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#1 Edited by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -

So i decided to play Shadow of the Colossus and just finished it for the second time, what i didn't remember about the game was how depressing the ending was. **Spoilers** The part where Wander  is being sucked into the pool, and he's just trying to reach out for the girl was really touching. So that got me in the mood to play some more games with a somber tone, the first thing that came to mind was Mass Effect the music on the ship after you have choose who lives Kaiden or Ashley is amazing and so sad.      

  
    
     However, that is the only somber part of the game so that wasn't going to cut it.  Then Halo: Reach came to mind and this is probably the best example of a game with a somber tone i've played. During the game you are seeing everyone around you die your planet being destroyed and from the moment you start the game there is just a sense of hopelessness that doesn't lift the entire game. Unlike most games you never get the sense that you can win the fight, the team knows it's a suicide mission but they just keep on going because there is nothing else they can do. Also the music in this game is probably some of the best in a video  
 game, and captures the mood of every scene perfectly. I want to play more games like this, here is a great scene from the game, probably my favorite scene in a game especially the end shot.
  
 Recommend me some games like this if you can, games that have a dark tone throughout the entire game or an amazing scene that just changes the mood of the game like ME or RDR. Not horror games Dead Space and Amnesia are not what i'm looking for. I don't play many games so chances are i haven't played the game you've mentioned.
#2 Posted by Animasta (14632 posts) -

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#3 Posted by critThreat (60 posts) -

Check out D. It came out for Saturn, PS1, PC, and 3DO. Its like Myst, but Horror themed. You'll feel like crying the whole time (somewhat because of the SUPER slow gameplay).
 
  

#4 Posted by Capum15 (4789 posts) -
@zombie2011: Oh fuck, Kat's death was the biggest "Holy Shit!" moment I've had in a game for a while. The others were played out a bit, but her's was just *BAM* dead. Why did she always forget to put on her shields?!

As for games, I have no idea.
#5 Edited by Aetheldod (3494 posts) -

 I was going to sugest any Silent Hill but you pretty much said "dont bother with those" ... so ....let me think ,  Limbo is good example , oh yeah Lost Odyssey has a huge amount of sad moments (prety much the entirty of the 1000 years stories) , Alice Madness Returns (or at least I got a melancholic vibe from it) , Red Dead Redemption , GTAIV + DLCs , Brutal Legend ( a personal favorite :P) , cant think of any more

#6 Posted by shinigami420 (640 posts) -

@Capum15 said:

@zombie2011: Oh fuck, Kat's death was the biggest "Holy Shit!" moment I've had in a game for a while. The others were played out a bit, but her's was just *BAM* dead. Why did she always forget to put on her shields?!As for games, I have no idea.

That is nothing compared to the darkness

#7 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4307 posts) -
@zombie2011: Crisis Core?  i havent played a single Final Fantasy game or Kingdom Hearts game up to that point but i thought the ending was sad as hell
#8 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1726 posts) -

I'm still going to say Silent Hill 2 because I don't really consider it a horror game like 1 & 3. It has it's disturbing moments but overall it's just a really melancholic game. Other than that...Cave Story. Seriously, Cave Story. 

#9 Posted by Willin (1277 posts) -

LIMBO

#10 Posted by Aetheldod (3494 posts) -

Demons Soul's , man how could I forget :P

#11 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -
@Lights_Up_The_Shaft said:

LIMBO

@Aetheldod said:
Demons Soul's , man how could I forget :P
These are great, haven't played either of them i can't believe i forgot about Limbo. I've been thinking about getting Demons Souls since it came out but, it seems like such a frustrating game.  
#12 Posted by Soapy86 (2619 posts) -
#13 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -
@Laketown said:

NIER

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/Thread.
 
Seriously, that game should just be renamed "Depression: The videogame".
#14 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4513 posts) -
@Laketown said:

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Nier would make Peewee Herman commit suicide. Super depressing game. 
 
Excellent story though.
#15 Posted by PenguinDust (12436 posts) -

Persona 3: FES.  The "FES" epilogue is very somber. 

#16 Posted by Gamer_152 (14049 posts) -

Nice to see Halo: Reach get some love but oh my God, you need to play Limbo, it might be the best I've seen a sombre and subdued tone pulled off in a video game.

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#17 Edited by Venatio (4483 posts) -

Seeing that clip of Kat's sudden death really reminded me of the sense of hopelessness that I felt during the entire Reach campaign, such a depressing story since you now how it ends. Plus she was my fav character, it just shocked me when she got one in the head
 
Also I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet but Lost Odyssey was depressing as hell, it even made me cry a little a couple of times, but that was mostly the incredibly sad and well written short stories you find about Kaims life 
 
Maybe it's just me but TLJ:Dreamfall was depressing
 
I'll try to think of more but if a game can leave an emotional impact on me it's the best feeling I can have as a gamer and I'll remember it, doesn't have to be a depressing one though. I hope we'll get some more recommendations.

#18 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -

Velvet Assassin. One of the bleakest games in terms of both storyline and atmosphere I've ever played.

#19 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5133 posts) -

@Soapy86 said:

Most depressing game ever.

#20 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (846 posts) -

A lot of good sad/somber games have been mentioned (I stand behind Limbo, The Darkness and Brutal Legend myself), but there is one more that kinda fits, but not quite. Psychonauts.

Now hear me out. Yes, the game is a whimsical adventure through colorful landscapes. It is also a game where you rummage around in the minds of people with different psychological diseases. And you see some fucked up and sad stuff in there, even in the minds of the good, sane characters. When I finished that game, and looked back at it, I found it to be a secretly sad and depressing game. Which made it even more brilliant.

#21 Posted by Toms115 (2314 posts) -

lost odyssey. most depressing game of all time holy shit.

#22 Posted by BeachThunder (11630 posts) -
#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (35779 posts) -
@vidiot said:
@Laketown said:

NIER

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/Thread.
 
Seriously, that game should just be renamed "Depression: The videogame".
But Fragile Dreams is already Depression: The Game. How can you top digging up the memories of the deceased and viewing their deepest regrets? When this game says that you're one of the last people alive, it fucking backs that up.
 
Also, Majora's Mask carries the same "dark, depressing, yet simultaneously reassuring" atmosphere.
#24 Posted by BaneFireLord (2906 posts) -

Crisis Core on the PSP. I hated the majority of it, but damn if that isn't the saddest fucking ending since "Where the Red Fern Grows."

#25 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -
@PenguinDust said:
Persona 3: FES.  The "FES" epilogue is very somber. 
All the Persona games make me feel sucidically depressed.
#26 Posted by Swoxx (2988 posts) -
#27 Posted by The_Painted (181 posts) -

Limbo, and if you have Half-Life 2: Episode 2 on Steam there's a mod called Dear Esther available for download that I thought was amazing and incredibly depressing.

#28 Posted by zaglis (909 posts) -

Ending of HL2 Episode 2.
 
Its even sadder if you played the previous games and liked that character.

#29 Posted by swamplord666 (1757 posts) -

Since most of the games i was going to mention are in there, specifically for some parts of the games I'll mention MGS4. Some really sad parts about being old, friends and love. The heat tunnel is one of the most heart wrenching moments I've had.

NOTE: I'm only adding this because the best ones have been mentioned already. This game doesn't really come close to those ones :P

#30 Posted by dagas (2744 posts) -

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is pretty sad at the end.

However by far the most depressing game I have played is a little known game called Kana: Little Sister. It's about having a hospitalized sister who is dying. I swear I cried like a baby all the way through that game. It's technically a hentai game, but it's not porn any more than Dragon Age or Mass Effect would be porn even if there was full nudity. It doesn't focus on sex and what little sex there is is handled with taste (as far as I recall, it was a few years ago I played it). I've never played any game that even has been close to moving me as much. If you are not moved to tears by this game I would argue that you do not have a heart.

#31 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2999 posts) -

Drakengard, the first and the second.  They're made by Cavia, like Nier, and the first one is actually a prequel (of sorts).  It's a world completely devoid of optimism, where the best possible outcome is to force a woman to act as a seal, keeping the totally insane gods from destroying the world by having her endure endless pain until she dies and a new woman takes her place.  The gods, meanwhile, have raised an army to murder the current seal, acting through a small child who was constantly abused and beaten by her mother before going insane herself.  On top of this, the ragtag team of heroes trying to save the world are horrible people, and collectively their actions before this whole 'save the world' business make an excellent case for the world not deserving to be saved.  The second one is more optimistic, and the characters involved are much less... off, but it still keeps the hopeless tone of the world as a whole.

The whole game series pretty much runs on despair and tragedy.  It's pretty alright.

#32 Edited by mutha3 (4985 posts) -
@Make_Me_Mad: I'll give ya Drakengard 1 and Nier, but Drakengard 2 is just a big fat load of stupid:x The neat thing about Drakengard 1, like you said, is the part where literally every single party member you have is fucking insane. In drakengard 2, your party members are just plain stupid(minus the spear-chick) and your saddled with what is easily the worst protagonist ever. in the history of anything.
 
Also, the amount of sheer hate the people at Cavia have towards children...it....frightens me to say the least.
#33 Posted by TwilitEnd656 (617 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@vidiot said:
@Laketown said:

NIER

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/Thread.

Seriously, that game should just be renamed "Depression: The videogame".
But Fragile Dreams is already Depression: The Game. How can you top digging up the memories of the deceased and viewing their deepest regrets? When this game says that you're one of the last people alive, it fucking backs that up. Also, Majora's Mask carries the same "dark, depressing, yet simultaneously reassuring" atmosphere.

Fragile Dreams takes it for me.

.... Still have to finish it, though.

#34 Posted by Soren (291 posts) -

Lost Odyssey, from what I'v played of it. It seems like every town you visit has a long, sad story about a terminally ill child or some such shit.
 
Or Nier. 
 
Or just Nier's soundtrack, if you really can't be bothered with the game itself.

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#35 Posted by Surkov (991 posts) -

LA Noire

#36 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -

Really any game these days. I want a damn happy game for once.
That's why I'm looking forward to Satin's Row: The Third so much.

#37 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1765 posts) -

@Laketown said:

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#38 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2682 posts) -

Limbo sucks. Just putting that out there.

Heavy Rain is pretty depressing.

#39 Posted by Hailinel (23658 posts) -

I always found Kat's death in Reach a bit too ham-fisted.

*Headshot*

*Immediate cut to sad piano, because this is a sad moment and you should be sad now.*

@vidiot said:

@Laketown said:

NIER

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/Thread.

Seriously, that game should just be renamed "Depression: The videogame".

This. A thousand times this.

#40 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2999 posts) -
@mutha3
Drakengarde 1 is inarguably the better game in terms of characters and the general horribly depressing mood, but 2 wasn't all that bad, and it was a good deal more playable from the technical side.  If you can look past Nowe's voice, appearance, personality and really dumb name, he's not quite so bad.  His oppressive optimism dies out over the course of everything going to hell, your magic-using chick actually manages to have her mental state deteriorate from what it already was, everything that would have been a good idea in any other game ends up being the wrong thing in this situation, and the state of the world is actually much worse than it was in the first.  Instead of sacrificing one woman, thousands upon thousands of people are locked up in prisons full of monsters where the earth is actually sucking the life out of them to power the seal.  On top of that is the run in with Caim and Angelus, which ends extraordinarily badly and further damns the world.  You go from an optimist, a messiah-in-the-making, and their two plucky friends to a disillusioned shell, a totally broken guilt-ridden wreck, a corpse, and a psycho bitch who wants you all dead.

It's not as good as the first one was, and I enjoyed the characters in the first one a great deal more, but I'd feel remiss to exclude it when I'm listing Cavia games where the world completely goes to shit.

And yeah, Someone at Cavia has some real issues that badly need to be worked out before they find a throne of adolescent skulls in his basement or something.
#41 Posted by Bear (247 posts) -

Nier
Lost Odyssey
 
I have only played a couple mins. of Narcissu (because it keeps crashing on me), but people say it is really sad.

#42 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

@Surkov said:

LA Noire

That game made me sad, but probably not in the ways it was intending.

You should probably try Limbo as everyone is suggesting. I personally wasn't affected by it very much, but there are certain dark beats it hits which I think it is worth checking out for.

#43 Posted by Hailinel (23658 posts) -

@Make_Me_Mad said:

@mutha3:
Drakengarde 1 is inarguably the better game in terms of characters and the general horribly depressing mood, but 2 wasn't all that bad, and it was a good deal more playable from the technical side. If you can look past Nowe's voice, appearance, personality and really dumb name, he's not quite so bad. His oppressive optimism dies out over the course of everything going to hell, your magic-using chick actually manages to have her mental state deteriorate from what it already was, everything that would have been a good idea in any other game ends up being the wrong thing in this situation, and the state of the world is actually much worse than it was in the first. Instead of sacrificing one woman, thousands upon thousands of people are locked up in prisons full of monsters where the earth is actually sucking the life out of them to power the seal. On top of that is the run in with Caim and Angelus, which ends extraordinarily badly and further damns the world. You go from an optimist, a messiah-in-the-making, and their two plucky friends to a disillusioned shell, a totally broken guilt-ridden wreck, a corpse, and a psycho bitch who wants you all dead.

It's not as good as the first one was, and I enjoyed the characters in the first one a great deal more, but I'd feel remiss to exclude it when I'm listing Cavia games where the world completely goes to shit.

And yeah, Someone at Cavia has some real issues that badly need to be worked out before they find a throne of adolescent skulls in his basement or something.

Yeah. Drakengard 2's protagonist isn't very interesting at first, but everything in that game goes to hell in a handbasket because every single good-intentioned act taken was precisely the wrong act to take. The game is depressing in its own way, even if the party doesn't include a child-killer, a pedophile, and an eternal child.

#44 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -
@TwilitEnd656 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@vidiot said:
@Laketown said:

NIER

NIERNIERNIERNIER

/Thread.

Seriously, that game should just be renamed "Depression: The videogame".
But Fragile Dreams is already Depression: The Game. How can you top digging up the memories of the deceased and viewing their deepest regrets? When this game says that you're one of the last people alive, it fucking backs that up. Also, Majora's Mask carries the same "dark, depressing, yet simultaneously reassuring" atmosphere.

Fragile Dreams takes it for me.

.... Still have to finish it, though.

Fragile Dreams made me visibly depressed for a week.
Neir just made me go "aw that's sad"
#45 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -

Lost Odyssey is one of the best JRPG's out there, it's really well written and just has fantastic character development. Really rare for a JRPG.

Also have to say it's nice to see Reach get some attention. Bungie weren't the greatest developers in the world for fleshing out their characters and most of the deaths were pretty ham fisted, but Kat's completely came out of no where and left the rest of the team visibly shaking for the remainder of the game. Can't give them enough credit for that.

#46 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:

Lost Odyssey is one of the best JRPG's out there, it's really well written and just has fantastic character development. Really rare for a JRPG.

Also have to say it's nice to see Reach get some attention. Bungie weren't the greatest developers in the world for fleshing out their characters and most of the deaths were pretty ham fisted, but Kat's completely came out of no where and left the rest of the team visibly shaking for the remainder of the game. Can't give them enough credit for that.

I beat Lost Odyssey, the story was great the idea of being immortal is always portrayed as being an awesome thing, but they showed how lonely it can be.  however i got really tired of reading Kaims dream sequences so i stopped doing that pretty early in the game. Also i thought the two kids in the game were really annoying and the character costumes were ridiculous. 
#47 Edited by mutha3 (4985 posts) -
@Make_Me_Mad said:

@mutha3
Drakengarde 1 is inarguably the better game in terms of characters and the general horribly depressing mood, but 2 wasn't all that bad, and it was a good deal more playable from the technical side.  If you can look past Nowe's voice, appearance, personality and really dumb name, he's not quite so bad.  His oppressive optimism dies out over the course of everything going to hell, your magic-using chick actually manages to have her mental state deteriorate from what it already was, everything that would have been a good idea in any other game ends up being the wrong thing in this situation, and the state of the world is actually much worse than it was in the first.  Instead of sacrificing one woman, thousands upon thousands of people are locked up in prisons full of monsters where the earth is actually sucking the life out of them to power the seal.  On top of that is the run in with Caim and Angelus, which ends extraordinarily badly and further damns the world.  You go from an optimist, a messiah-in-the-making, and their two plucky friends to a disillusioned shell, a totally broken guilt-ridden wreck, a corpse, and a psycho bitch who wants you all dead.



@Hailinel

said:


Yeah. Drakengard 2's protagonist isn't very interesting at first, but everything in that game goes to hell in a handbasket because every single good-intentioned act taken was precisely the wrong act to take. The game is depressing in its own way, even if the party doesn't include a child-killer, a pedophile, and an eternal child.

 I'll give you guys this: Nowe makes incredibly stupid decisions, lets himself be led around the nose by every single faction in Drakengard and has a very naive, childish personality. This is very, very similar to how young Nier is portrayed in Nier Replicant.(well, minus Nowe's mass murderer tendencies) But there is one difference between these characters which makes one a tragic figue and the other a dumb anime character.
 
Nier in Replicant pays for his typical anime naivety. Oh boy, does he pay. He ends up being responsible for almost losing a friend, and has to spend 5 years fending for himself,. He can't rely on the kindness of the villagers he always took for granted. His entire idealistic view of the world comes crashing down, as he's literally forced to work as a male prostitute to earn gold.
 
After those 5 years, he comes back as a fully grown, albeit broke. man. With only one thing on his mind: revenge. It even overpowers his desire to save Yonah. Nowe on the other hand.....

 If you can look past Nowe's voice, appearance, personality and really dumb name, he's not quite so bad.  His oppressive optimism dies out over the course of everything going to hell, your magic-using chick actually manages to have her mental state deteriorate from what it already was,


 
What you describe simply just doesn't happen.
 
Nowe is never confronted with the consequences of his actions . There is no point in the entire story where he goes "wait....oh god I fucked up by being an idiot". He is contionously thrown into very contrived situations, and always makes the worst decisions possible-- 
 
He never pays for it.
 
His motivations, his reason to betray the knights of the seal, his and Manah's plan all make no goddamn sense. They knew what was going to happen if they broke the seals. They knew a big ass dragon would pop out of resting to blow shit up (its one of the friggin seals, for god's sake!) Its only been 18 years since the empire fell, so they also knew what would happen if the seals were to be removed(giant space babies).
 
When the incredibly obvious  thing happens which any half-sane person could have predicted happen. The thing that Nowe has been . A big anry red dragon awakans ready to fuck shit up. What is Nowe's reaction to this? Does he:
 
A. Break down as he realizes he just doomed the entire world
B. Go into complete denial and dig his head in the ground
C. not react at all and continue to let himself be led around by the nose  
D. Loses all faith in Manah, and tries to set things right to the best of his ability

 (Nowe picks C.)

And instead of the world ending and nowe ending up with is ass dead, he kills the angry red dragon. Which triggers a second apocalypse.
 
Again, Nowe's only reaction to this is slight drooling and "......hungh?!". At this point, I thought "yes! finally! there is no way they're going to let Nowe bullshit his way out of this one!"
 
...then it all cumilates with a final battle with his dragon daddy where he goes SSJ through the power of ~*anime love*~ and everyhing magically solves itselve for no reason. In the end, nothing the characters did in Drakengard 2 , had any importance or meaning. They made bad( and really, really stupid) decisions, that ruined the world.....and then the world fixed itself for no reason.
 
He gets a happy ending with his anime girlfriend, even after all the people he has unjustly killed, the(probably)  hundreds of thousands people that died because of the combined rage of the watchers and Angelus.....for what? for jack shit, seeing how the world is in a worse state after he meddled with it...without having learned anything or having to live with what he did.
 
 


a totally broken guilt-ridden wreck,

 
Yes! that was a great idea on the part of the writers!  I like Manah being tricked by the watchers to do the exact same thing she did last time.
 
Too bad they completely fuck it up by having Nowe jump in her brain or some shit and cure her through the power of ~*anime love*~. Also,  shoddy motivations, idiotic characterization etc.etc.


 a corpse,

 Alright I will give you that Urick had a satisfying, well written character arc. He still had a horrendously stupid motivation for siding with Nowe,  but if you ignore it, his character's fine.

 and a psycho bitch who wants you all dead.


 
Honestly, aside from that one creepy scene in the beginning where she smiles maniacly as she's putting a torch to Manah's body.....Eris has by far the most sane, reasonable motivations for her actions. 
 
She  and Nowe have been indocrinated since childhood to protect the seals. They've been taught the history and what happens if those things ever get broken.  Then, she finds Nowe in a room after having cut of the arm of her commanding officers. Nowe has several options here:
 
A. Calmly explain to his childhood friend  that Grismor tried to poison him(the same Grismor who is completely incapacitated at the moment), show her the poison cup as evidence, he can even tell Grismor to drink it just to get his point across. 
B. jump out of the window screaming like a lunatic, while killing everything inbetween himself and the exit. 
 
(Nowe picks B)
 
...add to that the fact that Nowe gets several opportunities to try and explain what happened to her fly by in the favor of anime dialogue and that Nowe continues to slaughter her comrades who are just doing their jobs by the thousands throughout his merry adventure.

You know, the story premise is honestly pretty damn good. I like the concept of having an indoctrinated individual be confronted with the hypocrisy of his organization by an attractive rebel. I like the concept that the world as we perceive it is just an illusion, a temporary state of a chaotic incoherent mess. I like the concept of using a traumatized villain trying to redeem herselves and falling into the same trap. I also liked the art direction and the music.
 
........its all just really poorly executed.
 
EDIT: also, I suppose Drakengard 2 is more playable, but they're both horribly unfun to play anyways. I just read an LP, thankfully.
#48 Posted by crusader8463 (14411 posts) -

When you realize the true horror and genocide you are committing, Katamari Damacy is a really sad game.

#49 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

Duke Nukem Forever.

It's sad in its own special way

#50 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -