There’s been a longstanding question within the entertainment industry: can video games be considered art? This discussion has existed for decades but back in 2005, it was Roger Ebert who brought the question to prominence, arguing that gaming’s medium "prevents it from moving beyond craftsmanship to the stature of art."
It hardly needs saying that gamers look to titles for, well, their gameplay, but sometimes this isn’t enough to carry an experience alone. Many games rely on their artistic expression, channelling this through visuals, music or story.
We’ve witnessed a number of games saved by their story, stepping in when mechanics prove subpar, proving strong enough to turn opinions around and quite often, all this requires is a simple, effective plot twist.
Many games have famously included them, though this often proves detrimental to the experience. When executed well however, plot twists can elevate an average game into a great one, bringing a fresh new perspective to your actions.
With this in mind, here are some prominent examples that utilised twists to turn things around.