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21st Dec '16 9:29:55 PM KingClark
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* Go on, just pick ANY ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game. The first one starts fairly nice for the first hour or so, then promptly gets doused in nuclear fire, leaving a pockmarked hell, and even before that happened, demons were attacking damn near anything, and after the world goes to hell, we're treated to a replay of The Great Flood. By the end of first game and by the time of the second, it seems to have gotten slightly more tolerable, only to utterlyf crush your hope when it get revealed that [[{{God}} YHVH]] HIMSELF is planning to destroy everything the demons haven't raped to extremes that make the first game seem like Sunday school, and regardless of ending, a hell of a lot of dead people/demons pile up trying to save what's left of the planet. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the world is reduced to a demon filled embryo like state, and most options you have to fix things still leave it mostly crappy or can make it even worse. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' takes place in a Crapsack World, and depending on what ending you get, the whole planet can join in on the fun. In short, if its a ''SMT'' game, pack a lunch, cause the crapsackiness is gonna be around for awhile.

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* Go on, just pick ANY ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game. The first one starts fairly nice for the first hour or so, then promptly gets doused in nuclear fire, leaving a pockmarked hell, and even before that happened, demons were attacking damn near anything, and after the world goes to hell, we're treated to a replay of The Great Flood. By the end of first game and by the time of the second, it seems to have gotten slightly more tolerable, only to utterlyf utterly crush your hope when it get revealed that [[{{God}} YHVH]] HIMSELF is planning to destroy everything the demons haven't raped to extremes that make the first game seem like Sunday school, and regardless of ending, a hell of a lot of dead people/demons pile up trying to save what's left of the planet. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the world is reduced to a demon filled embryo like state, and most options you have to fix things still leave it mostly crappy or can make it even worse. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' takes place in a Crapsack World, and depending on what ending you get, the whole planet can join in on the fun. In short, if its a ''SMT'' game, pack a lunch, cause the crapsackiness is gonna be around for awhile.
19th Dec '16 7:34:21 AM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'': Myrror is a great source of magical power for any wizard who exploits it, but it's also a hellish place to live. The five races of Myrror are [[FantasticRacism utterly inimical to one another]], most of them are rather nasty and vicious in nature, raiders and wandering monsters are far more dangerous than on Arcanus, and the various places of power tend to be inhabited by some really nasty customers. Even the colors are different: Arcanus looks like your generic brightly-colored fantasy world, Myrror's terrain is mostly shades of blue and violet.
18th Nov '16 1:59:33 AM Yugnat
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series shows just how common corruption and the ends justifying the means is in the world of law. Trials used to go at their normal pace until the public complained that trials went on for too long and nothing was resolved in a timely manner, along with correctional institutions being overcrowded with felons and suspected felons. To kill two birds with one stone, the courts decided that ''all'' trials have to be concluded within 3 days, which means the prosecution and the defense are under a strict time limit to prove that the defendant is guilty or innocent. It's even noted in game that many innocent people were sent to jail due to the new rules.
** The courts are also ''heavily'' biased against defense attorneys due to said courts adopting the "guilty until proven innocent" mindset. The burden of proof falls heavily on the defense while the prosecution just needs to make a plausible case on why the defendant is guilty. You can see the concept of it all in every single case you play where the prosecution will pull every single stunt possible (within legal means, mostly) to make sure that you don't win. Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney himself and the main character in the "Phoenix Arc", is always riding by the seat of his pants and starts freaking out when things seem to be unwinnable for him until he can turn things around at the last possible moment.
*** This is also painfully TruthInTelevision, as the courts are based on the Japanese judicial system at the time the first game was released.
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' explores the flaws of the court system further with Apollo noting that no matter what evidence, theory, or logic he comes up with, the prosecution comes up with a simple rebuttal that puts the game in their favor and Apollo feels like there's no true justice for the innocent. [[spoiler: The broken law system is part of the reason why Phoenix helped create the Jurist System so that there can be people with an unbiased view overseeing the trial and the group can vote on a verdict.]]
** By the time ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' rolls around, after several incidents of defense lawyers using forged evidence to win trials and prosecutors pressing false charges on the defendants to get them locked up happened, the public lost nearly all of their faith in the law system and "The Dark Days of Law" came to be. Defense attorneys and prosecutors will do anything to win, knowing that the public has given up on the system.
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' decides to tackle a court system in a foregin country and it turns out the system there is ''even worse'' than the ones used in Phoenix's homeland. The nation of Khura'in enforces the Defense Culpability Act where if the accused is found guilty, their defense lawyer will suffer the same punishment as the accused. This caused a ''lot'' of defense attorneys to die or suffer a heavy punishment to the point where ''no one'' wants to be a defense attorney. All trials are now conducted with the prosecution giving their statement and evidence on why the accused is guilty, followed by a Divination Seance conducted by the kingdom's priestess/princess where the court sees the victim's final moments and they use that to seal the accused's fate. There's so much discontent with the law system that a group of rebels known as the Defiant Dragons are actively trying to overthrow the government and change things back, which has sparked a lot of clashes between the two groups. Throughout the game, you can just feel the sheer hatred and suspicion from the gallery in the courtroom in every trial Phoenix gets involved in due to their massive hatred for defense attorneys and demanding Phoenix to be executed for doing his job. Even when Phoenix proves the accused is not guilty, he's instead seen a foreigner bullying his way into affairs that are none of his business and is making a mockery of their traditionalists values.



* ''{{VisualNovel/Analogue A Hate Story}}'' exists in one, made all the more worse by the fact that ''[[LateToTheTragedy you can't actually do anything about it]].'' The game's focused on [[ApocalypticLog reading through the logs]] of an ancient Korean {{Main/Generation Ship}}, the ''Mugunghwa'' that was lost thousands of years ago in order to [[DrivingQuestion discover why the ship, and]] ''[[DrivingQuestion everyone]]'' [[DrivingQuestion onboard, disappeared in the first place]]. The only way to achieve this is by working with the ship's only working AI, [[CosplayOtakuGirl *Hyun-ae]], [[spoiler: who is the [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] version of [[BewareTheNiceOnes the girl who single-handedly]] [[KillEmAll killed]] ''[[KillEmAll everyone]]'' [[MurderIsTheBestSolution on the ship]] by shutting off the life support systems.]] Of course, you don't [[TheReveal find this out]] until the climax of the story, after [[spoiler: discovering that the ''Mugunghwa'' was in a [[TheDungAges misogynistic and ignorant society]] where the average life expectancy was between 30 and 50 years old and where [[IdiotBall the knowledge of]] ''[[IdiotBall Hangul]]''[[IdiotBall , the]] ''[[IdiotBall Korean]]'' [[IdiotBall alphabet, was all but forgotten]].]] Of course, the world outside of the ''Mugunghwa'' is better, but still...
** ''{{VisualNovel/Hate Plus}}'' explains the events that led to the ''Mugunghwa'' becoming a Neo-Joseon society in [[HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt Year Zero]], [[FromBadToWorse making it seem that much worse]]. How? [[spoiler: It turns out that society regressed because of a {{Main/Gayngst}} fueled crusade by [[WellIntentionedExtremist a woman who wanted nothing more but]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil to provide a better world for her "sister."]] ]] To make matters even worse, [[spoiler: the whole thing ended up being {{Main/All For Nothing}} as her sister commits ''suicide'' because of said crusade.]] The [[ForegoneConclusion knowledge of what happens to the]] ''[[ForegoneConclusion Mugunghwa]]'' [[ForegoneConclusion after this]] just makes the whole thing even sadder, [[spoiler: [[GoneHorriblyWrong as society only got worse]] on top of losing the [[HopeSpot only information on the birthrate decline]].]]



* [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Hope's Peak Academy]]. Officially, it's a private school meant to groom society's elite, the absolute best of the best. However, it turns out to be a GildedCage with all windows and exits bolted shut, security cameras watching everything, and armed turrets almost everywhere. Fifteen students are trapped inside by a sadistic teddy bear named Monokuma and given a choice: either cut all ties to the outside world and live inside the school forever or "graduate." Graduating involves [[ThePerfectCrime murdering another student and getting away with it]], while the survivors investigate the crime and hold a class trial. If the killer is found, they will be [[CruelAndUnusualDeath punished]] and life will return to normal for the other students. If they're not, they get to leave while ''everyone else'' is punished. [[spoiler: And thanks to the Ultimate Despair, the outside world is ''even worse'']].
24th Oct '16 4:06:13 PM Steven
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** The city states themselves, on a smaller scale, aren't exactly pleasant places to live. Gridania, located in the middle of a forest, has its people extremely weary of outsiders. The people of Gridania are also compelled to please the elementals of the woods to keep the peace, even if it means doing ''very'' questionable things like letting a sick child sccumb to their illness. Ul'dah is supposed to be run by a democracy, but a handful of people within the group are content to keeping things as they are and not giving the other side any leeway; the merchants harass and bully people in the streets, criminal groups and corruption run rampant, and anyone who can't make a living deserves to fend for themselves because the city supposedly has no funds to spare to aid the needy. Limsa Lominsa is a city run by pirates, many who are very immoral for the sake of having freedom, that are at constant war with the Shagain beastmen tribe who are aggressively expanding into the Lominsa territory.

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** The city states themselves, on a smaller scale, aren't exactly pleasant places to live. Gridania, located in the middle of a forest, has its people extremely weary of outsiders. The people of Gridania are also compelled to please the elementals of the woods to keep the peace, even if it means doing ''very'' questionable things like letting a sick child sccumb to their illness. Ul'dah is supposed to be run by a democracy, but a handful of people within the group are content to keeping things as they are and not giving the other side any leeway; the merchants harass and bully people in the streets, criminal groups and corruption run rampant, and anyone who can't make a living deserves to fend for themselves because the city supposedly has no funds to spare to aid the needy. Limsa Lominsa is a city run by pirates, many who are very immoral for the sake of having freedom, that are at constant war with the Shagain beastmen tribe who are aggressively expanding into the Lominsa territory. When the ''Heavensward'' expansion came, the nation of Isghard finally opened their doors and their city is no better; there's class warfare between high born (the rich and elite members of society) and the low born (commoners and the poor), the city itself is ''very'' traditionalist to the point that during the Machinist and Leatherworker quests, it's noted that Ishgardians would rather stick to traditional means (using heavy armor for protection and using swords, shields, and lances for weapons against the dragon horde) and refuse to try something that would be more practical (using guns for long distance fighting and using leather based armor for more flexibility and warmth against the cold). The whole city doesn't take kindly to outsiders either and you'll be branded a heretic if you don't worship the bishop or if you even show any form of sympathy to the dragons. Heck, most of the 3.X series is about changing the nation from the inside out and while it is noted that such a change will take generations to accomplish, the city overall is at least much better now than it was back then.


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** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' decides to tackle a court system in a foregin country and it turns out the system there is ''even worse'' than the ones used in Phoenix's homeland. The nation of Khura'in enforces the Defense Culpability Act where if the accused is found guilty, their defense lawyer will suffer the same punishment as the accused. This caused a ''lot'' of defense attorneys to die or suffer a heavy punishment to the point where ''no one'' wants to be a defense attorney. All trials are now conducted with the prosecution giving their statement and evidence on why the accused is guilty, followed by a Divination Seance conducted by the kingdom's priestess/princess where the court sees the victim's final moments and they use that to seal the accused's fate. There's so much discontent with the law system that a group of rebels known as the Defiant Dragons are actively trying to overthrow the government and change things back, which has sparked a lot of clashes between the two groups. Throughout the game, you can just feel the sheer hatred and suspicion from the gallery in the courtroom in every trial Phoenix gets involved in due to their massive hatred for defense attorneys and demanding Phoenix to be executed for doing his job. Even when Phoenix proves the accused is not guilty, he's instead seen a foreigner bullying his way into affairs that are none of his business and is making a mockery of their traditionalists values.
22nd Oct '16 10:51:10 AM Hanz
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** While only mentioned in the radios, [[Videogame/{{Manhunt}} Carcer City]] is also the location of a massive snuff film production company that seemingly encompasses the entire city and all the various gangs, corrupt cops and lowlives of the city.

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** While it's existence in the canon is only mentioned in the radios, [[Videogame/{{Manhunt}} Carcer City]] is also the location of a massive snuff film production company that seemingly encompasses the entire city and all the various gangs, corrupt cops and lowlives of the city.
17th Oct '16 4:48:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''FireEmblem'' has its fair share of worlds razed by war, but most of them either make due during the war or recover fine when the war is over. The exceptions are the [[FireEmblemJugdral Jugdral]] continent
** In Jugdral, most of the ruling countries and houses are run by the descendants of twelve heroes. When the game starts, at least three of them are turning on the others, and by the second half of the game, all of the ruling houses are fighting amongst one another (which itself is [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] in the introduction to Chapter 8). TheHero [[spoiler:is ultimately duped by a man he thought was his ally, his father is blamed for the death of another lord (who turns out to be the father of his love interest), and he, along with most of his allies, are [[TheHeroDies burned alive for treason]]. This all began because Sigurd merely wanted to a.) find some answers about why the Kingdom of Issach was invading Grannvale, and b.) he wanted to save Adean, a childhood friend, out of the goodness of his heart.]] By the second half of the game, while [[TheDragon Arvis]] was able to keep a ten year peaceful rule, it all comes undone when both a number of nobles begin to fight again and when the [[EvilCult Loptyr Cult]] starts acting out on its plans to revive the dark dragon god Loptyr, which is now possible because Arvis' son Julius has the blood needed to become his vessel. Needless to say, Arvis becomes regretful when Child Hunts and sacrifices become commonplace, and he even finds out that [[spoiler:having Julius was a part of the cult's plan the entire time - they even brainwashed [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]] so that she could marry him and have his children, as they both possess Loptyr's blood.]] Jugdral is also far more of a NoWomansLand compared to any other entry; in the second half of the game, it's implied that Leen/Laylea was [[RapeAsDrama raped]] by the nobleman she was serving because she refused to become his personal dancer. However, per the tradition of ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', this is where the son of TheHero, Seliph, enter the fray and fight his way out to get rid of these problem and rebuild Jugdral to a better place, he usually succeeds to make it AWorldHalfFull. But it doesn't take away the fact that Jugdral is hands down the darkest setting the franchise has ever offered.

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* ''FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has its fair share of worlds razed by war, but most of them either make due during the war or recover fine when the war is over. The exceptions are the [[FireEmblemJugdral [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Jugdral]] continent
** In Jugdral, most of the ruling countries and houses are run by the descendants of twelve heroes. When the game starts, at least three of them are turning on the others, and by the second half of the game, all of the ruling houses are fighting amongst one another (which itself is [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] in the introduction to Chapter 8). TheHero [[spoiler:is ultimately duped by a man he thought was his ally, his father is blamed for the death of another lord (who turns out to be the father of his love interest), and he, along with most of his allies, are [[TheHeroDies burned alive for treason]]. This all began because Sigurd merely wanted to a.) find some answers about why the Kingdom of Issach was invading Grannvale, and b.) he wanted to save Adean, a childhood friend, out of the goodness of his heart.]] By the second half of the game, while [[TheDragon Arvis]] was able to keep a ten year peaceful rule, it all comes undone when both a number of nobles begin to fight again and when the [[EvilCult Loptyr Cult]] starts acting out on its plans to revive the dark dragon god Loptyr, which is now possible because Arvis' son Julius has the blood needed to become his vessel. Needless to say, Arvis becomes regretful when Child Hunts and sacrifices become commonplace, and he even finds out that [[spoiler:having Julius was a part of the cult's plan the entire time - they even brainwashed [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]] so that she could marry him and have his children, as they both possess Loptyr's blood.]] Jugdral is also far more of a NoWomansLand compared to any other entry; in the second half of the game, it's implied that Leen/Laylea was [[RapeAsDrama raped]] by the nobleman she was serving because she refused to become his personal dancer. However, per the tradition of ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', this is where the son of TheHero, Seliph, enter the fray and fight his way out to get rid of these problem and rebuild Jugdral to a better place, he usually succeeds to make it AWorldHalfFull. But it doesn't take away the fact that Jugdral is hands down the darkest setting the franchise has ever offered.
16th Oct '16 3:56:37 AM ChrisX
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** And surprisingly... thanks to hard work and sacrifice in the final game, [[AWorldHalfFull it goes better and the world is restored to a recovery phase!]] [[SincerityMode We ain't kidding!]]
12th Oct '16 5:35:18 PM thatmadork
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* Thanks to the main character's actions in [[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 the previous game]], the world in ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2'' is a mess. The mortal world has been corrupted by malevolent forces, basically a sort of inter-dimensional hernia. This means that [[ProceduralGeneration the world is constantly changing]] and occasionally demons will leak out into the world and attack people. There are some {{Cyberpunk}} "Safe Cities" where the demons can't go, but this safety comes at a price: living in them throws you at the mercy of the MegaCorp which runs them, which will control just about every aspect of your life and exploit you for profit. According to Lo Wang in the trailer, the world doesn't even want to be saved, the presence of demons having brought out all of mankind's worst aspects which they now revel in.
15th Aug '16 9:05:56 AM Vir
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** Even after the cycle is broken in ''Wind Waker'' by [[spoiler:leaving Hyrule and Ganondorf trapped at the bottom of the ocean to slowly crumble away]], the new lands that people settle have their own various monsters and demons causing trouble for everyone else.
** Lorule of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds''. It's dark, gloomy, the land is literally falling apart, and everyone is grouchy and miserable. [[spoiler:Like Termina, it is also doomed to destruction, thanks to the elimination of its Triforce. Fortunately, this is fixed in the ending.]]

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** Even after the cycle is broken in ''Wind Waker'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' by [[spoiler:leaving Hyrule and Ganondorf trapped at the bottom of the ocean to slowly crumble away]], the new lands that people settle have their own various monsters and demons causing trouble for everyone else.
** Lorule of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds''.''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]''. It's dark, gloomy, the land is literally falling apart, and everyone is grouchy and miserable. [[spoiler:Like Termina, it is also doomed to destruction, thanks to the elimination of its Triforce. Fortunately, this is fixed in the ending.]]
15th Aug '16 9:02:57 AM Vir
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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' has the Republic basically shattered, with the protagonist being one of the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy, even though canonically the first game has the player saving the entire galaxy. Pretty much every planet visited by the PC is either a desolate wasteland or it has a corrupted government, where there's basically no authority to keep things in order. The only exception of this might be Telos, but then again [[spoiler:the Exile blows up its only fuel source. Guess what happens when a giant space station that acts as a city doesn't get its fuel. You can fix it later on though.]] If that wasn't enough, everywhere the player goes there's someone trying to kill him/her. There's actually very few places that get to be saved from impending doom.
** The new ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' MMO has it that the galaxy is in complete chaos. Then again, judging from the trailers, it doesn't look that bad.

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' has the Republic basically shattered, with the protagonist being one of the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy, even though canonically the first game has the player saving the entire galaxy. Pretty much every planet visited by the PC is either a desolate wasteland or it has a corrupted government, where there's basically no authority to keep things in order. The only exception of this might be Telos, but then again [[spoiler:the Exile blows up its only fuel source. Guess what happens when a giant space station that acts as a city doesn't get its fuel. You can fix it later on though.]] If that wasn't enough, everywhere the player goes there's someone trying to kill him/her.them. There's actually very few places that get to be saved from impending doom.
** The new ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' MMO ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has it that the galaxy is in complete chaos. Then again, judging from the trailers, it doesn't look that bad.
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