Gaming’s greatest… parties

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Here’s a sad fact: video game characters don’t get to go to enough parties. Considering how most of the time they’re busy selflessly battling the forces of evil, rescuing hapless civilians, or travelling hundreds of miles to return someone’s lost satchel, it seems unfair that they so rarely get a chance to let their hair down.

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Here’s a sad fact: video game characters don’t get to go to enough parties. Considering how most of the time they’re busy selflessly battling the forces of evil, rescuing hapless civilians, or travelling hundreds of miles to return someone’s lost satchel, it seems unfair that they so rarely get a chance to let their hair down.

So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look back at some fabulous parties from video games. It’s just a shame that the celebrations don’t always go according to plan…

1. Fallout 3

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It’s your tenth birthday party today, and unlike most of the parties on this list, this one actually results in you getting presents. As well as your shiny new Pip-Boy 3000, your list of potential gifts includes a comic, a birthday poem, a baseball cap, and a knuckle sandwich from party guest Butch. Happy birthday!

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2. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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It’s not often that you get to be the guest of honour at a party, but at the Joker’s celebration you’ll actually get a nice little round of applause from the lackeys on the door as you enter. And once you’re inside, there are party hats, fireworks, puppet shows, and neat little toy contraptions that go boom. Sounds like a great party, but we’re yet to find any cake…

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3. Final Fantasy VIII

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Ballroom dancing has been on the decline for a while now, but if you knew your posh graduation ball was going to involve waltzing, you’d probably get some practice in beforehand. Not so for new mercenary graduate Squall, whose two left feet could make even our dad-dancing look good. Still, with a party this fancy, you can at least guarantee the food is going to be great.

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4. Beyond Two Souls

What could be worse than having to go to a party with a bunch of teenagers who don’t like you? You even brought a present with you, and despite your best efforts to be nice to everyone, you still ended up getting locked in a cupboard. You could take the moral high ground and just walk away. Or you could get some sweet, sweet revenge by smashing up everything in sight. Hmm, the choices…

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5. Mass Effect 3

You’re on shore leave, which means you have to party. But you also need careful planning and strategic invites so things don’t get too out of hand. Whether your party theme is grown-up and stylish, or a bit more, um, energetic, things will be said that cannot be unsaid, and probably quite a few hangovers will result. Isn’t that a mark of success, though?

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6. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn

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Today is the Founder’s Day Festival, and the whole city of Insomnia is celebrating. But for various vengeance-related reasons (you are the bad guy today, after all) you’re not feeling particularly festive. And why merely destroy your enemy’s city when you could also go out of your way to ostentatiously tear down every party banner or pop every single balloon as well?

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7. Hitman: Blood Money

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You’d Better Watch Out is a Christmas-themed mission, which means you get to dress up in a Santa outfit if you want to. There’s everything a Christmas party could need, like snow, tinsel, balloons, and even an overhead glass jacuzzi where one of your targets is enjoying the festive atmosphere. Would it ruin the mood if the bottom of it were to fall out?

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