Sad Video game endings (Obvious Spoilers)

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I just finished Red Dead Redemption, and I think I'm going to cry. Seriously, this is as close as I've ever come to crying because of a game.

Anyway to keep the thread going, post the saddest video game ending you've ever seen.

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EDIT: Okay, okay, a specific example. Truth be told, I think the saddest ending I've ever seen was in Kanon. Specifically, Makoto's ending.

So far, that's the only game ending that not only made me cry, it made me spontaneously start crying the next day. If the shattered remains of my masculine image weren't hard as steel, I'd be reluctant to admit to literally crying myself to sleep that night.

I'm pretty sure this game (RDR) is going down in the annals of game history because of how many people keep talking about the ending, crossing into Mexico, and other great parts from it.

Also, you played after the sad part, right? You have to to finish the story. Changes it from sad, to redeemed. ^_^

NeutralDrow:
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A bit more information would be usefull.

I was also going to go with Red Dead. It definitely brought out the biggest emotional response in me that a game ever has.

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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A bit more information would be usefull.

I know, right? Believe it or not, pal, not everyone is into obscure/weird Japanese stuff.

And with Japanese little girls involved, I'm pretty sure this will end badly.

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

NeutralDrow:
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EDIT: Okay, okay, a specific example. Truth be told, I think the saddest ending I've ever seen was in Kanon. Specifically, Makoto's ending.

So far, that's the only game ending that not only made me cry, it made me spontaneously start crying the next day. If the shattered remains of my masculine image weren't hard as steel, I'd be reluctant to admit to literally crying myself to sleep that night.

Oh, Come on using Kana little sister is cheating... It like showing a kitten getting beat up.

Well my vote goes for Bioshock good ending. Its sad yet a happy one.

Sad video game endings eh?

Aren't ALL video games attempting a sad ending, although how bad it always turns out? <Absolute assumption with a slight slice of truth in it.

... I'd have to go with Gears of War 2 when...

It's not sad at all, but no game has ever made me feel very "sad".

Evilsanta:
Oh, Come on using Kana little sister is cheating... It like showing a kitten getting beat up.

I was worried about that. Once you mention the "Recollection" and "Out of the Maze" endings, it's hard to tell where to go.

It's why I edited in the Kanon example...which, admittedly, I was totally serious about. I've finished Kana now, and while it definitely deserves its reputation, none of the endings had the sheer undiluted heartbreak of that one Kanon ending.

The neutral ending in BioShock 2. That was just plain miserable.

Also, obligatory mention of HL ep2.

NeutralDrow:

Evilsanta:
Oh, Come on using Kana little sister is cheating... It like showing a kitten getting beat up.

I was worried about that. Once you mention the "Recollection" and "Out of the Maze" endings, it's hard to tell where to go.

It's why I edited in the Kanon example...which, admittedly, I was totally serious about. I've finished Kana now, and while it definitely deserves its reputation, none of the endings had the sheer undiluted heartbreak of that one Kanon ending.

Its more sad then Kana? Well, now i need to see this. And yet again my manlieness level will decrease.

And gotta go with Bioshock 2 good ending its like the first one. Sad yet happy.

King of the Sandbox:
I'm pretty sure this game (RDR) is going down in the annals of game history because of how many people keep talking about the ending, crossing into Mexico, and other great parts from it.

Also, you played after the sad part, right? You have to to finish the story. Changes it from sad, to redeemed. ^_^

What do you mean finish the story? Theres more when you play as Jack?

I'd say a lot of the Heavy Rain Endings.

Shadow of the Colossus

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elricik:

King of the Sandbox:
I'm pretty sure this game (RDR) is going down in the annals of game history because of how many people keep talking about the ending, crossing into Mexico, and other great parts from it.

Also, you played after the sad part, right? You have to to finish the story. Changes it from sad, to redeemed. ^_^

What do you mean finish the story? Theres more when you play as Jack?

Yeah, if you play as Jack, and go to Blackwater.... well, you'll find a new mission. ^_^

Well, it's not an ending, exactly, but...

NeutralDrow:
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I don't even want to know.

The ending for Final Fantasy 10 was bitter sweet, and even made me tear up like a little girl. Which is why Final Fantasy 10-2 was such a betrayal. Sure it had some good moments but it'd be like someone making a Romeo and Juliet 2 where they get resurrected or something and live happily ever after. The original story looses all the emotional impact because sometimes a bitter sweet ending is far more emotionally compelling. That's just ignoring the whole Charlie's Angels route the story took.

Anyway, I know some people say JPRGs are all about style than substance but I still felt Final Fantasy 10 had plenty of substance, subtext, did turn based combat right and had some really good twists going for it, leading up to the bitter sweet ending it should have just stopped there is all I'm saying.

Ldude893:

NeutralDrow:
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Its not that bad there isnt that much sex in it. Its acully very minimal for a Visual Novel.
If i remember correctly.

Evilsanta:

NeutralDrow:

Evilsanta:
Oh, Come on using Kana little sister is cheating... It like showing a kitten getting beat up.

I was worried about that. Once you mention the "Recollection" and "Out of the Maze" endings, it's hard to tell where to go.

It's why I edited in the Kanon example...which, admittedly, I was totally serious about. I've finished Kana now, and while it definitely deserves its reputation, none of the endings had the sheer undiluted heartbreak of that one Kanon ending.

Its more sad then Kana? Well, now i need to see this. And yet again my manlieness level will decrease.

Specifically the one. The other endings had strong elements of bittersweetness (and unexpected happiness), but not on the level of Kana. Only Kanon's near-downer ending was that sad.

Ldude893:
I don't even want to know.

You know, it just occurred to me to look in the upper right corner of the image.

Suddenly, my confusion lessens.

Evilsanta:
Its not that bad there isnt that much sex in it. Its acully very minimal for a Visual Novel.
If i remember correctly.

And what little sex there is is between people of legal age, yes.

Goddammit, I'll have the review done before the week is up. Been trying to pound down a writer's block with the review prologue...

NeutralDrow:
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Wait wait wait.... according to the box, it's an "Erotic Bishojo Adventure game". And it's called KANA: Little Sister?

Is nobody else extremely creeped out by that? I mean, I know that the Japs have issues and all and it's good that they're so up-front about it but... isn't that kind of pushing it?

EDIT: Whoops, somewhat ninja'd.

Zhukov:
Wait wait wait.... according to the box, it's an "Erotic Bishojo Adventure game". And it's called KANA: Little Sister?

Is nobody else extremely creeped out by that? I mean, I know that the Japs have issues and all and it's good that they're so up-front about it but... isn't that kind of pushing it?

You'd be surprised. The game does eventually deal with incest, but the main thrust of the story is the protagonist taking care of the title character, Kana (his little sister who has a terminal kidney disease) over a period of time from middle school to college.

...I say as if anything after the word "incest" would draw the slightest attention. Boy, I certainly can't wait to see the reactions to my review. This was honestly one of the most emotionally moving stories I've ever read, and I hope to at least communicate that much before the "ew, icky!" comments start to pop up.

NeutralDrow:

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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Do I win?

A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

Sad like "Grave of the Fireflies"? Because I never cried at a movie but that one made me bawl. If the game is like that I'd definitely pick it up.

Oh god. The "bad" ending of Mass Effect 2 is so depressing. I can barely stand to watch it. Probably not everyone finds it as sad as I do but I'm just so attached to the characters. Even the one's I don't really like.

Cliff_m85:

NeutralDrow:

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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Do I win?

A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

Sad like "Grave of the Fireflies"? Because I never cried at a movie but that one made me bawl. If the game is like that I'd definitely pick it up.

I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies, and I have no desire to, because I know it would destroy me.

But yes, Kana's almost the quintessential utsuge ("depressing game") and possibly the most well-known visual novel there is. It's certainly one of the most influential, taking the genre away from its dating sim roots by focusing heavily on writing story development, and making sex a far less prevalent but more plot-appropriate writing tool.

I do recommend it, but I'll have a review out in User Reviews pretty soon, if you wanted to read that first. I've noticed people tend to get squeamish when sex is involved in these games; since this particular one can also involve incest (depending on in-game route), I'd expect that to be tripled.

NeutralDrow:

Cliff_m85:

NeutralDrow:

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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Do I win?

A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

Sad like "Grave of the Fireflies"? Because I never cried at a movie but that one made me bawl. If the game is like that I'd definitely pick it up.

I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies, and I have no desire to, because I know it would destroy me.

But yes, Kana's almost the quintessential utsuge ("depressing game") and possibly the most well-known visual novel there is. It's certainly one of the most influential, taking the genre away from its dating sim roots by focusing heavily on writing story development, and making sex a far less prevalent but more plot-appropriate writing tool.

I do recommend it, but I'll have a review out in User Reviews pretty soon, if you wanted to read that first. I've noticed people tend to get squeamish when sex is involved in these games; since this particular one can also involve incest (depending on in-game route), I'd expect that to be tripled.

It doesnt help to that they are called eroge to. And i have yet to see a Visual Novel aka eroge where there is no sex. Or as in Kana as little as possible, kinda.

The last time I actually cried at an ending was definitely for FFVII: Crisis core. Zack was just such an excellent character. And it has an appropriate ending to go with it.

Evilsanta:

NeutralDrow:

Cliff_m85:

NeutralDrow:

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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Do I win?

A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

Sad like "Grave of the Fireflies"? Because I never cried at a movie but that one made me bawl. If the game is like that I'd definitely pick it up.

I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies, and I have no desire to, because I know it would destroy me.

But yes, Kana's almost the quintessential utsuge ("depressing game") and possibly the most well-known visual novel there is. It's certainly one of the most influential, taking the genre away from its dating sim roots by focusing heavily on writing story development, and making sex a far less prevalent but more plot-appropriate writing tool.

I do recommend it, but I'll have a review out in User Reviews pretty soon, if you wanted to read that first. I've noticed people tend to get squeamish when sex is involved in these games; since this particular one can also involve incest (depending on in-game route), I'd expect that to be tripled.

It doesnt help to that they are called eroge to. And i have yet to see a Visual Novel aka eroge where there is no sex. Or as in Kana as little as possible, kinda.

Visual novel and eroge are two different things. A visual novel is a specific format of game. An "eroge" is just any game with sex in it. It also includes dating sims, RPGs like Sengoku Rance and Tears to Tiara, and stuff like that one controversial game that I refuse to name out of disgust.

As for non-pornographic visual novels, there are quite a few. Most of them don't leave Japan; the only ones I know of with official English releases are Hourglass of Summer, Tea Society of a Witch, and this one Ai Yori Aoshi tie-in VN. There are also games that were rereleased without adult content, like Fate/Stay Night: Realta Nua and the All Ages versions of Kanon and To Heart. And then there are the other games which never had sex at all, like Clannad, Ever17, and Planetarian.

NeutralDrow:

Evilsanta:

NeutralDrow:

Cliff_m85:

NeutralDrow:

Demented Teddy:

NeutralDrow:
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Do I win?

A bit more information would be useful.

That's what I get for not having that review finished, I suppose. Kana: Little Sister is almost memetic in its reputation for being tear-jerking, but most of the Escapist is outside the visual novel-playing demographic.

Suffice to say, of the game's six endings, most are on the level you'd expect from a game with a premise like "the protagonist grows up alongside his terminally ill younger sister."

Sad like "Grave of the Fireflies"? Because I never cried at a movie but that one made me bawl. If the game is like that I'd definitely pick it up.

I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies, and I have no desire to, because I know it would destroy me.

But yes, Kana's almost the quintessential utsuge ("depressing game") and possibly the most well-known visual novel there is. It's certainly one of the most influential, taking the genre away from its dating sim roots by focusing heavily on writing story development, and making sex a far less prevalent but more plot-appropriate writing tool.

I do recommend it, but I'll have a review out in User Reviews pretty soon, if you wanted to read that first. I've noticed people tend to get squeamish when sex is involved in these games; since this particular one can also involve incest (depending on in-game route), I'd expect that to be tripled.

It doesnt help to that they are called eroge to. And i have yet to see a Visual Novel aka eroge where there is no sex. Or as in Kana as little as possible, kinda.

Visual novel and eroge are two different things. A visual novel is a specific format of game. An "eroge" is just any game with sex in it. It also includes dating sims, RPGs like Sengoku Rance and Tears to Tiara, and stuff like that one controversial game that I refuse to name out of disgust.

As for non-pornographic visual novels, there are quite a few. Most of them don't leave Japan; the only ones I know of with official English releases are Hourglass of Summer, Tea Society of a Witch, and this one Ai Yori Aoshi tie-in VN. There are also games that were rereleased without adult content, like Fate/Stay Night: Realta Nua and the All Ages versions of Kanon and To Heart. And then there are the other games which never had sex at all, like Clannad, Ever17, and Planetarian.

What? They are differnt things? NOOOO!! My sence of how the world works have been destroyed.
And i guess il have to check those titles out as all my erm..Visaul Novels (dont judge me!)are erotic orintaded....

Kanon has to be the top one, it's just that sad that I know about 3 other guys who just cried at that ending

I tend to get quite sad at most things but i was surprised at myself for getting so depressed over Assassins Creed 2, hardly a emotionally or intellectually challenging game but after completing it and starting my second playthrough as i sat on the roof of that Florentine church it hit me that within half an hour or playing he'd be dead

Seeing old snake and big boss reunited at the graveyard also tugged at the heartstrings, both AC2 and MGS4 have such beautiful soundtracks

I'm probably going to get an earful for saying this, but here I go:

Visual Novels aren't games. There is no gameplay, you just read and look at pictures. AKA an advanced picture book. AKA, VISUAL NOVEL. The fact that its not a game is in the label itself.

Not saying they aren't good, but busting out literature in a video game thread is unfair is it not? The method of storytelling is far, FAR too different, and busting out Kana Little Sister is like busting out War and Peace.

elricik:
I just finished Red Dead Redemption, and I think I'm going to cry. Seriously, this is as close as I've ever come to crying because of a game.

Anyway to keep the thread going, post the saddest video game ending you've ever seen.

Op. I totally agree. Finished it yesterday, sad as hell.

Second saddest would be the ending to Kingdom Hearts 1 -

Riku is finally reunited with you, but he sacrifices himself to close the door to Kingdom Hearts from the other side, trapping him in there, and Kairi is torn away from you as the meta-state that the 'End of the World' is, and effectively, You're alone with Donald and Goofy. Tear-jerking for an 11 yr old. Worst part?

You. Cant. Save. Or. Play. After. The. End.

The Iji ending if dan gets killed. Man that was depressing, that whole story was a major bummer.

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