Top 10 Video Games With the Saddest Endings

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The Top Ten

1 Red Dead Redemption

John fought so hard for his family and sacrificed his life for them.

John sacrifices himself for his family! A 1000 salutes for this true hero! - TriggerTrashKid

Saddest ending ever

2 The Last of Us

I haven't ended the game but let's see - TriggerTrashKid

3 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
4 The Walking Dead: Season 1
5 Heavy Rain
6 Grand Theft Auto IV

Yeah, somewhat - TriggerTrashKid

7 Mass Effect 3

Disappointing - TriggerTrashKid

8 Nier
9 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Same goes for the other 2, Darkness and Time.

We're not talking about overall sad story, alright, because this wouldn't really make into the list. This is one of those dungeon crawler games where you do tasks and get stuff. But this one's in the Pokemon universe (there's that), and YOU are the Pokemon (there's that too).

You work up your way with your partner. The first few hours of mission completing made IGN rate this game 4.9, because yes, AT FIRST (AND ONLY AT FIRST) it's feels repetitive. But after progressing through the story, it get's much more story-rich, and deep. As a Pokemon game, it's heavy with life lessons, and morales. The ending though...it scars my heart. In a good way, not a bad way. It's really sad, and really heartbreaking. Being a game which is targeted mainly on younger gamers, this would be one of those "first games" you play to actually make you cry. While Mother 3 also had a similar graphical system, it's not really advertised as ...more

The song wich is titled Don't Ever Forget is relaxing when taken out of context

But the ending always makes me cry! You're disappearing from the timeline to save the world!

I just cried

10 Life is Strange

Get it higher - TriggerTrashKid

Pokémon is somehow higher? The ending was sad if you played the game

Grand Theft Auto and Heavy Rain being above this game is just crazy.

just sad

The Contenders

11 Red Dead Redemption 2

Incredible game sad ending - TriggerTrashKid

Arthur Morgan is my favorite video game character ever. Why did he have to die? I hope that in RDR3 (if they have one) it shows a younger Arthur.

This whole game is an emotional ride You’ll see the people you cared for die one after another, until the main protagonist Arthur Morgan faces his inevitable fate. Probably the saddest ending in a videogame and the way Rockstar presented it is heartbreaking.

12 Mother 3

You end up fighting your own brother while your dead mother tries to get him to snap out of it (he was killed in the first chapter and made into a cyborg). Once he does, he kills himself to be with his mother. Afterwards, you pull the needle and a cataclysmic chain of events take place, restoring nature in the Nowhere Islands. Good thing everyone survived. - MKBeast

13 Undertale

Which ending? There are 2 of them.

14 A Way Out

Sad really sad - TriggerTrashKid

Saddest game ever, the ending blown me away. - Johnalove

15 Final Fantasy X
16 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

How?! - MKBeast

17 To the Moon

Sad but happy too if you think about it

18 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
19 Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

Really sad, true Friendship

20 Spiderman Ps4

Heartbreaking and Human filled ending.

21 Shadow of the Colossus
22 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
23 Halo Reach

It's a bit gut wrenching at parts, at bits like some deaths of the main characters, and the overview of the city New Alexandria, but the ending is the saddest. You are alone. No-one friendly. No escape. The only way you turn out is dead. Damn that zealot who stabbed you! Damn him!

24 Dust: An Elysian Tail
25 Super Mario Galaxy

Mario sad? No. Mario bland. - TriggerTrashKid

Well, a million lumas sacrifice themselves, in an e rated game, just how are mario games lying about there rating

26 Punch Out!!

Doc Louis walks through the highlight hallway after Mac loses his third outing in Mac's Last Stand and says "Good job son. Good job" and the music makes it sound like he died soon after he left tge ring.

27 Doki Doki Literature Club! Doki Doki Literature Club!
28 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
29 Asura's Wrath
30 Mafia II

"sorry kid Joe wasn't a part of the deal

31 Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
32 Persona 3
33 Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
34 L.A. Noire
35 Conker's Bad Fur Day

No happiness at all

36 Hey You, Pikachu!

This ending is the saddest one I have ever seen, especially when you say goodbye, Pikachu makes an sad face that makes you feel bad for Pikachu and the background music is depressing, the credits music is happy, when it should have been the staff roll music from Super Mario 64 or a more sad tune, it fits more for the credits of this game, but then Pikachu returns, this ending is even sadder than Titanic, in the movie, you cry for an guy you just saw for 2 hours, but in Hey You, Pikachu! Pikachu has been with you like a whole year after you bought the game, so Pikachu looks like he is now part of your family, the saddest ending in a videogame ever. - GumballWatterson

37 God of War III
38 Super Mario Sunshine
39 Punch-Out!! Wii
40 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
41 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Bad game - TriggerTrashKid

*SPOILERS AHEAD* at the end Ethan dies it literally made me cry I refused to do it I legit had to get my girlfriend to do it because I couldn't I listened to his message at the end credits and cried I was dead Saddest Ending Ever

The ending was so sad! In the ending Ethan/E3N just dies in a ship explosion and same happened to Reyes (The character you’re controlling), but he fly away and a small rock hits Reyes’s helmet and he was losing oxygen then it ends in a black screen, and a scene plays of a soldier doing the “Great job” symbol soldiers do and it ends in the wall of the ones who died with a name in it, “Nick Reyes.”

Saddest ending I’ve seen. :( - Gabo147

42 Pokemon Sun and Moon
43 Marvel's Spider-Man

Sad. May dies and it is revealed that she already knew Peter was the hero. Doesn't seem sad but watch a video. - TriggerTrashKid

44 The Last Guardian

Can't believe this wasn't on the list

45 Bioshock Infinite
46 Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2

Conquest ending will make everyone having a sleepless night, don't play conquest ending ffs - Radzz202

47 Rayman Raving Rabbids

Don't even think about beating this piece of crap, you'll just get insulted

48 Valiant Hearts: The Great War
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