Haunting Moments In Video Games — VeryAli

VeryAli Gaming
5 min readJan 1, 2021

Video Games have had many moments that would make many people very disturbed or uneasy. Be it due to their subject matter, emotional impact, or just plain creepiness. Here are some moments in gaming that stayed with us.

Spoilers for the following games
Call Of Duty Modern Warfare (2007)
Red Dead Redemption (2010)
Spec Ops: The Line (2012)
Alien: Isolation (2014)
Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013)

The Nuke — Call Of Duty Modern Warfare (2007)

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The original Modern Warfare game has, perhaps, the most iconic moment in the series. I am talking, of course, about the nuke in the original Modern Warfare, that went off as the player was escaping via the chopper. What makes this moment haunting and special is the realness with which it is portrayed. Even people that don’t like CoD normally, do admit that this was a fairly powerful moment. You just watched all your fellow soldiers die of radiation poisoning and you realize the same fate awaits you as well, it just encapsulates the meaninglessness of war beautifully. (Get Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered for only $10 here)

John Marston’s Fate — Red Dead Redemption (2010)

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Red Dead Redemption, the beautiful western developed by Rockstar Games, came to a bitter conclusion. After John helped the government take down the remaining members of his old gang and finally getting his family back, the game lulls you into a false sense of security. The epilogue has you doing seemingly mundane tasks, John’s life finally settling into a normal routine. His farm and family are then attacked by the same lawmen he helped, as they were determined to end Dutch’s gang for good. In his final moments, John sends his family away so they may live, while he comes out of the…

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