokémon Trading Card Game: The player takes on the role of a different child in a world where card games are Serious Business.
    • Hey You, Pikachu!: In this same world, a child must befriend a baby mouse with the help of buggy voice-recognition technology.
      • Pokémon Channel: Another mouse must be befriended by a second child. They bond by watching television.
      • PokéPark Wii: A third mouse saves a theme park from being destroyed by a flying cat's home crashing into it, through The Power of Friendship.
      • PokéPark 2: Higher-quality minigames brainwash the masses and nearly destroy the universe.
    • Pokémon Rumble: A rodent that isn't a mouse desires to win a tournament. He fails, so he finds others to do it for him.
      • Pokémon Rumble Blast: Large groups of creatures counteract oxidation by charging at it headfirst.
    • Pokémon Conquest: Answers the age old question of what Feudal Japan would've been like if it had electric rodents.
    • My Pokémon Ranch: In a game with graphics that resemble the Nintendo 64, you're able to transfer creatures to a farm and play with them. You get more creatures the more you play the game.
    • Pokémon Bank: Transfer your creatures and store them in the cloud.
  • Poker Night at the Inventory: An animorphic rabbit, a shirtless luchador, a russian army man, a nerd, and a faceless mute play Texas Hold 'Em
    • Poker Night 2: A bodyguard, a robot, an (accedental) time traveler, an animorphic dog, and the same faceless mute play Texas and Ohmaha Hold 'Em.
  • Pop N Music: Press big colorful buttons to create musical effects.
  • Pong: Two numbers, three lines, and a dot.
  • Portal: Break the laws of physics repeatedly while being carted around a desolate laboratory by an insane computer.
    • Alternatively: A computer runs some tests.
    • Portal 2: Hundreds of years later, you team up with a potato to stop an idiot.
      • Alt: Solve puzzles by shooting at walls while your former friend struggles with addiction and withdrawal.
    • Keep in mind, this is a first person shooter, but has only one weapon that can't kill anyone.
  • Power Instinct: A family feud is settled in the fastest possible way.
    • Power Instinct Matrimelee: The family beats the hell out of each other for the right to break age-of-consent laws.
  • Power Pete: As Orson Welles said of his role in Transformers, you "play a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys." In a toystore.
  • Prey: Cherokee Guy makes the Doom Guy proud. Now with more Gravity Screw (and sphincters!)
  • Primal: A girl searches for her lost boyfriend while a gargoyle tries to convince her to save the world.
  • Primal Rage: Mortal Kombat WITH DINOSAURS AND GORILLAS!
  • Prince of Persia): You are a beggar who is in love with a princess and cannot survive a twenty-foot drop. Except the one that threw you in jail. You must fight through a crumbling, trap-filled palace brimming with guards and fight the evil vizier. In an hour.
    • Prince of Persia 2: Similar concept as above, only now you have to die to solve some of the puzzles and it takes two hours.
    • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Much like the earlier games, only now there's no time limit and you're armed with a VCR. Or TiVo/Sky+ to younger tropers.
      • Alternatively, a man who can't decide what sword he likes best and likes ripping up his shirt joins forces with the woman he kidnapped to save the world from a tuberculosis-suffering politician (who has recently changed political parties) after the man breaks a clock. All this is a story told by someone with an incredibly bad memory.
    • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within: Much like the previous game, only now your main character reached puberty.
      • Alternatively, a sleep-deprived man armed with a VCR fights empresses in metal swimsuits.
    • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones: Like the last two games, but the main character now has multiple-personality disorder.
      • Alternatively, a no-longer-dead politician (who doesn't have tuberculosis and never changed parties) kills an ex-empress who used to wear metal swimsuits to create lots of sand. To set things right, the man from the previous two games joins forces with the princess he had kidnapped, who no longer remembers him. They have conversations in elevators about the man's favorite color and he finds his old VCR.
      • The main character learns that there's no point trying to correct your mistakes.
    • Prince of Persia (2008): An environmentalist and a guy with a Freddy Krueger glove run around trying to save a tree for someone who's been gone for a thousand years.
  • Princess Debut: You have thirty days to learn to dance from a furry. Bishōnen princes want to screw you, but won't, because the game is rated E. There's a flying hamster.
  • Princess Maker 2: As a reward for saving a kingdom from the armies of Satan, God gives you a ten-year-old girl.
    • You can then have said 10 year old girl kill the god of war and become the new Satan.
    • Alternatively: Make your underage daughter work at a sleazy bar to pay for her breast enlargement.
  • Princess Waltz A bunch of princesses compete in a royal battle royale where cardgames are Serious Business. The prize is a prince who secretly turns into a princess through a DBZ fusion-move to compete in the tournament as well, because he doesn't want to marry any of the competitors since he prefers men. Besides, he really was a princess all along, anyway.
  • Professor Layton: Barraged by puzzles, two Brits, a professor and his apprentice, solve mysteries. Plot twists ensue.
  • Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney: A baker and a scholar counter accusations of witchcraft in a medieval society that does things by the book.
  • Prototype: A man in a hoodie has lunch in New York despite the army's best attempts to stop him.
    • Prototype2: The man in the hoodie welcomes a very upset man into his family. The angry man shows his appreciation by waging war on everyone.
  • Psychic Force: In a world torn apart by hate and violence, humans who were born with psychic powers battle against each other for either a united world between them and the normal humans or to eliminate the normal humans in order to create their own peaceful utopia.
  • Psychonauts: A kid runs away from the circus, learns Psychic Powers by collecting random junk to earn merit badges, and must save the world from an angry midget and a mad dentist.
    • Alt: Circus Brat runs away from home in hopes of becoming a pre-teen superspy. As he works his way to the top of an asylum, he is mistaken for a lake monster, eaten by a fish and sneezes out his brain. His dad is not balding and doesn't hate him.
    • Meanwhile, a Brazilian mourns, people go off their meds, and a guy breaks a lot of lamps.
  • Pulse: A blind girl must find her brother, who is lost in a cave system.
  • Punch-Out!!: Scrawny kid works his way to the top of the boxing circuit. Many of his opponents are blatant cheaters.
    • Punch-Out!! Wii - Title Defense Mode: Scrawny kid defends his title from his previous opponents, who are now even worse and even more blatant cheaters, even the ones who weren't.
    • Super Punch Out: Scrawny kid with no name works his way to the top of the boxing circuit. Many of his opponents are blatant cheaters, some aren't even boxers.
  • Pursuit Force: You fight crime by hijacking vehicles while someone else is driving them.
  • Push-Over: An anthropomorphic dog trips while dancing and simultaneously drops ten bags of potato chips from his pocket down an anthole. A friendly ant goes to look for them but instead gets distracted playing with his toy dominoes. His journey takes him to many places including Ancient Greece, Japan, a medieval dungeon, a tower of tinker-toys, and outer space.
  • Puyo Puyo: Stacking and killing cute little blobs is a sport.
  • Puzzle Quest: Warriors fight for the fate of the world with Match-Three Puzzle battles.
  • Quantum Conundrum: Travel through your uncle's mad house, through dimensions in order to get him out of a giant pocket.
  • Q*bert: Jump on blocks in order to change their color while avoiding anything purple.
  • Qix: Draw lots of quadrilaterals while sparkly things chase you around. Avoid the color-changing lines.
  • Quake: A single Space Marine must traverse numerous monotonously decorated Gothic buildings in order to reach a boss who doesn't move or attack at all.
    • Quake II: A single soldier fights a bunch of guys who all have prosthetic limbs.
    • Quake III: Arena: A bunch of people kill each other over and over again.
    • Quake IV: A bunch of soldiers invade the home of the aforementioned prosthetic limb users.
    • Enemy Territory Quake Wars: A bunch of soldiers and a bunch of prosthetic limb users wage war in the soldiers' home planet.
  • The Queen of Heart '99: The result of dipping To Heart into massive (fan-made) Character Derailment.
  • Quest for Glory: A guy wants to be a hero.
  • QWOP: An aspiring athlete for an underdog nation runs 100 meters.
  • Radiata Stories: You and everyone you've ever met including your bumbling mentor and quiet girlfriend wage war against whoever's side you don't take.
  • Radiant Silvergun: An arcade shmup, only port was on a failed console and released in only one country, contains tons of Engrish but no powerups.
  • Rally Trophy: You struggle with the steering wheel of your old 60s car. You start your racing career in the middle of nowhere in northwest Russia. Your co-driver is a bossy Jerk Ass and panics when seeing cows.
  • Rama: Arthur C. Clarke teaches an astronaut octal and hexadecimal math.
  • Rampage: You punch buildings until either they collapse or you fall and turn into a naked person.
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows: An extremely durable plane shoots down enemies.
  • Rainbow Six: Have a plan to kill everyone you and your friends meet. Be prepared to lose those friends if your plan doesn't go off without a hitch.
    • Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield: An old man gives Neo-Nazis some money to go get themselves killed.
    • Rainbow Six: Vegas: A Texan and the two dumbest special forces operators ever shoot up Las Vegas.
    • Rainbow Six: Vegas 2: A featureless training instructor and the aforementioned dumbest SF operators ever shoot up Las Vegas the day before the Texan arrives. The plot is revealed to be orchestrated by the most incompetent special forces operator ever.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Vaguely catlike repairman acquires factory-rejected robot and saves the galaxy from people who are just trying to make a new home for themselves.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: Vaguely catlike repairman and factory-rejected robot travel to another galaxy and save it from an adorable fuzzy monster.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal: Vaguely catlike repairman and factory-rejected robot return to the first galaxy and save it from a mad scientist and his sarcastic butler. But they need the help of one of their old enemies to do so.
    • Ratchet: Deadlocked: Vaguely catlike repairman must win a game show or die trying.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters: Vaguely catlike repairman and factory-rejected robot get interviewed by a young girl working on her school project and end up finding tiny aliens.
    • Secret Agent Clank: Vaguely catlike repairman gets sent to prison, while factory-rejected robot tries on various costumes, sends the repairman cakes, and plays poker for an empty crate. Meanwhile, stupid green-wearing superhero tells a bunch of far-fetched tales, and tiny robots help defeat cheating robots.
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction: Vaguely catlike repairman and factory-rejected robot save a different galaxy from a pipsqueak emperor and his army of goldfish. They also find the ultimate weapon of a lost civilization: a hat.
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty: Vaguely catlike repairman faces two pirates with the intent of finding where his factory-rejected robot friend is working.
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time: Vaguely catlike repairman finds out he isn't the only one. In the meantime, factory-rejected robot is now employed in the exact center of the universe, give or take fifty feet.
    • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One: Vaguely catlike repairman, his factory-rejected robot friend, stupid green-wearing president, and mad scientist work together to stop a man in search of his lost pet.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault: Vaguely catlike repairman, factory-rejected robot friend, and stupid green-wearing president have to defend a sector of the galaxy from an evil nerd. It's more intended for multiplayer.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus: Vaguely catlike repairman and factory-rejected robot friend go on a gravity-lacking adventure to stop a witch and her brother from summoning spooky scary space ghosts and a mechanical eye.
  • Rayman series: Limbless man fights evil despite disability.
    • Rayman (1995 game): Limbless man must rescue dozens of his fangirls before he can confront the villain, who lives in a fortress made of candy and cake. There, he defeats the reassembled body parts of all the game's bosses, then lets the villain go free.
    • Rayman 2: The Great Escape: Limbless man must eat a lot of yellow flies on a quest to awaken an omnipotent voodoo doll.
    • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc: Limbless man has trouble getting his shoes to stay on. He saves the world by making a googly face at a wise-cracking black fly.
    • Rayman Raving Rabbids: Limbless man is forced to play bizarre sports with screaming bunnies.
    • Rayman Raving Rabbids 2: Shrieking rabbits divert the attention away from limbless man and play more bizarre games. Everyone rages at the attention-diverting.
    • Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party: Noisy lapines get stuck in the limbless man's television set and annoy him by playing yet more bizarre games.
    • Rabbids Go Home: Cacophonous lagomorphs decide to finally go home. Except that they've forgotten where home is, and decide it's the moon, and build a tower consisting of random junk on the streets and clothing stolen directly off people in order to get there. The limbless man is now apparently absent, considering the rabbits are doing his job for him.
    • Rayman Origins: Limbless man, blue frog, and big-nosed fancily-dressed blue people have a nap that drives a grandma to send the legions of Hell upon them. They all set out to rescue the fangirls, some fairies, and beat up a few giant animals (and a plant).
    • Rayman Legends: One long nap later, the limbless man, blue frog, and big-nosed fancily-dressed blue people go on adventures inside a bunch of paintings, rescuing big-nosed fancily-dressed people and warrior princesses from whatever is in the paintings.
  • Razing Storm: Two commandos and their squad kill an evil dictator. And lots of Humongous Mecha.
  • The Reap: Aliens invade earth and destroy its defences. You play as one of them.
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: In a world full of adventurers, you play as the shopkeeper.
  • Red Dead Redemption: Grand Theft Auto...IN THE WILD WEST!
  • Resident Evil: Cops break into a house and kill everyone inside.
    • Resident Evil 2: A policeman arrives in a town and starts shooting its residents. Meanwhile, an evil corporation conspires to invent skin cream.
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis: A gal in a miniskirt spends the entire game running away from a tentacle monster.
    • Resident Evil: Code: Veronica: A girl protects a boy only slightly younger than she is because her older brother isn't around to protect her until the very end.
    • Resident Evil 4: The President's daughter has been kidnapped by Spaniards! Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President's daughter?
      • Or: An American goes to Spain to rescue the president's daughter and meets a man who is eventually killed by a cult leader and his demon penis.
      • Or: The policeman from the second game arrives in a village in Europe and starts shooting its residents. Meanwhile, Napoleon is digging for ancient parasites under his house.
      • Or: Big Bad explains plan to protagonist and spends several days trying to kill him, when unlocking all the doors and taking a nap would have assured him world domination.
      • Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways: A woman uses a Grappling-Hook Pistol to help out the above American behind the scenes while working for the villain behind the first three games, but in reality is a chessmaster who is doing it all for own nefarious schemes.
    • Resident Evil 5: A very stylish and clever villain who speaks in a huge, bombastic tone plots to control the world while wearing Sunglasses at Night. He is stopped by a heavily-muscled international police officer and his small, slender female partner.
      • Alternatively, the first recipient of a gorilla-human arm transplant punches his way through Africa with the support of a local in order to stop Neo from controlling worms. In the end, he fistfights a boulder in a volcano.
    • Resident Evil Outbreak: A group of people completely unrelated to all of the above have to put up with the aftermath.
    • Resident Evil 6: The ex-policeman, heavily muscled international police officer, son of the stylish bombastic villain, and chessmaster woman walk into a city.
  • Resistance: Fall of Man: You must stop a bunch of aliens that are digging up funny looking towers and trying to destroy humanity for some reason.
    • Resistance 2: A soldier infected by The Virus refuses treatment in favor of blowing up more funny looking towers. This does nothing to help humanity's situation.
  • Retro City Rampage: Relive The Eighties by playing Grand Theft Auto through an NES filter.
  • Retro Game Challenge: Game show host has become a disembodied evil head and sends you back in time to play Nintendo, so his 10-year old self can help you defeat himself.
  • Revengers of Vengeance: Record of Lodoss War-expies fight each other and a great evil.
  • Revolution X: Rescue Aerosmith from an evil government by shooting CDs at its troops.
  • Rez: You have to fix an AI that's not working well by shooting stuff to techno music.
    • Alternatively, an AI gets depressed, and you shoot stuff to make it feel better.
  • Rhythm Heaven: Depending on the console, tap a couple buttons in time with unexplainable things or tap and flick your stylus in time with unexplainable things.
  • Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure: Red-headed Gentleman Thief dances his way around Paris while facing off against the minions of zombie Napoleon.
  • Rift: Six large reptilian things decide to cause trouble. Either Mad Scientists or the gods themselves are to blame.
  • Ring Of Red: What if the Korean War was fought with Humongous Mecha?
  • Rise of the Triad: Five special forces agents must stop a cult whose ranks include the former head of a movie studio. Among your weapons are a magical baseball bat and the ability to turn into a dog.
  • Ristar: A star defeats invading aliens by grabbing them.
  • Rival Schools: United By Fate: High school kids are disappearing and coming back Brainwashed and Crazy. The only obvious solution is to beat the crap out of one another to find the culprit.
    • Project Justice: A lunatic in tight clothing and extendable claws sets out to take over all the schools. The obvious solution from the last game is again the only option.
  • River City Ransom: Two high school delinquents beat up an entire city worth of gangsters for the sake of one guy's girlfriend.
    • Or: Beat up people to hear them barf.
  • Riviera: The Promised Land: A fallen angel and his harem attempt to stop his old companions from bringing about The End of the World as We Know It.
    • Yggdra Union: Princess with a big sword and a deck of cards has to reclaim her kingdom from an empire with larger numbers (and, obviously, more cards).
      • Yggdra Unison: Empire captures fortress; very cutesy world war between twelve countries, each armed with a deck of cards, ensues.
      • Blaze Union: Demonic Christ figure gathers many allies and a large deck of cards in order to save the Empire.
      • Gloria Union: Wannabe pirate and a robot who fell from the sky look for treasure, armed with a deck of cards. Also, political intrigue!
    • Knights in the Nightmare: Ghost calls on the spirits of the dead to protect him from monsters, even though it can't be killed.
    • Gungnir: Boy with the ability to summon (but not control) powerful demons VS mundane racism.
  • Robot Alchemic Drive: Super robots save the world while you stand around and watch. And try to avoid collateral damage from their battles.
  • Robot Unicorn Attack: Horse collects fairies and makes friends with dolphins on a journey amongst the stars. Men love it.
  • Robo Warrior: Saving the world from an alien-engineered ecological disaster by blowing up trees on your way.
  • Rock Band: Tapping buttons on what looks like a plastic toy guitar/bass, hitting plastic drums, making an arrow follow a line with your voice. Making an ass of yourself in the process, of course, but at least you can do it with more friends.
    • Rock Band Unplugged: Tapping buttons while potentially making an ass of yourself in the process. Unfortunately, you can't do it with friends.
    • Rock Band Blitz: Twiddle your index fingers to rock stardom while shooting for a high score and potentially making an ass of yourself. Again, you can't do it with friends.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: Rescue a princess from pig men with a sword that undresses its victims.
  • Rogue Legacy: A family attempts to venture into an ever-changing castle to rescue the king. When you die, your kids go into the castle in your stead.
  • RPG Shooter: Starwish: A Space Pirate makes friends with genies.
  • R-Type: Improper disposal of Organic Technology causes much grief.

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