People love video games for a number of reasons. For some, gaming is a great way to relax. For others, video games are fantastic medium through which great stories can be experienced. For everyone however, video games are enjoyable because of those singular moments in which you might leap for joy after finally beating Ornstein and Smough after three days tearing your hair out and crying yourself to sleep…or those moments that just get your heart pumped because you don’t know what will happen to you or to those characters you’ve grown to adore— those heart pounding moments like the 10 below. Be warned, spoilers ahead.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Scarecrow Levels)
The Batman Arkham trilogy is known for being the best series of super-hero games, able to truly make you think and feel like the Dark Knight would. Arkham Asylum must be singled-out however, for giving us the most terrifying Scarecrow experience. Each time you were flung into that hectic world of fear and madness, your heart jumped. When the image on your screen was momentarily corrupted, you panicked, thinking that something might be wrong with your console/PC. It was a masterful moment and just part of the reason why Rocksteady’s series did so well.
Resident Evil 5 (Final Battle)
A whole Resident Evil series up until 5, led us to that point where Chris Redfield and his new partner, Sheva Alomar, went head to head against the Ouroboros-powered-Albert Wesker in a volcano, in true super-villain fashion. You struggled, shot, and prayed that you wouldn’t run out of ammo while Wesker whipped his Ouroboros tentacles at you. It was an epic battle and one that definitely had our hearts racing from start to finish.
Mass Effect (Final Saren Battle)
The citadel: home to 13 million inhabitants belonging to several intergalactic species. It’s an enormous synthetic station drifting through space. You have to remember when its serene Presidium level with its bright blue artificial sky turned a bloody red, as you burst forth from the mass relay to see Sovereign and Saren tearing your beloved station apart. The struggle toward to the council chamber was long and difficult, but not as difficult as that final battle with Saren, after he fell from his glider, when his corpse was re-animated, a vessel for Sovereign to fight you, Commander Shepherd. He zipped from wall to wall, screeching and firing his deadly red beams. You ducked and ran for cover, firing your blasters at him, narrowly wounding him until finally his body could take no more. For many, that heart-pounding moment was when they felt like saviours of the galaxy.
Skyrim (First Dragon Battle)
You’d heard only legends before that fateful day of your would-be execution. You’d made it out alive after scurrying from death at the claws of Alduin, the world eater. Now you were being asked to rid Whiterun of its dragon problem. That moment when we all ventured out amongst soldiers in expectation of a cold-blooded beast, we began to quake inside, unsure if we’d properly prepared ourselves for this fight, if we’d assigned points to the right places or equipped the right spells and weapons. Then the winged beast descended, spouting fire and a chilling roar. We weren’t sure how we were going to tackle it, but we were definitely going to try. For many, it was this first thrilling encounter that drew them in to the fifth entry in the Elder Scrolls series.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (First Dragon Battle)
When talking about exhilarating dragon battles, Dragon Age: Inquisition must be mentioned. You don’t have to fight the dragons, but you should anyway. If you’ve ever explored the various maps so thoroughly that you encountered these gigantic flying monsters, you’ll know already how terrifying they are at first and how satisfying they are to slay at the end. You’ll remember when one of these creatures landed before you and your companions, roaring and flapping its great wings in anger. You asked yourself if you were at a high enough level and realised after a few hits…no. No you weren’t.