10 Video Game Decisions You Immediately Regret Making
10. Chopping Your Own Finger Off (Heavy Rain)
What would you be prepared to do to save the ones you love? Pay a hefty ransom, upwards of five figures? Kill a fella or two? Trade your Charizard Pokémon card? Something unimaginably even more extreme than that?
That's the core question driving the narrative of David Cage's 2010 "Jason!"-em-up Heavy Rain. Having rather carelessly lost another of his kids, hapless father Ethan Mars is goaded by a series of increasingly hideous challenges, each offering another part of the cipher supposedly revealing his son's location should he successfully pass them.
It starts off relatively simple; the first trial asks him to drive against traffic for five miles. Things quickly ramp up - he's next asked to traverse a vicious obstacle course of broken glass and live electricity - before it all takes a stomach-churning turn with the third and most brutal task.
Decoding another origami clue, this time in the shape of a lizard, Ethan finds himself in a room with a small table laden with all manner of very sharp objects. A recording soon confirms our worst suspicions: he must cut off part of his finger within five minutes.
No matter how you look at it, there's no easy way to saw/hack/chop off a digit. It's an utterly butt-clenching sequence with no easy option. Surely your son is worth more than your trigger finger? And besides, at least Ethan wasn't asked to chop something else off.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.