List of all time favourite video game Quotes
Video game writing as a whole has gotten a lot more sophisticated over the last ten years.Thats why apart from endless quotes from movies , video games quotes are also catching up.
There are plenty of quotes from earlier gamings as well. I have compiled my list of few of the best quotes from video games.
I may be missing lots of good one’s quotes because i have not played each and every game but here is the list mine collection.
Fallout 3 “War. War never changes.”
This technically shouldn’t count, as the entire Fallout series has included Ron Perlman gently dribbling that iconic line into our waiting ears. And the first two Fallout games were mostdefinitely not in this generation of games. But this generation has certainly resurrected the series, and I’ve absolutely loved both Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
Still, I guess you can consider this more of an honorary mention than actually making the list. It just feels kind of empty. Aside from Ron Perlman’s gentle tones making it far more badass than it needs to be, in the newer games, the sentiment feels forced, like they thought they needed some moral philosophy just for the sake of it. “Killing is bad, kids!” And then Fallout 3 and New Vegas almost delight in killing. Aside from rewarding you for it with items and experience, there’s the slow motion cam celebrating your bullets perforating someone’s skull. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome, it just doesn’t jive well with philosophical moralizing.
Bioshock – “Would you kindly?”
It’s a completely innocuous phrase, really, perhaps indicating good manners on the part of the speaker. While its origins are somewhere in decades or maybe even centuries past, it’s common enough today that one thinks nothing of it, a colloquial quirk of Atlas’ manners or his Irish dialect perhaps – which is why it came as such a shock to me and many other players that that phrase would be so vitally important.
That’s not to say that there aren’t other great lines and phrases in Bioshock, “No Gods or Kings, Only Man”, and “A man chooses; a slave obeys” come quickly to mind. Andrew Ryan has a metric ton of brilliant soliloquies, like “Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? ‘No!’ says the man in Washington, ‘it belongs to the poor.’ ‘No!’ says the man in the Vatican, ‘it belongs to God.’ ‘No!’ says the man in Moscow, ‘it belongs to everyone.’ I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… Rapture. A city where the artist would not fear the censor; where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality; where the great would not be constrained by the small!” Then there’s my favorite of them, “It wasn’t impossible to build Rapture at the bottom of the sea. It was impossible to build it anywhere else.”
But in the end, I chose those all-important three words, if only because of how one’s desire to be helpful to a friendly video game character completely overrode any suspicions I might’ve had
Super Mario ”…But our princess is in another castle!”
Videogames, according to Warren Spector, are work. We enjoy playing them, yes, but they also take a great deal of effort and frustration to actually complete. Before getting our ultimate reward, whatever it may be (a cool ending, a beautiful cut scene, a clever bonus level), we actually have to work to reach it. This quote, repeated lord knows how many times throughout the original Super Mario Bros, represents this fun/work dichotomy better than any other I can think of.
I fully expected the Princess to be waiting for me at the end of every goddamned castle. Sure, she wasn’t in the last one, but hey — life is full of infinite possibilities, and a game this fun wouldn’t dream of continually frustrating me over and over by dangling the carrot of possible victory in front of my nose, only to yank it away once I’ve seemingly reached my goal, right? Right?
It was fun getting to the not-Princess every time, don’t get me wrong, but after continually not-finding her over seven worlds of gameplay, the Nintendo Entertainment System began to feel a little bit like work. The kind of work I’d be absolutely ecstatic to go to everyday, granted, but work nonetheless.
Portal – “The Enrichment Center promises to always provide a safe testing environment. In dangerous testing environments, the Enrichment Center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you. Try to avoid it.”
Portal was amazing, the greatest first-person puzzle game ever made, and one of the things that made the game so fantastic was its incredibly funny black humor, almost entirely delivered in lines by the game’s villain, the sentient supercomputer GlaDOS. And boy, did she have some brilliant lines.
Some of my favorites that don’t involve trying to tempt you with a cake that may or may not be fictitious: “Please note that we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an unsatisfactory mark on your official testing record, followed by death.” Or, “Please be advised that a noticeable taste of blood is not part of any test protocol but is an unintended side effect of the Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grid, which may, in semi-rare cases, emancipate dental fillings, crowns, tooth enamel, and teeth.”
The “Still Alive” song is also brilliant, of course. But I chose that quote, cake notwithstanding, primarily BECAUSE it doesn’t involve cake. I’m sick of Portal’s cake. And this is the first GlaDOS line in the first game that earned a belly laugh from me.
Max Payne 3 – “Here I was about to execute this poor bastard like some dime-store angel of death, and I realized they were correct. I wouldn’t know right from wrong if one of them was helping the poor and the other was banging my sister…”
I don’t know why I identify with Max Payne so much. I mean, I’m not a cop, I haven’t shot hundreds of people, and I can’t slow down time. I don’t have a wife and a baby girl to lose, I’m not an alcoholic, and I don’t have a torrid love affair with a sexy contract killer, as much as that sounds like fun. Yet, for some reason, I am desperate for Max to finally have a happy ending of some sort. I know that if they ever decide to end the franchise, it’s far more likely to end badly – that’s just the way things tend to work out for Max, but still, I want the poor guy to be happy.
Max Payne 3 doesn’t give you that, but I still liked the game, despite numerous flaws, chiefly among them the lack of that self-aware quality the first two games had. And Max himself has a very different journey from the ones he’s previously taken – it almost feels like this was a story made for another game that they pushed Max into.
But Max can still have an internal dialogue with the best of them, and the writing is still sharp in many places, and my favorite is easily his opening monologue. Classic Max Payne.
Portal 2 – “We haven’t entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I’ll tell you this: it’s a lively one and it does not like the human skeleton.”
So, naturally, after the genius of the first Portal game, we all salivated at the thought of the second game. And it did not disappoint. While not as tightly packed as the original, the second had a lot more gameplay, with plenty of ingenious puzzles, but where Portal 2 really shined was the writing. The game was somehow even funnier than the first, complete with probably my favorite character from this generation of games, Cave Johnson. GlaDOS and Wheatly have great lines, sure, but Cave just takes the — no, no, damnit, I’m not going there.
Cave delivers such gems as “For many of you, I realize $60 is an unprecedented windfall, so don’t go spending it all on, I don’t know – Caroline, what do these people buy? Tattered hats? Beard dirt?”, and “If you’ve cut yourself at all in the course of these tests, you may have noticed that your blood is pure gasoline – that’s normal. We’ve been shooting you with an invisible beam that’s supposed to turn blood into gasoline, so all that means is it’s working.”
There’s also a great speech about lemons that most players enjoyed, but while I liked that speech, it didn’t stick with me as well as the selected quote – most of Cave Johnson’s funniest lines involve the absolutely insane science experiments he was doing, but this one cracked me up so thoroughly that I had to put the controller down for a minute.
Mass Effect 2 – “Illusive Man: Shepard. You’re making a habit of costing me more than time and money.
Shepard: I’m sorry, I’m having trouble hearing you. I’m getting a lot of bullshit on this line.”
Mass Effect is probably my favorite franchise of this generation, but it never seemed that “quotable” to me, and I think part of the problem is that the player defines the character of Shepard. And since I only play as good guys, I’ve only heard probably around a third of Shepard’s total dialogue.
But, fortunately, the Illusive Man pissed me off at just the right time, and on a whim, I picked the Renegade option, and Shepard runs his/her mouth. And I laughed my ass off.
There would probably be more gems if I did a full Renegade run, and maybe someday I’ll have the time to do something like that, but for now, I’m happy with the idea of this perfect hero archetype pretty much always doing the right thing, but catch her on a day when she hasn’t had her coffee, and boom! Instant megabitch!
Borderlands 2 – “Butt Stallion says hello.”
Here’s the weird part – I didn’t like Borderlands 2. In fact, I still haven’t finished it. The gameplay somehow got real boring, real fast, and despite absolutely genius writing and characterization, it wasn’t enough to keep me going. The grind was too grindy, the guns were somehow less satisfying than in the first installment, I suffered way too many cheap deaths, and despite the endless looting, I never really felt like I was getting any stronger.
And that is a complete shame, because the writing was just incredibly funny. Handsome Jack is my Character of the Year, my favorite villain since GlaDOS, and quite possibly my favorite villain of all time, bar none. And there are hundreds upon hundreds of great, funny lines in Borderlands 2, especially when Handsome Jack claims he’s so rich that he bought a living pony made of diamonds and that he’d named it Butt Stallion. Do I really have to say anything else?
Spec Ops: The Line – “The truth, Walker, is that you’re here because you wanted to feel like something you’re not: A hero.”
The biggest verbal bitch-slap a video game has ever handed me. Spec Ops: The Line is a shining example of video games as art. It’s one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve ever had in gaming, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Those two statements sound antithetical, but trust me, they’re not. And I’d explain it, but I’m afraid of ruining it. Just take it from me, if you enjoy shooters, especially modern military shooters, you owe it to yourself to play this game from start to finish. If nothing else, it will make you think, and that’s something Call of Duty hasn’t pulled off yet.
There are other fantastic lines in the game, and I could mention them, but this is the one that grabs you and punches you in the gut. Make no mistake, he’s talking to you here, not your character, you personally. And that’s what makes it such a powerful and effective statement.
Few other quotes are
- Half Life: Episode Two “Prepare for unforseen consequences.”
- “YOU CAN’T KILL ME!”-Call of Duty: Black Ops (Frank Woods to a Vietcong soldier on the level ‘Payback’)
- “It ain’t no secret I didn’t get these scars for falling over in church”-Red Dead Redemption(John Marston)
- “He was once engaged to my sister, but his cazzo was engaged to six others” –Assassin’s Creed (Ezio on Duccio)
- “So you’re Julius’s new boy huh? You don’t look like much. But then again, I don’t look like I have an eight inch cock. So I guess we’re both full of surprises. “ Saints Row (Johnny Gat speaking with the main character)
- “I’ve covered wars, ya know.” Dead Rising (Frank West)
- “Boy, it’s a shame you have to sit on something that pretty.”- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves(Nathan Drake to Chloe climbs up a latter in front of him to kick it down)
- “The train’s at home on the rails!”-Gears of War (Augustus Cole ‘Cole Train’ in the Imulsion Mines)
- “It’s me-Mario!”- Almost every Mario game in the history of time… (Super Mario)
- “A nosey old hag like you know everything about the people who live under her roof. Where did she go?” LA Noir (Cole Phelps ‘The Silk Stocking Murders’ Homicide Case)
- “Now I know I’m a lowlife.” Grand Theft Auto IV (Niko Bellic after hiring a prostitute)
- “I think I’m gonna call this one Mac’n cheese!” SSX (Mac Fraser while performing a trick after jumping)
- “COME HERE!”-Mortal Kombat (Scorpion’s 2nd saying when he uses the spear)
- “Thanks to you, we can once again eat the delicious rocks from the Dogondo’s cavern ‘til our stomach burst!” The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (a Goron)
- “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat. Watch me kill your favorite cat.”- Batman: Arkham City (The Joker)
- “Hey, is that a mirror in your pocket? ‘Cos I can See myself in your pants.”- Mafia II (Joe Barbaro in Home Sweet Home)
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