Dying is common in the gaming world. With the exception of a few games in which this element does not exist (such as racing or puzzle games), players are already used to dealing with this event in their matches – but not in all, as they witness this situation in certain stories it can have a far greater impact on each of us.
When we realize that a Phoenix Down doesn’t always work, an act of betrayal is put in our way or even the act of giving your life for friends comes on a journey is that we are even more sure that, as in real life, some events will happen. involving deaths can be more striking or even ungrateful depending on how they are presented.
Therefore, we list below some of these occasions and we take the opportunity to emphasize that we are facing a matter that contains spoilers. However, none of the following titles are literally new, but if you don’t want to have your experience altered in any of them, just scroll a little further once you read the name (they all have a photo or video separating the title and text ).
Johnny (To the Moon)
Let’s start with some “ninja onions”. To the Moon is an impactful game in its own right as we move forward and discover all the events surrounding Johnny’s life, from his childhood problems to the burdens he had to face in his adult life. However, when the final scene starts, you hear the music above and reach the moment of the last beep of your heart, it is impossible not to be moved or at least touched by all the events of your “dream life”.
Chrono (Chrono Trigger)
The theme of death is also part of the plot of Chrono Trigger. In his first contact with Lavos within the story’s sequential events, the protagonist ends up sacrificing himself in the confrontation by taking a deathblow from the boss. In the end he ends up returning to the group, but it’s still a moment that takes everyone by surprise.
By the way, complementing our list of things you didn’t know about Chrono Trigger, did you have any idea that his death should be permanent? The proposal to go back to the past in search of a solution would still exist, but it would only be for the group to recruit a younger version of the warrior who, after the victory over Lavos, would return to his time and the character would remain dead in the future. However, the team changed that element because they thought it would be too depressing.
Zack (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII)
This is one of those cases where you start the game already knowing how it ends – after all, his death had been addressed in Final Fantasy VII. However, having control over the character in the final confrontation and seeing him facing that entire army while slowly dying makes this whole process even more painful for the player (and also impossible not to bond with the protagonist after all this suffering and feeling touched in his last moments with Cloud).
Ghost and Roach (CoD: Modern Warfare 2)
The series Call of Duty is known for bringing the death theme in several of its games. However, when this involves a betrayal and the characters we’ve already bonded with are simply left to burn to death in the middle of the battlefield after being shot by an “ally”, we immediately think “what the f*** is this one?” and we’re left with the desire for revenge even more to the fore – and it’s impossible not to feel it all when you see what happens to this pair of soldiers in Modern Warfare 2.
Dominic Santiago (Gears of War 3)
Here’s another case of sacrifice with which it’s impossible not to feel touched. Dom’s death is certainly one of the most memorable in the gaming world, not only for all the gesture to save his team members, but also for the fact that he could finally reunite with his wife Maria (who, incidentally, had a few and good as we can see in the events of the second game and died in a very brutal way). This event certainly left deep marks not only on Marcus, but on all fans of the character.
Lee (The Walking Dead)
Both in the comics and in the series and in games, The Walking Dead usually brings several deaths of important characters. In games this is no different, but we believe that none of them is more impactful than Lee’s.
The character, who stars in the first game and practically becomes a father figure for Clementine, ends up being hit by a zombie in one of his wanderings and becomes infected, and from that point on we see his life slipping away until the moment of the cruelest decision. for the girl: shoot him in the head and remember him as a human, or turn your back and let him turn into a zombie.
John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
Let’s close this list with another death case that turns out to be more brutal. At the end of Read Dead Redemption, John Marston believes he will have a happy life with his family, but is surprised when a group of “law enforcement” appears and starts to open fire on him. The character even slaughters some of the opponents in the confrontation, but ends up being hit and, finally, finds his redemption.
So, which game death was the most impactful for you? Leave your opinion in the space below for comments.