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Video Game Plots Dan Didn't Understand in 2019 [SPOILERS]

Dan tries to remember what happened in those video games that he loved so much. Beware of major spoilers in this one.

Discover the best and worst games of the year with your friends from Giant Bomb.

Dec. 23 2019

Cast: Dan

Posted by: Vinny

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Dan. DAN

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Edited By bathala

This is going to be Death Stranding.

I'm surprised Dan got MK11

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I wanna make fun of Dan for this but honestly all those plot points track with what I remember.

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The Rise of Shoewalker

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The only responsible reply to this video before watching it is, "Video Game Plots Dan didn't understand? What is ALL OF THEM?"

Checking it out now.

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How?

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Nope, Dan nailed every plot of each game. They were all perfect. Was he reading a script off of wikipedia? Cause he nailed it. Good job Dan.

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this video is the first 'strand' video

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This concept would have worked better if after Dan's take Alex and Brad explained what the game was actually about.

Fun stuff either way.

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V is Vergils human half, the tree is his demon half. How was that major plot point missed. lmao. Also his name is literally just V. Vergil starts with V. It's not subtle.

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I didn't play any of these games so just going to assume it was all accurate

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Does any one have a list of the games spoiled?

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@giglianomiro: This is one of those things where once the game revealed that I was like "fuck... fuck. How did I not consider that? fuck!"

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@rivalchild: The games are tagged in the "In This Episode" metadata section. They include:

  • Control
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Gears 5
  • Mortal Kombat 11
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I wanna make fun of Dan for this but honestly all those plot points track with what I remember.

Seriously, if he did all this from memory that's fairly impressive. All I'd be able to tell someone off the top of my head about the plot of Devil May Cry 5, for instance, is "well there's Dante and that other guy and that other guy and... there's a woman who drives a van I think? Dante wears a hat at some point. That's about all I got."

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Well I don't know any better so I'm going to believe every word of that.

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Dan Stranding

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Starting off with "I don't know if Jesse worked at the oldest house" really fucked me up.

That's the whole story Dan.

I one sentence you did the whole thing bad.

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@christmasunicorn: now I will say the Gears 5 one made about as much sense as the actual game

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Magnifique!

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God bless whoever had to find the clips of the stuff Dan was talking about. Also the idea behind this list is the most Dan thing ever, I love it.

I didn't play a lot of these games sadly, but I think Dan has a way better memory than me as I typically forget names of characters, dates, and such. Like in Modern Warfare there's Price and then... ??? I forget.

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This is amazing

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Wow, the only one I can't blame him for is Control but even then I don't think it's that complicated.

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He definitely did a better job than I would

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I already love how these lists are going.

I wish more online personalities had the self-awareness to just admit there are things they don't get.

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Dan did pretty good with Control.

I think...

Edit; Not surprising he spends way the most time analyzing the intricacies of Mortal Kombat. lol

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so wait, Dan understood Death Stranding?

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The Locust aren't aliens.

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Checks out.

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@dannyodwyer: Going to assume he only wanted to include games he completed and he gave up on Death Stranding pretty quickly.

This video is incredible.

"General Raam is dead" XD 5 games ago...

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Dan did his best and that's what counts.

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This is a feature specifically designed to drive me insane. Thanks.

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Surprised this wasn't just "every game except for WWE 2k19".

Just in general this is the most Dan video ever.

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I love/am baffled by dan remembering the slightly obscured story of why Virgil hates Dante but not the very overtly explained of who V is.

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Despite not using marijuana, Dan has the memory of a 67 year old headshop owner.

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A swing and a miss dan. lol

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These solo videos are really weird. I like the topic ideas for each video, but having another person to bounce off of would have probably flowed better. Someone above me suggested, for instance, having another crew member in this video to tell Dan how close he was and I kind of want that now (similar to the quizzes they take on the Beastcast).

That being said Dan did great! I thought this was going to be a small train wreck but he really only fumbled a little bit about Control.

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Either Dan's memory is actually amazing, or maybe I should start really worrying about mine. I also played MK11 paying full attention to the story, and I would not be able at all to recall why the time shenanigans start happening.

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Dan's memory of MK 11 seems about right. Still feel MK 9 had the best story out of the modern trilogy at least till right near the end it.

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You managed to boil the essence of Dan Ryckert into that thumbnail.

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@smeat: Even then, all the MK story game modes are pretty fun.

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@joedangerous: Totally agree. Someone to bounce off would have been great.

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Dan would never play the Summoner or a puppet fighter given his take on V.

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In the worse of Marcus Phoenix: Aww come on!

The whole thing about Gears is that this is a Locust planet that COG "inadvertently" invaded, because the Locust live underground and nobody noticed them until the surface had been colonised.

so wait, Dan understood Death Stranding?

Based on his GotY list, he understood Outer Wilds (which has a very subtle plot told in a rather piecemeal manner which would be extremely easy to miss) but somehow completely donked Gears 5.

The human mind is a wonderful thing.