Top Ten Saddest Video Games

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

The Top Ten

1 Life 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!

Just the name you can tell it will be a very sad game I sat and thought about its name it's sad ITS NAME AND THE GAME - Ethan-metal1

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2 Mother 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 Mother trilogy is not your average garden variety RPG series. They go beyond what you think of when you play a video game. There's more to it than just replacing potions with burgers and magic with PSI, though. These are games based on the real world and real human experiences. That's why all the characters, their personalities, they way they interact with others and with the world around them, the story, the struggles, the feelings and emotions feel so real and relatable. Because of this, when something happens to someone, we feel what they feel. Their pain is our pain, their joy is our joy, their sorrow is our sorrow, their anger is our anger, their love is our love. Characters like Ness and Lucas aren't just adventuring to save the world, they're growing up and maturing. They're living life as they fight to protect the world and the people they love. These games pull no punches when making you realize that saving the world isn't done fantasy quest, it's a long, hard road full ...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.

My goodness. This game, even from the very first chapter, punches you in the GUT with a very upsetting scene and realistic portrayal of grief after a tragedy. It's unbelievable what a few pixels can do in Mother 3. Don't even ask me about the ending. It destroyed my heart.


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3 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!

It is not much to say. Last scene is really heartbreaking. I never cried because of game or film but... It was first time.

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4 To 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 the first saddest pixel gam I have really played. The scenes are sad and the things here made me cry, hard, very hard. I think that this should be on the top 10. which is. This makes wonder what if?. That is how this game changed me. We need memory changing technology people!

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5 The 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.

All words are unable to describe this glorious game. what a story, what a ending, and what a...

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6 Shadow 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

You expect a giant boss battle game. Which it delivers perfectly and it goes beyond that. You get attached to the character and your horse. AAAGGGRRROOO! I love that horse to death.

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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7 Metal 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.

8 The 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.

I felt so sad for Skull Kid. This is a scary but also very emotional game. Zelda games mean a lot to me

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9 Red Dead Redemption

A beautiful tragedy that fits in with the golden aisle of video games. A forever masterpiece, the game will send you on an emotional rollercoaster as you take control as John Marston, an ex-outlaw who has been tasked to hunt down his old gang family by government officials in hopes of getting his family and old life back. From beginning to end, you will feel emotionally connected to each other the characters - especially the final scenes which brought tears to millions of players across the world - and still do today.

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.

It is sad how much he does for his family to get lit up like that at the end - Ethan-metal1

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10 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness

This game along with the other mystery dungeon titles in the franchise hold the record for the only games that has left me heartbroken and completely, utterly ruined after completing the storyline and ending to the game. You just aren't supposed to expect that out of a Pokemon game. Even after consecutive playthroughs of this game, the story STILL leaves me heartbroken and I ALWAYS find myself crying after going through the ending of this game, every single time. I still remember when I was a kid playing this game for the very first time, and upon reaching the ending, the sheer emotional pain I felt just left me drowning myself in tears in my bed for half an hour. This game really became one of my most beloved games to this date due to the fact that no other game could make me feel so at home and cozy and excited simply because it's a Pokemon game, but also make me feel so emotionally bound to the characters in the story so much that even now I still can't bear to watch the ending ...more

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.

You will cry

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The Contenders

11 Mass Effect 3

This is the first game ever, that made me cry. I enjoyed the trip from the very beginning to the very end. Never dropped a tear during the trilogy (I even managed to not cry during "Leaving Earth" scene)...until ME3 Ending. Last goodbye with Shepard, who sacrifices himself for the whole god damn galaxy. Knowing, he will never see his Love Interest (in my case Tali) ever again. When I watched the Reapers falling and Mass Relays being destroyed while "An End Once And For All" was playing, my eyes went wet, knowing, that Shepard will never reunite with his friends (I actually got the "Shepard survives" ending, but still...). For me, this is the best game ever because of the story.

I really love this game. The story is beautiful and more powerfully moves you around and full of breathtaking places that makes me feel more realized. Because of many touching characters due to sacrifices, intense war and full of destruction, tragedy, and this game is a masterpiece. It has sad and touching gay romance scene including male Shepard and Cortez. It has amazing soundtrack and full of depression. It breaks my heart that Shepard sacrifice his life to stop the Reaper in end of ME3 game. I really miss Shepard. Bioware did very amazing job to make fans fall in love with Mass Effect trilogy and make someone feel like they won't forget them. This game is full of emotional, funny, coming-of-age tragedy, and gripping moments.

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

This game killed me in the end because I wanted to give the geth a chance at life and you kill all sythetics and I just died watching the ones who wanted to live in peace die.

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12 Heavy 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

I like how you say "spoilers ahead" when you already spoiled ethan dying. Like, homie, you already spoiled it. - MasonOcker

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

I just cry every single time... no matter if I play a good or bad ending I just cry

Great story and a tear-jerker. </3

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13 Fallout 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

14 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

First of all raw emotion isn't everything. The game is combines many factors like pace, soundtrack, mood and character. You grow fond of the main character, and the melancholic soundtracks that play when you are just passing time doing side quests, plus the way the hero is shown to deal with his inner turmoil - are a terrific combination that make the journey more memorable. I had a crisis core hangover after playing this game. Really the first game to make me cry at the end. And what's more? People are suckers for a tragic story of a soldier and this game delivers the justice in form of soldier 1st class Zack Fair!

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.

Ending borderline made me cry, lot of games above this didn't make me as emotionally sad as this did.

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15 NieR Replicant

One of the most depressing games with a beautiful atmosphere. The true ending of the game will make you cry and question everything that you have done throughout the story.

#15? Seriously? Although the start may seem light hearted, the game becomes really tragic midway, with kidnaps, close bonds being destroyed, learning about secrets so on. This game is a tragic story for everyone. The gestalts, the replicants, the humans, the androids, everyone.

I'm ashamed NieR only made it to #21 while this could easily be in the TOP 10

All others games in this list is just a joke compared to this one. Only Lost Odyssey's stories can compete. 1st place, there is can't be second opinion.

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16 Silent 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.

I went searching for this game once, having read in a magazine or something on how it was fantastic. With high expectations, I went and bought it, and was not even remotely disappointed. The connections you make while playing, although not apparent, are there. The characters are perfectly crafted, the music is beautifully haunting, and gave me an experience I will never forget.

This game is about depression itself. The scars of sexual abuse that completely destroyed a person by years of abuse and torment living in a real hell. the insanity and desperation of seen the person you love the most suffering for months till he dies, a complete life of hate, rejection and no love.
This game is about a man that travels to his own fears and horrors to find his deceased wife and the answers to her dead. In this journey he finds other tormented people who are looking for answers and way out of hell.
The game gives us a horrible feeling of loneliness and helplessness in a dark atmosphere full of depression and horrific monsters. The most depressive game ever made.

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17 Bubsy 3D

Just seeing how painful the graphics are is sad - ikerevievs

The existence of this video game is what made me cry myself to hell.

I heard that video game sucks.

This game makes me cry :(
Please Bubsy.. Just die.

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18 Spec Ops: The Line

I can safely say I have only cried in a few games. Two or three. This is one of them. This game is one of them. There are tough moral choices which you think you made the correct one and then boom. A sad moment. The problem is that the reason it is sad was because you did it. You made the wrong choice, and it resulted in bad or sad things happening.

This game kinda messed me up, not only seeing the sheer brutality of war, but also having the player be an active participant in it. You don't get to be the good guy in this one.

Spec Ops: The line -The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the charred corpses of civillians you dropped bombs on to get there. Things can always get worse

19 Halo Reach

Everyone on Noble Team died BUT Jun-A266. I know a lot about all the games, but I,m NOT a Halo Follower.

Best halo game but saddest too - pratham2025

Best Halo game I ever played.

Everyone dies... Then it's your turn.
It was an emotional roller-coaster the first time around.

20 The 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.

So many tears. - MRniceguy583

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

21 Half-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.

22 Final Fantasy X

Auron was dead the whole time, leaves. Tidas never really existed, leaves. The "I love you" between him and Yuna at the end. Spira was saved, but with many sacrifices along the way.

23 Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
24 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

So sad when midna leaves

25 Cave Story

The music...the 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

26 Presentable 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.

If you didn't vote for this it's cause you haven't heard of it - Nyoom

This game MESSED ME UP.

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27 The Walking Dead: Season Two

Game is so sad as it's first part... Hats off

Such an amazing game, filled with the grief of the apocolypse


28 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
29 Undertale

I thought it was so sad because in the genocide run you kill everyone when I killed Sans I was heartbroken and killing papyrus also Sans getting angry saying' It's a beautiful day out side flowers are blooming birds are singing on days like these kids like you should be burning in hell

Undertale is one of the most emotional games I've ever played. The final fight is so emotional, it's hard not to shed a tear...

But...sti-still! I believe in you! You can do a little better...even if you don't think so...I-I promise...

This game was the amazing game I have to play.

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30 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

This game was beautiful, and hit me right in the feels. The game has a tragic atmosphere throughout, beginning with the death of your mother and the illness of your father. Two brothers must set out to find the Tree of Life and save their father, helping each other grow along the way. Throughout the epic and beautiful adventure, the two brothers strengthen each other and help each other grow. Then there are the subtle side stories, such as whether or not you save a man from hanging himself, or the death of a griffin right after it carries you to safety. The game progressively gets more powerful, all the way up until the horribly sad ending. After going through so much, the older brother dies due to a fatal stab wound... Right at the roots of the tree of life. With his dead brother's spirit helping him, the younger brother finishes the quest and saves his father. The game concludes with the broken family mourning at the graves of the mother and older brother. Definitely the saddest ...more

This is an absolutely beautiful game that plays well, but more than that, makes you feel a sense of how hard it can be for children trying to be responsible for huge tasks. The dying parent in need of medicine is a common story, but the emotions involved in the gameplay makes it special. Even in solving the puzzles, each brother feels like half of a whole, which makes the ending that much more sad

If a game, where characters don't speak any real language, makes you cry, you know that it does something right

this sucks

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31 Max Payne 3

We need more games where you play as a tormented, withered and crippled shell of the main protagonist's former self.

That would be pretty neat. - xandermartin98

A barely functioning addict with a death wish attempts to rectify his past failures, by protecting those around him. nearly all of them die.

32 Bioshock 2

Neutral/Sacrifice ending is heart breaking. All the work to save your little sister who is all grown up now and you don't even get to spend any time with her above the decrepit remains of rapture.

33 Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

I'll talk about Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment as one. In the first game, Innocent Sin, Maya Amano (who is sort of billed as the protagonist Tatsuya's love interest, and really just a sweet character all around) is killed by Nyralathotep in the ending. The bad guy wins and destroys the world. But than, Tatsaya talks to Philemon, who says that, in exchange for everyone's memories, he can create a new timeline where Nyralathotep is unsuccessful in destroying the world. He and his friends accept.

So in summery, this group of friends who are closer than siblings are forced to completely forget each other and the adventures they shared in order to save the world. In the next game, Eternal Punishment, it gets even sadder. You play as Maya, who has completely forgotten everything related to her friends in the first game. However, when you eventually meet Tatsuya, it's revealed that he couldn't forget his friends and still has all his unrequited memories from the ...more

34 Pikmin

The game itself isn't sad but when you donot collect all the pieces and the time runs out olimar rides his rocket (which misses a few pieces) and it explodes midair killing olimar with it. and then the pimins use olimar's dead body as a food. this is creepy and depressing for a kids game doyou hear that Nintendo?!

35 Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

I think this entire series would be really high up if more people played it. The endings of most of them are just absolutely heart-wrenching, but I'd have to say this one was the worst. Claire's death was a punch in the gut. Throughout the game, you're told that Layton's girlfriend died ten years in the past. Several flashbacks of her are shown, and she's the most precious person. I'd be lying if I said that she isn't one of the best characters in the series... but she's dead. You get to see her death in the explosion during one of the cutscenes- her lifeless body proves it. Then, later on, you meet Celeste, who claims to be Claire's younger sister, and is working to uncover the truth behind Claire'd death in the time machine explosion. You save London with her, destroy Clive's fortress, get the dude arrested, and all' well, right? Celeste is breaking down in tears, and after "you've taken awful good care of that hat I gave you", you'll be crying too. So, Celeste is actually ...more

Definitely not surprised to see this on here. Never seen a sadder ending (except in maybe drawn to life the next chapter). Love the story of this series, I could not help crying when I got to the end of this one!

I'm honestly surprised that this is not on the first page.

The ending just KILLED me!

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36 Borderlands 2

This game is anything but sad

HAHAAHAHAAHA. Seriously, though, this game is literally Sunset Overdrive without its movement. - MKBeast

Guardian Angel T.T

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37 Akaiito
38 Aliens: Colonial Marines
39 Valiant Hearts: The Great War

The ending is so sad. So no spoilers here but basically through character development, u get more immersed to the characters. The ending is perfect in being sad because of the music, letter, and other things (no small spoiler.)

Connecting you emotionally with the main character, then killing him off in the end with a firing squad ( not to mention the Walk of Memories), this is one of the sadder games I've played.

Most I have ever cried in any game, or movie. Truly a beautiful game about the great war and the stories of the soldiers.

Watched jacksepticeye play it and when jack cries I cry

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40 Gears of War 3
41 Limbo

Also fairly creepy. That spider is nightmare fuel.

42 Bioshock 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.

Elizabeth and Booker had complicated lives.

43 Doki Doki Literature Club! Doki Doki Literature Club!

I disagree with the other comments. Personally, this game was a bit of a departure for me because frankly, I don't even like anime. Nothing against it, I just never could relate to it & always found myself bored with it. & while I do agree that the remainder of the game after Sayori commits suicide, while creepy... I guess... didn't really have any effect on me, Sayori's part of the story, as well as the rainy days, (or was it rain clouds? I dunno, rain something), mod where you play AS Sayori really hit me on a deep level. They really nailed what living with severe depression is like. Maybe it hit me because I've battled with it my whole life. Thankfully, I gained control over mine & have been managing it well the past couple decades, but I really felt a lot of empathy for Sayori because there was a time when I was in that headspace too. & Having been there before myself, (though without the romantic entanglements, mine was more bullying & other issues that were compounded by high ...more

Its actually pretty good and sad (more scary than anything). It all comes at you as fast as a bullet, which is why its pretty sad. Its hits you hard. - ItsAShipDad

Everyoe dies becuase of that monika who takes advantage of the other girls just to be with you - Dvafan2

It's a tear jerking game, why all the hate? I cried when sayori died. she was an average girl suffering from depression. then happens to kill themselves, and then goes downhill. why all the hate on this game? before you answer, don't see any thing about graphics or crap. the storyline is great to me. it hit me hard. it really did, how some people suffer from their own issue's and start to loose ahold of everything, to the point where monika deletes them

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44 That Dragon, Cancer

Should DEFINITELY be number 1! The ENTIRE theme of the game is sad! Unlike a huge majority of the games on this list, which are basically counting ONE or a few sad parts in it. This game...


The game depicts a child's 4 year battle with cancer. From the start, you might know that the child already has cancer. A bit confusing, but the storyline gets more understandable as you go on. From the moment you know Joel's cancer is uncurable and now fatal, a certain theme of desperation is used inbetween the gameplay. But the end is where the tears should start rolling. You are seen to be in a part of heaven, and you see Joel in a picnic with a pug next to him, eating some pancakes. It is plausible that your character is in the point of view of the father, so it means that the father either committed suicide, or you aren't in the point of view of the father. Either way, the game is sad, and deserves a high spot on the list.

The game is based on the creator and his son, in other words real events and I can't imagine what the creator of this game would have gone through emotionally during the development of this game. I have never experienced anything like this before, and it fills me with nostalgia and grief I didn't know existed.

The entire game is sad. You read the description on Steam and it says that it's about the creators expierience with cancer. And then it reveals that it was actually the creators son who had cancer and the game is about real people. Saddest thing ever - Username123

First game that made me cry, - Johnalove

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45 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

The Boss was a patriot who died for her country

She was a true patriot...

Life is not about changing the world...
it's about doing our best to leave it exactly the way it is,
by respecting the will of others and believing in your own.
The Boss was a TRUE soldier,
she had never defected, but world peace is unattainable...
*salutes boss' grave*

and my love,
is not for honor...
it's for youu

in my time,
there will be no one else...


46 Portal 2

What is more sad than a mother letting her child go and sining a really sad song about it, PLUS having the only friend you'll ever know try to kill you, gets pulled into space and then you get abandoned in the middle of a wheat field. Well gets my vote.

Nobody is happy except the space core.

This is so sad. GLaDOS deletes Caroline and Wheatley gets suck into space and GLados says she will delete Chell and 3 innocent personality cores get sucked into space. The only thing happy about it was when the space sphere gets to live his dream in space. When Whealey desperately ye
Los grab me makes it even worse

So Sad Rip whaetley my favorite carictar

47 Yume Nikki
48 Final Fantasy VII

Cait Sith and Aeris death scene

49 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
50 Metal Gear Solid 2
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