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Considering how many hours we pour into video games, getting attached to the characters and world isn’t all that surprising. The most amazing part is how something so artificial can cause such a response, even getting into our psyche. Did having a child’s life in your hands make Heavy Rain terrify you? Were you overly protective over Clementine in The Walking Dead? Did Mass Effect’s finale cause you to tear up?
It’s time to fess up about the games that got under your skin. But please be mindful of spoilers and post a spoiler alert before you delve into specific moments.
I’ll fully admit, I cried my eyes out during the finale of The Walking Dead. And the devastating abruptness of The Last of Us’s opening stunned me. Also, saying goodbye to the Mass Effect universe that I’d grown so attached to brought mixed emotions. I knew that it always meant to be a trilogy and prepared myself to saying goodbye to the cast, but seeing my journey end was bittersweet.
Why do you think the games that got to you this generation did so? And what do you hope the next generation learns from them?
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Mass Effect was it for me. Definitely the absolute more memorable journey I've had with a video game ever.
Spoilers for Mass Effect 3, Halo Reach, Assassin's Creed Revelations, and Call of Duty Black Ops II below!
Mass Effect 3: Leaving Earth, Mordin dying to cure the Genophage, and Legion sacrificing himself all made me a little misty-eyed.
Halo Reach: George was pretty much the only character that had a large amount of character development, and him sacrificing himself to save someone he met a few weeks ago was upsetting.
Assassin's Creed Revelations: Even though Yusuf's death was already spoiled for me on Youtube I still shed some tears when it happened in-game.
Call of Duty Black Ops II: The way Menendez exploited Hudson and then disposed of him didn't really make me sad as much as make me feel anger, and is the only time I can recall in my time as a gamer where the anger wasn't because of BS in a game.
Metal Gear Solid 4, Bioshock Infinite, and the Last of Us
I think the last of us and Intinite stick with me the most
The Mass Effect series for me.I grew attach to the characters and when some died I always wanted to avenge them.
Metal Gear Solid 4 and The Last of Us are at the top of my list.
I've had two games this generation that have genuinely effected me emotionally. The first was prince of persia(2008) while im not going to go into any spoilers. anyone who played that game(whether you love it or hate it) must admit that it's ending was definitely emotional and thought provoking. the second was dishonored's chaotic good ending. It made you feel like even though you tried your hardest and you could view what you did as success. at what cost did that success come? I hope the next generation of games continues to use technology to make games as emotion driven as books and movies
The closing segments of Journey was the happiest I've felt in any video game.
The Last of Us built rapport with both the player and characters. It's the first game that I actually cared what happened to them.
The end of The Walking Dead made me really sad.
last of us,fire emblem awakening, valkyria chonicles,journy,and tales of graces f all touched me in a great way.
loved the story the twists the endings....oh and journey was just amazing
Walking Dead really really and I mean REALLY pulled at my heartstrings. Unfortunately, I accidentally read about the ending on the internet, but the ending was still one of the most emotional endings in any sort of media that i have experienced.
Halo Reach, although not as much as Walking Dead, had one of the most powerful endings in any game I've played. SPOILERS. When all the Spartans died one by one throughout the game, I knew it wouldn't end well (hell I "knew the end from the beginning"). But when Emile was SO close and then died, that was painful to watch. And of course Noble 6's end was amazing. I even had an urge to stand up and salute these fictional soldiers.
Halo 4's ending was pretty emotional too. It was a major step in the development of Master Chief, but(SPOILERS again)........... Cortana's death was really sad.