Here are the best games that have some kind of shapeshifting.
You can play as a lot of different things in video games, from a supersoldier from outer space with improved genes to a plumber. But shapeshifting is one of the most fun things a game can do.
Even though most of us can only be humans in real life, games let us change our shape and become different animals or items to move forward. Who wouldn’t want to become a dragon and burn their enemies to a crisp? It’s dream fulfillment at its purest, but which games that let you change your shape are the best?
In the open-world game Prototype, you play as Alex Mercer, who is a bit over the top. At the start of the game, he wakes up with all kinds of crazy superpowers and no knowledge of how he got them.
He has a lot of special skills, but most of them have to do with changing his body in some way. He can, for example, turn his arm into a huge blade. He can also shape shift into completely different people depending on who he has recently eaten. This lets him get into places where he shouldn’t be.
Nobody Saves The World
Nobody Saves The World is a unique dungeon crawler RPG played from the top down. You don’t play as anyone. That has nothing to do with their status, since their name is Nobody. They are like clean slates with a magic wand that lets them change into different creatures.
They can change into anything, from a dragon to a frog. Each has its own statistics and traits. So, the whole experience is about picking the right form for the right situation.
The Wolf Among Us
You typically have some control over a shapeshifter’s shapeshifting powers in games that feature them. In The Wolf Among Us, this is not the case. You play as Bigby Wolf in a twisted version of a fairy tale world from the Fable books.
He tries not to turn into the Big Bad Wolf because, like everyone else in Fable Town, he wants to be taken for a person. But as he looks into murders in the town, he sometimes has to act like the dangerous person he really is.
The Legend Of Dragoon
The Legend of Dragoon is a popular JRPG that came out at the end of the PS1’s life. This was the best time for JRPGs, when new technology met an industry full of ambitious makers who wanted to tell big, epic stories, and The Legend of Dragoon was one of the most epic games ever made.
The main character, Dart, can change into a dragon in the middle of a fight to get a power boost. This adds to the dramatic feel of Basket Random. Fans still want a remake 20 years after it came out because of the way it makes them feel.
Breath Of Fire 4
Long before most other games, Capcom’s great Breath of Fire series had shapeshifters. After all, the first game in the series came out in the early 1990s for the SNES.
But the PS1 games are the best in the series because… well, just look at those sprites. Breath of Fire 4 still looks beautiful and has a great music. It even lets you play as the main bad guy to help you understand the story better.
Shantae And The Seven Sirens
The latest book in the long-running Shantae series is Shantae and the Seven Sirens, which is also one of the best. In these games, you play as Shantae, the name of the main character. Shantae is a happy half-genie who can change into different animals to fight enemies and solve hard platforming tasks.
Since Seven Sirens follows the Metroidvania formula to a T, you’ll need to use all of your skills to get around the linked world of the game. It’s a fast-paced game with a lot of fun.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
In most of his games, Kirby can eat enemies to get their skills, which makes him a kind of shapeshifter. Kirby’s Epic Yarn, on the other hand, goes even further. In this game, Kirby is stuck in a cute yarn world where he can’t use his abilities to eat enemies.
But not everything is lost. His new form, which is made of stretchy yarn, lets him change into many different things. For example, this game lets you turn the cute and cuddly Kirby into a tank. Epic Yarn is here to tell you that this pink puffball is actually one of the strongest guys around.
Bloody Roar: Primal Fury
The Bloody Roar series doesn’t get as much attention as it should. That’s too bad, because the idea behind these fighting games is awesome: as you beat up your enemies, you fill up a meter that lets you briefly change into beast mode. In beast mode, you can get back some of the HP you lost, use new moves, and hit harder than you could as a human.
It’s completely stupid, but it makes the fighting system more complex. Primal Fury, the game for the GameCube, has a competitive scene that is still going strong today.
In 2015, Nintendo’s shooter franchise made a big splash with its bright graphics, catchy music, and unique gameplay: you can switch between being a kid and a squid to cover the area with your team’s color of ink.
The Switch version of Splatoon 2, which came out in 2017, is better in almost every way than the first game. It has more stages and more ways to play than the first game.
Bayonetta 2 keeps the flashy action that the series is known for, but adds more of everything: more guns, more combos, a more ridiculous story, more outfits, and more Bayonetta. But even though Bayonetta 2 is a lot of fun, it also has some small elements that show how much Platinum Games cared about it.
For example, look at how Bayonetta changed. She can turn into a cat to run faster through levels and get the jump on enemies. If you look closely, though, you can see plants growing behind her as she runs. This is a reference to Okami, a popular action-adventure game that was made at Clover Studios by some of Bayonetta’s team. Bayonetta 2 is, of course, a much more aggressive game than that one, but the thought is still nice.
Prey (2017) – A Shapeshifter
Even though it’s a sequel to the same-named game from 2006, Prey is more of a reboot for the series, with a whole new story and a lot of new game features. The power to shape shift is one of these new mechanics. Throughout the game, you’ll face enemies called “Mimics.” These enemies can look like inanimate items to throw you off.
Later on, you’ll get a power that lets you do the same thing: you’ll be able to change into an ordinary object and totally confuse your enemies. This is one of the best parts of the game.
The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask isn’t the only Zelda game where Link can change his form. One of the most popular parts of Twilight Princess is the Wolf Link parts, but Majora’s Mask is better because it has more options. Throughout the game, you’ll find masks that let Link change into different kinds of creatures, from the small Deku Link to the big Fierce Deity Link.
It’s a sad game that uses changes to talk about how hard it is to be alive. In different settings, who are you? How do you keep yourself together when you’re trying to help other people?
Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night doesn’t need to be explained. Symphony of the Night and Super Metroid were the first games in the Metroidvania genre. It was a big change from the other Castlevania games because it had a huge, linked world. But the risk paid off, and the game became a classic that still holds up today.
Also, as the game goes on, you’ll be able to change into different animals to get to new places and fight enemies. This is one of the reasons why it might be even better than Super Metroid.