This morning finally saw the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. With the return of the preeminent stealth/action franchise, we started thinking about our favorite non-violent action games. You know the ones we are talking about: those games that allow us to kill, maim, and otherwise blow our enemies away in the most violent manner possible while also making it just as possible for us to go through the entire story without ever killing a soul (most of the time).
Today, we are going to list off five of our favorite games that bring out our inner pacifist. Some of these games makes it more difficult than others, but all five of these titles give us ways to be (almost) completely non-violent. Like always, feel free to list some of your favorites in the comments. Now, on to our list…
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
We know what you are thinking: “It’s cheating to put a Metal Gear game on this list!” It’s true that the latest Metal Gear Solid title is what inspired this list, but that doesn’t mean Metal Gear Solid 2 doesn’t deserve a spot on our countdown. While previous entries in the Metal Gear series did their best to make us take a stealthy, non-violent approach, we still always had to get our hands a little dirty. No matter how hard we tried, there was no way to avoid actually killing the bosses. That all changed with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
With the release of MGS2, we were given a tranquilizer gun that allowed us to knock out any foe. Thankfully, this included all of those pesky bosses we were forced to so cruelly put down in the past. This gave birth to challenges of going through the entire game without killing a single person (or without killing or alerting anyone for the truly insane). One single weapon made Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty one of most non-violent action games of all-time.