The Top 7… Games that kicked America’s ass

2 - Resistance

How bad did they get us? After basically eating Russia and Europe like a light snack, the Chimera – an alien army but also a human-mutating virus – take over America easily. They invade from the east and west, bringing in absolutely enormous airships, mechanized walkers and even a Godzilla wannabe (pictured above, eating Chicago). We get to see the invasion as it takes place in (yet again) San Francisco and man, does the Chimera lay the smack down. It’s properly intimidating the way SF gets swept under the flood of ships and soldiers, with hero Nathan Hale having to bail out frantically. So how bad does it get? Well, Resistance 3 starts off with the US completely lost to the Chimera – it’s a wasteland inhabited by all kinds of alien horrors. So yeah, they got us pretty bad.


Did we proudly stand up and defend her? Well sure, but we failed miserably. Nathan Hale manages to take down Goliath walkers, a sea monster called the Kraken, one of the humungous battle ships, that mega monster from Chicago known as the Leviathan and even the supposed leader of the Chimera, Daedalus. Despite facing certain “doom” in that he has the Chimera virus inside him, Hale manages to get a nuke into the center of the Chimera air fleet. Yet in the end, before Nathan can succumb to the virus, new protagonist of the series, Joseph Capelli, puts a bullet in his brain to allow him to die as a human. So despite kicking all kinds of extraterrestrial ass, Hale ends up dead and couldn’t stop the total takeover of America. Ouch.

1 - Metal Wolf Chaos

Long time readers know we’ll use just about any excuse to talk about Metal Wolf Chaos, so this is bit tricky. Yes, technically America’s getting its ass kicked, however, you’re the one doing the ass kicking… which is your God-allotted right, given you’re playing as THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

How bad did they get us? Metal Wolf Chaos cuts deep... Although the game released in 2004 as a Japan exclusive, all of the events are exclusively American, in English, set in around 2010… heavy, political shit man. Hilarious, if you can still remember the Bush/Cheney administration. Anyhoo, in the past-future, unemployment, civil unrest and domestic terrorism are on the rise. So Vice President Richard Hawk does the only logical thing and declares all-out war on President Michael Wilson using the entire US military!

Did we proudly stand up and defend her?

Above: Yep!

Don’t feel too bad for Pres. Wilson. Luckily, he’s got an armored mech equipped with missiles, railguns, and sniper rifles with which to mow down the military across through the country, from Washington DC all the way to Las Vegas. And - oh yeah - SPACE! Let’s ignore that the most patriotic game EVER came straight from, and was released exclusively in The Land of the Rising Sun. There’s a far more important question to ask here: Is kicking America’s ass wrong/illegal if the President’s the one doing the ass kicking?!

So, why no Modern Warfare 2? It’s true that America is invaded by… sigh, Russia, again, but compared to everything else on this list, the actual destruction and demoralization is light. Despite all its well-choreographed carnage, in MW2 we never really lose control of the country, not even a single city. Disputes, battles, missiles, bullets, bodies, all that happens, but we repel the invasion pretty quick. But Modern Warfare 3? Sorry New York, you’re back in the crosshairs.


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  • GringoStar - July 4, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    As much as people were nagging on Home Front, I actually thought it was a great game with a very cryptic story line. They made it feel almost too realistic with faux news casts and such. The game did have it's faults but I would definitely like to see a continuation with this game.
  • Antistaenemyofthedaleks - July 4, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    gOOD TOP 7 guys looking forward to most likely hearing about it on talkradar
  • Antistaenemyofthedaleks - July 4, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Good top 7 looking forawrd to most likely hearing about it on Talkradar
  • AndIThoughtHeSmelledLikePizzaOnTheOutside - July 4, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    There were a few surprises here. I have found memories of the first two, mostly because I love this premise. Happy Independence Day! Oh ya, aso looking forward to Talkradar.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 4, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    no zombie titles, im sure America has fallen to the living dead a few times, Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising for instance?
  • Yarnboy - July 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Am I missing Fallout 3? It wasn't technically in the game itself, but the after effects were pretty heavy.
  • FOZ - July 4, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    The ending of Freedom Fighters said they DIDN'T stop the Russians, not even close. That's why the game needs a goddamn sequel already. And Fallout 3 was a worldwide nuclear war. Every country was devastated, you just only ever see America in Fallout games.
  • RoeTaKa - July 4, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    FromSoftware can do no wrong
  • profile0000 - July 4, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Excellent Top 7. A great idea and it looks like someone had a fun time actually writing the entries. Happy 4th, America.
  • Xtapolapopotamus - July 4, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    The writing in this Top 7 is some of my favorite in any Top 7. Can't wait to hear you guys (with full 'Murcan accents) talking about it on TalkRadar.
  • kyle94 - July 4, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    I agree, Freedom Fighters NEEDS a sequel. The ending was pretty much "Wooo, we won!", with the main character saying "We didn't win. They'll be back, and with bigger guns." and then they did a kegstand. Or maybe I'm remembering incorrectly.
  • terdferguson - July 4, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    I love World In Conflict so much. The first time I ever got sad playing a video game was when Bannon sacrificed himself.
  • LoudestCannon - July 4, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    @FOZ I'm glad I am not the only one holding out hope for a Freedom Fighters sequel. Easily one of my favorite games from the last console generation.
  • Mortified_Cow - July 4, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Damn straight Freedom Fighters!!! I love that game.
  • Stabby_Joe - July 4, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    The Chimera are the only one on the list who still succeed to an extent. Hmmm, should get President Michael Wilson involved then. And Fallout shouldn't be on this list since China can't claim to have "kicked ass" when its implied in the game that they came off worse.
  • Rapids16 - July 4, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    What about fallout?
  • kairab - July 4, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    i love all these games :)
  • BackwaterRifle - July 4, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    In Fallout the entire world got it's ass kicked, so it belongs off the list.
  • Yarnboy - July 4, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Then wouldn't Resistance also be disqualified? I mean, Chimera ATE the whole world, so no other country came out better. Shouldn't it be more important that Fallout's America got their ass handed to them than it is who handed their ass to them?
  • Jdub9064 - July 4, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I remember playing the japanese demo of metal wolf chaos on a OXM disc a while back and thinking why did this game never got an NA release because it just balls out mech action that just screams America!

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