History DarkerAndEdgier / VideoGames

27th Jul '16 10:00:44 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'' is the darkest Neptunia game to date, surpassing both ''mk2'' and ''[=Re;Birth1=]'' in terms of dark atmosphere. Unlike its [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] and [[DenserAndWackier wackier]] [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory predecessor]], this installment takes itself even more seriously than previous games by introducing a leadership crisis within Gamindustri, and it helps that most of promotional material gives off this vibe, although it's justified since the vast majority of it focuses on the Zerodimension. In the actual game, however, has a good balance between seriousness and comedy, but it is definitely darker than the plot of the previous titles; you can expect something bad (or worse) to happen at the beginning, middle, and the end of each StoryArc. Finally, the BigBad of the game is not a generic OmnicidalManiac like Arfoire or PsychopathicManchild like Rei, but an intelligent yet ruthless mysterious girl who is [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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** ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'' is the darkest Neptunia game to date, surpassing both ''mk2'' and ''[=Re;Birth1=]'' in terms of dark atmosphere. Unlike its [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] and [[DenserAndWackier wackier]] [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory predecessor]], this installment takes itself even more seriously than previous games by introducing a leadership crisis within Gamindustri, and it helps that most of promotional material gives off this vibe, although it's justified since the vast majority of it focuses on the Zerodimension. In the actual game, however, has a good balance between seriousness and comedy, but it is definitely darker than the plot of the previous titles; you can expect something bad (or worse) to happen at the beginning, middle, and the end of each StoryArc. Finally, the BigBad of the game is not a generic OmnicidalManiac like Arfoire or PsychopathicManchild like Rei, but an intelligent yet ruthless mysterious girl who is [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and DangerouslyGenreSavvy.very manipulative]].
24th Jul '16 2:10:48 PM BlueGuy
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** ''VideoGame/ProjectSonic2017'' established itself as darker from its initial announcement trailer, which showed Sonic fighting robots amidst Crisis City-esque [[SceneryGorn wreckage]] and heavily implied that Eggman had finally succeeded (to some degree) for once.
17th Jul '16 11:44:33 PM TheJayman49
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' rivals ''Majora's Mask'' as the darkest entry in the franchise thanks to its high level of NightmareFuel, violence, and being the first ''Zelda'' game to receive a T rating.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' rivals ''Majora's Mask'' as the darkest entry in the franchise thanks to its high level of NightmareFuel, violence, having a more [[RealIsBrown edgier art style]], and being the first ''Zelda'' game to receive a T rating.
16th Jul '16 9:36:49 PM Josef5678
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' goes further than ''Ocarina of Time'' with it's apocalyptic concept of the moon falling into the land of Termina in three days along with featuring themes of death and despair.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' goes further than ''Ocarina of Time'' with it's its apocalyptic concept of the moon falling into the land of Termina in three days along with featuring themes of death and despair.
16th Jul '16 5:23:08 PM TheJayman49
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' is pretty dark for a ''Zelda'' game, going further than ''Ocarina of Time''. This is due to the apocalyptic concept of the moon falling into the land of Termina in three days as well as featuring themes of death and despair.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' is pretty dark for a ''Zelda'' game, going goes further than ''Ocarina of Time''. This is due to the Time'' with it's apocalyptic concept of the moon falling into the land of Termina in three days as well as along with featuring themes of death and despair.
29th Jun '16 2:31:17 PM WhatArtThee
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** Just look at the title screens. The first gen features the protagonist Red with the first stage of the version mascot. The second gen shows the version legendary flying above the clouds/swimming in the ocean while heroic music is playing. The third gen's theme tune is already a lot more eerie, with the title screen showing the version legendary in a volcano/the bottom of the ocean, with only its silhouette and glowing lines clearly visible (the actual games weren't too dark aside from the stuff involving said legendaries, though.) Then the fourth and fifth gens comes along and you get a creepy piano and ominous remix of the main theme (respectively), with the version legendary standing in a glowing void, and a ScareChord playing upon hitting start, or in ''Platinum'', Gen V's, and ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'''s case, the version legendary ''screaming at you''.
** You can also see the increasingly darker and edgier nature of the ''Pokémon'' universe by looking at the main bad guys:
*** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red, Blue, and Yellow]]'', you have Team Rocket who, other than running a casino and "claiming" to steal Pokémon, the only major crimes commited are murdering Cubone's mother and various other Pokémon who haunt the tower in Lavender Town.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold, Silver, and Crystal]]'', Team Rocket comes back and seems to have taken a level in evil: taking over government buildings, actively poaching Pokémon and carrying out brutal experiments on Pokémon evolution.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald]]'', we have Teams Magma and Aqua [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans who are both willing to cause extreme ecological damage for the betterment of Pokémon and humans.]]
*** Turned up higher in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' where the two groups want to do more than just severe damage to the planet...they want to cause Armageddon believing that it will [[WellIntentionedExtremist make the world a better place for either people or Pokémon.]]
*** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum]]'', you have Team Galactic, who are trying to gain control of the [[PhysicalGod literal gods of the Pokémon universe]] so their [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds leader can rewrite the fabric of existence.]]
*** The darkness and edginess of the series seems to go down a bit, but not really, with Team Plasma in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]]'' who claim to want to free Pokémon from human slavery but [[StrawHypocrite actively use and abuse Pokémon for their own goals.]] ''Black and White'' also have the single most evil villain, [[spoiler:Ghetsis, who abused his own adoptive son and brainwashed him into believing that humans are evil so he would help his father with his ambitions for world domination.]]
*** This [[UpToEleven ramps up]] in the sequels ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Black 2 and White 2]]'', where [[spoiler:he actively tries to ''freeze the player alive with Kyurem''.]]
*** There's also ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]'' where Team Flare, who at first seem to just be a bunch of stylish thugs who are about as harmless as G1 Team Rocket,[[spoiler: attempt to kill every Pokémon and every human who isn't a member of Team Flare. Additionally, the machine they plan to commit genocide with already granted eternal life to a king and his previously-deceased Pokémon by killing loads of other Pokémon to end a war, leading to the Pokémon understandably despising the king. You can imagine the angst-ridden [[WalkTheEarth Walking The Earth]] that occurs, but at the end, (after you battle the king and, by doing so, teach him the PowerOfFriendship) the Pokémon forgives him and they are reunited.]] It also averts NeverSayDie a few times, although most of it is really heavily implied.
26th Jun '16 12:24:10 PM nombretomado
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** Their first few games (''BaldursGate'', ''Videogame/NeverwinterNights'', etc) were fairly idealistic HighFantasy games. Their later ones, though? The game worlds have a grim and bloody edge, GrayAndGrayMorality runs rampant, and there are major quests (and quite a few sidequests) that end in a SadisticChoice.

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** Their first few games (''BaldursGate'', (''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', ''Videogame/NeverwinterNights'', etc) were fairly idealistic HighFantasy games. Their later ones, though? The game worlds have a grim and bloody edge, GrayAndGrayMorality runs rampant, and there are major quests (and quite a few sidequests) that end in a SadisticChoice.



** ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' is definitely darker than it's predecessor, starting out with the main character and his/her party captured and tortured, two of the party killed, and another whisked away to an insane asylum for wizards. The main city of the game, Athkatla, is also a lot seedier than the titular city from the first game, featuring a bloody faction war between a guild of thieves and assassins and a horde of vampires. And ''Throne of Bhaal'' is quite possibly even darker, centered around 5 of the Bhaalspawn forming an alliance to wipe out all other Bhaalspawn (including the player,) with the body count escalating early on [[spoiler: when they succeed in destroying the city where the other Bhaalspawn were taking refuge.]]

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** ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is definitely darker than it's predecessor, starting out with the main character and his/her party captured and tortured, two of the party killed, and another whisked away to an insane asylum for wizards. The main city of the game, Athkatla, is also a lot seedier than the titular city from the first game, featuring a bloody faction war between a guild of thieves and assassins and a horde of vampires. And ''Throne of Bhaal'' is quite possibly even darker, centered around 5 of the Bhaalspawn forming an alliance to wipe out all other Bhaalspawn (including the player,) with the body count escalating early on [[spoiler: when they succeed in destroying the city where the other Bhaalspawn were taking refuge.]]
25th Jun '16 7:17:36 AM mario0987
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** ''Apollo Justice'' ''seems'' LighterAndSofter, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. The justice system is shown to have gone from "merely" incompetent to outright ''corrupt'', and the BigBad ([[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]]) is a male version of Dahlia if her [[AxCrazy raving lunacy]] was replaced with [[LackOfEmpathy cold, detached]] [[TheSociopath sociopathy]].

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** ''Apollo Justice'' ''seems'' LighterAndSofter, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. The justice system is shown to have gone from "merely" incompetent to outright ''corrupt'', and the BigBad ([[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]]) is a male version of Dahlia if her [[AxCrazy raving lunacy]] was replaced with [[LackOfEmpathy cold, detached]] [[TheSociopath sociopathy]]. Meanwhile, your clients might not be guilty of murder but they are also morally ambiguous and guilty of a lesser crime.
25th Jun '16 7:11:46 AM mario0987
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** Before ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' stole it, the title of darkest Mario game went to ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' which was based around an alien invasion of the past Mushroom Kingdom and having places like Toad Town and Princess Peach's Castle turned to ruins by the Shroobs, and some rather creepy things as background detail and music. It actually introduces a Christmas-themed village solely to destroy before Mario and Luigi even get there. Toad Town is just pieces of rubble tossed around; compare it to Toad Town of ''Bowser's Inside Story''. Even Peach's Castle from the latter isn't as devastated and dangerous as Shroob Castle.

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** Before ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' stole it, the title of darkest Mario game went to ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' which was ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''. It is based around an alien invasion of the past Mushroom Kingdom and having and, has places like Toad Town and Princess Peach's Castle turned to ruins by the Shroobs, and Shroobs with some rather creepy things as background detail and music. It actually introduces a Christmas-themed village solely to destroy before Mario and Luigi even get there. Toad Town is just pieces of rubble tossed around; compare it to Toad Town of ''Bowser's Inside Story''. Even Peach's Castle from the latter isn't as devastated and dangerous as Shroob Castle.



* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' is the first game in the series to be rated M (ages 17 and older) where all games before it were rated T (13 and older). The first case shows a full courthouse of people running for their lives as a ''bomb explodes and destroys the courtroom''. You also encounter a witness who is so petrified of monsters that she starts hallucinating and believes she actually sees them. Then there's the finale where, through a flashback, you get to see [[spoiler: a young Athena Cykes covered in her mother's blood as she tries to "fix" her with machines due to her naivety on how people get treated for injuries (luckily her mother was long dead before Athena used the machines).]] Due to the upgrade to 3D, all the grim details aren't left out.
** The series started to turn to the darker and edgier route early on. While the first game had your standard crime themes and motives for killing, ''Justice For All'' cranks it up by making everything grittier and high stakes; a con artist panics seeing a police officer nearby so he kills him out of fear, snapping the guy's neck from a fall. An overworked nurse accidentally causes 14 patients to die under her care. A woman who lost her place of power plans to pin a murder on her niece just so her daughter can take her place. A wheelbound circus actor plots to kill [[spoiler: a young and childlike girl who accidentally caused his brother to go into a coma and she remains oblivious to the dire situation, but the killer accidentally kills his father figure instead by dropping a bust on him]]. A woman hangs herself after being dumped by an actor she used to date and then being dumped by another actor when he found out she used to date his rival, which also causes her confidant to commit suicide as well, but fails. Yikes.

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* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' is the first game in the series to be rated M (ages 17 and older) where all games before it were rated T (13 and older). The first case shows a full courthouse of people running for their lives as a ''bomb explodes and destroys the courtroom''. You also encounter a witness who is so petrified of monsters that she starts hallucinating and believes she actually sees them. Then there's the finale where, through a flashback, you get to see [[spoiler: a young Athena Cykes covered in her mother's blood as she tries to "fix" her with machines due to her naivety on how people get treated for injuries (luckily her mother was long dead before Athena used the machines).]] Due to the upgrade to 3D, all the grim details aren't left out.
''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** The series started to turn to the darker and edgier route early on. While the first game had your standard crime themes and motives for killing, killing. ''Justice For All'' cranks it up by making everything grittier introducing more complex themes and high stakes; motives for the murderers; a con artist panics seeing a police officer nearby so he kills him out of fear, snapping the guy's neck from a fall. An overworked nurse accidentally causes 14 patients to die under her care. A woman who lost her place of power plans to pin a murder on her niece just so her daughter can take her place. A wheelbound circus actor plots to kill [[spoiler: a young and childlike girl who accidentally caused his brother to go into a coma and she remains oblivious to the dire situation, but the killer accidentally kills his father figure instead by dropping a bust on him]]. A woman hangs herself after being dumped by an actor she used to date and then being dumped by another actor when he found out she used to date his rival, which also causes her confidant to commit suicide as well, but fails. And then there is the deconstruction of the series premise in the final case, [[spoiler: your client really is guilty but you still have to defend him or your best friend will die. And he is not a SympatheticMurderer at all.]] Yikes.



** ''Apollo Justice'' ''seems'' LighterAndSofter, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. The justice system is shown to have gone from "merely" incompetent to outright ''corrupt'', and the BigBad is a male version of Dahlia if her [[AxCrazy raving lunacy]] was replaced with [[LackOfEmpathy cold, detached]] [[TheSociopath sociopathy]].

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** ''Apollo Justice'' ''seems'' LighterAndSofter, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. The justice system is shown to have gone from "merely" incompetent to outright ''corrupt'', and the BigBad ([[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]]) is a male version of Dahlia if her [[AxCrazy raving lunacy]] was replaced with [[LackOfEmpathy cold, detached]] [[TheSociopath sociopathy]].sociopathy]].
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' is the first game in the series to be rated M (ages 17 and older) where all games before it were rated T (13 and older). The first case shows a full courthouse of people running for their lives as a ''bomb explodes and destroys the courtroom''. You also encounter a witness who is so petrified of monsters that she starts hallucinating and believes she actually sees them. Then there's the finale where, through a flashback, you get to see [[spoiler: a young Athena Cykes covered in her mother's blood as she tries to "fix" her with machines due to her naivety on how people get treated for injuries (luckily her mother was long dead before Athena used the machines).]] Due to the upgrade to 3D, all the grim details aren't left out. Also the BigBad is tied with Dahlia for the highest body count in the series and beats her in the category of highest attempted murders thanks to the above mentioned bombing. And of cause like Dahlia and [[spoiler: Kristoph]] he's [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] and is portrayed far more realistically as one too.
22nd Jun '16 2:05:13 PM Josef5678
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* The later half of ''VideoGame/CatPlanet'', in which the environment becomes a dull grey with SpikesOfDoom and CreepyCrow enemies. Certainly a bit of a MoodWhiplash.

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* The later half of ''VideoGame/CatPlanet'', in which the environment becomes a dull grey with SpikesOfDoom and CreepyCrow {{Creepy Crow|s}} enemies. Certainly a bit of a MoodWhiplash.
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