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

3. Heavy Rain

The twist you didn’t see coming: Scott Shelby is the Origami Killer.

If there’s anyone you can trust, it’s the man who’s good with children. Specifically, babies. Now, just look at the gent below…

Above: Brings a tear to the eye socket, don’t it?

Scott Shelby really does appear to be a thoroughly decent private eye. He’s got a slight problem with the sauce, sure. He’s also absolutely dedicated to his work. And all through his investigations to find the child-murdering Origami Killer, he’s never anything less than concerned, sympathetic and caring. So obviously, he’s the bloody killer.

Just how shocking is it, then? Like discovering Santa is an evil alcoholic robot who kills his reindeer and keeps all your presents for himself.

Look, how were we to ever know? It’s not like the really sinister truth was ever staring us straight in the fac…


Scary sex faces aside, Heavy Rain blatantly lies to throw you off the case with a big, fat, cheating curve ball. During a key scene, Shelby is investigating a lead with an old watch maker. While in control of the character, the ancient clock-fiddling soul is murdered off-screen, thus ruling out any possibility of Shelby being the killer.

Well, until the game decides to gloss over that little plot hole when it shows a little flashback of Shelby murdering the hell out of the old man, when his true identity is revealed.

Above: What's a little strangulation between bitter enemies?

To be honest, though, we can mostly forgive developer Quantic Dream’s deception. The identity of the Origami Killer was our main motivation for ploughing through the game. And the fact it turned out to be the character we empathised most with was fascinating. Eh, while also making us sound like creepy serial killers in waiting.

Yeah, would you kindly give yourself a little Men In Black-style memory wipe to erase the last few sentences from your noggin? Cheers.

2. BioShock

The twist you didn’t see coming: “Would you kindly…”

Sweet Jiminy Cricket’s top hat do we ever love a good old fashioned magic word or control phrase. Throughout BioShock, protagonist Jack is aided by a resourceful chap by the name of Atlas. The Irish gent is only too happy to guide you through the ruined underwater utopia of Rapture via radio, after your plane takes an unfortunate dip in the drink at the beginning of the adventure.

Above: Would we kindly open this present? Hey, why not? Oh, we're drowning

At first, it appears like he’s giving you aid in exchange for you helping him to save his family. Hell, what could be more reasonable than that?

He’s so damn polite too. It’s all “would you kindly this” and “would you kindly that”. The man rocks such a sexy-ass Emerald Isle lilt over the airwaves, we’d never say no to him. After all, his requests are reasonable enough. “Would you run here? Would you fetch that?” No big.

“Would you kindly head to Ryan’s office and kill the son of a bitch”. For you Atlas, pal; anything. A few messy golf club swings to the semi evil founder of Rapture later and we are done. That was all pretty reasonable, right?


Just how shocking is it, then? Finding out you’re a werewolf and that night’s lunar activities ended with you eating your other half.

Lets backtrack for a second. Andrew Ryan not only built BioShock’s twisted, submerged city, he’s also your pappy. In a complicated turns of events, Jack is Ryan’s genetically modified son, who has aged into a fully grown man in just two years. After he was born, his mother sold him to a man called Frank Fontaine. Fontaine was Ryan’s biggest enemy and fought bitterly with the demented philosopher for years in a power struggle for control of the city. Turns out, Fontaine is none other than Atlas.

Above: Also, dude's a great big monster

Those seemingly innocent and polite requests? Straight up brainwashing. After his birth, Fontaine managed to bend Jack to his murderous will through the control phrase “Would you kindly…” He never had a family and instead, merely wanted to get your character to take out his biggest enemy.

Up to speed yet? Good. Because we think we’re having mild aneurisms after typing all that exposition. Anyhoo, the main reason we never saw this twist coming round the bludgeoning bend was it was so damn ingenious. That, and it was just a tad too highbrow for our slumped caveman brows to ever compute until the dastardly golf club-handled deed was done.

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  • 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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