The Top 7... Games with mega plot twists you never saw coming

5. Silent Hill 2

The twist you didn’t see coming: Finding out James killed his wife.

Excuse us for a moment while we take some time out to stroke our thick and bushy games jarnalists’ beards. You see, Silent Hill 2 deserves some special recognition for its deeply complex, winding plot. Really, it’s a work of David Lynch, Twin Peaks-esque genius. Focusing on James Sunderland, who enters Silent Hill on the back of receiving a letter from his dead wife Mary, it spends the next ten hours or so monumentally messing with your shit.

Above: Personally, we're more weirded out by the guy on the left

Dudes with heads shaped like Toblerones forcing themselves on other monsters, a fat bloke who offed his dog, a woman who looks exactly like your stone cold other half; it’s a mind buggering of the very highest proportions. At the centre of the story is the question of how James’ wife met her maker and if she’s really dead. When you finally unearth the answer, the truth isn’t just shocking, it’s also surprisingly dark and adult for a game. Mary ain’t just dead. She died at the hands of James… and a pillow.

Just how shocking is it, then? There’s no way in Beelzebub’s kingdom we’re doing a Photoshop analogy gag here.

Even for a game which frequently deals with such incredibly dark themes as child abuse and rape, when you find a home video of James smothering his wife, it’s a complete game changer. Video games are generally a medium about decapitating Nazi zombies with weapons called the Killitron 3700. Not Euthanasia. Naturally, because both the manner of the death was so rare for games, and the plot was plagued with such mysterious questions, this twist was always going to go undetected by our tiny chickpea-sized brains.

Above: Mary, Mary, give me your answer do. Oh right, you're dead

Of course, earn a certain ending, and it’s clear the whole diabolical plot was cooked up by man’s most loyal, surprisingly creatively-minded, friend…

4. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

The twist you didn’t see coming: Discovering Snake’s not the main character.

Solid ‘David’ Snake is the gruffest, most rebelliously shaven dude ever to squeeze his stealthy balls into a sneaking suit. There’s a reason gamers everywhere love him. Yeah, a big part of it is he’s bloody brilliant at laying a mechanical smackdown on nuclear robots of death. But really, it’s that voice. Listening to a 36 minute Codec conversation involving the Solid One is akin to getting a velvety happy ending massage for the ear drums. And Sons of Liberty’s incredible, rain-swept tanker opening is the perfect, action-packed tribute to the man.

Above: Metal Gear Ray has got no chance against that mullet of justice

Y’know what we hate more than QTEs, rectal thermometers and the end of The Matrix: Revolutions? Getting duped. So you’ll probably grasp why we were a tad miffed when Kojima pulled the bleach blonde blanket from under us with the introduction of Raiden after the game’s first hour. Not only was this new playable character not Snake, but Koj even forced us to watch him cupping his genitals for a good ten minutes.

Above: Dear God

Just how shocking is it, then? Seeing the world’s most deadly secret agent being played by George Lazenby.

Above: Aka the one where 007 gives up a life on the shag to get hitched

Being forced to play as the rookie FoxHound agent after almost two years of fevered waiting for Snake’s PS2 adventure felt like Hideo was teagbagging our souls with his pristinely maintained scrotum. Make no mistake: it hurt as much as it shocked us. Kojima Productions deliberately doctored trailers of boss battles, which featured Raiden in the main game, to feature Snake in the build up to release. It’s no wonder we never smelt this twist coming. Kojima was stuffing rotten pieces of camembert up our hooters to put us off the scent.

It would be like the next Batman film promising Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan and then letting Uwe Boll helm the flick, with Bale’s Bat being given the boot for a Justin Bieber-played Robin. Thankfully, the game was still amazing. Raiden was a surprisingly likeable character, too. Regardless of what the naysayers think, there was a definite Han Solo/Luke Skywalker dynamic between Snake and Raiden that genuinely worked well. Still, we’ll never quite forgive the Metal Gear mastermind for pulling the deceptive wool over our eyes for all those months.

Above: And we'll also never forgive the modder who gave the world this


  • Metroidhunter32 - December 5, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    The identy of the killer in Persona 4. That is probally one of the best kept secrets in a videogame. They even have a guy who is clearly the killer, but isn't. Also, you have to select the killer from a list of EVERYONE in the game right down to your little sister. So if you missed the 1 vauge clue that they gave in the middle of an intense cutscene so you wouldn't notice it then you can't win.
  • ensabahnur - November 21, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Bioshock was a good twist
  • flk - November 19, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    KOTOR # 1 = HELL YEAH! I remember playing that game. Something felt out of place but I wouldn't have guessed that the character was actually the biggest bad-ass of the galaxy, Revan.
  • barrage7667 - November 18, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    EXCUSE ME!!! how about azimuth killing ratchet in a crack in time?!?!? no one saw that coming right? RIGHT??!??!?!?! oh wait...
  • Zeb364 - November 18, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    I would have swapped Bioshock and KOTOR but they're both amazing. This was an awesome list. Although I think it's a little unfair to call Heavy Rain's ending a plot twist when it is in fact just an unplausible ending. I mean, you know it wasn't him because you know he couldn't have killed the watchmaker. I would have pulled that one in favor of Red Dead because that ending hit me like a shit ton of bricks. I mean honestly, who saw John's death coming? If you must include Heavy Rain then put it in the notable mentions where Red Dead was.
  • Crypto140 - November 18, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    After looking at the last Raiden picture, I suddenly got more self conficence.
  • Vader999 - November 18, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    Revan fucking deserves No. 1
  • JADENkOTOR - November 17, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    KOTOR is the best game EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ryno - November 16, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Where's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West?
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - November 16, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Still remember being shocked by the Metroid ending. Good times.
  • Syncmaster - November 16, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    ah Raiden is not really a plot twist. its a gameplay twist thats all. But MGS2 had a ton of plot twists, learning that all thats happening there is just to make you gamer (as Raiden) become a badass like Snake was a genius play. too bad most ppl never got it
  • philipshaw - November 16, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Great article, I personally would have Bioshock at number 1 because I played the game a year after it came out and somehow managed to avoid the big spoiler
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 16, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    Great Top 7. I've beaten most of the games on this list and the others I will most likely never play.
  • spideralex90 - November 16, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    Awesome top 7. Bioshock and KOTOR justly deserve the top.
  • phoenix_wings - November 16, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    The little girl in the one picture that just found out her dad is a cross-dresser looks like she's about to laugh and say "I told you so, Mommy!" LOL Aaanyway. Good list! Pretty much all of these made me go "Wait...what? Oh, DAMMIT!" A game that wasn't mentioned was L4D...>>> Although it isn't revealed in the game itself, the comics (which are cannon) show that all of the Survivors are actually carriers of the disease. I know that I should have realized that, and facepalmed myself for not realizing it, I still thought it was awesome and unexpected.
  • Zeipher - November 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    Once again, no one wants to admit that Andrew Ryan killing himself in Bioshock makes absolutely no sense. I understand its a shocker to find out you're basically a robot, but they ruined it by injecting an unnecessary plot device. Think about it. Why did Ryan use you to kill himself?
  • hanktherapper - November 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    From the beginning, I knew the Atlas twist in "Bioshock" because it was set up just like System Shock 2.
  • yetanotherCid304 - November 16, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    @kennytheinsane: nah, i kinda figured that out before namine told us, it was shocking tho'.
  • yetanotherCid304 - November 16, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Great Article GR! You articles is awesome! (Turning in CATZ) Would you kindly keep writing more?
  • Markstone - November 16, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    The KOTOR twist simply blew my mind :D

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