Most Emotional Video Games of All Time

These ten video games will make you cry your eyes out.

The Top Ten

1 Life is Strange

A cool idea with simply bland execution. Characters are often unlikeable or one-sided, making it very difficult for the player to actually care about what happens to these people, which is especially bad considering the fact that this game's entire premise revolves around the actions that you take in order to create different outcomes. Also, despite being based around branching pathways, this game only has two endings, technically one depending on how you look at it, don't really think that I need to explain this. Now I could go on about the many plotholes and nonsensical story elements of this game, but I think that I'd like to save that for a more formal review later down the line. Anyways, in all accounts, I find this game to be far below average, but each to their own, I guess. - The_Crimson_King

You pick "Sacrifice Chloe", then Chloe dies thinking Max forgot about her. Pick Arcadia Bay, possibly everyone is dead. - codgtamk34

This game made me cry all the way to my therapist's office when Chloe died - AlexisK

Hey someone already made this list, it's called "Top 10 Saddest video games" - CrypticMemory

This list is supposed to focus on video games with the most emotional moments. - RadioHead03

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2 The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead games have always been emotional. Poor Clementine. She had to go through so much. The Walking Dead has to be Teltale Game’s most emotional game they ever made. - RadioHead03

3 What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains Of Edith Finch is a game that has a messed up story. The game focuses on Edith as she goes back to the Finches house to look for clues, and things she didn’t know about her family. Unfortunately the Finch family is believed to be cursed because of the many deaths in the family. What Remains Of Edith Finch is an experience. A very sad experience. - RadioHead03

4 The Last of Us

Sarah dies at the beginning, Tess dies in between and Joel couldn't let Ellie die. Talk about how much emotion Sony put in this game. - codgtamk34

Ah yes this game is pretty emotional. But the real question is will Part 2 be more emotional? - RadioHead03

5 Life is Strange 2

Haven't played this yet, but I'm honestly not looking forward to it, considering the fact that I've heard that it gets political. Might play it once all the episodes are released, simply out of morbid curiosity. - The_Crimson_King

Just when I thought Life Is Strange 1 couldn’t be any sadder. Sure it’s only 3 episodes so far, but all of them are so emotional. Life Is Strange 2 will make you cry, again. - RadioHead03

6 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
7 Shadow of the Colossus
8 Red Dead Redemption 2

I could say the same for the first one as well, since they both end with the main protagonist dying in tragic fashion. But I think people bonded with Arthur's struggles a lot more than John's in the original, so I'm going with the sequel.

You get so attached to the main character. You actually feel like you're getting to know him throughout the game. (SPOILER ALERT) when Arthur dies, you'll feel like you just lost a friend. - DoroExploro13

Both this and the original's endings are emotional. They have the protagonists die. - codgtamk34

9 Life is Strange: Before the Storm
10 Gone Home

The Contenders

11 Heavy Rain

Hold the Orange Juice, and wait - Spook404

Shaun! - HaloFanboy

12 Minecraft Minecraft

My diamond fell in lava - Luckys

NOO MY DOGGY DIED! 1! f in the chat top 10 saddest anime deaths or whatever the kids say these days - CrypticMemory

13 Fallout 3
14 Mother 3

Now this game hits hard, probably not as hard as Lisa: The Painful, but still an amazing experience. - The_Crimson_King

15 Lisa: The Painful

Honestly, this is the only game on this list that I actually find emotional, besides Mother 3 of course. The game's extremely heavy themes and black sense of humor make it a very harrowing experience, especially considering the fact that party members can be killed off if you're not careful. Even at save points you aren't safe, as party members can be kidnapped by gangs and killed if you aren't willing to pay a ransom fee. The story is also absolutely soul crushing, given our main character's past and ambitions, and how the game ultimately ends. I'd definitely recommend playing this as soon as possible if you're interested in having the most emotional experience a vidya game can offer. - The_Crimson_King

16 Super Princess Peach

The gameplay focuses on emotions

Sexist game - RedfoxB68

OH NOO SO SAD CRY CRY CRY CRYYy ( spoilers in the end hammer bros gets stuck in that bubble that is right next to peach) CRYYY WAA - lemur

17 Undertale Undertale

Especially the genocide and pacifist routes - CrypticMemory

Dude buzz off I don't need you starting pointless arguments with me - CrypticMemory

Why isn’t this 1? Play Pacifist and Genocide. Boom - UltraIsBack

18 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
19 Dreamfall: The Longest Journey


In the finale, the protagonist has to tell a young girl that her presence will ultimately destroy the world and that she has to let go (die) in order to set things right. In her final moments, the two play together with her doll, knowing how this will end, before the girl ultimately lays down to rest on the protagonist's arms - forever. - Martin_Canine

20 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Ending make me cry - DenyYourMaker

21 Walking Dead Season 2
22 Corpse Party
23 OneShot
24 Metal Gear

Boss come back! - RedfoxB68

25 BioShock Infinite
26 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I hated when gundham died. - zeroclubsboii

27 Frostpunk
28 I Wanna Be the Guy I Wanna Be the Guy

A common misconception on this list is that "emotional" means sad. It doesn't. Emotion is defined as "any conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a certain degree of pleasure or displeasure". I Wanna Be the Guy is by far one of the more emotional games, in terms of what the player feels playing it. The game is infamously hard, meaning the player will become angry, enraged, infuriated by their constant failures and deaths. Some will "rage quit" and never finish the game, but those who do finish will get a sense of triumph from defeating one of the hardest games ever made. In comparison, most of the other games on this list are here because they are nothing more than nonsense torture-porn made for and by emos. Anger and happiness, at least to me, are far better in games than forced sadness, which is merely boring and almost cliché at this point.

29 Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
30 Tales of Symphonia
31 King’s Quest (2015)
32 Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier
33 Final Fantasy VII
34 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

This should be in the top 5. - EvanTheNerd

35 L.A. Noire
36 Shaq-Fu
37 Red Dead Redemption
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