Let’s face it, everyone has different opinions. I’ve been reading reviews and watching them on youtube and I’ll admit that I don’t always agree with what is said and/or written.  Everyone has played different games and has had their own relationships with the characters and story, that is what can make stories so wonderful because they are a different journey for each person.

I am a lover of sad stories. As a writer I bear a strong respect for anyone who can sway their audiences feelings. On this thought, I decided to give out my personal list of my top nine saddest moments in the video games I have played.

While our opinion may differ based on experience and different games played, we can still come together and dwell on the thought of what can make these moments successful.

Why NINE and not TEN?! Well, I am so picky that I wanted each sad moment to be from a different game and due to that and I could only find NINE. Also there are a lot of sad moments, but I want to concentrate on ones that actually made ME feel since I am the one writing this list.

It should go without saying but this is SPOILER CITY, so be cautious if you don’t want games spoiled for you.

Prepare to be sad.

NUMBER 9

Yume Nikki: The Ending

I don’t know how many people have heard of this game. I played this game through a download on my computer. Heck, you can download it right now if you want to. Just click here. Think it as a gift from me to you!

This game is TWISTED. You do not know what is completely going on and you should not ever expect to. You play as a girl named Nikki who won’t leave her room. When you try to leave her room she just shakes her head. She will only do two things: go to the outside balcony connected to her room (there is nothing to do but be there) or go to sleep.

When Nikki sleeps, the real gameplay starts. You wake up in a place that looks like your room but this time the character will actually leave her room. This is the dreamworld, there are 12 doors with worlds of the most bizarre nature.

This game should win a prize for surrealism. You navigate Nikki through her dreams to obtain 24 objects known as effects. These effects give Nikki different abilities and using the abilities in different places causes all sorts of odd things to happen. This game is incredibly easy to get lost in. I would be impressed with anyone who could beat it without the aid of a walkthrough. It’s all very psychological and you wonder what Nikki went through to have these dreams.

After exploring the dreams enough to get all 24 effects…this is what happens.

Nikki commits suicide off of her bedroom’s balcony. I had no idea how this game was going to end and just the simple…she jumps off the balcony THE END kinda hit me. I mean…the things you see in Nikki’s dreams are incredibly surreal, psychological, and can really make you think.

She would not go outside perhaps because she did not want to face a truth in her life? The people in the dream…are they reflections of people from her real life? What about the places? What was haunting Nikki into these dreams? Fans have many ideas, most of them very fascinating.

In all, this game is pretty depressing  and I’m not forgetting it.

NUMBER 8

Metal Gear Solid 4- The Mircowave Hall

Metal Gear is an amazing series. The writers are not afraid to make situations a little ridiculous to get the emotions of characters across.

The story is filled with characters that have dark pasts, mostly consisting of soldiers and scientists. Scientists that have created regrettable weapons, soldiers who use so much tech that they are barely human anymore, it’s all about war in this game. And war is not a happy subject.

Snake is an old man in this game, being a clone caused him to age faster. Yet throughout this game he pulls through battles and difficult situations.

The series is filled with deaths to the point where I am not using a death for a sad moment. No, I am using the microwave hall scene.

No scene defined how emotional and ridiculous this game can be like the scene when Snake goes into a hall with dangerous microwaves. Here it is.

Honestly the scene speaks for itself. The music, the GODDAMN BUTTON MASHING, and images you see in this scene are truly what this series has always been about. War.

NUMBER 7

Dark Cloud: Seda’s Story

This is a bit of an old game and they later created White Knight Chronicles which I slightly hate them for. (That game makes my eyes and ears bleed.) But there is just one part in this game that stuck with me for being really sad.

The scene does not happen till almost the very end of the game and with a character that is incredibly important to the plot…yet we only see him in the beginning and at the end.

You play as a character named Toan or you can change his name if you want to…he’s one of those silent main character types that you are supposed to see yourself in. He is put in charge of saving the world by the Fairy King. You are saving it from an evil Genie who is well…trying to rule/destroy the world. You travel a lot, restoring lands as well as finding a way to defeat the Genie. Toan restores lands by using a magical stone the Fairy King gave to him.

At the beginning of the game you meet a suspicious man named Seda. He seems to know what you are up to and wants the stone the Fairy King gave you. The man is calm and collected and only asks for the stone…at first. He seems to know more about the Dark Genie than you do and says he needs the stone more and you learn he’s a time-traveler.Then…out of nowhere he gasps in pain and his eyes glow red and he tries to kill you for the stone. He defeats you but has mercy on you and leaves.

You don’t see Seda again till the end of the game in the Dark Genie’s castle. He tells you that he is the reason the Dark Genie exists and he’s traveled in time to try to find a way to stop himself in the past. Before he can tell you the full story though, the Dark Genie tries to possess him and he creates a time-traveling portal for you before he kills himself.

In the portal you slowly learn pieces of Seda’s life. Well…this is what you learn. Followed by it is the sad moment that makes number 6 on my list.

Did you see Seda stab that man and throw him off the balcony?! This is an old game with no voice-acting, not so good graphics, but the emotion put into this scene was done well. That music-box tune is both sad as well as ominous, perfect for the tragedy that lead to the creation of the Dark Genie.

The exact moment this scene that turned it into one of the saddest moments was when Seda looks at Toan and says, “Have you come to kill me too?! Do you hate me too? Fine. Go ahead, kill me.” You don’t hear his voice but just be looking at the characters face and reading those words you feel shivers go down your spine. It’s not whiny and sorrowful like, “Oh Sophia is dead, please kill me!” Even without a voice you can tell that the words Seda said were utterly livid…and that livid feeling is what created the Dark Genie.

NUMBER 6

Fatal Frame: Mafuyu’s Choice

You know I’m a huge fan of this series if you read my earlier review. Of course most of the moments in this game are scary as shit but if there is anything besides scary…there is sad.

Every Fatal Frame game has it’s own special sad moment. If I had to pick what game had the most sad moment, I’d have to say the 1st one.

You are a young girl named Miku who is searching a haunted mansion for her big brother, Mafuyu. This girl goes through a TON of shit for her older brother. I question my sanity to pull through what this girl pulls through in order to find her brother. Having a sixth sense, taking photographs of ghosts in order to “kill” them, running like hell when faced with a invincible ghost.

The sad moment is in the end…when you finally beat the final boss and reunite with your brother.

This actually got a lot of people mad. Many gamers think Mafuyu to be selfish and stupid by abandoning his little sister after all she went through to get him back.

As a writer, I had to disagree. I felt for Kirie as Mafuyu did. In Fatal Frame, the ghost you are trying to defeat ALWAYS has a tragic back story and Kirie was no different. Seeing that poor woman getting hurt from that door is sad! That is no ordinary gate she is sealing, she is sealing the gates to hell itself! She is a martyr, doing something good with no reward in sight. Mafuyu recognizes her selflessness and wishes to give her peace by staying with her. I found that touching but that does not ignore the fact that his choice is a sad one.

NUMBER 5

Mass Effect 3- Earth gets Attacked

Bioware has some of the best writers. Each character is a jewel of it’s own and when they really know how to get you invested in the story.

The 3rd and last game of the series takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts. The entire galaxy is in peril from the Reapers, a part organic and part machine race of beings that has harvested all developed life in the galaxy every fifty thousand years.

You can play as female or male, but you’re always called Commander Shepard. It is your goal to defeat the Reapers. The reason you get so invested in this story is because it’s a role-playing game, you make decisions and face their outcomes.

This entire game is full of an essence of hopelessness. It is hard to choose a single scene for the sad moment.

I decided this one will do.

This scene is at the VERY BEGINNING of the game. This is only Earth being attacked too, you get to watch many more planets get invaded by the Reapers. Many of the characters you get to know so well die.

I just thought this should be on the list because it’s at the beginning of the game, and it can be a challenge to pull off a sad moment when things are just getting started.

NUMBER 4

Kingdom Hearts 328/2 Days: Axel Confronts Xion

I never got attached to the Kingdom Heart characters. To me, Sora was just a goofball, Riku had issues, and Kairi was a cliche damsel in distress. Not to say I did not enjoy them, but I never actually got the feelings at parts of the game I think I was supposed to feel and get sad about.

That was until 328/2 days came out on Nintendo DS. Roxas and all of the Organization 13 are incredibly sad and tragic characters when you stop to think about them. They are people who lost their hearts, they are not supposed to exist, yet here they are.They are called Nobodies, that itself is depressing.

Basic summary of your goals in the game, you play as Roxas who is Sora’s Nobody, created when Sora turned into a Heartless when he gave Kairi his heart in the first game. Unlike the other Nobodies, Roxas has no memory of his original self. You are the 13th member of Organization 13. As Roxas, you are trying to help Xemnas create Kingdom Hearts so you and all of your other 12 Nobody allies can gain hearts.

Seems like a good goal right? Well…it’s really complicated. You know if you played the other games that Xemnas is a bad guy who is full of false promises and lies and is using everyone as pawns.

At the beginning of the game Roxas is like a zombie with little to say and little to feel. Axel becomes Roxas’s mentor. For a guy without a heart, this guy has a lot of personality. Eventually you see Roxas be far less zombie-like and Axel becomes his best friend. Then a girl named Xion joins the Organization. She is very mysterious but eventually she warms up to Axel and Roxas and the three of them have a very strong bonded friendship. I grew to love this friendship, in fact, it’s probably my favorite friendship bond in all the video games I’ve played.

As you can imagine, this is when things begin to go downhill.

Roxas and Xion are not ordinary Nobodies. Both of them have the ability to use the keyblade, which Xemnas needs to create Kingdom Hearts. Both of them are parts of Sora. Roxas is his Nobody and Xion is Sora’s lost memories.

So what does this mean? Well, the GOOD guys from the other game tell Xion that she is not supposed to exist and she needs to go back into Sora. At first she denies them, but eventually she comes to terms with it and betrays the Organization. Roxas is also doing things behind the Organizations back and slowly loses this trust in their goals.

This puts Axel in a difficult position, being a long-time member of the Organization. He is sent to stop her, both for Xemnas’s evil reasons…but also for reasons of his own.

Thus, here is the saddest moment for me.

I imagine most people expect me to put in Xion’s “death” or Axel saying goodbye to Roxas when Roxas runs away but those did not hit me like this moment.

For Nobodies with no hearts, I think this scene in Kingdom Hearts is the one with the most heart! The emotion in Axel’s voice, Xion’s face as she states her sad but firm conclusion! You see how frustrated Axel really is and the position it puts him in.

Honestly, this entire game is a sad moment. But if I had to chose, this scene was the one that did it in for me.

NUMBER 3

Nier: Fyra’s Death

This entire game is a sad moment. Filled with tragedies. You tell some children you found their dead mother, set out on a journey to find an old man’s dog to find it died while trying getting him some medicine, and in the end it turns out that these shades you’ve been fighting have been the real humans from the beginning.

I would name many sad scenes, I teared up a lot in this game. But one prevailed over all the others.

Fyra’s death.

This girl was the sweetest little thing. You meet her when she’s a little child and later you find out she is getting married to the King. I knew the moment I saw this that something bad was going to happen. At this point in the game it was just sad moment after sad moment. This wedding was too happy.

Well…my prediction came true. It was more powerful then I thought it would be though. Here is how the wedding went….

You don’t even have to read what the characters are saying to feel the pain they feel. Just the way they saw the words is enough! The normally happy-go-lucky King is suddenly filled with sorrow and rage.

What most haunts me is even after this moment plays…Fyra’s blood stain is always there in front of the King’s palace.

This moment will always stick with me.

NUMBER 2

Shadow of the Colossus- Wander’s Price

One of my most favorite games of all time, Shadow of the Colossus is what makes a video game become a form of art.

You play as a man named Wander who brings a dead girl to a shrine. He strikes a deal with a mysterious and god-like being named Dormin. The deal is that you destroy 16 colossi and in return Dormin will bring the girl back to life.

The world is empty other than trees, water, landscape, and the occasional lizard, hawk, or turtle. All you have is your horse and a special sword that can kill colossi. You have NO idea who this girl is to Wander, how she died, or a single thing about Wander himself other than he really wants to bring this girl back to life…no matter the price.

As Wander beats each colossi you do begin to notice he is getting more dirty and beaten up looking. Even as you fight colossus, the way Wander fights these made me somewhat sad. The way he hung on to these colossi and stabbed their huge bodies as they struggled against him was in itself an action screaming with the emotion of a desperate and stubborn being.

The further in the game you got, the more exhausted Wander looked. From the beginning when Dormin said the words, “The price you pay may be heavy indeed” kinda haunted me from the beginning and stuck with me.

Well…after beating the final colossus, here is the price Wander had to pay.

Wander got used by this…this DEMON. Even when possessed he still reached out for the girl he did all this for, which broke my heart. As he gets sucked into the fountain he still hangs on in that stubborn and desperate way! It really is true love he felt for this girl and that was not shown in a specific scene, but the entire game.

This is not the full ending by the way, just the sad part of it.

NUMBER 1

Okamiden- Kurow’s Death

From my earlier review, you know how much I love the game Okami. So of course I played the Nintendo DS sequal, Okamiden. You play as Amaterasu’s son, a puppy named Chibiterasu. What are you doing? Saving Nippon of course!

You befriend different children who help you through your journey. Out of these children is Kurow, the kid who looks like Waka from the original game. Kurow is cocky, nervous around girls, and has a strong sense of justice. A character with both faults and strengths, one that is easy to warm up to.

You do eventually learn the kid has a dark side though. He does not believe in anything, including himself, and he thinks he has no real friends.

Eventually the normally charming game takes a very dark turn when Kurow actually betrays you for the evil spirit Akuro. This was incredibly surprising for me. That awesome kid just did WHAT?!

You have to fight Kurow to get to Akuro. When you defeat him he admits that he is a coward with no friends and that is why he sided with Akuro. Kurow waits for you to kill him but you pull no such action. Instead, Chibiterasu licks his face and leave to face Akuro.

Akuro possesses people, that makes him almost impossible to defeat. After defeating Akuro, the spirit looks for a new victim to possess and guess who offers Akuro their body?!

Oh wait! It’s not over yet! We still need to see the sad get more sad!

This is number one on my list because THAT PUPPY JUST HAD TO MURDER ITS BEST CHILD FRIEND! This is just so sad that it is almost borderline ridiculous.

Why is this number 1 on the list? The reason solely is that no one could have seen this coming. In all the other games mentioned, you could actually predict tragedy and sorrow. In Okamiden there was no way you could predict that you’d have to kill Kurow. This is an upbeat and colorful game! There could be a sad part or two but having to kill a child?! How old are these kids anyway? I think they range from 7 to 10 years old!

That ending scene had me crying. Chibi licking the tears off Kurow’s face just did it in for me. If you played this game and did not at least get teary-eyed at this part then something is wrong with you.

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So that is it. I hope you got sad because I sure did and please, play these games…they are all really amazing in their own way.

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