8 Awesome Video Game Plot Twists

8 Awesome Video Game Plot Twists

The best plot twists make for great game stories. These eight definitely qualify.

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8 "Awesome" Video Game Plot Twists

Final Fantasy VII
The twist: The death of Aeris...

Quite frankly on my first play through I was pissed off with that "plot twist" after grinding hours in Aeris amounted to fuck all. I will take your use of your word "shocking" in a fairly negative way.

Okay, no. This is not how plot "twists" go. A plot twist is "a radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel, film, television series, comic, video game, or other work of narrative"

Meaning the game has to lead you on for a while, then change.

KOTOR and Revan is a plot twist because the game leads you to believe you are not him. Revan is "dead" and when talking about your character's past, you reference a family and life before joining the military. So when they reveal that none of that is true, its a twist.

Likewise in SH2. You are lead to believe Mary died of natural causes. And when its revealed James killed her, thus plot twist.

Samus Aran being a chick isn't a plot twist because the game never leads you to believe she's not. You're never called he, or named as "Randy". No one says Sir or asks you how's the hammer hanging. It may have been unexpected, but neither is a jump scare and those aren't plot twists.

Likewise Aeris dying. Not a twist so much as a plot point because the game doesn't lead you to believe she can be saved or that she's immortal. She dies but seeings how the game never implied she couldn't be killed, its not really a radical change in direction. Because there was no misdirection! A plot twist would have been Aeris faked her death with Sephiroth's help and has been his wife and partner in crime this whole time.
THAT is a twist.

And GLaDOS...I'm not sure its a twist so much as an ironic quirk of fate. Because she's not on your side so much as against the other dude. Its not like had GLaDOS been a giant T-1000 instead of a potato she wouldn't have killed you. It would have been better to use Wheatley as the bad guy twist, because he's set up to be nice and GLaDOS is his enemy.

And NO mention of the Bioshock twist? Would you kindly fix that.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The twist: You can't survive a nuclear detonation

M. Night Shamalamadingdong would be proud.

I know everyone likes to claim they saw KOTOR's twist coming a mile away, but it caught me completely by surprise. I remember being thrilled on account of it being the first Star Wars story to totally blindside me since the time I first watched The Empire Strikes Back.

The hints are there of course (some of them rather obvious in hindsight), but I only caught them on subsequent playthroughs because I knew what to expect beforehand. Also I was a teenager at the time, so make of that what you will...

We shouldn't stop here, this is spoiler country.

But I never guessed that in Heavy Rain

Yeah the KOTOR twist was a good one as I should of seen it coming. I found it werid how our character who is an adult is training to be a Jedi especially when it was made clear that Jedi training starts from an early age (Luke being an exception).

Professor Layton and the Lost Future. Basically the whole thing.

I'm pretty sure most of these aren't plot twists. Like the death of Aerith, yes it was sad, and yes no one saw it coming, but it's not a plot twist.

You critiziced Dead Space and Bioshock Infinite's twists and yet you list COD 4's as one of the better ones?, even worse, you don't even mention Bioshock's or Spec Ops' twists?... Why not put Lords of Shadow's twist in there as well?, that one is just as "shocking".

Yup, I'm not taking these seriously anymore.

To be fair though, Kotor's should be higher on the list.

Silentpony:
Samus Aran being a chick isn't a plot twist because the game never leads you to believe she's not. You're never called he, or named as "Randy". No one says Sir or asks you how's the hammer hanging. It may have been unexpected, but neither is a jump scare and those aren't plot twists.

Actually, the NES game manual constantly referred to Samus as a "he", so the reveal literally came out of nowhere, but I'm glad Nintendo kept the character as a female.

Samus is a girl, huh? I just thought rule 63 fan art was really popular in the fan base./jk

Aeris's death is overrated. We saw Sephy shish kababbing Aeris, and her spirit directly influencing the Lifestream, as soon as she left the party. What about Tella, Galuf, General Leo, or Reddas? Queen Brahne, after coming to her senses and apologizing to her daughter? OK, most of them were bit characters, but they did leave an impression just as much as the flower girl.

You should make a third article: 8 Video Game Plot Twists That Weren't Obvious But Were Really Stupid. It can include Silent Hill Homecoming.

Rad Party God:
You critiziced Dead Space and Bioshock Infinite's twists and yet you list COD 4's as one of the better ones?, even worse, you don't even mention Bioshock's or Spec Ops' twists?... Why not put Lords of Shadow's twist in there as well?, that one is just as "shocking".

What made COD4's twist so shocking was at the time, FPS's(and probably most video games) didn't kill the Player Character off in the middle of the game. Maybe at the end, the main character sacrifices himself or is put in a no-win situation(the "refusal" ending of half-life) but not in the first act. I imagine that everyone pretty much expected that Jackson's helicopter would either make it out of there in just the nick of time, or Jackson would survive the crash and somehow be saved from the explosion(maybe by hiding in a fridge or something).

It's just that now, killing PC's as part of the plot is now part of the standard video game set-pieces for "shocking twists" so it's not particularly interesting anymore. Notice how MW2 and MW3 tried to milk the same thing, with less and less effectiveness each time. MW2 kind of made up for it with the betrayal, but you couldn't really see that coming because there's almost no way to see it coming beforehand. That and the series got became obsessed with shooting down almost every helicopter you got into, and pretty much every time, the PC would survive.

Silentpony:

And NO mention of the Bioshock twist? Would you kindly fix that.

Which one? The one about Ryan or the one about Atlas? I know that they happen around the same time, but arguably one is brilliant and the other one is rather "meh".

Far as plot twists go, I still have to nominate either or both Baten Kaitos games. Though I admit, Origins' twist is partly banking off of the player playing the first game.

The game "999" for the DS and its sequel "Zero Escape" for the 3DS are full of plot twists. I won't ruin them here not even with spoiler tags. The gist of both of the games is that you and eight other people are trapped somewhere by a mysterious person named Zero. The nine prisoners have to work together to escape and find out why these events happened at all. The twists come from the fact that none of the nine people were grabbed at random as well as the reveal of who Zero really is.

KOTOR's twist would have had more impact if you didn't start off as an amnesiac.

I like Drakengard 3 and Neir's twists that completely change the context of the whole game.

Johnlives:
We shouldn't stop here, this is spoiler country.

But I never guessed that in Heavy Rain

That's because it made no damn sense.

OT: As much as I respect Silent Hill 2 and think the twist makes perfect sense... I did see it coming a mile away. As soon as I heard Mary was dead and James was looking for her in Silent Hill of all places I was sort of already suspecting the outcome. Plus, not long before I first played it I saw Lost Highway which had a similar "videotape" style build up and reveal.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Momories had a good plot twist... if you've never played the first game, that is...

Also, the plot twist involving Jak in Jak 3 was bittersweet... if you've played the last two games in the trilogy, I think...

For me, one of the best twists in a video game, was in To The Moon, when you find out what had happened to the protagonist and the whole story comes to focus. It's also for me one of the saddest moments in a game and which left a durable impression.

I won't spoil it for people who haven't played it yet and I definitively recommend it.

My favorite plot twist (that no one's mentioned yet)?

Planescape: Torment was chock full of them. Spec Ops: the Line is a great contender... even Starcraft had a decent twist with Kerrigan being revealed as the Overmind's pet project.

Some of this list is not plot twists at all, especially not Metroid and Final Fantasy VII. Breaking a stereotype is not a plot twist.

Or just play The Witcher 3 and be second-guessing every sidequest's motives and potential outcome.

Could the first page in these kinds of lists name the games that might be spoiled? Would be just dandy.

I don't like the twist of the main character dying arbitrarily, because no matter how many times you die playing normally, this is like the game developers saying "Fuck you, you die when WE say you die!", like it's staking agency away from the player.
Also, I agree on the lack of Bioshock 1 on this list. Fix that, would you kindly?

 

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