History CerebusSyndrome / VideoGames

13th Sep '17 1:13:22 AM crashkey
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* Zig-Zagged in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. While the first games ''released'' chronologically were pretty lighthearted, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Days]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' are actually a lot darker in general, what with finding new characters who were DoomedByCanon and finding it all set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and a couple malicious villains. The games even started off pretty lighthearted, too.

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* Zig-Zagged in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. While the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'''s first game was an adventure story about going from Disney movie to Disney movie, battling said movie's villain and moving on. It had dark and serious moments too, but the tone was still distinctly that of an adventurous JRPG. In the next two games ''released'' chronologically were pretty lighthearted, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Days]]'' alone, memory manipulation, virtual reality and ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' are actually alternate selves entered the plot, and ever since then the series has had a lot darker in general, what complicated timeline with finding new characters who were DoomedByCanon and finding it all set in more than a CrapSaccharineWorld and a couple malicious villains. The games even started off pretty lighthearted, too.few cruel DownerEnding[=s=].
10th Sep '17 9:34:19 AM nombretomado
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* The indie game {{Eversion}} does this. The game starts off as a cutesy 2D scroller with colorful environments and non-threatening enemies. As you use your Eversion power more and more, the game starts taking a dark turn. Environments are gloomier, the music changes, and enemies seem noticeably depressed. Eventually, the game starts to look more like a nightmare than a happy platformer. You start to realize the effects your power has on the world around you, but you can't stop using the power if you want to progress.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', of all places, features this with content in the BonusDungeon "The Sea" that gets rather dark near the end. The Sea starts out featuring the usual assortment of [[HurricaneOfPuns multiple bad puns]] and [[ReferenceOverdosed cheesy pop-culture references]]... then you get to [[EldritchLocation The Caliginous Abyss]], which is populated with monsters that wouldn't look out of place in {{Eversion}}. Down there, you eventually find Mom Sea Monkee, who's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely over the edge]] and has apparently been touched by dark magics, causing her to give you one of several unsettling buffs if you talk to her after rescuing her. Little Brother Sea Monkee seems reluctant to talk about his father, but you do eventually find Dad Sea Monkee... if you're persistent enough to [[spoiler: defeat both {{Bonus Boss}}es Shub-Jiggawat and Yog-Gurt, with ''all six core classes'', and assemble six of the seven pieces of the Clothing of Loathing]], you'll find Dad... [[spoiler: almost catatonic, and hooked up to a bizarre machine that's super-charging him with [[CosmicHorrorStory dark, unknowable powers from the depths of the cosmos]].]]

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* The indie game {{Eversion}} ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' does this. The game starts off as a cutesy 2D scroller with colorful environments and non-threatening enemies. As you use your Eversion power more and more, the game starts taking a dark turn. Environments are gloomier, the music changes, and enemies seem noticeably depressed. Eventually, the game starts to look more like a nightmare than a happy platformer. You start to realize the effects your power has on the world around you, but you can't stop using the power if you want to progress.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', of all places, features this with content in the BonusDungeon "The Sea" that gets rather dark near the end. The Sea starts out featuring the usual assortment of [[HurricaneOfPuns multiple bad puns]] and [[ReferenceOverdosed cheesy pop-culture references]]... then you get to [[EldritchLocation The Caliginous Abyss]], which is populated with monsters that wouldn't look out of place in {{Eversion}}.''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''. Down there, you eventually find Mom Sea Monkee, who's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely over the edge]] and has apparently been touched by dark magics, causing her to give you one of several unsettling buffs if you talk to her after rescuing her. Little Brother Sea Monkee seems reluctant to talk about his father, but you do eventually find Dad Sea Monkee... if you're persistent enough to [[spoiler: defeat both {{Bonus Boss}}es Shub-Jiggawat and Yog-Gurt, with ''all six core classes'', and assemble six of the seven pieces of the Clothing of Loathing]], you'll find Dad... [[spoiler: almost catatonic, and hooked up to a bizarre machine that's super-charging him with [[CosmicHorrorStory dark, unknowable powers from the depths of the cosmos]].]]
9th Aug '17 7:02:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise started off as a terrifying BlackComedy, full of GallowsHumor and the like. By [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 the fourth game,]] people - well, [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad one]] [[SerialKiller man]] [[PurpleIsPowerful in]] [[GreaterScopeVillain particular]]]] - have died on-screen in a rather horrific[[note]]if rather 8-bit[[/note]] fashion, the story has transformed into an inexplicably unnerving story about a child being tormented by his own family, and [[spoiler:TheHeroDies.]] Previous games limited the death to off-screen atrocities, the story was - though still dark - often stuffed into the background, and the player characters usually [[spoiler:got out of their week alive.]][[note]][[spoiler:Okay, Jeremy may have lost his frontal lobe, or gotten framed for the Purple Man's murders, or whatever, but he didn't ''die.'']][[/note]]

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* The ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise started off as a terrifying BlackComedy, full of GallowsHumor and the like. By [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 the fourth game,]] game]], people - well, [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad one]] [[SerialKiller man]] [[PurpleIsPowerful in]] [[GreaterScopeVillain [[spoiler:[[SerialKiller one man in particular]]]] - have died on-screen in a rather horrific[[note]]if rather 8-bit[[/note]] fashion, the story has transformed into an inexplicably unnerving story about a child being tormented by his own family, and [[spoiler:TheHeroDies.]] Previous games limited the death to off-screen atrocities, the story was - though still dark - often stuffed into the background, and the player characters usually [[spoiler:got out of their week alive.]][[note]][[spoiler:Okay, Jeremy may have lost his frontal lobe, or gotten framed for the Purple Man's murders, or whatever, but he didn't ''die.'']][[/note]]
1st Aug '17 9:37:04 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'':

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* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'':''VideoGame/DragonQuest'':
9th Jul '17 5:35:11 PM brc2000
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** Most of the humor in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateII Shadows of Amn]]'' comes from the dialogue of either Minsc or Jan Jansen. It also upped the whump-factor with such events as [[spoiler: Irenicus' physical and psychological torture of Imoen, the torture and implied vivisection of Khalid, and the player-character's Bhaal-spawn nature breaking free]]. Most the [=NPCs=] you can add to your party come with tragedy pre-installed ([[spoiler: Aerie, Valygar]]) or pick some up in-game ([[spoiler: Minsc, Jaheira, Jan Jansen, Yoshimo, Imoen]]).
** In the [[VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal expansion-and-series-resolution]], nearly the only moment of comedy is an imp artificer implying that he gets his recipes from denizen of Hell, Martha Stewart.

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** Most of the humor in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateII Shadows of Amn]]'' comes from the dialogue of either Minsc or Jan Jansen. It also upped the whump-factor grim-factor with such events as [[spoiler: Irenicus' physical and psychological torture of Imoen, the torture and implied vivisection of Khalid, and the player-character's Bhaal-spawn nature breaking free]]. Most the [=NPCs=] you can add to your party come with tragedy pre-installed ([[spoiler: Aerie, Valygar]]) or pick some up in-game ([[spoiler: Minsc, Jaheira, Jan Jansen, Yoshimo, Imoen]]).
** In the [[VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal expansion-and-series-resolution]], nearly all of the only moment of comedy is moments come from the dialogue of an imp artificer implying that he gets his recipes from denizen of Hell, Martha Stewart.who works for the protagonist.
9th Jul '17 5:29:13 PM brc2000
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** A fan-mod was specifically written to address the change in tone between the first and second games with the tagline "When did we stop having fun?"
25th Jun '17 12:58:53 AM Fuyumoto
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** And then it gets even ''worse'' after [[spoiler: the BigBad finally gets his ass kicked. One of the four ''protagonists'' of the game, and arguably the ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest]]'' [[BitchInSheepsClothing one]] of the bunch, turns out to be [[EvilAllAlong conspiring against]] the good guys all along and leaves the team to [[TheDragon serve the]] GreaterScopeVillain. If that ain't bad enough, our hero is starting to act out-of-character thanks to all the tragic events.]]

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** And then it gets even ''worse'' after [[spoiler: the BigBad finally gets his ass kicked. One of the four ''protagonists'' of the game, and arguably the ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest]]'' [[BitchInSheepsClothing one]] of the bunch, turns out to be [[EvilAllAlong conspiring against]] the good guys all along and leaves the team to [[TheDragon serve the]] GreaterScopeVillain. If that ain't bad enough, our hero is starting to act out-of-character thanks to all the tragic events.events and the unsettling reveals about his forgotten past.]]
25th Jun '17 12:47:16 AM Fuyumoto
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** And then it gets even ''worse'' after [[spoiler: the BigBad finally gets his ass kicked. One of the four ''protagonists'' of the game, and arguably the ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest]]'' [[BitchInSheepsClothing one]] of the bunch, turns out to be [[EvilAllAlong conspiring against]] the good guys all along and leaves the team to [[TheDragon serve the]] GreaterScopeVillain.]]

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** And then it gets even ''worse'' after [[spoiler: the BigBad finally gets his ass kicked. One of the four ''protagonists'' of the game, and arguably the ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest]]'' [[BitchInSheepsClothing one]] of the bunch, turns out to be [[EvilAllAlong conspiring against]] the good guys all along and leaves the team to [[TheDragon serve the]] GreaterScopeVillain. If that ain't bad enough, our hero is starting to act out-of-character thanks to all the tragic events.]]
25th Jun '17 12:43:34 AM Fuyumoto
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* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' start out as a fairly mild adventure story of an AmnesiacHero battling MonsterOfTheWeek until [[VengefulWidow Sakura-no-sei]] barges in, revealing to the heroes and the audience that [[spoiler: there is a BigBad out there who [[AllegedLookalikes resembles the hero down to the aura]], causing far more dangerous troubles than any of the previous enemies, and the one being blamed for all of that would be the ''hero''.]]

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* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' start out as a fairly mild adventure story of an AmnesiacHero battling MonsterOfTheWeek until [[VengefulWidow Sakura-no-sei]] barges in, revealing to the heroes and the audience that [[spoiler: there is a BigBad out there who [[AllegedLookalikes resembles the hero down to the aura]], causing far more dangerous troubles than any of the previous enemies, and the one being blamed for all of that would be the ''hero''.]]]] Things take on a new level of complicated from there.
25th Jun '17 12:36:20 AM Fuyumoto
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* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' start out as a fairly mild adventure story of an AmnesiacHero battling MonsterOfTheWeek until [[VengefulWidow Sakura-no-sei]] barges in, revealing to the heroes and the audience that [[spoiler: there is a BigBad out there who [[AllegedLookalikes resembles the hero down to the aura]], causing far more dangerous troubles than any of the previous enemies, and the one being blamed for all of that would be the ''hero''.]] The story only gets worse from there.

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* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' start out as a fairly mild adventure story of an AmnesiacHero battling MonsterOfTheWeek until [[VengefulWidow Sakura-no-sei]] barges in, revealing to the heroes and the audience that [[spoiler: there is a BigBad out there who [[AllegedLookalikes resembles the hero down to the aura]], causing far more dangerous troubles than any of the previous enemies, and the one being blamed for all of that would be the ''hero''.]] The story only ]]
** And then it
gets worse from there.even ''worse'' after [[spoiler: the BigBad finally gets his ass kicked. One of the four ''protagonists'' of the game, and arguably the ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes nicest]]'' [[BitchInSheepsClothing one]] of the bunch, turns out to be [[EvilAllAlong conspiring against]] the good guys all along and leaves the team to [[TheDragon serve the]] GreaterScopeVillain.]]
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