When it comes to the feels – film and TV have it down. The Fault in Our Stars, Titanic, The Green Mile, Schindler’s List, Grey’s Anatomy, even shows like Scrubs have tugged on the old heart strings over the years. Video-games, on the other hand, don’t usually focus on ‘sad’. That being said, that are a few games that have shoved a lump in my throat, on one or two occasions, so I thought I’d make this quick list of five of the most feely video-games around. By the way, I’ll try and keep this spoiler free.
5) Gears of War 3
All of the Gears of War games have had some form of sad moment in them – particularly Gears 2, with Dom and his wife… that one choked me a up a little. Gears of War 3 sees another uber sad Dom moment, though this one’s a little more explosive. If you want to watch the particular moment that I’m speaking of, you can find it here.
4) State of Decay
This game is unique in the way that it makes you feel. The story itself isn’t necessarily emotional, though it does have one or two ‘sad’ moments. The real emotion comes from your connection with the characters, and the permadeath feature. Alec started the game with Marcus, and over the course of a good few hours of gameplay – he’d become rather connected. He was the rock of the group, the leader, in his mind. He was his go-to guy for any mission, whenever he was fully rested. One day, Alec decided to take him on a simple supply run – something he’d done on countless occasions. This time was different, though. Because this time, Marcus was torn limb from limb by the undead. He was truly devastated – never had he felt more drained from a gaming moment, and it was a moment of his own creation. That’s really powerful, in my eyes.
3) Valiant Hearts
Ubisoft really pulled it out of the bag with Valiant Hearts. Based on the First World War, at it its core it was a love story. A story of love between a man and his dog. A man and his best friend. A man and his daughter. A woman and the soldiers she’s trying to save. All set against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. It’s a powerful game, visually stunning and beautifully emotionally – everything you could ask for. Plus, anything to do with dogs and their bond with their owner is guaranteed to shove a lump in the throat.
2) Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Season 1, Episode 5: No Time Left
To be honest, I could have put any of Telltale’s The Walking Dead season’s or episodes here, including the recently released Michonne episodes. That being said, the final episode of the first season was the most emotional for me. After saying goodbye to a number of key characters over the course of the game, the final goodbye was definitely the hardest. You expect the season to end with a bang, but rather it ends with an emotional whimper – a quiet and slow hurrah from a final few episodes that had been quickly picking up steam, and leaving a lot of bodies along the way. Here’s that totes emosh scene, for anyone who has the nards to re-watch it without shedding a tear.
1) The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a masterpiece. I think you’d struggle to find someone who disagrees. It’s an absolute rollercoaster, from start to finish – it’s also rather terrifying at times, which I think strengthens the connection you have with the characters. If you’d played TLOU, you’ll know which key emotional moments I’m speaking of. If you’ve not played it, then I really recommend you do. Or watch one of the countless playthrough videos of the game, which you can find on the YouTubes.
So there we have it, a list of five games almost guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat. Are there any games that we’ve missed off the list? I reckon there are… let me know in the comments below!