In gaming, stories and character development are usually afterthoughts but in some games they stand at the forefront of what we remember about the game. That's why this list is about the most surprising twists in some of our favorite titles.

Warning: There are a lot of spoilers ahead so if you haven't played any of these games, turn back now.

Also before getting started... as an honorable mention I think Square Enix's Nier deserves a quick shout-out for the twist in the middle involving a character who was a hermaphrodite. Weaving that element into the story -- as someone struggling with their identity and doing it in a smooth way was top notch stuff. Also, minor shout-out to Final Fantasy V and the Faris cross-dressing switcheroo, as well as Max Payne 3 for the grizzly but not entirely unexpected fate of the family that Max was supposed to protect. But now it's time to get on with the list and discuss some of the more shocking twists that we definitely did not see coming.

Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Comrade's Betrayal
Resident Evil games have always tried being a lot smarter than what they actually are, but there's no denying that the original Resident Evil had a serious twist when it was discovered that the leader of the STARS, Albert Wesker, was actually a double agent for Umbrella and was set on betraying the team for a piece of that Umbrella pie. This set into motion the long running reign of Wesker as a villain throughout most of the entire series leading up to his final epic showdown an on exploding volcano where Chris has to punch through a boulder and kill Wesker, no joke. Wesker's betrayal wasn't telegraphed so a lot of gamers were taken by surprise when it happened way back in 1996 when storytelling was oftentimes used as just an excuse to shoot things.

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