History SadisticChoice / VideoGames

11th Aug '17 11:49:46 PM LinTaylor
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* Near the end of the prologue in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', Deathshead has Blazkowicz and his surviving squad mates captured, and forces Blazkowicz to choose either Fergus or Wyatt to be taken away and "put to the scalpel". Doing so changes the story in a number of ways, both subtle (hotwiring/lock-picking minigame) and not-so-subtle (different characters join LaResistance depending on who you save). And there's no [[TakeaThirdOption third option]] either - take too long to choose, and you ALL die. You ''have'' to choose either Fergus or Wyatt.

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* Near the end of the prologue in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', Deathshead has Blazkowicz and his surviving squad mates captured, and forces Blazkowicz to choose either Fergus or Wyatt to be taken away and "put to the scalpel". Doing so changes the story in a number of ways, both subtle (hotwiring/lock-picking minigame) and not-so-subtle (different characters join LaResistance depending on who you save). And there's no [[TakeaThirdOption third option]] either - take too long to choose, and you ALL die. You ''have'' to choose either Fergus or Wyatt. And just to rub it in, at a certain point in the plot whomever you saved will [[WhatTheHellHero ream Blazkowicz out]] and say that he made the wrong choice -- Fergus says you should have saved the younger man, while Wyatt says you should have saved the more experienced soldier.


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** Episode One of the second season has an even bigger one. [[spoiler: Riddler manages to trap Batman in a cage along with one of the government agents he captured, while the other three are still locked in his death traps. He offers Batman a set of "riddles" (which is really just ego-stroking, like "What's the name of the man who outsmarted the Batman?"); if he answers wrong or refuses to answer, one of the trapped agents will be killed. However, every time he answers correctly Riddler hits the cage with a blast from a sonic weapon; while Batman's suit will protect him from the worst of it, the agent in the cage with him will die of internal hemorrhaging after three blasts. Tragically, the game subverts the "third option": if you answer all three questions, Batman will figure out a way to destroy the cage while putting the agent inside a broken deathtrap to shield her from the blast. While she survives, the sonic attack leaves her permanently deaf, something that makes her partner hate Batman more than he already did.]]
3rd Jul '17 11:55:52 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' has one quest where Geralt is tasked to destroy the malicious spirit [[spoiler:of a murdered druidess]] who has been killing innocent people left and right, only for it to barter with its life by promising to save a group of blameless orphans set for sacrifice. There is no good choice. [[spoiler:It's heaviy implied in an in-game book that the murdered druidess is the individual that created [[WickedWitch the Crones of Crookback Bog]].]]
23rd Jun '17 6:37:51 PM Odacon_Spy
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** Subverted in Shaundi's LoyaltyMission: in the end, two digital clones of DJ Veteran Child take Shaundi and "Fun Shaundi" (Shaundi's LiteralSplitPersonality, based on how she appeared in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'') hostage and try to force you to choose who lives and who dies. Both Shaundis collectively decide "Fuck that!" and kill the clones themselves--especially poignant is that they each kill the clone threatening the ''other'' Shaundi, demonstrating their newfound readiness to accept each other.


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** Subverted in Shaundi's LoyaltyMission: in the end, two digital clones of DJ Veteran Child take Shaundi and "Fun Shaundi" (Shaundi's LiteralSplitPersonality, based on how she was in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'') hostage and try to force you to choose who lives and who dies. Both Shaundis collectively decide "Fuck that!" and kill the clones themselves--especially poignant is that they each kill the clone threatening the ''other'' Shaundi, demonstrating their newfound readiness to accept each other.
20th Jun '17 9:13:59 AM Piterpicher
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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''? Well, it's BioWare again, so they're going to load it on you.

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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''? Well, it's BioWare Creator/BioWare again, so they're going to load it on you.
24th May '17 11:13:04 AM Allronix
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** ''KnightsOfTheEternalThrone'': AxCrazy bitch Vaylin is headed for your party, but said party is split. [[MagnificentBastard Valkorian]] says you can choose which one of your party you rescue [[spoiler: Either Vette or Torian, both fan favorites]], and the other ''is'' going to be KilledOffForReal

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** ''KnightsOfTheEternalThrone'': ''Knights Of The Eternal Throne'': AxCrazy bitch Vaylin is headed for your party, but said party is split. [[MagnificentBastard Valkorian]] says you can choose which one of your party you rescue [[spoiler: Either (either Vette or Torian, both fan favorites]], favorites)]], and the other ''is'' going to be KilledOffForReal
24th May '17 11:11:55 AM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''? Well, it's BioWare again, so they're going to load it on you.
** Imperial Agent: Do you stop the terrorist from killing thousands while letting the one who is ''behind'' said terrorist go free? Do you stop the guy behind the terrorist and let those thousands die? There is the third option of ''joining'' the guy. [[spoiler: and a way to subvert this and TakeAThirdOption, but only if you play your cards ''exactly'' right]].
** Republic Trooper: You have 300 Republic prisoners of war in one area of a damaged space station and your ally (and, for male Troopers, minor love interest) Sgt. Jaxo in another. Saving the prisoners will mean [[ThrownOutTheAirlock venting the area Jaxo is located in to space]]. Worse, is she's begging you over the com to spare her life.
** ''KnightsOfTheEternalThrone'': AxCrazy bitch Vaylin is headed for your party, but said party is split. [[MagnificentBastard Valkorian]] says you can choose which one of your party you rescue [[spoiler: Either Vette or Torian, both fan favorites]], and the other ''is'' going to be KilledOffForReal
18th May '17 10:31:00 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Falmer (Snow Elves)]] were faced with one - extinction or transformation in [[TheMorlocks Morlocks]]. At one time, the Falmer had a civilization rivaling that of the Altmer (High Elves) spanning across Skyrim and Solstheim. However, they came into conflict with the ancestors of the [[HornyVikings Nords]] who were coming over in droves from the [[GrimUpNorth freezing-over continent of Atmora]]. Ysgramor, one of the Atmoran leaders, rallied [[BadassArmy an army of 500 of Atmora's greatest warriors]] and led them on [[FinalSolution a purge]] of the Falmer. Facing extinction, the surviving Falmer turned to their [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] cousins for shelter. The Dwemer accepted the Falmer, under the condition that the Falmer must consume toxic fungi that would blind them and then serve as [[EnslavedElves slaves]] to the Dwemer.
25th Apr '17 7:43:47 PM Onlythrice
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** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Ben, who's been TheLoad for almost the entire season, falls off the balcony in Crawford's belltower. You have to either let him go, fufilling his DeathSeeker mentalities, or save him.]]

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** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Ben, who's been TheLoad for almost the entire season, falls off the balcony in Crawford's belltower. You have to either let him go, fufilling fulfilling his DeathSeeker mentalities, or save him.]]


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** An especially cruel example happens near the end of Season 3. [[spoiler: The final choice of Episode 4 has you begging the BigBad, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Joan]], to spare one of your friends. You're forced to choose between Tripp, a friend who's been with you since the start that you may or may not have recently fallen out with, or Ava, a new ally who's been nothing but helpful to you and Clementine. What the player probably doesn't know is that [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo whoever you pick dies]], and the other isn't too happy that you'd be willing to sacrifice them.]]
2nd Apr '17 2:27:54 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Videogame/FableII'' ends with you having to make one of three choices: [[spoiler: use the power of the Spire to resurrect everyone in your family Lucien killed -- your husband/wife, your kids, your dog, even your long-dead sister comes back for a while -- or use it to resurrect the thousands that Lucien killed to power up the Spire. Or you can choose to take 1,000,000 gold, but that's both a major dick move and outside the bounds of this trope. It's not ''quite'' a SadisticChoice, as under normal circumstances all of these people would stay dead, but still a good source of angst if you're looking for one.]]

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* Franchise/{{Fable}}
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''Videogame/FableII'' ends with you having to make one of three choices: [[spoiler: use the power of the Spire to resurrect everyone in your family Lucien killed -- your husband/wife, your kids, your dog, even your long-dead sister comes back for a while -- or use it to resurrect the thousands that Lucien killed to power up the Spire. Or you can choose to take 1,000,000 gold, but that's both a major dick move and outside the bounds of this trope. It's not ''quite'' a SadisticChoice, as under normal circumstances all of these people would stay dead, but still a good source of angst if you're looking for one.]]


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** When you finally take Logan down, [[spoiler: you find out [[VillainHasAPoint he actually had a valid reason for being a tyrant]] - he had to make money to fight [[GreaterScopeVillain the Darkness.]] This leads to another rather unpleasant choice, you can A) keep the promises you made to everyone (in which case many of them will be slaughtered when it comes) or B), break them, and save humanity at the cost of becoming as bad as Logan was. There is a third option, but it's difficult and requires a ''lot'' of planning, and this is to buy ''every'' piece of property you can, and delay the FinalBattle until you have enough money from rent to pay the expenses required to fight the Darkness personally. (Even then, the rather FamilyUnfriendlyAesop is that only those with the money to do so can truly save humanity, which is true more often than not).]]


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26th Mar '17 9:39:40 PM sgamer82
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** At the end of ''Legion's'' Val'sharah storyline, Xavius tries to force one of these on Tyrande Whisperwind. Pursue him to rescue her husband Malfurion, or return to the Temple of Elune to protect it from the corrupted dragon he has unleashed on it. Tyrande, however, immediately chooses to rush to her goddess' temple to protect it, then tasks the player with rescuing Malfurion.

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** At the end of ''Legion's'' Val'sharah storyline, Xavius tries to force one of these on Tyrande Whisperwind. Pursue him to rescue her husband Malfurion, or return to the Temple of Elune Elune, the goddess Tyrande is priestess of, to protect it from the corrupted dragon he has unleashed on it. Tyrande, however, immediately chooses to rush to her goddess' the temple to protect it, then tasks the player with rescuing Malfurion.
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