Science is pretty awesome. It’s responsible for many incredible inventions. By extension science in games is no less awesome as it grants players the ability to research cool new weapons and items. And sometimes, it’s good for a laugh.
There are tons of examples of scientists in games. Half Life stars one. Portal is one big experiment. But mad scientists are a little rarer. Possessed of a special dementia that sets them apart from the common path, these individuals never fail to spice up a game. Here are 5 of the best, brightest, and most terrifying mad scientists gaming has to offer.
1. Mordin Solus – Mass Effect 2/Mass Effect 3
Mordin from Mass Effect is one of the most celebrated characters from the franchise. Making his debut in a small clinic on a space station in the middle of the worst part of the galaxy, this is a man who actually represents the quintessential rational being. Doctor and scientist, Mordin Solus is the pinnacle of Salarian intelligence.
Yet one never truly knows whether Mordin’s diagnosis will result in a prescription for medicine or bullets. Operating on logic far removed from the realm of what most would consider moral and sensical, Mordin sets aside any queasiness for getting his hands dirty to perpetuate what he sees as the common good. Always treading the ethical line, Mordin is a ruthless individual who nevertheless is perfectly capable and enthusiastic in his administration of his medical expertise for the good of others. His ability to move seamlessly from healing to killing, however, is possibly indicative of a screw loose here or there.