We never saw these coming! I am shocked! Appalled! Amazed even!
Not all video games are meant to just be played. Sometimes, they are meant to tell a story, and sometimes that story can have some of the craziest twists and turns you've ever seen. I compiled a list of some of the best twists in all of video games. Take a look and tell me what you think.
1. Samus was a woman the whole time! (Metroid)
I will admit, this is a little bit before my time, but man what a twist. In an industry that usually gives male characters the starring role - it must've been a jaw-dropping moment for men who realized Samus was a woman the entire time! Way before Mad Max: Fury Road tricked you into supporting amazing female action heroes, the developers of Metroid were changing the game.
This twist still remains relevant, because it was one of the first games that featured a female character in a central role - and of a difficult action game! And while I didn't get to experience this twist first hand, I will always be grateful for its existence.
2. The cake is a lie. (Portal)
The cake is a lie! And sure, this whole thing seemed fishy from the start, but when I played this as a young teen - I wasn't expecting the second half of the game. After you complete the final chamber, the evil AI, GLaDOS informs you that you have won - right before she stars you on your slow path to incineration. It was a delightful twist, that told that this game was much more than it seemed to be.
I expected to come face to face with GLaDOS, or some sort of evil scientist, when I completed the final chamber. Luckily, the game didn't disappoint and gave a super fun extra half that defied my expectations and gave this game its iconic status.
3. The world ends. (Final Fantasy VI)
This is one of three Final Fantasy games on this list. Believe it or not, there was a time when Final Fantasy told good stories. In Final Fantasy VI, you take control of the recently escaped Terra and company as they attempt to defeat the Empire and the evil clown, Kefka. After spending most of the game pursuing him, you finally catch up to him on top of a large mountain. But it's too late, Kefka ends the world right before your eyes - and that's not even the end of the game.
This twist was difficult, I played this without knowing anything about the game initially and I couldn't believe my eyes when Kefka actually won. I thought I had lost the game, or did something wrong, but no. This is just the game. And, a year later, you don't even have your whole party - you have quest around the world to find them! It was a lot, a whole lot. And it was great.
4. Tidus is a ghost? (Final Fantasy X)
This twist is still really hard for me to swallow. Apparently, back when Zanarkand and Bevelle were waging war, the people of Zanarkand all became fayth - which create aeons - and created their own Dream Zanarkand separate from the real Zanarkand of Spira. And Tidus, the main character of the game, hails from this Dream Zanarkand. So, the entire time, he is not real. In the end, when you have defeated the final boss, the Dream Zanarkand and Tidus disappear, leading to one of the most heartbreaking scenes in gaming history.
Now, this was a lot to take in and honestly I think that it's one of the most convoluted of the whole list. But, it ranks higher than the others, because it was unsuspected and unlike anything I'd ever heard before.
5. You were a sith. (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
Amnesiac characters are always set up to have some sort of twist in the end, but I wasn't expecting this. Throughout the game, you are working with the scattered and struggling Jedi forces to take down the evil, Darth Malak - current Dark Lord of the Sith, and all around asshole. However, what you don't know, is that you were actually his Master, the evil Darth Revan.
During a battle, you were defeated and taken prisoner, and the Jedi modified your memory so that you would no longer be a threat to the Galaxy. In the end, depending on your alignment you can either succumb to your dark past and become the new Dark Lord - or you can be savior and a hero.
It's a typical twist, but it's still one that you never see coming.
6. It was all your fault. (Telltale's The Walking Dead)
I fell to the floor when this happened, because I wasn't used to my actions actually affecting the game beyond a character death or two. When I found Clem was kidnapped by this man, this stranger that we've never seen before, I was confused. Then, as he told me that it was because of me that his family perished because we stole his station wagon and his supplies.
Obviously, this isn't something that would have been prevented, but it was still a punch in my gut when I played. It really drove home the idea that this world was hard, and unlike the show, was much deeper than I'd been lead to believe. I felt for this guy, and while I didn't agree with what he did, this twist really made me think about what I'd done in this game up to this point.
7. It's the Joker! Wait. No it isn't. (Batman: Arkham City)
Honestly, I am so glad that they got rid of the giant, evil Joker thing in this game? This twist was so welcome, because I was wondering what was going on the whole time. I knew that something was going on, after all, when Talia impaled the Joker - I knew that wasn't the end. But then, when the second Joker came out and impaled her, my mouth dropped to the floor. And when the "dead" Joker turned into Clayface, my mouth dropped to the floor even more!
The twist was satisfying and earned, and it was a great change of pace from the stupid Giant Joker from the previous game.
8. The colossi were good guys. (Shadow of the Colosuss)
There's nothing more heartbreaking than the tale of Wander of the Colossi. At the beginning of the game, you as Wander are crossing through the Forbidden Lands to bring your fallen love back to life. A mysterious spirit tells you that the only way to do this is to go and kill the sixteen Colossi of this Forbidden Land. But what you don't know is that every time you kill this Colossus - you are losing yourself and eventually you are possessed and sealed away with the dark spirit who gave you your mission.
And the worst part? Your dead love comes back to life, and finds your baby-fied self. This is one of the most beautiful games ever made with one of the most powerful stories I've ever seen. It will break your heart.
9. Would you kindly... (Bioshock)
Would you kindly not get annoyed at me for sticking this choice second on this list? Bioshock was a beautiful piece of art, and it all culminates to this one scene. Throughout the game, you are tasked by the mysterious Atlas, to help him take down the tyrannical Andrew Ryan. Throughout the game, he always asks you to something, but begins with the phrase, "Would you kindly..." and it is revealed that you have been conditioned by Atlas. You were a slave the entire time and you didn't know it.
This twist killed me, because the entire time you think you're the good guy. And on some level you are, because Andrew Ryan is an evil son of a bitch, but so is the man you're working for. You were a conditioned dog, sent to kill a man, and you never even knew.
It was brilliant.
10. . Aerith's Death (Final Fantasy VII)
This still kills me. FFVII is one of the first games where I really felt the sting of a character loss. Not just any character, either, the main love interest and the emotional crux of the game up to this point. The second I heard the dramatic music play, I know something terrible was about to happen. When Sephiroth descending from the sky and pierced Aerith, my mouth dropped open.
I felt a visceral anger, and a deep sadness. I had grown so attached to Aerith's character, and while her death seen was done beautifully, the shock stayed with me for the rest of the night. This was one of the most intense twists I've ever experienced, and the tearful monologue that Cloud gives afterwards only made me feel more worse.
It's truly one of the best twists I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
The quarterback said "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country." And then he tried to apologize. And only made it worse.
Drew Brees, a man who makes literally millions of dollars for throwing a ball, has come under fire for insensitive comments he made about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.
"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said in the interview with Yahoo Finance. He clarified that this was in part because he envisioned his grandfathers, who fought in World War II, during the National Anthem. He continued, saying, "And is everything right with our country right now? No. It's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution."
This isn't the first time Brees made it clear that he cares more for the idea of a make-believe unified America than he does for actual human lives. In 2016, he criticized Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the anthem, saying it was "disrespectful to the American flag" and "an oxymoron" because the flag gave critics the right to speak out in the first place.
Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest of racist police brutality
Of course, the flag's alleged ideals have been proven to only be applicable to wealthy, white men—men like Brees. Sure, his grandfathers did a noble thing when they fought under the US flag during WWII, and no one, including Kaepernick, has ever said that sacrifice isn't worth respecting. Thanks to the sacrifices of many people (including the enslaved Black backs upon which this country was built, including the scores of routinely abused Black soldiers who fought for American lives), America has offered opportunity and peace for many, many people. In particular, Ole' Glory has been very kind to men like Brees: rich, white men who still control the majority of the power and the wealth in the United States.
But what about the rest of us, Drew? What about George Floyd whose neck was crushed by a police officer who kneeled on him so casually that he didn't even take his hand out of his pocket? What about Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot for the crime of being Black and going for a jog? What about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was murdered by police in her home in the middle of the night for a crime that had nothing to do with her? What about Tony McDade, Drew–have you heard his name? Have you heard about the 38-year-old Black trans man who was gunned down in Florida last week? Do you understand why these people's family's may harbor just a bit of disrespect for your precious flag?
Is it possible for you to realize, Drew, that your wish for "unity" is not a wish for progress, but a wish to maintain the status quo? When you call for unity under the American flag, you're talking about your flag, the flag that represents a long, sordid history of racial oppression and violence. There is no unity where there is no justice. When you say that "we are all in this together," what you're saying is that we all have roles to play in the version of society that has served you so well. For your part, you'll be a rich, white man, and for Black people's part, they'll continue to be victims of state-sanctioned murders– but hopefully more quietly, hopefully in a manner that doesn't make you uncomfortable?
When you say, "We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution," what you mean to say is that POC and their allies are at fault. Sure, you probably agree that Derek Chauvin took it a bit too far, and you probably feel a little self-conscious that he's brought all this "Black rights" stuff up again. But when you say "all," you place blame on the victims who are dying under a broken system. And what, exactly, do you expect POC to do differently, Drew? Ahmaud Arbery was just out jogging, and still he died. George Floyd was just trying to pay a cashier, and still he died. POC and their allies try to peacefully protest by marching in the streets or taking a knee at a football game, and still white people condemn and criticize. Still the police shoot.
After much criticism, Brees did attempt an apology on Instagram, where he posted a hilariously corny stock photo of a Black and white hand clasped together. His caption, though possibly well-intentioned, made it even clearer that his understanding of the movement for Black lives is thoroughly lacking.
Highlights of the "apology" include his immediate attempt to exonerate himself from culpability, claiming that his words were misconstrued, saying of his previous statement: "Those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character." Unfortunately, Drew, white people like you are the "enemy," as you put it, because by default you are at the very least part of the problem. No one is accusing you of being an overt racist, Drew; no one thinks you actively and consciously detest Black people. But your lack of empathy, your apathy, and your unwillingness to unlearn your own biases are precisely what has persisted in the hearts and minds of well-meaning white Americans for centuries.
Next, you say, "I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the Black community in this movement." No, Drew. Just no. Black people don't need white people's savior complexes to interfere in their organizing; what they need is for us to shut up and listen. What they need is for us to get our knees off of their necks.
Finally, you say, "I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy." This, Drew, is suspiciously similar to saying, "But I'm one of the good whites!" The fact of the matter is that feeling the need to prove your allyship is not about helping a movement; it's about feeding your own ego. Not only that, but your emphasis on "ALWAYS" does a pretty good job of making it clear that you don't think you have a racist bone in your body and that you have taken great offense at any accusations to the contrary. I have some news for you, Drew: Every white person is racist. Sure, the levels vary, and while you may not be actively and consciously discriminating against POC, you have been brought up in a racist system, and your implicit biases are as strong as any other white person's. Your job now is to unlearn those biases and confront those subtle prejudices in yourself and in other white people. Maybe the first step in doing so is just shutting your f*cking mouth about kneeling at football games. Maybe you should even consider taking a knee yourself.
For other non-BIPOC trying to be better allies, check out one of these 68+ anti-racism resources.
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ATTENTION HOLIDAY GAMERS!!
December isn't the biggest month for video game releases. It's not the worst, but it's not the best. This month, though, seems to have a really good set of new releases. Admittedly, a lot of them are rereleases of older games, but that has some merit. So, let's dive in.