History VideoGame / CognitiveDissonance

28th Mar '16 6:17:42 PM EdwardGil
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** Joke End, [[spoiler: Hammertime]]: Defeat Giygas without [[[spoiler:unlocking Maria's room with the Reboot orbs, without using Song, without using Harmony]]. Its defense is astronomical, but the ballpeen hammer, an item you can receive by trading an item you get when escaping the Mothership as Larice with a Shambler on Uranus, ignores defense. You also get this ending by beating [[spoiler:Giegue in Chapter 3. It's impossible without cheating, though]].

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** Joke End, [[spoiler: Hammertime]]: Defeat Giygas without [[[spoiler:unlocking [[spoiler:unlocking Maria's room with the Reboot orbs, orbs thus not using Nightmare Empower, without using Song, without using Harmony]]. Its defense is astronomical, but the ballpeen hammer, an item you can receive by trading an item you get when escaping the Mothership as Larice with a Shambler on Uranus, ignores defense. You also get this ending by beating [[spoiler:Giegue in Chapter 3. It's impossible without cheating, though]].
6th Feb '16 4:45:20 PM determinedhydra
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* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: And how! [[spoiler: With multiple [[PointOfNoReturn points of no return]] within the dungeon's progression, a series of mini-dungeons for individuals and the whole party, several cutscenes with major reveals, and a landscape that deterioriates alongside the final boss's sanity, the place is downright apocalyptic.]]
6th Feb '16 3:30:35 PM determinedhydra
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** There is a consumable [[Videogame/{{Portal}} Delicious Cake item, whose flavor text hints at dishonesty]]. [[spoiler: Furthermore, some of Master Magnolia's lines are quoted or paraphrased from [[Characters/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], and Magnolia's existence within the derelict Mothership is very GLaDOS-like in general]].

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** There is a consumable [[Videogame/{{Portal}} Delicious Cake item, whose flavor text hints at dishonesty]]. [[spoiler: Furthermore, some of Master Magnolia's lines are quoted or paraphrased from [[Characters/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], GLaDOS, and Magnolia's existence within the derelict Mothership is very GLaDOS-like in general]].
6th Feb '16 3:12:14 PM determinedhydra
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** There is a consumable [[Videogame/{{Portal}} Delicious Cake item, whose flavor text hints at dishonesty]]. [[spoiler: Furthermore, some of Master Magnolia's lines are quoted or paraphrased from [[Characters/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], and Magnolia's existence within the derelict Mothership is very GLaDOS-like in general]].
3rd Feb '16 10:10:34 AM determinedhydra
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** You can also get them as an equippable item.

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** You can also get them as an equippable item.item whose flavor text invokes this trope: "If looking awesome was a stat it would give +10." Hilariously, [[spoiler: Giegue can equip it during his special Chapter 9]], which only occurs when [[spoiler: getting the Severance Ending]].
3rd Feb '16 9:56:13 AM determinedhydra
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** Played straight with [[spoiler: Future Niiue]], who [[spoiler: leaves only his cap behind]].

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** Played Appears to be played straight with [[spoiler: Future Niiue]], who [[spoiler: leaves only his cap behind]].or at least straighter than most examples here.



** Played straight with [[spoiler: all of reality as the characters know it]] in the [[spoiler: Paradox Ending]].

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** Played straight with Might be happening to [[spoiler: all of reality as the characters know it]] in the [[spoiler: Paradox Ending]].Ending]]. Or maybe not. [[spoiler: Niiue isn't too sure.]]
3rd Feb '16 9:49:15 AM determinedhydra
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* CessationOfExistence: Given the game's thematic focus on psychic realities and the nature of existence, this comes up often.
** Averted with the deaths of [[spoiler: Alinivar in Chapter 1]] and [[spoiler: Larice]] much later. [[spoiler: The former enters a gray limbo from which he is brought back to life by the Apple of Enlightenment. The latter doesn't fully die even though his mechanical components are destroyed, since his organic components are saved by Niiue's intervention.]]
** Lampshaded in Chapter 8. [[spoiler: The various entities within Giegue's Magicant fade away after the party talks to them. The last of them ponders, "Do Magicant people get an afterlife?" before fading away like the rest.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Future Niiue]], who [[spoiler: leaves only his cap behind]].
** Averted with [[spoiler: Giegue and Past Niiue]] in the [[spoiler: Severance ending]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler: all of reality as the characters know it]] in the [[spoiler: Paradox Ending]].
** Discussed within the lyrics to "Ghosts in Flight," [[spoiler: the song that plays during the ending's cast roll and appears to be sung in-universe by Niiue/Giegue.]]
3rd Feb '16 8:37:45 AM determinedhydra
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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: A very literal, in-universe example. [[spoiler: Giegue kills Alinivar in Chapter 1 without so much as a greeting.]]
3rd Feb '16 8:26:28 AM determinedhydra
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Giegue]], in multiple ways. [[spoiler: Forcing his positive emotions out of his mind created Niiue, who proves instrumental to saving the cosmos from Giygas. Likewise, Giegue's transformation into Giygas involves his own psychic powers destabilizing his Magicant and tearing his ego and body apart.]]
1st Feb '16 10:50:54 PM determinedhydra
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Per series staple, Giegue has this effect on people. [[spoiler: His Insanity Fog attack can do it to your whole party at once, resulting in them all attacking one another in an insane haze]].


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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Yep.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Larice on Mars]]. Although the fight has all of the usual trappings of one, [[spoiler: it's quickly clear that there's nothing you can do to dissuade him]], and that your only recourse is [[spoiler: to fight with him until he breaks down]]. While it's true that [[spoiler: his organic core self is still "in there," he can't overcome his programming at that moment in time.]]
** Zig zagged with [[spoiler: Giegue/Giygas]]. Despite [[spoiler: Niiue going into the final battle with the stated intention of reasoning with Giegue, the situation deteriorates until the transformation into Giygas has irrevocably begun. At that point, everything from how seriously the party tries to save Giegue's mind, to how much can in fact be saved and for how long, depends heavily on the player's choices and preparation]].
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