Top 10 Video Game Decisions You're Going To Get Wrong Either Way

Script Written by Briana Lawrence We like being able to make choices... sometimes. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Video Game Decisions You're Going To Get Wrong Either Way. For this list, we’ll be taking a look at those moments in video games that gave us a red or blue pill and made us wonder... do we really have to take either? These are the choices that, no matter what we picked, made us screw someone over -- or several someones, or entire worlds, or even ourselves. However, we’d never screw our Mojoholics over, so just to be safe, here’s a spoiler warning since we’ll be delving into different video game scenarios and how they end. Special thanks to our user James Mitchell Cornett for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script Written by Briana Lawrence

Top 10 Video Game Decisions You’re Getting Wrong Either Way


We like being able to make choices... sometimes. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our pick for the Top 10 Video Game Decisions You’re Getting Wrong Either Way.

For this list, we’ll be taking a look at those moments in video games that gave us a red or blue pill and made us wonder... do we really have to take either? These are the choices that, no matter what we picked, made us screw someone over -- or several someones, or entire worlds, or even ourselves. However, we’d never screw our Mojoholics over, so just to be safe, here’s a spoiler warning since we’ll be delving into different video game scenarios and how they end.

#10: The Vault Dwellers or The Crops?

“Fallout: New Vegas” (2010)

Normally, in Fallout games, you know if you’ve made the right decision by karma points. That’s not the case with our #10 pick. Vault 34 has a radiation leak that’s killing crops. The solution, of course, is to stop the leak... until you discover that there’s a group of people trapped in an unreachable part of the vault. If you disable the reactor, you save the crops, but doom the trapped people. If you re-route power to those people, they’ll escape, but the radiation will continue to kill the crops. Either way, a group of people will suffer thanks to the choice you make.

#9: World Domination Times Three

“Deus Ex” (2000)

It’s clear who the bad guy is in this story: you. We know that, on paper, it’s Bob Page, since he wants to merge with the Helios A.I. and become a god of sorts. You have to decide how to stop him. Unfortunately, each choice leads to you, essentially, dooming the world. You can either send the world into a second Dark Age, kill Page and bring the Illuminati back into power, or merge with Helios yourself and rule the world. At least in “Human Revolution” you only have to decide on an upgrade... which causes problems in gameplay either way. Oops.

#8: The Doctors or Your Girlfriend?

“InFAMOUS” (2009)

In door number one we have a group of doctors who can stop the plague that’s spreading across the city. In door number two we have the love of your life. Which do you choose? In Cole MacGarth’s case, it doesn’t matter, because he’s going to lose his girlfriend, Trish, no matter who he tries to save. Did we mention that Trish, beforehand, is at odds with Cole because she blames him for her sister’s death? The only comforting thought, we guess, is that Trish will declare her love for you before she dies if you have good Karma throughout your gameplay.

#7: Roman or Kate?

“Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)

In a series where you can to pay a prostitute for sex or kill her and keep your money, GTA isn’t really known for its moral dilemmas. So it was kind of a surprise to face a tough decision that would get someone close to us killed. Nico can either take Roman’s peaceful advise and not kill the Russian mobster, Dimitri, or he can take Kate’s advice and kill him. Here’s the twist. The person you side with is the one who dies... on Roman’s wedding day. You either lose your cousin at his wedding, or you lose your possible love interest after the ceremony.

#6: Won’t Somebody Think of The Doggie?!

“Fable II” (2008)

Some games decide your ending based on the choices you’ve made throughout your adventure. Fable II is more blunt than that. At the end of the game you’re presented with three cards: “Sacrifice,” which saves thousands -- you’re family not included. “Love,” which saves your family and, of course, your dog, but those thousands of people remain dead. And “Wealth,” which leaves you feeling like an asshole as family and civilians remain dead for one million gold pieces. At least that’s more guaranteed than the Powerball? Honestly, isn’t the dog the most important thing to bring back? He dies for you, so you should do the same... right?

#5: Mages or Templars?

“Dragon Age 2” (2011)

Mages or Templars? Magic or Strength? Whichever side you pick will affect the direction the story takes, and there’s no clear cut answer on which side is good and which is evil. This means that no matter which side you pick, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a moment where you wish you would’ve gone a different route. Not only does your decision affect the story, but it affects your stats during your play-through because each side offers something different gameplay wise. In the end, it might be easier to play the game twice, but then... which side to start off with?

#4: The Golden Butterfly Case

“L.A. Noire” (2011)

As Detective Cole Phelps, it can sometimes feel like you’re the only good cop left in all of 1940s Los Angeles as you try and solve various cases. Take this case, for instance. You’ve got two suspects: Hugo Moller, the victim’s abusive husband, and Eli Rooney, a suspected pedophile. While most evidence points to Hugo, it’s clear that the department wants you to put Eli behind bars. So do you go with your gut, or make the department happy? It doesn’t matter. You find out later that neither man did it. So enjoy locking up an innocent man --somewhat innocent, since both men are terrible people.

#3: Ashley or Kaiden?

“Mass Effect” (2007)

By now we all know that the Mass Effect franchise is a space saga full of difficult decisions to make, but back in 2007, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Case in point: the Virmire Assault, more specifically, Ashley or Kaiden. You can only save one of them before the bomb goes off and they both insist that you save the other person. Your decision not only affects the game -- especially if you pursued a romance with either one -- but it affects the series as a whole since your save data carries over to the next games in the series.

#2: Your Final Fate

“Spec Ops: The Line” (2012)

There are some absolutely brutal images you have to face while playing this game, such as using white phosphorus on, unbeknownst to you, a group of innocent civilians. As tragic as that is, you don’t have a choice in that scenario. Something you do get a choice in, however, is the game’s dismal endings. After discovering that the game’s antagonist was all in your head, which leaves you at fault for all the bad shit, you can either: kill yourself, live a shellshocked life, be killed by your patrol, or kill off your patrol and say that you’re welcoming them to Dubai.

Before we get to our number one pick, we have no choice but to reveal these honorable mentions:

The Death of Bigfoot
“Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare” (2010)

Harold’s Fate
“Fallout 3” (2008)

How Do You Wish to Die?
“Far Cry 2” (2008)

The Throne of Want
“Dark Souls II” (2014)

Save Hannah or Let Her Fall?
“Until Dawn” (2015)

#1: Lee’s Fate

“The Walking Dead: Season One” (2012)

Everything about this decision sucks, plain and simple. It’s bad enough that you have to die, but you have to tell a child whether or not she should shoot you or leave you to turn into a walker. You get to see her breakdown over the decision because she’s already been through enough, and this is yet another person in her life that she has to lose. Not only is her response heartbreaking, but Lee’s calmness for her sake is gut-wrenching. We like having choices in our video games, but this may have been too much to handle. We’re so sorry, Clem.

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