The 10 most emotional endings in video games

Video game endings come in different formats. Many are happy and close the story beautifully, giving them hope for the future. Others are fly in the ointment and put the story in a worse place than where it started. Some endings manage to stir the emotions in your heart and make you cry. Even when you know that everything will be fine, you can’t help but feel strong emotions stirring in your heart.

Any gamer can remember a video game where they wanted to shed a tear because of the ending. Here are the top ten games with endings that evoked a strong emotional response, with the strength of the response increasing as you go down the list. Due to the nature of this list, there will be spoilers and you should be careful before proceeding.

10. Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season One

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The Walking Dead is known for its murky outcomes and sad endings, and season one is no different. Lee forms a genuine bond with Clementine but is sadly bitten by a walker as she disappears. While Lee manages to save Clementine, he cannot escape his eventual fate of becoming a walker.

How Clementine ultimately decides Lee’s fate is a heartbreaking moment, even if Lee wasn’t the best caretaker for her. When you made Lee and Clementine like father and daughter, it’s hard not to cry when she takes the shot.

9. The Last of Us

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Joel just dropped Ellie off at the Fireflies and accomplished his mission. Although he never outwardly admits it, he has developed a bond with Ellie and she is like a daughter to him at this point. Upon learning that Ellie must die for the cure, he makes the decision to attack the Fireflies and the hospital to save her life. While the cure may be lost forever, Joel’s rescue of Ellie and the efforts he is making would move anyone.

8. The Last of Us Part II

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This game is not known for its happy tones. Ellie’s quest to avenge Joel is just as bloody as Abby’s similar quest, with loved ones falling apart and collapsing on both sides. Things come to a head when Ellie manages to track down Abby and engage in one last duel. Ellie has given up almost everything for revenge, while Abby is finding hope again.

As Ellie gets the upper hand, she gets a vision of Joel and lets Abby go despite losing two of her fingers. As Ellie manages to return home and recover, you can’t help but shed a tear for all the lives lost in revenge.

7. Professor Layton and the unwound future

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This is a bittersweet ending as Professor Layton managed to prevent the destruction of London. However, he discovers that the Claire he has been working with is the same Claire he lost in an accident years ago. Her time machine accident worked and threw her into the future, but she must return at the time of the incident to die. Layton doesn’t want to let her go, but he has no choice.

When he said goodbye to the woman he loved and Luke moved to America, Layton shed a tear because everyone close to him left.

6. Life is strange

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A storm approaches Arcadia Bay and threatens to destroy everything. Max must choose between two terrifying choices: save Chloe and sacrifice the town, or let Chloe die and prevent her powers from causing the storm. Both endings are bittersweet no matter what you choose. Max either sacrifices an entire town for her best friend or chooses the greater good of her life. It’s hard not to shed a tear when faced with such a difficult decision.

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

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No matter how the game progresses, Arthur’s ultimate fate is inevitable. No matter what he does, he doesn’t get out alive, despite having found out who the traitor is and knowing that the gang’s time is up. Whether it’s going back to get the treasure or helping John escape, or whether his honor is high or low, the ending makes Arthur think back to his life so far.

It’s even more poignant when you’ve helped John walk with high honor while Arthur spends his final moments watching the sun, glad he was at least able to make a difference.

4.Final Fantasy X

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Tidus and Yuna managed to defeat Sin and destroy Yu Yevon to prevent Sin’s return. Unfortunately, the destruction of Sin spells the end of everything related to Dream Zanarkand, and Tidus begins to disappear. Seeing how the team, especially Yuna, react to Tidus’ disappearance is one of the game’s most heartbreaking moments.

3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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The protagonists have successfully defeated Moebius, and the world can now escape the confines of the “endless now”. Unfortunately, this means that Agnus and Keves’ worlds will be separated and the team will have to split up. As Noah and Mio share a tender moment together, their breakup is inevitable.

It’s hard not to be sad that everything the characters in Aionios did to improve the colonies is now being undone or that the party won’t be able to see each other again. But if the scene at the end is any clue, there might be some hope.

2. To the moon

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Johnny successfully manages to find his reason for wanting to go to the moon; He promised his future wife, River, that if they ever wanted to find each other, they would meet there. Unfortunately, Johnny has lost his memories of this incident, and although he reunites with River, he never remembers their meeting, breaking up their marriage.

Johnny is never able to reciprocate the depth of River’s feelings, and she dies without being able to express her wish. Eva and Neil manage to rewrite Johnny’s memories before he dies, but the past remains unchanged. Neil doesn’t look too good after the surgery either.

1. Cheater factory

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What future do you wish for your darling? Quincy and Lynri ponder this question as they begin to recall key moments in their lives. Lynri is diagnosed with an illness that will eventually kill her, though she still manages to find love with Quincy. But shortly before the birth of their first child, complications arise. Lynri has a chance to cure her illness once and for all, but her child has to be born prematurely. If the child is born normally, Lynri will eventually succumb to her illness.

While Lynri’s final decision is already set in stone, it’s enough to see her relationship with Quincy crumble and the struggles the pair go through makes everyone’s heart melt. When Lynri and Quincy are given the opportunity to experience a happy future, they know it’s nothing more than a dream and they both seize it. When the dream ends, they both disappear forever, but not without knowing that every bit of luck was worth it.

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Curtis Crabtree

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