Top 10 Video Game Franchises with Messed up Timelines

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  • Published on Jun 9, 2019
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    Chronological timelines are overrated! For this list we'll be taking a look at some of the most messed up timelines in video games. Expect popular series such as Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear and God of War. Did we miss any of your favorite messed up timelines? Let us know in the comments!
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    List Entries and Rank:
    10. “Prince of Persia” (1989)
    9. “Deus Ex” (2000)
    8. “God of War” (2005)
    7. “BioShock” (2007)
    6. “Resident Evil” (1996)
    5. “Assassin’s Creed” (2007)
    4. “Metal Gear” (1987)
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  • WatchMojo.com
    WatchMojo.com  Month ago +32

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    • Prabhu Lama
      Prabhu Lama Month ago

      WatchMojo.com Hello, i love this channel and your dedication towards retro gaming. Just wanted to ask you or anyone who is looking at this post; that since past couple of months i am trying to find out one old NES/SEGA type soccer game which is more like anime style gaming where we play as a protagonist and regarding the gameplay there is only one player displayed on screen while dribbling the ball and the players can shoot the ball with super powers like in Shaolin Soccer.... If the power is op then the keeper fly away like an airplane and the goalpost net is destroyed and so on..... I used to play this game when i was a kid and now i am 33. I am quite sure that lot of other players played this game as well and it would be a great appreciation if anyone tells me the name of this game. I am really desperate right now..😫😫😔😔.. ( Note::: It is not GOAL franchise, which has also super power shootings like in cartoons..) Thank you in advance.. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • J.J. Barrientes
      J.J. Barrientes Month ago

      Some of these franchises timelines aren’t even that confusing lol

    • Benj Forget
      Benj Forget Month ago

      No thanks, don't like the guy sitting on the right in your podcast!

    • matteo gatani
      matteo gatani Month ago +1

      Top 10 most ridicolous anime villains Drombo trio ,Team Rocket ,Dark lovers (Mermaid Melody), Vega and Eggman

    • marcus cruz
      marcus cruz Month ago

      will if todd isn’t on there. you guys have so many people there with character and personality..then you put the biggest try hard that’s so damn cringy on...ugh..

  • Darien Brown
    Darien Brown 6 days ago

    Don't forget Jak and Daxter. Easily one of the most convoluted plots of all time

  • TheGamingPlatypus
    TheGamingPlatypus 17 days ago

    You forgot Kirby

  • Demispectra
    Demispectra 27 days ago

    If you actually dig into Kingdom Hearts more the timeline becomes less confusing, even not confusing at all.
    I know the jokes are fun to make about KH being overlly complicated but in reality it only seems confusing '-'

  • crazyelectricstar
    crazyelectricstar Month ago

    What about the Soul Reaver/ Legacy of Kain series? Those games are the best!

  • CJ The Randomizer
    CJ The Randomizer Month ago

    Why is Zelda not #1? Castlevania, you just need to put the puzzle pieces together. Zelda has split timelines.

  • isaiah austin
    isaiah austin Month ago

    Who else came to this video waiting for fnaf 😂

  • Milena Simeonova
    Milena Simeonova Month ago

    HOW'S UNDERTALE NOT HETE GOSH

  • adaubu 60
    adaubu 60 Month ago +1

    Fire Emblem? If dlc is accounted for there are more timeline splits than the legend of Zelda timeline. Also the outrealms cause more confusion due to questioning "did this happen in this world or outrealms shenanigans?"

  • rickau
    rickau Month ago

    The zelda timeline is relatively easy to understand. I think there is only one game in the entire franchise which is hard to place at the current time but could easily be remedied by the next installment.
    The 3 timeline fork in OoT actually makes it easier than trying to stitch them into a single continuity which would be impossible.

  • Red Gans
    Red Gans Month ago

    Tbh the legend of zelda timeline isn't confusing if you look into it

  • Brandon Gold
    Brandon Gold Month ago

    I am honestly shocked that fnaf isn’t on this list.

  • christian cervantes
    christian cervantes Month ago +2

    There's nothing wrong of Timelines everything, last time I checked, Any Characters live different Universe, Alternate Universe, and more including Characters who control time who can travel through time and verses
    Also, Assassin's Creed takes place on Earth and there's a Secret War (Assassin-Templar War) for the past many years since Human-Isu War and Isu War ended
    Time is relative!
    I already know the Timeline, Time Travel, and Verses

    Note: Verses mean Universe, Dimension, Multiverse, and more

  • Xanten Vanstraelen
    Xanten Vanstraelen Month ago

    where's fnaf

  • Void Demon
    Void Demon Month ago

    *_What the actually fuck, are you an anime voice actor?!?!?!? I KNOW THAT VOICE!!! IT'S NATSU!!!_*

  • PsychoKitty860
    PsychoKitty860 Month ago +1

    The second I saw the title Before even watching the video I went “yup. Kingdom Hearts”

  • Ryan Cook
    Ryan Cook Month ago

    I'm surprised Metroid and Mortal Kombat didn't make the list

  • shedwards89
    shedwards89 Month ago

    Mortal kombat should've be on here. With their latest game they've rebooted their timeline twice now and revealed there's multiple canon timelines

  • Joey Stricker
    Joey Stricker Month ago

    You should do a top ten games on xbox game pass

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  • Alisson
    Alisson Month ago

    This dude literally sounds like Hikaru from Ouran Highschool Host Club

  • Audrey Djuric
    Audrey Djuric Month ago

    Who cares about spoil alert

  • MoarGore
    MoarGore Month ago

    When u guys do another 10 games , samurai shodown. Jumps around so much its rediculous. Great game though

  • PeanutXIX
    PeanutXIX Month ago

    Legacy of Kain?

  • Prabhu Lama
    Prabhu Lama Month ago

    Hello, i love this channel and your dedication towards retro gaming. Just wanted to ask you or anyone who is looking at this post; that since past couple of months i am trying to find out one old NES/SEGA type soccer game which is more like anime style gaming where we play as a protagonist and regarding the gameplay there is only one player displayed on screen while dribbling the ball and the players can shoot the ball with super powers like in Shaolin Soccer.... If the power is op then the keeper fly away like an airplane and the goalpost net is destroyed and so on..... I used to play this game when i was a kid and now i am 33. I am quite sure that lot of other players played this game as well and it would be a great appreciation if anyone tells me the name of this game. I am really desperate right now..😫😫😔😔.. ( Note::: It is not GOAL franchise, which has also super power shootings like in cartoons..) Thank you in advance.. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Jake Lee
    Jake Lee Month ago

    H8 your voice

  • Daraen Vasari
    Daraen Vasari Month ago

    Drakengard would be a good pick too

  • GrimlockGuy34
    GrimlockGuy34 Month ago

    How was Five Nights at Freddy’s not on this list!? Lol

  • Gigan
    Gigan Month ago +2

    Dark souls : cha cha real smooth

  • Reaper 666
    Reaper 666 Month ago

    Fnaf timeline tops all

  • Eslot The Destroyer

    Tom really could be a voice actor of Deadpool!

  • MoonDarkWolf An earthbound fan

    If Zelda isn’t number one someone’s getting killed

  • AeonWaryk
    AeonWaryk Month ago

    They no longer add Todd's name in the title, guess they probably hired him at this point since he is hosting their videos quite often.

  • MuljoStpho
    MuljoStpho Month ago

    The thing with Legend of Zelda is that the developers:
    1) usually tend to approach LoZ's storytelling and worldbuilding as a secondary concern after gameplay design
    2) generally deal with LoZ stories as self-contained simplistic standalone adventures, unless a connection to another game can be made in a way that is directly relevant to the current game's story

    There has been an overall timeline to speak of through the entire history of the franchise. (Second game was a direct sequel to the first. Third game was a prequel in the distant past of the previous games and was followed up by its own direct sequel. Fifth game was another prequel going even further back and had its own direct sequel as well. And admittedly there was confusion and fan theories for a while after that about whether or not a split timeline could be a thing, since they made a game that wasn't a prequel and and had to follow relatively close after the fifth game but it established a future that didn't mesh well with what we'd seen before in other games chronologically after the fifth game.)

    The trick, though, is that we're often dealing with a different incarnation of "the hero" in a lot of these games, with vague gaps of potentially hundreds of years between the lives of different heroes in most cases. We tend to only really learn about lore within what we see of each hero's life which is directly relevant to the adventure that the hero is currently living through. It leaves room for a massive amount of unknown factors in the gaps in between major entries in the franchise.

    The latest game seems to be doing something pretty weird though. Breath of the Wild's history is effectively "all timelines", seemingly going by the logic that some version of all of that history is effectively inevitable and will happen sooner or later on all timelines. Technically there would effectively be three different versions of Breath of the Wild's events, each one following after the unique order of events that would be on each separate timeline. It's just that after enough time has passed for each timeline to experience its own version of a flood event, its own version of a Twilight Realm invasion, its own version of great war in which armies and sages must finish a fallen hero's work for him, etc.... and then enough time to reach something like BotW's historical backstory after that and then the 10,000 year gap between that backstory and BotW's "100 years ago" backstory and then that 100 year gap until BotW's events actually finally start... The idea is that after all that time all that really matters anymore is that all of those things from the other games happened at some point or another, but the actual order in which they all happened is irrelevant. There would apparently be very little practical difference between alternate versions of BotW that follow after each specific timeline.

  • Nimzo25
    Nimzo25 Month ago

    10:28 That’s the easiest misplaced timeline! It starts with Skyward Sword, then goes into The Minish Cap, and Four Swords. Then Ocarina of Time comes around, and after Ganon’s defeat, it spilts into 3 separate ways, Child, Adult, and Downfall. However, we don’t know where Breath of the Wild stands on the timeline, other than the fact it takes place about a 1,000 years after Ocarina of Time.

  • Femto
    Femto Month ago +1

    Breath of the Wild merges the three timelines into one.

  • Renn Mac
    Renn Mac Month ago

    The fact that I knew half of the games that would be on here before even watching the video 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Kazoobie Kaz
    Kazoobie Kaz Month ago

    Suprised that Fnaf isn't on this list

  • Colton Laws
    Colton Laws Month ago

    The timeline in the Pokémon games is also surprisingly complex

  • HM Gaming
    HM Gaming Month ago

    What the heck! Fnaf isn’t in here?

  • Vin_Diesel68
    Vin_Diesel68 Month ago

    Disliking WatchMojo until they add Tom back in the description.

  • Uno Rose
    Uno Rose Month ago +1

    Matpat: *FNAF*

  • Midna78
    Midna78 Month ago +1

    When you look into it for longer and give it a serious thought, the Zelda TL really makes sense.

  • Justin McKinley
    Justin McKinley Month ago

    Cool list but this is your worst narrator. Half the shit he says is cringe worthy

  • Salvatore Palumbo
    Salvatore Palumbo Month ago

    I really dislike this new mojo about how the video narrator explains the video... plus the jokes are quite sad

  • CreepypastaJack376
    CreepypastaJack376 Month ago

    fnaf should have been on this list

  • Sjono
    Sjono Month ago

    What’s convoluted about God of War’s timeline? It’s pretty straightforward

  • BowserGamer64 !!!
    BowserGamer64 !!! Month ago

    Fnaf should be #1

  • Torbsy
    Torbsy Month ago +1

    What’s with the quadratic shit on the thumbnail?

  • Ahmed Ahmed
    Ahmed Ahmed Month ago

    I know the zelda timeline is complicated .... That's why ( even though I acknowledge it's existence ) , I don't pay attention to it and just play each zelda game as if it was its own universe .

  • Diego Hernandez
    Diego Hernandez Month ago

    todd again, disliking again, not watching the video again

  • work-out Robert
    work-out Robert Month ago

    I do not agree with your pics where is Final Fantasy they have so many un looping timelines for that matter what about splinter cell that game has too many excuse me those games have too many un looping timelines

  • DMD00
    DMD00 Month ago

    Surprised Pokemon didn't made the list after what was revealed in ORAS.

  • A.J. DeNofa
    A.J. DeNofa Month ago

    I love Kingdom Hearts but it’s story tends to get a little confusing. Here is hoping KH4, if that is the next one, to patch up things.

    • Ashaki Bailey
      Ashaki Bailey Month ago

      I would like to have all the Story's of Kingdom hearts in Manga Books 📚series!

  • Pimp daddy G
    Pimp daddy G Month ago

    Just please stop with the bad jokes, i just want the list man

  • Faladir07
    Faladir07 Month ago

    Is it me or is Todd just so incredibly cringey? Nothing against the guy, but I just can't watch videos he narrates :(

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  • Jordan Wiley
    Jordan Wiley Month ago

    zeldas timeline isnt confusing

  • DKBz DarkLaw
    DKBz DarkLaw Month ago

    Street Fighter for sure! The finale was supposed to be in 3 for god's sake.

  • Daktary_33_LM
    Daktary_33_LM Month ago

    The legend of Zelda timeline is easy, at the moment link closed the door of time, all other branches of the timeline are cut off,

  • Hazy Starlight
    Hazy Starlight Month ago

    *sees title*
    KH fandom: *its free real estate*

    • Ikamul Hussain
      Ikamul Hussain Month ago

      Hazy Starlight tyygfgggklkkkk NBC NBC hmm nmmmgerrr setup pp

  • Steven Deal
    Steven Deal Month ago

    I'm honestly surprised that there's not even an honorable mention of Legacy of Kain.

  • David Pumpkins Jr.
    David Pumpkins Jr. Month ago

    Since Castlevania gives years in which games take place, the chronology is actually very easy to follow.

  • Aaron Huemmer
    Aaron Huemmer Month ago

    You forgot to mention the game that had the most impact on the Castlevania timeline. Castlevania Judgement!
    A fighting game for the Wii where heroes and villains from throughout Castlevania's history were summoned by Aeon to fight a monster that threatened to destroy all of time!

  • Liam linson
    Liam linson Month ago

    even watch mojo isnt woke enough to put mk on this list

  • wahyu fajar
    wahyu fajar Month ago

    no mentioned Ys?
    Ok

  • Michael Keller
    Michael Keller Month ago

    This narration is so cringey.

  • seth6665
    seth6665 Month ago

    Lords of Shadow is it's own thing

  • tetepeb
    tetepeb Month ago

    The guy narrating is really annoying, stop trying to be funny!

  • Neobelmont1
    Neobelmont1 Month ago

    I gotta say as a castlevania fan, it's actually not that confusing. If anything, I would say it's more handled than say loz or kh ever was. One simple factor, the belmont of said time. Easy way to manage. No split timeline, no time travel. None of that, and los is separate so yeah. No prob on that.

  • Krijn van Alten
    Krijn van Alten Month ago

    While it is true that some series made a mess of their own canon, i found it not fair to take reboots into account. The idea of a reboot is that it starts the timeline again completly, not being part of the old story ark at all.

  • Jarrod Guerra
    Jarrod Guerra Month ago

    This voice guy sucks

  • Rich Fish
    Rich Fish Month ago

    actually prince of persia is clearly based on king of theives aka alladin

  • Sammy Lane
    Sammy Lane Month ago +2

    Usually it is in a alternate timeline that a hero be made into a failure but not in THE LEGEND OF ZELDA's main and first/original timeline, huh??

  • Hero of Mobius
    Hero of Mobius Month ago

    Am shocked that BlazBlue wasn’t on the list.

  • warren byrne
    warren byrne Month ago

    Yes! Number 2.

  • warren byrne
    warren byrne Month ago

    9:39-9:40 Yes! Awh,. Watching Sweet elegant Aurora...'s masterpiece right now.(EDIT:just now sorry.)Yes! Number 2. ( 10:46)

  • Sleeping Forest
    Sleeping Forest Month ago

    I shock that kingdom hearts wasn't #1.

  • sveni meier
    sveni meier Month ago

    Hey what about Fnaf!? The timline there is fucked up too

  • Ted Logan
    Ted Logan Month ago

    Jackass MoJo guy, please read it straight as you are not as funny as you think you are.

  • HARRISON WOOLLARD
    HARRISON WOOLLARD Month ago

    fnaf isn't here

  • Ryan McCarthy
    Ryan McCarthy Month ago

    8:02 oh Juno? She got killed off in a comic book. I'm not kidding. Arguably the biggest villain in the series got killed by a bunch of nobodies in a spin off comic no one read

  • TheBritishWolf
    TheBritishWolf Month ago

    Um..... So, what you really mean by "messed up timelines" is "couldn't be bothered to just read a wiki"? It's not messed up, they just fragment over the source material and are sometimes completely unrelated. Plus, continuity errors are to be expected of games released over decades.

  • Russell Shaffer
    Russell Shaffer Month ago

    Anyone else think this narrator is awful?

  • も も
    も も Month ago

    Aye, the equation on the bottom of the thumbnail is called the Quadratic Formula. Your welcome.

  • Sarah Mossman
    Sarah Mossman Month ago

    Was I the only guy who never get confused with the Zelda timeline

  • Vanessa Miller
    Vanessa Miller Month ago +2

    The Legend of Zelda
    Golden Sun
    Shantae
    Crash Bandicoot
    Kingdom hearts
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
    Rayman
    Mario Tennis
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    Paper Mario
    Castlevania
    Donkey Kong country
    Street Fighter
    Bayonetta
    The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Metroid
    Bomberman
    League of Legends
    Final fantasy
    Pikmin
    Okamiden
    Sonic Adventure
    LittleBigPlanet
    Super Mario
    Kirby
    Cut The Rope
    Animal Crossing
    Rachet And Clank
    Dragon Quest
    Bubble Bobble
    LocoRoco
    Pokemon
    Dragon's Lair
    Mortal Kombat: Deception
    Dragon's Dogma
    Chrono Cross
    Spyro The Dragon
    Skyrim
    Minecraft
    Dragon Age: Origins
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Monster Hunter
    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
    Conker's Bad Fur Day
    Sly Cooper
    Star Fox
    Klonoa
    Angry Birds
    PaRappa The Rapper
    Earthworm Jim
    Ecco The Dolphin
    Donkey Kong 64
    Spyro: Year Of the Dragon
    Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
    Psychonauts
    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Portal 2
    Sonic Adventure 2
    Rayman 2: The Great Escape
    Mirror's Edge
    Jet Set Radio
    Super Mario Galaxy 2
    Captain N the Game Master
    Persona 4: The Animation
    Kirby Right Back at ya!
    Mega Man
    Digimon

    • Ashaki Bailey
      Ashaki Bailey Month ago +1

      That's alot of Game's on PlayStation and on Nintendo game 🎮 series!

  • KirmetDeKinge
    KirmetDeKinge Month ago

    Kingdom hearts?
    Edit: there it is

  • Soan Sabishi
    Soan Sabishi Month ago

    Devil May Cry timeline which was retconned recently: 3-1-anime-2-4-5

  • さいえんさいえん

    Pokemon series

  • Morgil
    Morgil Month ago

    Following the ending of the recent MK11, I feel like Mortal Kombat series should be on here.

  • Morgil
    Morgil Month ago

    How is Zelda not number 1?!

  • Jay John
    Jay John Month ago

    So much cringe here and I'm not talking about the games.

  • Joseph Hock
    Joseph Hock Month ago

    These ads in the middle of videos are really fucking annoying!!! 🤬🤬😡

  • Jiminy Cricket
    Jiminy Cricket Month ago

    Do a Married with Children top 10 episode list.

  • superchon20
    superchon20 Month ago

    Bad Jokes, bad jokes everywhere

  • MacMasterFlash
    MacMasterFlash Month ago

    I like how they just put algebra 1 on the thumbnail

  • Matt Kent
    Matt Kent Month ago

    I don't particularly like the franchise, but what about FNAF?

  • Sethronskillz
    Sethronskillz Month ago

    I’m genuinely surprised that the legacy of kain and soul reaver franchise isn’t anywhere on this list

  • Sam Arehart
    Sam Arehart Month ago

    this is drakengard/nier erasure