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#1 Posted by JoeyRavn (4994 posts) -

I love me some plot twists. Who doesn't? (OK, many people don't, but whatever). I was wondering, what are some of the best and/or most unexpected plot twists you've have encountered in video games? I'd love to start a game with some good plot twists that keep the story interesting, or somehow make you rethink everything you thought you knew about it. Two that come to my mind right now are 999 and Spec Ops: The Line. Obvious spoilers follow:

999

The way the plot ends varies with each playthrough, but in the end all these possibilities are revealed to be different scenarios seen by a young June/Akane, who is actually trapped in the last puzzle of the first Nonary Game, an incinerator. She used her psychic abilities to guide Junpei through the best course of action, so he is able to reach the incinerator in the "present", solve the sudoku puzzle and, indirectly, help her solve her sudoku and free her. Pretty wild paradoxes there. The best thing about this is that you realize that all the time you've been playing, you've seen the events of the game unfold through the eyes of Junpei through the eyes of June.

Spec Ops: The Line

Most of what the played had experienced through the game is actually a fabrication of Walker's mind to cope with all the traumatic events he was witnessing, including the killing of 47 civilians with white phosphorus by he himself and his own team. Konrad had been dead for some time and it was Walker's desire to "be a hero" that made things even worse for everyone in Dubai in the end.

#2 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3066 posts) -

The only one that comes to mind at the moment is the one in Oblivion at the end of the Dark Brotherhood involving Lucien Lachance.

#3 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4639 posts) -

Folklore. Keats.

That is all.

#4 Posted by Fallen189 (5033 posts) -

Aeris died

#5 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

For me top place still belongs to MW2 with Ghost and Roach. ='[

I wish I could remember the one in Oblivion mentioned. Damnit brain, wake up!

#6 Edited by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Tales of Symphonia 1: Kratos turns out to be Lloyd's father? What the fuck!
 
Oh and Revan in KotoR.
Come on, well done.

#7 Posted by themangalist (1739 posts) -

The Line's "twist" is kinda overrated in my opinion... I actually thought Black Ops 1 had a better crafted twist.

#8 Posted by dropabombonit (1492 posts) -

Only because I have been playing it recently, Silent Hill 2 comes to mind. SPOILERS WARNING! I couldn't believe that James had killed his Wife, put the game in a whole new light for me

#9 Edited by Cyrus_Saren (536 posts) -

Revan in Knights of the Old Republic

Persona 3 and 4 had their share of twists that I didn't see coming. Can't really name one.

EDIT: Dunno how I forgot about it but the big twist in Bioshock.

#10 Edited by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

Star Ocean 3 wins this one... completely.

#11 Posted by Hailinel (25179 posts) -

Kid Icarus: Uprising enters total mindfuck territory at a specific point, and it's amazing.

#12 Posted by stryker1121 (1525 posts) -

Would you kindly?

#13 Posted by BaneFireLord (2950 posts) -

Finding out that the Citadel was a relay in ME1 surprised me.

#14 Posted by kumquat (128 posts) -
#15 Posted by Svenzon (722 posts) -

System Shock 2

SHODAN's reveal.

Silent Hill 2

The awful truth.

Fallout 3

President Eden.

Fallout: New Vegas

When you first meet Mr House in person.

The Dark Brotherhood one from Oblivion is really neat, too. Damn, that quest line as a whole is fucking brilliant.

Also, does the "You're a hero..." moment in Fallout count as a twist?

#16 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

Stranger's Wrath :

Stranger being the last Steef, with its legs bent in its boots.

BioShock :

The Would You Kindly mindcontrol phrase.

Enslaved :

Humans are being brainwashed into thinking the world is a bright and beautiful place.

#17 Posted by WildFloyd (127 posts) -

It's got to be the aknowledgement of aperature science in HL2 episode 2 for me. Besides that I thought the blackops twist was quite good.

#18 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -
#19 Posted by Owlright (117 posts) -

@Cyrus_Saren said:

Revan in Knights of the Old Republic

@dropabombonit said:

Only because I have been playing it recently, Silent Hill 2 comes to mind. SPOILERS WARNING! I couldn't believe that James had killed his Wife, put the game in a whole new light for me

Only two twists in games I felt particularly stunned by. I immediately wanted to replay them to experience the games again with my new knowledge.

#20 Posted by SeanFoster (878 posts) -

Bioshock and Knights of the Old Republic.

#21 Posted by Freelancer52 (70 posts) -

Bioshock and Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

#22 Edited by Zaccheus (1797 posts) -
#23 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

@Cyrus_Saren: @Owlright: @SeanFoster:

Revan in KotoR was mentioned multiple times, I'll never play this game so would you please spoil what's the twist? I'm curious :]

#24 Posted by Sackmanjones (4741 posts) -

Bioshock and AC 2. Come to mind quickly

#25 Edited by Owlright (117 posts) -

@Morrow: Sure!

You play through the game hearing about a terrible Sith Lord called Darth Revan, and their apprentice Darth Malak, who launched an armada against the Republic and split the Jedi. You spend the game trying to stop Malak, as Revan disappeared/was thought to have been killed by Malakin an act of betrayal. Eventually you find out that you're in fact Darth Revan, brainwashed by the Jedi Council after they found you injured by Malak.

It sounds really trite writing it out like that but it's fantastically well done in game. The impact it has on your interactions with party members and how you reevaluate your character and play style is pretty excellent.

#26 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

@Owlright said:

@Morrow: Sure!

You play through the game hearing about a terrible Sith Lord called Darth Revan, and their apprentice Darth Malak, who launched an armada against the Republic and split the Jedi. You spend the game trying to stop Malak, as Revan disappeared/was thought to have been killed by Malakin an act of betrayal. Eventually you find out that you're in fact Darth Revan, brainwashed by the Jedi Council after they found you injured by Malak.

It sounds really trite writing it out like that but it's fantastically well done in game. The impact it has on your interactions with party members and how you reevaluate your character and play style is pretty excellent.

Oh yeah, I can imagine that played out very well :) Great idea!

#27 Posted by Shadowjester (93 posts) -

From way back in the day I thought the Bagus/Janus revel was cool. (looking back it was fairly obvious but I was young)

I would say the big one at the end of "Heavy Rain" but that one is a little controversial.

By far the coolest one that sticks out to me is "would you kindly"

#28 Posted by Hunter5024 (5809 posts) -

Folklore was cool though I felt that it kind of violated the rules that they'd established about how the afterlives worked.

Star Ocean 3's might have been better if I enjoyed the game more or hadn't already seen the same twist done in a movie.

Infamous is probably my favorite.

#29 Posted by me3639 (1791 posts) -
@Erzs
There was sooo much talk going on how Ghost was going to become the next spin off franchise it really made that scene imo come out of nowhere. It was really one of those did that just happen moments.
#30 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -
@Jay444111

Star Ocean 3 wins this one... completely.

Yes this it was a mmo the whole time came out of nowhere
#31 Posted by CaLe (4018 posts) -

The ending of FF9. I can't even remember what it was now, I just remember being surprised.

#32 Posted by wemibelec90 (1743 posts) -

I remember the twist in Breakdown (for the original Xbox) blowing my mind when I first saw it.

#33 Posted by HarlechQuinn (450 posts) -
#34 Posted by Zuldim (290 posts) -

I have a feeling a lot of people will disagree with me on this one, but Mass Effect (1).

Specifically when you find out Sovereign is a Reaper. I thought it was a very effective twist, and makes you realize just how literally and figuratively big the enemies you've been hearing about during the entire game are, and what a big threat you face. Not to mention an effective twist on who the puppet master actually is.
#35 Posted by Artikay (113 posts) -

Am I the only one to be surprised by the appearance of the Flood in Halo 1? Also for me: Bioshocks "Would you kindly" and just why Johny wanted to go To The Moon... Almost made me cry.

#36 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Tear Ring Saga deciding that it best end like a combination of Earthbound and a 1990s dating sim.

#37 Posted by Artikay (113 posts) -

Oh yeah.. How has nobody said yet... "Samus is a WOMAN?!"

#38 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Would be Revan in KOTOR but some fucker intentionally spoiled it for me.

#39 Posted by Redbullet685 (6054 posts) -

Bioshock takes the cake for me.

#40 Edited by HandsomeMuffin (109 posts) -

@Zuldim: This one blew my mind aswell! Made me fall in love with the game so much more!

And like everyone else has said. The whole Revan thing was amazing.

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#43 Posted by kindgineer (2768 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong: Ah yes, that made my day when that happened. And then the whole thing with the child angels and ending the world or something. If I didn't recall that correctly, it's evidence that I didn't understand the what da fuq was going on once you went to that "pseudo-heaven."

#44 Posted by Crixaliz (782 posts) -

@themangalist said:

The Line's "twist" is kinda overrated in my opinion... I actually thought Black Ops 1 had a better crafted twist.

It's surprising how similar the twist in both the games is. I never realized until I read your post.

#45 Posted by ProfessorK (825 posts) -

The upside down castle in Castlevania SoTN. Blew my mind the first time i found out how to get there. But, continues to get played out every time another Castlevania does it now.

#46 Posted by ajamafalous (12035 posts) -

I really liked BioShock.

#47 Posted by Enokei (20 posts) -

Heavy Rain , when essentially my favorite character betrays another very emotional main character. I just taught oh shit. I love that game with all of it's flaws.

#48 Posted by JoxxOr (53 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

Star Ocean 3 wins this one... completely.

That was a fucking insane twist that way to few people will ever experience. I don't feel like it's super good executed, its just fucking insane

#49 Posted by Shirogane (3579 posts) -

Binary Domain has a pretty good one. Just to add to all the ones people have mentioned here.

#50 Posted by MegaLombax (395 posts) -

Nier, Folklore, and Infamous 1.