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Video Games You Can Beat Without Hurting Anyone

November 25, 2020 44 votes 20 voters14 items

List RulesVote up the games that make pacifism worth considering.

When it comes to replaying video games, people love challenging themselves through different playing styles. For select games, doing a pacifist run can be one of the most difficult things ever. After mowing down enemies for so long, you could be tempted to end some foes. With enough focus, you'll be able to brag about your accomplishment to your friends.

These games with pacifist runs offer some unique experiences for those willing to drop their weapons. Whether you're doing it for fun or trying to grab a trophy, these runs are a complete blast. Vote for your favorite games you can beat without killing anyone.

  • Undertale
    Photo: Toby Fox

    Known as "the RPG game where you don't have to destroy anyone," Undertale pokes fun at you for being a pacifist. Many characters will make jokes about the nonviolent way you're approaching the game. Fortunately, this route leads to easier boss battles.

    A pacifist run is the only way to get the true ending of the game.

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  • Ikaruga
    Photo: Treasure

    Ikaruga is one of the most praised shoot 'em ups ever released. Surprisingly enough, you can beat this beloved game without firing a shot. One way of accomplishing this is Bullet Eater mode, which allows you to absorb enemy fire. You can also try your luck by playing the game in its normal mode.

    Beating the game without shooting will earn you the Dot Eater rank.

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  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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    While you can run through an early Metal Gear Solid game without hurting normal enemies, the boss battles gave you no choice but lethal force. Metal Gear Solid 4 is the first Metal Gear Solid game to make it optional to take out bosses. This means you can use non-lethal methods for those rough battles.

    Unfortunately, there's no trophy to reflect this virtuous path.

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  • Released back in 2008, Mirror's Edge introduced many gamers to the world of parkour. While you can use firearms to get by, the game allows you to simply knock your opponent unconscious with a few punches and kicks.

    Doing a pacifist run will give you the Test of Faith achievement/trophy.

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