Top 11 4th Wall Breaks In Gaming

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As of 2020, games are not just about playing and winning. There are backstories and plots that gamers find interesting and engaging. This is where the world of fantasy begins where the characters are not mono-dimensional, but are rather attributed personalities. Welcome to Watch Tank and have a look at top 11 4th wall breaks in gaming.

11. X-Men: Genesis Version

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X-MEN Logo

In this X-Men video game, when you reach the stage ‘Mojo Crunch’ and defeat the boss, a green fatso blob like creature, you are instructed to ‘reboot the system’. However, here comes the better part! Since the player is not being able to see any button on the kiosk inside the X- Men game, the game is actually asking the player to reboot his gaming console. But there is a big downside to that. The player is supposed to soft reboot and if you hold the reboot key for long! So long! Say good bye to your game progress.

10. Monkey Island 2: Lechuk’s Revenge

Monkey Island 2 Logo
Monkey Island 2 Logo

The Monkey Island 2 game does not do very awesome in terms of delivering a breaking the 4th wall, but still the credit goes where it’s due. In the game, when the character Guybrush Theepwood is lost on the Dinky island, he comes across a pay phone in the middle of the jungle from where he can call the game developer to get directions. Then you can choose a question from options offered on the screen, to ask the developer. Not so great way to break the 4th wall, but given that the game was released in the early 90s, it can get at least the 10th place in this list.

9. Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day logo
Conker’s Bad Fur Day logo

This might look like a kiddie’s game, which it mostly is, the protagonist Conker, makes a request to software engineers to provide him with an arsenal of guns to choose from. Now how exactly is that done is up to the player, but when Conker gets access to these weapons, it happens in Matrix style. There’s another part where the protagonist tries to make a request in this version of Conker’s Bad Fur Day game, to get a programmer to save him from being hauled away by armed guards. Seems, he’s not so lucky this time!

8. Star Tropics

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NES

Some games come with hard copy or simply put, a paper that has instructions and warranty information on them. However, Star Tropics NES, takes breaking the 4th wall to another level. The game comes with a letter that contains an encrypted message, which can be revealed only when you dip it inside water. The message in this Star Tropics letter is meant for the protagonist Michael. Now that’s surely a very innovative approach to break the 4th wall, since the game was released way back in the year 1990. No wonder the game did so well with this element of surprise.

7. Batman Arkham Asylum

 Batman Arkham Asylum Poster
Batman Arkham Asylum Poster

The Arkham Asylum game is not just all action, but also has sequences of psychological manipulation and mind games. In the Batman Arkham Asylum PS3 game, Batman’s key enemy, the Scarecrow, plays various tricks and mind games on him. One such instance is where the graphics and sounds are triggered such a way that the player may think the system is frozen, only to restart the game. However, this was soon discovered as a 4th wall breaker and appreciated as well. There is also a scene where Batman is allegedly captured by Joker and his team and is then shot dead.

6. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Eternal Darkness Icon
Eternal Darkness Icon

This is not just a game, but also a means of psychological manipulation. And Eternal Darkness does it better than what the Batman game does. The player has a ‘sanity level bar’, where if his sanity falls below a minimum level, the game triggers actions that directly affect the game player. The game will act weird as if the volume of the console is being lowered, or that the player has accidentally deleted the game or even worse, the blue screen. This makes the player think that things are going wrong with his gaming console, but it’s actually the Eternal Darkness Requiem that is playing tricks on you.

5. Deadpool

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Deadpool Wallpaper

In this PS4 Deadpool game, all the 4th wall breaks are about Deadpool. As the game progresses, the foul-mouthed degenerate protagonist resorts to antics like calling his script writer, fighting with his voice actor, occasionally talking to the players and even trying to modify the game script. However, these tropes and antics that were intended to be funny, soon start wearing off as they become too common and sometimes even predictable.

What most likely the case might be, is that the Deadpool video game makers may have tried to replicate his on-screen quirkiness with something similar sounding. However, given the creativity of the team and the stature of the protagonist, it should have been better and a lot creative.

4. Undertale

Undertale
Undertale

Undertale breaks the 4th wall like no other game does. Undertale is like all your other low graphic games, until, when the game reaches a critical stage where it begins to question your choices based on morality and the way you treated characters in every other game that you have played. The game is also very rich and varied in the various types of characters and entities that inhabit there.

3. The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable - Screenshot
The Stanley Parable – Screenshot

Stanley’s Parable is a noteworthy indie game, know not just for it’s decent graphics, but also for, you know it, breaking the 4th wall. Throughout the game, the narrator instructs the player to complete certain tasks and also gives the player directions. However, if the player does not act as he has been told, the narrator creates ‘glitches’ such as loading an a graphical environment like that of other games, like Minecraft or Portal. The role of the narrator in the Stanley’s Parable is not just to instruct, but also to obstruct.

2. Assassin’s Creed 2

Assassins Creed II Ezio Paris Cosplay
Assassins Creed II Ezio Paris Cosplay

The Assassin’s Creed 2 game based on the legendary lineage of Assassins that has persevered through centuries, has the central character enter an ancient temple where he meets an alien being named ‘Minerva’. It’s actually a holographic beam of Minerva which intends to spread a message through Ezio, the Assassin protagonist in the game, by declaring him as the prophet. Minerva tells Ezio that she isn’t talking to him and moves her gaze at the player, breaking the 4th wall and delivering the message about humanity’s origins, its doom and what can we do to prevent that from happening.

Before we take you to our top 1 pick, here are some honorable mentions.

  • Spec On The Line
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Doki Doki Literature Club

1. Metal Gear Solid 5

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Metal Gear Solid 5 Logo

This action packed game that kicks ass, is popular for not only it’s adrenaline pumping scenes and action, but also for it’s protagonist, named The Big Boss. At the end of the game, Big Boss finds a cassette that he plays in a tape and what it essentially says is that it wasn’t Big Boss who was actually doing all the fight, but rather the player who has been fighting thinking that he is the Big Boss. And that’s exactly Big Boss wanted for the player to think that he is him. However, this realization ends in anger.

Let us know in the comments below if you agree with our pick and which game did the most impressive 4th wall breaking.

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