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The mysteries surrounding secret groups can be difficult to resist. What are their plans? What sort of things are they aware of that we're not? Because many games offer players a power fantasy, we want to know and have everything.
And when joining a respected and powerful order often comes with new gifts, teachings, and prestige, who are we to refuse? That’s just rude.
From ancient assassin guilds to futuristic intelligence teams, the following are the top 10 secret organizations in games.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
10. The Lin Kuei from the Mortal Kombat series
To be a feared Lin Kuei assassin, you must be “more stealthful than the night, more deadly than the dawn.” That sounds a little silly, but the ancient order turned out Mortal Kombat favorites like Sub-Zero, Cyrax, Sektor, and Smoke, so it must be doing something right.
Its warriors are selected at birth and trained to take life. The Lin Kuei demands total devotion; deserters are hunted and killed. Its leaders even chose to automate their warriors, including Sektor, who lost his soul in the process. Don’t feel too bad, though. He later went on to found and lead a cyborg ninja army.
9. The Hermetic Order from the Uncharted series
Katherine Marlowe, the antagonist of Uncharted 3, is the leader of the 400-year-old Hermetic Order. Its primary goal is to discover Ubar, a city of immense size and wealth, also known as the Atlantis of the Sands.
Queen Elizabeth I formed the order to combat Britain’s foes through deceit and espionage. Since its inception, the order has taken in historical figures like Walter Raleigh and Francis Drake, as well as contemporary members like Talbot, who uses hallucinogenic drugs against The Hermetic Order’s enemies.
8. The Monolith cult from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series
No list of secret organizations would be complete without the inclusion of a xenophobic, sacrificial, hyper-religious cult. Monolith from the post-apocalyptic S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series fits the bill nicely.
Far inside a Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a device Monolith calls the “Wish Granter.” Members of the cult will fight to the death to protect the artifact, even if they are unarmed. If captured, they’ll commit suicide however they can. Most monolith members used to be regular stalkers before they were indoctrinated.
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Sounds like Revan would have been more aligned with the Jedi in the timeline of the new books/movies.
Brotherhood of Steel would mop the floor with the Dark Brotherhood and shame you got no Patriots from MGS
No love for The Inner Circle?
Guess Umbrella is no secret huh?
Salamandra of Witcher , Cerberus of ME , Mobius from Starcraft 2 should've been there but everyone have his opinion . Nice list , glad to STALKER .
No Fox or FoxHound
WHHAAAAAAAAATTT!??!?!?!?!?! Organization XIII?
Assassins rule! And. . .what?! No Patriots!? They rule the world behind their dark curtain as we speak, for realz!!! Snake is not happy. :( OH, and it WAS cool that the UNSC at least made it to our world in that botched BBC Syria news report. That was hilarious.
The last couple were actually quite obvious.
The La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo? What are you talkin' about?
Are you serious? The Assassin's Order shouldn't even be considered a "secret order" because they're flashing their symbol around in their clothing, statues, flags, etc. and killing people in the flashiest outfits.
The Patriots deserve to be there.
Who are the Patriots? La Li Lu Le Lo!
Where is 3rd Echelon? Or 4th echelon as it is known now. Or the Ghosts?
The Brotherhood of Steel is definitely my favourite.
Gotta love the Republic
Majestic 12 from the original Deus Ex would have been a nice addition.
Really good list.
Some of these aren't even secret. Now, the Crux Eqal is a secret organization. They're so secret they don't even do anything.
I would like to give an honorable mention to the Genohardan and the Star Cabal from the SW old republic series. The Genohardan are a mysterious secret society of bounty hunters that was able to exist at least 300 years after the Mandalorian wars, gathering intelligence for the Republic including when the Hutt cartel was gathering forces on Darvannis. As for the Star Cabal, they existed since after the great hyperspace war, using a black codex to stay hidden and manipulate both the Republic and Sith empire to achieve their goal of galactic anarchy.(Can't reveal much more because of spoilers.)
The Organization from Kingdom Hearts man...