Top Ten Saddest Video Games

Ever played a game that made you cry all the way through? Then you might find it here.

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1Life is Strange

Down to earth, realistic problems and struggles are basically what Life is Strange is all about. To avoid spoiling the plot (and the many twist and turns you will encounter along the way), Life is Strange aims to emotionally captivate the player. It is easy to become emotionally invested, given how relatable the characters are. You are given many major choices -some of which are utterly cruel and difficult - and you take personal responsibility for those actions. You quickly find that you have little to no control over what happens, despite your ability rewind time. In a sense, you feel responsibility for the decisions you make that will have an impact on the future, except the future can't be controlled. You are stuck in an invisible cell, watching everything that happens, knowing that you were responsible.

Life is strange isn't just a game, but an experience unlike any other. It is without a doubt the most immersing and saddest game I have ever played and had me emotionally attached from the beginning as the characters are so down to earth and relatable. The game is filed with cruelly difficult decisions backed up by the power to rewind time, before this I have never cried to any game, movie, book etc. This game along with the characters left a scar on my heart and burned a hole in my soul with the most powerful flame of emotions I have ever experienced in my life, this is truly a beautiful work of art accompanied by the most amazing and saddest soundtrack I've ever heard, it's changed me more than I could think possible and left me wishing that I could rewind time so that I could again play it for the first time.

This game covers so many difficult topics and tragic moments. (Including whether or not do help a terminally ill friend end their life). The ability to go back in time gives you the hope of being able being able to change things for the better, but often, this has long reaching effects that you could never have predicted, forcing you to go by your gut instinct and hoping for the best. I would strongly urge anyone to play this game, it really is an emotional adventure into your own personality!

I cried Like a baby

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2Mother 3

This game hits me right in the feels. This and PMD are the only ones to make me start tearing, but this takes the cake.

In the FIRST CHAPTER, things already get messed up. Your mom gets killed by a group of Nazi like pig people who do biological animal experiments on a friendly creature. Your brother wants to kill the beast to avenge your mother, but goes missing. Even your father is so scarred he hits people and is thrown in jail.

Then we have chapter 3, where a little monkey gets abused by the bad guys to help them brainwash the peaceful village. He gets shocked and worked against his will.

Then, the village becomes greedy and, since you didn't fall under the scheme, everyone looks down on you.

In the middle of this madness, in your subconscious, you see your dead mother, and you follow her until you are falling off a cliff trying to reach her.

Don't even get me started on the ending. The villain (Porky) wants to destroy the earth itself. After you ...more

The Masked Man removed his mask. His face looked just like Lucas'. It was Claus.
Claus fired an intense bolt of lightning! Lucas' Franklin Badge reflected the lightning back! Claus took mortal damage! Claus staggered toward Lucas. Claus embraced Lucas. Lucas remembered Claus' smell.
"I'm sorry it turned out like this. I'm really happy you could be with me just before the end... Thanks. Dad, I'm sorry I didn't listen to you. I'm going to where Mom is now. Lucas. I hope we meet again someday. Bye. Thank you. I'm sorry. I'm sure we'll meet again."
Claus gave his final breath.

That is not the definition of sadness. That is the definition of beauty.

This game has an emotion that is much different from the first two games. Mother 1 (or Earthbound Zero) had an ending that was eerie and dramatic, but it had the weakest ending. That's no surprise for an 80's RPG. Earthbound (Mother 2) had the a really creepy and scary ending, and that ending final boss gave me chills. In Mother 3, the ending was so much stronger. I was literally crying at the end of this game. It's a shame this game is so underrated.

This proves that graphics aren't needed to make an awesome game. This game touches your heart in such a powerful way you can't help but cry in the end. - ClicheUsername69

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3The Walking Dead

I don't regret playing this however the end killed me inside. I cry every time someone even mentions the ending and I wish it had gone differently but now we have season 2 and if the ending is like this one remotely I will cry harder than I did the first time. (which will hurt A LOT)

What to say about The Walking Dead. Amazing concept, amazing writing, and a masterpiece of a plot. A game I've spent hours playing, but even more discussing the ethics behind certain choices and the motives behind certain characters. Has a couple of issues but still worth playing for anyone who can appreciate a game that takes story, interactive film gameplay, and choices to new levels. With a finale that puts most other games to shame, Walking Dead sends you in, and out, with a bang.

Everybody dies! All of then characters who were growing on you and making you love them, get killed of some way or another, with only 3 exceptions!

Saddest game I have played so many deaths

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4To the Moon

It is just the most wonderful game I have ever played. I will guarantee a very sad story, mixed with twisting feelings and tear-jerking experiences. There are many moments where you wished you could have done something, but since what you go through makes it impossible to see the past, but not change it, makes you regretting ever standing by to not do anything to change a life. It follows a very unique aspect, where instead of the common trait of video games letting you see what happens to a character going forward in time, to see them grow up and do something spectacular, this, in this case, you see a story gradually going backwards in time, to see a story between a man and woman who loved each other very much, but some secrets you find out about are found, and eventually, a horrible and heart-breaking secret is found out about the early years of the old man's years. It's extremely debatable in your mind about the ending, as the ending is both happy, but extremely sad in many ways. ...more

By far, the saddest game ever. But the beautiful kind of sadness. It's impossible not to cry when you understand the reason behind it all. And the music? Well, the music has a character for itself. If you don't like the game, you will love the soundtrack. But honestly? I played the game twice and even today I still think about it, and how it changed me for a little bit. And I like to feel the nostalgia so I listen to the soundtrack in my car.

Please, play To the Moon. You'll live a beautiful journey.

How the hell is this not #1. They may make people want to kill me, but I cried more in this game than lee or (even sadder) Kenny's death (s). Jesus. That was the saddest game I had ever played. DAMN I want a 2nd episode

This game was exceptional. Cannot wait for finding paradise!

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5The Last of Us

Before this I never had an emotional connection to a video game. I had never cried because of a video game. I had never really been too attached to video game characters. I went into the Last of Us expecting a pretty good game, but what I got was totally unexpected. I connected to Joel and Ellie and the whole story more than I ever have to something like this before. I cried within the first ten minutes, and numerous times after that. Let me tell you, I very rarely cry in real life or from movies, and never from games.
Halfway through, I realized something. This was a very dark game, and not just because of blood or violence. See, at that point I still had high hopes for a happy ending though. If you like stories with a convenient storyline and happy endings, you will not like this game. It's really a beautiful story, but it's very difficult. It's dark, cold, paints humanity in a cruel light, doesn't really have any heroes, and will leave you feeling very empty. So, if "sad" is ...more

This is easily the best game I have ever played in my whole life. With the immediate tear-up opening mission. The beautiful instrumental music produced for this game. The emotional bond you watch grow between Joel and Ellie. The game builds you up to the idea that everything will be okay. Then they hit you with an curveball. You learn to love all characters and they are taken away when you just start loving them the most. The sacrifices in this game help you believe that even in this post apocalyptic world, there is still good. I have never been personally attached to a video game until I played The Last Of Us. I watched as a man tried to fill his heart, that had lost so much, with solitude. That was until one girl enters his life and he feels what its like to care again. Joel risks everything for Ellie, and cares so much for her. I don't cry often, nor do I let people see me cry. Ever. But this game had me in tears multiple times, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Everything about ...more

One of the strongest elements in The Last of Us is its ability to convey incredibly heavy themes in beautifully understated ways. Whereas other games on this list go straight for the jugular with their tear-jerking, The Last of Us allows the player's emotions to build gradually, eventually erupting when you least expect it. From the heart-breaking opening to a perfectly-acted argument in an abandoned ranch house, this title stands above the rest in its ability to really get under your skin.

This game is... great! Good gob, naughty dog)))

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6Shadow of the Colossus

Music. The music... Those who remain... The sunlit light... And if this was a true story it would be so a sad and beautiful end. There is also a real philosophy you can pose on wander, at the end he lost everything and it's the way he will see it end.

Though I thought the very ending a let-down, the rest of the game was grand. The first game I have played that makes me question the motives of my character without stating his greed outright. - umbreon8

I was sad that Agros fell down the cliff but I still had hope that he survived and voila! He did survive.

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7Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

He finds out he's aging rapidly and that he will die many years before all the people he's met and fought beside, and that he has one more mission. He's fought in war all his life and he accepts that he will never have the normal life he wishes he had. He almost dies twice, to the point where I just had to put my controller down and think about how much he's been through on the microwave part. When he's fighting Ocelot at the end, on the last portion you just realize that it's two old men fighting because that's all they know how to do. And in the climax of the entire series, Snake pulls out a gun, puts it in his mouth, and pulls the trigger. Not gonna spoil the ending for you, but it is a 70 minute cutscene and is the best ending in video game history to me. How is this not the most downright depressing game ever. - EGBrett

Very emotional game. Best Metal Gear - Jonerman

Man! The ending sends a chill up ma spine. The best stealthfighter puts a pistol in his mouth and pull the trigger. A real dad story ending.

8The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Knowing that this came from the Zelda series, is actually quite surprising. These games are known for their amazing stories, game play, and characters. However, this game was known for the emotions. Just thinking that there is no hope sometimes gets overwhelming. A fantastic game to play

This and ocarina of time. No shame I shed a tear or two when I finish them. Like in oot when link hands the ocarina over to Zelda

Depression and death are everywhere in this game. Nomatter how fast you are, you can't help everyone's problems. Somewhat out there is going to die. Not to mention every time you look at the moon, it's staring at you back.

It's not just really sad it's tarter

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9Red Dead Redemption

Stunningly gorgeous and evocative, I personally consider this title to be the "Huckleberry Finn" of videogames. Without making him the "perfect action hero," Rockstar has brilliantly crafted a protagonist that we can both question and care for. Red Dead Redemption has everything; intelligent writing, memorable characters, and an absolutely unforgettable crescendo. This may be written all over this webpage, but I truly believe it when I ask "why is this not higher on the list? "

Saddest game I ever played. John's death was sad and a masterpiece.

I cried when this happened a man that traveled from blackwater to deep Mexico just so he can kill his once best friends and save his family only to after a few days of freedom get shot 30 times in the chest
In one of the most beautiful deaths of all time

10Heavy Rain

Especially Ethan's death was one of the saddest things that people saw in the video game history warning spoilers ahead he was in deppression and he lost one of his sons if his second son shaun dies he will always commit suicide - whodafuqisthisguy

Best game ever, saddest game as well. I have beaten it 3 times and I always get different endings. 50/10

Never played never will but one thing...

SHAUN!

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The Contenders

11Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness

As a child, one may not appreciate just how emotional the story of this game is. The gameplay makes you feel like an awesome adventurer, travelling with your best friends and a part of your favorite Pokemon. Do not let this confuse you. This is one of the most heart tugging games ever. It has the same ending as "Explorers of Time" (the version I played) and "Explorers of Sky" (An updated version that combines the best of both versions.), but it will make cry nonetheless. This story is about perseverance. You know what you are doing will tear you away from those closest to you, but you do it anyway because this is to save them all. You work together to save the world, without letting them know saving the world requires many sacrifices. Out of all the games I have played, even as an adult now, I cry when I see the ending. It is emotional, well written and one of the greatest rollercoasters of emotions I have ever ridden on. Not to mention that there is still plenty of story to get ...more

The whole game itself is designed to make you feel emotion, but sadness is the most prevalent one. Don't be fooled by this games cute charm. At first it appears like just another children's game, but it has a real heart wrenching story. The fact it had the name Pokemon and Nintendo branded on it made me cry even harder. I came into this game expecting it to be dull and lifeless. It came as the biggest surprise when It was filled with beauty, passion, love and emotion. I feel that out of all the games I have played this game has touched me the most. If you play this game from start to finish I promise you will cry at least once.

"Saving the world when you are forced to makes you a saviour, but not a hero. Saving the world when you know the consequences should you succeed, yet still doing so anyway, is what makes you a hero."

That's this game in a nutshell. The gameplay, whilst still pretty fun, isn't what makes this game so great. The story is just leaking with emotion if you understand the morals and lessons behind it. If you're willing to give it a go, then you're in for a story full of twists and turns, love and laughter, as well as sadness and heartbreak. Oh, and did I mention that it has music to die for?

Just don't let the word "Pokémon" put you off. Because trust me, this thing can be a real tearjerker when it wants to be.

An underrated masterpiece

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12Mass Effect 3

The most sad game I've ever played. I cried a lot and it's "just a game". You must play this trilogy! :')

Mass Effect 3 and the entire Mass Effect series was an emotional roller coaster. The character death of Mordrin Solas had me crying for a whole 20 minutes. And also the ending which is extremely emotional. 3 games and unless you decide to destroy the Reapers and all synthetic life, end up dying. A tear jerker game to be sure.

Saddest game ever and THE BEST trilogy ever! I'm so attached to will all the characters, especially Commander Shapard, Liara T'Soni and Garrus Vakarian. I will always love you Male Shepard and Liara T'Soni. *Tears*

13Fallout 3

I had to download the broken steel dlc for this game to have a different ending, the first ending made me sad and was unexpected, the closing narration made me cry. This game is the best!

The depression factor of this game is just too much for me. I'm impressed that PBG is able to have such a good mood while playing the game. - xandermartin98

14Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Before I played this I had never cried because of a video game. Through the course of the game I became so attached to Zack and his relationship with Aerith that I forget for awhile how it had to end making it all that much more saddening at the end. This should be top ten or at least above Call of Duty Ghosts.

First of all, why are Call of Duty games on this list. Secondly, why is the Walking Dead, a point and click game that isn't sadder than games like Portal in concept as a whole and only has a sad ending. If we are gonna talk about sad endings, fine, so be it, but this is ridiculous.

(SPOILERS. If you have played FFVII you can read this though) Crisis Core is what really drags you in. You start with a happy go lucky character and slowly you start losing your friends, your mentors and as you procceed, they start hunting you down because you were caught after the battle with Sephiroth and taken as a test subject. While you tried to leave and take Cloud with you, they are hunting you down because you carry classified secrets of ShinRa's human experiments and you only want to go back to your girl. In the end of course, all FFVII players know what is gonna happen, and it is gonna be the climax of all the saddness throughout the game.

Zachs death even more heartbreaking when you see him in kingdom hearts birth by sleep.

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15Silent Hill 2

I remember when I first finally got around to playing and beating silent hill 2, I actually didn't take it seriously at all. That's because my friends wouldn't shut up about me playing it so when I finally got around to doing it, I read all of the lines in a stupid voice and when I went into places like the hospital I would scream lines like 'VISITING HOURS ARE OVER! ' and then beat up the zombie nurses. So...yeah that kind of ruined all tension for me.

The entire story is about horrific realization behind suppressed memory, endlessly searching for that which is forever gone, and the overwhelming burden of grief. Silent Hill 2 is, without a doubt, that saddest game I've ever played. None other has made me cry quite as much as it has.

Having to go through and see what james did and how he has so much hope that his wife is still alive just to possible kill her again and the pain he went through is sad

This is just it.

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16Half-life 2

Imagine, walking through a city, watching your fellow people get beaten and mistreated for the smallest reasons, as you hunger for food instead of the minimal rations they give you. No freedom, no friends. Into the Resistance you go, seeing good people work as hard as they can to make a difference against their suppressors, yet it amounts to next to nothing.

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17The Last of Us: Left Behind

This was an excellent DLC. It really gave us the dark past of Ellie. I am extremely grateful they created this, it gave us players a little closer on the dark past we hear about throughout the actual game. The music Gustavo Santaolalla was phenomenal as always.

The DLC did give us some closure to Ellie's tragic story.

I was actually disappointed in this game, it wasn't as fun or as emotional as the 1st one.

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18Bubsy 3D

Just seeing how painful the graphics are is sad - ikerevievs

Yay! Cardboard box with psycho art land!

It's so sad because of how bad the plot and graphics are.
Collecting atoms to build a rocket sounds like fun, right?

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19The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

So sad when midna leaves

20Cave Story

The music...the atmosphere...by the second half of the game you know something has gone terribly wrong.

Toroko, who is undoubtedly the cutest, sweetest, kindest, fluffiest, adorablest and cuddliest widdle bunny-wunny ever created in a video game, dies at the hands of someone literally worse than Hitler about midway through the game. And it only gets worse from there.

You have been warned. - xandermartin98

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