History DarkerAndEdgier / VideoGames

18th Jul '17 7:31:40 AM Rmpdc
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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series has the weird example of becoming darker and edgier three separate times throughout the series. ''Call of Duty 1'', ''2'', and ''3'' were all T-rated UsefulNotes/WorldWarII shooters which while showing the intensity and violence of war, weren't really that brutal or dark, all of them had happy endings for their protagonists. ''Call of Duty 2'' and 3 were slightly darker and edgier versions of ''Call of Duty 1'', but not by much only with minor cursing and intense hand-to-hand combat respectively. ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' amps it up with an M rated, major cursing, more violence, and a significantly darker story in which [[spoiler:almost every major character dies, including one of the main characters by nuclear explosion]] and a lot more pessimistic view of things. And then ''World At War'' comes out which amplifies ''Modern Warfare'' by two, with a curse word being in every second sentence, dismemberments and charred corpses being standard fare, the opening mission which has one of your squadmates brutally tortured and his throat slit by a Japanese officer, and enough war crimes to fill an encyclopedia, especially by the more sadistic Soviets who are also supposed to be the good guys.

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* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series has the weird example of becoming darker and edgier three separate times throughout the series. ''Call of Duty 1'', ''2'', and ''3'' were all T-rated UsefulNotes/WorldWarII shooters which while showing the intensity and violence of war, weren't really that brutal or dark, all of them had happy endings for their protagonists. ''Call of Duty 2'' and 3 were slightly darker and edgier versions of ''Call of Duty 1'', but not by much only with minor cursing and intense hand-to-hand combat respectively. ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' amps it up with an M rated, major cursing, more violence, and a significantly darker story in which [[spoiler:almost every major character dies, including one of the main characters by nuclear explosion]] and a lot more pessimistic view of things. And then ''World At War'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'' comes out which amplifies ''Modern Warfare'' by two, with a curse word being in every second sentence, dismemberments and charred corpses being standard fare, the opening mission which has one of your squadmates brutally tortured and his throat slit by a Japanese officer, and enough war crimes to fill an encyclopedia, especially by the more sadistic Soviets who are also supposed to be the good guys.
22nd Jun '17 7:30:46 PM NoNamesEver
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* ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'' is this to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. SMAC's "good" factions included the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure humanitarian]] [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Peacekeepers]], the [[BewareTheNiceOnes peace-loving]] [[GreenThumb Gaians]], and the [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority anarchistic]] [[PlayfulHacker Data Angels]], competing against the [[AxCrazy brutal and war-mongering]] [[TheSpartanWay Spartan Federation]], the [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill ruthless and authoritarian]] [[DirtyCommunists Human Hive]] and the [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Believers]]. ''Pandora'' has no such counterparts to the first three, and the counterparts to the latter three factions are outright evil: case in point, while the Lord's Believers have strongly Christian undertones and the occasional JerkassHasAPoint moment to make them somewhat sympathetic, their counterparts in ''Pandora'' - the Divine Ascension - are described as "the worst parts of Scientology, North Korea and Facebook" and their leader is a hypocritical cult leader who only formed her cult to amass power and blackmail material only to develop a genuine AGodAmI complex due to surviving an attempt on her life.

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* ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'' is this to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. SMAC's "good" factions included the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure humanitarian]] [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Peacekeepers]], the [[BewareTheNiceOnes peace-loving]] [[GreenThumb Gaians]], and the [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority anarchistic]] [[PlayfulHacker Data Angels]], competing against the [[AxCrazy brutal and war-mongering]] [[TheSpartanWay Spartan Federation]], the [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill ruthless and authoritarian]] [[DirtyCommunists Human Hive]] and the [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Believers]]. ''Pandora'' has no such counterparts to the first three, third, and the counterparts to the latter three factions are outright evil: case in point, while the Lord's Believers have strongly Christian undertones and the occasional JerkassHasAPoint moment to make them somewhat sympathetic, their counterparts in ''Pandora'' - the Divine Ascension - are described as "the worst parts of Scientology, North Korea and Facebook" and their leader is a hypocritical cult leader who only formed her cult to amass power and blackmail material only to develop a genuine AGodAmI complex due to surviving an attempt on her life.life.
18th Jun '17 4:48:27 AM 4444jdm
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* In regards of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' itself, the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 ninth installment]] took the gore, violence ''and'' the tone and drama of the story mode to a whole new level, which already says a lot for a series that was already BloodierAndGorier than most games of the genre. ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' ups the ante even more still, with a darker palette and overall an even more visceral tone than ''9''. In addition the game is set after the events of ''9'', which means it's after a story that was nothing but FromBadToWorse all the way through.

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* In regards of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' itself, the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 ninth installment]] took the gore, violence ''and'' the tone and drama of the story mode to a whole new level, which already says a lot for a series that was already NintendoHard and BloodierAndGorier than most games of the genre. ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' ups the ante even more still, with a darker palette and overall an even more visceral tone than ''9''. In addition the game is set after the events of ''9'', which means it's after a story that was nothing but FromBadToWorse all the way through.
2nd Jun '17 3:53:24 PM Lelouchvibritian12
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* ''Video/SonicAdventure'' is the being of the dark age of sonic games, this game puts Sonic in the real world charaters are now being threatened and can die. Eggman is willing to kill tens of thousands in order to take over the world. Knouckles helps Eggman at first due to his distrust of Sonic, Choas killed tikkal's people before being trapped in the master emerald. In the end of the game the entire city is wiped out. E-102 Gamma kills his brothers who are other robots when he finds out Eggman is a villian and in the end dies.
2nd Jun '17 1:53:48 PM Lelouchvibritian12
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*''Video/SonicAdventure'' is the being of the dark age of sonic games, this game puts Sonic in the real world charaters are now being threatened and can die. Eggman is willing to kill tens of thousands in order to take over the world. Knouckles helps Eggman at first due to his distrust of Sonic, Choas killed tikkal's people before being trapped in the master emerald. In the end of the game the entire city is wiped out. E-102 Gamma kills his brothers who are other robots when he finds out Eggman is a villian and in the end dies.
28th May '17 1:42:34 PM Strafe2409
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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.

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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans treats any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.
28th May '17 1:41:14 PM Strafe2409
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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.

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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.
28th May '17 1:40:41 PM Strafe2409
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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster]] and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.

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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring elements of the story, as humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.
28th May '17 1:40:14 PM Strafe2409
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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. HumansAreBastards is the recurring element, as they treat any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.

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** Among the official written works, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' is by far the darkest one in general tone, partly due to being primarily told from the perspective of Kosuzu Motoori, a human villager and a bookworm who has recently developed an ability to read any language and has no combat abilities whatsoever. It also deals with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker parts of Reimu's job. HumansAreBastards is [[HumansAreBastards Humans are Bastards]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonster]] and the Real Monsters]] along with SecretWar of sorts between human and youkai are recurring element, elements of the story, as they treat humans any youkai as dangerous and alien, which is a stark contrast to ''Manga/WildAndHornedHermit'', which emphasizes the ways humans and youkai are equal and how they can coexist.



** Finally, ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' fulfills this trope among the fangames by putting the characters from ''Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil'' and ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' into a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''-inspired universe. Another darker fangame is ''VideoGame/ConcealedTheConclusion'' which serves as a WhatIf scenario: what could happen to Gensokyo if something wrong happened to the current shrine maiden of Hakurei, which is crucial to Gensokyo's existence.

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** Finally, In terms of fangames, ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' fulfills this trope among the fangames by putting the characters from ''Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil'' and ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' into a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''-inspired universe. Another darker fangame is ''VideoGame/ConcealedTheConclusion'' which serves as a WhatIf scenario: what could happen to Gensokyo if something wrong happened to the current shrine maiden of Hakurei, which is crucial to Gensokyo's existence.
24th May '17 3:18:11 PM TheJayman49
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' rivals ''Majora's Mask'' as the darkest entry in the franchise. While the tone is slightly less bleak, the violence and [[NightmareFuel frightening imagery]] is boosted UpToEleven in comparison to OoT and MM (it even has a more [[RealIsBrown edgier art style]] to go along with it). As a result, ''Twilight Princess'' became the first ''Zelda'' game to receive a T rating as opposed to its usual E rating.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' rivals ''Majora's Mask'' as the darkest entry in the franchise. While the tone is slightly less bleak, the violence and [[NightmareFuel frightening imagery]] is boosted UpToEleven in comparison to OoT [=OoT=] and MM (it even has a more [[RealIsBrown edgier art style]] to go along with it). As a result, ''Twilight Princess'' became the first ''Zelda'' game to receive a T rating as opposed to its usual E rating.
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