Retro City Rampage DX (Switch eShop)

In Retro City Rampage, you're 'Player', a crook in the city of Theftropolis (yes, really) who gets caught up in a bonkers storyline featuring time travel and a whole lot of real / parody cameos. Rather like the original top-down Grand Theft Auto games on steroids, you run, gun and drive your way around a surprising large and varied world.

It's more colourful and less gritty that GTA V's car-crashing antics, to be sure, and maybe you're actually on Player's side (he's just stealing to feed his family, probably), but at the end of the day, you're one of many henchmen working for a crime syndicate, and there ain't no judge in the world that would consider that "good".

Hitman 3 - Cloud Version (Switch eShop)

Uh oh, are we imposing our moral compass on hitmen? Hitman's Agent 47 doesn't really have a moral compass himself — he tends to be guided by the north star of "who will pay me the most" — but he gets the job done. Mostly with murder. No, entirely with murder. Collateral damage be damned, if he has to choke an innocent waiter to get to his target, that's just the way the murder-cookie crumbles, innit?

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)

Like any Dungeons & Dragons-styled RPG, you can be whoever you want to be in Divinity: Original Sin 2 — but boy, is the dark side fun.

You can play a morally grey skeleton-man who likes to rip the faces off corpses to fashion disguises, you can use a literal biological weapon on your enemies (or friends, why not), and you can even murder every single NPC in the world and nick all their stuff, if you want. Or, the evilest thing of all — you can buy everything in a shop, and then steal all the money out of the pocket of the trader who sold it to you. So mean.

The Outer Worlds (Switch)

In The Outer Worlds, you assume the role of the Stranger, freshly dethawed from a sixty-year cryo-slumber. You are then informed that the colony you were en route to is now on the verge of complete collapse, having been hollowed out by incompetent mega-corps.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this game is basically Fallout in space, because, well, it is — and much like Fallout, you can totally be the antagonist of the story. You can turn in good people to the cops, side with genocidal politicians, and worst of all, you can scupper your companions' romantic relationships with other characters, just for fun. You monster.

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Cult of the Lamb (Switch eShop)

Cult of the Lamb is cute, but it's also quite evil — if you want it to be. Sure, you could make a cute little happy-clappy cult where everyone is kind and nice and just happens to worship an imprisoned Satanic deity, buuuuuuuut it's just so much easier to sacrifice your cult members to bump up your stats. Or feed them poop to get them to stop rioting. Or murder dissenters in the night. Or turn a dead follower into a tasty soup and hope no one notices.

It’s your cult after all, and you’re entitled to be as unethical as you must to get the results The One Who Waits needs.

Card Shark (Switch eShop)

They say cheaters never prosper, but clearly they’ve never played Card Shark, a wonderfully tense, goofy little game that’s all about keeping your cool under tremendous pressure as you basically rob people blind.

Is it evil to rob snotty rich people of their ill-gotten money? Arguably not, or Robin Hood would be the villain and not the Sheriff of Nottingham. But it's also not entirely fair, is it? Plus, the protagonist — the mute servant — might just be following along to avoid being cast out on the streets, but the noble Comte, his patron, is a much shadier character who's willing to put people in danger to cheat a game. And you're helping him!

STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch eShop)

(Spoilers for KOTOR are about to follow — but also, this is a twenty-year-old game, so please forgive us.)

In Knights of the Old Republic, there's a good old-fashioned alignment system, which tracks all your deeds and words in the game to determine whether you're a light side or dark side kinda guy. But that's boring. We've got loads of good/evil choicey games in this list already.

No, what sets KOTOR apart is that you lose all your memories before the game began, only to find out that — surprise! — you were a Sith Lord all along, ya dingus. Of course, you can be a good Sith Lord and renounce your Sithyness at the end, having discovered the power of the light side, but isn't it more fun to be bad?

So, go on — be selfish. Take the last biscuit. Refuse to stand up on the bus for an old person. Take your socks off in public. You'll never be as bad as you've been in video games.

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