Videogames allow us to be a part of an interactive experience unlike any other medium. Not only are you immersed in the moment but often you’re in control of the outcome. Needless to say, this puts us through a roller coaster of emotions more often than not.
Although most of it is fun and games (pun intended), there are some rare scenes which actually make us feel real emotions in connection with the storyline.
Today, we look at some of the most shocking videogame moments of all time that not only proved difficult to play but also left a lasting impression on the player. Note: This feature contains major story spoilers.
No Russian – Modern Warfare 2
The fact that we’ve written an entire article about this level from Modern Warfare 2 is reason enough for you to believe that it’s by far the most controversial videogame level of all time and definitely one of the most shocking sequences ever created.
Terrorism is an actual problem that the world has to battle every single day with acts of terror becoming more and more frequent and well executed. In this day and age, having a level that puts you as part of a group of terrorist invading an airport and spraying unsuspecting civilains with bullets is definitely not a decision many developers would dare make.
Especially, if you’re responsible for creating the next installment of one of the best shooter franchises of all time. But, Infinity Ward did just that and in doing so created a memorable yet courageous sequence that remains videogame’s poster child for controversy to date.
Meet Samus Aran – The Main Character of Metroid
Metroid, an action-adventure game by Nintendo was released back in 1986. The game was the first edition of the legendary Metroid series. Video games in the 80’s usually featured male characters who would be given the task of rescuing their females. Metroid was the one of the first games which featured a female character as its protagonist.
However, Nintendo never announced or let the players know that they were playing with a female character. The players got to know about that once Samus revealed herself by removing her helmet after the completion of the game during the end-credits scene. This was a shock for many of the kids back in the 80’s who were accustomed to controlling cars or playing with male characters.
The Last of Us – Joel’s Daughter is Killed
The Last of Us is one of the best action adventure survival horror games of recent times. The PlayStation exclusive game, developed by Naughty Dogs was released in 2013 and received a very warm response from the players and the critics.
With the game being a survival horror game, it can always be expected that it would have some twists and turns. The game starts when protagonist Joel, his brother Tommy and daughter Sarah flees from Austin after the outbreak of a mutant called Cordyceps which transforms people into cannibalistic monsters.
While trying to escape the outbreak, Sarah was struck by a bullet fired by a US soldier. Sarah later died in the arms of her dad, Joel uttering her last words- “Daddy, what about Uncle Tommy?” This came in as a bolt from the blue for many players as they never expected it to happen , especially since they had formed an emotional connection with Sarah. Many considered this to be one of the most shocking and emotionally draining scenes in a videogame ever.
The First Appearance Of The Flood In Halo
The Flood were first introduced in Halo: Combat Evolved. They are parasitic aliens and acts as the second enemies along with the Covenant. The Flood’s ultimate longing is to infect any sentient life they come across.
The Flood made its first entry to Halo: Combat Evolved after almost half of the game, which was really surprising. Their entry was really a major plot twist in the game. The entry of the Flood were praised by most of the media and the fans and they are still ranked among the greatest villains of all time. It also created one of the most shocking moments in a videogame since no one was expecting them to make an appearance.
Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line as a whole has been one of the most controversial games ever made. Breaking away from the stereotypical shooter genre, the story of the game is very dark and puts the player through moral dilemmas.
Set in Dubai, the game has no real hero and no matter what choices you make, it ends up in a gruesome outcome. Murdering innocent civilians, making decisions that destroys their lives and falling victim to your own mind are commonplace in the game and it managed to offer quite an unique experience.
Although it’s fanbase was limited, the game got rave reviews for its approach, and has since managed to create own its niche fanbase that appreciates its creativity and dark shades.
Death of Eli Vance in Half Life 2
Eli Vance, father of Alyx Vance and mentor to Half Life’s main protagonist Gordon Freeman was one of the major characters throughout the Half Life series. Players had built an emotional connect with the character and especially throughout Half Life: Episode 1 and 2.
However, during the final sequence of Episode 2, Combine Advisors break in just as Gordon and Alyx are about to depart and take hold of both Alyx and Eli after pinning Gordon to the wall using their telekinesis powers.
What follows is one of the most emotional draining sequences in a videogame as Eli is killed in front of his daughter while muttering to her not to look as one of the advisors brutally murders him. Alyx was to also meet the same fate but her pet robot Dog enters in the nick of time and makes a rescue.
Alyx is seen holding her father in her arms and sobbing as the end credits roll. It was a true emotional moment and videogames rarely manage to achieve this.