Gaming’s greatest betrayals

Gaming's greatest betrayals - Persona 5
Gaming's greatest betrayals - Persona 5

Video games love to play with our emotions and there’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as a good old-fashioned betrayal. Whether it’s done to mess with your expectations or to send you hungry for revenge into the endgame, these betrayals all serve as an absolute emotional gut-punch. Grab a hanky, readers, this one is going to be tough. Oh, and there will be spoilers.

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Video games love to play with our emotions and there’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as a good old-fashioned betrayal. Whether it’s done to mess with your expectations or to send you hungry for revenge into the endgame, these betrayals all serve as an absolute emotional gut-punch. Grab a hanky, readers, this one is going to be tough. Oh, and there will be spoilers.

Mark Jefferson

Betrays you in: Life is Strange

Gaming's greatest betrayals - Life is Strange

At the start of Life is Strange Mr. Jefferson comes across as nothing more than a harmless (if a little overly familiar) teacher but is eventually revealed to be the twisted villain behind the murder of Rachel Amber.

Sam Drake

Gaming's greatest betrayals - Uncharted 4

Man, this one stings. After luring swashbuckling everyman Nathan Drake out of retirement for one last job, we learn that Sam Drake’s perilous life-or-death situation was nothing more than a ruse to manipulate his brother into helping him find riches. For shame.

Citra

Betrays you in: Far Cry 3

Gaming's greatest betrayals - Far Cry 3

Honestly, the red flags were there with Citra from the very start. If the fact that she arms you, a complete stranger, with an arsenal of deadly weapons to fight a local militia didn’t tip you off that she might not be girlfriend material, the part where she strings up your friends and orders you to kill them surely will.

Doc Ock

Betrays you in: Marvel’s Spider-Man

Gaming's Greatest Betrayals - Marvel's Spider-man

The fact that we saw this one coming from a mile away doesn’t make it any less painful. In Marvel’s Spider-Man we see a more sympathetic view of Doctor Otto Octavius, who actually acts as a mentor to Peter Parker, before joining the Sinister Six to commit acts of villainy.

Goro Akechi

Betrays you in: Persona 5

Gaming's greatest Betrayals - Akechi

After being burned by Adachi in Persona 4, fans were expecting a late-game betrayal in Persona 5, and when Goro Akechi stepped into the fray, we knew we had our third-act sleeper villain.

The Boss

You betray her in: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Gaming's Greatest Betrayals - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

This multi-layered betrayal hurts all the more because it’s the player who has to do the betraying. In Snake Eater, Snake must complete his mission by assassinating his former mentor, The Boss. After the deed is done, we learn that The Boss was loyal to her country from the start, only pretending to defect to the Soviet Union. This heroic sacrifice gets us every time.

General Shepherd

Is just the absolute worst human being in: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Gaming's Greatest Betrayals - Modern Warfare 2

Thinking of this brutal betrayal makes us want to slam our fists on our desks and cry a single manly tear. R.I.P. Ghost.

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