That dude's death made me cry when I chose to kill him off.
I only know two characters on there. This list bites.
Why did you have to remind me of Jenny...
I know I'm not the first to say this, but how about Wander? of Shadow of the Colossus? That was truly epic and more deserving of an entry in the post than stupid Johnny Cage.
*Spoilers* How about seargent Forge's death in Halo Wars?
April Ryan in Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Still don't see how she can be dead...
That was probably the most emotional and startling death for me (though I don't think it would mean as much to somebody who had not played The Longest Journey before Dreamfall).
As far as having the most memorable deaths (most modifying the deaths, not the memorable) that would definitely fall to The Nameless One from Planescape: Torment.
Surprised nobody else has mentioned April though. Guess the game is kinda obscure.
Edit: Guess that whether or not april actually died (or died permanently) is not certain, since she is probably Lady Alvane (from TLJ). That isn't for sure though. And, she definately seemed to die in Dreamfall.
The big one for me was in Half-Life 2: Episode 2 when you get trapped by the advisors and Eli dies. Man, hearing Alyx scream....broke my fucking heart. I have never felt closer to any characters in a video game than I do to the characters in HL2.
HL2 Ep 2 was definitely tough.
My most memorable of the past few years is most definitely the death of BIG BOSS at the end of MGS4. Man, my heart and soul was hearting during that long speech. While ( I fully admitt ) I was crying like a baby.
I'd say Saren in Mass Effect was pretty memorable. He's pure evil right up untill the final scene where you have the opertunity to save him but he redeems himself by blowing his brains out!
When Athas killed Uther in WC3. I was one of those nerds in to Warcraft lore long before WoW came out, and when that happened I was actually sad to see it.
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End of Half Life 2 Episode 2 shocked me forever :( Eli was a great character and his death was such a surprise! I loved it
Final Fantasy VII when Aerith dies was sad too :s
But still Eli in HL 2 episode 2 is the only death in a video game i actually cared about and after hearing Alyx scream...damn Valve, good job
That first chick you hook up with in Grand Theft Auto 4. Yeah, she doesn't actually die, but when it turned out she was a mole... she became dead to me.
I agree, Snake should have killed himself. He is the only thing that should have been capable of it. Also, good pick with Tassadar.
I totally have to agree with Tassadar...
Tassadar and Paul Jackson were nuts. Tassadar made me shed a tear, and Jackson was just like..wtf...
oh wow .... turning a day of respect to those who have fallen in past wars as well as my close friends who have died in this one and potentially me in future (like next year sometime when I go to Iraq) battles into a "remember this dead video game character" thread in the name of memorial day doesn't offend me at all...
aerith? no ok then
The rookie Carmine. I kinda liked his dumbass arse.
Johnny Cage? Really? Even among fighting games, that isn't memorable.
Minato Arisato (Persona 3 protagonist). He turned himelf into a rock thing to save the world. What a guy. Didn't help you controlled him for roughly +100 odd hours, either. Cut me deep, Atlus. Cut me real deep.
I have to say the most sickening death to me was the one in GTA 4 where you chose to take the deal.
Roman, the annoying cousin, gets gunned down in an assassination attempt aimed at Niko. That was bad enough to me. He was annoying but you did grow a bond to him and the relationship he had with Mallorie was an interesting relationship to follow. It felt very pleasing to nail Dimitri, the guy ordering the hit, to the ground. But that feeling was soon shattered when Mallorie called after the credits ended saying she's pregnant with Roman's child. God damn it.
(The other ending didn't affect me that much since I didn't get enough time to form that bond with her)
what about the chick in halo 3...forget her name...um keye's daughter.....she died, as far as i know.
Girl's dad from HL2 Ep2
I just new Jenny would be on this list, what an amazing scene, I was so angry but at the same time just amazed at how engrosed I become in their relationship lol.
What about Aries from FFVII? Don't tell me that death didn't make you cry.
Naomi Hunter of MGS4
upon hearing that she dies of cancer or something like that, my heart was broken
How about the really big eyed dudette from heavenly sword? Epic rape of flying hawk dude with her arrow thingy.
Cant remember anything about that game except for Nariko...Ah...Nariko.
Congrats to Brad. This post made me think. And after much time thinking I arrived to this conclusion: I only play games where characters don't die. Or my memory sucks.
But I remember something. So here's my top 3 list (if you think this games are too recent, then my memory does suck):
3. Saren on Mass Effect - well, it was kinda cliché (all the redemption only in the end) but it was dramatic.
2. Mona Sax on Max Payne 2 - Poor Max. He must be so lonely now. He only has drug criminals to kill now.
1. Eli Vance on Half-Life 2: Episode 2 - F**CK! Just when I was about to understand something about Half-Life he gets killed. Apart from the dramatic of his death, the thing that upset me the most was the timing. He knew about G-Man. He KNEW!. And he was telling us. F*********CK! kbzum! kbzum! (sound of me breaking my room to pieces)
Mine would definitely be the death of Tommy Angelo, the main protagonist in Mafia...that scene is still the most emotional moment I have had with video games.
anthony carmine's death made me lol.
i got one which doesnt really count but here it goes, ummmm **Shadow of the Collossus spoiler btw** Agro from Shadow of the Collossus, that one was pretty heart breaking. Then you find out he survived and limped back to the temple....what's up with that?
Oh and lest we forget the death of good dialogue from Gears of War, those guys really showed no mercy on that one.
Who can forget the 'sor of' death of Tidus at the end of FFX, how amazing was that! He knew he was going to vanish when he beat yu yevon but yet he proceeded to do so!
Why no Aerith? A sword through the back is a pretty hardcore way to be killed, even if you forget the fact that she' s a woman.
How come so many people seem to think Snake chickened out of killing himself? He WAS about to pull the trigger before Big Boss interrupted him.
Right now the most shocking deaths I can think of are Naomi in MGS4 and Emma in MGS2. Both completely shocked me and broke my heart.
Oh, and Miranda Keyes in Halo 3. Never saw that one coming.
Wow, I never knew death in videogames was such a popular topic until now...
hmmm, Aerith i thought was a shoe-in for this list, but if you listed every person who died in a JRPG this list would be about 50 pages long
What about the girl in the new Prince of Persia game?
You spent the entire game carrying her around, doing her bidding.
*SPOILER* then she just offs herself at the end and you reset all the hard work you did just to ******* revive her. Thats so wrong!
Definitely agree with Andrew Ryan and Paul Jackson. Eli Vance's death from Half-Life 2: Episode 2 is another one that comes to mind.
Jenny from The Darkness was the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline. So awesome that you included that. One of my favourite games this generation, I recommend it to anyone.
Sergeant Paul Jackssons death was painful, more painful for me than it must've been for him. :(
Also, spoilers much with the MGS4 note? :I
When almost the whole cast of Dreamfall the longest journey was killed off i actually went NO!!! this wasnt what was supposed to happen!!! :S