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

Life is Strange Life is Strange Product Image

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!

Never before have I played a game that made me weep. I had to set my controller down and actually break. It spends 3/5 of the game setting up how deeply you care, to have the next 2 episodes test just how much you do. All until the ending, shattering your heart into pieces as you have to choose which characters are important enough to you, and which ones you can let go. It's bound together by a perfect soundtrack and atmosphere that upon hearing again, will break you. It's been over half a year and I still can't hear the soundtrack without tearing up.

Mother 3 Mother 3 Product Image

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.

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.

The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Product Image

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)

The most emotional game I have ever played. It had its downfall after season 2, and never really was the same after that but I will always have a soft spot for this masterpiece, as much as it tortured my emotions with the deaths of my favorite characters, as well as the ending of the series now.

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!

To the Moon To the Moon Product Image

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

Wow... just wow. I actually never really thought that such powerful and emotional stories would or could come from a game. I shouldn't really call it a game because there is very little "playing", but that doesn't detract from it's story. This game is like an atom bomb of emotions; it's like a wave of sadness with an after taste of happiness.The feeling isn't exactly melancholy but more like an overwhelming desire to see the characters happy yet knowing that there isn't anything you can do. It's beautiful simply put. I won't lie; I finished late night, and when I finished, I put my PC to sleep and crawled into bed and just held my wife. This will make sense when you complete the game. You will cry, and don't be ashamed or embarrassed when you do.

The Last of Us The Last of Us Product Image

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.

No words, play it and you'll see how hesrt wrenching it can be when people have to rely on primitive terms. You don't realize how hard it is to love someone and live in peace when the world is chaos 24/7. The Last of Us shows us this in the most exemplary way possible. The ending is unlike any seen in a game and can force separate opinions overall. This is the kind of game that makes you think about the amount of heartbreak that happened in an eventime this. Unlike most zombie games that make it some fantasy to live, this one shows you the story of a father like figure and a daughter like figure just surviving. It doesn't just hurt hearing there story, it hurts even more when you realize millions more have a story like this in that world. Most ended in tragedy, its those thoughts that make this game standout like none other.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Product Image

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.

Very emotional game. Best Metal Gear

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.

Shadow of the Colossus Shadow of the Colossus Product Image

Terribile game. Hore a list war a complete stagger in my conscience

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.

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.

Red Dead Redemption Red Dead Redemption Product Image

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.

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

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Product Image

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

Why is this rubbish kids game in the top 10? It is not in the ranks of Shadow of the Colossus, To the Moon, The Walking Dead and Life Is Strange in terms of sadness. Grow the hell up already.

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.

Heavy Rain Heavy Rain Product Image

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

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

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

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

Never played never will but one thing...

SHAUN!

The Contenders

Mass Effect 3 Mass Effect 3 Product Image

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.

This game put me into tears for at least an hour.This was a great game.AND the thing that makes me really more sad is that I romanced Tali,but every time I die,I see liara. That makes me even more sad then the fact that Shepard is this bad ass who goes out in the most emotional way possible.

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

Fallout 3 Fallout 3 Product Image

I know life is strange most saddest game but best rpg saddest story game should be fallout 3 (crying)

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.

NieR Replicant NieR Replicant Product Image

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

How is this not in the top 10? the game is devastating at every corner.

Bubsy 3D Bubsy 3D Product Image

Just seeing how painful the graphics are is sad

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

I heard that video game sucks.

Its sad because it exists

Halo Reach Halo Reach Product Image

The only game I had trouble finishing because it is so depressing

You start with six people and end with one. Dead ass depressing.

The saddest part was Jin was my least favorite member, and he was the survivor

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

Spec Ops: The Line Spec Ops: The Line Product Image

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

The Last of Us: Left Behind The Last of Us: Left Behind Product Image

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.

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

Breath of Fire II Breath of Fire II Product Image
Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X Product Image

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.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 Product Image
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Product Image

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

So I just finished Ocarina of Time and I was all like "Oh there's a sequel? I need to get it! " So...I played it...and I think I have a common case of Majora Depression.

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.

Silent Hill 2 Silent Hill 2 Product Image

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 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.

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.

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

Xenogears Xenogears Product Image
Mortal Kombat (2011) Mortal Kombat (2011) Product Image

It's so sad that everybody dies

Presentable Liberty

Presentable Liberty is merely just as it says in the title.

The writing is so fantastically well-put-together. It brings such unimaginable pain and relief all at once. It is not only just a great game but a magnificent experience.

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

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