You might be a storyline writer for an RPG in which a rogue mage is trying to bring about the end of the world, or maybe you are trying to think of a final boss for your secret agent FPS, what you need my friend is a doomsday device. I can help you to create an in-game device so fiendish that you might be afraid that someone will try to actually use it to bring about armageddon, by providing a list, handily combining all the best ideas from other games, and from other forms of media, into one doomsday-y cake (yes doomsday-y is a word, it’s means like doomsday)
1. Innocuous objects
The best doomsday devices are arguably, the ones that the players don’t see coming (or maybe they see it coming the whole time and they just don’t realise it), and I’m not talking about invisible things just yet. I’m talking about the sneaky and underhanded art of subertfuge, and hiding in plain sight. So why not find an object that people aren’t afraid of, like the moon, and smash it down onto their pretty faces? In the game I mean… of course.
Taken from- Majora’s Mask
Yes, it’s a standard weapon in the arsenal of any international terrorist organisation, but why not make it even more fun? Let’s say for instance the people infected with the virus become zombies, that way, the heroes will have even more stuff to fight through before they can get to you. Or perhaps you can make it from nano-machines, so that it specifically targets certain people, while leaving others unaffected. This doomsday device is a little on the slow burn side of things though and often fails to kill everyone.
Taken from- Resident Evil, Syphon Filter, Metal Gear Solid
3. Draining The Life Force
First of all, ensure that the plot line encompasses some sort of life force (you can call it something different like mana or magic), then enable the bad guy to drain the life force right out of everything, like someone sucking the last bit from the bottom of a milkshake with a straw (you all know the noise). Due to the fact that life-force is necessary for life, this makes for a good true doomsday device, and can be as fast or as slow as the plot needs. It also gives a good reason for the evil doer to be extra powerful.
Taken from- Final Fantasy VII, Shadow of the Colossus (on a smaller scale)
4. Portals to other dimensions
Portals are a good generic doomsday device, they can be created in fantasy or sci-fi worlds with equal ease, and they can open the door (ha ha) for vast armies of ill-tempered demonic entities to swarm in and create a bunch of beasts for the players to fight. You could have a normal scientist open one by mistake, or a mad scientist open one on purpose. Either way portals can create many enjoyable apocalyptic situations, and can even let you set up stupid situations like Superman vs Scorpion.
Taken from- Doom, Half Life, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.
What creates the explosion is up to you, as long as it’s a big one. Massive space stations? Check. Nuclear warhead armed robots? Check. A Raging spell-storm? check. In this situation you might want to move away from normal things that cause big explosions, like ICBMs (but they are ok in realistic situations a la COD4), and make sure that stopping the explosion takes a long time, and lots of fighting, and is only just averted with a few seconds to spare (or not averted at all if you are only half way through)
Taken from- Killzone 2, COD4, Star Wars
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