One aspect of gaming that lures people in is the power fantasy. While your everyday life is full of people trying to trick you into buying things or doing stuff for them, the gaming world is somewhere where you can feel like an awesome hero who's always in control. Most of the time.
While video games offer a sense of freedom, like the real world, you're not free from being taken for a ride.
There are many video games that like to bamboozle players, tricking them in multiple ways and making them feel foolish in the process. This can be a secret character reveal, an enticing spot that turns out to be a dangerous trap, or something else entirely. No matter the case, you'll feel awfully silly for falling for it.
One video game genre that really thrives on this is open-world games, as their environments have plenty of nooks and crannies to cram deception and dishonesty into. The following titles did exactly that, with great moments that tripped up players in the best way possible.
10. Madness Of The Stones - Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft has created some wonderful open worlds across the Assassin's Creed series. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla's Anglo-Saxon England is high among them, as there's a lot of captivating stuff to discover, including this trippy-as-hell World Event.
When exploring Cent, you might stumble upon a madman talking to (or rather, shouting at) a circle of stones. He claims that they change number every time he counts them, so he asks you to give it a go.
Well, that seems simple enough, right? Wrong!
The game messes with your head as - like the madman - you get a different number each time you count them. You'll soon be ranting like him as these stones increase and decrease without any way of telling how or why.
It somehow gets even weirder after that, as after a few tries, Eivor hallucinates, and the madman turns into a stone. What in the name of Odin is going on here?
The World Event then concludes with no effort given to explain the surreal phenomenon. If you thought AC: Valhalla was all killing and raiding, then you were clearly mistaken.