Typically, video games are fun and filled with adrenaline. But occasionally, there’s one game that leaves you balling your eyes out. Respondents on an online platform shared their tear-jerking video games.
1. The Last of Us
Gamers agree that The Last of Us is an emotional rollercoaster. One says that they got more emotional playing The Last of Us after having a child. They could understand Joel better, and that left a different effect. It left them depressed in the end in several ways.
The premise of the video game is an outbreak of monster cordyceps fungus attacking the United States. It changes human hosts into hostile creatures called the infected. Joel and Ellie connect over desperate events and rely on one another to survive the brutal journey in the post-pandemic U.S.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
Set at the onset of the end of the Wild West era, a robbery goes awry in the western town of Blackwater. The Van der Linde gang and Arthur must flee, and federal agents go after them. To survive, the gang has to fight and steal their way across the rugged heartland of America. Deep internal divisions endanger the gang’s unity, and Arthur must choose between his ideals and loyalty to the gang.
Multiple gamers agree that this game is in a league of its own. It has several outright references to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They share the theme of friendships among outlaws.
3. Outer Wilds
A commenter says that Outer Wilds is a work of art that changed how they view the world. It is hopeful, beautiful, and sad at the same time. They cannot recommend it enough.
Players get stuck in a time loop, and they must learn why. The game prompts players to uncover secrets of an extinct race, the Nomai, as they explore the solar system.
A parent shares that their little boy has autism and plays Minecraft religiously. They cried for days when he conquered the EnderDragon, and it scrolled the poem. To them, Minecraft is simple, unique, complex, and insightful at the same time.
5. That Dragon, Cancer
A cancer survivor says they played this game to cope with their diagnosis. Their own emotions and those in the game completely overwhelmed them. It helped them cry and let out what they’d been holding in. This was a positive experience as they felt liberated. They further state that the game developer created this story after losing his son to cancer. It served as therapy for them, too.
6. Life Is Strange 2
Another gamer adds that they fell in love with this video game after watching their wife play. The story is about two brothers who run away from home after a tragic accident. They say that they are only 10% into the second one. The start of Life is Strange 2 tore their heart out, and they couldn’t imagine how the rest of the game would play out.
According to another, this video game is an underrated and robust experience. It features a story about a young girl, Gris, who is lost in her world and pushing through a distressing experience.
8. Stardew Valley
A thread commenter says they started playing this game shortly after their grandfather died. They were studying then and could not make it home for the funeral.
This game was a distraction. Though they didn’t know the story, they thought it would be a cute farming game. It had them crying from the beginning, and they completely broke down when they reached the end.
9. A Fold Apart
A husband shares that this is a puzzle game about partners whose relationship is long-distance. Players play through the dreams when they are together. They loved this small Indie game as they were in a four-year long-distance relationship with their now wife before moving in together.
10. Link’s Awakening
Finally, one says this is the first game they played with a complex storyline. They thought the ending was bittersweet, especially after you destroy the island after you complete the dream. Seeing all the non-player characters fade away was sad.
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