There are quite a lot of video games that give you the freedom to do whatever it is that you want to do. You may not be able to do EVERYTHING, but video games give you enough of what it has to let you do what you want, when you want. However, there are some games that won’t take crap from anyone, including the player. So, these games have a way to punish you for your cruel actions. So today, I want to share with you all not ten, but fifteen things in games that punish you for your actions. Now, these have to be things that punish you for small things, that would not bat the eye of anyone from any other game. Also, only one game per franchise. I am also allowing games I have never played before on this list, so don’t you worry about that. With that said, let us start the list.
#15: Shooting Seagulls from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
There are a lot of things in this game that screw with you, actually. Like shooting the unconscious Olga with a tranquilizer dart, and being called out by Otacon for it. Or lying on top of Emma as she begs you to stop. However, these were all secrets that were pretty hard to find. So I chose the one that was so easy to spot and do, that it makes it a bit more memorable for the punishment you get. When you’re walking around the struts, you will come across a few seagulls. Their just some simple animals, nothing too special. However, if fighting terrorists, a fat bomber, a women who can’t be hit by anything, a vampire, and a freaking jet, you can always take your anger out on the seagulls with your gun. After killing a few, you’ll then receive a codec call from the Colonel, who basically ridicules you for attacking them. And then Rose joins in to talk bad about Raiden, even going as far as to refuse to save the game if he does so, and will continue to not save the game until he apologizes, like you actually did something to make someone angry. It may not be as bad as others in this game, but it’s special for being easy to find.
#14: Outside of the Map from Slender: The Arrival
I am the farthest thing from a Slenderman fan. Like, seriously, I could honestly care less. But I will give the creator of Slender: The Arrival this. He definitely knows how to screw with the player’s mind. During Chapter 4, you are able to leave the house and go out through the way you came in through the forest that you came in through during the Prologue. This may look like a glitch or a bug, but trust me, this was all done by the creator to mess with you, and you just so happened to fall for it. Once you walk through the exit, Slenderman will appear out of nowhere and say “Not even a bug can save you from me”, which is honestly pretty messed up. Just seeing that pop up due to what looked like an error in the game is enough to freak anyone out. I gotta give the creator props. I’m guessing all of the fear in this game went to that one little secret, because I can assure you, that was the only time I felt a little creeped out in this entire game.
#13: Mullock’s Letter from Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Oddworld is already a twisted game enough. What with the protagonist, Abe, being an alien of an enslaved race, the Mudokons, forced to work for a greedy alien race, with that race planning on turning the Mudokons into food for their factory to make more money. So now, you must do whatever you can to save the Mudokon race and foil their plans. OR, you can do the total opposite and just kill them all like a psychopath. Granted, doing so will result in whatever Mudokons are left leaving Abe to die in the factory and turned to meat for all of his horrible atrocities. And in the end, to make things worse, if you were able to kill all ninety nine Mudokons in the entire game, you are rewarded with a letter from Mullock himself, saying, and I quote, “Whacking all those Mudokons was no accident. You twisted creep. Mullock commends you. Enjoy your bonus… Infinite Grenades”. I mean, I did just see Abe get sliced to pieces after murdering half his race, but at least I got grenades for it…. Yay.
#12: Luis Kills Leon from Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is not a game that gives you much help. You are either always on your own in a village of evil brainwashed villagers, or are having to drag Ashley everywhere you go. Your only help in this game are a dog that can distract a giant once and never again, an Australian merchant who is just the face of this entire game, and of course, the lovable Spaniard, Luis Sera. Even though he only appears rarely in the game, he is able to do his best to try and find the antidote for the Las Plagas infecting Ashley and Leon, and even be one hell of a marksman in the cabin against a huge angry mob of villagers. However, Luis doesn’t take friendly fire too kindly. By accident, you may hit Luis in the crosshair, or you may get a bit bored fighting off the angry villagers and just shoot him. Luis is willing to let it slide a few times, but shoot him enough times, and that’s all it takes for him to shoot you dead. And I mean it, he will gladly shoot Leon, and Leon will die, resulting in a game over. Its funny how Luis can take a few dozen bullets and survive that, and not Leon, who can survive an axe, pitchfork, and sickle to the face, being blown up, being stomped and thrown, and basically every other thing that the giant monsters in this game can do, yet a few bullets are enough to take him out. Guess we really should underestimate Luis.
#11: Attacking Animals from Legend of Zelda
This is one we all know about. In the world of Legend of Zelda, you are able to take a break from your adventure and rest at a local town or island or whatever. In these towns, you may come across a few animals, like Cuccos or even pigs. However, your little devious mind might kick in and you might take a swing at the animals. At first, they will get a bit upset, but nothing too bad. However, if you attack them enough times, they will then call upon their brothers, showing that you truly did come to the wrong neighborhood. In Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past, they will sends a huge swarm of chickens at you, and they will not stop until either your dead or you’ve run into the safety of a house. In Link’s Awakening, they made it a little deadly, but still bad. If you attack an animal, Marin will get mad at you and ask you to stop. Now I just feel bad. But the worst punishment comes from Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. In this one, if you so happen as to attack a normal pig, like the ones on Windfall, they will then all come rushing at you, steaming angry (Literally), and ram into you in order to literally kill you. And it’s worse when you anger the giant pig, who will actually take off three whole hearts for when it hits you, which is more than the final boss. Its funny when this creature is so much stronger than any of the bosses in the game
#10: Loading Screens from Spec Ops: The Line
I’m just going to say what everyone knows. Spec Ops: The Line is NOT a happy game. It shows the worst that war can possibly show, and it is incredibly effective how it makes you feel terrible. Oh, but trust me, that’s not all. The game even goes as far as to break the fourth wall in order to tell you how much of a douchebag you are. Lovely. You don’t need me to tell you how screwed up this is. Just let me read off a few of these quotes, and you’ll see how little this game cares about your feelings. “How many Americans have you killed today”. “If you’re a better person, you wouldn’t be here”. “Squad commands are unavailable when your alone. No one can help you now”. “This is all your fault”. “Do you feel like a hero yet”. “We can not escape anguish. It’s what we are”. “If Lugo were still alive, he would suffer from PTSD. So, really, he’s the lucky one”. “The U.S. military does not condone the killing of unarmed combatants. But this isn’t real, so why should you care”. I think if I ever made a Top Ten Games Bad For Your Self-Esteem, this would definitely make the list………… (Foreshadowing, maybe?)
#9: Deletion Threats from Animal Crossing
Back before everyone had a computer in their house, and back when dial up internet was still a thing (I’m an old man for growing up in the early 2000s, I know), Animal Crossing was the only way people like me could get invested in the life simulator games, because some didn’t have the computers needed to play The Sims. And I’m glad, as Animal Crossing was such a good game. But there was one thing we can all agree got pretty old pretty fast. Mr. Resetti always coming up whenever you don’t save. Of course, when you first meet him, he’s pretty cool about it, but gives you a warning. However, the more you do it, the angrier he gets. You could do it to get a laugh out of annoying him. However, once you do it enough times, he warns you that if you do it again, their will be severe consequences. So, naturally, if you did it by this point, you completely ignore him, and do it again. Doing so will cause Mr. Resetti to tell you that he is now going to delete your game. Granted, it turns out that it was just a lie, but seriously, that is enough to make anyone have a heart attack. You NEVER delete someone’s save account. That is just vile.
#8: Cow Demon from The Witcher 3
Metal Gear Solid 2 scolded you for animal abuse. Legend of Zelda had you attacked for animal abuse. The Witcher 3 steps it up by taking all chances of making money and tries to kill you for it. Back in the day when Witcher 3 was the best thing out of 2015 and was still new in the world, there was an exploit early in the game where, if you wanted a strong yet expensive item, you could go outside and kill all of the cows in the town. Once you’ve killed enough, the town's economy will drop significantly, making everything, including the expensive item, incredibly cheap. This was really useful for early players, but nowadays, the creators learned that these cheaters were getting more rapid, so they patched it with the best thing ever. Instead of making the cows invincible, or forcing you to pay a fine, or just making them something that doesn’t affect the economy whatsoever, they did something ten times more awesome (Or terrible, depending on how you look at it). Instead, they send a cow demon after you to punish you for your bovine genocide. This creature is known as Chort, and he does not mess around. They have a lot of HP and are incredibly strong. And if you were trying to use this exploit near the start of the game, like many have, you are no doubt going to die. I have to say, this is one of the most creative ways ever to stop cheaters from doing something. Props to you, CD Projekt
#7: Exploding Cars from Grand Theft Auto V
This may not be as awesome as the cow demon when it comes to stopping cheaters, but it’s funny to laugh at them, because this here, everyone, is Karma doing its work. So, in GTA V Online, some people had discovered a way to take their incredibly strong cars into the Online game, and make it impossible for anyone to enjoy their time, because whenever you were trying to get any work done, these guys would come and kill you, and you couldn’t stop them, because of their powerful armored cars. Thankfully, the guys at Rockstar had caught wind of these guys, and they thought “You know what…. screw ‘em”, and so, they then made it to where if you want to bring your car into the online world, prepare to face the consequences. Once you step foot into that car, it will explode and kill the player. Not only that, but there is no way for them to avoid it, so they die instantly. They could have just patched it to where the cars can’t appear, but it’s so much more fun of Rockstar to have this exploit blow up in their face. Literally
#6: Detention from Bully
With Rockstar, whenever you get busted, you usually just get sent to prison, where they take your money and all of your weapons. Well, that sucks. In Red Dead Redemption, you die and go back to your last save. Damn, what a shame. But in Bully, it’s a totally different thing. In this game, you can’t commit as heinous acts like in GTA or RDR, but the punishment is surprisingly even worse. If you happen to commit enough violations around the school, you will be sent to detention. However, this isn’t just some sort of quick loading screen, followed by you starting the next day. No, you actually have to do detention time, buddy. And while in detention, you actually have to do manual labor around the school. It can range from either mowing the lawn of the football field, or plowing snow around the school. But, hey, if you go around beating up kids and harassing girls, you kinda deserve it. Funny how this a Rockstar game delivers proper punishments for bullies better than the education system. Isn’t that right, South Fayette High School?
#5: Killing Keyes from Halo: Combat Evolved
In the Halo series, you fight alongside the military of Earth against the Covenant, a cult consisting of multiple alien races who wish to wipe out humanity for the good of all their species. However, if aliens aren’t satisfying your video game bloodlust, there is always the marines you can attack. When you attack them, they will get angry, and hitting them enough can kill them. However, no one seems to notice. And if they do happen to fight back, they will just do this for a good few minutes before forgetting you just murdered their comrade in front of them and continue with the mission. When it comes to murdering Commander Keyes, they aren’t so forgiving. Granted, you can miss this, but if you go out and get some ammo, and come right back to the room Keyes is in, you can use the gun and kill him. Of course, by doing so, Cortana will call the soldiers and let them know that Master Chief has killed Keyes and that they need to take care of him. By that, she means that they send in a group of invincible soldiers that can not be killed no matter what to shoot at you until you are dead. It’s amazing the time they put into just having you get killed for simply attacking an NPC. They just don’t make it like they used to
#4: Shoot the Dog from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Yes, I talked about Call of Duty on the internet. Sue me. So anyway, Call of Duty 4 was a great game, right? Anyway, in the mission, All Ghillied Up, where you are doing your best to sneak past soldiers and tanks, trying to find your target to assassinate him, you will soon come across an abandoned city. Here, it looks bad enough as it is, but then, you will run into a small dog, eating a carcass. Of course, your partner in this mission tells you to ignore it. But, you think to yourself “Well, I already shot seagulls, attacked chickens with a sword, and slaughtered cows. Maybe I learned my lesson from attacking animals in video games”. And by that, I mean you immediately shoot the dog without a second thought. And of course, it is here that you learn you probably shouldn’t mess with the animal kingdom. Because upon shooting the dog, you will suddenly hear barking, to which your partner says “That doesn’t not good”. To which you are then immediately attacked by a pack of dogs. And trust me, it’s no use trying to fight them all off, because there’s another pack waiting around the corner. All you can do is accept your fate and learn that you shouldn’t attack animals in video games. It never really ends well.
#3: Child Killer from Fallout
Oh, this is a bit controversial. In the world of Fallout, if you are feeling mean (And bloodthirsty), you are able to kill anyone. Sadly, when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE! Men, women… and children. However, you can slaughter as many bandits as you want and save as many people as possible, but the second you lay a finger on that child, you done goofed. Once a child is killed, you are permanently given the name Child Killer, and are forced to have everyone call you one, which really doesn’t feel good when you are called it by everyone every time you try to have a conversation with people. But the worst part of this is that you are now forced to deal with random encounters daily, because even in the wasteland, where there are cannibals, bandits, and psychopaths a plenty, everyone sets their sights on the child murdering bastard… That being you, of course. Hey, don’t think you don’t deserve this. You know what you did.
#2: Deleting Your Save from Banjo-Kazooie
Back in the day when Nintendo’s biggest rival was Playstation, when Ocarina of Time was the best thing since Michael Jackson, and when the internet looked like a pile of Nintendo Power Magazines, the only way some people could ever beat a game was to either get good at the game, or just do what everyone, including me did… Cheat because I sucked at the game. I sucked, you sucked, we all sucked. Hooray for equality. Anyway, some games were okay with you cheating, like just letting you do what you want. I mean, you bought the game, you gave them money, so I think that’s enough to give you some freedom to do what you wish. BUT, Rare wasn’t so forgiving when it came to Banjo-Kazooie. In this game, you could use a cheat on a few doors and levels, but, take heed. You can only do this twice before Bottles warns you that you are inputting illegal game cheats (Don’t worry, they’re not really illegal, but in the Banjo-Kazooie world, they are). Not heeding this warning and putting in one last cheat will result in Gruntilda coming and actually deleting your entire save file. No joke, just gets rid of it all. Sure, it’s not totally deleted, but let’s say the power goes off, or you lose all your lives. Once that happens, all of your progress is forever gone and you gotta start all over. But, hey, I mean, if you cheated to get all that progress, your save probably wasn’t worth anything to begin with.
#1: Public Apology from H1Z1
For most of the entries on this list, I felt kinda bad for some people on this list for getting punished for these things. Sure, some of them may deserve it, but then there are some who just wanted to get through a game. But with this punishment, I couldn’t ask for anything more appropriate. If we all know anything about online gaming, there are those who play fair, and those who play dirty. In H1Z1, a survival horror MMO game with zombies, there are many people who try to play by the rules, and do what they are supposed to like normal people. However, there are always going to be one of those gamers who basically cheat their way through the game to keep others from killing him so he could kill them, make hacks to rob people of their well earned items, and just plain ruin the fun for everyone. So, whenever the developers heard about this, over 20,000 cheaters got banned from the game. As wonderful as that would be, there were cheaters going to the creators Twitter and private messaging him, begging and pleading for them to be brought back into the game, to which the creator, John Smedley, stated, and I quote, “Dear Cheaters who got banned. Many of you are emailing me, apologizing and admitting it. Thank you. However.. You’re doing it wrong. If you want us to even consider your apology a public YouTube apology is necessary. No personal information please. Email me the link. And I will tweet it. Please be sure not to reveal any info. That’s important. Not trying to do anything other than highlight a serious issue.” And within days, there were over dozens of people making videos in order to get their rights to the game back, apologizing all over youtube. So, not only did these people act like jerks and get banned, but now they are forced to make themselves look bad while apologizing. That there, everyone, is how karma is done.
Well, there you have it. Did you enjoy the list? Tell me what you thought of it. With that said, I will see you all next time