10 Heart-Pounding Moments in Video Games
Alien: Isolation (First Encounter)
If you’re looking for games that guarantee a heart-pounding moment, where better to search than horror games? Alien: Isolation is just one example of horror games that do an incredible job at providing you with a rush. As you explore the space station as Amanda Ripley, you’ll do your best to avoid the Xenomorph prowling the darkened ventilation shafts and hallways. Despite your efforts, you would encounter it…and what a heart-stopping moment it was. One moment you’re just at your keyboard, the next, you’re watching a giant shimmering black monster climbing out from the ceiling before you.
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Final Battle)
There couldn’t be a more epic battle than that in Metal Gear Solid 4, between our beloved hero, Solid Snake, against a villain named Liquid Ocelot. Your argument is invalid. You block and hit and fight a fight that differs immensely from the rest of the game. You two throw each other around and choke the life out of each other for the continued survival of civilisation. It’s difficult enough without your heart thumping in your ears!
Tomb Raider: A Survivor is Born (Burning Temple)
The mysterious island of Yamatai, upon which Lara Croft and the crew of the Endurance crashed, is a beautiful place riddled with horrors. As you explore it and uncover its ancient secrets, you’ll come across plenty of moments that’ll make you gasp in shock and awe. The intense tale will pinch your adrenal glands a lot, but none are more memorable than the escape from the burning temple where you’ll scale crumbling walls and leap through wooden structures set ablaze, all to make it back to your friends and escape this godforsaken place. When Lara screams in horror, you just might too.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Nuclear Explosion)
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series began with promise. Epic scenarios that place you directly in the path of danger, but you soldier on because you want to save the free world from those who would see it burn. Which made it that much more shocking when that nuclear bomb went off in CoD4. You thought you’d stop it somehow. It was a heart-stopping moment, seeing the world blow up before you from within a helicopter.
The Last of Us (First Bloater fight)
Of all creatures placed in our path in gaming, there are few more grotesque than Bloaters— the massive disease riddled abominations armoured in fungi. You don’t encounter them a lot in The Last of Us, in fact, there are only two instances where a fight with one is unavoidable. Nothing will beat that first fight though, when you desperately try to figure out how to hurt it. Your bullets seemed to do next to nothing and fire worked but seemed to do very little. You can’t forget that moment of panic and that heart-pounding moment when that bulbous beast finally fell.