It isn't a great feeling, being lost in a sea of questions and unattainable answers. If anything, we do all in our power to steer clear of such abandonment. That said, video games are notorious for being unnecessarily complex and ludicrously thought-provoking, and it often takes the strongest of minds to solve the things that are seemingly impossible to decipher. And yet, we find ourselves returning regardless, knowing all too well we'll wind up getting lost in yet another nexus of plot holes and misshapen story arcs.
The problem we have today, of course, lies not with the game's themselves, but the curators who go above and beyond to conjure scripts that defy every rule that binds with logic. Some games, rather annoyingly, have gone one step further and developed completely and utterly mind-rendering catastrophies. Say what you will about them, but let's all agree on the fact that these five, all things considered, are absolute nightmares to comprehend.
5. Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts is an unnecessarily complex series that fools you into thinking everything will make sense sooner rather than later, whether it be in a sequel, a mobile spin-off, or a rhythm-based cinematic experience on the Switch. Unfortunately, Square Enix has yet to comprehend the flow of the series itself, and is currently trying to make sense of the timeline before knuckling in on Kingdom Hearts 4.
The biggest issue with the Disney-themed RPG, of course, is that it possesses more characters than it knows what to do with. At first, it was a story about a boy, a giant key, and a cluster of worlds shrouded in darkness. Then, out of the blue and without any form of context, a collective known as Organization XIII came along, with motives that didn't really mold with the general flow of the narrative. And that was just the tip of the iceberg to a mountainous network of twists, turns, and unforgivable flaws. Do we understand it in 2022? Not at all. Truth is, we didn't understand it in 2005, either.
4. Deadly Premonition
Now, there are some hilariously bad games out there, none of which have come anywhere near a quarter mile of Deadly Premonition's god-awful concept. At its heart, it's a horror game. Or at least, it's supposed to be. Whatever it was built to be, though, wound up becoming the polar opposite in viewers' eyes. Call it a parody, a catastrophe, anything you desire; it's a monstrosity with a cult branding, and we can't for the life of us understand why.
Deadly Premonition is certainly one of those types of games. Ask any fan and they'll tell you it's so bad it's good, or something like that. The reason for its lukewarm reception, of course, stems from the questionable characters, the pointless monologues, and the spat out narrative that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was as if, almost to prove a point, developer Access Games purposely made it into a complete and utter shambles, if only to show how to garner a cult following. Did it pay off? Well, you could say that.
3. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite had all the ingredients to create a great action-adventure game with no unnecessary plot holes. And to be fair, it managed to hold off on the weirdness right up until the fourth quarter of the campaign. After that, it was a rapid decline into the abyss, with far more questions being raised than pleas being answered. And as for the ending itself, well, let's just say Reddit received its fair share of site visitors for a while.
The opening goal was elementary: “bring us the girl, and wipe away the debt.” Sounded easy enough, alright. It wasn't, to put it out there, especially after acquiring said girl and rolling her into the whirlwind adventure of lighthouses, alternate realities, constables and variables and what have you. That's when it all went downhill, and we'd be lying if we said we understood the assignment and mopped up the credits without so much as a second thought, to be honest.
2. Little Nightmares
To be fair, anything that brews from the creative waterfall that is Studio Ghibli is bound to be weird. Little Nightmares really is no exception, as it is perhaps one of the strangest survival horror games on the block. Also, with a mute for a protagonist, it doesn't exactly provide context to the objective at hand, nor does it give players a helping hand from the moment they enter the steampunk-themed labyrinth.
You play as Six, a yellow raincoat-wearing child with a looming hunger in the pit of her stomach. As time passes, you find yourself stumbling upon a community of gnomes, a ship's worth of morbidly obese holidaymakers, and a Japanese woman with a fear of mirrors. Put all of that together and what do you have? That's right, an absolute car crash of a concept. And yet, it was one we'd probably suffer through again, if only to relive the horrifying encounters and ambient settings.
1. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is a gift that keeps on giving, mostly through its series of expansions that help to flesh out its expansive MMO world. For those who haven't followed it since its 1994 debut, though, Azeroth and its nexus of surrounding regions can look like a mountain rather than a run-of-the-mill molehill. Plus, with its lore going back as far as twenty-five years, it can steer newcomers away from putting hours into the long haul.
Of course, if you take the time to follow every available quest chain and side story, then you'll eventually find yourself forming a picture of sorts. However, to understand Azeroth and its warring factions, as well as its perplexing history, one must first spool through a thread of cinematics, books, and spin-offs. Basically, it's your bog-standard MMORPG, complete with mounds upon mounds of incomprehensible stories.
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