I’m not the kind of gal who cries easily (except at adorable and sad movie moments, usually of the Toy Story 3 or Finding Dory variety), but I do remember getting teary-eyed at a particular scene in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Remember that scene where Zelda holes herself up to sleep for a couple of hundred years? The one where she asks Link to wake her up, and Link stumbles over the stairs trying to get to her? Yeah, that bastard of a scene.
Both Rachel and I were sitting there dumbstruck, our eyes filling up with tears, as Zelda and Link said, “See ya later,” to each other. Neither one of us had ever thought that we would be that emotionally invested in the game’s characters.
Of course, we love the characters, Link and Zelda are like extra siblings in our household with how often we’ve played the games. These particular reincarnations just sucker-punched us in the gut with their relationship and how Link’s one motivation in the entire adventure was just to save his friend. The world was important too, he knew that, but Zelda was always his main priority.
We didn’t see Zelda as much in that game but she, as always, was vital to the story. Not only was she a motivation for Link to get his rear in gear, she was also courageously playing her part to save the land. We cared about her as much as Link did, and seeing how heartbroken Link was to witness his best friend go to sleep after he had gone through so many trials and tribulations to get to her side made our eyes well up.
Besides the story line and wonderfully crafted relationship between Link and Zelda, I believe what also had gotten to us was seeing Link’s despair on his face. Skyward Sword’s graphics were beautiful and Link, not being one to talk much, shows all of his emotion through gestures and facial expressions. It’s that moment that makes Rachel and me cry.
What about you? Has there been a video game character, cut scene, line of dialogue or plot that made you tear up?