Spoilers include Gears of war 2 and 3, Mass effect 3 the demo, Halo: Reach, COD 4, Braid, Half-life episode 2, and the Darkness.
Over the years video games have been one of my most loved things, being it for realese from the outside world, my imagination, or just loving the feel, and just plain fun of them, they have been a large part of my life.
I started out with a Snes in 1996 I believe the year was, playing donkey Kong country, and Super Mario World. Plesent games with little to no story but fun, simple, and enjoyable gameplay, and visuals. Super metroid was the first game I think that I felt an emotinal response toward, at the end when the Baby Metroid saved you, and sacrifices its self for Samus. I was a straight Nintendo fan unti the Xbox, then I fell in love with Halo, a game which at the time had a very well crafted story in my eyes, I remember the end, and thinking how sad it was that the Chief and Cortana were the only survivers, I thought that it was pretty cool that the game was able to make me feel that way though, and I wanted more of that feeling. If movies could do drama and emotion, why could'nt video games?
The next game I found that brought the feeling back to me was, suprise, Halo 2. I found that my love for the Elites made that games story carry weight, as they were replaced and thier way of life and belief's completely destroyed.
Fast forward to today, I feel that Video games havecome a long way in terms of emotoinal story telling, it is something that I love, and it is something that I know will only continue to improve.
Through music, charcter development, better voice acting, animatoin, and in some cases non of that, games have achieved some pretty dramatic, and amazing moments.
I have desided to do a list of my favorite dramatic moments in games, well because I wanted to.
Gears of War 2 Maria's death.
Though the follow through in the game was not necessarily handed well, the cutscene was hard to watch, me and my friend were both trying not to sob when we played this the first time. Watching a man off his wife is sad, and the eyes of the Characters, music, and voice asking sold it for me here.
2. Halo: Reach Kats death
Though many would disagree, I thought that this scene carried a huge amount of weight, how suddenly this happend really helped reinforce the games sombre tone in that we are fucked, and we are becoming more, and more lonely.
3. Call of Duty 4 the nuke
I thought that his was not only suprising but the fact that you had saved the helicopter pilot moments before bad it all the more tragic.
4.Braid the ending
I think this moment speaks for itself if you play through the whole game, this was something that I never think will be topped in a game. The play on Mario and a smothering boyfriend was amazing.
5. Mass Effect 3 the little boy
Vindication is a powerful thing and the look that Shepard gives at the end says it all, this moment was more impacting than any moment in the past games for me, and it happens in the first ten minutes of the game!
6. Gears of war 3 Dom's fate
This speaks for itself, you grow attached over five years to a character, and in Gears 3 they did something amazing, they took a one cheerful character, and changed him. he game felt lonely without Dom, and the impact it had on Marcus could be felt.
7. Halo 3 Wake me when you need me.
There is something tragic about a hero who will never be able to live a life that is not in service of others, John 117 has endured a lot of sacrifice in his life, he is a rock that is not lucky enough to be able to show weakness. Seeing Cortana and knowing that she will never really know if she is loved back, her, and John have something in commen, they were built to serve, also the fact that her lifespan is about 7 years and she may not be the same when John wakes is a bit sad too.
8. Halo: Reach Spartans never die
This ending was poetic, it left me sad but full of conviction, and pride.
9.The Darkness Jenny's death
Harsh is all I can say, this is a haunting moment.
10. Half-life 2 episode two Eli's death
And now for a lifter upper!!!!