Like that of a good film or television programme, the best stories in videogames know there is nothing more memorable than a great plot twist, which forces you to re-evaluate everything you thought you knew about that particular game. Below, we’ve listed some of the most emotional, powerful, amusing, bizarre or unexpected twists on PlayStation.
WARNING: Obviously, this article contains MAJOR plot spoilers.
It is officially impossible to write an article about plot twists in games without beginning with the original BioShock. The reveal of Atlas as Frank Fontaine and the truth about the phrase ‘Would you kindly…’ ranks as one of the greatest videogame moments of all time. Now, would you kindly finish reading this article and post your bank account details in the comments. No? It was worth a try.
Tim has been searching for the princess, who ran away from an evil monster. In the last level of the game, he finally tracks her down just as she escapes from a knight, and the two of them help each other to reach the safety of her house. However, when the sequence is then played in reverse, the princess is in fact running away from Tim, and is then saved by the knight.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Betrayal is a key theme in GTA, but Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features arguably the most shocking deception of them all. CJ can hardly believe his eyes when he witnesses his fellow Grove Street gang members, Big Smoke and Ryder, attending a clandestine meeting with rival gang, the Ballas, and corrupt cop, Frank Tenpenny. Needless to say, he gets his revenge in the end.
When Daxter falls into a pool of dark eco and is subsequently turned into an ottsel (an orange rodent that is half otter, half weasel), he is understandably not too happy about it. However, at the end of the trilogy, it is revealed that the Precursors – the ancient, godlike civilisation who were the first to channel the power of eco – are in fact all ottsels themselves.
Throughout Portal 2’s co-op campaign, murderous A.I. GlaDOS repeatedly claims that the ultimate goal of robot pals Atlas and P-body is to gain entry to ‘the Vault’, where thousands of humans are stored in stasis. If the singleplayer story taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t trust anything GLaDOS says, so it’s quite the double bluff when it turns out she was telling the truth.
Red Dead Redemption
Plenty of videogames kill off their main character, but it is much less common to replace said character with another for the last few missions of the game; however, that’s exactly what happens in Red Dead Redemption. After the death of protagonist John Marston, the finale is then played as his son Jack, in what is undoubtedly one of the most impactful endings in gaming.
Shadow of the Colossus
When Wander makes a deal with a godlike entity named Dormin in order to resurrect a young woman, he is blissfully unaware of what he has unleashed. Tasked with slaying 16 giant colossi, it is revealed at the end of the game that a piece of Dormin’s essence was trapped inside each of them, to prevent him from ever regaining the full might of his terrible power. Oh well, you live and learn.
Silent Hill 2
In one of the joke endings to Silent Hill 2, protagonist James stumbles across a security room, with a dog sitting at the controls. The insinuation is that this dog has been manipulating all of the events in the game, while listening to some catchy music through his headphones. A different ending sees James abducted by aliens – only in Japan could these ideas have made it into the final game.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The central premise of the Uncharted series is that protagonist Nathan Drake is the descendant of legendary English explorer Francis Drake, so it comes as a bit of a shock to discover that this is a big fat lie. In reality, Nate isn’t related to Sir Francis, his real surname isn’t even Drake, and he stole his ‘family heirloom’ ring from a Colombian museum. It just goes to show, you never can tell.
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
There are so many twists in Virtue’s Last Reward that we’re not even going to attempt to list them all here; although, considering that the plot involves quantum mechanics, time travel and telepathy, it was never going to be plain sailing. Basically, if you manage to keep up with everything that happens in the last couple of hours of the game, you’re much cleverer than we are.