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[As of July 16th 2012 this blog is irrelevant. My tastes have come a long way since a year ago; so much, that a Gears 2 cutscene just can't cut it for my excessively good taste in emotional sequences. Thx!]
With each passing year the videogame industry and in consequent it's products, start becoming more and more finesse, while the player's demand grows, the game itself must continue to evolve.
And they evolve so much to the point where technology starts blurring the line between what's real and what's not.
Thanks to a game's carefully constructed plot, dialogues and characters, we start becoming attached emotionally to it's universe and most importantly, to it's main protagonists.
(REMEMBER THIS IS A WORK OF MY OPINION)
ATTENTION: THIS BLOG IS LITTERED WITH SPOILERS, FROM SMALL ONES TO STORY RUINERS.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
And so, with that little intro off, I present you my 13 picks for games which succesfully managed to make us feel sadness or thrill, and even more, to care:
This one is from a long time ago, 1997, I remember playing for countless hours and was amazed at how deep the game went with the characters personalities through dialogue. But I got attached too much with one: The main protagonist, The Vault Dweller.
At that time playing through Fallout with all the countless options was like playing a parallel life of me in a post-apocalyptic world, I was living and controlling the fate and decisions of my character.
After pursuing the main goal of the game four hours and hours, everytime through my mind popped the wish that in the end I could go back into the Vault from where the main character comes and end the game in a happy and rewarding fashion after the countless shooting, life risking situations and monsters that I encountered throughout the wasteland.
But, the ending was one of the most shocking surprises I've ever had in that time. With the beautiful "Maybe" in the background at the end and the main character going off into the sunset...
I have never forgotten that ending.
"You're a hero... and you have to leave"
The moment goes from 2:48 to 5:01
#12: Dead Rising: The Hatchet Man
Dead Rising featured the story of photojournalist Frank West, trapped in a mall with zombies and psychopaths, being the latter the most dangerous. The game centers on you trying to get the best scoop but then you realize you've got to help the survivors there and, if you want, find out who's behind the outbreak.
Psychopaths are all over the mall, it goesfrom disturbing clowns to completely crazy store managers.
But there was one that had the most sad story from all of them, a Hatchet Man bunkered down in a store gone crazy after the death of his daughter. Father and son stories are one of the most engaging ever. His story was dramatic enough to actually make me regret killing him.
Now he is a few moments away from dying telling his killer, Frank West, how his life went to hell after his daughter's death.
"When I heard her scream... I just lost it... everything went white suddenly, the war was never over for me"
The moment where he is about to die starts at 1:12
#11: Saints Row 2: Carlos's death
While Saints Row 2 features over the top silly and crazy action you would think the game would have the worst story out of all its competitors, you're somewhat wrong.
Saints Row 2 features you and your gang The 3rd Street Saints on a battle to rule Stillwater once and for all. Through various mission Carlos is one of your best buddies and at the very start of the game he is the one responsible for your liberty, both of you escape the penitentiary succesfully.
Your gangs and rivals start one dirty war, consisting of damaging property of the enemy, kidnapping girlfriends and loved ones, etc. But after the main protagonist (you) decide to screw with the Brotherhood, as they are called, you never knew you just threw your best buddie's life down the sinkhole.
The Brotherhood brutally tortures him by dragging him throughout the city leaving you desperately to kill the driver and end the pain and suffering of your friend.
Truly one of the most sad moments I've ever graced, seeing your friend with his skin coming off and covered in blood is absolutely depressing, leaving me and fans of the game bloodthirsty with revenge.
#10: Fallout 3: The Ultimate Sacrifice
I never could think of another Fallout game beating it's first installment dramatic ending, that ending was so pure and perfectly staged, but I was wrong, Fallout 3's ending left Fallout's ending in the dust.
Fallout 3 featured the story of a son in the look for his father, all of which you live with him and construct it's final destination. Venturing into the wild wasteland and leaving the safe comfort of home to find your father, along the way you encounter all kinds of people, events, stories and tragedies, and all that just because a kid wanted to reunite with his dad.
Fallout 3's story was way more personal than any Fallout before, you even start as a baby, follow into childhood, into adolescence and finally becoming an adult. You experience all those moments through the eyes of the protagonist, you venture into the wasteland knowing anything out there could transform you into a hero or a monster.
And it's Fallout 3's narrator that makes everything completely perfect, he tells all of the stories we lived and confronted throughout our journey, making the ultimate sacrifice far more emotional and captivating than anything ever before.
I want to say this is an ending I cried to, the way they tell your story with all the decisions you took, following into your father's footsteps and finally confronting your destiny in the purifier radioactive chamber is worth of some tears.
And when both of them are dead, just in the final seconds, where they show the picture of you and your dad together referencing one moment in your childhood where you take a picture with him, was one of the best pulled emotional moments I've ever seen.
"...But it wasn't until the end of this long road, that the Lone Wanderer learned the true meaning of the greatest of Virtues: Sacrifice. Stepping into the irradiated control chamber of project purity... The Child followed the example of the Father..."
The moment begins at 1:45 until the end
#9: Half-Life 2: Episode 2- The Death of a Father
Half-Life 2 passed down as one of the games with most immersion level. And with good reason.
Half-Life 2: Ep. 2 continues the story of Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance in their quest to escape City 17, throughout the whole second installment Gordon is accompanied by Alyx and provides help like no other female had ever done until then. Alyx is a really likeable girl which apparently has fallen in love with the protagonist Gordon.
You also get to meet his dad, Eli Vance, who demonstrates his love for his daughter in many ways, he is really protective and careful about her, Alyx and Eli propose a great deal of emotions regarding the father and daughter relationship.
And Episode 2 comes to what it appeared as a peaceful and tranquil ending with both Gordon and Alyx finally escaping with the help of Eli and eventually them reaching the Borealis for further understanding of the G-man, but in the last moment 2 Advisors surprise the cast in an attempt of murdering the three of them, the Father in his last actions only caring for the protection of his daughter, sacrifices himself by attacking and distracting the Advisors and resulting in the death of Alyx's Father.
The game abruptly ends with the Advisors fleeing and a crying daughter mourning over the death body of her Father. A really touching moment.
"Alyx, Your Mother would be so proud..."
The moment starts right at the beginning and ends on 2:15
NOTE: FROM HERE ON IN IT GOT REALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO TAKE THE CHOICES.
FROM SPOT 8 ONWARDS PREPARE FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST.
#8: Grand Theft Auto IV: A Revenger's Tragedy
More than 3 years ago GTA IV managed to pull on me the most tragic, unexpected and saddest event a living man could face.
GTA IV is the story of Cousins Niko Bellic and Roman Bellic in search of a "peaceful and wealthy" life in Liberty City. Niko at the beginning is coming fres off the boat unto America and once he arrives Roman's web of lies begins going down, he promised his own cousin that he was living the American Dream full of money, cars and women.
At one moment near the end of the game, Roman is about to get married with the love of his life Malorie. Niko decides to go and finds the wedding event to be his redeeming point in his life because as of that moment he assures Roman there is nothing left for him in the criminal business, that he has left it behind.
But it wasn't over for the Bellics, the antagonist of the game decides to send a man to murder Niko's best friend, Niko's remaining family and Niko's last shine of a new life: His cousin Roman.
Nothing could be sadder than getting killed on your own wedding day, and I remember exactly how I felt when Roman was shot, so unexpected was the event that I started shedding some tears at how Roman was down on the floor with his wife around him crying, how Niko knew that his redemption will have to wait longer and how he knew since the beginning of all, their lives were decided,
But it was even more heartbreaking for me how at the very end of this video, to hear Niko's voice expressing his regrets at the decisions he took with his life.
"Roman...I'm so sorry, Cousin"
#7: BioShock: A Family
Irrational's Bioshock provided me all kinds of emotion a videogame could ever provoke you. And it's ending passed as one of the most beautiful I've seen.
Throughout all the game you are constantly being tested, they're testing your humanity. By choosing wether to Save the Little Sisters or Harvesting them, the latter being an evil act.The main protagonist wanders through the whole game deciding what he will do and who he will help, a lot of story twists abound, especially one moment when you come to know your true identity, you're the illegitimate son of Rapture's founder: Andrew Ryan.
Atlas, a helpful irish at the start of the game ends using you and betraying you so he could take control of the city and in the process kill Ryan, all throughout a special command he put into you 4 years before arriving: Would You Kindly?
Finally upon beating Fontaine, "Atlas" being its alias, if you helped the Little Sisters by saving them and not harvesting them, irrational presents you one of the most beautiful ending scenes and one that provides a sense of satisfaction, one that left in me several tears.
You see at the end, after passing through hell in the city below the sea, you end up receiving the most special reward in life: A Family.
"You saved them, you gave them the one thing that was stolen from them. A Chance. A Chance to learn. To find Love. To Live."
#6: Mass Effect 2: The Suicide Mission
Mass Effect 2 probably occupies the spot for having one of the most thrilling and unnerving final scenes in a videogame. Depending on how you played you may lose 1 or 2 teammates, your full team or even you dying at the end...again.
Mass effect 2 carefully builds onto this huge plot moment, making it completely thrilling and making you feel emotion like if you really cared for this people, when you get so attached to the characters it's really difficult to see one of them die, you want everyone to survive but even at your first try it's kind of tricky to keep everyone alive.
Also on another note, Mass effect 2's soundtrack comes to full force in the ending, being my most favorite part of the ending where Shepard starts running to the ship and until the Normandy escaping from Collector's space.
Really emotionally engaging, but that's not it, one thing that striked me really hard is when you finally come back to your ship and everyone's safe again, you start a little checking and you can see the number of coffins from your deceased teammates.
Definately one top-notch thrilling moment and a really sad one if a really estemeed member dies on your behalf. Mass Effect 2 never fails to thrill.
"Human, you've changed nothing. Your species has the attention of those infinately you greater. That which you know as Reapers, are your Salvation through Destruction."
The epic moment starts at 1:19 and until 3:28
FINAL NOTE: FROM HERE ON IN, THIS A TOUR DE FORCÉ.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR AN UNSTOPPABLE TRAIN OF EMOTIONS
#5: Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway: A Friend in Need
And here's one that never expected, a hidden gem of an FPS. Brothers in Arms: HH tells the story of Matt Baker, a soldier who fights to the end towin against the Germans. But this isn't as "cliché" as you may think.
Brothers in Arms provides movie like moments like no other FPS, this game had moments where it should have been more a movie and less a game.
Brothers in Arms: HH has one truly special scene in the ending of the game, Matt Baker needs to break the terrible news for Joe "Red", his closest buddy, that after an unfortunate accident, he's completely paralyzed.
This scene is my number 5 pick for being one of the most emotional and gorgeous scenes in videogames.
It's really sad but at the same time really beautiful, Because friends should always be there for you, no matter what.
"-It's you, Joe. God, Uh. You're going home. You're going home to Erma and Carol. And you're gonna be a Dad. You're gonna be a great Dad"
#4: Halo 3: The Finale
Halo 3's ending was the most thrilling, exciting and saddest closure to a beloved trilogy, the final level was full of thrills and chills just like the Halo 1 ending, the cutscenes made the ending far more emotional than it could have been. Halo 3's ending was beautiful.
And even more heavy was the ending for long-time Halo fans, for those that have been with the series since the beginning. Through the games you get attached to the Cortana, Master Chief and Sgt. Johnson, which is now dead. Johnson's death was also very emotional, the "Send me out, with a Bang" phrase was used for Halo Reach's last achievement mission, goes to show how Bungie really felt nostalgic with closing the trilogy and the series.
The video I'm showing you features one of the most recognized cutscenes among Halo and Xbox fans, once again the beautiful orchestra does not help you in keeping back those tears as it was in my case, just hearing the last lines of the characters got me sad, and the soundtrack they used for the final ending was also Halo 1's soundtrack closure, 2 endings over your head at the same time.
It is that moment that won me over, when John and Cortana are talking between them in the last moments, Halo 1's ending and more memories of past Halo's came and went over my head, realizing this was the end of the Chief, his final rest, was something I hardly believed, but I had to.
And it is so that one phrase passed down in history, one strong and sad phrase was in everyone's mind thinking when Halo 4 would be announced, one final phrase and I was already covered in tears.
"-I'll drop the beacon, but it'll be a while before anyone finds us. Years even."
"-I'll miss you."
"-Wake me... when you need me"
#3: Red Dead Redemption:
Into the Sunset
Red Dead Redemption became my favorite videogame in all history. All thanks to it's magnificent beauty and details Rockstar provided. Getting attached to John Marston was completely incredible to me, you see I cared about the man so much that seeing him face his destiny was something that hurt me and is something I haven't forgotten since.
Choosing your fate, say your final goodbye to your family, saying you'll be fine when you know you're clearly outnumbered and that your end is near, that moment has stayed in my mind up to know.
Red Dead Redemption provided me an amazing experience, but provided me too the single most scarring moment in my gaming life, seeing my favorite character get gunned down is something you don't easily forget. Then seeing your own son all grown up standing behind the graves of a death Mother and Father, ready to face the family's destiny, and that is why Red Dead Redemption won over my heart.
"-Keep riding and don't look back and don't be worrying about me, you hear?
"-Now get going!"
"-You stay out of trouble John."
"-Ain't no trouble Abigail, Ain't no trouble."
#2: BioShock 2:
A Sea of Dreams
A Father and Daughter story, fighting through hell, just to be reunited again, only that said and I'm already teary.
BioShock 2 created the most beautiful ending ever in a videogame, and may I say, just so perfectly done.
From your final moments before dying, getting to see all of Rapture left behind in it's destruction, you know you are lucky enough to see the surface, at that moment I started gettin sentimental.
Struggling to get to see your daughter one more moment before going out, everything mixed with an exquisite and excellent piece of music, typical gorgeous Bioshock soundtrack. A few tears start dripping out from my eyes.
Getting transferred onto your daughters mind and body while seeing your body left behind alone, all delivered with beautiful and inspirational dialogue, accompanied with all the Little sisters you decided to save in the path to your daughter. I'm officially crying.
Finally, seeing a doll of yourself fall back into the water, disappearing along with the memories back down there, in the city below the sea, and ultimately getting to see the sun for the first time like if it was life's greatest gift, and finally saying your last words, happily, knowing you're true life is just about to start.
And all in all, accompanied with your father, not only inside your mind, but in your own heart
"We must choose carefully, father."
"For the World is about to change."
"And in Our story."
"Rapture was just the Beginning."
And now my single most treasured, most beautiful and most superb moment I've ever presenced in a videogame
#1: Gears of War 2:
The Beginning of the End
That's right. Gears of War 2 contains my favorite and most emotional moment I have ever seen in my gaming history.
(I'm getting emotional in this next text)
Dominic fights his whole life to get back to his wife, Maria. He struggles for years in the search for her, losing his children on E-Day and still standing strong, even when life kicks him even harder.
He's the emotional force in the whole game, and upon reaching his wife's location, The player and Dominic receive a full blow from life.
While Dominic fights to accept that moment, Marcus, his best friend, comes in and tries to relax him with the wisest words: "Dom, It's Okay."
You see, Dom was falsely living a fantasy, after so many years trying to find his wife, he started imagining the meet-up between the two to the point it was completely unrealistic. What Marcus was trying to say is that Dom knew how it was all going to turn out but Dom kept reviving false and lost hopes, he became blinded to reality by his love, and we all know, Life's just not that simple.
I'm telling you the truth, I cried so much with this scene, I just thought it was so sad and crushing, it's the most I've cried in a videogame.
Here, this video contains the most impacting and emotional scene I've ever presenced in my life, for some moments in that time I became disconnected from the real world, and was just centered on Dom's heartbreaking acceptance of destiny.
And you see, that's the whole beauty of it.
Because in the end, after all these endings you've seen with me,
you can see they all relate,
you can see all of them has the same special message:
Love is the only thing worth fighting for.
"I, I don't know what to do"
"I, I don't know what to do, man"
"Dom, It's Okay."
SIDE NOTE: THIS IS MY 10TH BLOG.
SO I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO READ THE WHOLE THING.