Sad gaming deaths will always be an interesting topic. Just like when your favourite TV or film character dies, gaming deaths can be pretty tough to take especially as, unlike in film or TV, you have often been playing and controlling the character which builds your bond and makes the death even worse!
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One of the biggest questions I get asked from my friends who don't game is whether the stories in games hold up or not, I like to think that this list of sad gaming deaths proves they do.
We’re kicking off our list of sad gaming deaths with a death from Shadow of the Colossus.
When you hear that game mentioned you probably expect us to talk about the death of our favourite 50 ft high scary looking stone creature but no, we’re talking about someone extra close to our hearts, it’s my sweet pony prince, it’s your in-game horse Agro.
I don’t know if it’s just me but when I’m playing a game I get way more attached to loyal animal companions than I ever do to characters that can actually speak.
Come to think of it, that’s pretty much true for me in real life too. Being friends with humans can be hard, they’re unpredictable, they have agendas, plus you can’t sit on their backs and ride around on them like you can a horse, so there’s that too.
Agro’s death hit me hard, if you’re not familiar with the game, Agro is your loyal horse and kind of the only constant that you have throughout your playthrough. The truth never really gets revealed to you in the story and there’s a real melancholic sense of impending doom throughout. You feel like what you’re doing is wrong but at least your old pal Agro is there, that is until he’s not.
His death comes completely out of the blue. You’re making your way to the final colossus but before you can get there you have to cross a bridge.
“Not a big deal” you think to yourself, “I’ll just jump over that little gap and away we’ll go, I’m in a rush, I’ve got a colossus to kill after all”.
Only things don’t go quite so smooth, as soon as you hop on, the bridge starts falling apart.
Agro charges forward determined to reach the other side but alas it’s not enough, in a last-ditch effort to seal his fate as the best horse a man could ever want, he throws you off and over to the other side, to safety, and in doing so, he sacrifices himself to the watery depths below.
And that’s it, there’s a little cutscene, some sad music and away you go, off to beat the final boss.
You won’t die in vain Agro. You were the best friend I’ve ever had…
Our final sad gaming death is a bit of a classic, it’s Lee Everett from the Walking Dead season 1. Lee is another absolute hero who has found himself in a pretty sticky situation by the end of Chapter 5. He’s been bitten by a zombie and it’s only a matter of time until he passes over and becomes one himself.
The game, as with Telltale’s other titles, is all about making choices. Lee is essentially already dead once he’s been bitten by the zombie so your choice comes down to whether Clem ends his suffering by shooting him straight in the head or handcuffs him and leaves him there to live out his days as a zombie. Leaving him will be easier on Clem who’s just a kid, but killing him will be easier on Lee who after all is the one who has to suffer in all this.
To be fair, being forced to live out the rest of your days stuck in a building as a zombie is essentially what I do at work anyway so y’know it could be worse.
Whatever you choose, it’s a seriously sad gaming death and one I don’t think I will ever forget.