Video Game Franchises With Ridiculously Complicated Lore and Timelines.

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by TheKingofVault14, Aug 25, 2022.

  1. TheKingofVault14

    TheKingofVault14 Fallout Fan For Life!

    Jul 5, 2022
    In no particular order:
    The Legend of Zelda
    Treyarch's Call of Duty Zombies Aether Storyline
    Kingdom Hearts
    Five Nights At Freddy's

    And that's all the video game franchises that I could think of at the moment.

    Does anyone else know any other franchises with lore and a timeline that's really hard to grasp?

    I mean heck, I still don't understand the whole concept of what a Heartless and Nobody is in Kingdom Hearts!
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  2. Millim

    Millim Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Orderite [REDACTED]

    Oct 13, 2010
    Drakenier does this for the fuck of it.
    Nier is a sequel to a joke ending to Drakengard 1, but Drakengard 2 isn't a sequel to Drakengard 1, instead it's a sequel to events that are identical to D1, it's just not a sequel to those events. Also it isn't canon.

    Drakengard 3 is a prequel, but none of the endings lead to Drakengard, instead there's a book which is the prequel to Drakengard 1.
    Nier automata itself isn't a direct sequel to Nier 1, it's the sequel to a stage show which was released only in Japan. Also it makes references to Drakengard 1 and mentions a character from Drakengard 3.

    Also Drakengard 3 explains that Drakengard 2 may be canon, but only through alternative timelines. Also Drakengard 2 gets a small mention in automata.

    There's also an audio drama which explains the start of Nier 1. Also a short story links both Nier games while detailing important information for automata.

    Basically, the series is a clusterfuck and I have pieces of paper on string to make sense of it.
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  3. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    Let me think....I'm thinking, I'm thinking, I'm thinking....

    Castlevania has a kinda shitty timeline that is complicated for no good reason considering how much story is there.
    Metal Gear has a timeline that needed a database to catalogue it all.
    Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter are both way too confusing as well.
    Tomb Raider maybe.
    Probably most fighting games actually.
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  4. Alphons

    Alphons National Beholder

    Aug 9, 2017
    Hitman- it's a glorious mess starting with Contracts getting slightly contradicted by Blood Money, ICA getting fully wiped out 3 separate times, Providence from new games retconning the 5 Fathers from the first game and a whole bunch of other retcons unlocked with serum that restores memories erased earlier with another serum made by the same company, along with the 2 movies and mobile games.

    Heroes of Might and Magic- how do you complicate the plot even more when you have your characters constantly saved by divine intervention, constantly getting resurrected and returning as undead/ demons? Time travel and alternate realities.
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  5. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    The Legend of Heroes. THe timeline isn't "complicated" in the sense of being confusing tho, but the lore is ridiculously extensive and because all the existing games are withing the same continuity so it covers a lot of developments that explroe all sorts of sociopolitical themes.
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  6. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    I think the Resident Evil continuity is pretty shitty tbh. It needs a reboot.
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  7. Traplord209

    Traplord209 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 27, 2022
    The number one is obviously Metal Gear Solid. Imagine trying to somehow make all the Dragonball content out there be canon. I know that's a franchise and not a game series but it's a funny thought...
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  8. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    I think Metal Gear has a relatively linear timeline but it just has so many random elements and dates that are referenced that it essentially takes up 100 years worth of data. Plus they really did just forget about Oilix
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  9. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars. [REDACTED]

    Jan 23, 2022
    I can remember playing Railroad Tycoon2 Platinum. Some scenarios were futuristic like in 2020 and even beyond. Some maps were called Europe after the flood or America, after the flood. This complicated things as some places went under water.
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