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Six videogame plot twists you totally saw coming

Dead Space


Above: Isaac and a necromorph hug out their differences… 

The Situation: Protagonist Isaac Clarke – world-class engineer and spaceship wiz kid – volunteers for a mission to repair the damaged communication array of the mining ship USG Ishimura. Using his technical know-how, Isaac fixes the Ishimura’s communication problems with little effort and uses his remaining downtime to renew his relationship with lady-friend Nicole Brennan, a lost love with whom he’s just been reunited.

Just kidding.

Isaac and company arrive to find the Ishimura is totally effed. The ship is completely infested with mutant space-zombie things engaged in perpetual murder frenzy, the majority of Isaac’s landing party is slaughtered within the first ten minutes, and the remaining crew of the Ishimura is either dead or dying. But Nicole has survived, and throughout Isaac’s venture into the mining ship (which mostly consists of him running around screaming), he constantly receives cryptic messages from her via the ship’s local communications network. Near the end, she actually shows up in person and the lovers are reunited at last… sort of.

The Twist: Nicole committed suicide more than three hours before Isaac set foot on the Ishimura. You’re seeing visions of her because you’re insane.


Above: Worst “Dear John” break-up letter EVER 

Why You Saw it Coming: Every encounter with Isaac’s main squeeze is accompanied with this massive, involuntary feeling of ominous foreboding – like tiny spiders crawling up the back of your neck. Even when she physically appears before you, everything screams, “This is wrong!” For one thing, she’s unarmed, but still alive and coherent – that alone is enough to make us suspicious. Plus, too many her actions and dialogue have no connection to social context. It’s like she doesn’t know she’s been marooned on a ship with a bunch of hyper-violent alien monsters or that everyone is dead.

However, let’s be clear that we have no objection to this twist in principle – it’s actually pretty cool, and in a creepy way, it only makes sense. Considering that every surviving crewmember Isaac encounters is batshit nuts, why would he get to walk around the funny farm and not become mentally psychotic?


Mirror’s Edge

The Situation: Mirror’s Edge follows the story of Faith. Faith is a “runner” – an illegal agent who delivers secret packages containing…well, we’re not entirely sure. Government agents and heavily armed death squads constantly hound her during assignments because…actually, that’s not explained that well, either. For the sake of this article, we’ll assume Faith is delivering baked goods to urban based orphanages and the baby kicking, orphan hating government doesn’t approve. During a standard brownie run, Faith learns that her sister has been framed for murder and sets out to clear her name. However, throughout her investigation, Faith encounters a female assassin who possesses the same agility and parkour ability as she…


Above: “Surrender the brownies or…ermph!?”

The Twist: Celeste – a fellow runner and Faith’s supposed close friend – is the masked assassin.

Why You Saw it Coming: Once again, developers fumble in their bag of plot pacing devices and pull out a hot steaming wad of betrayal. If you weren’t blinded by the game’s visual aesthetic (don’t get us wrong, the stark white on saturated color scheme is freakin’ beautiful, but you’ll need to wear protective head gear to avoid burning your retinas), you would have noticed the ONLY OTHER RUNNER IN THE GAME – Celeste. And then about an hour in, you encounter a masked female assailant who matches your physical prowess and parkour ability perfectly. We’re given a very short list of possible suspects (aka one person).

Honestly Faith, she even looks like a bitch. Is that best friend hair? Is that a “nice to see you still alive” face? No, it is not.

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63 comments

  • Kaeda - December 29, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    Hitman. Seriously, just pick one; he gets set up in all of them so far. Interestingly enough, he has yet to be betrayed.
  • danabramovici - December 10, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    "Is that best friend hair? Is that a “nice to see you still alive” face? No, it is not." is one of my favourite captions on anything ever. walk tall. eat a steak. well done.
  • garyn-greene - October 19, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Completely agree. I was skimming the article, read that line, and just LOST it. Among the best captions I've ever read, as well.
  • AvatarIII - December 7, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    i don't see anyone suggesting Ratchet and Clank A Crack in Time, the one where a blatantly sinister looking/sounding ally turns up part way through, and he's constantly doing things his own headstrong fasion
  • BurntToShreds - December 6, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Metal Gear Solid series: Ocelot betrays/deceives everyone.
  • Ipriest54753 - December 6, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    Just cause 2 - the thing everyone wants is the oil... you don't fucking say
  • Zepaw - December 6, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    Didn't see Dead Space coming, but it was the kind of twist that makes total sense as something that I should have seen coming afterward. The videos were clearly clips, not her communicating with him. Awesome game, hope 2 holds up well.
  • jordanlacroix95 - December 5, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    this one spams through the splinter cell series : work for organization , organization boss is an asshole
  • sveini22 - December 5, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Reznov in Black ops ?
  • Vulneratus - December 4, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I have to say that while the twist in Dead Space was painfully obvious from practically 10 minutes into the game, I certainly did not get the impression that Isaac was insane but rather that the hivemind (or artifact or whatever) was screwing around with him and projecting those images of Nicole. And yeah I have to say the whole "beaked"/masked assassin person in Resi 5 turning out to be Jill was not only the most woefully-executed plot twist I've ever experienced in a game, it was mildly insulting. That might be over the top but c'mon... it was like: if at the end of The Usual Suspects the big twist turned out not to be that Kevin Spacey's character was Kaiser Soze but that he had a noticeable limp.
  • yoyoguy - December 4, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    bayonetta's breasts are MUCH bigger in that picture than i remember them in the game.
  • quincytheodore - December 4, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    I saw Dead Space but not that early. By the time I felt stalked from the sound of vent shaft, yeah this is the only game that managed to did that, and she was still marginally calm compared to other FUBAR survivors, it felt like she was on a different place. When she appeared, it's odd that I was armed to the teeth and she looked so.. casual... Well she must be dead.. the last scream was good though..
  • Defguru7777 - December 4, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Holy crap I saw Assassin's Creed's ending coming! It was painful!
  • nomnom52 - December 4, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    The Mirror's Edge pic reminds me VERY much of my sixth grade teacher. I look at her, and see horror staring back at me.
  • Genericide - December 4, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    Dunno if this counts but Haze even had its big "the people you're working for are evil" twist in it's damn commercials, for heaven's sake.
  • dogfacemanchild - December 4, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    I thought the plot twist for in COD Black Ops was pretty obvious like halfway through the game
  • Pudge - December 3, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    You guys missed the worst one of these in modern gaming. Singularity. You start the game off, get warped back into time and kill some guys. You play the rest of the game, standard time travel plot, and then they try to pull a BioShock on you at the end by saying O CRAP, YOU CHANGED HISTORY BY KILLING SOMEONE IN THE PAST! It's so dumb, the entire game's premise is that you're fighting against the weird new future you made and then that's supposed to be the twist? It had me laughing at the end.
  • steviemw85 - December 3, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    forgot jak II's predictable twist where the kid who doesn't speak is actually a young jak. theyr identical! anyone who didnt notice thats n idiot
  • WickedSid - December 3, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    I totally saw that ending coming.
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 3, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    I saw all of these coming except for Dead Space. I loved that ending and was all "NO WAY!" so where is 2 going? Running around an asylum like Batman?

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