It's true in all of fiction that a brilliant plot twist can significantly elevate a story, deepening the impression it leaves on the audience and perhaps even begging them to experience it multiple times over.
This is especially the case in video games, which through their more expansive and interactive form can sneakily hide hints at plot twists in plain sight throughout the game world.
That's absolutely what happened with these 10 video games, each of which played host to shocking, unforgettable, and totally ingenious twists few of us ever saw coming.
Apart from those of us who were really paying attention, though, because the developers actually surreptitiously revealed each of these twists ahead of time.
It was entirely possible to stumble upon these seemingly innocent gameplay moments and then put two and two together, yet most players failed to make the connection and were left none-the-wiser until the twist was revealed in grandiose fashion later.
In some examples keen-eyed players might've figured out the twist a little while earlier, yet in others they were given the opportunity to realise right at the start of the game.
If you did manage to catch any of these early twist reveals on your own, very well done...
10. Venom Snake Isn't Big Boss - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Players who seek out Metal Gear Solid V's true ending will learn that Venom Snake, the protagonist they believed to be Big Boss, was actually a doppelganger the whole damn time.
The ultimate ending reveals that Venom Snake is really the combat medic who was in the chopper with Big Boss when it crashed at the end of The Phantom Pain's prequel, Ground Zeroes.
While comatose, the medic was given plastic surgery and hypnotherapy to convince him that he was, in fact, Big Boss.
The Early Reveal
At the very start of the game, players are tasked with creating a character's facial likeness - an odd flourish for a Metal Gear Solid game, yet most players simply assumed this was related to The Phantom Pain's online multiplayer component.
And yet, this is the face that will appear during the final reveal, confirming Venom Snake's true identity.
Yet the twist is cleverly revealed much earlier, as any time players are in the chopper, they can manipulate the camera to see an incredibly faint reflection of Venom's real face - the one you created at the start of the game - in the window.
It's incredibly tough to notice, but if you tinker with some display settings on your TV it's far more apparent, and another ingenious flourish from the great Hideo Kojima.