Playing With: No Campaign for the Wicked

Basic Trope: Video Games that won't let you play as the bad guys.
  • Straight: The fantasy Real-Time Strategy game Hope's Campaign has several playable factions, but only let players take control of the Always Chaotic Evil daemonspawn in skirmish mode.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Hope's Campaign lets you play as Council of Skulls and Overlord Drakan's Hordes and but not as the daemonspawn who have absolutely no redeeming values.
  • Justified:
    • The bad guys are freakishly bizarre Starfish Aliens; a campaign as them would either remove their air of mystery, or just plain make no sense.
    • The daemonspawn are designed to use features that just plain couldn't reasonably be used by a human player, like their bizarre hyperspace movement.
  • Inverted: A game with a Villain Protagonist won't allow you to play as the good guys.
  • Subverted:
    • There's a secret bad guy campaign.
    • The Good Guy campaign is Act I, the Bad Guy campaign is Act II (and is not Spoiled By The Manual).
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: All the selectable factions are complete goody-goodies; the non-selectable factions include those that Poke the Poodle.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The game is advertised to let you play as the bad guys as a selling point. Once you actually get the game, you don't actually get to play as anyone except the good guys. DLC is later released to let you play a villain's campaign.
    • There are multiple good and evil factions. Some good factions have campaigns, but others don't. Some bad factions have campaigns, but others don't.
  • Averted: There's a campaign for the bad guys.
  • Enforced:
    • The bad guys are really bad, and the execs are afraid that letting players control their slaughter would result in really bad PR for their series, so they don't allow it.
    • Alternately: the evil faction is structured too differently from the good factions to implement a campaign without fundamentally altering their game play.
    • The game is set during World War II, and they aren't allowed to let you play as the Nazis.
    • The game is delayed too long already and the developers are running out of funds. Removing the evil campaign allows it to be released on the current schedule.
    • It's a Licensed Game, and the creators of the original material forbid the game developers from adding an evil campaign.
  • Lampshaded: "I wonder what The Empire's generals think like?" "Dunno. It's not important."
  • Invoked: The game nominally offers the player several chances to join the bad guys, but no matter what choice the player makes, he winds up with the good guys.
  • Exploited: Every game invokes this trope, so when one comes out which defies it than everyone buys it like hotcakes.
  • Defied:
    • The initial plans are for the bad guys to get no campaign, but the beta testers complain that they're the coolest faction, so one is added.
    • Someone mods in an evil campaign.
  • Discussed: "Why can't we play as the Templars?" "They're the bad guys.""Actually, I find them to be much more sympathetic than the Assassins."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The reason the evil faction was unplayable was because you find out in the end that they were Hero Antagonists trying to save the world from the so-called Big Good that you were working for. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
  • Reconstructed: When you find that out, however, you join them and from there on out there's no campaign for the previously thought good-guys anymore, as you try to save the world from the Evil Overlord you helped put on the throne.
  • Played For Laughs: The campaign selection screen has all the generals on it, good and evil, but if you click on one of the evil ones, the good general standing next to him shoves him out of the way and the player ends up playing the good campaign instead.
  • Played For Drama: Attempting to play as the daemonspawn results in a Mind Screw Nightmare Fuel sequence of them leaping through and terrorizing less prepared worlds, ending with them assaulting your screen and an implied Mercy Kill from Archbishop McAllister.

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