Death is often common place in gaming and is often the end result of a user action. However, sometimes game’s writers decide to mix it up a bit and create a situation that results in the death of a character you’ve grown an attachment to — it’s these deaths that are so hard to take in the virtual worlds we enjoy. Over the course of time, we’ve been faced with many instances where character’s we’ve loved have died a senseless death that they didn’t deserve. I’ve narrowed it down to the five most tragic deaths from my own perspective.
We’d love to hear if there are any other gaming deaths that have caught you off guard. Feel free to include them in the comment section below.
Oh, and massive spoilers abound, obviously.
Isara – Valkyria Chronicles
I am a huge fan of Valkyria Chronicles and consider it a tragedy they didn’t continue the franchise on consoles after the original, so it’s no surprise that I consider Isara’s death in this game one of the most tragic and shocking in gaming. It happens at a time in the game where you think everything is finally starting to turn and you’re making strong progress for your cause. Then, in a split second, everything changes and the emotional impact that the game carries hits you all at once. It’s an amazing feat from the writing team and it’s something more games should attempt to attain.
Tidus – Final Fantasy X
I understand Tidus didn’t really die, and with the remastered HD edition coming soon, I don’t want to spoil exactly what happens, but it’s as close to death as you can get without it actually being death. This was another hard fact to face in gaming. Final Fantasy X is often considered the last great Final Fantasy, so it makes it harder to realize that we may never have another great moment in this franchise. This was definitely one of the more memorable moments.
Aerith – Final Fantasy VII
Aerith’s death is definitely something that came out of left field. You don’t know Aerith long before her death, but when it happens, you feel an oddly strong sense of anger for something so simple. To me, it’s more because her death is a tragedy and completely unnecessary to the actual story than anything else. Despite that, FFVII couldn’t have been as great as it was without it. It’s quite the double-edged sword and it’s likely her death changed the way you looked at the rest of the game as it unfolded much like I did.
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