And that's when everything went sour.

Have any of you ever played a game that you were enjoying a lot, only to have something in the story basically ruin the whole thing for you?  The gameplay is still okay, and you didn't run into any show-stopping bugs, but some plot point happened that you either found revolting or that just made you stop caring entirely?
 
I actually had something like this happen to me while playing Valkyrie Profile 2.  I love the original Valkyrie Profile on the PS1.  It's easily one of my all-time favorites and had a story and characters I found moving, even through the unconventional manner that the plot was told.  I was absolutely psyched to play the second game when it came out.  As a prequel, it promised to fill in a lot of the backstory regarding some minor characters and events that were only touched upon and left unresolved.
 
The game was a lot of fun, too.  I burned through about fifty-some odd hours of it, revisiting cities and dungeons from the first game, meeting the new cast and seeing things unfold in some of the most breathtaking graphics I'd ever seen on the PS2.  It was pretty much everything I could have asked for.
 
And then this happened:
 


At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but it soon became pretty clear.  When I turned off the game, I actually went online to see if my fears were unfounded, but I only had them confirmed.  I'm not sure how I felt.  Betrayed, maybe?  I loved the first game's story, and to see the developers do that to it just left me depressed.  I couldn't bring myself to finish the game, and I have yet to even try the Valkyrie Profile DS game.
 
Have any of you been similarly stung by a game?  How did you react to it?
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Posted by Hailinel

Have any of you ever played a game that you were enjoying a lot, only to have something in the story basically ruin the whole thing for you?  The gameplay is still okay, and you didn't run into any show-stopping bugs, but some plot point happened that you either found revolting or that just made you stop caring entirely?
 
I actually had something like this happen to me while playing Valkyrie Profile 2.  I love the original Valkyrie Profile on the PS1.  It's easily one of my all-time favorites and had a story and characters I found moving, even through the unconventional manner that the plot was told.  I was absolutely psyched to play the second game when it came out.  As a prequel, it promised to fill in a lot of the backstory regarding some minor characters and events that were only touched upon and left unresolved.
 
The game was a lot of fun, too.  I burned through about fifty-some odd hours of it, revisiting cities and dungeons from the first game, meeting the new cast and seeing things unfold in some of the most breathtaking graphics I'd ever seen on the PS2.  It was pretty much everything I could have asked for.
 
And then this happened:
 


At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but it soon became pretty clear.  When I turned off the game, I actually went online to see if my fears were unfounded, but I only had them confirmed.  I'm not sure how I felt.  Betrayed, maybe?  I loved the first game's story, and to see the developers do that to it just left me depressed.  I couldn't bring myself to finish the game, and I have yet to even try the Valkyrie Profile DS game.
 
Have any of you been similarly stung by a game?  How did you react to it?
Posted by Video_Game_King

Hmm, that's gonna be hard. However, I'd give it to Final Fantasy VIII. The game was OK up until the parade thing, at which point things went awesome. Disc 2 stayed on the awesome train until the end, when it crashed into a Wile E. Coyote tunnel. Cliche romance comes in, Edea reveals that a future space witch was controlling her with time magic, and I just gave up on it.

Posted by Hailinel
@Video_Game_King: I thought FFVIII was fantastic myself, but that game always did seem divisive.  I honestly preferred that it went the romance route it took.
Posted by iam3green

yeah, kind of. i quit wow and now i started talking to people that play. i heard that blizzard change the entire game around. level 20 u get a mount. i was booo when i heard that. level 40 was the level that i got my mount on.

Edited by Jeust

Silent Hill 4, when you're asked to go thru  the levels you played before upside down, to reach the end of the game.
 
I got so disappointed, i only finished the game two or three months after, from that point on. 
 
But it was worth it!

Posted by Skald

If you don't like that kind of stuff, stay the hell away from comic books.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@Hailinel: 
 
I didn't, mainly because it was the same tired crap we've seen before, even though it was hyped as the main feature of the game.
Edited by MrSnow

No i am afraid it hasn't happened to me ever. Story makes me buy the next game but once i am in a game it does not matter.
 
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