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Top Ten Tuesdays | Ten Games That Made Me Cry

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Final Fantasy X, Half-Life 2, Journey, Lost Odyssey, Mass Effect, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill 2, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Walking Dead, To The Moon, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays | Ten Games That Made Me Cry

I was chatting to a friend of mine the other day about The Last of Us, and how one of the best things about the game is that it grabs you right from the start with that incredibly powerful opening fifteen minutes, and how he found himself shedding a tear or two at the culmination of the prologue, such was it's impact.

I cry at films and books and the occasional piece of music a fair bit. Not necessarily because what I'm taking in fills me with a sense of sadness, it's more that I find myself rather susceptible to emotional overloads, particularly when there are multiple forces at work. You'd perhaps expect, then, that games by their very nature would be even more successful at eliciting such an emotional response, but it's a difficult thing to pull off.

Not for the following ten games, mind.

NB. Be aware that there are some pretty major spoilers for a number of games after the jump.

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Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Illusion of Time, Mass Effect 2, Most Romantic Moments in Video Games, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Valentine's Day

Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

Happy VD everybody! Valentine's Day, that is, not the...erm...other thing. As we discovered earlier in the week, this industry has not exactly covered itself in glory at times when it comes to coupling, with forced romantic storylines often proving alienating, immersion-breaking, and sometimes downright disturbing (*cough* Sonic!). But interactive entertainment has also offered us some absolutely fantastic moments of such romantic bliss that it almost brings a tear to the eye just reminiscing.

So we gathered up the team and put together a little list of our favourite romantic moments in video games...

Carl Phillips - Shepard & Jack (Mass Effect 2)

Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

If you heard the recent PWNCAST in which we discussed romance in games, you would have already seen my choice coming a mile off, but for those of you who didn’t listen (BOO-urns to you) I will helpfully clarify my most touching moment  for you - Jack finally opening up to Shepard in Mass Effect 2.

Starting out as possibly the angriest person in the galaxy (with good reason) Jack slowly began to confide in my Shepard over the course of the game, leading to me helping her destroy her childhood memories with a nuke (which I think you’ll agree is one hell of a first date.) Slowly getting to know the girl who had faced the worst the galaxy could dish out her entire life, topped off with her frequent use of profanity, provided what I felt was some the best storytelling in the game. However, the scene that took place before the suicide mission, when Jack turns up in Shepard’s cabin, is the one that gets me every time.

With her emotions finally on show, the psychotic biotic had finally found something worth taking a risk on, and I got to see Jack in a moment of peace and happiness. The end result of not giving up on her was a tender scene between two people who had been to hell and back, and because I was projecting my own feelings through my version of Shepard it made the moment resonate even more.

Sure, she would end up punching me in Mass Effect 3 upon our reunion, but it was worth it. Jack was always worth it.

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PS Vita Hits Japan This December

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Playstation Vita, PS Vita, Sony Computer Entertainment, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Zone of the Enders HD Collection

PS Vita Hits Japan This December

Launch Line-Up, Battery Life Revealed

Over in Japan, Sony has been shedding further light on its exciting new portable, the PS Vita, at the annual Tokyo Game Show. First off, they've announced the Vita will launch first in Japan - as per usual - on December the 17th, where it will cost ¥24,980 for the standard wi-fi model and ¥29,980 for the 3G-equipped variant. 26 titles will launch alongside the Vita on the 17th, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3. Furthermore, the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders HD Collection and Final Fantasy X have been announced for the Vita, further strengthening its roster of games.

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