Sauron smashing the Shire, George Washington going power mad, and Luke Skywalker turning to the dark side: bleak alternative timelines like these give us a gloomy glimpse of how things would go if it weren’t for videogame heroes always succeeding at solving everyone's problems. Consider these times it was the darkest possible timeline and subscribe for a video like this every Thursday!
The Assassin’s Creed 3 DLC called The Tyranny of King Washington, for instance, imagined a grim alternate history in which George Washington realises that the only problem with being president is that you have to worry about stupid democratic elections. Far better to just crown yourself king instead.
On the other hand if you finish the canonical do-gooder nonsense of The Lord of the Rings: Conquest main campaign, you unlocked the Rise of Sauron campaign, which asked “what if Frodo didn’t destroy the ring, and instead hung onto it and then Sauron’s forces conquered the entirety of Middle-earth?" A deeply grim alternative timeline in which Hobbit corpses are burned on Ent bonfires, is the answer.
There there was the decidedly non-canon DLC alternative timeline of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, in which all the good guys turn bad or die at the hand of Darkest Timeline Starkiller.
That's not to mention the darkest timeline in which Resident Evil's Leon Kennedy is circle-strafed to death by a bunch of masked Umbrella goons, played by you and your friends in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. For shame. Now who will save the day in Resident Evil 6?
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