The Most Cinematic Moments in Gaming History

You know the scenes I'm talking about. These are the kind of scenes that you have a save file just moments before so you can replay them over and over. These are the scenes you invite your friends over to see so you can show off your system in all its technical glory; the scenes that surpass mere nostalgia and still to this day retain a legendary status in the gaming community. These are some of my favorite impacting scenes in gaming history. What are yours?

Spoilers below.

Metal Gear Solid 4 - Server Room Struggle

No other game has touched me so, as the Metal Gear Solid series. Hideo is known for his cinematics but the way he portrays the pure struggle of Snake and his comrades in this scene is pure genius. There are some very special things Hideo does with the scene that really tugs on your emotions. One is that he splits the screen into two parts and allows you to see the struggles of your comrades as you, yourself are desperately crawling to the server room. The second is that he requires the player to frantically mash the triangle button to keep Snake alive as his health slowly depletes due to the microwaves. Lastly, the soundtrack that accompanies the scene is phenomenal in portraying struggle and hardship. All of those things combined lead to one unforgettable moment. On another note, Raiden losing both arms and holding his sword in his mouth is a little over the top, but that's Hideo for you.

Metal Gear Solid 3 - Reunion with The Boss

The final boss of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is by far one of the most emotional in the series. The setting of a vibrant field of flowers as the battlefield is not only appealing to the eye but is also an amazing technical feat for the PS2 to pull off. Partway through the battle you hear the reoccurring theme song of MGS 3 sung softly as you wage a final battle against your life long mentor.

Mega Man 2 - Ending

8-bit emotion at it's best. Mega Man triumphs over Wily (yet again) and does what every other first class hero would do; walk away solemnly into the distance as the seasons slowly change.

Final Fantasy VIII - Ending

Final Fantasy VIII had a remarkably long FMV for an ending at its time. I considered this ending groundbreaking as a kid. The last boss battle was pretty epic and I remember beating the game over and over so that friends could watch the ending and the "state of the art" graphics.

Super Metroid - Last Boss Battle

Super Metroid was by far the best in the series and the final boss battle is just icing on the cake. The raw emotion invoked when your metroid pal sacrifices himself to save you can not be expressed in mere words. Nostalgic or not, you have to agree that this is one of the most epic endings found on the 32 bit system.

Final Fantasy X - Wedding Crasher

Action, romance, and comedy (listen to the voice acting). That is the triforce when it comes to making a good scene. Tidus and his comrades sliding down a cable off an airship to save their favorite summoner from marrying a creep is captured perfectly here. The soundtrack accompanying all this action is one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard as well.

Zone of Enders 2 - Massive Field Battle

I'm a sucker for radio chatter in video games. I've always loved games like Star Fox where my comrades talk to me. I know some people hate it but I feel so much more immersed in a game with all that radio chatter. Games like Modern Warfare and Ace Combat are a few examples of great radio chatter but I feel the game that captures its essence well is Zone of Enders 2. Particularly a scene near the end of the game when you're forced into a massive battle with hundreds of allies and enemies on the field. There so much chaos going on the battlefield that you really feel overwhelmed and at a loss for words.

Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time - Last Boss Battle

A Truly epic boss battle. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the greatest games of all time and it contains one of the greatest face offs with Link's nemesis. My favorite was the music that accompanies the transformation stage of Ganondorf into Ganon.

Final Fantasy VI - Defending the Esper from the Empire

Final Fantasy VI had some of the most lovable characters of the Final Fantasy universe. When those characters band together to push back an onslaught of imperial soldiers from capturing one of the last remaining espers is priceless.

Final Fantasy VII - Last Boss Fight

Vocal music in my video game!! My jaw dropped when I heard "One-Winged Angel" for the first time in Final Fantasy VII. The soundtrack really made you feel epic as you threw summons, limit breaks, and everything but the kitchen sink at Sephiroth's final form.

Comments

Final Fantasy

I have all the collections of Final Fantasy and am still waiting for more sequel to my collection. i just loive the epic hero in it and I will never stop collecting them.

FFVII final battle

Nice article!

That final boss battle against Sephiroth in FFVII is so epic. Love the almost Psycho-like stab of the violins in the song, and it stays with me most fondly because I finally had a good reason to use the Knights of the Round summon that I worked on getting for a few nights (silly chocobo racing). But yeah, it's a great one overall.

hmm

Very nice article, but no Shenmue love :( eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7uZLnbgbvs The buildup to and presentation of this scene is probably still the best I've seen. Both the local buildup and buildup over the series to that point was nothing short of amazing directing. Unfortunately the voice acting seems even worse compared to today's VA. Couldn't find any subbed versions on a quick look :-\ Also I was actually just reading about the Kowloon walled city yesterday, pretty interesting.

And I'd probably pick a ton of other ff6 scenes over that one personally :P Opera scene, the entire ending, Celes' attempted suicide, Locke/Rachel, Cyan's castle, (maybe anyone's personal stories tbh), phantom train... all incredible.

Great list, so many more possibilities

Yeah, this list makes me want to make my own. The Lan Di helicopter scene was epic and heartbreaking. Shenmue 2 should have ended there.

And FF6 is chock full of great scenes, along with the opera scene (and the burning building, and the end of the world, and many more), my favorite cinematic scene was the opening with the mechs walking across the snowy plains.

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