I’ve played a lot of games in my time. And in those games I’ve stomped on, shot at and slashed my way through millions of different enemies. Some were cute, like the Goombas and Koopa Troopas. Some were ugly like Abobo in Double Dragon and the Flood in Halo. But it didn’t matter: adorable or hideous, I slew them all and moved on to the next one.
But lately I’ve been feeling a bit of fatigue in games, specifically the ones that don’t seem to try anything new and just throw the same tired tropes at us in the hopes that we’ve become too numb to care. Zombies when they want gore, robots when they don’t. Ninjas when it’s time for stealth and Nazis when they want a clear delineation between good and evil. Terrorists when they want a modern game and aliens when its time to go back to the future. I am weary of it all.
But I shook myself from this apathy and decided to poll our esteemed readers on what common video game enemy you would love to never have to face again:
The list reads like an 8 year-old kid’s fantasies and nightmares all rolled into one. Personally, despite the success of The Walking Dead last year, I think zombies are pretty played out. Maybe they’re the Nazis of this generation because if you think back several years, it seemed every other game coming out had Nazis as the common cannon fodder. On the other side of the equation, I could stand to have more ninjas in my life. Mark of the Ninja was a welcome return to the pajama-outfitted assassins and their penchant for badassery never goes out of style.
So vote above and let us know in the comments below: Which enemy do you never want to see again?