Video game cutscenes are a divisive topic among gamers. Some players welcome the added cinematic flair, while others prefer playing games instead of watching them. Luckily, both groups are likely to enjoy watching a bunch of glitches that hilariously enrich/destroy this form of art that they love/hate ...
Open world games usually trigger cutscenes by having players move into a designated area where they'll be trapped and force-fed some sweet, sweet exposition. Far Cry 4 is one of those games, but its "move into the designated area" thing doesn't specifically mention players have to walk there. So player Sundaesplit just didn't. He got into a helicopter, flew over the cutscene area, and jumped right off. This prompted the cutscene to start just like you'd expect.
But the game just couldn't ignore the helicopter left unmanned above the cutscene area -- one conveniently filled with bystanders -- which gave it a perfect opportunity to showcase of Far Cry 4's realistic physics.
Since he enters a scripted cutscene, both the main character and the girl he's talking to are stuck staring at the tragedy in horror.
If you thought this batch of messed-up monstrosities wasn't going to involve some uncomfortably sexy content, we must admit we're disappointed. Ghost of Tsushima allows players to join the titular Ghost in a very peculiar session of steamy hot ... springs bathing.
While most players interested in merely seeing a naked samurai have a warm bath will get to do just that, some might get a monkey's paw version of that wish. They'll get to see what Redditor jttattoo did -- a samurai doing a beyond human display of yoga skills before an apparent attempt to swallow his sword. (Not the katana.)
The Last of Us 2 drew the ire of thousands of newly graduated narrative experts from Internet University for killing off Joel, the main character from the first game. To be fair, TLOU 2 doesn't merely kill Joel but does so in such a figuratively (and literally) blunt way that it came off as a big gut punch for everyone -- as was intended.
However, probably not as intended was the backlash Naughty Dog got from showing a beloved character get killed by a woman (*gasp*), which somehow turned the scene into the most hated cutscene in the history of video games.
The good news is that there's a bonkers glitch that turns Joel's mauling into a display of sick-ass stick trickery, which we assume gives the scene just the tone it deserves and is likely to make absolutely no one angry about it.
Skyrim became a large enough phenomenon that even its opening cutscene is known by many who don't even know what the game is. The intro shows the playable character gaining a conscience while all tied up on a trip to his own execution. Despite it being pretty obvious that the main character isn't going to die right before the adventure starts, it still does a good job of showing the harshness of that world. That is unless the game happens to glitch out in a way that the horses pulling the carriages start to go on a little detour.
... or a big one ...
Maybe they're horses with magical powers.
Maybe they're just stupid enough to believe the main character can really die that early and are subtly trying to save him.
Numerous TV shows and films feature plots so shoddy they leave fans no alternative other than to weave wild theories where the characters have been all dead/in purgatory all along or whatever. These are usually proven to be unfounded unless the fans in question have just finished Resident Evil 2's remake and ended up getting the glitched-out ending. Whereas the real ending shows the three main characters blowing up the final boss and successfully escaping the city to reach a desert, the "alternative" version shows them escape into a reality devoid of anything ...
... except for asshole truckers.
This bleak new limbo world will leave fans no other option than assuming the main characters must have all gotten Game Over'ed offscreen without any knowledge of the fact ...
... but at least they end up happily riding off into what's definitely not an eldritch abomination trying pass off as the sun.
Trevor from Grand Theft Auto V is the game's most popular character-- which comes either from him being just the worst or from his devastating good looks.
Luckily, the god of glitches is also very keen on Trevor, at least on account of how most GTAV cutscene glitches involve him getting his ass handed to him in glorious ways. Like in this one, where he gets into what at first seems like Wonder Woman's helicopter and rides off ...
... until the game realizes he's actually entered a helicopter that the game had previously failed to load, thus piloting nothing, causing him to go full Wile E. Coyote.
An equally satisfying moment is when Trevor calls Franklin "my N-word" and spends the rest of the scene cathartically getting his head punched in by a Black NPC who broke free from the clutches of scripting and decided to spread some justice.
Top image: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Capcom