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

1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The twist you didn’t see coming: Finding out you’re Darth Revan.

A newly one-handed Luke Skywalker being told his old man was none other than Billy Bucket Head was a momentous twist. So much so, it’s gone on to pretty much define the archetypal movie-ruining plot spoiler in the intervening 29 years since The Empire Strike Back. And you know what? It’s got nothing on KOTOR’s megaton twisterooni.

In BioWare’s epic Star Wars RPG, you control an amnesiac Jedi who awakens on a starship which is being attacked. Over the course of your quest, you join forces with Jedi, mercenaries and the most brilliantly homicidal robot since Johnny Number Five briefly went bad in Short Circuit 2.

As you progress, you gradually piece together former fragments of your memory, while on a quest to protect the galaxy from the evil Sith Darth Malak. Nothing to get your Midi-chlorians in a twist about yet, right? Wrong. You see, Malak once had a master who you’re repeatedly told about throughout the epic 50 hour title, who was even worse than his Dark Side-favouring rear end.

Above: Malak sure knows how to rock a crotch robe

Darth Revan was one of the most feared Sith in all the galaxy and waged a war so bloody against the Republic, he makes The Emperor look like a really sun-deprived Gandhi. See where this is going yet? If not, we’ll put it in the most simple Queen’s English we can muster up with our letter-writing digits…

YOU IS DARTH REVAN. Eh, we mean ‘are’. 

Just how shocking is it, then? Looking in the mirror and finding out you’re the most evil man in the world.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and discovered you were Hitler? We’d imagine you’d be somewhat freaked. Now bottle that feeling of freaked out-ness and you’ve pretty much nailed the feeling every KOTOR player got when Malak revealed your true identity after tens of hours of playtime.

Before then, you simply assumed you were an average clean cut Jedi. You took your vitamins, you said your prayers… you occasionally extorted a poor alien sod in a dialogue choice if you were playing as a bastard. So the revelation that you were actually the baddest of all the badasses in Star Wars land was utterly <break out the cliché gun> jaw-dropping. It changed your opinion of your character. Made you question everything you’d done up until that point. And most of all, made you feel bad as hell.

Above: A’www, yeah

Moving past our japes and photo-manipulating shenanigans, KOTOR’s twist remains the plot shocker we hold all other titles up to. Hmmm, the spoilers are strong in this one.

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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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