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#101 Posted by joseffthered (85 posts) -

@Jeust said:

Lost Odyssey


#102 Posted by MocBucket62 (1262 posts) -
@Godlyawesomeguy said:

Heavy Rain, depending on which ending you get.

#103 Posted by gunninkr (147 posts) -

Indigo Prophecy

#104 Posted by OtakuGamer (1283 posts) -

@adam1808 said:

Dark Souls

This and The Walking Dead.

#105 Posted by MegaLombax (421 posts) -

Dunno about most depressing, but the so far the most depressing I've personally played is Nier. The first playthrough was okay, it got depressing over the 2nd and 3rd playthroughs. Giving personalities to the "enemies" you killed really was a unique experience. I once actually let myself be killed during the wolf shade boss fight.

Also, spec ops the line. First game ever to make me put down the controller for a while and feel disgusted with what I did in the game.

#106 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Just going through my Steam library here:

The high chaos ending for Dishonored paints a pretty grim picture.

If you really dig into it, Team Fortress 2's meta-story is all about nihilism and soulless consumerism.

There are a few plot threads in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura that are pretty dark, as well.

In The Darkness franchise, there's really no redemption for Jackie, whose life is pretty much one gruesome tragedy after another thanks to his pal The Darkness.

Digging real far back, Prey's story is pretty dark. Some real messed-up things happen in that game.

The atmosphere in Metro 2033 is real depressing, especially in friendly areas, where it's just a ton of weary, beaten-down survivors going about what has now become their lives inside the dark, grimy, dangerous Russian underground.

And lastly, the end of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is a huge bummer for the main character.

#107 Edited by Kieran_ES (258 posts) -


Edit: From Quintin Smith's 'Butchering Pathologic' series.

The point is that Pathologic fearlessly wields desperation, brutality, hopelessness, exhaustion, cruelty, even ignorance and pain, and, if you can stomach it, the result is phenomenal.

Pathologic could not ever be described as fun. Tramping back and forth across town, trying to stem the torrent of deaths while aching to know what’s going on /is not fun./ This is not a game. There isn’t a word for it really, which is probably why the developers, Ice-pick Lodge, call Pathologic “an exercise in decision making” on their translated English website.


But this happened all the time. My favourite was on day 9, some 20 hours into the game, when the same friend started talking about how he couldn’t play on for much longer. He said that if things didn’t resolve themselves soon he’d give up. He was so tired, he said.

The next day my character went to see the Bachelor to discuss some findings, and I found a man overcome with exhaustion. The Bachelor said that if we couldn’t discover the truth about this disease soon he was going to shoot himself rather than let the illness kill him.

This is what Pathologic does. It creates an interesting, desperate situation and brooks no compromise in letting you experience it. And in unflinchingly making you suffer, you identify with these characters you control to the point of becoming them.


#108 Edited by CrossTheAtlantic (1146 posts) -

@ShaolinSpade said:

Red Dead Redemption was pretty darn depressing.

Yes. In like the best way. That ending (the real ending), and how it reflected Marston's own failure was just pitch-perfect.

@Jeust said:

Silent Hill 2

Never played 4, but couldn't agree with this more. Though, I also think the "In Water" ending is the one that best fits the tone of the game. Also the most depressing. Fuck. Silent Hill 2 is so good.

#109 Posted by Jeust (10823 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic: Yeah! That ending was so fitting! A trully depressing masterpiece.
#110 Posted by xxizzypop (577 posts) -

I found Max Payne 3 depressing as hell, and not in any kind of a feel good way. Just, nothing about that game made you really feel good. Every now and then, they'd make you feel like a badass, but only because your character has hit this desperate, suicidal point of gunfighting that he'll attempt things no rational human being should.

#111 Posted by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -
#112 Posted by Little_Socrates (5694 posts) -

I personally found moments of Persona 4 waaaay more depressing than P3, so I'd go with that.

The Walking Dead is pretty depressing, too.

#113 Edited by NegativeCero (3026 posts) -

Shadow of the Colossus

I'm going to add the first Shadow Hearts to that too because of the ending.

#114 Posted by Sweep (8950 posts) -

I got really fucking depressed playing Journey. The end of that game is pretty heartbreaking. But then amazing.

Also, shadow of the colossus. Because obviously.

#115 Posted by Sbaitso (558 posts) -

Digital: A Love Story, Dark Souls, and the Walking Dead all come to mind.

#116 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@Mr_Skeleton said:


#117 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -

@Bocam said:

Virtue's Last Reward

I have to agree with this, best ending in the game. Also, The Walking Dead, obviously.

#118 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Majority of the Silent Hill endings. Most recently enjoyed the endless loop ending on Downpour

#119 Edited by sir_gunblade (126 posts) -

Missile Command after hearing about the nightmares the developer had, and really thinking about it. That really got me thinking. I can't remember where I first read it, would love it if some one could link to it.

I know it's talked about in this video: http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/narrative-mechanics

#120 Posted by mbr2 (570 posts) -

Topic is called "Most depressing video games", cut to a bunch of kids naming some jrpg because in the last 5 mins a bland ass character dies. Try Passage by Jason Rohrer and then reflect on your pathetic life.

#121 Edited by Lugburz (40 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid 3

Metal Gear Solid 4 (to some extent)

Metal Gear Solid 1

Heavy Rain

Silent Hill 4

#122 Posted by kgb0515 (411 posts) -

Damn...I thought I would be the first to say Shadow of the Colossus. Also, I never played it, but wasn't Ico a pretty depressing game? Also, Gut's Rage comes to mind. I seem to remember that being an intensely grim game. I would have to add, that for some reason I got a little choked up when the metroid hatchling saves Samus in Super Metroid when I played it for the first time. My last entry would have to be Soul Reaver. It's depressing in a sort of badass way. The ruined world just gives off an eerie, depressing vibe.

#123 Posted by DonChipotle (2811 posts) -






#124 Posted by Happenstance (467 posts) -

The Walking Dead Episode 3 for me, dont remember even feeling that bad during a video game.

#125 Posted by Cheesebob (1246 posts) -

Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit to us Europeans)

#126 Edited by PhantomGardener (468 posts) -

Spec Ops: The Line.

#127 Posted by crusader8463 (14427 posts) -

@Happenstance said:

The Walking Dead Episode 3 for me, dont remember even feeling that bad during a video game.

I swear, I think I downloaded and played a different version of Ep3 then everyone else because that's all I hear people say about it but that one did nothing for me.

#128 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1849 posts) -

most recently definitely neir

im surprised no one mentioned halo reach since the whole game is you know your going to lose and your squadmates slowly getting killed off

#129 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

MGS2 - Because of how bad it was.

#130 Posted by Tophat666 (235 posts) -

@Jeust said:

Lost Odyssey

#131 Posted by fisk0 (4413 posts) -

As I only ever managed to get to the losing mission path in the original Wing Commander, where everything consistently just gets more fucked and desperate for every mission, that may be the most fitting example I can think of right now, though games are generally pretty bad at disempowering you and making you feel hopeless in that particular way that I would describe as depressing. Really, really want to try out I have no mouth, and I must scream though, have heard lots of excellent things about it over the years, and kinda want to pick up a physical copy of it, but haven't found it yet.

#133 Posted by SmilingPig (1341 posts) -

In retrospect, probably WoW... I want those 3 years of my life back.

#134 Posted by BisonHero (6836 posts) -

Limbo is quite oppressive.

#135 Posted by OG10 (9 posts) -

@thedj93 said:

spec ops the line

This.. after playing this game I couldn't see anything positive of the world around me :|

#136 Posted by Unilad (579 posts) -

@Winternet said:


It's not so much the game thats depressing, but the general situation you must be in to be playing it! I have bad memories!

#137 Posted by plaintomato (599 posts) -

Forza Horizon.

#138 Posted by s10129107 (1193 posts) -
#139 Posted by Ducksworth (662 posts) -

I can't think of any game that depressed me. I think the only game that felt depressing to me (and even then, it wasn't all that depressing) was the Silent Hill Shattered memories and mmmmmaybe Majora's Mask.

#140 Posted by Skanker (254 posts) -

Depressing? Nier. Lots of games manage to wring out a tear though. Drakengard was depressing too... go Cavia?

#141 Posted by MajesticOverlord (183 posts) -

@Jeust: All the stories...

#142 Posted by End_Boss (3220 posts) -

It's probably been mentioned already, but I can't be arsed to read the five previous pages in this thread, so Red Dead Redemption.

#143 Posted by Amafi (916 posts) -

The walking dead and I have no mouth and I must scream.

#144 Posted by jerseyscum (913 posts) -

It's been mentioned, but I feel compelled to post it regardless.

#145 Posted by foggel (2764 posts) -

@sharkeh said:

Heavy Rain.

Yeah, this game really got to me.

#146 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

Heavy Rain was grim as fuck. Especially the ending I got, what a bummer.

#147 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

Persona 3 and Zelda: Majora's Mask are pretty dark and depressing.

#148 Posted by tread311 (357 posts) -

I'm currently playing Corpse Party and that game is pretty bleak.

#150 Posted by D0tti (786 posts) -