Best Video Game Deaths In 2023

Video games, just like any other media, are no stranger to conveying stories that tug on the viewer’s heartstrings. Among the many plot devices writers use to evoke emotions in their viewers, character deaths are definitely one of the most commonly used.

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In the world of gaming, writers use character deaths not only to move the plot forward but also to create emotional moments that deeply resonate with the viewer. The year 2023 was no different, as it delivered plenty of impactful moments that gamers will remember forever. Join us as we explore the eight best video game deaths of 2023, but be mindful of the spoilers ahead.

We have picked these specific characters by taking into account the emotional impact, narrative significance, or the overall resonance these death moments had with players. Each chosen death either marked a pivotal point in the game’s storyline or left a lasting impression.

7 Qabiha (Assassin’s Creed Mirage)

Qabiha standing with a knife placed at Basim's throat

Qabiha is introduced in Assassin’s Creed Mirage as a mysterious pursuer of our main character, Basim, with no apparent motive. However, once you finally confront her, Qabiha hints towards Basim being “Something more than man” and says that you should continue your search.

Before you can extract any more information from her, Roshan arrives suddenly and assassinates Qabiha. Qabiha’s death might not leave a huge emotional impact on the player, but her brief appearance and her cryptic message definitely leave the player with more questions than answers and set up the story to follow.

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6 Geppetto (Lies of P)

Geppetto in Lies of P wearing his monocle and hat, looking at the camera.

One of the best soulslike games of the year, Lies of P, impresses not only with its challenging gameplay but also its complex story. While Geppetto starts out as a loving and caring father, he is slowly revealed to be a manipulative man who is looking to end Pinocchio’s life to revive his son.

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However, in his dying breath, Geppetto realizes his mistake and apologises for being a poor father while calling Pinocchio his son, which is definitely a bittersweet moment for your character.

5 Sophia Monad (Lies of P)

Sophia looking at the camera in her blue dress in the Hotel Krat in Lies of P

Sophia starts off as a mysterious character at the start of Lies of P, who helps you level up and provides valuation information about the lore of Krat and its residents. However, in the final area of the game, you find Sophia’s real body, which is brutally mutated, and learn about her sad past.

At this moment, as the player, you have two choices: either put Sophia out of her misery, which is her wish, or let her stay alive and continue to suffer. While ending Sophia’s life is the obvious choice, it’s definitely not the easiest.

4 Karlach (Baldur’s Gate 3)

Karlach standing in the sun, looking down in Baldur's Gate 3

Karlach is a champion character in Baldur’s Gate 3 that you can recruit into your party. However, her story has an unfortunate twist — she harbours an infernal engine as a heart that is destined to consume her if she doesn’t return to Avernus.

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Despite this handicap, Karlach is a carefree and endearing character who is beloved by everyone. At the end of the game, when Karlach ultimately breaks down at her inevitable demise, it is easily one of the most moving and heart-wrenching moments in the whole game.

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3 Shadowheart’s Parents (Baldur’s Gate 3)

Shadowheart's father on the left and mother on the right in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 has no shortage of character deaths, and among them, the demise of Shadowheart’s parents definitely ranks as one of the most gut-wrenching moments in the game. What makes this moment so impactful is Shadowheart’s past, where she is abducted by Shar, with her memory erased, and she’s suddenly reunited with her parents in the midst of Shar’s final trial.

In this trial, Shadowheart has to choose to either kill her parents to break free from Shar’s hold or spare them and forever suffer from Shar’s torment. This impossible choice definitely has a significant impact on Shadowheart’s story and the player’s emotional journey through the game.

2 Clive Rosfield (Final Fantasy 16)

Clive Rosefield in his usual attire with a sword mounted on his back in Final Fantasy 16

The demise of Clive Rosfield, the protagonist of Final Fantasy 16, is definitely one of the saddest and most shocking character deaths in Final Fantasy 16. In the game, players follow Clive’s journey from a spoiled yet earnest teen to ultimately becoming a heroic figure revered in the twin continents of Valisthea.

Despite triumphing over Ultima’s plan and bringing peace by destroying Mothercrystals, Clive sacrifices himself due to the toll the Eikonic powers have on his body. His sacrifice eradicated magic from the world of Valisthea and paved the way for creating a better world.

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1 Kraven the Hunter (Marvel’s Spider-Man 2)

Kraven looking smug at night in Spider-Man 2

Sergei Kravinoff, better known by the moniker “Kraven the Hunter”, made his debut in Marvel’s Spider-Man series as a Russian big-game hunter who sets his sights on New York City’s superhumans. Not accepting death at the hands of his incurable cancer, he searches for an opponent worthy enough to defeat him.

In a brutal showdown against the symbiote-infused Harry Osborn, Kraven puts up a commendable fight before ultimately being brought to his knees. Before finally being put to rest by Venom in perhaps the most gruesome death scene in the series, his final words were a contented “Thank you”.

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