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How do you make a game villain truly menacing?
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How do you make a game villain truly menacing?
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Make waifus
Have the villain rape/kill the waifus
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>>323114543
make him relatable
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>>323114543
make him shout this
https://youtu.be/mFpks7EvkQY
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>>323114543
Not turning it into an edgelord.
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Make them a normal person who works a normal job with a normal life and a normal family which you brutally murder in the opening scene. Bamboo. Motivation and back story.
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>>323114543
The best way to pull off menacing, is to make a villain who we are painfully aware of, but rarely see. Make them ruthless, and make them single minded in their goals. It's also very important to stress how powerful they are, within their construct, that is. So no DBZ, squatting and screaming while on fire bullshit. I mean more like Darth Vader, where he's the boss, everyone KNOWS it and people who fuck with him tend to die in front of large crowds, on the spot.

Villains can posess no fear either. They have to be so ensured that they're unstoppable, that they make no hesitation in taking on the MC/s when the time comes, and actually pose a real challenge as well.

Edgy shit, physical strength alone and visuals are not the way to go. Making a menacing looking villain will basically end up becoming a new line of pants at Hot Topic. Power level bullshit will end up being stupid, as overleveling can beat them easily, so who cares? And Edgy shit (like Hitler teir bad guys) are basically just archetypes that everyone is already tired of, and will have zero impact.
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>>323118315
>Bamboo
What does bamboo have to do with it

Is this a game about pandas
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>>323117015
This. This, this, this, THIS. Making a villain completely evil and un-knowable is the worst way to go.
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Have them gain FULL ACCESS TO ALL YOUR SYSTEMS
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Give them better reasons for fighting than the protagonist has.
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Make him actively hunt you in the game and wreck areas you've previously been, killing people that dared to defy him.
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>>323120871
this.
Dr. Breen is a good example because it's pretty obvious that the Combine would totally fuck over the earth and turn it into dust if he wasn't there.
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>>323114543
The player is the villain and he doesn't realize it.
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>>323121195
Or not, they're called the Combine because their whole shtick is conquering species and integrating them into their armies

Breen threw himself at them and they just said "Yeah sure whatever, we'll 'spare' humanity for you"
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>>323121438
We already see the combine draining the ocean for whatever reason, and in the beta they were sucking out the atmosphere too. I think it's safe to assume that they don't care about the planet or its life forms much.
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>>323121041
This.
You try to out grind him, he'll show up and fuck your shit up till you move to the next area.

Random shit too. Just popping up at random places so you never feel safe. Sleep at an Inn and he'll grab you in your sleep and place you in the woods in front of some mobs
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>>323121736
Right. Because of the whole "integrating local species into their armies" thing.

Humanity lost the war and surrendered. The Combine were always going to throw them into the grinder as they stripped Earth bare. It's what they do.
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>>323116919
What this guy said basically, without the word "waifu". Establish some likeable and helpful characters. Then have the villain show up, wreck your shit, and then kill or violate said likeable characters, preferrably in a gruesome way.
Wolfenstein:TNO does this very well
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