Top Ten Dystopian Worlds

For this week’s Sunday Special here at Electronic Theatre, we take a look at the ten darkest societies, cruel and tyrannical governments and lonely wildernesses; worlds in which simply being alive can often be a struggle. When fighting against the evil forces often seems overwhelming, and when oppression is the greatest them the game hosting them portrays.

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Ocelot5252670d ago

nr 1: the USA after the bush administration

AndrewRyan2670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

#1 would be 1984. By George Orwell of course.

But in Videogames I totally agree with Final Fantasy 7 and Bioshock being on that list. However I don't know about Fallout 3 and Portal since there was some humor in the game, and that just ruins the dystopian element. I would also like to see Final Fantasy 6 on the list thought it was pretty dark, maybe even Majora's mask, the sense of no hope.

Shackdaddy8362670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

1984 always reminded me a lot of HL2 for some reason. IDK why.

Anyways, I agree with all of those. I would combine portal with HL2 though since they are both in the same half life world.

Quagmire2670d ago

Half Life was somewhat based off or took elements from 1984.

Urmomlol2670d ago

The author of this article REALLY needs to look up the definition of dystopian because a number of these games don't fit that definition.

danelectro2670d ago

Which ones? They all seem to offer an overbearing atmosphere of hostilaty to me. 'Dystoptian' doesn't just mean futuristic and chaotic.

BeOneWithTheGun2670d ago

More importantly, Gordon does not reside in any of those. I read that lame article to see some pictures of Half Life....Nope.

Ducky2670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

Portal... dystopian? Lolwut?

BioShock, SystemShock, DeusEx (well, sort of), STALKER, Jak2, Metro2033 ... atleast they got Bioshock.

... and Burnout, which is the dystopian world of angry cars that have killed off all the humans and are now fighting amongst each other :x

Matthew942670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

DeusEx totally not sort of

i mean people are dying from a plague, there are riots and matial law is everywhere

id call that dystopian

Bass_fisherman2670d ago

Agree with SystemShock and Metro 2033 but there´s videogame worlds way more dystopain than those.

gamerdude1322670d ago

Dystopia - noun
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.


an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be

QuodEratDemonstrandm2670d ago

Dystopias are usually examples of oppressive regimes attempting to create a utopia and getting it horribly wrong (V for Vendetta, Equilibrium) or some technology taken too far (Blade Runner, AI, I Robot) several of the games in this list . Particularly Fallout, are better fits in the Post-Apocalyptic genre (Mad Max trilogy, Book of Eli).

bananlol2670d ago

Technically dystopia is greek for bad place/landscape, so id say it would be a fitting description for fallout. But it is usually defined as you say.

Matthew942670d ago

portal and half life are the same world

article fail

Dac2u2670d ago

I don't know why you're getting disagrees, Aperture Science and Black Mesa are rival companies. Black Mesa is mentioned in Portal and Aperture Science plays a small part in Half Life 2: Episode 2. I'll bet anything we see a lot more of AS in Episode 3.

CrzyFooL2670d ago

This article dissappointed me.

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