Whether you think of them as loveable pets or disease carrying vermin, rats are creatures that appear time and time again in video games. From muscle-bound brutes to secret gamblers, we've pulled out our favourites to help you learn to love PlayStation’s most misunderstood sewer dwellers.
What do you mean a real rat can’t be a sous chef in a Parisian bistro? Nuts to reality! This ropey animated movie tie-in may go down roughly as well as a month-old plate of offal, but at least little Remy can whip up a cracking bowl of soup. Last time we looked, no other virtual rodent here could claim the same.
Warhammer - End Times: Vermintide
Imagine Shrek spawned a cross-species kid with an ogre-lusting rat (feel free to do a little sick). The resulting spawn of hell would most likely resemble Vermintide’s enormous Rat Ogre. Though these muscly brutes are super-strong, they’re also spectacularly dim, and can only focus on one foe at a time. Hope it’s someone else.
Metal Gear Solid 4
You don’t mind if we cheat a tad here, right? MGS4’s Rat Patrol Team 01 may be light on actual fuzzy cheddar-scoffers, but this special forces unit does have the right name. Yay? At least Meryl and co. help Old Snake battle the deadly Haven Troopers – no jokes about sinking ships here.
The Bard’s Tale
And here we thought olde-timey wandering poets went about composing verses, not offing gigantic, fire-breathing rats in cemeteries. Ah well, who are we to correct this daft PS2 action RPG’s hey-nonny-nonsense? Even better, it has a pub called The Drunken Rat. Two pints of (preferably rodent-free) ale, barkeep.
Dark Souls 3
In real life, rats make swell pets. In the darkly gothic realm of Lordran? Man, do they ever need stomping with a shoe the size of a bungalow. The massive, deeply unpleasant Royal Rat Authority hangs out near Ordeal’s End. Annoyingly, you can’t co-op this toothy bugger, though at least he’s an optional boss.
Forget food critics or health inspectors: rats are a chef’s ultimate enemy. Remy was the exception, not the rule. As if the cuddly cooks of this entertainingly silly indie didn’t have enough kitchen nightmares to deal with already, cheese-nicking vermin are never far away. (And when Team OPM are in the kitchen, chaos ensues even before the rats show up.) Hey, come back with our duck á l’orange!
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Talion hunts these hairy toerags to earn Mirian. Bag four Mordor Rats – they’re usually hanging round camps – and then treat yourself to some juicy health and weapon upgrades.
Hitman: Blood Money
Awww. Would you look at those adorable gambling junkies. Agent 47’s wonderful Curtains Down opera hit contains a bizarre Easter egg: poker-playing rats. Silently whack a few workers in the basement and the chrome-dome killer earns the Rat Club keycard, which can be used to open a utility room housing the card-loving rodents.
Kill, my pretties. Kill! Corvo’s Devouring Swarm is perhaps his most disgustingly unhygienic superpower. With a quick flick of the wrist the badass assassin summons a pack of plague-ridden rats that swiftly make a meal out of Dunwall’s corrupt guards. Personally, we’d rather get stabbed in the spine by old Skeletor Face.
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