Top Ten Saddest Video Games

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The Top Ten

The 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!
[Newest]The name of the game shouldn't have been called the walking dead. It should have been called "Depression simulator."

2The 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 what you want to call it, then yes. It is by far the saddest video game.
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.
I was stuck between The Last of Us and To the Moon. They are both very sad games. But I had to give my vote to The Last of Us, as even the first ten minutes of the game can make you cry. And the emotional connection between Joel and Ellie was just so sad throughout the game.
[Newest]This game tore me apart

3Mother 3
Fantastic plot, fantastic music, just an all around fantastic game. One of the best I've ever played. It's a crime that this game hasn't been released outside Japan
$&@#% pokey. I've never played the game much cause it was a Japanese rom but I have one question... Why doesn't he dieD:
This game can make you cry within the first hour, and doesn't stop there. It often tosses in reminders of what happend, and the end is super heavy. It's a shame it was never properly released to the rest of the world.
[Newest]"Lucas doesn't know what to do anymore."

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. When the entire game ended, I reflected on the adventures of the two protagonists, and I felt very empty and sad inside that the story ended how it ended. If there was a whole trilogy or even 5 or 6 games made from this story-line and that sort of deal, I would be extremely sad, but happy to be able to see what I could go through this time around. I did my best to not give out spoilers, but there is absolutely no words to describe this game without saying anything about it, because I don't ever cry, but seeing this broke me... and I became more emotional and more sensitive to many things because of this game, and it was a good thing! To me, this shows a powerful message, as it shows to appreciate your memories and what you have right now, because you may not have it later on in life. And that you can't change the past, no matter how hard you try. It is just amazing, and I could write all day about this, but there is just about no way that I could do such a thing on this post. So the last thing I will say here is that if anyone has a chance of playing this game, at ANYTIME, don't hesitate or wait. Play it when you can, because it's an adventure unlike any others, and it goes to show that you do not need great graphics to make a great game. Sound, story and game-play are always essential to every great game, and this has all these traits, and more. It's amazing that this game could literally be turned into a book, or movie, but playing it as a game is most likely the best way to see this story. To actually interact with the game, build a bond, and to feel the emotions for yourself, so you can appreciate the game more. If only I had this for my console, I would be playing it over and over again with waterfalls of tears. There needs to be more games like this in the future, to show a great message, and to show appreciation for great stories, rather than explosions and gun-fighting. But seriously, the ending will kill you with emotions... I couldn't stop crying for 2 full days. But you will not regret it if you ever play this game. This comment was a little long, but I cannot shut up about this game. There are nothing wrong with the game as in terms of general game playing, and everything is borderline perfect about it, if it isn't perfect already. Play the game, cry, and love it. I promise everyone who reads this, that this game is something to start a fandom about, and a game to truly love for a long time.
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
When I first booted up this game to play it, I thought I was ready for the game's sadness. I was wrong. The emotion of this game hits you like a truck, and unlike in many other games, sticks with you long after you're done. Play this game if you want to distraught for an evening.

5Shadow 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.


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

6The 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
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.
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

7Red 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? "
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
Saddest game I ever played. John's death was sad and a masterpiece.

8Heavy 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


Never played never will but one thing...

One of my best games I have ever played. The story and the music as well as the protagonists suit perfect to the game.
Moreover the bunch of endings force you play the game again and again until you have seen all beautiful endings.
The whole game take part in a sad world where a father must test himself how far he goes to rescue his son from beeing drowned - riskful games, mayhem, kill people and then self-sacrifice.
But the most suprising end is the moment where you see who the origami killer is - and why the origami killer does all this, because of the tragic and maybe saddest moment a child can be involved.

9Metal 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.


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.

10The Last of Us: Left Behind
I was actually disappointed in this game, it wasn't as fun or as emotional as the 1st one.

The Contenders

11Silent Hill 2
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

12Call of Duty: Ghosts
Rorke doesn't die! In fact he drags Logan off at the end & tortures him!

13Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
I love Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Explorers of Sky... Not to mention the ending was so sad! The Special Episodes in Explorers of Sky Were also very Sad. It's a Very Beautiful and Fantastic game. (P.S, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky was also the very First game I have ever Cried to)
Though you can say main character and grovyle both end up surviving the sacrifices of those two are some of the most heart wrenching in vg history the game is unimaginably underrated
Gets me every time...


14Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Menendez was really sad! For his sister. He loves his sister. That stupid Frank killed her. In that moment he could even kill Hudson.

15Crisis 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.

16Dead Island
Star wars for the win

17Corpse Party
This should way higher than it is right now I played this got into it so much I cried at most of the deaths

18The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
So sad when midna leaves

19Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
This game brought me to tears. SPOILER ALERT The ending is just so tragic with Hershel saying goodbye to his sweetheart Claire for a second time when she goes back to the past to die. And the fact that he completly breaks his normal calm and logical persona as he cries for her to stay while knowing that she can't. Then when Hershel sobs and takes his hat off, I completely lost it crying. And Luke leaves at the very end! If you have play the PL games, you end up really wanting the characters to be happy, especially Professor Layton himself. The game really is the best PL title in the series and one of the best DS games ever made!
The ending is the only thing that has ever made me cry about a videogame, and for a game to actually make you feel that way makes it absolutely fantastic
And when he pulls down his hat and he's crying...

20Bubsy 3D
I heard that video game sucks.
Just seeing how painful the graphics are is sad


Yay! Cardboard box with psycho art land!

21Halo Reach

22Metal Gear Solid 2

You see random patients I'm a hostpital die by rapid humans.. At the end when you escape and killed billy an evil demon the militairy comes in and kills you

24Mass Effect 3

25Fallout 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!

26Bioshock 2

27Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I found it a bit emotional at the mission with the airport... I killed everyone! Normal civilians! All I needed to do was meet somone and that's what I was forved to do!

Its not sad... Minecraft is fun and all but the music is depressing... When I was at the end and I killed the dragon the music was so sad...

29Half-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.
Half life 2 and all its episodes have unexpected endings.


31Sonic the Hedgehog
Yeah Sonic '06 does


32Gears of War 3

33Presentable Liberty
My only regret is that I watched Markiplier's Let's Play before I played the actual game, as its lost that element of surprise. Should've played THEN watched.

Seriously though, deep stuff.
Just.. wow. This game is unsettling from the first few minutes, and somehow in potentially less than an hour of gameplay it manages to make you attached to characters that you never even meet. And then it rips it all away from you. Truly a work of a twisted, but genius, mind.
This games just plain scary. Exoptable Money is also disturbing - this takes that formula to a whole new level though.

34Mario Party 7
Simply heartbreaking... Just thinking about it makes mes cry ;-;

35Kingdom Hearts
The only sad part of the game was when Sora killed himself to save Kairi, but that moment only lasted like 15 minutes. Awesome game though.


36Bioshock Infinite
Once you understand the ending, you realize that even though it is happy, at the same time it is sad. Since no world exists where Comstock takes Anna away, Elizabeth never exists and never becomes the girl you get to know throughout the story. In essence she "dies", which was quite sad for me.


38Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Common men. it should be first.
A very sad game :(


39Valiant Hearts: The Great War
It is very sad as it shows Emile looking over the remains of a fort before screaming in anguish and frustration.
The ending of this game made me cry for about 4 minutes it's really sad

40Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
The Kingdom Hearts Series is overall one with sad moments, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days has some of the saddest scenes of all, one of them when Xion chooses to sacrifice herself to save Sora over being with her best friends. And it is also depressing that Roxas and Axel don't even remember her.
This game was so sad when it reached the end. Having to see Roxas fight off Xion in the end and seeing her sacrifice herself. If you saw this and you didn't at the very least want to cry you're a soulless person.
/What really made me sad is that he doesn't even get to remember her.

41One Chance
Such a sad game. Even sadder seeing Markiplier's reaction to the end.
How is this not higher up?
Mark cried at this and not at To the Moon.
Still think To the Moon is sadder.
"Saving him doesn't justify it."

42Assassin's Creed II
This game is so sad, imagine poor Ezio, everyone he loves dies, first his father is beheaded, so he escapes the city and goes to his uncle Mario. Then in brotherhood Mario dies too. I have the book Assassin's Creed Rennaissance (I suggest reading) and I cryed when his father died :( vote for this
Such an emotional game :'(

43Yume Nikki

44The Walking Dead: Season Two
Game is so sad as it's first part... Hats off

45Super Paper Mario
Count Bleck's sad background makes him evil and unique
At first I thought it's gonna be another nice and happy Mario game.
But no...
What I have got is one of the saddest and tragic Nintendo games
Ever made!
Should be top ten

46The Binding of Isaac
This game is literally about child abuse. Isaac still loves his mother who is possibly schizophrenic and wants to murder him! He is always haunted by monsters and the only way to get rid of them is to cry! That poor five year old! He never even has any reason to be happy!
Isaac is just a little boy who means no harm and wants love from his mother, but even that is turned down. He is not a crybaby, he is just ignored and abused.

47Max Payne
This game is amazing, regarding storyline I always felt bad for him
Really. He is a man who should be pitied for.

48Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

49The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
I can't believe this isn't on the list. SPOILERS The ending to this game when you have to hand the ocarina back to Zelda and navi leaves you. 😭

50Super Mario Galaxy
The storybook. HOW IS THAT NOT SAD. I Don't normally tear up but I got emotional and when I said something to my mom about it I broke down. Absolutely sad. Rosalina doesn't Want to accept the fact that he mother is dead and says she wasn't out there I the stars all along, because she's sleeping under the tree on the hill. The music also ups the sad factior.
It's so sad at the end -all the characters get sucked into a black hole and the lumas are so cute WHY Nintendo WHY
Had very sad music too


51The Shivah
Rabbi Stone's philosophical remarks, along with the extremely sad soundtrack, make this the saddest game I have ever experienced.

52Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

53Aliens: Colonial Marines

This squenix game for the PS2 was so controversial in its overseas undertaking. Many of the games dialog scenes had to be changed to keep the subject matter from violating certain precepts. While the gameplay is so nonspecific, the story has an all-round dark fantasy tone. With multiple endings and not one of them prefix "happy". The story itself will slam you with tragedy after tragedy and even the central characters, the protagonist and his entourage, will be seen differently by you the farther you delve into the story.

55Superman 64

56Mortal Kombat (2011)
It's so sad that everybody dies

57The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
The game wasn't all that good, but sad still

58Grand Theft Auto IV
The most saddest thing about this game are the two endings.

59God of War III
The ending is sad

60Echo Night
You wake up in an abandoned space shuttle on the outskirts of a moon base, you find that the station is home to several distraught spirits and you have to ease their pain and you also find some of their dead bodies

61Tomb Raider (2013)

62Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

63Assassin's Creed: Revelations

64Portal 2
Nobody is happy except the space core.

65L.A. Noire

66The Darkness 2
Jackies girfriend AND anty died brcause of a brotherhopd

67Final Fantasy VII

68Star Fox: Assault
I almost cried when peppy dies...
The final battle has the aporoid queen use the sould of everyone that died that you knew and there all like, you killed me, join us and it's so sad

69Resident Evil 4 (Credits)
The music is sad, really sad! Seriously I remember playong this with my old friends schools and now I lost contacts. But when I listen back to the music, I almost cry.
Sad when you saw before the infection. The villagers looks happy and childrens.

70Cave Story

71Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
The ending is incredibly sad. Breaks my heart to even think about it.

72Pokemon X


74Tokyo Jungle
How had no one put this on yet? There are quite a few sad moments in this game. First, there's the story of the deer who's looking for her mother, but ends up all alone. Then, there's the ending of story mode (spoiler alert). As the robot dog jumped out of the final door, he ends up breaking some of his parts, just to save the animals. Years later, the robo dog is overgrown with vegetation. Animals then surround him, and it then cuts to white. HE JUST WANTED TO BE A NORMAL ANIMAL.

75Pokemon Mystery Dungeons: Gates to Infinity
The ending is SOOO SAD! It's was my 5th time finishing it but it keeps making me emotional


76Super Smash Bros. Brawl
It's so sad how many robots had to be blown up this should at least be in the 40s
The main theme is sad
Samus died in it! Luigi killed her


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