Back in October while I was playing Gears of War 3, I wrote a post about getting to "that part." It's now April and I'm going to talk about "that part" and the character behind it. There will be major Gears spoilers ahead.
For those who don't know the Gears of War series, Dominic Santiago is the second player's character. But, he is more than just a typical re-branding of the first player's character, Marcus. Dom's story through out the games has captivated me in a way Marcus' doesn't.
Before I get to "that part," here's brief history of Dom, one of my favorite video game characters:
On Emergence day, (the day of the full scale Locust Horde attack on Sera's surface) Dom lost both of his children and his wife.
Years later while still fighting against the Locusts, Dom learns that his wife might be a prisoner of the Horde. He spends most of Gears of War 2 trying to find her. And he does.
But, Maria isn't herself anymore. From the stress and torture inflicted on her, she is in a comatose state. Dom decides to euthanize her. It's clear that this is the most painful decision of his life. And this is one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen in a video game.
It doesn't end there. Here's "that part".....
In Gears 3, the war isn't going well. In order to find fuel, Dom and the squad go to Mercy, Maria's hometown. After arriving, he visits her family tomb and leaves his COG tags there. This is when I knew he was going to die. Later in Mercy, the squad is completely surrounded. Dom jumps into the driver's seat of a fuel truck and crashes it, giving Marcus and the others time to escape.
I have played through this scene at least 3 times now. Every time, it gets me. The first time I saw this, my son and I were playing together. As the scene unfolds with Dom getting into that truck and the aftermath, we both cried. I don't think I ever had to stop playing something and walk away before. In fact, I don't think we played Gears 3 for the rest of the day. Of course we did finish the game, and although the ending is bittersweet, it is also hopeful. I just wish Dom was there to see it as well.
more about Dom on the Gears wiki