Although not every single video game even has a plot, a deep and rich story has generally become an important factor to consider for developers when they are making a new title. The vast majority of players enjoy having an interwoven tale to accompany their gameplay. Part of this process involves giving important characters back-stories. This helps to provide meaning to their actions and explain exactly why they are setting out on a particular adventure. It also gives the player more motivation to complete the game as they experience a greater sense of reward.
However, due to a number of reasons, it is not always plain to see exactly what the back-story of a protagonist is in a title. This might be because the developers haven’t actually created one for that character. In many cases though, it can be put down to the back-story not being totally understood due to it not being properly explained or if it was ignored in favor of other elements of the game. Perhaps accompanying material, such as novels or comics, has been released to flesh out the character and provide information on their aims and origins. It may even be a result of the protagonist having originally appeared in another title that fully explained their back-story before making their debut in their own fully fledged game.
Regardless, many gamers will be unaware that certain characters from hugely popular games even have back-stories at all. What is more surprising is that these back-stories can be truly bizarre, giving insane explanations as to who the character is and where they have come from. Once discovered, they can leave players flabbergasted over the true meanings of the games they have been playing, just like with these 10 games.
8 Master Chief
7 Solid Snake
Rather than a top down shooter in which players control a spaceship that must defeat a giant alien centipede, the classic arcade game has a back-story that is truly strange. Official material sanctioned by Atari outside of the game states that the protagonist is actually an elf-like creature that lives in a forest. The enemies are actually other forest dwelling creatures who have been magically forced to attack you by a wizard who wants to steal your wand. The protagonist is therefore defending himself and his property from an aggressor who has turned his friends against him with the aid of a magic wand.
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