The Games That Destroyed You

The Games That Destroyed You

There's nothing like a good, solid emotional breakdown to really liven up your day. And when it happens in a video game? Even better.

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Today we're talking about games that hit you right in the feels, entirely out of nowhere. Think Pixar's UP. Think about times where you collapsed into a puddle on the subway. Think crying alone in a parking lot.

The following are just a few of the games that have left me a gibbering, inconsolable mess. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I'll try to be a bit cryptic and you can just nod knowingly if you agree.

1. Huge swaths of Earthbound and Mother 3:

The Games That Destroyed You

2. The scene where this music plays in Okami:

3. Pretty much all of Papo & Yo.

What games left you an emotional wreck? Did it happen at an inopportune time or place? Leave your stories in the comments.

Lead image via The Walking Dead Wiki


    Just so spoilers don't get out of hand, I just wanna remind people that spoiler tags are a thing.

    To the Moon & the ending of Beyond : Two Souls.

    for both of those, I may have had something in my eye... well... both my eyes.
    I totally cried

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      To the Moon is the only game I can remember that has resulted in the releasing of manly fluids from my eyes i.e. crying like a little bitch.

    My recent one was beyond two souls. I lost my dad in 2004 and my younger brother in 2008, and the game brought back a lot of the emotional stuff, made me a little teary. Usually I am a hard shell when it comes to this stuff.

    Made me kinda wish I could see the other side. Just to see them again.

      Sorry for your loss, my friend. :(


        It always amazes me what can trigger old feelings.

      Who's cutting onions in here...

      Who's cutting goddamn onions...

      *sniffle* :(

        I'm making a lasagne.......for one.

        Last edited 04/12/13 4:05 pm

    Final Fantasy 7, Metal Gear Solid 4 (yes, 4), Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3 and The Walking Dead.

      Oh i forgot about mgs4! Shocking. I teared up at the end of that... Its the only mgs i haven't been able to replay more than once.

        I teared up from like, the microwave corridoor up until the gunshot. Then the credits rolled. Then the NEXT cutscene plays out that completely destroys the whole game.

          Yeah i know what you mean.

          Kojima is my hero though, i just love what he does with his games.

      The Walking Dead, definitely, that made me tear up something fierce.
      Mass Effect 3, while I hated the actual ending, every part just before "The Choice" made me cry manly tears on manliness.

      I have a soft spot for any heroics, especially epic last stands.

    Would anyone care to explain what is going on in that Eartbound/Mother 3 .GIF?

      Ok, this happens at the start of the game but still, it's pretty plot heavy, so dont read the spoiler if you plan on playing the game.
      Flint (Guy holding the wood) found out that his beloved wife had just died from causes beyond his control, so he lashes out at everyone out of grief. Would include more spoiler, but seriously play the game, it's great

      I spent ages trying to figure out why his moustache disappeared.
      Then I finally realised that he turned around.

    -Metal Gear Solid 4 (The ending)
    -Chrono Cross (Having to kill Miguel)
    -Xenoblade (Death of Fiora)
    -Xenosaga Episode III (The ending)
    -Xenogears (Too many)
    -Final Fantasy VII
    -The Walking Dead Season 1

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    * Final Fantasy VII
    * The Walking Dead Season 1
    * Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway

    Im normally a person that plays a game, but give up and never plays it again after one sitting. But in saying that, when i do finish a game, it must of been hella awesome!

    ME2/3 endings got me
    Halo4 with Cortana doin her thang
    And then i cried at the end of a 24hour Forza 3 race, did the whole thing in one sitting and i cried for joy once i completed it! (never touched the game since)

      Actual real-life 24hrs? I did the Le Mans in GRID, but that only took like 20 mins or so.

    Spolerising, but if you don't know FFVII's story by now, you should be ashamed. As a person.

    The ending of Crisis Core actually made me tear up a little, as a grown man. The scene with Cloud and Zack in the rain as Zack passes his sword and legacy to Cloud was very well done.

    Spec Ops : The Line didn't make me tear up, but I felt many parts of that game right in the pit of my stomach. Powerful stuff.

      I forgot entirely about Crisis Core. Yeah, that was an awesome ending.

      And yes, Zack was totally a hero!

        'Zack the Puppy' - he was great. Such the offset to Cloud, and a great character. Crisis Core is such an amazing game.

          Crisis Core
          that game messed with my emotions so bad, I think cause you know what the inevitable outcome is. I already loved Zack as a character and seeing so much character development with him builds a really strong attachment. Playing the last bit felt horrible because you know that you're taking him to his doom.

            Yeah, FFVII is particularly dear to me - Advent Children preceded Crisis Core and only strengthened my attachment to many characters. Then came Crisis Core, and not only was it a brilliant game that I sunk unhealthy amounts of time into finishing as many missions as I could (and still never got them all, because goddamn, they got hard) it was also amazingly well told.

            Zack's story was always a tragic one, because he was just such a good guy. Yeah, he wasn't necessarily the brightest crayon in the box at times, but if there was ever a pure hearted and just plain good character in FFVII, it's him.'You will be my living legacy.' Hngh. Something in my eye, brb.

              did you see the Anime that came with the japanese version of Advent Children "Last Order" I think it was called, was really well done with some excellent action scenes and really tugged at the heart strings as well "Cloud Run!!!" *sniff*

                Yeah, that was fantastic. It came with the complete edition of Advent Children on BD as well.

    I haven't really got upset over a videogame for a long time. The last one I can remember was in Phantasy Star IV, when Alys died. I spent ages trying various urban legends to revive her (back before a quick internet search could provide the answer).

    This generation of games has been pretty lame when it comes to getting me emotionally attached the characters (or maybe I've just become a grumpy bastard).

    I first realised their feeble attempts when I was playing The Darkness.
    Not only was I sure Jenny was going to die right from the start, but by the time she bit the dust, I'd barely spent 5 minutes with her. I wasn't given time to form a bond. Not to mention that her interaction with Jackie during this time was pretty laughable.

    the end of the snow level in journey, and the ending of kingdom hearts 358/2 days come to mind.

      oh god Journey.
      cant think of another games thats gone from ultra sad & depressing to HOLY SHIT YEAH AWESOMENESS so quickly.

      I may have been a little teared up at the end of the original kingdom hearts and 358 days...

      Mass effect 3
      Legion and Mordin

      Shadow of the colossus
      When you start to realise what you are doing

      Boss was one of the worst boss fights ever, but it wasn't because of any mechanical issues... that guilt.

      The walking dead
      At the end, knowing what was coming

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        I agree with you so much about ME3, Vaegrand.

        Those two bits made me tear up badly. I love games that make you so attached that you get such a reaction.

    Walking Dead S1
    Heavy Rain
    Spec Ops: The Line (for sheer gutpunch)

    But the tearjerk award goes to ... Metal Gear Solid 3!

    Last edited 04/12/13 3:37 pm

    Brothers: Tale Of Two Sons.

    When the older brother died and the younger brother had to bury him.
    Then when the little brother, now all alone, had to overcome the two-person obstacles on his own.
    Then when he got home and had to tell his Dad.

    FF VII and FF X would be two I can remember as being heartbreaking to play and watch.

    Plenty of games have given me the feels over the years but only a few made me cry manly tears

    The Walking Dead, Metal Gear Solid 3, & Persona 3. For TWD, I was bawling uncontrollably.

    Heavy Rain, by a long way - No game has affected me emotionally as much as that one did. And I have played a lot of games.

      I still haven't finished the game, but

      The part where you have to find Jason holding the red balloon in the crowd made me feel really nervous, being a father myself. I thought I lost my son once in a store. He was playing hide and seek, ran around the corner into the next aisle, I came around the corner and couldn't see him anywhere, talk about panic, after calling out his name a few times with no answer I just started running around the store yelling out his name asking everyone I came across if they'd seen him, we ended up finding him, but If I lost him I would never have forgiven myself.


      The part where Jason runs out in front of the car and dies made me tear up. Don't know what it's like for people who don't have kids to play through that, but for a parent it just makes you think about if that happened to your own kids.

    I still get an emotional reaction when I hear this song from Red Dead Redemption, "Compass" by Jamie Lidell:

    I still remember the exact moment in the game when it plays...

    Gears of War 2.
    Where Dominic finally found Maria, it looked so promising then, oh damn... :(

    Final fantasy 7
    the last of us
    mass effect 2&3
    the darkness.
    i still shiver when i think about the emotional weight of that game, and i havnt played it in 5 years...
    also the original bioshock to some extent

    I loved The Last of Us. The most emotional scene for me was, however, right at the start when all hell breaks loose and a certain vulnerable character is killed.

    The whole thing was so movie-like yet interactive and immersive, I actually found it hard to watch. That was one of just three or so moments that had a real impact in my two decade gaming 'career'. Heavy Rain was responsible for another moment of hell, when I screwed up a scene and permanently lost a great character - I'd never experienced that in a game before: True regret and a sense of loss (although fleeting).

      TLoU is the most emotionally draining game I've ever played, bar none.

    The Last of Us had me in tears at the start, and weepy in other areas.

      Agreed. After the death of Sarah I was seriously considering stopping the game. But I eventually realised that if they could evoke that sort of emotional response in the first 20 minutes, I had to see what they did with a dozen hours.

    Unreal 2.

    For an FPS, this had a hugely emotional ending which came out of nowhere and hits you hard.

      Nooooo, the little alien puppy thingy got blown up tooo?!?!

    The Walking Dead. I have a young son and the scenes with Duck and the kid in the attic pretty much had me crying like a little bitch.

    Red Dead Redemption
    When John gets gun downed like that. Man, i lost it.

    Metal Gear Solid
    When Liquid killed Gray Fox. Never have i been so angry and sad at the same time; not before then, and not since then either.

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      your spoiler tags are sorta missing something.

        I was just going to say why has no one said RDR yet. But yeah them spoiler tags need a little closure :P

        'twould seem i really fucked that up. next time i'll pay more attention :P

      RDR just annoyed me, because if I hadn't been forced to walk out the front door, or had been given the full amount of focus, I totally could have killed all those guys.

        Ha ha, did you reload your last save like i did to try and take them all out.

          I did. :( I'll get them all. I will. Some day...

            ha ha ha. was satisfying

            to assume the role of his son to go kill those sons of bitches in the end though. having said that Jack was still no John :(

              also felt bad in undead redemption killing off the bigfoots... ha ha ha

                When I read the title, I was thinking, no one at all. I can live with or without many of the characters because they seem to be written with a teen audience in mind, are poorly written (cheesy or clichéd), poorly acted or the have major flaws (to me at least) in some way that pops that immersive bubble for me. I've don't think I've ever really had bonding moments with many, if any, game characters who've met a fateful end.

                But the second you said Bigfoots in Red Undead... I did that once, felt terrible, reloaded an earlier save, then never did it again. Ever. I think I even refilled my scotch and felt a bit bummed. That's a bell I couldn't unring. And a bastard move by Rockstar! :p

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