History OffscreenMomentOfAwesome / VideoGames

18th Apr '17 7:03:31 PM LadyNorbert
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** He does this [[RunningGag again]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
*** Twice, no less.
*** The first time, being much like the event in the first game, there's a giant frozen ogre, and Sandal's response?
-->'''Sandal:''' NOT Enchanment...

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** He does this [[RunningGag again]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
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''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Twice, no less.
*** The first time, being much like the event in the first game, there's a giant frozen ogre, and Sandal's response?
-->'''Sandal:''' NOT Enchanment...Enchantment...
18th Apr '17 7:02:27 PM LadyNorbert
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* The fangame ''Paper Mario World'' sets up a boss battle... then not delivering any boss battle at all. To elaborate, Mario's allies just managed to free Mario from being trapped in a cave, but then Bowser shows up. All of them prepare for what what would be a third Bowser battle, but then a white screen shows up saying something like, "And then Mario and friends defeated Bowser." Then you see Bowser running away, and the others continue the game as if nothing happened.

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* There's one implied in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if Horsemaster Dennet is recruited before the end of Act 1. During [[spoiler:the sacking of Haven]], he's one of the few named [=NPCs=] who doesn't require the player's help to survive. Later, when the Inquisition settles at Skyhold, he's there along with all of the horses in his care. There's no opportunity to ask him how he managed to do that; if the player character goes to the stable, s/he can be heard commenting, "I forgot about the Fereldan horses!"
* The fangame ''Paper Mario World'' sets up a boss battle... then not delivering doesn't deliver any boss battle at all. To elaborate, Mario's allies just managed to free Mario from being trapped in a cave, but then Bowser shows up. All of them prepare for what what would be a third Bowser battle, but then a white screen shows up saying something like, "And then Mario and friends defeated Bowser." Then you see Bowser running away, and the others continue the game as if nothing happened.
6th Mar '17 2:50:10 PM CombativeBoil
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** Many of the DLC missions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' become this if you didn't buy or play the DLC prior to starting ''3''.

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** Many of the DLC missions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' become this if you didn't buy or play the DLC prior to starting ''3''.''3'', with Alliance marines and mercenaries taking Shepard's place, and taking far more casualties.
6th Mar '17 2:49:08 PM CombativeBoil
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', after spending the entire game gathering war assets and building an army, almost none of your war assets are seen or even mentioned during the final battle. This is one reason why the ending is so widely despised.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', after spending the entire game gathering war assets and building an army, almost none of your war assets are seen or even mentioned during the final battle. This is one reason why the ending is so widely despised.


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** Many of the DLC missions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' become this if you didn't buy or play the DLC prior to starting ''3''.
28th Jan '17 10:46:14 PM Yuihime
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** If you talk to Kuradal after "Ritual of the Mahjarrat", she's frustrated that she missed the battle with Lucien and the appearance of the Dragonkin, as she got trapped in the cave by a rockslide. All she got to do was battle ''a few hundred [[BossInMookClothing Glacors]]'' to kill time waiting for rescue...
28th Dec '16 4:36:40 PM Yuihime
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* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' features a quest called "King of the Dwarves". Here's the rundown: the BigBad encourages a mob demanding that the oligarchs who run the city reinstate the monarchy based on records of who is descended from the king. Meanwhile, his forces (only the character knows they are his anyway) are preparing an attack on the city to divide the guards. Your character and friends sneak into the record vaults and discover that said Big Bad ''is'' the rightful heir. The historical expert stays behind to forge the documents and keep him from gaining power, while you and Veldaban go to help the city guards against his forces. You do so by tricking a troll warlord into doing it for you. And what does this epic battle look like? ''The troll warlord tells you to go back to the city and he'll take care of it.''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' features a quest called "King of the Dwarves". Here's the rundown: the BigBad encourages a mob demanding that the oligarchs who run the city reinstate the monarchy based on records of who is descended from the king. Meanwhile, his forces (only the character knows they are his anyway) are preparing an attack on the city to divide the guards. Your character and friends sneak into the record vaults and discover that said Big Bad ''is'' the rightful heir. The historical expert stays behind to forge the documents and keep him from gaining power, while Dwarves", where you and Veldaban go to help the city guards against his forces. You do so by tricking trick a troll warlord into doing it for you.battling an army of Chaos Dwarves. And what does this epic battle look like? ''The troll warlord tells you to go back to the city and he'll take care of it.''



* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', once you complete the Neutral path and sorta-befriend [[BigBad Flowey,]] eventually he will tell you how [[Papyrus' brother, Sans,]] 'caused him more than his fair share of resets', presumably when Flowey tried to kill everyone in the underground. We never get to see it ourselves, but you can have a taste of it in the [[KillEmAll No Mercy route.]] But be forewarned: [[ThatOneBoss You're gonna have a bad time.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', once you complete the Neutral path and sorta-befriend [[BigBad Flowey,]] eventually he will tell you how [[Papyrus' [[spoiler: Papyrus' brother, Sans,]] 'caused him more than his fair share of resets', presumably when Flowey tried to kill everyone in the underground. We never get to see it ourselves, but you can have a taste of it in the [[KillEmAll No Mercy route.]] But be forewarned: [[ThatOneBoss You're gonna have a bad time.]]
28th Dec '16 4:30:34 PM Yuihime
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* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' features a quest called King of the Dwarves. Here's the rundown: the BigBad is speaking to a mob demanding that the oligarchs who run the city reinstate the monarchy based on records of who is descended from the king. Meanwhile, his forces (only the character knows they are his anyway) are preparing an attack on the city to divide the guards. Your character and friends sneak into the record vaults and discover that said Big Bad is the rightful heir. The historical expert stays behind to forge the documents to keep Hreidmar from taking over while you and Veldaban go to help the city guards against his forces. You do so by tricking a troll warlord into doing it for you. And what does this epic battle look like? The troll warlord tells you to go back to the city and he'll take care of it.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' features a quest called King "King of the Dwarves. Dwarves". Here's the rundown: the BigBad is speaking to encourages a mob demanding that the oligarchs who run the city reinstate the monarchy based on records of who is descended from the king. Meanwhile, his forces (only the character knows they are his anyway) are preparing an attack on the city to divide the guards. Your character and friends sneak into the record vaults and discover that said Big Bad is ''is'' the rightful heir. The historical expert stays behind to forge the documents to and keep Hreidmar him from taking over gaining power, while you and Veldaban go to help the city guards against his forces. You do so by tricking a troll warlord into doing it for you. And what does this epic battle look like? The ''The troll warlord tells you to go back to the city and he'll take care of it.''
** The Player-Owned Ports minigame culminates in the RagtagBunchOfMisfits you've been helping on their individual quests banding together to take down an Eastern warlord with the powers of an [[ArtifactOfDoom Elder Artifact]], an unlimited horde of brainwashed sea monsters, and potential [[AGodAmI godhood]]. Since you're stuck [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin managing the port]], you never see ''any'' of it.
28th Oct '16 2:26:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' this comes at the very end of the game when [[spoiler: Alex goes off to fight Blados and Chalis off screen to give you time to save the world.]] Of course they all wind up surviving this little encounter. Camelot is quite skilled at never letting you know just how powerful this particular character is.

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* In ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' this comes at the very end of the game when [[spoiler: Alex goes off to fight Blados and Chalis off screen to give you time to save the world.]] Of course they all wind up surviving this little encounter. Camelot is quite skilled at never letting you know just how powerful this particular character is.
19th Oct '16 10:13:14 PM zequeins
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* Can occur in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. At the end of each match, the game awards "Play of the Game", and shows a replay of it. The problem is, the replay is from the ''player'''s perspective, even if they're someone like Torbjörn with indirect attacks. In that case, it won't show the actual Play of the Game, but what you coincidentally happened to be doing at the time, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiMJ-s4T16M sliding off a cliff while dead]], or [[http://chipers.tumblr.com/post/145171697428 ogling a teammate]].

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* Can occur in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. At the end of each match, the game awards "Play of the Game", and shows a replay of it. The problem is, the replay is from the ''player'''s perspective, even if they're someone like Torbjörn with indirect attacks. In that case, it won't show the actual Play of the Game, but what you coincidentally happened to be doing at the time, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiMJ-s4T16M sliding off a cliff while dead]], or [[http://chipers.tumblr.com/post/145171697428 ogling a teammate]].teammate]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', once you complete the Neutral path and sorta-befriend [[BigBad Flowey,]] eventually he will tell you how [[Papyrus' brother, Sans,]] 'caused him more than his fair share of resets', presumably when Flowey tried to kill everyone in the underground. We never get to see it ourselves, but you can have a taste of it in the [[KillEmAll No Mercy route.]] But be forewarned: [[ThatOneBoss You're gonna have a bad time.]]
11th Aug '16 5:12:31 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}, the Battle of Earth as a whole is this trope. The actual massive battle takes place ''in between'' ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Similarly, a lot of the massive battles of ''Reach'' happen in the background.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Battle of Earth as a whole is this trope. The actual massive battle takes place ''in between'' ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Additionally, the climatic space battle between the Elite and Covenant fleets in the latter game also happens offscreen while you're off doing your own thing. Similarly, a lot of the massive battles of ''Reach'' ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' happen in the background.
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