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Top 10 Confusing Video Game Plots

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nick Williams. What the heck are they talking about? What the heck are they doing and why are they doing it? Usually games are pretty easy to follow, but sometimes things get so weird and nonsensical that it's almost impossible to follow what is happening. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 most confusing video game plots. There are spoilers ahead, so spoiler alert! Special thanks to our user bremjo3 for suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest.
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Script written by Nick Williams.

Top 10 Confusing Video Game Plots


Usually video games follow pretty simple story lines, whether it’s saving the princess or preventing humanity’s untimely destruction. Sometimes, however, the plots of video games are so convoluted and confusing, they make our brains hurt! Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down the top 10 Confusing Video Game Plots.

Beware, this list may contain some spoilers as we try and figure out what the heck is going on with these confusing plots.

#10: “Half Life 2” (2004)


Instead of having cutscenes that explain the game’s premise, “Half Life 2” puts you right into the action, immersing you in a dystopian setting that is, frankly pretty complicated. Half-Life’s always been about visual storytelling, but a large part of the game’s premise is relegated to bits of dialogue spoken by NPCs that are easy to miss, and if you played the first game, questions concerning the circumstances of how characters such as Barney, Dr. Kleiner, or Eli survived the Black Mesa event and evaded the Combine up until the events of “Half Life 2” are never fully explained.

#9: “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2006)


Remember when “Sonic” games were just about freeing your animal buddies from the clutches of Dr. Robotnik and ensuring he didn’t get the all-powerful chaos emeralds? Apparently Sega didn’t think that was convoluted enough so for the 2006 “Sonic the Hedgehog” reboot/reboot they decided to up the ante with a story rife with plotholes involving time travel paradoxes and a human kissing a hedgehog. We just have to ask, why Sega, why? You had such a good thing going with those straightforward platformers.

#8: “Kingdom Hearts” series (2002-)


When you take two massive, storied franchises and combine them to make a new series, there’s a solid chance that things are going to get confusing. Despite the fact that these games are super exposition heavy, the muddled plot is made all the more perplexing by the fac that the series jumps from console to console seemingly at random. Hell we’re still trying to tell the difference between Xemnes and Xehanort when Xehanort isn’t thinking he’s Ansem, when the real Ansem is actually Diz and … HOLY CRAP”

#7: “Killer 7” (2005)


Suda51 is known for making games with outrageous characters and far-fletched plots, and nowhere is this more apparent than in “Killer 7.” At first, the game’s storyline seems straightforward, telling the story of a terrorist group disrupting a new era of peace. However, as the game progresses, the player is presented with several plot twists as the story goes completely off the rails, delving into a tale of conspiracy, world politics, and the supernatural that only barely makes sense by the game’s ending.

#6: “Chrono Cross” (1999)


As the sequel to one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, “Chrono Trigger”, it was expected that “Chrono Cross” would match its predecessor’s memorable, moving and relatively easy-to-follow storyline. In “Chrono Cross”, instead of focusing on the adventures of 7 characters like in prequel, there are alternate realities, time-jumping, and literally dozens of characters to keep track of, many of which don’t add a whole lot to the game’s overarching narrative. At least the game’s cutscenes and graphics are pretty enough to distract you from the meandering plot.

#5: “Final Fantasy XIII” (2009)


If you make it to the final boss of a video game and you can’t say exactly who you’re fighting and why, then the game’s plot if probably too convoluted for its own good. Enter “Final Fantasy XIII”, a game that many players found to be a step back for the famous JRPG franchise, largely due to its vague character development, confusing storyline, and bloated dialogue that was chock-full of plotholes. Even the release of a sequel couldn’t help clear up the events of “Final Fantasy XIII”.

#4: “Resident Evil” series (1996-)


Zombies are supposed to be simple. People have brains and zombies want to eat them - it doesn’t get much more straightforward than that. But for every plattered zombie head, it seems like Resident Evil balances it out with a bizarre plot twist. The early games in the “Resident Evil” franchise weren’t too complicated, but after so many entries into the series, it has become difficult to keep all of the plotlines in check. By the time RE5 and Revelations rolled around, the attempts to come up with new stuff while simultaneously maintaining the old was a bit too much to handle.

#3: “Bayonetta” (2009)


Although it is known for its action-packed gameplay, it’s doubtful that anyone plays “Bayonetta” for its plot, as trying to follow the game’s story is bound to drive you nuts! The game’s developers clearly wanted to make a game that was bizarre and over the top in all respects, and they certainly didn’t hold back. Who is Bayonetta? Why was she resurrected 20 years ago from the bottom of a lake? Why is she fighting deities. Who’s that little girl that looks like her?

#2: “Bioshock Infinite” (2010)


With incredible graphics, an inventive setting, and exhilarating gameplay, there are plenty of things to distract the player from the fact that the story of “Bioshock Infinite”, and its ending in particular, is really confusing! With time loops, multiple dimensions, and different versions of the same characters from alternate realities, the tangled and labyrinthine plot of “Bioshock Infinite” is sure to leave you scratching your head in confusion. When you need a guide to you walk through all of the twists and turns of the game’s ending, you know things are convoluted.

Before we get to our number one pick, here are some honourable mentions:

“Dark Souls” (2011)
“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (2010)
“Silent Hill” (1999)
“Legacy of Kain: Defiance” (2003)
“Tekken 5” (2005)

#1: “Metal Gear” series (1987-)


Hideo Kojima’s trademark franchise is notorious for having a complicated, overblown storyline that spans several decades, includes numerous global conspiracies involving sinister plots, and even multiple cloned versions of the same main character who all have different histories and conflicts of their own. Keeping it all straight is nearly impossible for anyone, even Kojima himself, as the series has accrued many plot holes and inconsistencies over the years, which are often forgiven by fans due to the games excellent, polished gameplay, and silly humour.

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