#5 Crisis Core – Zack’s Death
Crisis Core may have come out a long time after FF7 but the way it explained Zak’s story as well as introduced Cloud was perfect. We learn a lot more about Sephiroth as well as how Cloud came to own the buster sword. What made Zak’s death particularly sad for me is that apart from Cloud, he was alone. Angeal was gone, he hadn’t fulfilled his promise to Aerith and he’s faced by hundreds of Shinra soldiers. Even though he fights valiantly, in the end they prove too much and he’s shot down. Cloud’s scream to the clouds the final nail in this scene.
#4 Mass Effect 3 – Anderson’s Death
The one moment that hit me strongest though was the death of Admiral Anderson aboard the citadel. A bullet hole in his chest, blood and bruises all over his body; you can tell Anderson is reaching his breaking point. When both Shepard and Anderson are sitting down looking out over Earth, you think it’s all over you think that they finally succeeded. However Bioware decided that they hadn’t thrown enough curveballs your way and quickly snatch Anderson way from you. His last words telling you how proud he is of you and confirming that he thought of Shepard as a son.
#3 The Walking Dead Episode 5 – Clementine Shoots Lee
Clementine is a mature, kind, and polite girl, she acts as the moral compass of the group, and tries her best to maintain the humanity of the group in a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s because of her painful upbrining that made her this way. She lost her parents and later finds out that they’ve became “Walkers.” Lee, the guy that was looking after her got bit by them. Knowing that Lee would become a Walker himself she have a decision to shoot Lee. Making sure he doesn;t suffer the same fate of her parents.
#2 Gears of War 2 – Dom’s Wife
Maria was the wife of Dom. She was a childhood friend of the Santiagos and Marcus Fenix, and she would later date and marry Dominic Santiago, shortly before giving birth to their first child, Benedicto Santiago, when they were both sixteen. They later had a second child two years later, named Sylvia Santiago. Maria’s children, along with her parents, were killed on Emergence Day. That event would lead to her depression and eventual self exile. After years of being missing, she was finally found by her husband and Marcus Fenix in a Locust prison camp only to find that she had been “processed” and severely tortured to the point that she couldn’t even recognize her own husband. Dom was forced to euthanize her to end her suffering, something he never recovered from. I remember playing this game and the scene hit me so hard I had to step back and take a moment. Dom died later in Gears of War 3, sacrificing himself for his squad. I believe however that Dom truly died during this scene.
#1 Metal Gear Solid Series – The Truth Behind The Boss
I really can’t put how I feel about this in words, but I found a video that caputres The Boss situation perfectly. The boss was a woman that litereally gave everything she had to the country she loved so much. Please give it a watch.
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