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    Hi everyone, I hope you don't mind but I need a little help
    I'm a games art student at university, and I'm writing an essay about the connections players feel to games.
    I want to find out which games players connected to most. By "connected to" , it could be that you felt totally overwhelmed by the story, or that it invoked deep emotional responses, like you cried etc. It could be that you felt strongly connected to a character, maybe you saw a trait of your own in the character which caused you to empathise with them, or it could be that you even felt feelings towards them to some degree. It could be that you connected to NPCs in someway.

    So, if you could please just list games you felt strongly connected to, and maybe say a bit about how and why you felt connected, I would be really grateful
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    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.

    I'm seriously blown away by how much of an impact the game's story had on me emotionally, even compared to the previous titles. I still feel shaken up weeks later. I believe its well-developed cast of characters played a big part in that, as well as the amazing soundtrack which really stirs up the appropriate emotions for each scene.

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    Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Kid Icarus: Uprising.

    In every RPG I played, I've realized that I'm somewhat, if you will, connected to at least one character (Joshua from Sacred Stones, and Gerome from Awakening).
    Kid Icarus: Uprising, just the voice acting, I was able to relate to (almost) every character. Especially Pyrrhon and Dark Pit, to be honest, I don't really know why I like them so much.

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    Fire Emblem: Awakening is a popular answer, apparently, mainly because of how you build up relationships with the characters over time and it makes it more emotional to lose one.

    Cart Life has some very emotional moments, especially in Andrus's route.

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    It seems like "Final Fantasy VI" is the default answer to every game-related question thread. But yes, Final Fantasy VI. The scene with Celes on the island broke my heart, and the credits scene after defeating Kefka is the most rewarding scene, emotionally, I've ever seen in a video game.

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    The Walking Dead. The emotional tone of the story is really harsh on players, and no matter what you do, even if it's "right", everyone gets screwed over. It really makes you feel for the characters, especially Clementine, who's probably one of the most affected in the zombie apocalypse.

    Then there's Dark Souls, which usually evokes feelings of rage or satisfaction, depending on the circumstances.
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    Thanks for all the replies so far! Keep em' coming!

    I definitely agree with The Walking Dead - all sides of the franchise (game, comic and series) are very good at connecting you with the players, then screwing them over XD

    Final Fantasy is another good one, several of those games had me.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkSword39
    Kid Icarus: Uprising, just the voice acting, I was able to relate to (almost) every character. Especially Pyrrhon and Dark Pit, to be honest, I don't really know why I like them so much.
    Interesting, I actually hadn't looked much at how voice acting comes into it. But I guess it is pretty important in making a character relatable

    And a few of the others that people have mentioned I haven't actually played before, so I'll have to have a go at some of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverFlame View Post
    It seems like "Final Fantasy VI" is the default answer to every game-related question thread. But yes, Final Fantasy VI. The scene with Celes on the island broke my heart, and the credits scene after defeating Kefka is the most rewarding scene, emotionally, I've ever seen in a video game.
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    The Walking Dead. The emotional tone of the story is really harsh on players, and no matter what you do, even if it's "right", everyone gets screwed over. It really makes you feel for the characters, especially Clementine, who's probably one of the most affected in the zombie apocalypse.

    Then there's Dark Souls, which usually evokes feelings of rage or satisfaction, depending on the circumstances.
    These three for sure.

    In Final Fantasy VI my favourite scene was the Coin scene with Sabin and Edgar.

    Dark Souls I've really dug into the lore, in the item descriptions and vague dialogue hints and such. Tons of speculation goes around in YouTube videos and stuff and I love the ideas the community comes up with. Everything in the gameplay merges with the story so well it's like one massive web of linked stuff. All the characters seem kind of normal on the outside but when you look into it there's some truly saddening stories. Example.

    Recently? Persona 4. You play as a high school student who moves to a small town in Japan where a series of murders have begun to take place. One part of the game is dungeon crawling, you and your high school friends fight together against monsters and such. The other, much larger part is just living an everyday life and socializing with the people you know. The socializing is the key part, each day you have access to different "Social Links" that trigger story sequences for each of the characters you know. Not just your school friends/party members but other personalities around town. Your Uncle that you're living with, an old widow by the river, an awkward boy you tutor, A single mother, a fox, your younger cousin. Every time you do these character specific story sequences you level up their Social Links, which lets you summon more powerful Persona to use in battle. A lot of the characters deal with death, or feel unsatisfied with who they are, and you can help them through their problems. The way the game merges story with gameplay is pretty genius and you get really emotionally attached to the characters.

    Also there's Journey. I finally got a chance to play it and it was every bit as good as everyone made it out to be. Huddling together with a frozen friend reaching the top of the mountain... as giant robo-snakes were attacking us, powerful stuff. The music and presentation along with a complete lack of dialogue is just part what makes this game so good. The interaction with other people and the way your journey unfolds is what makes the experience personal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lara lynx View Post
    So, if you could please just list games you felt strongly connected to, and maybe say a bit about how and why you felt connected, I would be really grateful
    BioShock Infinite from the way the game was presented made be feel like that I was Booker Dewit to the point where I caught myself talking to Elizabeth as if she was real.


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    Metal Gear Solid. Any list that doesn't contain at least one Metal Gear game is not complete.

    Also, BioShock. Mostly because of the escort mission at the end of the game, successfully shitting all over a great game. (Hey, you didn't say what emotion.)
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    Zone of the Enders. I played that game at the protagonist's (Leo) age so it was easy to connect with him since I dealt with similar problems. Besides that, the original Klonoa game had a very depressing ending to me. And also the original Metal Gear Solid's boss Psycho Mantis I was sympathetic towards as he died. That's pretty much it for me. I usually only relate to characters that have similar problems and ages (when I play it) as me, it feels a bit more real and way less cheesey that way. Although one game I have to mention for sure is Max Payne 2. It's probably the most cinematic and well-written game I've played.
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    I'd say Mass Effect 3 had one of the saddest and most emotional moments for me. The death of Mordin Solus almost made me quit the game right there.
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    Final Fantasy VI the coin scene was just so good i love watching that scene alot >.< i really enjoyed the game and when it was over i was sad yet happy cause i got to see the end but also know it ended made me sad >.<

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    I've felt emotionally attached to several games, most notably StarCraft, Mass Effect, Halo, Dead Space, and Bioshock. I can't really choose between them, but if I had to, I'd go with StarCraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
    Metal Gear Solid. Any list that doesn't contain at least one Metal Gear game is not complete.
    This too. Metal Gear Solid 3 got the biggest response out of me, that ending. Usually stuff that deals with selfless sacrifice like that.

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    You haven't played an emotional game till you've played To the Moon.

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    Drawn to Life and Persona 4 Awesome games that really suck you in

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    Persona 4, Mass Effect series, Red Dead Redemption. Especially Red Dead Redemption.

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    FINAL FANTASY VII. Yes, I said it, get the **** over it.

    On top of that Final Fantasy IX, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, Bioshock and any of the Metal Gear Solids are extremely close to me.

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    Probably Ico. We have an on-again off-again thing but I always come back.

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    Mine is probably SoulSilver <3
    Put my heart and soul playing that game since it was the first game I bought with my own money that was brandnew and the DS Lite as well and its speacial to me.

    Even Drawn To Life. Wow. The scene of poor Mari loosing her father 3:, nya~

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    Mass Effect series
    ending of Halo 4 (no spoilers) *I got sad*
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    Kingdom Hearts 358/2
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    I'm emotionally attached to Gears of War 3, Saints Row 2 and 3, GTA 4, and all my Pokemon games

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    The BioShock, Gears of War and Halo series are definitely the games I've felt a strong emotional connection to when I've played them.

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