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Well, I am kinda big on the importance of good storylines, be it modern military or warhammer fantasy. It's definitely one thing I really long for, such as awesome storylines from Fallout or Baldur's Gate, or even the fluff in the army books of Warhammer.
An article on gamespot.com popped out recently talking about an essential core of storyline crafting: making great villains. Do take a look if you can...it makes some good points along the way and provides examples of well-constructed villains contrasted against stale ones worth forgetting. (side note: I don't agree on the author's summation on the Reapers from Mass Effect, at least in the first one they're really scary). The main point is that great villains help to intensify the story and ultimately present the hero with a real challenge...and add depth to the hero's character.
The Chaos Space Marines, my kind of "bad" guys.
The funny thing about warhammer and 40k is that you can play as the "bad" guys of that universe, Chaos, Orcs, Dark Elves etc. and one thing I love about playing the "bad" guy is that I can imagine some nice fluff to make genuine villains who had a cause against the "good" guys. We've got to be honest that the "good" guys have their own weaknesses and failings. The Empire is corrupt and the High Elves are vulnerable to insult (giving us the War of the Beard).
Who do you think has been an awesome/absolutely lousy villain? I'm just gonna open this topic up to everyone, feel free to share anything if you'd like.
If I can think of a good "bad" guy...my vote would be Arcturus Mengsk of Starcraft, cunning bastard who made you do all the dirty work (with quite some charm and charisma) and in the end take it all in his Terran Dominion. I remember being really enraged and yet amazed at how Blizzard pulled it off...made me swear that I'll kill him some day. Unfortunately I haven't played SC2 yet so I don't know what happens to him there.
Arcturus Mengsk, Grand and Esteemed Bastard of the Terran Dominion. Maybe an asshole, but he's sure a smart guy.
A lousy bad guy? I'd say General Greivious from the Star Wars prequels. He may look cool, have sweet lightsaber moves, and have a fearsome reputation...but in the movies he is unfortunately depicted as a coward and not much of a tactician (his droids kinda suck big time). Heck, I don't even get to see why the CIS (bad guy side) had a case against the Republic...we're just told they are "greedy" and not shown much else.
General Greivious, all lights and action but no substance.