Video game deaths can be immensely powerful moments. Characters might die in movies, but we've often only known them for an hour or so and had no direct interaction with them. In games, we can spend dozens of hours getting to know different characters, controlling their movements and building up bonds with them, only to have those connections crushed, sometimes in the most brutal and shocking of ways.
The word "epic" is thrown around a lot, and is often overused, especially among video game fans, but it is quite possibly the only suitable adjective to describe these iconic game deaths. These characters didn't just die, they went out in style.
Well-written death scenes can make or break the legacy of a character, but the writers of the video games in this list took the time to honour their characters with suitably memorable final moments.
Whether they simply died in a unique way or sacrificed their lives in a bid to save the world, these heroes and villains went out with a bang, not a whimper, and we'll never forget their fateful finales.
10. Mordin (Mass Effect 3)
The Mass Effect series was filled with player choices and branching paths, so there are actually a few different ways for the Salarian scientist, Mordin Solus, to meet his end. In fact, it's even possible for him to fake his own death and survive the series, but in most playthroughs, he ends up dying in heartbreaking fashion in Mass Effect 3.
Mordin has finally managed to find a solution for the genophage, a virus that he had helped to construct which had caused the entire Krogan population to become sterile. He can finally put right his past mistakes and cure an entire species, but he has to sacrifice himself in order to do so.
It's such a tearful moment as we see one of the most adorable and endearing characters in the entire series performing a truly noble act in order to bow out with pride, rather than living in shame.
Players' hearts were broken when Mordin quietly starts singing his famous "I am the very model of a scientist Salarian" song to himself in the moments before his death.