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)
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!
Only video game to really effect me in real life, especially it's extremely overwhelming ending. I cried for at least an hour and I regret nothing.
[Newest]This game made me cry for weeks and it still does everything I think about its ending...

2Mother 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:
Try naming Hinawa the name of your actual mother, Claus as your actual brother, and Lucas after yourself. That's how you really start to get emotional.
[Newest]Poor Claus he died when he thought he was masked man

3The 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.

4To the Moon
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
I was crying so hard at the end. I was prepared for anything because a lot of people said it was sad but I still cried though tried so hard not to. I can't see how people don't cry when they played this game.
If you play this entire game and don't cry once, you officially have no soul.
There are many people who didn't. I am not affected by depressing subjects much, so no game made me cry.

5Shadow of the Colossus
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
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
This game always made me sad, from seeing kafei and anju reunite, to saving the scientist for his daughter. Every time I played the song of healing I died a little inside and that end made me so happy that I had finally saved everyone from their inevitable deaths after continuous cycles. This game is my saddest game, but that makes it my favourite.
[Newest]Hey look it's a moon that will scar me for life

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


9Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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
It brought so many memories back of playing the first game.. Even though no one died in the second one.. I felt it a little more emotional

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

12Pokemon 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
The Pmd part where you disappear is the saddest thing iv ever seen in a video game before. After all I had gone through. Only game I have ever cried to. :, (

13Call of Duty: Ghosts
Rorke doesn't die! In fact he drags Logan off at the end & tortures him!

14Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Even though I didn't feel the first one emotional.. The storyline for the second one was extremely sad.. I feel bad for both mason and mernendez.. I don't what all theyve been through... Hudson was my favorite and he had to die too!

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

17The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
So sad when midna leaves

18Corpse 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

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
Just seeing how painful the graphics are is sad


Yay! Cardboard box with psycho art land!
I heard that video game sucks.

21Halo Reach

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

23Mass Effect 3

24Metal Gear Solid 2

25Bioshock 2

26Half-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.

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...

29Fallout 3


31Sonic the Hedgehog
Yeah Sonic '06 does


32Presentable 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.

33Gears of War 3


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.


36Valiant 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

37Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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.

38Bioshock Infinite

39Assassin'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 :'(

40Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Common men. it should be first.
A very sad game :(


41Yume Nikki

42The Walking Dead: Season Two
Game is so sad as it's first part... Hats off

43Super 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

44Max Payne
This game is amazing, regarding storyline I always felt bad for him
Really. He is a man who should be pitied for.

45Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

46The 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. 😭

47Super 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


48The Shivah
Rabbi Stone's philosophical remarks, along with the extremely sad soundtrack, make this the saddest game I have ever experienced.

49Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

50Aliens: 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.

52One Chance

53Superman 64

54Mortal Kombat (2011)
It's so sad that everybody dies

55The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
The game wasn't all that good, but sad still

56Grand Theft Auto IV
The most saddest thing about this game are the two endings.

57God of War III
The ending is sad

58Echo 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

59Tomb Raider (2013)

60Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

61Assassin's Creed: Revelations

62Portal 2
Nobody is happy except the space core.

63L.A. Noire

64The Darkness 2
Jackies girfriend AND anty died brcause of a brotherhopd

65The 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.

66Final Fantasy VII

67Star 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

68Mario Party 7
Simply heartbreaking... Just thinking about it makes mes cry ;-;

69Resident Evil 4 (Credits)
Sad when you saw before the infection. The villagers looks happy and childrens.

70Super 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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