In a big-budget videogame, most of the memorable moments (alliteration!) occur during the game’s extended action sequences or over-the-top boss battles. And there is nothing wrong with that! I will always love my battles with the Hydra in God of War or my nuclear explosions in Call of Duty. These moments are what make big-budget games stand out!
But once in a while, it’s nice to be surprised by one of these triple-A titles. It’s nice to encounter a moment that is just as memorable, but in a much quieter, much more unique way.
A great example of a refreshingly unique moment like this comes in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for the PlayStation 3. The game is not without its over-the-top moments -- in fact, it features some of the most impressive videogame set pieces of all time. But it’s during a surprisingly intelligent moment later in the game when Uncharted 2 transforms itself from non-stop action game to something much more significant.