Betrayal and emotion isn’t something you’d expect to see in today’s video games; players are more after targets to spray with bullets and explosions in the background. Thankfully there are still quite a few developers out there producing games that are masterpieces with stories that will have you shaking your head in wonder. It was rather difficult compiling this list, as when I look at the vast majority of betrayal in games, it’s all rather clichéd.
Writers tend to use betrayal in games as a sort of plot twist in the hope you’ll stand up with your mouth hanging open and say “Like oh my gawd, I can’t believe you just did that” in your best L.A. accent. The problem is though, the vast majority of these twists and betrayals can be seen from a mile away and when they do finally occur, it’s terrible to watch them. In this article I’ll be exploring some of the better betrayals in video games, where I have actually been shocked when it occurs…
10. Princess Farah – The Sands of Time
The Sands of Time was one of my most favourite games for the PS2 and I can’t count how many times I’ve replayed it. The story is great, the gameplay is even better and the entire atmosphere of the game really makes you think that you’re the sole survivor. When you meet Farah, I was at first rather skeptical of her, after all, it was the Prince’s father who sacked her Palace and captured her, so why would she help me?
She does turn out to be a rather useful ally, though, and helps the Prince out of many sticky situations. Throughout the game you can see that the Prince does start to develop feelings for Farah and as she gradually opens up to him, you begin to feel that these feelings are reciprocated.
The Prince ends up doing a bit of thinking and realises that Farah has no reason to trust him and he has no reason to trust her, so why should he plunge the dagger into the hourglass? His moment of doubt ends up costing them both as the Vizier turns up and sends them hurtling to unknown depths. After this occurred I do kind of see why Farah takes the dagger and disappears, but there are two things I don’t understand.
Firstly, why show the Prince that you care about him if you’re going to betray him? I know that the ultimate goal is to return all off the sand to the hourglass and all feelings be damned, but why not just get him to bathe and then run off? Why fool around with him and open up to him by telling him your childhood name? My second issue is as to why she takes his sword as well? She had her bow and the dagger, why render the Prince weapon-less?
All that being said her betrayal did come as something of a shock to me, even though I later understood her motives for leaving the Prince.
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This article was first posted on April 12, 2013