History DarkerAndEdgier / VideoGames

15th Sep '16 2:43:05 PM WhatArtThee
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** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]'' seem LighterAndSofter at first but then you learn the true motives of Team Flare. [[spoiler: They want to kill everyone who is not them because they think that only Team Flare is worthy to live. In other words they are Nazis, in a Pokémon game, and their leader is implicitly KilledOffForReal.]] Also, there might not be many tragic backstories but AZ and Emma are just as tragic as N in ''Black and White''.
14th Sep '16 6:37:37 PM Strafe2409
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** And ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' fulfills this trope among the fangames by putting the characters from ''Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil'' into a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''-inspired universe.

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** Also, ''Music/TouhouZUNsMusicCollection'' is not only darker, but also more cynical and bleak than the core series. Not to mention, some stages' themes and character themes in these compilations have a much moodier tone. This is especially true of ''Dolls in Pseudo Paradise'' which is regarded as the darkest story ever told in the series, complete with gruesome deaths and further examination of what happens to those who get spirited away to Gensokyo.
** And ''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.
14th Sep '16 7:55:43 AM sgamer82
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** ''Legion'' is easily the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft'' ever. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event of ''Warlords of Draenor'', and traveled back in time to orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] Not only that, but [[spoiler:the leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal during the invasion, leaving both it total disarray]]. Just to make things even worse, [[spoiler:the Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by Xavius, and Ysera is killed trying to save it]]. Suramar takes this UpToEleven - the supremacist elvish city is being ruled by demons and demon-sympathizing Nightfallen (which are explicitly shown ''kidnapping and corrupting Nightfallen children'') and a Withered resistance group is the only thing that can save them. One of the scenarios even features [[spoiler: Velen accidentally killing his own son Rakeesh - who turned into a demonic general long ago]]. [[TagLine "Kingdoms Will Burn"]] indeed.
* ''PsychoSoldier'' was your fairly typical and uncomplicated action game that brings us the team up of to Athena Asamiya (descendant of the original VideoGame/{{Athena}}) and Sie Kensou, who would become famous through ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. ''Athena: Awakening of the Ordinary Life'', however, introduces a more complicated storyline with dinosaurs, [[spoiler: a GovernmentConspiracy]], and quite the bit of BreakTheCutie for Athena herself.

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** ''Legion'' is easily the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft'' ever. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event events of ''Warlords of Draenor'', Draenor'' and traveled back in time to Azeroth orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] Legion. Not only that, but [[spoiler:the leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal killed during the invasion, leaving both it total disarray]]. Just to make things even worse, [[spoiler:the Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by Xavius, and Ysera is killed trying to save it]]. Suramar takes this UpToEleven - the supremacist elvish city is being ruled by demons and demon-sympathizing Nightfallen (which are explicitly shown ''kidnapping and corrupting Nightfallen children'') and a Withered near-Withered resistance group of exiles is the only thing that can save them. One of the scenarios even features [[spoiler: Velen accidentally killing his own son Rakeesh - who turned into a demonic general long ago]]. [[TagLine "Kingdoms Will Burn"]] indeed.
* ''PsychoSoldier'' ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier'' was your fairly typical and uncomplicated action game that brings us the team up of to Athena Asamiya (descendant of the original VideoGame/{{Athena}}) and Sie Kensou, who would become famous through ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. ''Athena: Awakening of the Ordinary Life'', however, introduces a more complicated storyline with dinosaurs, [[spoiler: a GovernmentConspiracy]], and quite the bit of BreakTheCutie for Athena herself.
13th Sep '16 7:48:50 AM EricNeoMatrix
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** In "Vanilla", there was less focus on evil villains as opposed to the player factions.
** In "Burning Crusade", there were some rather frightening demonic areas.
** In "Wrath of the Lich King", there was some more creepy undead areas. The player even has the option of becoming a death knight. They start out working for the villainous Lich King. The quests force the player to some things more disturbing than normal, like torture soldiers with pointy metal spikes with red hot tips.

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** In "Vanilla", ''Vanilla'', there was less focus on evil villains as opposed to the player factions.
** In "Burning Crusade", ''Burning Crusade'', there were some rather frightening demonic areas.
** In "Wrath ''Wrath of the Lich King", King'', there was some more creepy undead areas. The player even has the option of becoming a death knight. They start out working for the villainous Lich King. The quests force the player to some things more disturbing than normal, like torture soldiers with pointy metal spikes with red hot tips. The more personal story of Arthas and the Lich King were brought to the forefront.



** ''Legion'' is easily the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft'' ever. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event of ''Warlords of Draenor'', and traveled back in time to orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] Not only that, but [[spoiler:the leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal during the invasion.]] Just to make things even worse [[spoiler:The Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by the forces of evil, and Ysera is killed trying to save it.]] Suramar takes ths UpToEleven - the supremacist elvish city is being ruled by demons (which are shown ''kidnapping and corrupting Nightfallen children'') and a Withered resistance group is the only thing that can save them. [[TagLine "Kingdoms Will Burn"]] indeed.

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** ''Legion'' is easily the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft'' ever. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event of ''Warlords of Draenor'', and traveled back in time to orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] Not only that, but [[spoiler:the leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal during the invasion.]] invasion, leaving both it total disarray]]. Just to make things even worse [[spoiler:The worse, [[spoiler:the Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by the forces of evil, Xavius, and Ysera is killed trying to save it.]] it]]. Suramar takes ths this UpToEleven - the supremacist elvish city is being ruled by demons and demon-sympathizing Nightfallen (which are explicitly shown ''kidnapping and corrupting Nightfallen children'') and a Withered resistance group is the only thing that can save them.them. One of the scenarios even features [[spoiler: Velen accidentally killing his own son Rakeesh - who turned into a demonic general long ago]]. [[TagLine "Kingdoms Will Burn"]] indeed.
13th Sep '16 7:42:34 AM EricNeoMatrix
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** In "Cataclysm", the villainous [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing the Destroyer]] makes all Azeroth more DarkerAndEdgier. His Cataclysm was able to ruin signature Vanilla questing areas like Auberdine in Darkshore, causing a giant volcano to sprout in Ashenvale, splitting the Barrens through the middle, and making a line of destruction across the Badlands called Scar of the Worldbreaker. And that isn't even considering how the war between the Alliance and Horde is escalating and how the factions hate each other so much they fight each other even in the face of the world being broken.
** In "Mists of Pandaria", we get a world that looks pretty lighthearted. However with the presence of the Mogu, Mantid, and worst of all, the Sha, Pandaria is very much a CrapSaccharineWorld. In fact, the questions to the player faction's morality ("Why must you bring your war here? Was there nothing worth fighting for where you come from?") makes this one of the most personal expansions yet.
** Before Garrosh (the BigBad of "Pandaria") can stand trial, he was teleported back to Draenor prior to its destruction by the [[TheLegionsOfHell Burning Legion]]. Together with Grommash, his father, they established the Iron Horde to conquer Azeroth without the aid of the Legion. The adventurers must [[TimeTravel travel back in time]] to stop them. Yet, a much, much greater threat awaits...
** "Legion" is perhaps the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft''. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event of "Warlords", and traveled back in time to orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] [[spoiler:The leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal during the invasion.]] [[spoiler:Demon Hunters are introduced in order to stop the invasion.]] [[spoiler:The Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by the forces of evil.]]

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** In "Cataclysm", ''Cataclysm'', the villainous [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing the Destroyer]] makes all Azeroth more DarkerAndEdgier. His Cataclysm was able to ruin signature Vanilla questing areas like Auberdine in Darkshore, causing a giant volcano to sprout in Ashenvale, splitting the Barrens through the middle, and making a line of destruction across the Badlands called Scar of the Worldbreaker. And that isn't even considering how the war between the Alliance and Horde is escalating and how the factions hate each other so much they fight each other even in the face of the world being broken.
** In "Mists ''Mists of Pandaria", Pandaria'', we get a world that looks pretty lighthearted. However with the presence of the Mogu, Mantid, and worst of all, the Sha, Pandaria is very much a CrapSaccharineWorld. In fact, the questions to the player faction's morality ("Why must you bring your war here? Was there nothing worth fighting for where you come from?") makes this one of the most personal expansions yet.
** Before Garrosh (the BigBad of "Pandaria") ''Pandaria'') can stand trial, he was teleported back to Draenor prior to its destruction by the [[TheLegionsOfHell Burning Legion]]. Together with Grommash, his father, they established the Iron Horde to conquer Azeroth without the aid of the Legion. The adventurers must [[TimeTravel travel back in time]] to stop them. Yet, a much, much greater threat awaits...
** "Legion" ''Legion'' is perhaps easily the darkest entry of ''World of Warcraft''. Warcraft'' ever. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[GreaterScopeVillain Gul'dan]] had survived the last event of "Warlords", ''Warlords of Draenor'', and traveled back in time to orchestrate the third invasion of the Legion.]] [[spoiler:The Not only that, but [[spoiler:the leaders of the Alliance and Horde are KilledOffForReal during the invasion.]] [[spoiler:Demon Hunters are introduced in order Just to stop the invasion.]] make things even worse [[spoiler:The Emerald Dream and the Green Dragonflight are corrupted by the forces of evil.]]evil, and Ysera is killed trying to save it.]] Suramar takes ths UpToEleven - the supremacist elvish city is being ruled by demons (which are shown ''kidnapping and corrupting Nightfallen children'') and a Withered resistance group is the only thing that can save them. [[TagLine "Kingdoms Will Burn"]] indeed.
10th Sep '16 12:08:52 PM IamTheCaligula
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* ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'', fulfills this trope by putting the characters from ''[[Videogame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project: Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil]]'' into a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''-inspired universe.

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* ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'', In the ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'' game series, the two darkest titles so far have been ''Subterranean Animism'', during which the playable characters had to go to the Former Hell of Blazing Fires, a FantasticGhetto inhabited by youkai that not even other youkai want anything to do with, as well as ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'', which revolved around the protagonists attempting to prevent the {{Lunarians}} from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt purifying Gensoukyou]] in order to relocate there after they were driven away from the Moon by Junko, a resentful spirit, and Hecatia, the Goddess of Hell, both who were after the Lunarians' hides after they caused the deaths of Hecatia's husband and Junko's son. Incidentally, these two titles are also wildly regarded to be the hardest ones in the series.
** 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, a village human, and also due to dealing with the darker sides of living in a FantasticNatureReserve as well as the darker and edgier parts of Reimu's job.
** And ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu''
fulfills this trope among the fangames by putting the characters from ''[[Videogame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project: Embodiment ''Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil]]'' Devil'' into a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''-inspired universe.
31st Aug '16 9:48:50 AM 4444jdm
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* ''VideoGame/TestDrive Overdrive: Brotherhood of Speed'' is the darkest installment in the entire ''Test Drive'' series, with dark tones and HeavyMetal music as well as a pre-defined story that pushes it further. Also, [[WhatTheHellHero some opponents are jealous of the protagonist's winnings]].

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* ''VideoGame/TestDrive Overdrive: Brotherhood of Speed'' is the darkest installment in the entire ''Test Drive'' series, with dark tones and HeavyMetal music as well as a pre-defined story that pushes it further. Also, [[WhatTheHellHero some opponents are jealous of the protagonist's winnings]]. One notable darkest moment is [[spoiler:[[MissionControl Donald Clarke]] [[FaceHeelTurn becoming a hostility in the end]] [[HeroWithBadPublicity after much bad publicity]], and [[TheStinger tells someone to steal the car he lost to the player]].]]
31st Aug '16 9:44:47 AM 4444jdm
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* ''VideoGame/TestDrive Overdrive: Brotherhood of Speed'' is the darkest installment in the entire ''Test Drive'' series, with dark tones and HeavyMetal music as well as a pre-defined story that pushes it further. Also, [[WhatTheHellHero some opponents are jealous of the protagonist's winnings]].
27th Aug '16 3:53:44 PM ReynTime250
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* For a while the 3rd sequel to ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' seemed to be heading this way, looking more like Nintendo's answer to ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God Of War]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc9c9hOWots]] Apparently, Pit was a adult and was "cursed for thousands of years for a crime and becomes a 'FallenAngel" and had a {{tattoo|ed Crook}} on his arm bearing the inscription of said crime. Most of the fans did not like it (mainly because making Pit an adult would defeat the point of naming the game '''''Kid''' Icarus''). Fortunately for them, they went with the ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl]]'' redesign and appear to have scrapped the old ideas.
21st Aug '16 5:09:55 PM Josef5678
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** ''Pokémon Platinum''. In ''Diamond and Pearl'', we get Dialga and Palkia, and the Team Galactic storyline ends at the Spear Pillar. In Platinum, we get Giratina's shadow interrupting the proceedings from another dimension, and have to carry the chase onwards into [[DarkWorld the Distortion World]]. ''Nothing'' lives in the Distortion World except for Giratina, making it a literal [[GhostCity Ghost World]]. It's just...eerily calm. [[GravityScrew It also has some issues with proper gravity.]]
** ''Black'' and ''White'' definitely qualify, too - [[spoiler:the game does ''not'' in fact end with the Champion as in the previous four generations, the villainous team takes a ''much'' heavier role in the plot than before, the plot itself is much less of an ExcusePlot, and on top of all that we also have the single most despicable villain in the series.]]
** ''X and Y'' seem LighterAndSofter at first but then you learn the true motives of Team Flare. [[spoiler: They want to kill everyone who is not them because they think that only Team Flare is worthy to live. In other words they are Nazis, in a Pokémon game, and their leader is implicitly KilledOffForReal.]] Also, there might not be many tragic backstories but AZ and Emma are just as tragic as N in ''Black and White''.

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** ''Pokémon Platinum''.''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]''. In ''Diamond and Pearl'', we get Dialga and Palkia, and the Team Galactic storyline ends at the Spear Pillar. In Platinum, we get Giratina's shadow interrupting the proceedings from another dimension, and have to carry the chase onwards into [[DarkWorld the Distortion World]]. ''Nothing'' lives in the Distortion World except for Giratina, making it a literal [[GhostCity Ghost World]]. It's just...eerily calm. [[GravityScrew It also has some issues with proper gravity.]]
** ''Black'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and ''White'' White]]'' definitely qualify, too - [[spoiler:the game does ''not'' in fact end with the Champion as in the previous four generations, the villainous team takes a ''much'' heavier role in the plot than before, the plot itself is much less of an ExcusePlot, and on top of all that we also have the single most despicable villain in the series.]]
** ''X ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y'' Y]]'' seem LighterAndSofter at first but then you learn the true motives of Team Flare. [[spoiler: They want to kill everyone who is not them because they think that only Team Flare is worthy to live. In other words they are Nazis, in a Pokémon game, and their leader is implicitly KilledOffForReal.]] Also, there might not be many tragic backstories but AZ and Emma are just as tragic as N in ''Black and White''.
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