What's Your Favourite Gaming Moment?

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It's no secret that I love Journey. The experience of wandering the desert with a total stranger. Working together through obstacles as you make a rudimentary chirping noises to try and communicate with each other.

Yet despite the many times I've played it, no moment will ever top the first time that I played Journey.

Let's talk about our favourite gaming moments. There are going to be spoilers.

Journey is a simple game. You wake up in the desert and walk towards a mountain. Along the way you meet fellow travelers, real people you can work with to reach the summit.

The first time that I played Journey I met maybe a dozen different people along the way. One of them stuck with me for about half of the game while we trekked up the snowy mountain towards our final goal. We developed a way to talk with the game's chirps. Short, rapid bursts meant danger was imminent. A long cry was used to get attention to something interesting.

We approached the summit together. Our steps slowing down in the cold. My friend collapsed. I collapsed. Everything seemed over.

The next thing I knew we were bursting through the clouds above the summit. Soaring through the skies, passing through sections reminiscent of the world we trekked through before as Austin Wintory's magnificent soundtrack played.

It was glorious.

Even on my second, third and fifteenth journeys it was still a beautiful moment. Just not quite the full glory of the first experience.

The song that played, Apotheosis, struck such a chord that I still listen to it from time to time when I'm feeling down. When my wife and I got married, Apotheosis was the song that played at the end of the ceremony.

Few gaming moments have ever touched me in the way that one moment in Journey did. How about you, do you have a favourite moment?


    Pretty much everything about ni no kuni. The world, the animation, the music. It was all perfect and it blended into something you could lose hours or days in without any realisation.
    I truly hope it gets a port to PS4, so people can play this criminally underplayed game.

    I've got plenty! Pretty much all of Journey, especially the ending. The giraffes in The Last of Us, the "I Hope You Find Peace" bit in Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, that bit in What Remains of Edith Finch where you're simultaneously controlling the guy in his real and fantasy worlds etc.

    I could go on, but that's probably enough.

    Couple for me:
    - The cut-scene with the giraffe in Last of Us
    - Walking out on the ledge after beating Iudex Gundyr in DS3
    - After exiting the cave at the beginning of BOTW

    Anything that makes me sit back in my chair with a big grin

    Losing Wrex in Mass Effect 1, or Mordin during the finale of Mass Effect 2. I had no idea that you could lose team mates during the last fight... ;.;
    Though I could pick any one of a number of indies for a good feels moment - Limbo, Inside, Firewatch, Night in the Woods...

    Like others, I have a few, but the ones I keep going back to when asked are in Everquest. Early in the game, there was a moment that was so simple in retrospect that it shouldn't be a memory at all, but at the time was so game changing that its stuck with me for near on 20 years so far. And it was just a simple corpse run.

    Low level dungeon, with a tree that had a false floor (curse you Blackburrow tree!!!). Fall through, you end up at the bottom of the dungeon, and need to fight your way through way too many mobs. Which happened to a friend, and they died. In those days, you had to fight back to your body to get your gear back, so we mounted a rescue party.

    That adventure was such a gaming highlight we still talk about it today. There were other, grander events I experienced in the game, with some of the raids I went on being highlights for totally different reasons, but that one, as much for its simple setting as anything, is probably my favourite.

    Coming face to face with the Icon of Sin.

    Riding into Mexico for the first time in Red Dead with that Jose Gonzalez song playing.
    That has stuck with me and I've never had the same experience in a game since.

    Intros to HL1 & 2.
    The whole 'Assault on the control room' level from Halo 1.
    Bioshock 1 twist.
    When you come ftom 2-0 down in football Manager, make subs and strategy changes and get a winner in injury time.
    Plus many many more.

      So wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up, and smell the ashes...

      So f&%king good.

    Final Confrontation with Luca Blight in Suikoden II.
    Both final Warthog sequences in Halo 1 and 3.
    Assault on the Lunatic Pandora in FF8 with your giant dragon shaped space ship.
    Clash of the Gardens also from FF8.
    Fighting the Snowhead Temple boss in Zelda: Majora's Mask.
    Final Fight with Ganondorf in Zelda: Twilight Princess.
    Fairly niche one - when the cavalry arrives near the end of Utawarerumono part 3.
    Also Niche: The endings of Ar Tonelico 2 and 3.

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    When I first played Mass Effect, I settled on Garrus and Tali as my teammates for most of the game because they were the characters I liked the most and... I wasn't really bothering with team synergies and stuff like that. I got through the game fine, anyway.

    When I was able to reunite them in Mass Effect 2, it was all Team Dextro all the time once again, and this continued into Mass Effect 3.

    So imagine my delight and astonishment when, near the end of Mass Effect 3, I'm wandering around the Normandy (this is right before you head to Earth for the final battle), and I open the doors to the Battery that Garrus has been 'doing calibrations' in since ME1.

    And there, in front of me, awkwardly and weirdly, is Garrus and Tali holding each other and kissing.

    Even though it likely was intended as a way of partnering the two dextros if you never pursued them romantically, the impact this had on me, given I'd used them consistently as my team throughout the entire trilogy was amazing. All the battles the three of us had shared and it had... forged a relationship between them. I felt... proud?

    The great part is, though, that this moment might not mean anything to another player who didn't go through the game like I did, and if you never think to check that part of the ship at that point in the game, you wouldn't even see it.

    Obvious choice is getting to Mexico in RDR, and John Marstons last stand.

    Also the opening sequence in the reboot of Tomb Raider.

      Oh god yes. That first end to RDR.

      And yes, love that opening sequence. Played TR2013 twice on PS3, once on PS4 and once on PC... Kinda like it. :D

    Killing Diablo and becoming Diablo. Mind. Blown.

    There's too many great moments, but the Bioshock 1 twist would have to be one of the best ones. Also being forced to cannibalise half my colony AND eat the frozen corpses of my defeated enemies during a particularly harsh winter in Rimworld was pretty neat...

    Not necessarily"favorite" but yeah;
    * Journey's conclusion
    * Shadow of the colussus final act
    * Some of the first few text chats in Super hot
    * Horizon Zero Dawn final act
    * More than a few moments in What remains of Edith Finch

      I would have incuded shadow of the colossus final act if the controls didnt make it so frustrating to jump from back to hand, should3r to hand .... aaaaargh. I was so mad!

    When I played Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time.
    The beginning of the final fight in Far Cry 4 cuz I loved the music.
    The mission where u steal the truck to open the north map in far cry 4 cuz i love the music.
    The mission where u r blowing up the factory to kill the chemist in far cry 4 cuz.. colour nd music.
    The drive up to pagan mins palace cuz music
    All of the drug iduced missions cuz colors and music.
    The hang glider moment in brothers: a tale of two sons. It was just... happy!
    Tomb raider anniversary's t rex.
    Lara's first human kill in tomb raider anniversry.
    When lara comes face to face wit her doppelganger for the 1st time in tomb raider underworld.
    Killing the worshipper aftrr 36 attempts in lords of the fallen.

    I'll add my vote to H:ZD, when you discover what Project Zero Dawn actually is and what Ted Faro did.

    Also the ending of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons where the older brother is killed by the girl that's actually a fucking spider monster! That was a holy shit moment with many feels.

    The Horizon: Zero Dawn moments where the Zero Dawn project true intentions were revealed and the boardroom projection where everyone gets gassed by Faro to keep it the data erasure secret. That last act was phenomenal storytelling, even if the reveal was easy enough to guess.

    The Last of Us: Giraffes and the final Rampage to rescue Ellie were both fantastic.

    Metal Gear Solid: The Gray Fox reveal when you walk through the hallways littered with corpses was freaking awesome.

    South Park: Stick of Truth when you have to venture into the butthole past Lemmiwinks - some hilarious moments in that game.

    Assassin's Creed when you first do a leap of faith off a high point and almost get a knot in your stomach. They do that so well.

    I'm sure there's some older ones I'm missing.

    I have many, but the main one would have to be my first ever day in World of Warcraft . The sheer size and scope of the game was breathtaking. It is probably dwarfed by many games these days, but up until then I'd never seen anything like it. I spent more than 2 weeks, playing every night in Goldshire, then finally made it to Redridge Mountains. When I looked at those areas on the map, they barely showed.

    I also spent a whole night trying to run from Duskwood to Booty Bay as a very under powered level 19 warrior (yeah, I was a human warrior, sue me). I must have died more than 50 times. Finally walking out of that tunnel into BB was such a feeling of achievement, I doubt I'll ever forget it. The flight back to Storm Wind was pretty cool too.

    Incidentally, I watched my 13 year-old nephew have his own breathtaking moment while he was playing H:ZD on my PS4 a couple of months ago. His reaction was so profound I could almost feel it. It's the only time I've seen the little chatterbox speechless. He was so ecstatic he teared up, then exploded with excitement. I don't think his life will ever be the same.

      Which bit got your nephew? Feel free to spoiler tag it... :D


        It's very early on, he was only allowed to play for about 90 minutes - he's also on the spectrum so gets distracted by other things fairly regularly.

        It's the part when you first discover that you can ride one of the horse machines. The random combination of events that lead up to that moment made it really special. Hell, I knew it was coming and it affected me!

          Oh yeah. I get it completely. I hope over the next few weeks he gets to progress, it's a fantastic story and played "episodically" it's awesome. The mission/quest tracking is brilliant - set a goal, complete goal, go do something IRL for a while! :)

          Thanks for taking the time to respond.

      There are a few, but WoW has a couple. Back in Vanilla a friend from work got me hooked and I joined his raiding guild. The first time Ragnaros emerges from the lava in molten core and just towers over the whole raid. Holy crap! Felt similar in TBC when I did the Kil'Jaeden fight and he claws his way out of the pool and towers above everyone too. Probably the last genuine "WHOA!" moment in WoW for me though.

      But before that Quake really got me. Playing MP co-op with a friend and a shambler dropped down between the two of us and goes for him. He's got his back turned so he can't see it. I'm yelling at him in real life and we're both panicking and yelling. Not a big set piece or a boos battle. But it was the first time we really felt that "you're *IN* the game" feeling.

    The moment you realise that the game doesnt control you (the rules, the limits, the moves, the overpowered brickwall enemies...) but you control the world and a free from a constraint or challenge that was tearing you up inside. Be it a piece of gear, the right strat, your perfect team, that checkpoint that opens the world ahead of you, a vehicle. That moment that changes the game for the better.

    Mass Effect 3 - the cutscene where the Normandy leads the united galactic fleets through the relay to take back Earth, and the ensuing space battle. Chills. Every time.

    Horizon: Zero Dawn - have to add my voice to this one. So many awesome moments: Finding out what Project Zero Dawn really is, all of Faro's decisions/mistakes, and...

    ...where you find out Elisabet Sobeck made it home before she died

    Some of my favourite moments have been:
    BoF Dragon Quarter: That one moment when you have to do the one thing you've been told not to do the whole game. (People who have played it should know what I mean)
    Drakkengard III: The scene before the final "fight" is the only time a game has ever made me cry.
    Asura's Wrath: Pretty much everything in this game.
    Furi: The first phase of the The Edge fight.

    - Hobbes being revealed as a traitor (MFer!!!)
    - Dat ladder in MGS3 and the music slowly kicking in. Bonus: the opening credits and the Snake Eater theme song
    - Dancing with Jenny in The Darkness 2 and the ending. Not wanting to press the button prompt
    - Crawling through the tunnel as Old Snake with the radiation killing him in front of you. The struggle was real!
    - "They are all diamonds" - killing your own men out of mercy
    - decapitating a prisoner with a homemade shiv in Skyrim
    etc etc

    I mean how can one even choose...
    The intro to ff7 with the music, those piano tinkles, then the music filling up as the camera zooms in over midgar...gives me chills just thinking about it honestly.
    The first level of deus ex when I realised just how much there was to explore and how many methods of progressing there actually was...
    And so many more

    “The cake is a lie”
    “Would you kindly”

    Pretty much all about senua hellblade, exotic and beautiful landscapes as one

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