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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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Honestly? Halo 4 surprised me and left me speechless this gen. It's a shame I won't be playing Halo 5+, but I think 4 set the bar pretty high for the franchise
as far as getting choked up by a game the only one I can think of is Nier. Whit what happens to Grimoire Weiss, Fyra, and Emil just tugs at my heartstrings. The Last of Us is all kinds of Emotions both good and bad.
Nothing more nerve wracking than fighting your first Big Daddy in Bioshock. The whole atmosphere of Rapture made me nervous, and gave me chills.
999, it did make me tear up, *minor spoiler* but it also gave me anger toward a certain pink haired girl, as the first bad ending I got dealt with her. I'll never forget that face as she offered me her hand! >:(
Also Journey and Flower were really emotional. When I got to the top of the mountain, the person I was with drew a heart in the snow. I didn't recognize it at the time until moments later, but I know I shall never forget it. The best online experience I have ever had with a game :)
The Last of Us got me teary eyed a couple of times. That game made me feel all types of emotions. I just wanted to keep playing and when I wasn't all I could think about is the characters and what will become of them. On another note, God of War 3 made me feel like a wild man on a mission, and if getting my jaw to drop constantly is an emotion then it made me feel that too.
Journey had such a pure story. It was emotional but not just the story. The biggest moment was the fact that I beat the game with a random stranger. We were placed in this world and experienced the game together.
I also became emotionally attached to the walking dead. I felt like I had gone through so much.
Only one I can think of is Walking Dead.
This isn't current gen but the ending of MGS2 hit me really hard after I finished it today. When a game's ending makes you question reality and wether or not your decisions really affect your future it deserves recognition.
One of the first games I can remember that made me feel emotional (and made me realize that there is something about games that lends itself to great storytelling) is the Ace Attorney series. I fell in love with all the characters and each chapter was well written and emotionally charged. But the most important thing was the ending of Trials and Tribulations, I am not going to say anymore because I don't like spoiling games, but I will say that I cried for the first time while playing a game.
I'm probably the odd man out here because the game that affected me most in this way has been Minecraft. Minecraft doesn't rely on story or characters to create an emotional response, but instead on game design and an ambiguous soundtrack. I spent one of my first nights sitting alone in a dirt hut, mesmerized by the beauty and peacefulness of the gentle snowfall. I've never played a game with music that can work so perfectly in tandem with moments like this to create such powerful emotional responses.
In Bulleststorm when the asian dude almost died in the opening scene...
The Walking Dead Hands Down only game thats ever had me with the emotions.
You know that moment in Homefront when you have to blow up your giant RC tank?