Some games can’t be described as anything but heartbreaking. Remarkable games deliver masterfully written stories, with such profound narratives that are impossible not to get invested with the characters and their surroundings. Some games show realities and touch on subject matters so sensitive that it becomes a titanic task not getting emotional with their narrative. When you’re tired of senseless action and straightforward narrative, these games offer some relief and exploration of areas we rarely go through even in our daily personal lives. These are 5 heartbreaking games that hit you right in the feels.
This game is so good at its craft that it actually won a BAFTA award. It also won the Game for Impact category in The Video Game Awards. This is an emotional trip to one of the hardest things a family has to go through, a terminal disease. This autobiographical story revolves around Joel, who was very early in his life diagnosed with cancer. The whole story is was written by Joel’s mom, Amy Green. And, the game was designed by Joel’s dad, Ryan Green.
The game represents graphically and sometimes in forms of metaphors the distress and impotence that these scenarios cause. It is genuinely impossible to navigate Ryan and Amy’s story without feeling that something is breaking inside. That Dragon, Cancer truly brings out and magnificently represents all those words and feelings that inevitability and impotence these life events cause.
Valiant Hearts is based on World War I. This adventure game set you in one of the most heartbreaking happenings in human history. You have the perspective of Emile, a Frenchman soldier, his son-in-law Karl who happens to be German, an American soldier named Freddie and a Belgian nurse by the name of Anna. To make the game even tenser, there’s a dog involved a well, the good ol’ Walt.
War in itself is heartbreaking. Moreover, the many points of views and this story and how each of them intertwines genuinely makes this game a must play. Valiant Hearts has a cartoonish and sometimes heartwarming design and art style. But, that doesn’t stop it from viscerally disclosing the horrors of war and how it shatters humanity and each and every character involved. It is a reminder that no one is left unscathed in the non-sensical act that is violence. More than a tear-shedding moment is assured with this title.
I have added this game in countless lists so far. In particular, the game is widely considered one of the best games ever created. In my personal opinion, that is an accurate assessment. Besides being a spectacular game, The Last of Us is full of heartbreaking moments. In fact, the game’s first 20 minutes are so harsh that it guarantees tears for most gamers.
Besides classic sad moments loaded with grief and loss, The Last of Us manages to deliver a whole world that’s down-spiraling towards madness and misery. At any rate, there are very scarce moments in which you can cut through all the despair that permeated in this reality. And, even when that’ possible and actual moments depicting the beauty and hope arise, you are already so worn down by everything the game threw at you that you simply cry in both awe and just to keep enough sanity to continue the excruciating journey.
The first season, primarily, of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, is one of the most grueling gaming experiences out there. Furthermore, it truly breaks you inside as you continue making decisions and realizing there’s simply no way out for a happy ending. For instance, just like the first seasons of the TV show, the game does a fantastic job in making characters and decisions relatable to you. Clementine is and will always be in the hearts of those who play this game.
It is a savage world that makes you realize human nature and how vile it can be. The events that Clementine has to witness and grow around are unspeakable, and that’s what breaks you inside. The games look outdated nowadays since they released some time ago already. But, if you have never given this one a shot, go ahead and take a box of tissues with you, those tears aren’t going to clean themselves.
To the Moon is not a game ridden with gameplay mechanics. Namely, it’s more an experience than it is a game. Specifically, It centers in the exploration of mortality. To The Moon is about Johnny’s, who is the main character, life. Afterward, as the story progresses, we learn that a company called Sigmund Corp. has developed a technology that allows people to create artificial memories. These memories designed intend to be for people in the deathbeds, so they can, in some way, fulfill their dreams.
Johnny’s dream has always been going to the moon. But, at this point in his life, he doesn’t even remember now why he wanted to go there in the first place. Afterward, as employees from Sigmund Corp. travel through his mind to make this dream come true, they get to know who Johnny is, his dreams, ambitions, mistakes, hardships and every emotional bit and piece that made him who he is. Thus, this thoughtful exploration of Johnny feels close to home sometimes, and you end facing yourself with what has been of your life and who you really are. It is a heartbreaking, yet revelatory tale. Also, the game will soon come to Nintendo Switch!
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