有点莫名其妙。从卖花女转变成自由战士的Aeris Gainsbourgh在被洗脑的主角Cloud Strife（也是她的爱人）杀死自己之前击败了他。随后从黑暗中射出了一道阴影，并从背后飞出了一把剑刺穿了Aeris的身体。
如果玩家此前并不讨厌Sephiroth（杀死Aeris的罪魁祸首），但看到他使用背刺这种卑鄙手段之时肯定会对其心生厌恶。但是玩家真正该埋怨的是某一天深夜设计师Tetsuya Nomura与该系列游戏故事写手/制作人Hironobu Sakaguchi的那通电话。Nomura建议杀死Aeris，并让Tifa Lockhart充当云之少女的角色，而Sakaguchi也对整个游戏系列都是杀死某个角色并在之后让其复活这种设置感到厌烦，所以他答应了Nomura的提议。因为他们的这种转变看起来非常脱离常情，这导致很多玩家都不愿意接受这种结局。甚至直到今天，还有传闻称存在使Aeris复活的方法，只是这种方法隐藏在代码中。但是事实并非如此，15年后的今天，Aeris的死仍是一个令人揪心的痛楚。
《使命召唤》从不掩饰任何角色的牺牲，但是接下来所发生的则未遵守我们所熟悉的任何规则。你并没有死，你经历了Sergeant Paul Jackson生命中的最后时刻。你扮演着Jackson这个角色，在坠毁的直升机废墟中醒过来，周边的世界变得非常迷糊。四周都是同伴们的尸体。你极端痛苦地向前缓慢爬行着，直到你看到不远处的一朵蘑菇云，然后你的身体渐渐不受控制，瞬间整个世界都变白了，随后又迅速暗淡下去。
你可能会认为John Marston（亡命之徒，同时也是好丈夫和好父亲，前沿哲学家，三流的农夫）的下场不该如此惨烈。腐败的政府特工Edgar Ross绑架了他的亲人并强迫他去追捕自己的前帮派成员，尽管Marston痛恨这种做法但还是做了。他甚至一度认为自己理所应当这么做。即使他已经摆脱了那种邪恶的生活，但是直到现在他才对自己的行为感到忏悔。
但Ross并未善罢甘休，要打破这个循环就得送Marston（这个Dutch van der Linde帮派的最后幸存者）上西天。为了达到这个目的，Ross策划了一场针对Marston农场的袭击。而为了确保自己的妻儿顺利逃脱John一直在努力拖延时间，并向他们承诺自己一定会没事的。当他走出去时，一大群美国警官朝他残忍扫射直到他倒下为止。
死因： Ayn Rand
比起让主角Jack（游戏邦注：碰巧也是Ryan的私生子）杀死自己，Ryan选择决定自己的命运。他引领Jack来到一间高尔夫球俱乐部，使用预定程序代码短语“Would you kindly”去控制Jack的思想，然后命令Jack杀死自己。Ryan临终前用一句话总结自己生前所做的每个决定：“人类有权选择，而奴隶只能服从”。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，拒绝任何不保留版权的转载，如需转载请联系：游戏邦）
5 very memorable video game deaths
Life in a video game is cheap. Odds are you bite it on a fairly regular basis just bopping through the campaign. Your character explodes in a shower of meaty parts or he simply ragdolls, letting out a manly, yet shrill scream. But then the game resets, you’re up again, and everything’s back to normal. Certain death averted, however many tries it takes.
So it’s a little shocking when death sticks. And when it happens to a fantastic character, someone we’ve spent hours playing with (or as), we feel it a lot deeper.
These often become touchstone moments in our lives as gamers. As scripted events tucked into our interactive experience, they also impart a certain sense of powerlessness. We can wipe out entire armies but fail to save one life. You might not take anything else away from a game, but that instant where a friend slips away and we can’t do anything to stop it? That stays with us. And here are five deaths in video games that we’ll carry around for a long, long time.
Who: Aeris Gainsbourgh
Game: Final Fantasy VII
Cause of Death: Shish kabobed
It came out of nowhere. Flower girl-turned-freedom fighter Aeris Gainsbourgh had just won a battle of wills against her love interest, brainwashed and broody main protagonist Cloud Strife, before he could kill her. Then a shadow fell out of the darkness and ran its sword clean through her.
If players didn’t hate Sephiroth, her murderer, before that particularly vicious backstab, they sure did now. But the real blame goes to a late-night call between designer Tetsuya Nomura and series creator/producer Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nomura suggested killing Aeris off and bringing Tifa Lockhart forward as Cloud’s girl, and Sakaguchi — tired of his series’ habit of killing off characters only to resurrect them later — signed on. Their twist felt so wrenching that many players simply didn’t buy the finality of it. Even today, rumors persist that a way to save Aeris exists, hidden deep in the code. But it doesn’t, and 15 years later, Aeris remains a poignant metaphor for loss.
Who: Mordin Solus
Game: Mass Effect 3
Cause of Death: A sense of responsibility
Let me briefly describe one of the most complex characters in gaming history. He’s a hyperactive alien with a 40-year lifespan, and a black ops-trained, super-genius biologist whose work effectively neutered an entire species…something he both justifies as necessary and harbors deep guilt over. He drops unnecessary words from his rapid-fire speeches just to save time. He believes some problems are best solved with a gun. He can belt out showtunes with full-bore gusto. Ladies and gentlemen, Mordin Solus.
Mordin becomes your quirky (but entirely reliable) advisor and confidant in Mass Effect 2. In Mass Effect 3, gets the opportunity to undo his magnum opus: the genophage, which kept the warlike Krogan in check through drastically reduced birthrates. Naturally, a Reaper attack changes that gesture into a suicide mission…one Mordin accepts without hesitation or regret. “Had to be me,” he says. “Someone else might’ve gotten it wrong.” Naturally, he goes out with a satisfied smile, knowing he’d done his part, and quietly singing Gilbert and Sullivan to himself.
It’s possible to stop Mordin’s cure by shooting him in the back — which only makes his doomed efforts much more gut-wrenching — or even talk him out of sacrificing himself. But going into the fire to do what’s right is what makes Mordin the very model of a scientist Salarian.
Game: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Cause of Death: Helicopter crash, nuclear bomb detonation, radiation exposure, etc.
You just slammed through some of the thickest, meanest, bullet-solid gunfights in gaming history. When one of your birds went down, your squad went in and extracted trapped American soldiers out of a Middle East coffin, because that’s what heroes do. And then the nuke goes off.
Call of Duty’s never been shy about offing a few characters, but what happened next didn’t play by any rules we knew. You didn’t just die…you played through the excruciating final moments of Sergeant Paul Jackson’s life. Only since Jackson barely existed as a name, really, it felt more like you, the player, who woke up in the rubble of your crashed helicopter. The world around you looked blurry — you were obviously concussed, not doing well, barely able to move. Your buddies dead all around you. You could chose to slowly, painfully crawl forward until you saw the mushroom cloud in the distance…then control of your body gently slipped away, everything went white, and then everything went dark.
In a medium that frequently trivializes personal mortality, Modern Warfare made you live it. Dying in a video game never felt like this before. Or since.
Who: John Marston
Game: Red Dead Redemption
Cause of Death: Low-down dirty snakes
You’d have to argue that maybe John Marston — former outlaw and gunman, husband and father, frontier philosopher, and small-time farmer — deserved a little better than what he got. Corrupt government agent Edgar Ross kidnapped his family and forced him to hunt down members of his former gang, and while he resented the motivation, Marston did it. Part of him even believed he deserved these labors. He’d walked away from that evil life, but he’d never paid penance for his role in it…until now.
And that just wasn’t good enough for Ross. Closing the cycle meant sending Marston, the last surviving member of Dutch van der Linde’s gang, to his final reward. To that end, Ross led an all-out assault on the Marston farm. John held them off long enough for his wife and son to escape, promising them he’d stay out of trouble. Then he stepped out into the open, and a dozen U.S. Deputy Marshalls shot him down like a dog.
For a man who’d tried so long and so hard to take a better path, shown kindness to women and strangers, and provided such easy, knowing wit, it felt like a particularly bitter end. But nobody ever said the road to redemption would be easy.
Who: Andrew Ryan
Cause of Death: 9-iron, Ayn Rand
While others on this list sacrificed themselves for a higher purpose, Andrew Ryan adhered to a strict, pure-bred Objectivist philosophy…meaning his only “higher purpose” was himself. Under no circumstances would Ryan, the architect of the failed underwater utopia Rapture, ever allow anyone to impose their will over his. So when you show up, having killed your way through a few hundred heavily armed psychos, he’s less than impressed. You’re merely a pawn of his enemy. You’re nothing. He is resolute.
Rather than allow lead character Jack (who also happens to be Ryan’s illegitimate son) to kill him, Ryan decides his own fate. He hands Jack a golf club, uses the pre-programmed code phrase “Would you kindly” to override Jack’s mind, and then, in a terrifying act of will, orders Jack to beat him to death. Ryan dies gurgling the words that sum up every decision he’s ever made: “A man chooses…a slave obeys.”(source:venturebeat)