Here there be spoilers…
Games are an interactive medium and therefore it can be very easy for games to play tricks on us. Lead us in one direction, only to change the whole game around on us a few minutes later. Some twists have to do with the plot, others with gameplay. These can leave us cheering, reeling, or just plain dumbfounded in the wake of their awesomeness.
For instance, Metal Gear Solid 2 pulled a fast one on gamers worldwide when it turned out that Solid Snake wasn’t actually the protagonist. Likewise, Chrono Cross flips everything on you by suddenly swapping the identities of the game’s bad guy and good guy.
So sit back as GamerSushi unveils its first “Top Six” feature, as we look at gaming’s best plot twists.
6. Metroid — You Got A Chick In My Dude Suit
We know, it’s been done a million times on a million lists, but come on! Even the damn NES Metroid manual refers to Samus Aran as a cyborg dude, ready to massacre millions of metroid aliens with a variety of weapons. I mean, it’s the ultimate dude fantasy, right?
However, after navigating through a room full of crazy guns, one nasty bitch of a brain, and a frustrating platform room while eluding a timed explosion, the game treats you to its famous ending screen. Yay, you’ve beat the metroid, let’s pray for peace in space, etc. Also, you find out that Samus is actually a chick, as her armor comes off. Beat the game in under a few hours, and she appears naked. True story.
5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night — WTF Castle
The first Castlevania game to do away with level-by-level progression and allow for a free-form of exploration is the best in the series. As you gain new abilities and items, more of the castle becomes accessible to you. Once you advance far enough, you can go to the Throne Room and face Richter Belmont. Defeat him and you win the game.
However, if you manage to defeat him while wearing certain optional items, you discover that Richter is merely a puppet of Dracula’s servant, Shaft. Doing so opens up an inverted version of the castle and the adventure you thought was over has only just begun.
4. Metal Gear Solid — Take Your Pick
Metal Gear Solid can go down on this list for any number of reasons. How about the DARPA Chief at the beginning of the game wasn’t really the DARPA Chief, but one of the members of Fox Hound, who contracted the FOXDIE virus and died instantaneously? Or maybe that the Master, who’s been guiding you the whole game and talking about rats and all kinds of other Alaskan things, is really Liquid Snake. Oh, and he’s your brother and also a clone of the series’ main bad guy.
This franchise has always been known for its epic plot twists, and the first game has a lot of good ones that don’t quite push it to the ridiculous level that later entries did. The most memorable and impactful one, though? Solid Snake, thought to be the stronger of the two brothers, turns out to be the weaker one… Mr. President.
3. Chrono Trigger — Crono Who?
This game gets on here for a few twists in the plot. First, all game long you are told about Magus, the evil wizard who you find out might be responsible for summoning Lavos and the end of the world. Turns out, you actually get Magus in your party as a playable character!
This was unheard of back in the day and was only overshadowed by one thing: Crono, the protaganist dies. You can choose to beat the game with him still dead or undergo a long, epic quest in order to revive him. Trust me, this blew many minds back then and is still one of the best twists of all time.
2. Bioshock — Happy Gilmore Style
Rapture is a place full of secrets, but one stands above all others: you are a genetically engineered creation, programmed to obey commands when the phrase, “Would you kindly…” is used. The villain? He’s your dad.. The guy who has been guiding you the whole game? He is the villain and he has manipulated you the whole time.
Bioshock puts a spin on the typical NPC/player relationship by making your character a pawn in a game between two shady people. In every game, you always do what people tell you to, that’s how you get missions. In Bioshock, you feel used and betrayed. A masterful twist.
1. Knights Of The Old Republic — Put On That Revan Mask
In one of the coolest moments in video game history, you learn that the mysterious and evil Darth Revan, who set the events of the game in motion before being killed by his apprentice (the game’s villain), is none other than… well, you. Even worse, the Jedi council knew about it, and threw you into a plot in the hopes that you would rid them of their problem.
The way the reveal is done is probably the best part of all. It seriously slams you upside the head in a way that you’d never expect, and leaves you completely dumbfounded. People are still pulling their jaws off the floor after this one. Well done, Bioware. Well done.
So, which of these games have you played? And what are your favorite plot twists of all time in a video game?