The 5 Most Emotional Moments on the PS4
Remembering the most impactful and gut-wrenching experiences that left their mark on players
The PlayStation 5 has officially released, and if you’re one of the lucky few who actually got their hands on one, I just want you to know I hate you.
While everyone is scrambling to get their hands on Sony’s latest console, I thought this would be a good moment to look back at some of the best moments on the PS4. But there are plenty of listicles talking about the “best” moments, so let’s do something different.
Let’s look at the most emotional moments. The ones that hit you right in the guts. Give you the feels.
Why? Because this is my list, and that’s what I want to do.
For this list, I chose to stick with Sony exclusives, because why not. We’re talking about the PS4 after all, not this console generation as a whole. Plus I couldn’t narrow it down that way and this was easier. Sue me
So without further ado, here are my picks for the most emotional moments on the PlayStation 4. Good cries ensue.
#5 “I’ll ask you again, samurai…” — Ghost of Tsushima (2020)
Ghost of Tsushima is the ultimate swan song to a great console like the PS4. It’s a polished and stunning game that puts the potential of the PS4 on full display, and it solidifies the console as one of the greatest ever thanks to its stellar storytelling and engaging combat.
The opening of the game is also incredible and perfectly sets the stage for the main conflict of the game. When the Mongol army arrives on the beaches of Tsushima, protagonist Jin and a samurai army are there to meet them.
The Mongols quickly show themselves too powerful, though, and their ruthless tactics make quick work of the honorable samurai. After the death of his uncle and practically every other samurai on the scene, Jin awakens from near-death to discover the devastation the Mongols intend for all of Japan.
It isn’t quite the emotional high as other entries on this list, but it’s an appropriately epic moment for an epic game.
#4 “You will always be a monster…” God of War (2018)
God of War is the reboot to end all reboots. It somehow takes the blood-soaked insanity of the original trilogy and makes it a grown-up big boy story while also keeping all the blood and insanity. God of War is a landmark in video game storytelling, and it is one of the best titles on the PS4. As such, it is also packed with powerful emotional moments.
There are a lot of moments you could argue are the most emotional, but I think the strongest moment comes at the midway point through the game. Through the game, Kratos has kept the secrets of his past away from his son Atreus. However, when the boy grows ill, Kratos must travel to Hel to retrieve the only thing that can cure him. To survive, he must dig up the chaos blades buried beneath his house. He has to literally dig up his violent past to save his son. Talk about heavy stuff.
The best moment is when he finally arrives at the house and digs up the blades, only to see an apparition of the goddess Athena — who he sold his soul to all the way back in the original game.
As he pulls the blades up, she reminds him of what he is, ending with the line “You will always be a monster.”
And it’s true. Kratos cannot escape his violent nature, but he can use it to save his son — not only from his illness but from the mistakes Kratos has made. He says as much in response to her. “I know…but I am your monster no longer.”
It’s a really compelling moment, and the ensuing violence is simultaneously awesome and heartbreaking.
But mostly awesome.
#3 “Take off your mask…I want to see my nephew.” — Spider-Man (2018)
Another incredible game from 2018, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is arguably one of the best superhero games ever made, and it is certainly one of the best titles on the PS4.
Like God of War, there are a lot of stellar moments to choose from in this game. From the Sinister Six reveal with Octavius to their final showdown on the side of a building. However, I think we can all agree that Aunt May’s death scene at the very end is one of the worst things any of us have ever watched, ever.
Seriously, how could they do this to us?
At this point, Octavius has released Devil’s Breath in New York, causing most of the city to fall fatally ill. After getting the final sample from him in the final battle, a cure can finally be made to save the citizens. However, there isn’t enough time or enough of the sample to save Aunt May.
In her final moments, she reveals that she knew Peter was Spider-Man all along and asks for him to take off his mask.
It’s an insanely powerful moment, and Yuri Lowenthal gives an amazing performance that makes you feel every bit of pain through the scene.
But seriously, why did they do this to us? Why does Insomniac hate us so much?
#2 “So…what did you see?”— Uncharted 4 (2016)
Uncharted 4 doesn’t get enough love in my opinion, and I don’t think people fully appreciate just how bombastically awesome this game is. In fact, I could make every entry on this list a moment from Uncharted 4. It was almost too hard to pick.
However, I’m going to give it to the very, very end when you play as Nathan and Elena’s daughter: Cassie. The family lives on a beachfront, and Cassie accidentally stumbles on their memorabilia from past adventures. In the final shot, you see Elena place a photo from their adventures in the notebook alongside a photo of Sam and Nathan as children. The series’s catchphrase Sic Parvas Magna can be seen beneath it. Greatness from small beginnings.
It’s a beautiful moment, as Nathan spends much of the game (hell, the series) settling into a normal life, always looking for greatness, and it ties into his humble origins with Sam, his first adventure with Elena, and the series as a whole.
It’s the perfect sendoff to a fantastic character and series, and it left many Uncharted fans in tears, myself included.
#1 “Why don’t you say whatever speech you got rehearsed…” — The Last of Us Part II (2020)
Okay, was it really going to be anything else? Like, what were you expecting? Not only is Joel’s death in The Last of Us Part II gruesome and gut-wrenching, it is also the most divisive gaming moment in recent memory. The first The Last of Us is one of the most beloved games of all time, and fans were looking forward to another chapter with Joel and Ellie.
And Naughty Dog just…took that away from us.
Whether you are one of the people who loved the decision (you know, the correct people) or one of the ones that hated it, you can’t deny that the moment made you feel something.
For some people, it made them feel a little too much.
The moment also sets the tone for the rest of the miserable, soul-crushing experience that is The Last of Us Part II. Love it or hate it, it is one of the most powerful and significant moments on the PS4, and that’s why it earns the #1 spot.