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Everyone has had one of these moments in their life. It doesn't matter if its a movie, a game, or even a book, you'll be going along when suddenly something intensely shocking and awesome happens, but its so awesome (and sometimes terrifying) it just makes you think "Oh Crap." Darth Vader is Lukes father! Oh Crap! Stuff like that, where you get a stunning reveal or a stunning sequence of action that you didn't see coming. Sometimes you even see it coming, but its so well done you still are amazed by it, and you're still floored.
Gamers love these moments. Games love these moments. Unsurprisingly, games have a lot of them, because we like to pull big reveals. So, for the 8th day of our Halloween countdown, here are five totally shocking, completely amazing "Oh Crap" moments. Spoilers abound.
Super Metal Sonic in Sonic 3 and Knuckles
The fight starts off pretty cool, with Knuckles tricking Metal Sonic into destroying (for good) the Eggrobo foe he's chased through the whole game. This leaves him with only Metal Sonic to take down. Granted, he's no picnic (the first time anyway) and it feels like a good old fashioned boss, but you already fought him in Sonic's game (explaining how he gets here). So smash-bam, a few hits, and he goes down. Suddenly, he gets up. Music shifts into a much more intense beat. Metal Sonic blasts across the stage, lands on the Master Emerald, charges himself up and whoosh, he's gone Super.
This is a masterful stroke of a final boss. The sheer shock of realizing what's happened, that your opponent has done something you thought only you could do is masterful. Its compounded by the fact that you know by first hand experience how awesome a Super form is, and now you're about to be on the receiving end of a beatdown. Oh...Crap!
Relax. I only chose one from RE4 for this list (the game has many). The Salazar statue gets special mention simply because it not only telegraphs itself (you know exactly whats going to happen, but you're still shocked when it does) but because it packs multiple Oh Crap moments into itself. Just when you think its done, it pulls another frantic moment out of itself.
The moment you walk into the room, you know it's going to chase you. You just know. But when it starts smashing through the room, forcing you to frantically run as fast as you can before it crushes you, it's a wonderful moment.
The Entire Opening Sequence from Half-Life
It all starts innocently enough. You're an MIT graduate named Gordon Freeman who is just heading to work another day on the job at the Black Mesa Research facility. You ride the tram, talk to the guards, put on your Hazardous Environment Suit, and go to work pushing an unusual sample into a large beam. BOOM! Cue critical problems and the beginning of one of the most famous "Oh Crap" moments ever. Half-Life changed the way we saw games, and this opening sequence played a large part in that.
Kefka becomes a god: Final Fantasy VI
Soma Cruz from Castlevania Aria of Sorrow