What game had the greatest emotional impact on you?
Often times, I'll think about how far games have come in terms of their stories instead of just their graphics and visuals. It's pretty crazy when you think of a game having a story that's better than a lot of movies or shows.
In a game, we have plenty of time to invest ourselves into the characters, their emotions, their dilemmas, their world, and everything in between, so connecting with them on a better level is easier than say....a 2-hour movie that tries to capture everything in one sitting. Usually the movies are based off of books, which have more details and you get to have your own way of envisioning how the story is unfolding. I feel that games are a closer representation of books than a movie or a show that you have to wait for seasons to unfold the next piece of the story. The point to this is to ask ourselves, which game has had the greatest emotional impact on our lives? That can be taken in a couple of ways: Nostalgia trips where you've grown up playing a game and it brings back memories of times when you were a simpler, happy gamer with probably no idea of what was to come with online gaming (Like me), or a game that has a set of specific characters whom you identify with or you just like who they are and what they deal with.
I remember the old times when games were more of an intimate thing where you would have to back the data up yourself and there wasn't many cloud storage options so you needed the right hardware for it, although back then it was just normal. Today, something like that would be frustrating, but all of that is what built our love for gaming and evolving with it as we evolve as people. And there's definitely been some characters in games that have both changed and entertained me throughout life due to my admiration for them.
However, what game do you think of when you dig deep and remember the emotional impact that it might of had on you while you were playing it, after you beat it, and maybe even up to this point today? Franchises like Red Dead Redemption, The Last Of Us, Uncharted , COD Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy, The Walking Dead, Assassin's Creed, etc. Anything in the spectrum of story telling or character relatability. I use to be a huge AC fanatic before they changed up a lot of things that I didn't agree with and some of the newer characters lacked substance because they only received one game. It was much easier to connect with Ezio because you play as him literally from the moment he's a baby up until he's an old man that's ready to retire from the creed. It's easy to do that when you have played multiple games that tie-in to one another, but that's looking at a franchise as a whole. What about an individual game (can be apart of a franchise) that affected you?
After sitting here with no life for about 30 minutes, I came up with a conclusion for what my most emotional game (story-wise) of all time may be. It was a tough call, but I think I'm sure that it's Bioshock Infinite. I remember playing through that game and not knowing what the hell to expect because I got the game on a whim and just said to hell with it before starting it up and playing through. I had no idea that the game would have been such a deep story with such a strong message and pretty much open for interpretation for the way that it ends. You can play through it and take whatever kind of lesson you want out of it. I like those games the most. The Last Of Us is definitely a close second for me because it had the story of a movie and yeah, there's been successful games similar to it like god of war's Kratos and Atreus is to Joel and Ellie. Or even that movie Logan that was the final Hugh Jackman movie for his role as Wolverine. So it definitely has had much impact even based on just inspiration, but for me it's not #1 for story telling. Or even Far Cry 3 was a runner up if I'm being honest about it.
The gameplay is definitely more immersive in Last of Us than Bioshock Infinite, but the stories are neck and neck to me, with Bioshock Infinite winning by a hair just based on my preferences for a story, I guess? There's just something about the dynamic between Elizabeth and Booker and how their fates were always meant to collide, pretty much infinitely, that made it such a bad-ass game for me. Everyone has a different one, but this took me by storm. It was years ago since that game came out, maybe 2011 or 2012 or so? But I've since played and watched other games that have deep stories too, yet none of them have yet to surprise me as much as Bioshock Infinite did. I'm always curious to know what other people's thoughts are and which games affected their emotions, like "Who the hell is chopping onions in front of my TV?." Welp, those are my final thoughts as of now, so share your opinions!!
Edited by JayGriffin