What’s good, everyone? Joshua Evo here to bring you my entry for day nine of our ongoing challenge! Fair warning, it’s going to be a bit of a bummer, but it’s definitely one that gamers everywhere have an opinion on. Today, we’re going to discuss our choices for saddest game scene. Ask any gamer, hardcore or otherwise, and they’ll tell you that video games aren’t just about shooting and blowing things up, but can also elicit some pretty powerful emotional responses from players. Being that I’ve been gaming as long as I have, I for sure have had some pretty crazy emotional roller coaster rides with my video games, but one of the ones that sticks out to me most hails from the 1994 Super Nintendo hit, Super Metroid. At the climax of the game, bounty hunter extraordinaire Samus Aran squares off with the insidious (and gross-looking) Mother Brain. During the battle, Samus becomes overwhelmed and finds herself on the verge of destruction when something unexpected happens. Samus is saved by the baby Metroid from the beginning of the game. The baby attacks Mother Brain and siphons both power and health to transfer to Samus, who the Metroid sees almost as its mother. However, Mother Brain recovers and destroys the baby.
As you can see by the video above, bloodlusted-mama bear-hyper beam Samus hulks out and wipes the floor with Mother Brain. The sequence is fairly brief, but to me it was very powerful, not so much because of how the character in the game reacted, but for how I as a player reacted. The “bloodlusted-mama bear” feeling was one that became imbued with. I now had the power to hand that baby killer her own ass on a plate with fries, and I’ll be damned if I wasn’t gonna do it. I’ve played a ton of games since then, and they have had a lot of emotional impact on me (lookin’ at you, Red Dead Redemption’s ending) but Super Metroid was the first time I had really experienced “dem feels” from a video game.
— Evo out.
YO YO YO! Hannah up in this mofo! Guess what game my saddest moment comes from? That’s right, it’s Halo again! Halo 4, to be precise.
When my girl Cortana goes cuckoo bananas then (presumably) is destroys herself while saving Master Chief is incredibly sad. It’s difficult to explain if you haven’t followed the series, but basically Cortana is an AI who accompanies Master Chief and guides him throughout the games. The undercurrent is one of deep trust and companionship, some even say love. This article from Forbes explains the romantic aspect wonderfully.
“Killing off” a main character, especially one so likable, was a ballsy move for the Halo series. And I didn’t like it one bit.
HSLAMMA WILL RESPAWN IN THREE… TWO… ONE…
Hello everyone! Megan_Highwind here. The choice for saddest moment is gaming is a close one for me. Not to sound like a broken record as I know my entry before this was for the same exact game, but the saddest moment in gaming for me also came from Final Fantasy X. I have played a lot of games that have made me feel varying levels of sadness at certain points throughout my gaming years, but the ending scenes of Final Fantasy X where Tidus disappears right in front of Yuna’s eyes is the one point that I remember most vividly making me cry. While Final Fantasy VIII holds my heart for my favorite entry in the series, FFX is a close second in big part to the level of emotional attachment I had not realized I had developed for the eternally too happy Tidus and the over zealous Yuna. If you would like to follow me down the dark spiral of sadness, check out the ending here:
Luckily for Yuna, she gets to keep her life, unlike previous summoners who defeated Sin before her. It is then, when Sin is gone and Yuna is still alive, that it is revealed that Tidus is disappearing. We had already been forced to lose the unsent guardian Auron, but added to that losing Tidus was too much for me to handle. Between the disappearance of Tidus, the heartfelt speech of Yuna, and Suteki Da Ni playing on the speakers during the ending credits, I will forever and always get chills and be on the verge of tears when Final Fantasy X ends.
-Megan_Highwind has left the party.
Hey everybody, James B. Boss here with Day 9 entry. Unfortunately I have to dig into the sadness depths of my heart to find the one sad moment in a video game that actually squeezed a tear. out of me. Like my brother Evo up there, I’ve also have witnessed quite a few sad moments in video games, but the saddest moment that I myself have ever experienced was the death of Soap Mactavish from CoD Modern Warfare 3. Yes, I know it might seem weird that I chose a moment from a CoD game, given the fact that the series has a history of some of the most uninteresting and forgetful characters, however in the case of Mr. Mactavish here, what bums me out about his death is the fact that it comes completely out of nowhere.
For starters, there’s a deep connection to Soap, as he was the character you played as in the first Modern Warfare title and after all the chaos you endured playing as him, you get to fight alongside him in the next two titles. With this change of pace, we are able to gain some perspective on what kind of person he is outside of the how the player, um, plays him, and by the end of it all, you begin to feel an attachment to his character. Unfortunately, he met his demise in the third entry of the Modern Warfare series, but if there IS a silver lining to this tragedy, it made it all the more sweeter to pop a cap into the main villain of the game. Let’s be honest, how many times do we as gamers actually witness the death of a character that we have been controlling and following throughout multiple entries of a game franchise? Well Soap was one of the very few that fit that description. Rest in peace, Soap. May you “boom, headshot” in the next life as well as you did this one.
— Boss? What happened? BOSS?!