Top 10 Video Games With the Saddest Endings

The Top Ten
1 Red Dead Redemption Red Dead Redemption Product Image

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

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

Saddest ending ever

2 The Last of Us The Last of Us Product Image

It's incredibly heart-breaking and can make you almost hate Joel...

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

Saddest games ever

3 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Product Image

Most emotional ending ever

4 The Walking Dead: Season 1 The Walking Dead: Season 1 Product Image
5 Heavy Rain Heavy Rain Product Image
6 Grand Theft Auto IV Grand Theft Auto IV Product Image

Yeah, somewhat

7 Mass Effect 3 Mass Effect 3 Product Image
8 Nier Nier Product Image
9 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Product Image

The main series also had sad endings, as well. X and Y: AZ has a reunion with Floette after all that they've been through. Sun and Moon: Lillie departs to Kanto and we don't see her in Let's Go! But the all time saddest is definitely Black and White's ending. Goodbye N.

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 gets much more story-rich, and deep. As a Pokemon game, it's heavy with life lessons, and morales. The ending 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

same with the new one. you have to go back to your own world. thank god that in the new one you decide you want to stay with your partner

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!

10 Life is Strange Life is Strange Product Image

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

Get it higher

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

The Contenders
11 Undertale

Okay, the pacifist ending is not sad, and the world is completely destroyed in the genocide ending. But in my opinion, the saddest endings are in neutral.
At the end of a neutral run, Sans calls you and tells you how things are going in the underground. In one ending, Papyrus becomes king (yay!), but he thinks all his friends (who you murdered) are on vacation. He just wishes they'd send a postcard. Sans doesn't have the heart to tell him what you did.
Or if you kill Toriel, in some endings, Sans will says, "I wonder how the lady from the ruins is doing. I haven't seen her. I wonder how she's feeling. *silence* Or maybe she's not feeling anything at all."
Super dark and sad.

Papyrus. Papyrus's death was just SO SAD "I- I know theres some good in you."
And sans. He- I can't say.

genoicde was scary, pacifist I'm told is good and neutral is just weird

sans got angry and killed you

12 Red Dead Redemption 2 Red Dead Redemption 2 Product Image

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.

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.

Incredible game sad ending

these games mad me ugly cry

13 Mother 3 Mother 3 Product Image

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.

14 A Way Out A Way Out Product Image

Saddest game ever, the ending blown me away.

Sad really sad

15 Halo Reach Halo Reach Product Image

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!

When the title card read “there will be another time”, I nearly cried

16 Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X Product Image
17 Spiderman Ps4 Spiderman Ps4 Product Image

Heartbreaking and Human filled ending.

18 Shadow of the Colossus Shadow of the Colossus Product Image
19 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Product Image
20 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

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

21 Doki Doki Literature Club!

One of the darkest and saddest games of all time, hands down. Monika sacrifices herself to destroy the game, knowing no happiness can be found.

22 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Product Image
23 To the Moon To the Moon Product Image

Sad but happy too if you think about it

24 L.A. Noire L.A. Noire Product Image


I never thought I would cry over a fictional character's death...

25 God of War III God of War III Product Image
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