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    I found this interesting tumblr account through memebase and thought i'd share it with everyone and ask you what is the most emotional moments you ever experienced in games?
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    Half Life 2, Legend of Zelda twilight princess and even games like Lost Odyssey (read through some of the stories you come across in the game. It will cause you to shed some tears), i've seen a alot of them.

    The most recent heart wrenching moment I think is the end of Half Life 2 EP 2 ending. The voice actress for Alyx Vance captured the emotion of the moment as perfect as your ever gonna get and makes you realize why people want valve to finally release a sequel that ties to this story immediately to fix the wrongs.
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    The Walking Dead. No other game has made me feel like that one did.

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    Heavenly Sword, gotta admit I couldn't wait to rip those scumbags apart.

    Heavy Rain, just about every moment.

    Original Halo "the first one only" when the orchestration kicked in during the big battles. They have never recaptured that perfect musical timing.

    Quake 3 Arena ....gibs, gibs, gibs.

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    Fallout 3 is the game that has gotten ahold of me. So much promise... Not quite fufilled, but damn, the closest it's ever been. I must give credit where credit is due. When you are walking thru the desolate wastelands, with the background sounds, and such, it's just gives me that all alone feeling that feels really cool. It puts you in a certain vibe... Of course, then you start shotgunning fools in the head, and it becomes more of a comedy

    Still, there are those certain times in the game, when you're exploring the wasteland, and there isn't anybody around, and it just has the apocalyptic feeling down pat.

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    Suikoden (Playstation) was a noteworthy one for me.
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    First the loss of Ted, as well the shocking departure of Gremio. Odessa's farewell really made me feel like I was alone now, and my duty to carry on the struggle against the empire with my fledgling rebellion. A lot of OMG TRAGIC and RAH RAH FIGHT THE POWER moments in this short, little game.

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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) is another. Starting out on that rainy night, taking up arms for my fallen uncle.. the feeling I got playing this game is what made me love it so much. I guess it's more atmosphere than emotion I get from this one, but that feeling of being enveloped by the world I'm interacting with is one of wonderment.


    Also, Kingdom Hearts opening CG sequence really makes me nostalgic over my childhood, for some reason.

    Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete - the "Boat Song" gives me chills to this day.

    Super Mario Galaxy: Melancholy story-time with Princess Roselina, and the game's ending was quite moving as well, especially for a Mario game. Reminds me of Pixar.

    The ending CG sequence to Final Fantasy 8 when "Eyes on Me" starts, all the way till the credits are done rolling and the final scene plays. ALMOST MANLY TEARS!
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    Journey (PS3)-the feeling of loss near the end if you get separated from a person who got pulled into your game and interacted well with you. Then the elation when you find them and go spiraling through to the end and then sadness as the screen fades to black.

    Heavy Rain-there were moments.

    Alan Wake-it was a slow build but near then end when Alan opens a box to find something from his past-that choked me up.

    Flower

    Dear Esther: not really a game per se but as I roam about taking in the atmosphere and the narration it gets me thinking and thus feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiM View Post
    Journey (PS3)-the feeling of loss near the end if you get separated from a person who got pulled into your game and interacted well with you. Then the elation when you find them and go spiraling through to the end and then sadness as the screen fades to black.

    Heavy Rain-there were moments.

    Alan Wake-it was a slow build but near then end when Alan opens a box to find something from his past-that choked me up.

    Flower

    Dear Esther: not really a game per se but as I roam about taking in the atmosphere and the narration it gets me thinking and thus feeling.

    of all the posts in this thread i agree with this one the most

    also SUPER agree with the stories in lost odyssey, i've been recently playing thru it and just beat disc 1, i choke up a bit on a majority of those stories lol


    of course the scene everyone knows about in final fantasy 7, the "holy shit he just killed____!"


    deadly premonition did too, towards the end of the game when i knew it was over and i drove around saying bye to everyone

    right now its just those off the top of my head
    "Kidnap the presidents wife without a plan..."

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    Chrono Trigger, Lavos depressed me, and the real ending made me so happy.

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    Journey, definitely. I went through the entire last two chapters with the same companion, and whenever we were separated, every single time one of us got to the next (for want of a better word) checkpoint, we'd wait for the other one. Got to the end of the game and it turns out this companion was a 17-year old Japanese girl who doesn't speak English. Doubt you'll ever get that experience anywhere else.

    Heavy Rain definitely came close, especially when you discover the identity of the killer. Honest to god, at that point I had to switch off the game for half an hour to process what had just happened.

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    I can't think on any specific points, but becoming closer friends with some of your social links in Persona 3 and 4 really deal with real life problems that some people may have, so its easy to feel for those charcters as you learn more about them later on in the game.

    Yes the Lost Odyssey stories. After I read every single one of those, I thought about what I had just read and just said to myself, "wow". I'm not much of a reader, but those things made me want to search them out within the game. One of the effects that made them even more interesting was the sound effects that played durring them so it almost helped you envision what was happening even more so. I asked someone who was playing this game, around when it was new, if they were reading them. They said they were just skipping them, so I told them they HAVE to read at least one of them, otherwise they would be missing one of the best aspects of the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman187666 View Post
    I can't think on any specific points, but becoming closer friends with some of your social links in Persona 3 and 4 really deal with real life problems that some people may have, so its easy to feel for those charcters as you learn more about them later on in the game.

    Yes the Lost Odyssey stories. After I read every single one of those, I thought about what I had just read and just said to myself, "wow". I'm not much of a reader, but those things made me want to search them out within the game. One of the effects that made them even more interesting was the sound effects that played durring them so it almost helped you envision what was happening even more so. I asked someone who was playing this game, around when it was new, if they were reading them. They said they were just skipping them, so I told them they HAVE to read at least one of them, otherwise they would be missing one of the best aspects of the game.
    I agree on the Lost Odyssey stories, they were very well written and well translated. I just kind of wish they'd have voice actors for them.

    If you appreciated those, you would probably like the memories in Fragile Dreams (Wii) as well. That game is probably one of the best I've played in the last couple years, and definitely good at evoking emotions. All the settings and everything are excellently done, though the controls can be a bit tedious sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xelement5x View Post
    I agree on the Lost Odyssey stories, they were very well written and well translated. I just kind of wish they'd have voice actors for them.

    If you appreciated those, you would probably like the memories in Fragile Dreams (Wii) as well. That game is probably one of the best I've played in the last couple years, and definitely good at evoking emotions. All the settings and everything are excellently done, though the controls can be a bit tedious sometimes.
    With the lost Odyssey stories, I kind of liked the fact that there was no voice actor's for them. It kind of let me soak in the stories at my own pace, and gave me the feeling that I was the main character remembering what had happened in this past. Voice acting would have made me felt that someone else was telling me a story of what happened to my character rather than the feeling that I was remembering forgotten memories.

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    The first Super Mario Bros. game. Man I got all the way through that castle, got the hammer and then - sorry, man. Princess ain't here.

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    For me, music is a crucial element of emotional involvement in gaming (as in film). The best example I can think of is the Silent Hill series. Akira Yamaoka's music is the perfect accompaniment to SH's disturbing visuals and otherworldly atmosphere. It's the music in that series that really gets under my skin and possesses my imagination. It's some of my favorite music from any medium.
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    I'll +1 on Heavy Rain but I'll add something new too: Grand Theft Auto IV.

    I'm not going to lie and say it was close to the same thing as Heavy Rain in terms of emotional impact, so maybe it shouldn't count, but I really was shocked and dismayed when, at Roman's wedding, Kate gets killed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlxPHd1gllA

    As much as I was originally disappointed in the game (having loved San Andreas to death), I really, really got into GTA IV. Going through all the dating with Kate to progress the relationship really made that scene impactful, although watching it now doesn't carry nearly the same weight as watching some of those opening scenes from Heavy Rain would.

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    Has anyone here played To The Moon? It's on sale for half off at gog.com (75% off if you get the bundle it's in). Reviews look to be good, so I'm thinking about picking it up. From what I've read, it's exactly the type of game that would fit in this topic.

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    Legend of Zelda OOT

    When you revisit Castle Town and all of the towns people have been converted to ReDeads. I've never felt so emotionally connected with a game until that point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgdgagdae View Post
    Has anyone here played To The Moon? It's on sale for half off at gog.com (75% off if you get the bundle it's in). Reviews look to be good, so I'm thinking about picking it up. From what I've read, it's exactly the type of game that would fit in this topic.
    I had a friend recommend To The Moon to me and he was really impressed by it. It's on my shortlist for next year but I tend to put off digital only purchases :\

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    Try Photopia. It's interactive fiction, and it's only barely a game. It takes about 45 minutes to complete, but definitely worth it. It's free to download and works in any Z-Interpreter (such as Frotz).

    Download the Photopia.z5 file here.

    There's a link to an MS-DOS executable at that link, too.

    Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still a bit hard to "play".
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    The original Silent Hill on PS1 made me feel creeped out back in the day. It probably had something to do with all those demon babies. I played thru the Japanese import version and the music and atmosphere were on another level compared to everything else.

    More recently there was Alan Wake. I hung on every single part of that story and loved every minute of it. The ending was both welcome and sad at the same time. The new DL off-shoot game that launched early last year made thigs alittle better until you realize it isn't part of the official cannon.

    There was also Heavy Rain. Like Alan Wake this was another excellent game with a story rivaling some of the best stuff hollywood had to offer the last several years. Although this game is very good it can also be very damn depressing. And then there are the multiple endings which will leave you completely stunned.

    Lastly theres The Walking Dead. Had Microsoft not made episiode 1 free on XBL I probably would have never even touched this game. I had seen a few episodes of the show on Netflix but never bothered digging into the series anymore than that. I obviously had no idea what I was missing. Episode one had some of the deepest story moments for such a short experience. It's one of those games where you have to question your every move and then live with the conseqences. I wish more games were like this.
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    OOT, Persona 3, Persona 4, Nocturne, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Killer7 (a different "kind" of feel) and Phantom Dust to name a few.
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    That speech at the end of MGS 3 detailing the sacrifice of The Boss got me pretty close. Despite all the MGS sillyness both intentional and not that did really bother me in the end.

    I'm honestly not sure why but the end of Dreamfall also bothered me, maybe it was the betrayal but the ending sequence was the only other game that almost had me shed some tears.

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    The name of this topic could have been easily been something along the lines of "Emotional games".

    With that said, in order of how depressing there are.

    Nier
    Fragile Dreams
    Silent Hill 2

    That's pretty much my trifecta of depressing games. I haven't played the new walking dead games by telltale, but I've heard those are pretty depressing too.

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    **********SPOILER ALERT**********

    I forgot to add that theres also a part in Star Wars: KOTOR II where you are going to meet with several Jedi who are suppose to fill you in on what happened to you. But by the time you arrive Kreia has wiped them all out. You arrive to find all of their bodies scattered around the area while the backdrop is filled with overwhelmingly powerful and emotionally charged music. Yeah, that was definitely an emotional moment.
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